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Saturday, March 31, 2007
 
top prospects: national league west
lots of prospects:

diamondbacks
rockies
dodgers
padres
giants

national league central
national league east
american league
 
top prospects: san francisco
baseball america's top ten giants prospects.


1. Tim Lincecum, rhp
2. Jonathan Sanchez, lhp
3. Angel Villalona, 3b
4. Emmanuel Burriss, ss
5. Brian Wilson, rhp
6. Kevin Frandsen, 2b
7. Fred Lewis, of
8. Nate Schierholtz, of
9. Eddy Martinez-Esteve, of
10. Billy Sadler, rhp


it's one guy, basically. there's the super-youngster, and the hitter, but it's basically one guy.

last year's list


Career Pitching Statistics for Tim Lincecum:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Washington NCAA 20 NCA 112.1 83 5 82 161 .163 .617 .019 3.53
2005 Washington NCAA 21 NCA 104.1 62 4 71 131 .159 .651 .016 3.11
2006 Washington NCAA 22 NCA 125.1 75 8 63 199 .123 .559 .032 1.94
2006 SalemKzr Nwes 22 Sf A- 4.0 1 0 0 10 .000 .231 .000 0.00
2006 San Jose Cali 22 Sf A+ 27.2 13 3 12 48 .111 .500 .063 1.95


this is the guy. his contact rates are incredibly excellent. walk rates are bad, but that's ok because his contact rates are incredibly excellent.

cube page


Career Pitching Statistics for Jonathan Sanchez:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Az Giants Ariz 21 Sf Rk 26.0 22 0 9 27 .083 .730 .000 2.77
2004 SalemKzr Nwes 21 Sf A- 22.1 16 3 19 34 .186 .590 .061 4.84
2005 Augusta SAL 22 Sf A 125.2 122 8 39 166 .072 .667 .024 4.08
2006 Connectict East 23 Sf AA 31.1 14 0 9 46 .077 .574 .000 1.15
2006 Fresno PCL 23 Sf AAA 23.2 13 1 13 28 .134 .667 .018 3.80
2006 SF Giants MLB 23 Sf MLB 40.0 39 2 23 33 .126 .792 .016 4.95


jonathan sanchez also has good contact rates. his 2006 stint in connecticut looks especially good. it was partly in relief. since then he's had trouble throwing strikes. if his flash of brilliance can become consistent, he can be something special.

with angel villalona, we usher in the era of the prospects born in the 90's. since he's 16, we don't have any stats for him.


Career Batting Statistics for Emmanuel Burriss:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Kent State NCAA 19 NCA 175 24 19 0 4 .121 .891 .026 .282
2005 Kent State NCAA 20 NCA 193 18 18 1 7 .085 .907 .046 .319
2006 SalemKzr Nwes 21 Sf A- 256 33 22 1 10 .114 .914 .047 .307


emmanuel burriss is gonna make it. he has excellent contact, very good strike zone judgement, and speed. he plays shortstop and he's a switch-hitter. he's a probable strong contributor with an outside shot at being a difference maker. if the baseball cube fixes their misspelling, that link won't work.


Career Pitching Statistics for Brian Wilson:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2002 LSU NCAA 20 NCA 94.0 112 5 31 71 .073 .820 .015 3.54
2003 LSU NCAA 21 NCA 50.2 60 2 13 35 .058 .835 .011 3.37
2004 Hagerstown SAL 22 Sf A 57.1 63 7 22 41 .086 .826 .036 5.34
2005 Augusta SAL 23 Sf A 33.0 23 0 7 30 .054 .754 .000 0.82
2005 Norwich East 23 Sf AA 15.2 6 0 5 22 .086 .585 .000 0.57
2005 Fresno PCL 23 Sf AAA 11.1 8 0 8 13 .160 .690 .000 3.97
2006 San Jose Cali 24 Sf A+ 1.0 1 0 1 1 .200 .750 .000 9.00
2006 Fresno PCL 24 Sf AAA 28.0 20 2 14 30 .119 .712 .027 2.89
2006 SF Giants MLB 24 Sf MLB 29.1 31 1 20 23 .144 .807 .010 5.52


brian wilson is very good at limiting home runs, and has shown control in the past. strikeout rates do not figure to be strong, but he could be useful as that sinker guy in the pen, like the braves always have.

i'm assuming he's a sinker guy. i don't know anything about him. here's his wikipedia page.


Career Batting Statistics for Kevin Frandsen:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 San Jse St NCAA 20 NCA 161 25 14 7 11 .134 .913 .122 .317
2003 San Jse St NCAA 21 NCA 222 32 13 4 15 .126 .941 .091 .332
2004 San Jse St NCAA 22 NCA 198 35 18 2 16 .150 .909 .100 .321
2004 SalemKzr Nwes 22 Sf A- 99 12 9 3 5 .108 .909 .089 .296
2005 San Jose Cali 23 Sf A+ 292 41 22 2 25 .123 .925 .100 .351
2005 Norwich East 23 Sf AA 130 10 14 2 8 .071 .892 .086 .287
2005 Fresno PCL 23 Sf AAA 94 4 5 2 11 .041 .947 .146 .351
2006 San Jose Cali 24 Sf A+ 7 2 0 0 0 .222 1.00 .000 .429
2006 Fresno PCL 24 Sf AAA 295 26 30 3 28 .081 .898 .117 .304
2006 SF Giants MLB 24 Sf MLB 93 9 14 2 4 .088 .849 .076 .215


kevin frandsen has very good contact skills but needs to work on his patience. as a right-handed hitter, he'll have to develop more power to be a starter.


Career Batting Statistics for Fred Lewis:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 SalemKzr Nwes 21 Sf A- 239 29 58 1 12 .108 .757 .072 .322
2003 Hagerstown SAL 22 Sf A 422 74 112 1 25 .149 .735 .084 .250
2004 San Jose Cali 23 Sf A+ 442 96 109 8 31 .178 .753 .117 .301
2004 Fresno PCL 23 Sf AAA 23 5 5 1 1 .179 .783 .111 .304
2005 Norwich East 24 Sf AA 516 72 124 7 35 .122 .760 .107 .273
2006 Fresno PCL 25 Sf AAA 443 72 105 12 31 .140 .763 .127 .276
2006 SF Giants MLB 25 Sf MLB 11 0 3 0 1 .000 .727 .125 .455


fred lewis is a lefty outfielder with patience and speed, but he just doesn't have the contact. he's not going to be able to handle major-league pitching.

wikipedia


Career Batting Statistics for Nate Schierholtz:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Az Giants Ariz 19 Sf Rk 45 4 8 0 2 .082 .822 .054 .400
2003 SalemKzr Nwes 19 Sf A- 127 17 15 3 8 .118 .882 .098 .306
2004 Hagerstown SAL 20 Sf A 236 22 52 15 22 .085 .780 .201 .296
2004 San Jose Cali 20 Sf A+ 260 18 41 3 27 .065 .842 .137 .295
2005 San Jose Cali 21 Sf A+ 507 38 132 15 45 .070 .740 .160 .319
2006 Connectict East 22 Sf AA 471 39 81 14 32 .076 .828 .118 .270


nate schierholtz has that special contact/power combination but unfortunately he swings too much. he bats left-handed.


Career Batting Statistics for Eddy Martinez-Esteve:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Florida St NCAA 21 NCA 275 40 41 19 27 .127 .851 .197 .385
2004 Az Giants Ariz 21 Sf Rk 15 1 2 0 2 .063 .867 .154 .357
2004 SalemKzr Nwes 21 Sf A- 35 7 7 0 4 .167 .800 .143 .286
2004 Hagerstown SAL 21 Sf A 47 9 8 1 2 .161 .830 .077 .217
2004 San Jose Cali 21 Sf A+ 70 4 9 0 9 .054 .871 .148 .420
2005 San Jose Cali 22 Sf A+ 482 97 82 17 47 .168 .830 .160 .313
2006 Connectict East 23 Sf AA 96 9 14 2 10 .086 .854 .146 .272


this is the hitter i was talking about. eddy martinez-esteve is another name the cube has spelled wrong. anyway, as i said earlier, he can hit. patience, contact, and power. he's apparently a born dh.


Career Pitching Statistics for Billy Sadler:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 LSU NCAA 21 NCA 44.0 36 1 27 57 .138 .661 .009 3.89
2003 Hagerstown SAL 21 Sf A 15.0 15 4 13 10 .178 .833 .080 4.80
2004 San Jose Cali 22 Sf A+ 56.2 29 1 40 66 .167 .668 .008 2.38
2004 Norwich East 22 Sf AA 30.1 22 3 18 24 .137 .788 .034 3.86
2005 Norwich East 23 Sf AA 84.1 64 4 33 81 .094 .744 .017 3.31
2006 SF Giants MLB 24 Sf MLB 4.0 5 2 2 6 .105 .647 .182 6.75


billy sadler is a reliever who limits home runs, and has shown a vast improvement in the past two years. unfortunately, the baseball cube does not have his minor league numbers from 2006, which show a strong increase in strikeouts, as well as a 22-strikeout, 4-walk performance in the arizona fall league.

that's the ba list. kevin goldstein leaves out wilson and frandsen, instead including sharlon schoop and mike mcbryde. clayton tanner is his sleeper.


Career Batting Statistics for Sharlon Schoop:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 Az Giants Ariz 18 Sf Rk 170 19 18 1 4 .101 .894 .033 .254
2006 Az Giants Ariz 19 Sf Rk 128 30 15 1 8 .190 .883 .080 .310
2006 SalemKzr Nwes 19 Sf A- 7 3 0 0 0 .300 1.00 .000 .286


sharlon romans emederio schoop is a shortstop with excellent patience and excellent contact who needs to develop power to make it. i shouldn't say make it. i should say start in the major leagues.


Career Batting Statistics for Mike Mcbryde:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Fl Atlantc NCAA 19 NCA 135 9 32 0 2 .063 .763 .019 .370
2005 Fl Atlantc NCAA 20 NCA 265 17 45 5 13 .060 .830 .082 .370
2006 Fl Atlantc NCAA 21 NCA 10 0 3 0 2 .000 .700 .286 .300
2006 SalemKzr Nwes 21 Sf A- 226 24 59 3 14 .096 .739 .102 .276


mike mcbryde has potential in many areas but will he make contact enough to be effective? that is the question.


Career Pitching Statistics for Clayton Tanner:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 SalemKzr Nwes 18 Sf A- 26.0 17 1 8 25 .078 .737 .014 3.46


clayton tanner had good results in the northwest league as an 18-year-old. as an 18-year-old.

that wasn't a mistake. i said it twice on purpose.

and that's the giants. i was too harsh in the beginning of this article. every one of these guys has potential, most of them in ways that could make them stars. few of them are likely to get there, but it's an interesting list.
Friday, March 30, 2007
 
top prospects: padres
people have been doggin on the padres, but they have a lot of good talent.


1. Cedric Hunter, of
2. Cesar Carrillo, rhp
3. Matt Antonelli, 3b
4. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3b
5. Will Venable, of
6. Chase Headley, 3b
7. Chad Huffman, of
8. Nick Hundley, c
9. Jared Wells, rhp
10. Cesar Ramos, lhp


unfortunately, none of the talent is in pitching or defense. except carrillo. but he's been hurt.

now i'm doggin the padres.


