Minor League News Roundup

Open Thread: You say tomato, I say Tabata
Replacing Matsui with a familiar face

We actually have ourselves some minor league stuff to talk about, so let’s round it up in one post, bullet point style…

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Open Thread: You say tomato, I say Tabata
Replacing Matsui with a familiar face
  • pat

    Strasburg is a freak.

    • Mike Pop

      He’ll spend what, 2 months in the minors?

      • pat

        Seems about right. I don’t know if he has a good off speed pitch, if he does it’ll probably be about 2 weeks instead. Good for the Nats.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Doesn’t have a good off-speed pitch? Whaaa? His curve is not merely a 12-6, it is Fibonacci’s sequence from the mound to the plate.

          Damn right it’s good for the Nats.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Josh Schmidt had a 1-hit shutout with 10 K’s tonight in the VWL.

  • Mike Pop

    Sounds good. Anytime you can add an up the middle player with good upside it’s a good thing.

    Now go get Chapman Cashman!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    If only Dunn could get the walks under control, he could be a power pitching version of Phil Coke (but w/o the gopher balls, hopefully).

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Baseball America failed to mention that Casey Kelly was throwing balls from shortstop to first at 115.6 mph….with a slight tailing cut….with a reverse spin…..with a slight rise…..while steadily increasing in velocity.

    • Mike Pop

      They were offered Jesus Christ himself straight up for Casey Kelly – Theo denied it.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Could you imagine what would happen if Casey Kelly faced Ryan Westmoreland?

        ARMAGEDDON!!!!

        • Mike Pop

          It’d be like Hector vs Achilles.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            So someone would end up being dragged around a city after being killed then that guy’s father would come in tears to the tent of the victor to beg for the body of his son?

            • Mike Pop

              /geek’d

              • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                Yessir.

                Wrote a 20 page paper about the Iliad and the Odyssey compared to contemporary American film using the Natural and the Searchers.

                • Evil Empire

                  I enjoyed both epic poems, they were all about fucking shit up, killing stuff, and kidnapping/raping women.

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  And people tell me I need to get out more…

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  Seminar class my junior year. The entire grade was that paper.

                • Evil Empire

                  Good times. Shit like that – the seminar classes – that’s the only part of school I enjoyed. 20 page papers?…eh, not so much. Better than fucking tests though. I hated tests.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

      And you know what the scout’s had to say? “Eh, Mo’s pitch is better.”

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

        Apostrophe fail.

        But the comment, sans misplaced apostrophe, stands.

  • Steve H

    So IPK is averaging 90.66 MPH. Let’s round that up to 91. Oh shit, no pitcher has ever succeeded at 91 MPH.

    Bust.

    • Evil Empire

      Maybe he can make it as a middle reliever. Not sure if he’s gritty enough though.

  • Evil Empire
  • JohnC

    Some scouts are saying that Cuban lefty Noel Arguelles might be a better investment than Chapman.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Why take the chance? Get both!

      • JSquared

        There’s the thinking I like!

    • Evil Empire

      Here is what noted player evaluator and freedom fighter Keith Law has to say about Arguelles:

      Arguelles defected from the Cuban junior national team with current Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias in the summer of 2008 and is just now at the point that he’s ready and able to sign with a major league team. Arguelles is 19 and already pitches with a solid-average fastball, although before he defected he had worked as high as 91-94 and probably will return there once he’s throwing on a regular schedule again. His changeup projects better than his curveball, with the change a potentially plus pitch. What everyone notices about Arguelles is his body — loose, lean, athletic, with good projection; his new agents took him underground for a few weeks to get him back into playing shape, and the results definitely have impressed. If he were an American high school or junior college player, he’d be a solid first-rounder with a chance to be a top-10 guy and probably would be a $4 million bonus baby. As a free agent, he should easily double that.

      http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....id=4647444

      So $8M or so for 6 major league years of control? I would think that is worth it for the Yanks. I like Aroldys more – he is certainly the shinier bauble – but I say Yankees should go for both, fuck it.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Hell yeah. The Yankees are not likely to be grabbing possible top-10 talent in the draft (or not ones without huge injury issues or immense signability issues). The absolute best way to stockpile young talent is through IFA. You absolutely grab those kinds of guys when you have the opportunity.

        • Evil Empire

          Fuck yup. Gotta take advantage of the system. Not my money obviously, but I see no reason why the Yankees would not do its utmost to sign talent like this (assuming the internal organizational evaluations of the aforementioned players are in agreement with the reports available to us) when it is available. Especially when its pitching.

          • JSquared

            Yes, if you could get any guy with that kind of upside for 8 million over 6 years… you have to pull the trigger, I don’t think anyone really knows what Chapman’s price is, but i’m guessing the Yankees will be right at the top in the middle of things.

            • Evil Empire

              I am very curious to see how the Chapman bidding goes. I couldn’t see him getting more than $25M … which is still pretty amazing.

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