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Monday, June 14, 2004

Dee up and other Minor league stuff

I'm not going to get too optimistic about Dee Brown's return. Hitting .303 at 26 in Double A isn't that impressive. Although the BPro MLE stuff says that it projects out to be .245 in the majors (which is an improvement over his career average)

There's some confusion between youth and 'giving a guy 10 chances'. Brandon Berger is a goner. Granted, in theory, he could be a good bench player, against left-handed pitching. But, remember, there's no such thing in KC. Berger hit 5 for 18 against lefties, 2 for 17 against righties. I'm not sure who looks worse there. Berger, for hitting so poorly, or Pena, for sending him out there.

As for Calvin Pickering.

.325/.452/.781
23 home runs, 169 at-bats

Anything short of an injury won't get him called up, it appears.

Here's another update.. on Mendy Lopez

9 for 29
2 doubles, 5 home runs
.310/.412/.897

Odds are.. Mendy comes to KC again before Pickering.

How about Rich Thompson?

.301/.344/.415 in Nashville

14 for 17 in stolen base attempts and a .241 MjEQA (which beats Berger and Gettis, and ties DeJesus)
- # posted by Robert : 1:04 PM

Friday, June 11, 2004

Jeff Pentland: Magician or Part of the problem?

Let's look at some numbers, ok?

Cubs with Pentland, 1998 to 2002:

1998: 601 walks (6th in the NL), 1223 strikeouts (second most), .264/.335/.433 (5th/7th/5th), 212 home runs (third)
1999: 571 walks (12th), 1170 strikeouts (third), .257/.327/.420 (15th/14th/11th), 189 home runs (sixth)
2000: 632 walks (6th), 1120 strikeouts (6th), .256/.335/.411 (13th/10th/12th), 183 home runs (seventh)
2001: 577 walks (5th), 1077 strikeouts (10th), .261/.336/.430 (8th/6th/6th), 194 (eighth)
2002: 585 walks (6th), 1269 strikeouts (1st), .246/.321/.413 (15th/12th/8th), 200 (first)

Cubs, post-Pentland-
2003: 492 walks (14th), 1158 strikeouts (3rd), .259/.323/.416 (11th/13th/11th), 172 home runs (8th)
2004, so far: 176 walks (13th), 383 strikeouts (8th), .271/.330/.455 (4th/10th/2nd), 81 home runs (2nd)

Royals, pre-Pentland-
2001: 406 walks (14th), 898 strikeouts (14th most), .266/.318/.409 (7th/14th/10th), 152 home runs (11th)
2002: 524 walks (8th), 921 strikeouts (13th), .256/.323/.398 (10th/10th/12th), 140 home runs (12th)

Royals with Pentland-
2003: 476 walks (9th), 926 strikeouts (10th), .274/.336/.427 (4th/6th/7th), 162 home runs (7th)
2004, so far: 149 walks (14th), 331 strikeouts (11th), .260/.320/.406 (11th/13th/11th), 60 home runs (7th)

Obvious conclusion: Our plate patience has just plummetted.

I'm sure there's more to be gathered from all this
- # posted by Robert : 4:57 AM

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Massive Followup Post

Let's go though the guys i've mentioned in the last year and see how they fared in the draft though 37 rounds:

Caleb Moore (East Tenn. State - C - Jr.) - Undrafted
Stephen Carter (Eastern Kentucky - OF - Sr.) - Undrafted
Brian Bixler (Eastern Michigan - SS - Jr.) - Pittsburgh, pick #52
Bryant Lange (Jackson State - OF - Jr.) - Undrafted
Kurt Suzuki (Cal St. Fullerton - C - Jr.) - Oakland, pick #67
Jim Geldhof (Central Michigan - INF - Jr.) - Undrafted
Jonathan Woodard, (Eastern Kentucky - INF - Sr.) - Undrafted
Trey Hendricks (Harvard - SP/RP - Sr.) - Houston, pick #716
Bryant Jones (Tenn.-Martin - SS - Sr.) - Undrafted
Byron Barber (Col. of Charleston - OF - Jr.) - Undrafted
Ryan Norwood (East Carolina - 1B - Jr.) - Chicago Cubs, pick #276
Matt Ciaramella (Utah - OF - Jr.) - Boston, pick #395
Reed Eastley (Niagara - SS - Jr.) - Undrafted
Ryan Jones (East Carolina - OF - Sr.) - Oakland, pick #667
Dan Batz, (Rhode Island - INF - Sr.) - Los Angeles, pick #178
Chris Clark (Eastern Ky. - C - Sr.) - Houston, pick #554
Matt Shepherd (Southern Miss. - SS - Jr.) - St. Louis, pick #240
Frankie Montiel (Southeast Mo. St. - OF - Jr.) - Undrafted
Keith Brachold (Marist - OF - Jr.) - Undrafted
Billy Becher (New Mexico St. - 1B - Sr.) - St. Louis, pick #660
P.J. Hiser (Pittsburgh - SP/RP - Sr.) - Cleveland, pick #857
Mike Ferris (Miami (Ohio) - INF - Jr.) - St. Louis, pick #60

some more will come later

- # posted by Robert : 3:10 PM

Monday, June 07, 2004

And with pick #31:

J.P. Howell: MEDIUM FRAME. SLOPING SHOULDERS. SLENDER, WIRY BUILD. BODY TYPE SIMILAR TO JAMIE MOYER. NO WINDUP, HIGH 3/4 DELIVERY. LENGTH IN BACK. OTHER PITCH, SPLIT, HARD, DOWN, LATE K ZONE BIT, OUT PITCH. DOWNER CB W/ TIGHT ROTATION. TURNS OVER CHANGE W/ SINK & DECEPTION. MOST FB'S 85-86 W/ ARMSIDE TAIL, SINK, CAN'T THROW IT STRAIGHT. LHP W/ QUALITY OFFSPEED STUFF. MUST LOCATE W/ MOVEMENT. AGGRESSIVE MENTALITY.

Yay! Allard's a genius! It's another soft-tossing lefty!
- # posted by Robert : 1:03 PM
From BA's Draft Blog:
The Royals' first-round pick, Billy Butler, was announced as a third baseman but profiles best as a DH. He's got a plus bat with good raw power but has limited range, even for a corner infielder.
-- Alan Matthews

Oh great.. a DH..

way to go Allard!
- # posted by Robert : 1:03 PM
Matthew Campbell - "MEDIUM FRAME, WELL-PROPORTIONED. LEAN, LOOSE, WIRY. RESEMBLES JAMIE MOYER. NO WIND UP. HIGH 3/4 TO NEAR OVER HEAD. COMPACT DELIVERY. MEDIUM CROSSPATH W/ 3B SPIN. WORKING VELOCITY 85-87. DOWNHILL FB PLANE, ARM SIDE TAIL. OCCASIONAL PLUS CB. HIGH 3/4 SNAP, SOME 11-5, LONG BREAK. FAIR CHANGE UP, SMALL FADE."



(Never mind the deal they made with Billy Butler, when Josh Fields was still on the board.. you know that's money well saved.. although Butler won't be a third baseman for too long either)
- # posted by Robert : 12:58 PM

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