Career Batting Statistics for Cedric Hunter:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 Az Padres Ariz 18 Sd Rk 218 43 22 1 17 .165 .899 .092 .371
2006 Eugene Nwes 18 Sd A- 15 1 3 0 0 .063 .800 .000 .267


cedric hunter has very good patience and very good contact. power could develop. he's a very good hitter.

he's left-handed.


Career Pitching Statistics for Cesar Carrillo:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Miami NCAA 20 NCA 113.2 93 6 43 91 .090 .790 .017 2.69
2005 Miami NCAA 21 NCA 125.2 100 5 23 127 .046 .734 .014 2.22
2005 Lk Elsin Cali 21 Sd A+ 25.2 30 3 9 29 .078 .729 .038 7.01
2005 Mobile Sou 21 Sd AA 30.2 23 2 7 35 .057 .696 .025 3.23
2006 Mobile Sou 22 Sd AA 50.2 45 5 15 43 .071 .782 .032 3.02
2006 Portland PCL 22 Sd AAA 2.2 2 0 3 1 .231 .900 .000 6.75


cesar carrillo has very good stuff, but he hasn't pitched in a while. he was retarded in mobile in 2005.


Career Batting Statistics for Matt Antonelli:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 Eugene Nwes 21 Sd A- 194 50 31 0 13 .205 .840 .080 .286
2006 Fort Wayne Midw 21 Sd A 16 2 6 0 2 .111 .625 .200 .125


matt antonelli has very good patience and we'll see about the rest. kevin goldstein says he has good speed.


Career Batting Statistics for Kevin Kouzmanoff:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 ark lit rk NCAA 21 NCA 198 35 34 8 16 .150 .828 .146 .364
2003 Nevada NCAA 22 NCA 236 26 30 17 12 .099 .873 .141 .361
2003 Mahoning V NYPL 22 Cle A- 210 24 36 8 9 .103 .829 .098 .272
2004 Lake Cty SAL 23 Cle A 478 53 75 16 40 .100 .843 .139 .330
2004 Akron East 23 Cle AA 25 2 5 1 2 .074 .800 .150 .208
2005 Mahoning V NYPL 24 Cle A- 7 1 2 0 0 .125 .714 .000 .143
2005 Kinston Caro 24 Cle A+ 258 29 51 12 24 .101 .802 .174 .339
2006 Akron East 25 Cle AA 247 29 34 15 20 .105 .862 .164 .389
2006 Buffalo IL 25 Cle AAA 104 11 12 7 9 .096 .885 .174 .353
2006 Cleveland MLB 25 Cle MLB 56 5 12 3 2 .082 .786 .114 .214


kevin kouzmanoff can hit. in akron an .862 CON and a .164 POW brought him a .389 average. he seems to have really improved his game in a hurry.


Career Batting Statistics for Will Venable:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Princeton NCAA 20 NCA 78 13 26 1 6 .143 .667 .135 .244
2004 Princeton NCAA 21 NCA 97 6 19 1 5 .058 .804 .077 .344
2005 Princeton NCAA 22 NCA 144 14 22 9 8 .089 .847 .139 .385
2005 Az Padres Ariz 22 Sd Rk 59 6 9 1 6 .092 .847 .140 .322
2005 Eugene Nwes 22 Sd A- 140 16 38 2 7 .103 .729 .088 .216
2006 Fort Wayne Midw 23 Sd A 478 62 81 11 39 .115 .831 .126 .314


will venable showed good skills in a-ball, with patience, contact, and power. he'll have to do it at higher levels.


Career Batting Statistics for Chase Headley:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 U. of Pac NCAA 19 NCA 198 47 35 3 15 .192 .823 .110 .330
2004 Tennessee NCAA 20 NCA 113 18 14 2 5 .137 .876 .071 .295
2005 Tennessee NCAA 21 NCA 240 75 23 14 27 .238 .904 .189 .387
2005 Eugene Nwes 21 Sd A- 221 38 48 6 17 .147 .783 .133 .268
2005 Fort Wayne Midw 21 Sd A 15 1 4 0 0 .063 .733 .000 .200
2006 Lk Elsin Cali 22 Sd A+ 487 79 96 12 33 .140 .803 .115 .291


i probably pronounce his last name wrong, because it's the same last name as mine, and my pronunciation is non-standard. i think this kid's got what it takes. he made the difficult jump from low-a to high-a last year, and showed good patience, decent contact, and decent power. what can i say? i think he's got it.


Career Batting Statistics for Chad Huffman:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Tx Christn NCAA 19 NCA 253 45 28 9 21 .151 .889 .133 .383
2005 Tx Christn NCAA 20 NCA 242 37 27 12 15 .133 .888 .126 .353
2006 Tx Christn NCAA 21 NCA 211 48 31 18 18 .185 .853 .200 .388
2006 Eugene Nwes 21 Sd A- 205 39 34 9 18 .160 .834 .158 .343
2006 Fort Wayne Midw 21 Sd A 14 2 2 0 1 .125 .857 .083 .214


chad huffman is another one of those guys who can hit. he's got patience, contact, and power. as with many padres, he's old for his level.


Career Batting Statistics for Nick Hundley:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Arizona NCAA 19 NCA 134 20 21 2 14 .130 .843 .142 .361
2004 Arizona NCAA 20 NCA 149 14 29 4 15 .086 .805 .158 .299
2005 Arizona NCAA 21 NCA 230 43 43 15 25 .158 .813 .214 .352
2005 Eugene Nwes 21 Sd A- 149 35 35 7 8 .190 .765 .132 .250
2005 Fort Wayne Midw 21 Sd A 37 5 9 0 2 .119 .757 .071 .222
2006 Fort Wayne Midw 22 Sd A 219 29 45 8 19 .117 .795 .155 .274
2006 Lk Elsin Cali 22 Sd A+ 177 22 44 3 13 .111 .751 .120 .278


nick hundley has some power, but i don't know if he'll be able to hit major-league pitching.


Career Pitching Statistics for Jared Wells:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Eugene Nwes 21 Sd A- 78.2 77 6 32 53 .093 .831 .023 2.75
2004 Fort Wayne Midw 22 Sd A 81.1 91 6 19 72 .054 .785 .023 4.09
2004 Lk Elsin Cali 22 Sd A+ 71.2 81 5 30 38 .092 .872 .019 4.52
2005 Lk Elsin Cali 23 Sd A+ 120.1 116 6 26 80 .052 .832 .015 3.44
2005 Mobile Sou 23 Sd AA 43.0 51 3 16 22 .082 .878 .019 4.40
2006 Mobile Sou 24 Sd AA 61.1 53 4 27 49 .102 .793 .021 2.64
2006 Portland PCL 24 Sd AAA 73.0 87 8 46 55 .131 .820 .032 7.27


jared wells i don't know. i don't know. don't ask me.


Career Pitching Statistics for Cesar Ramos:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Long Beach NCAA 19 NCA 88.1 80 3 31 33 .082 .904 .010 2.85
2004 Long Beach NCAA 20 NCA 133.2 108 4 35 97 .064 .809 .010 2.29
2005 Long Beach NCAA 21 NCA 126.0 105 2 16 95 .032 .803 .005 2.64
2005 Eugene Nwes 21 Sd A- 20.2 27 3 7 13 .073 .854 .039 6.53
2005 Fort Wayne Midw 21 Sd A 38.2 42 0 7 32 .042 .797 .000 4.19
2006 Lk Elsin Cali 22 Sd A+ 141.0 161 9 44 70 .070 .880 .018 3.70


cesar ramos is a lefty with good control but no strikeouts. he's a longshot.


Career Batting Statistics for Paul McAnulty:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 Long Beach NCAA 21 NCA 204 41 32 9 21 .167 .843 .174 .360
2002 idaho flls Pio 21 Sd Rk 238 53 43 8 29 .182 .819 .190 .379
2003 Fort Wayne Midw 22 Sd A 464 76 82 7 27 .141 .823 .089 .273
2004 Lk Elsin Cali 23 Sd A+ 499 92 106 23 39 .156 .788 .158 .297
2005 Mobile Sou 24 Sd AA 301 40 66 10 19 .117 .781 .123 .282
2005 Portland PCL 24 Sd AAA 152 16 29 6 15 .095 .809 .171 .344
2005 San Diego MLB 24 Sd MLB 24 4 7 0 0 .143 .708 .000 .208
2006 Portland PCL 25 Sd AAA 486 66 79 19 39 .120 .837 .143 .310
2006 San Diego MLB 25 Sd MLB 13 2 4 1 1 .133 .692 .222 .231


paul mcanulty can hit. i'm telling you. he can. he's got decent patience, decent contact, and good power. he can do it.


Career Batting Statistics for Kyler Burke:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 Az Padres Ariz 18 Sd Rk 166 26 56 1 7 .135 .663 .073 .209


kyler burke showed some patience, but he didn't hit. we'll see what happens.


Career Batting Statistics for Luis Durango:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 Az Padres Ariz 20 Sd Rk 143 25 16 0 6 .149 .888 .047 .378


luis durango is a switch-hitting second baseman with speed.


Career Batting Statistics for Luis Cruz:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2001 GCL Redsox GCL 17 Bos Rk 199 8 17 3 9 .039 .915 .066 .259
2002 GCL Redsox GCL 18 Bos Rk 72 4 6 0 4 .053 .917 .061 .292
2002 Augusta SAL 18 Bos A 204 9 30 3 8 .042 .853 .063 .188
2003 Fort Wayne Midw 19 Sd A 489 35 55 8 25 .067 .888 .076 .231
2004 Lk Elsin Cali 20 Sd A+ 518 27 56 8 38 .050 .892 .100 .277
2005 Mobile Sou 21 Sd AA 152 11 31 3 3 .067 .796 .050 .159
2006 Mobile Sou 22 Sd AA 503 31 62 12 38 .058 .877 .113 .261


this is funny. according to the baseball cube he started playing at 10! no seriously luis cruz has contact and he may get power but he needs to learn to take a pitch.

so that's the padres. it'll be interesting to see if all this hitting talent turns into anything. like a frog, or something.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
 
top prospects: dodgers
baseball america's top ten dodgers prospects:


1. Andy LaRoche, 3b
2. Clayton Kershaw, lhp
3. Scott Elbert, lhp
4. James Loney, 1b/of
5. Etanislao Abreu, 2b
6. Ivan DeJesus Jr., ss
7. Jonathan Meloan, rhp
8. Blake DeWitt, 2b/3b
9. Josh Bell, 3b
10. Preston Mattingly, ss


the dodgers still have a very strong system, with some key new additions. they're not nearly as strong as they were last year, though. some guys moved up, and some guys got traded.

last year's list


Career Batting Statistics for Andy LaRoche:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Ogden Pio 20 La Rk 20 1 4 0 1 .048 .800 .063 .211
2004 Columbus SAL 21 La A 246 37 30 13 20 .131 .878 .153 .283
2004 Vero Beach FSL 21 La A+ 222 19 42 10 13 .079 .811 .128 .237
2005 Vero Beach FSL 22 La A+ 251 20 38 21 15 .074 .849 .169 .333
2005 Jcksnvlle Sou 22 La AA 229 35 54 9 12 .133 .764 .120 .273
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 23 La AA 232 45 32 9 13 .162 .862 .110 .309
2006 Las Vegas PCL 23 La AAA 203 27 32 10 15 .117 .842 .146 .322


andy laroche has everything: good patience, good contact, good power. he's gonna be a strong contributor or difference maker for a long time.


