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Wednesday, March 17, 2004
turn this mutha out
let's do this.


49. gavin floyd, 21, p, phillies

he's young. balanced skills, nothing spectacular. we'll see.

50. charlie zink, 25, p, red sox

i really don't get this one. maybe he's a knuckleballer or something.

honorable mentions

chad gaudin (devil rays) made the show at age 20 and didn't get killed. seems to be able to keep the ball in the park.

adrian gonzalez (rangers) is a 22-year-old left-handed hitter who has a very good shot. he killed the ball in 2001--2002 before completely losing his power last year. i don't know what happened, but you gotta figure it'll come back.

angel guzman (cubs) is a 23-year-old pitcher with balanced skills. if he makes it, it'll probably be as a reliever.

brendan harris (cubs) is a 24-year-old 2b/3b with decent contact and decent power. he can hit but if defense is a problem that could hold him back.

justin huber (mets) is a 22-year-old catcher who strikes out way too much. he's got a lot of work to do. gleeman doesn't think so.

that's twice tonight i've seen a sabermetric type say "he strikes out more than you'd like to see." does that mean anything to these people?

adam laroche (braves) is a 25-year-old left-handed first baseman who is not ready for the majors, and never will be unless he improves his contact.

akinori otsuka (padres) is a 32-year-old pitcher with ridiculous strikeout-to-walk ratios. in 2001, he struck out 82 batters in 48 innings for the kintetsu buffaloes, walking 15. if japanese players count as prospects, he's a better one than kazuo matsui. bp says he's left-handed, but other sources say different.

kelly shoppach (red sox) is a 24-year-old catcher who strikes out a ton. he'll never make it.

terrmel sledge (expos) is a 27-year-old left-handed outfielder who hits the ball hard and strikes out too much. the expos are fucked.

jason stokes (mets) is a 22-year-old first-baseman with power who strikes out too much. 40% chance.

merkin valdez (giants) is a 23-year-old pitcher who struck out a bunch of people in 2003. he's a ways away, but could make it as a reliever.

kevin youkilis (red sox) was once the hottest thing in sabermetrics. he's apparently lost his glow, but there's nothing wrong with him. he'll hit the bigs later this year, and start in 2005. he plays third base. he's 25.

my task is complete.
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