I have to admit, I’m extremely exciting about our latest draft coverage pinch hitter: Keith Law,Â Senior Baseball Writer for ESPN’s Scouts Inc. One of the best talent evaluators around, Law and his army of freelance scouts travel this great land to bring you firsthand information on the nation’s top amateur players, unlike many other scouting publications which provide hand-me-down info.
Prior to his gig at the Worldwide Leader, Law spent 4+ years in the Jays’ front office, serving asÂ a Special Assistant to the General Manager. He’s also written at Baseball Prospectus. So yeah, not only are we honored to have him, I think it’s safe to say that he’s most qualified person to ever talk baseballÂ here at RAB.
You can check out Keith’s baseball thoughts in a variety of ways at ESPN, including his blog, chats, and frequent television spots. You can also head over toÂ his personal siteÂ to find his non-baseball musings.
I…ahem…sat down with Keith and asked him some questions about the upcoming First Year Player Draft, which is now barely a week away.
Who has been the most impressive draft-eligible player you’ve seen this spring? Why?
Jarrod Parker was the guy who really made me say “wow.”Â I had heard he was throwing hard, but what I hadn’t heard was how good his delivery was, or how advanced his slider is. If he can keep the ball down – or if he’s drafted by a team in a big park – he should be excellent.
The Post, echoing my belief that athletes have girlfriends all over, reports that A-Rod and his blonde girlfriend were spotted in five cities.
The Daily News reports that Cynthia, A-Rod’s wife, has left the couple’s apartment. Just think of the money, Cynthia. We already know that’s all Alex thinks about.
It’s the Alex Rodriguez show these days in the Bronx. Anyone want to take bets on where he ends up next season: Chicago or Anaheim?
Has everyone recovered from the emotional rollercoaster of last night? Good. Glad to hear it. Now let’s sit back and savor our victory — but obviously after we delve into this recap.
Damon allowed us to all breathe a sigh of relief; it feels like forever since we scored a run in the first inning, even though it was just a week ago against Boston. A few minutes later, and we’re tacking on run after run. This Jesse Litsch kid may have pitched well against Baltimore, but they’re not the beat that is (or was) the Yankees offense. Fall behind in the count, and you’re meat, rook.
So Giambi hits a sac fly after Alex and Posada walked to load the bases. Then Phelps, who was actually starting against a righty, singled in the two walkees. Cano then slapped a double to left, and all the sudden it’s a five-run inning. Of course, Melky hit a dinker to first to end the inning, but even those of us who were peeved about that were calmed when Clippard sailed through a 10-pitch first inning.
Triple-A Scranton (7-0 loss to Toledo)
Chris Basak: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4, 2 K – 5 for his last 30 with 1 XBH…
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 1, 2 BB – 2 for his last 20…
Alex Gonzalez: 0 for 3, 1 SB
Steven Jackson: 6 IP, 8 H,Â 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K – now boarding, flight Y-O-U-S-U-C-K to Trenton…
Colter Bean: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB,Â 1 K, 1 WP
After you see the lineup, you’ll be asking the same question: Damon, CF Jeter, SS Matsui, LF Alex, 3B Jorge, C Giambi, DH Phelps, 1B Cano, 2B Cabrera, RF Sitting Abreu and hitting Phelps against a righty? I thought it was a joke at first. But I’m glad it’s not. · (0) ·
Tabata’s latest journal entry over at milb.com is up. It sure sounds like the whole Clemens experience went well. · (0) ·
Pitcher A (MLB): 26 IP, 24 H, 21 ER, 20 BB, 13 K, 7.27 ERA Pitcher B (AAA): 23 IP, 20 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, 26 K, 0.78 ERA How many innings does it take to get Chris Britton into Luis Vizcaino’s role? Is there some magic point at which Vizcaino turns from pumpkin to princess? The season ain’t gettin’ any younger. · (3) ·
Mike alluded to this earlier, but I think we could use some clarification. What the Yankees need right now is a slumpbuster. What, you ask, is a slumpbuster? Well, I’ll let my pal Urban Dictionary explain it:
Baseball players believe that by having sex with an unattractive female, they can end their slump. Therfore a slump buster is the unattractive female that they have sex with, in hopes of busting their slump. Manny Ramirez told Pedro Martinez that the reason why he’s been hitting so many homeruns lately, is because he hooked up with a lot of slump busters when he was in a slump.See, A-Rod, you got it all wrong. You can’t be bangin’ hot blonds on the road. You gotta jump on a grenade. May I suggest: · (9) ·
I guess this will perfectly illustrate the team’s troubles:
And our pitching:
Pettitte: 14.1 IP, 2 ER
Mussina: 6.1 IP, 2 ER
Wang: 8 IP, 3 ER
Clippard: 4 IP, 3 ER
DeSalvo: 4.2 IP, 6 ER
Vizcaino: 2.1 IP, 4 ER
Villone: 3 IP, 4 ER
Proctor: 1.2 IP, 2 ER
Farns: 2 IP, 2 ER
Rivera: 2 IP, 0 ER
Bruney: 1.2 IP, 0 ER
Myers: 2 IP 0 ER
So you can see exactly where the problems are.