Career Pitching Statistics for Clayton Kershaw:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 GCL Ddgers GCL 18 La Rk 37.0 28 0 5 54 .035 .612 .000 1.95


this guy's one of the new additions. clayton kershaw is a lefty with dominating stuff in every department. those rookie league numbers are retarded. 5 walks. 54 strikeouts. 0 home runs. 37 innings. 18 years old. he should move quickly.


Career Pitching Statistics for Scott Elbert:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Ogden Pio 19 La Rk 49.2 47 5 30 45 .133 .770 .033 5.26
2005 Columbus SAL 20 La A 115.0 83 8 57 128 .118 .701 .027 2.66
2006 Vero Beach FSL 21 La A+ 83.2 57 4 41 97 .117 .685 .019 2.37
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 21 La AA 62.1 40 11 44 76 .162 .665 .073 3.61


scott elbert has been able to strike people out but his control is terrible. i couldn't put him this high on the list until he showed some ability to locate.


Career Batting Statistics for James Loney:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 great flls Pio 18 La Rk 170 27 18 5 25 .137 .894 .197 .371
2002 Vero Beach FSL 18 La A+ 67 6 10 0 6 .082 .851 .105 .299
2003 Vero Beach FSL 19 La A+ 469 44 80 7 34 .086 .829 .105 .276
2004 Jcksnvlle Sou 20 La AA 397 45 75 4 21 .102 .811 .078 .238
2005 Jcksnvlle Sou 21 La AA 510 61 87 11 33 .107 .829 .104 .284
2006 Las Vegas PCL 22 La AAA 372 34 34 8 35 .084 .909 .127 .380
2006 LA Dodgers MLB 22 La MLB 102 9 10 4 11 .081 .902 .163 .284


james loney this is one of my favorite predictions from last year. i said "he's gonna crush the ball in vegas." then he went and hit .380, with a .909 CON and a .127 POW!

unfortunately, success often breeds overaggressiveness, and this seems to have happened, but with that kind of contact and that kind of power, james will be hitting in the majors for a long time.


Career Batting Statistics for Etanislao Abreu:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 GCL Ddgers GCL 18 La Rk 163 16 24 0 12 .089 .853 .086 .294
2003 Vero Beach FSL 18 La A+ 10 1 2 0 0 .091 .800 .000 .000
2004 Columbus SAL 19 La A 362 15 59 8 29 .040 .837 .122 .301
2004 Vero Beach FSL 19 La A+ 44 2 8 0 4 .043 .818 .111 .419
2005 Vero Beach FSL 20 La A+ 398 20 56 4 30 .048 .859 .099 .327
2005 Jcksnvlle Sou 20 La AA 97 5 21 0 5 .049 .784 .066 .250
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 21 La AA 463 42 69 6 27 .083 .851 .084 .287


etanislao abreu became tony abreu on the baseball cube. he showed marked improvement with his patience. he has to improve his power to make it in the bigs.


Career Batting Statistics for Ivan De Jesus:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 GCL Ddgers GCL 18 La Rk 121 10 22 0 5 .076 .818 .051 .339
2005 Ogden Pio 18 La Rk 72 9 18 0 1 .111 .750 .019 .208
2006 Columbus SAL 19 La A 490 67 85 1 19 .120 .827 .049 .277


ivan dejesus jr has patience, and can field, but he'll probably never develop the power necessary to make it as a right-handed hitter.


Career Pitching Statistics for John Meloan:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Arizona NCAA 19 NCA 43.1 37 2 28 40 .144 .760 .016 4.15
2004 Arizona NCAA 20 NCA 92.2 97 17 45 77 .107 .795 .057 4.66
2005 Arizona NCAA 21 NCA 112.0 115 4 58 130 .114 .712 .012 3.70
2005 Ogden Pio 21 La Rk 39.0 30 4 18 54 .109 .633 .043 3.69
2006 Columbus SAL 22 La A 23.1 9 2 7 41 .081 .481 .053 1.54
2006 Vero Beach FSL 22 La A+ 18.0 15 2 4 27 .055 .609 .048 2.50
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 22 La AA 10.2 3 1 5 23 .125 .343 .083 1.69


jonathan meloan had some retarded numbers in 2006. the stint in jacksonville. jesus. so he's good. in the arizona fall league, he had 21 strikeouts and 8 walks in 18 innings.


Career Batting Statistics for Blake DeWitt:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Ogden Pio 19 La Rk 300 31 78 12 22 .094 .740 .153 .284
2005 Columbus SAL 20 La A 484 38 79 11 34 .073 .837 .111 .283
2005 Vero Beach FSL 20 La A+ 31 1 3 1 3 .031 .903 .143 .419
2006 Vero Beach FSL 21 La A+ 430 48 79 18 19 .100 .816 .105 .268
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 21 La AA 104 8 21 1 1 .071 .798 .024 .183


blake dewitt has balanced hitting skills, with patience, contact, and power. if he can stick at second base, he'll be valuable in the majors.

last year, the dodgers had 4 major league third base prospects. now they have one. although moving one to second has to be counted as an upgrade. they traded the other two away.

ned colletti has basically been giving talent away. it may never hurt them, but why take the risk?


Career Batting Statistics for Josh Bell:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 GCL Ddgers GCL 18 La Rk 157 21 33 1 8 .118 .790 .073 .318
2006 Ogden Pio 19 La Rk 251 24 72 12 20 .087 .713 .179 .308


josh bell is a new third base prospect. he hits the ball real hard. if he learns patience, he'll be something special.


Career Batting Statistics for Preston Mattingly:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 GCL Ddgers GCL 19 La Rk 189 10 39 1 15 .050 .794 .107 .290


preston mattingly needs to learn to take a pitch.

that's it for the top ten. kevin goldstein left off abreu and dejesus, which i agree with, and added bryan morris and chin-lung hu.


Career Pitching Statistics for Bryan Morris:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 Ogden Pio 19 La Rk 59.2 64 3 40 79 .141 .675 .018 5.13


bryan morris had good strikeouts in 2006, but poor control. he had tommy john surgery, so it'll be a while.


Career Batting Statistics for Chin-lung Hu:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Ogden Pio 19 La Rk 222 14 33 3 14 .059 .851 .090 .305
2004 Columbus SAL 20 La A 334 23 50 6 19 .064 .850 .088 .298
2004 Vero Beach FSL 20 La A+ 75 5 6 0 5 .063 .920 .072 .307
2005 Vero Beach FSL 21 La A+ 472 26 40 8 30 .052 .915 .088 .313
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 22 La AA 490 53 63 5 22 .098 .871 .063 .254


chin-lung hu really improved his walk rate, which is good. the only thing you'd like to see is the power.

at this point he looks like a very useful backup.

let's talk about delwyn young.


Career Batting Statistics for Delwyn Young:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 great flls Pio 20 La Rk 240 31 60 10 19 .114 .750 .161 .300
2003 S. Georgia SAL 21 La A 447 44 87 15 45 .090 .805 .167 .323
2004 Vero Beach FSL 22 La A+ 474 64 134 22 39 .119 .717 .179 .281
2005 Jcksnvlle Sou 23 La AA 375 30 86 16 26 .074 .771 .145 .296
2005 Las Vegas PCL 23 La AAA 160 9 35 4 12 .053 .781 .128 .325
2006 Las Vegas PCL 24 La AAA 537 45 104 18 43 .077 .806 .141 .273
2006 LA Dodgers MLB 24 La MLB 6 0 1 0 0 .000 .833 .000 .000


i guess prospect hounds stopped talking about him, but the kid has talent. he's got lots of power, and it's amazing that he makes any contact at all considering how much he swings. that's the sad thing. it's sad to see a kid with so much talent throw his career away by swinging at everything. you see it all the time.

few more.


Career Pitching Statistics for Carlos Alvarez:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 GCL Ddgers GCL 18 La Rk 26.1 19 3 12 26 .109 .735 .042 2.05
2004 Ogden Pio 19 La Rk 30.1 29 5 5 38 .040 .683 .061 3.26
2004 Columbus SAL 19 La A 21.2 31 5 8 32 .077 .667 .078 6.65
2005 Columbus SAL 20 La A 38.2 24 0 12 63 .079 .550 .000 0.93
2005 Jcksnvlle Sou 20 La AA 38.1 38 4 16 31 .095 .797 .033 3.99
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 21 La AA 55.1 49 7 14 55 .061 .744 .044 2.93


carlos alvarez had very good results in 2006. he was retarded in 2005.


Career Batting Statistics for Cory Dunlap:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Ogden Pio 20 La Rk 247 70 40 7 19 .221 .838 .126 .351
2005 Vero Beach FSL 21 La A+ 437 68 64 7 25 .135 .854 .086 .291
2006 Vero Beach FSL 22 La A+ 288 91 69 14 15 .240 .760 .132 .261
2006 Las Vegas PCL 22 La AAA 5 1 2 0 0 .167 .600 .000 .250


cory dunlap has incredible patience and good power. i heard someone say dh somewhere. that could certainly work.


Career Batting Statistics for Xavier Paul:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Ogden Pio 18 La Rk 269 36 58 7 21 .118 .784 .133 .307
2004 Columbus SAL 19 La A 472 59 127 9 32 .111 .731 .119 .262
2005 Vero Beach FSL 20 La A+ 290 36 81 7 18 .110 .721 .120 .247
2006 Vero Beach FSL 21 La A+ 471 42 114 13 26 .082 .758 .109 .285


xavier paul made improvements in the contact department last year. if he learns to be patient and keeps working, he can make it.


Career Pitching Statistics for Justin Orenduff:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2002 George Was NCAA 19 NCA 59.0 38 0 19 78 .081 .637 .000 1.68
2003 VA Commonw NCAA 20 NCA 95.0 70 8 26 120 .068 .662 .034 2.27
2004 VA Commonw NCAA 21 NCA 100.0 84 4 34 129 .081 .664 .016 2.43
2004 Ogden Pio 21 La Rk 43.2 46 4 25 57 .124 .678 .033 4.74
2005 Vero Beach FSL 22 La A+ 60.1 35 3 26 81 .107 .625 .022 2.24
2005 Jcksnvlle Sou 22 La AA 66.1 59 6 24 65 .085 .748 .031 4.07
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 23 La AA 50.1 40 4 19 54 .090 .717 .029 3.40


justin orenduff has good numbers across the board. he's got decent walk rates, decent contact rates, and decent home run percentages. he can do well.


Career Pitching Statistics for Mark Alexander:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2001 missouri NCAA 20 NCA 5.0 10 1 1 5 .038 .800 .050 10.80
2002 missouri NCAA 21 NCA 7.0 16 0 3 10 .075 .730 .000 15.43
2003 missouri NCAA 22 NCA 19.1 18 2 5 22 .062 .711 .037 5.12
2004 missouri NCAA 23 NCA 54.2 50 4 18 59 .078 .724 .026 2.14
2004 Ogden Pio 23 La Rk 34.0 30 4 8 37 .057 .720 .042 2.65
2005 Vero Beach FSL 24 La A+ 65.1 64 6 23 91 .081 .650 .036 3.03
2006 Jcksnvlle Sou 25 La AA 47.0 26 2 13 72 .072 .569 .021 0.96
2006 Las Vegas PCL 25 La AAA 14.1 11 0 10 13 .156 .759 .000 3.14


mark alexander's stint in jacksonville last year was mental retardation. he got a little case of the walkies in vegas but vegas is not a place for pitchers. he should be successful in the majors.

dodgers dodgers dodgers dodgers dodgers. that's the dodgers.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
pitching injuries
while doing the rockies article i started to think about pitching, and how to succeed in colorado. that led me on a web search that ended up at dr mike marshall's page.

i'd seen the page before, liked what he was talking about, and gone on and forgotten about it and enjoyed baseball.

but i can't forget about it anymore.

pitching, the way it's done in the major leagues, causes terrible arm injuries, leading to pain and loss of function. i don't think anyone disagrees with that.

but it doesn't have to be that way.

mike marshall has developed a pitching delivery that does not cause injury. not only that, but it is more effective than the delivery currently in use.

mike marshall won the cy young award in 1974 when he threw 208 innings in relief for the los angeles dodgers, striking out 143 with a 2.42 era. he also has a phd in kinesiology, which is the science of human body movement.

no one in baseball is listening to him, but they're gonna have to when 10, 12, and 14 year-olds of today start coming up to the pros and outpitching those with traditional mechanics. not only that but they can pitch every day. they don't need rest because they don't hurt their arms.

i just hope he's around to see it. mike marshall is a hero, and by working to eliminate suffering, he's making the world a better place. until his goals are realized, the game i love will bring me sadness.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
 
top prospects: rockies
it's popular to praise the rockies' system but (1) they have a lot of players who work out because of altitude, and (2) they haven't developed any stars.


1. Troy Tulowitski, ss
2. Franklin Morales, lhp
3. Jason Hirsh, rhp
4. Dexter Fowler, of
5. Ian Stewart, 3b
6. Ubaldo Jimenez, rhp
7. Greg Reynolds, rhp
8. Chris Iannetta, c
9. Jeff Baker, of
10. Chaz Roe, rhp


i don't wanna be the only hater, but come on, let's be reasonable. the rockies are nowhere close to winning. except in the way that any team can get lucky and win these days.

now that i've angered all the rockies fans, let's talk about the players.


Career Batting Statistics for Troy Tulowitzki:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Long Beach NCAA 18 NCA 200 12 31 5 11 .057 .845 .095 .270
2004 Long Beach NCAA 19 NCA 233 38 40 7 17 .140 .828 .124 .317
2005 Long Beach NCAA 20 NCA 152 22 35 8 13 .126 .770 .179 .349
2005 Modesto Cali 20 Col A+ 94 11 18 4 6 .105 .809 .132 .266
2006 Tulsa Tex 21 Col AA 428 56 71 13 36 .116 .834 .137 .291
2006 Colorado MLB 21 Col MLB 96 11 25 1 2 .103 .740 .042 .240


last year i said troy tulowitzki would have trouble with contact. he didn't. he made contact at an .834 clip in double-a. a year out of college. at the age of 21. he also had good patience, and a POW of .137. he's gonna be a good one.

when i said they haven't developed any stars, i meant recently. obviously todd helton is a star.


Career Pitching Statistics for Franklin Morales:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Casper Pio 18 Col Rk 65.0 92 8 39 82 .120 .714 .039 7.62
2005 Asheville SAL 19 Col A 96.1 73 6 48 108 .117 .702 .024 3.08
2006 Modesto Cali 20 Col A+ 154.0 126 9 89 179 .131 .696 .022 3.68


franklin morales is a lefty with good contact rates. but he walks too many people. that's not gonna fly in colorado. maybe it's not as important, now that they sog the balls.


Career Pitching Statistics for Jason Hirsh:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Tri City NYPL 21 Hou A- 32.1 22 0 7 33 .056 .723 .000 1.95
2004 Salem Caro 22 Hou A+ 130.1 128 8 57 96 .099 .815 .019 4.01
2005 Coprus Chr Tex 23 Hou AA 172.1 137 12 42 165 .060 .748 .025 2.87
2006 Round Rock PCL 24 Hou AAA 137.1 94 5 51 118 .092 .767 .013 2.10
2006 Houston MLB 24 Hou MLB 44.2 48 11 22 29 .108 .841 .072 6.04


jason hirsh has good home run rates. the rest is not so good. maybe he'll work out. sinker guys seem to make it there.


Career Batting Statistics for Dexter Fowler:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 Casper Pio 19 Col Rk 220 29 73 4 14 .116 .668 .122 .273
2006 Asheville SAL 20 Col A 406 50 79 8 37 .110 .805 .138 .296


dexter fowler had very good results in the sally league. his patience was good, his contact was decent, and his power was strong. he also runs fast.

players that show these kinds of skills tend to have long major-league careers.


Career Batting Statistics for Ian Stewart:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Casper Pio 18 Col Rk 225 32 54 10 19 .125 .760 .170 .317
2004 Asheville SAL 19 Col A 510 70 112 30 40 .121 .780 .176 .319
2005 Modesto Cali 20 Col A+ 442 57 113 17 39 .114 .744 .170 .274
2006 Tulsa Tex 21 Col AA 466 61 103 10 48 .116 .779 .160 .268


ian stewart made great strides in 2006. it doesn't look like it cause his average went down. but his contact raised significantly. i was worried about his future, but i'm not anymore. where are they gonna play him though?

that's the thing. the rockies develop a lot of hitters because they have a friendly environment for hitters. it's not cause they feel confident or whatever it's because in high altitude, the breaking ball is easier to hit. so playing in colorado springs and denver is a learning environment for hitters. consequently, the rockies expect an overstock of hitters. for the same reason, they will have a shortage of pitchers. so the thing to do is trade their hitters for pitchers. but not just any pitcher. they need pitchers with the following two characteristics: velocity, and control. you gotta be able to throw hard, and throw strikes. and just keep throwing it in there. cause the only thing bad is a walk. you think a solo home run makes a difference? that's just one run. but a home run with men on base, now you got a problem. so throw it in there. make em swing.

i just told the rockies how to win, free of charge. but they're not gonna listen.


Career Pitching Statistics for Ubaldo Jimenez:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2002 Casper Pio 18 Col Rk 62.0 72 6 29 65 .101 .748 .031 6.53
2003 Asheville SAL 19 Col A 153.2 129 11 67 138 .102 .766 .024 3.46
2003 Visalia Cali 19 Col A+ 5.0 3 0 1 7 .053 .611 .000 0.00
2004 Visalia Cali 20 Col A+ 44.1 29 1 12 61 .069 .623 .010 2.23
2005 Modesto Cali 21 Col A+ 72.1 61 5 40 78 .126 .719 .025 3.98
2005 Tulsa Tex 21 Col AA 63.0 58 12 31 53 .112 .785 .062 5.43
2006 Tulsa Tex 22 Col AA 73.1 49 2 40 86 .129 .680 .011 2.45
2006 Colo Spr PCL 22 Col AAA 78.1 74 7 43 64 .122 .793 .029 5.06
2006 Colorado MLB 22 Col MLB 7.2 5 1 3 3 .097 .893 .040 3.52


ubaldo jimenez was doing good until he got to colorado springs, which is high altitude, and the curveball doesn't work at altitude. he also walks too many people.


Career Pitching Statistics for Greg Reynolds:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Stanford NCAA 19 NCA 27.0 30 4 12 15 .098 .865 .042 6.00
2005 Stanford NCAA 20 NCA 51.1 51 4 17 51 .077 .751 .026 5.08
2006 Stanford NCAA 21 NCA 127.2 118 7 32 108 .060 .784 .018 3.31
2006 Modesto Cali 21 Col A+ 48.2 51 1 14 29 .066 .853 .006 3.33


greg reynolds was the second pick of the draft, and it was a terrible pick. this is the proof that the rockies have no idea how to win. first of all, greg reynolds is not going to strike people out. you need strikeouts for a top pitcher in colorado. but the big thing is he's a curve ball guy. the curve ball doesn't work in colorado. they gave all that money to denny naegle, and darryl kile, and mike hampton. . . .

this is the point: look at the era's in colorado the past 12 years. however long they've been around. it's random. the era's are basically totally random. colorado is a ridiculous environment. it breaks the game. so you have to completely rethink what you're doing. the problem is you got baseball people, and you have to think like non-baseball people.

this colorado post has really thrown me for a loop. i got stuck at the "da . . ." of "darryl kile," and i've spent the last few days combing the internet. trying to figure this out. but i'm not gonna say i've figured it out. i sure would like to try some ideas, though.

one of the ideas that needs to be tried, in baseball in general, is the idea of pitchers who don't get injured.


Career Batting Statistics for Chris Iannetta:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 North Car. NCAA 19 NCA 171 33 35 9 7 .162 .795 .118 .333
2003 North Car. NCAA 20 NCA 236 37 34 8 15 .136 .856 .114 .319
2004 North Car. NCAA 21 NCA 249 48 47 15 19 .162 .811 .168 .336
2004 Asheville SAL 21 Col A 121 31 29 5 6 .204 .760 .120 .314
2005 Modesto Cali 22 Col A+ 265 47 61 11 20 .151 .770 .152 .276
2005 Tulsa Tex 22 Col AA 61 9 15 2 4 .129 .754 .130 .233
2006 Tulsa Tex 23 Col AA 157 27 26 11 12 .147 .834 .176 .321
2006 Colo Spr PCL 23 Col AAA 152 27 29 3 13 .151 .809 .130 .351
2006 Colorado MLB 23 Col MLB 78 14 17 2 4 .152 .782 .098 .260


the rockies have a bunch of guys who take a lot of pitches and hit for a lot of power and us prospect analysts love this because we know they're gonna go to denver and put up big numbers. then we can say "see, i predicted that guy would do that." but the big numbers in colorado don't mean what they mean in other parks, so what are we predicting? we're predicting a guy who will make a living at his chosen career. chris iannetta will do that.


Career Batting Statistics for Jeff Baker:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2000 Clemson NCAA 19 NCA 281 32 54 11 16 .102 .808 .119 .313
2001 Clemson NCAA 20 NCA 235 43 38 23 15 .155 .838 .193 .369
2002 Clemson NCAA 21 NCA 268 51 59 25 14 .160 .780 .187 .325
2003 Asheville SAL 22 Col A 266 39 79 11 17 .128 .703 .150 .289
2004 Visalia Cali 23 Col A+ 268 53 70 11 24 .165 .739 .177 .330
2004 Tulsa Tex 23 Col AA 92 7 22 4 6 .071 .761 .143 .297
2005 Colo Spr PCL 24 Col AAA 230 17 44 10 17 .069 .809 .145 .303
2005 Colorado MLB 24 Col MLB 38 5 12 1 4 .116 .684 .192 .211
2006 Colo Spr PCL 25 Col AAA 486 51 110 20 34 .095 .774 .144 .305
2006 Colorado MLB 25 Col MLB 57 1 14 5 9 .017 .754 .326 .368


jeff baker hits a lot of home runs. he's in the right park.


Career Pitching Statistics for Chaz Roe:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2005 Casper Pio 18 Col Rk 49.2 31 2 36 55 .167 .694 .016 4.17
2006 Asheville SAL 19 Col A 99.2 105 4 47 80 .104 .802 .012 4.06


chaz roe had pretty good results for a 19-year-old in the sally league. home run limitation is good. unfortunately, he was drafted by the rockies.

having finished with the baseball america list, we move, as usual, to kevin goldstein's list. goldstein leaves off jason hirsh, because he wasn't on the team yet, and baker and roe. he includes shane lindsay, because he hadn't been injured yet, samuel deduno, and joe koshansky.


Career Pitching Statistics for Shane Lindsay:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Casper Pio 19 Col Rk 21.1 22 1 19 31 .181 .640 .018 6.75
2005 TriCity Nwes 20 Col A- 66.2 37 1 34 107 .125 .549 .008 1.89
2006 TriCity Nwes 21 Col A- 29.0 18 0 17 48 .139 .543 .000 2.79
2006 Asheville SAL 21 Col A 33.2 26 2 27 43 .175 .661 .024 2.67


shane lindsay had labrum surgery in october. so far in his career, he has shown very good contact percentages, good home run percentages, and bad walk percentages.


Career Pitching Statistics for Samuel Deduno:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Casper Pio 21 Col Rk 76.1 62 3 32 118 .099 .595 .017 3.18
2005 Asheville SAL 22 Col A 89.2 82 9 65 110 .156 .687 .037 5.62
2006 Modesto Cali 23 Col A+ 146.1 121 3 92 167 .141 .702 .008 4.80


samuel deduno has good contact percentages and very good home run percentages, but bad walk percentages. unfortunately, he's a curveballer, and curveballs don't work in colorado.


Career Batting Statistics for Joe Koshansky:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2001 Virginia NCAA 19 NCA 15 6 7 0 0 .286 .533 .000 .133
2002 Virginia NCAA 20 NCA 45 6 24 1 2 .118 .467 .143 .156
2003 Virginia NCAA 21 NCA 182 39 49 9 13 .176 .731 .165 .320
2004 Virginia NCAA 22 NCA 228 35 53 16 18 .133 .768 .194 .302
2004 TriCity Nwes 22 Col A- 241 35 84 12 18 .127 .651 .191 .234
2005 Asheville SAL 23 Col A 461 64 122 36 32 .122 .735 .201 .291
2005 Tulsa Tex 23 Col AA 46 2 15 2 3 .042 .674 .161 .267
2006 Tulsa Tex 24 Col AA 502 70 134 31 28 .122 .733 .160 .284


joe koshansky will put up big numbers in colorado, assuming he cracks the lineup.

there's a bunch more guys who were mentioned in the articles, so we'll talk about them now.


Career Batting Statistics for Christopher Nelson:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Casper Pio 18 Col Rk 147 22 42 4 9 .130 .714 .124 .347
2005 Asheville SAL 19 Col A 319 30 88 3 16 .086 .724 .082 .241
2006 Asheville SAL 20 Col A 473 39 101 11 39 .076 .786 .134 .260


chris nelson is a shortstop with good power who swings too much. he certainly could hit in colorado, but who couldn't.

he could probably hit anywhere if he stopped swinging so much.


Career Batting Statistics for Hector Gomez:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 Casper Pio 18 Col Rk 206 14 26 5 13 .064 .874 .100 .327
2006 TriCity Nwes 18 Col A- 46 1 14 0 3 .021 .696 .094 .244


hector gomez is a young shortstop with good contact skills. he's got a little pop in there too.


Career Batting Statistics for Corey Wimberly:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Alcorn St NCAA 20 NCA 150 27 14 0 12 .153 .907 .088 .420
2005 Alcorn St NCAA 21 NCA 136 39 5 1 13 .223 .963 .107 .462
2005 Casper Pio 21 Col Rk 283 24 27 1 10 .078 .905 .043 .381
2006 Modesto Cali 22 Col A+ 344 47 42 2 10 .120 .878 .040 .325


corey wimberly is definitely one of the top ten prospects in this system. probably top-five. he's got a patient bat, and can get on base against anybody with contact, speed, and switch-hitting. then, when he gets on base, watch out. he stole 50 bases in 87 games last year.

he'd be much more valuable in a park that made sense for baseball.

he's a middle infielder.


Career Batting Statistics for Eric Young:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Casper Pio 19 Col Rk 87 21 13 0 6 .194 .851 .081 .264
2005 Casper Pio 20 Col Rk 221 39 52 3 14 .150 .765 .101 .301
2006 Asheville SAL 21 Col A 483 77 75 5 34 .138 .845 .096 .295


eric young is another second-baseman with patience, contact, speed, and switch-hitting. he stole 87 bases last year. he doesn't have nearly the contact wimberly has. he might have better patience though.


Career Pitching Statistics for Juan Morillo:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Casper Pio 19 Col Rk 64.0 85 6 40 44 .126 .841 .026 5.91
2004 TriCity Nwes 20 Col A- 66.1 56 0 41 73 .139 .714 .000 2.98
2005 Asheville SAL 21 Col A 33.2 40 2 13 43 .084 .695 .020 4.54
2005 Modesto Cali 21 Col A+ 112.1 107 10 65 101 .128 .773 .029 4.41
2006 Tulsa Tex 22 Col AA 140.1 128 13 80 132 .127 .760 .031 4.62
2006 Colorado MLB 22 Col MLB 4.0 8 3 3 4 .130 .800 .188 15.75


juan morillo throws hard, but he walks too many people. if he could get the walks down, he'd be useful.


Career Pitching Statistics for Josh Sullivan:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Auburn NCAA 19 NCA 14.2 16 2 13 11 .178 .817 .041 8.59
2004 Auburn NCAA 20 NCA 1.0 1 0 1 1 .200 .750 .000 18.00
2005 Auburn NCAA 21 NCA 97.0 88 6 39 74 .093 .805 .020 4.18
2005 TriCity Nwes 21 Col A- 1.0 3 0 1 1 .143 .833 .000 27.00
2006 TriCity Nwes 22 Col A- 69.2 49 2 21 74 .075 .713 .011 2.71


josh sullivan had some good results at tricity, with decent walk rates, decent contact rates, and good home run rates, but he's far from the majors.

jesus, being a pitcher in the colorado rockies organization sucks.


Career Pitching Statistics for Darren Clarke:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2001 Casper Pio 20 Col Rk 55.1 76 3 33 42 .120 .826 .015 6.02
2002 TriCity Nwes 21 Col A- 40.0 51 3 19 38 .100 .778 .023 6.98
2003 Asheville SAL 22 Col A 157.1 155 22 59 107 .086 .829 .042 3.83
2004 Visalia Cali 23 Col A+ 35.1 54 6 16 27 .091 .831 .045 7.39
2005 TriCity Nwes 24 Col A- 14.0 9 0 2 18 .038 .647 .000 0.64
2005 Modesto Cali 24 Col A+ 6.0 13 2 3 4 .088 .871 .074 9.00
2006 Modesto Cali 25 Col A+ 26.2 13 1 7 37 .070 .602 .018 1.35


darren clarke had some really good numbers in modesto last year, but he hasn't gotten much playing time.

if he does well, he gets to pitch in colorado. congratulations, fuck you.


Career Pitching Statistics for Brandon Hynick:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Birm South NCAA 19 NCA 57.1 49 5 20 50 .083 .774 .029 3.61
2005 Birm South NCAA 20 NCA 99.2 111 5 27 74 .062 .820 .015 3.34
2006 Birm South NCAA 21 NCA 100.2 90 1 26 89 .062 .773 .003 2.59
2006 Casper Pio 21 Col Rk 64.0 55 3 8 70 .031 .717 .017 2.39
2006 TriCity Nwes 21 Col A- 7.0 5 0 1 9 .037 .654 .000 2.57


brandon hynick is a righty with good control who pitched in casper last year. i'm starting to think control is the most important thing in colorado, because stuff don't make much difference.


Career Pitching Statistics for Manuel Corpas:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2000 Venoco VSL 17 Col Rk 2.1 5 0 0 3 .000 .750 .000 15.43
2002 Casper Pio 19 Col Rk 33.0 37 4 18 42 .117 .691 .043 5.73
2003 TriCity Nwes 20 Col A- 84.0 98 7 22 47 .059 .866 .023 5.79
2004 Asheville SAL 21 Col A 44.1 48 3 13 52 .067 .713 .023 3.05
2005 Modesto Cali 22 Col A+ 69.0 83 2 14 52 .046 .821 .008 3.78
2006 Tulsa Tex 23 Col AA 36.2 22 0 4 35 .029 .735 .000 0.98
2006 Colo Spr PCL 23 Col AAA 8.2 5 1 2 7 .061 .774 .042 1.04
2006 Colorado MLB 23 Col MLB 32.1 36 3 8 27 .057 .797 .028 3.62


manuel corpas made it to the big club and threw strikes for 32 innings. if he can keep doing that, he's got a job.

got to have a j-o-b if you wanna im-press me.

the rockies have a lot of guys with talent. it doesn't make a bit of difference. first of all, the talent is not that great. second, they have an insurmountable pitching problem. at least it is to them. the model of getting a lot of guys who bash home runs and squeaking into the playoffs has worked in the past, and it could work again, but to have a truly good team they're gonna have to do things very differently. whatever they do, they are many years away, because they are nowhere close to the kind of talent the diamondbacks and dodgers have.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
 
top prospects: diamondbacks
the diamondbacks moved a lot of talent up last year. they still have a lot of talent, but they don't really have any pitching.


1. Justin Upton, of
2. Chris Young, of
3. Carlos Gonzalez, of
4. Alberto Callaspo, 2b
5. Miguel Montero, c
6. Micah Owings, rhp
7. Mark Reynolds, if
8. Dustin Nippert, rhp
9. Tony Pena, rhp
10. Brett Anderson, lhp


the top five are good. the rest are guys. reynolds is interesting because he could totally bomb but there's a very small chance he becomes a star.


Career Batting Statistics for Justin Upton:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 South Bend Midw 19 Ari A 444 57 96 12 29 .114 .784 .118 .263


justin upton is definitely the top prospect in the organization. at the age of 19, he played in a-ball as his first professional experience. he had decent patience, decent contact, and decent power. those are the numbers of a future star. here's his wikipedia page.


Career Batting Statistics for Chris Young:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 Az Chisox Ariz 18 Chw Rk 184 24 54 5 14 .115 .707 .146 .217
2003 Bristol App 19 Chw Rk 242 27 40 7 21 .100 .835 .139 .290
2003 great flls Pio 19 Chw Rk 34 1 10 0 3 .029 .706 .125 .176
2004 Kannapolis SAL 20 Chw A 468 77 145 24 36 .141 .690 .186 .262
2005 Birmingham Sou 21 Chw AA 469 77 129 26 44 .141 .725 .206 .277
2006 Tucson PCL 22 Ari AAA 407 58 71 21 36 .125 .826 .170 .276
2006 Arizona MLB 22 Ari MLB 71 7 12 2 4 .090 .831 .102 .243


chris young has moved up the past three years and made vast improvements in contact every year. while doing so, he has maintained patience and power, both of which are excellent. he plays center field. as a contact-challenged power hitter, arizona is the perfect place for him.


Career Batting Statistics for Carlos Gonzalez:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Missoula Pio 17 Ari Rk 278 21 61 6 18 .070 .781 .111 .258
2004 Yakima Nwes 18 Ari A- 302 25 70 9 17 .076 .768 .112 .273
2004 South Bend Midw 18 Ari A 51 1 13 1 4 .019 .745 .132 .275
2005 South Bend Midw 19 Ari A 516 53 86 18 34 .093 .833 .121 .307
2006 Lancaster Cali 20 Ari A+ 412 40 104 21 39 .088 .748 .195 .300
2006 Tennessee Sou 20 Ari AA 61 7 12 2 6 .103 .803 .163 .213


carlos gonzalez has a lot of power but he's a little too aggressive. actually he's not too aggressive; he's too loose. in poker, the ideal way to play is tight-aggressive. you want to be selective with the hands you play, and aggressive (raise) when you do play a hand. baseball is the same. you want to be selective with the pitches you swing at, and aggressive when you do swing. he'll figure it out.


Career Batting Statistics for Alberto Callaspo:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 Provo Pio 19 Ana Rk 302 19 14 3 26 .059 .954 .101 .338
2003 Cedar Rpds Midw 20 Ana A 520 45 28 2 42 .080 .946 .089 .327
2004 Arkansas Tex 21 Ana AA 554 47 25 6 31 .078 .955 .070 .284
2005 Arkansas Tex 22 Laa AA 355 29 17 10 8 .076 .952 .053 .297
2005 Salt Lake PCL 22 Laa AAA 215 11 13 1 23 .049 .940 .119 .316
2006 Tucson PCL 23 Ari AAA 494 58 27 7 36 .105 .945 .092 .337
2006 Arizona MLB 23 Ari MLB 43 4 6 0 2 .085 .860 .054 .238


alberto callaspo this guy has everything. except power. but damn can he hit. and he vastly improved his patience last year. i don't know. he's a smart player with lots of skills. this is the type of guy that wins games.


Career Batting Statistics for Miguel Montero:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 Missoula Pio 20 Ari Rk 155 20 26 3 11 .114 .832 .109 .263
2003 Missoula Pio 21 Ari Rk 199 17 15 4 12 .079 .925 .087 .301
2004 South Bend Midw 22 Ari A 407 42 74 11 24 .094 .818 .105 .263
2005 Lancaster Cali 23 Ari A+ 361 36 52 24 25 .091 .856 .159 .349
2005 Tennessee Sou 23 Ari AA 109 10 26 2 3 .084 .761 .060 .250
2006 Tennessee Sou 24 Ari AA 293 44 44 10 18 .131 .850 .112 .270
2006 Tucson PCL 24 Ari AAA 136 18 21 7 5 .117 .846 .104 .321
2006 Arizona MLB 24 Ari MLB 16 1 3 0 1 .059 .813 .077 .250


miguel montero had a very good year last year. his plate skills are strong, with patience and contact, and power is a possibility. should be a major-league starter.


Career Pitching Statistics for Micah Owings:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Ga Tech NCAA 20 NCA 88.0 84 12 21 58 .057 .833 .041 3.99
2004 Ga Tech NCAA 21 NCA 113.1 93 14 43 112 .090 .741 .044 3.89
2005 Tulane NCAA 22 NCA 129.2 111 7 25 135 .048 .730 .019 3.26
2005 Lancaster Cali 22 Ari A+ 22.0 17 0 4 30 .046 .639 .000 2.45
2006 Tennessee Sou 23 Ari AA 74.1 66 4 17 69 .056 .761 .018 2.91
2006 Tucson PCL 23 Ari AAA 87.2 96 4 34 61 .087 .830 .013 3.70


micah owings has good control and good home run limitation, but he doesn't have the strikeouts to be dominant. should make it though.


Career Batting Statistics for Mark Reynolds:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 Virginia NCAA 19 NCA 207 24 53 15 12 .104 .744 .175 .283
2003 Virginia NCAA 20 NCA 206 25 50 9 17 .108 .757 .167 .295
2004 Virginia NCAA 21 NCA 237 45 59 11 16 .160 .751 .152 .274
2004 Yakima Nwes 21 Ari A- 236 38 65 12 20 .139 .725 .187 .274
2004 South Bend Midw 21 Ari A 15 1 5 0 1 .063 .667 .100 .067
2004 Lancaster Cali 21 Ari A+ 12 0 4 0 0 .000 .667 .000 .083
2005 South Bend Midw 22 Ari A 436 43 107 19 28 .090 .755 .143 .253
2006 Lancaster Cali 23 Ari A+ 278 44 72 23 20 .137 .741 .209 .337
2006 Tennessee Sou 23 Ari AA 114 13 37 8 7 .102 .675 .195 .272


mark reynolds this is the fun one. he hit some bombs last year. 31 of them, in fact, which is more than he had in the doubles and triples department. so he's got the power. the thing that worries me is the contact. yes, he swings too much. so he could improve his contact by being more selective. but will it be enough? he's having this much trouble in high-a and double-a and he's old for his level. i don't know. there's a lot of raw talent there but will he have the discipline and intelligence to pull it off? i don't know. i bet he enjoys the game though.


Career Pitching Statistics for Dustin Nippert:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2002 Missoula Pio 21 Ari Rk 54.2 42 2 9 77 .042 .626 .016 1.65
2003 South Bend Midw 22 Ari A 95.2 66 4 32 96 .083 .728 .016 2.82
2004 El Paso Tex 23 Ari AA 71.2 77 0 40 73 .120 .750 .000 3.64
2005 Tennessee Sou 24 Ari AA 118.1 95 4 42 97 .085 .784 .011 2.36
2005 Arizona MLB 24 Ari MLB 14.2 10 1 13 11 .194 .796 .023 5.52
2006 Tucson PCL 25 Ari AAA 140.1 161 11 52 130 .082 .777 .024 4.87
2006 Arizona MLB 25 Ari MLB 10.0 15 5 7 9 .135 .800 .139 11.70


dustin nippert has enough stuff for the majors but not much more. curveballers have difficulty in arizona because of the thinner air. he should go to la.

like it's up to him.


Career Pitching Statistics for Tony Pena:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2002 Missoula Pio 20 Ari Rk 20.0 26 0 3 14 .034 .837 .000 6.30
2003 South Bend Midw 21 Ari A 160.1 149 3 30 119 .045 .811 .006 2.86
2004 El Paso Tex 22 Ari AA 43.0 47 4 5 36 .028 .795 .029 5.44
2005 Tennessee Sou 23 Ari AA 148.1 165 17 40 95 .062 .844 .033 4.43
2006 Tennessee Sou 24 Ari AA 20.1 18 0 5 17 .060 .785 .000 0.89
2006 Tucson PCL 24 Ari AAA 26.1 17 1 2 21 .020 .781 .013 1.71
2006 Arizona MLB 24 Ari MLB 30.2 36 6 8 21 .059 .836 .056 5.58


tony pena has good control and not much else. he could make it. he pretty much already has.

brett anderson has not pitched in the pros yet. according to kevin goldstein, he's a lefty with very good leftiness.

your typical lefty employs good control, good home run limitation, and control of the running game. lefty home run limitation seems magical so i call it mojo. it tends to happen because the change-up is the out pitch against righties. changeups reduce home runs.

goldstein also mentioned emilio bonifacio and gerardo parra. we'll do them and greg smith and matt torra.


Career Batting Statistics for Emilio Bonifacio:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Missoula Pio 18 Ari Rk 147 21 43 0 2 .125 .707 .019 .199
2004 South Bend Midw 19 Ari A 413 28 122 1 15 .063 .705 .055 .260
2005 South Bend Midw 20 Ari A 526 58 90 1 21 .099 .829 .050 .270
2006 Lancaster Cali 21 Ari A+ 550 50 104 7 42 .083 .811 .110 .321


emilio bonifacio has speed but it doesn't look like he'll develop the hitting skills to make it. he could go a lot of ways though. he's right in the middle.


Career Batting Statistics for Gerardo Parra:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 Missoula Pio 19 Ari Rk 275 28 30 4 22 .092 .891 .106 .328


parra had a good year last year with very good contact. he should be on the list.


Career Pitching Statistics for Greg Smith:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
1992 LSU NCAA 8 NCA 33.2 39 1 7 30 .048 .786 .009 4.01
2004 LSU NCAA 20 NCA 30.2 26 1 13 35 .099 .703 .012 2.35
2005 LSU NCAA 21 NCA 104.0 99 8 25 82 .057 .800 .024 2.60
2005 Missoula Pio 21 Ari Rk 82.1 69 8 18 100 .054 .684 .037 4.15


greg smith is a lefty (see above). he's got a good shot to do that thing that lefties do.

have lefties always been this common? cause these guys are growing like weeds.


Career Pitching Statistics for Matt Torra:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Mass NCAA 19 NCA 70.1 61 7 20 47 .068 .827 .031 4.61
2004 Mass NCAA 20 NCA 64.1 83 5 26 69 .086 .750 .024 4.90
2005 Mass NCAA 21 NCA 94.2 56 0 16 111 .045 .674 .000 1.14
2005 Yakima Nwes 21 Ari A- 10.0 11 1 4 10 .089 .756 .032 1.80
2006 South Bend Midw 22 Ari A 25.0 24 0 5 20 .048 .798 .000 1.80


matt torra looked good last year but had labrum surgery. that's tough to come back from.

so yeah the diamondbacks. the talent is coming up, and they should have a good run. they got their number 1 guy, and they got their offense. the bullpen could be strong. this team can do some things.
Monday, March 12, 2007
 
top prospects: national league central
the division where prospects go to die. actually, they just don't go there. except milwaukee.

cubs
reds
astros
brewers
pirates
cardinals

national league east
american league
Sunday, March 11, 2007
 
top prospects: cardinals
cardinals cardinals cardinals cardinals cardinals cardinals cardinals. it's not good.

who cares, they got pujols.


1. Colby Rasmus, of
2. Jaime Garcia, lhp
3. Chris Perez, rhp
4. Blake Hawksworth, rhp
5. Jon Jay, of
6. Bryan Anderson, c
7. Adam Ottavino, rhp
8. Mark McCormick, rhp
9. Josh Kinney, rhp
10. Darryl Jones, of


the talent they have is far away.


Career Batting Statistics for Colby Rasmus:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 Johns City App 19 Stl Rk 219 24 73 7 21 .099 .667 .192 .296
2006 Quad Cties Midw 20 Stl A 306 32 55 11 25 .095 .820 .143 .310
2006 Palm Beach FSL 20 Stl A+ 195 30 35 5 9 .133 .821 .088 .254


colby rasmus is a poor man's andrew muccutchen. he's a little older, a little farther along in his development, and a little less talented. but he's still very talented. also he's left-handed. he could end up better. he showed good patience at high-a.


Career Pitching Statistics for Jaime Garcia:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 Quad Cties Midw 20 Stl A 77.2 67 1 18 80 .057 .733 .005 2.90
2006 Palm Beach FSL 20 Stl A+ 77.1 84 3 16 51 .048 .839 .011 3.84


jaime garcia has really good control and really good home run limitation. what a surprise, he's a lefty.

should be looking good for a major-league career, but won't be doing that strikeout thing.


Career Pitching Statistics for Chris Perez:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Miami NCAA 20 NCA 18.2 17 2 18 30 .198 .589 .047 7.71
2005 Miami NCAA 21 NCA 45.2 34 2 25 52 .128 .696 .017 2.56
2006 Miami NCAA 22 NCA 52.2 33 1 28 62 .128 .675 .008 1.88
2006 Quad Cties Midw 22 Stl A 29.1 20 0 19 32 .150 .704 .000 2.15


chris perez has some good contact rates and some really good home run rates, but control is an issue. should be useful in a bullpen.


Career Pitching Statistics for Blake Hawksworth:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2002 Johns City App 19 Stl Rk 66.0 58 8 18 61 .066 .762 .041 3.14
2002 New Jersey NYPL 19 Stl A- 9.2 6 0 2 8 .054 .771 .000 0.00
2003 Peoria Midw 20 Stl A 54.2 37 0 12 57 .056 .716 .000 2.30
2003 Palm Beach FSL 20 Stl A+ 32.0 28 2 11 32 .081 .742 .022 3.94
2004 Palm Beach FSL 21 Stl A+ 10.2 10 2 3 11 .067 .738 .065 5.91
2005 New Jersey NYPL 22 Stl A- 14.2 18 0 10 12 .139 .806 .000 7.98
2006 Palm Beach FSL 23 Stl A+ 83.2 75 0 19 55 .055 .831 .000 2.47
2006 Springfiel Tex 23 Stl AA 79.2 72 8 31 66 .091 .788 .033 3.39


blake hawksworth had some injuries, and he's back. he's got decent control, decent contact rates, and good home run prevention. if he stays healthy, he'll play in the majors.


Career Batting Statistics for Jon Jay:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Miami NCAA 19 NCA 237 36 37 6 15 .132 .844 .105 .368
2005 Miami NCAA 20 NCA 213 36 26 1 20 .145 .878 .112 .408
2006 Miami NCAA 21 NCA 232 62 30 6 16 .211 .871 .109 .361
2006 Quad Cties Midw 21 Stl A 236 31 27 3 16 .116 .886 .091 .342


jon jay is a left-handed batter who makes really good contact. he'll have to develop power if he wants to be a star.


Career Batting Statistics for Bryan Anderson:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 Johns City App 18 Stl Rk 159 16 29 6 9 .091 .818 .115 .331
2006 Quad Cties Midw 19 Stl A 381 42 66 3 32 .099 .827 .111 .302


bryan anderson is a catcher with very good hitting skills. he's young, and he bats left-handed. he's got decent patience, good contact, and line-drive power. i really like this kid.


Career Pitching Statistics for Adam Ottavino:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 nrtheastrn NCAA 18 NCA 63.2 48 1 38 64 .137 .732 .006 3.25
2005 nrtheastrn NCAA 19 NCA 96.0 78 7 45 106 .109 .710 .027 3.09
2006 nrtheastrn NCAA 20 NCA 93.2 71 4 33 120 .086 .659 .017 2.98
2006 State Coll NYPL 20 Stl A- 28.2 23 1 13 26 .107 .761 .012 3.14
2006 Quad Cties Midw 20 Stl A 36.2 28 3 19 38 .121 .725 .030 3.44


that quad cities team had a lot of talent. adam ottavino has decent strikeout skills and decent home run limitation but poor control. he'll need to work that up to pitch in the majors.


Career Pitching Statistics for Mark Mccormick:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Baylor NCAA 19 NCA 64.1 56 2 50 66 .167 .735 .011 5.32
2004 Baylor NCAA 20 NCA 46.0 41 2 36 42 .167 .765 .015 4.70
2005 Baylor NCAA 21 NCA 112.2 73 4 66 115 .138 .720 .014 2.96
2005 New Jersey NYPL 21 Stl A- 6.0 1 0 3 10 .136 .474 .000 0.00
2005 Quad Cties Midw 21 Stl A 42.2 41 4 28 45 .142 .734 .032 5.48
2006 Quad Cties Midw 22 Stl A 52.1 38 3 38 63 .163 .677 .023 3.96
2006 Palm Beach FSL 22 Stl A+ 4.0 5 0 3 5 .150 .706 .000 11.25


mark mccormick has lots of talent but terrible control. i don't think he's gonna make it. he might make it eventually.


Career Pitching Statistics for Josh Kinney:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
1999 Quincy NCAA 20 NCA 82.0 77 5 17 61 .050 .811 .019 3.29
2000 Quincy NCAA 21 NCA 79.0 82 1 30 42 .086 .868 .004 3.76
2001 Quincy NCAA 22 NCA 85.0 72 5 19 83 .055 .746 .020 2.33
2001 River City Fron 22 Ind 21.0 18 1 7 18 .080 .778 .016 1.71
2001 New Jersey NYPL 22 Stl A- 5.2 2 0 0 5 .000 .737 .000 0.00
2001 Peoria Midw 22 Stl A 41.0 47 1 15 35 .081 .794 .007 4.39
2002 Potomac Caro 23 Stl A+ 55.0 52 2 23 42 .096 .806 .011 2.29
2003 Palm Beach FSL 24 Stl A+ 41.1 38 0 10 35 .058 .784 .000 1.52
2003 Tennessee Sou 24 Stl AA 39.2 19 2 12 48 .080 .652 .022 0.68
2004 Palm Beach FSL 25 Stl A+ 8.1 8 1 6 12 .154 .636 .048 4.32
2004 Tennessee Sou 25 Stl AA 55.2 67 6 34 48 .127 .795 .032 5.50
2005 Springfiel Tex 26 Stl AA 42.0 28 2 12 42 .072 .727 .018 1.29
2005 Memphis PCL 26 Stl AAA 25.2 40 4 19 25 .140 .786 .043 7.36
2006 Memphis PCL 27 Stl AAA 71.0 46 2 29 76 .101 .707 .011 1.52
2006 St. Louis MLB 27 Stl MLB 25.0 17 3 8 22 .080 .761 .043 3.24


the fact that josh kinney's on this list is a testament to the thinness of the system. at 27, there's nothing to project. he's a major-leaguer.


Career Batting Statistics for Daryl Jones:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 Johns City App 18 Stl Rk 184 28 41 2 7 .132 .777 .063 .209
2006 Johns City App 19 Stl Rk 68 11 8 3 4 .139 .882 .117 .265
2006 Quad Cties Midw 19 Stl A 82 9 23 1 6 .099 .720 .119 .235


daryl jones is a young outfielder who looks like he can make it. he's got all kinds of speed and strength and everything and needs to learn the game.

kevin goldstein has mostly the same guys but in a better order. he has cody haerther and tyler greene instead of jon jay and josh kinney. i would choose jay and haerther. his sleeper is blake king.


Career Batting Statistics for Cody Haerther:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Johns City App 20 Stl Rk 227 22 30 3 18 .088 .868 .107 .332
2004 Peoria Midw 21 Stl A 327 36 59 5 22 .099 .820 .101 .316
2005 Palm Beach FSL 22 Stl A+ 174 18 31 8 15 .094 .822 .161 .318
2005 Springfiel Tex 22 Stl AA 208 11 44 10 11 .050 .788 .128 .298
2006 Springfiel Tex 23 Stl AA 414 38 59 11 30 .084 .857 .115 .277


cody haerther is a lefty with good contact who needs a little more patience and a little more power. i like his chances.


Career Batting Statistics for Tyler Greene:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Ga Tech NCAA 21 NCA 258 41 68 7 19 .137 .736 .137 .273
2005 Ga Tech NCAA 22 NCA 269 44 71 12 18 .141 .736 .152 .372
2005 New Jersey NYPL 22 Stl A- 139 20 37 1 12 .126 .734 .127 .261
2005 Palm Beach FSL 22 Stl A+ 85 7 28 2 4 .076 .671 .105 .271
2006 Quad Cties Midw 23 Stl A 224 32 65 15 11 .125 .710 .164 .287
2006 Palm Beach FSL 23 Stl A+ 269 33 90 5 11 .109 .665 .089 .224


tyler greene is a shortstop with good speed who just doesn't look like he's gonna have enough to make it. hitting-wise. i mean, the problem is hitting. he's got some power but he doesn't make contact. and he doesn't have enough power that it's ok that he doesn't make contact. he just doesn't look like he's gonna make it.


Career Pitching Statistics for Blake King:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 Johns City App 19 Stl Rk 62.2 37 3 29 74 .114 .671 .020 3.02


blake king had a pretty good start there in the rookie leagues.

couple more guys.


Career Batting Statistics for Skip Schumaker:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
1999 Loyola Mmt NCAA 19 NCA 42 6 9 0 1 .125 .786 .030 .238
2000 calsantab NCAA 20 NCA 14 0 3 0 3 .000 .786 .273 .286
2001 calsantab NCAA 21 NCA 254 32 31 1 22 .112 .878 .103 .400
2001 New Jersey NYPL 21 Stl A- 163 30 33 0 11 .155 .798 .085 .253
2002 Potomac Caro 22 Stl A+ 553 47 84 2 26 .078 .848 .060 .287
2003 Tennessee Sou 23 Stl AA 344 41 54 2 23 .106 .843 .086 .251
2004 Tennessee Sou 24 Stl AA 517 62 61 4 35 .107 .882 .086 .316
2005 Memphis PCL 25 Stl AAA 448 31 54 7 27 .065 .879 .086 .287
2005 St. Louis MLB 25 Stl MLB 24 2 2 0 1 .077 .917 .045 .250
2006 Memphis PCL 26 Stl AAA 373 26 48 3 16 .065 .871 .058 .306
2006 St. Louis MLB 26 Stl MLB 54 5 6 1 1 .085 .889 .042 .185


skip schumaker is a centerfielder with speed and contact who bats left-handed. you know where i'm going with this. if he works the count, he can be an on-base guy against tough pitching. with his defense, he's a good guy to have on a major-league bench.


Career Batting Statistics for Jonathan Edwards:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 Johns City App 18 Stl Rk 155 23 33 4 17 .129 .787 .172 .266


johnathan edwards. good start in rookie ball.

the cardinals are fine. they got albert pujols, chris carpenter, and guys who can play. that's all they need.
 
top prospects: pirates
a year ago, the pirates had a lot of talent with a lot of breakout potential. now, while the talent has matured, the breakout potential has cooled. the team is left with a solid young core, but no stars.


1. Andrew McCutchen, of
2. Neil Walker, c
3. Brad Lincoln, rhp
4. Yoslan Herrera, rhp
5. Josh Sharpless, rhp
6. Steven Pearce, 1b
7. Brian Bixler, ss
8. Brad Corley, of
9. Todd Redmond, rhp
10. Mike Felix, lhp


what they really need is a number one starting pitcher and some power bats.


Career Batting Statistics for Andrew McCutchen:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 GCL Pirtes GCL 18 Pit Rk 160 32 24 2 12 .167 .850 .103 .297
2005 Wllmsport NYPL 18 Pit A- 52 9 6 0 4 .148 .885 .087 .346
2006 Hickory SAL 19 Pit A 456 47 91 14 24 .093 .800 .104 .291
2006 Altoona East 19 Pit AA 78 9 20 3 4 .103 .744 .121 .308


this kid is a star. he played 20 games in double-a at the age of 19. he's a centerfielder with speed. the numbers don't knock you out but he's young for his level. you never know who's gonna pan out but this is the type of kid that really has a chance. last year he was number 2 on the list.


Career Batting Statistics for Neil Walker:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 GCL Pirtes GCL 18 Pit Rk 195 13 33 4 15 .063 .831 .117 .271
2004 Wllmsport NYPL 18 Pit A- 33 2 1 0 3 .057 .970 .094 .313
2005 Hickory SAL 19 Pit A 492 26 71 12 35 .050 .856 .112 .301
2005 Lynchburg Caro 19 Pit A+ 45 0 12 0 3 .000 .733 .091 .262
2006 Lynchburg Caro 20 Pit A+ 265 25 41 3 23 .086 .845 .116 .284
2006 Altoona East 20 Pit AA 31 1 4 2 0 .031 .871 .074 .161


the rumors of neil walker's demise have been greatly exaggerated. he still makes good contact. he still has power. and what people may not be talking about is his patience has come way up. he's a third baseman now, so that hurts his status. but he's gonna hit in the major leagues.


Career Pitching Statistics for Brad Lincoln:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Houston NCAA 19 NCA 56.2 60 2 19 35 .076 .848 .010 4.29
2005 Houston NCAA 20 NCA 102.0 124 12 25 106 .055 .753 .037 4.76
2006 Houston NCAA 21 NCA 127.2 91 8 32 152 .063 .679 .025 1.69
2006 GCL Pirtes GCL 21 Pit Rk 7.2 6 0 1 9 .033 .690 .000 0.00
2006 Hickory SAL 21 Pit A 16.0 25 2 6 10 .076 .863 .032 6.75


brad lincoln had fantastic numbers at houston last year. he has very good control, he vastly improved his contact rates, and he seems to limit home runs. it looks like he'll progress quickly.

best case scenario these three become difference makers. but by the time they get there the rest of the team will be old. i don't know what the solution is. they need to find a lot more talent.

the next guy on the list is yoslan herrera. he's from cuba. he hasn't pitched in the pros yet, so we can't analyze him.


Career Pitching Statistics for Josh Sharpless:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Wllmsport NYPL 22 Pit A- 31.1 19 2 17 45 .131 .602 .029 2.59
2004 Hickory SAL 23 Pit A 74.1 42 4 55 109 .172 .589 .026 3.03
2005 Lynchburg Caro 24 Pit A+ 27.0 7 0 11 46 .111 .477 .000 0.00
2005 Altoona East 24 Pit AA 9.1 6 0 3 13 .081 .618 .000 2.89
2006 Altoona East 25 Pit AA 21.0 8 0 9 30 .113 .577 .000 0.86
2006 Indy IL 25 Pit AAA 33.0 32 1 15 30 .103 .771 .010 2.45
2006 Pittsburgh MLB 25 Pit MLB 12.0 7 0 11 7 .204 .837 .000 1.50


josh sharpless has had some retarded CON's in small sample sizes and has really good home run rates. he's definitely got something going.


Career Batting Statistics for Steve Pearce:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2005 Wllmsport NYPL 22 Pit A- 275 37 43 7 26 .119 .844 .142 .301
2006 Hickory SAL 23 Pit A 160 19 32 12 14 .106 .800 .203 .288
2006 Lynchburg Caro 23 Pit A+ 332 44 65 14 28 .117 .804 .157 .265


steven pearce has very good power but he's also old for his level. hitting upper-level pitching will be a challenge.


Career Batting Statistics for Brian Bixler:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 E Michigan NCAA 19 NCA 234 28 38 13 17 .107 .838 .153 .320
2003 E Michigan NCAA 20 NCA 232 45 39 9 10 .162 .832 .098 .322
2004 E Michigan NCAA 21 NCA 246 37 43 8 21 .131 .825 .143 .453
2004 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 232 17 51 0 11 .068 .780 .061 .276
2005 Hickory SAL 22 Pit A 505 49 134 9 25 .088 .735 .092 .281
2006 Lynchburg Caro 23 Pit A+ 267 44 58 5 18 .141 .783 .110 .303
2006 Altoona East 23 Pit AA 228 23 57 3 14 .092 .750 .099 .301


brian bixler showed good patience last year, but he has yet to display the raw hitting skills necessary to succeed in the majors.


Career Batting Statistics for Brad Corley:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Miss State NCAA 19 NCA 226 21 44 1 15 .085 .805 .088 .321
2004 Miss State NCAA 20 NCA 246 28 44 19 14 .102 .821 .163 .380
2005 Miss State NCAA 21 NCA 267 25 43 5 22 .086 .839 .121 .316
2005 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 266 21 56 4 16 .073 .789 .095 .279
2006 Hickory SAL 22 Pit A 539 36 109 16 34 .063 .798 .116 .281


brad corley had good results in college, especially in 2004, but he hasn't gotten it together in the majors. he swings too much.


Career Pitching Statistics for Todd Redmond:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2005 Wllmsport NYPL 20 Pit A- 72.2 62 2 21 63 .070 .775 .009 1.98
2006 Hickory SAL 21 Pit A 160.1 137 13 33 148 .051 .761 .028 2.75


todd redmond has very good control, and appears to know how to approach hitters.


Career Pitching Statistics for Mike Felix:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Auburn NCAA 19 NCA 61.2 51 5 41 50 .148 .788 .027 4.52
2005 Auburn NCAA 20 NCA 14.1 23 3 20 12 .233 .818 .056 11.93
2006 Troy State NCAA 21 NCA 101.2 85 6 49 134 .112 .656 .023 3.45
2006 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 48.0 41 3 33 49 .151 .735 .022 3.56


there are two baseball cube pages for mike felix. felix has good contact rates and good home run prevention, but terrible control. i don't think he'll make it.

kevin goldstein's list has brent lillibridge, john van benschoten, and justin vaclavik instead of yoslan herrera, steven pearce, and brad corley. lillibridge is a brave now, but we'll do him here because we didn't do him there. shelby ford is the sleeper.


Career Batting Statistics for Brent Lillibridge:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2003 Washington NCAA 19 NCA 183 21 48 13 17 .103 .738 .222 .388
2004 Washington NCAA 20 NCA 249 48 65 11 17 .162 .739 .152 .317
2005 Washington NCAA 21 NCA 212 44 52 8 23 .172 .755 .194 .330
2005 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 171 16 35 4 16 .086 .795 .147 .243
2006 Hickory SAL 22 Pit A 276 55 61 11 23 .166 .779 .158 .299
2006 Lynchburg Caro 22 Pit A+ 203 41 43 2 13 .168 .788 .094 .313


he's got really good patience. and he steals bases. and he hits the ball real hard. but the contact is a real problem. really. will he make enough contact to play in the majors? that is the question.


Career Pitching Statistics for John VanBenschoten:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
1999 Kent State NCAA 19 NCA 22.0 37 2 12 19 .104 .816 .024 9.00
2000 Kent State NCAA 20 NCA 44.0 42 3 18 33 .094 .810 .021 3.48
2001 Kent State NCAA 21 NCA 48.0 34 2 26 63 .127 .646 .017 2.81
2001 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 25.2 23 0 10 19 .091 .810 .000 3.51
2002 Hickory SAL 22 Pit A 148.0 119 6 62 145 .099 .742 .014 2.80
2003 Lynchburg Caro 23 Pit A+ 48.2 33 1 18 49 .091 .726 .008 2.22
2003 Altoona East 23 Pit AA 90.1 95 5 34 78 .085 .787 .017 3.69
2004 Nashville PCL 24 Pit AAA 131.2 135 16 49 101 .085 .809 .037 4.72
2004 Pittsburgh MLB 24 Pit MLB 28.2 33 3 19 18 .138 .849 .030 6.91
2006 GCL Pirtes GCL 26 Pit Rk 6.0 1 1 2 4 .095 .789 .067 4.50
2006 Altoona East 26 Pit AA 5.0 3 0 3 3 .143 .833 .000 3.60
2006 Indy IL 26 Pit AAA 11.2 10 2 7 13 .135 .711 .063 5.40


van benschoten barely played last year so we can't say anything. goldstein says he looked sharp.


Career Pitching Statistics for Justin Vaclavik:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2003 Houston NCAA 19 NCA 7.2 17 2 6 3 .130 .925 .054 14.09
2004 Houston NCAA 20 NCA 30.1 38 1 25 28 .162 .783 .010 4.45
2005 Houston NCAA 21 NCA 42.0 39 1 9 51 .052 .691 .009 3.21
2005 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 24.2 24 0 10 28 .093 .714 .000 4.38
2006 Hickory SAL 22 Pit A 51.1 44 6 21 59 .096 .702 .043 3.16


justin vaclavik has decent strikeouts and decent control. and he really seems to limit home runs. that's a good combination.


Career Batting Statistics for Shelby Ford:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 Tx Christn NCAA 19 NCA 249 46 30 16 16 .156 .880 .146 .301
2005 Tx Christn NCAA 20 NCA 213 46 35 7 20 .178 .836 .152 .370
2006 Okla St NCAA 21 NCA 217 34 34 12 15 .135 .843 .148 .319
2006 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 25 4 3 0 3 .138 .880 .136 .400
2006 Hickory SAL 21 Pit A 224 22 51 6 19 .089 .772 .145 .265


shelby ford looks really good here. he's got excellent patience, good contact, and good power. his patience did not carry over to the sally league, but you have to figure he'll get it back. i like his chances.

it may take him a while to get up there though.

let's talk about a few more of these guys.


Career Batting Statistics for Jim Negrych:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 pittsburgh NCAA 19 NCA 204 35 36 7 21 .146 .824 .167 .378
2005 pittsburgh NCAA 20 NCA 193 49 37 16 15 .202 .808 .199 .349
2006 pittsburgh NCAA 21 NCA 184 47 42 11 14 .203 .772 .176 .396
2006 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 150 15 19 2 9 .091 .873 .084 .267


jim negrych had incredible patience in college, with retarded power. then he turned it around in the pros, and made a lot of contact, with not too much patience or power.

maybe he'll do something.


Career Batting Statistics for Rajai Davis:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2001 GCL Pirtes GCL 20 Pit Rk 85 14 26 0 1 .141 .694 .017 .262
2001 Wllmsport NYPL 20 Pit A- 12 2 4 0 0 .143 .667 .000 .083
2002 GCL Pirtes GCL 21 Pit Rk 227 23 25 4 21 .092 .890 .124 .384
2002 Wllmsport NYPL 21 Pit A- 4 0 1 0 0 .000 .750 .000 .000
2002 Hickory SAL 21 Pit A 14 7 2 0 0 .333 .857 .000 .429
2003 Hickory SAL 22 Pit A 480 61 65 6 28 .113 .865 .082 .305
2004 Lynchburg Caro 23 Pit A+ 509 61 60 5 34 .107 .882 .087 .314
2005 Altoona East 24 Pit AA 500 55 76 4 27 .099 .848 .073 .281
2006 Indy IL 25 Pit AAA 385 30 59 2 18 .072 .847 .061 .283
2006 Pittsburgh MLB 25 Pit MLB 14 2 3 0 1 .125 .786 .091 .143


rajai davis is a fast, switch-hitting outfielder who makes contact. so he can do the things those guys do, which is work the count to get on base, and steal and stuff.


Career Pitching Statistics for Josh Shortslef:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2000 GCL Pirtes GCL 18 Pit Rk 31.1 26 1 11 19 .084 .842 .010 3.73
2001 GCL Pirtes GCL 19 Pit Rk 34.2 39 1 9 14 .059 .902 .008 3.63
2002 Wllmsport NYPL 20 Pit A- 75.2 84 2 18 37 .055 .881 .007 3.33
2003 Hickory SAL 21 Pit A 18.0 21 0 6 14 .074 .813 .000 7.50
2004 Hickory SAL 22 Pit A 124.1 134 11 38 92 .070 .819 .027 4.42
2005 Lynchburg Caro 23 Pit A+ 120.0 132 8 44 84 .082 .829 .020 4.58
2006 GCL Pirtes GCL 24 Pit Rk 16.2 15 1 3 12 .044 .815 .019 3.78
2006 Altoona East 24 Pit AA 60.2 62 4 13 50 .051 .795 .021 4.45


josh shortslef is a lefty with good control, and other lefty stuff. he could make it.

and that's the last guy.

it's a long, dark road for the pirates. they're not gonna contend in the near future. they have to keep developing talent, and hope things break right.

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