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  • in reply to: Community 2022 Top Prospect Voting #178249
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    #46 ~ Jacob Buchberger
    #47 ~ Wilfredo Pereira
    #48 ~ Zane Mills
    #49 ~ Inohan Paniagua
    #50 ~ Yordy Richard

    Zane Mills has already been selected

    in reply to: Baseball America Top Cards Prospects #178220
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    I didn’t look at Walker’s A-ball season. I figured it wasn’t unheard of for guys to dominate in that league. That’s good info.

    One thing that worries me with Walker is his heavy splits. He absolutely destroys LH pitching. It’s not typically an issue long-term if a RH is killing LH pitching, as much as it is the other way, but I’d still like him to even it out.

    in reply to: Baseball America Top Cards Prospects #178145
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    My mistake – I was relying on Twitter.

    After looking at comparables though, I’m inclined to say that Walker had a lot better year than I gave him credit for. There just aren’t a whole lot of high schoolers that were drafted, ever, that even made it to A+ ball the year after being drafted, let alone put up a 124 wRC+.

    Among other A+ ballplayers, his 124 wRC+ is 45th overall. But only Francisco Alvarez (Mets) is the same age. Only Anthony Volpe (Yanks), George Valera (Cleveland), and Andy Pages (Dodgers) are 20 years old. Only Sebastian Espino (Jays) is even 21 years old, among the 44 players that had higher wRC+.

    Also, among 1st round position player HS draftees from 2020, he is one of three that even played in A+ ball this year (along with Nick Yorke of the Red Sox and Robert Hassell of the Padres)

    in reply to: Baseball America Top Cards Prospects #178125
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    Top 100 players for the Cards:

    31. Liberatore
    38. Walker
    40. Gorman

    I believe their team rankings are done independently of their national rankings, hence the Walker, Gorman, Liberatore ranking above.

    in reply to: Community 2022 Top Prospect Voting #178112
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    #36 – Carlos Soto, CA
    #37 – Tre Fletcher, CF
    #38 – Andre Granillo, RHP
    #39 – Logan Gragg, RHP
    #40 – Jose Davila, RHP

    in reply to: Baseball America Top Cards Prospects #178108
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    Rookie cutoff is 150 PAs and Nootbaar only had 124.

    BA doesn’t go by service time if I remember correctly.

    I’m surprised Herrera isn’t #4. I figured he would be borderline top 100 and I know McGreevy won’t be. I think Baseball Prospectus is the one that’s high on Herrera though.

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    1982 willie

    If we are only getting average players at best which most on this list are, I say just use our young guys.

    There’s certainly other options. I was only listing guys that fill a need that we don’t have here. We don’t know if Nootbaar can hit RH pitching, nor if Yepez and, later on, Gorman would be able to handle full-time DH duties. Guys like Miller (low-end) and Schwarber (high-end) fill those gaps we have against RH pitching in the lineup and are relatively safe bets for above-average hitting in those situations.

    I know it may be too much money, but getting two solid relievers and a solid bench bat that crushes RH pitching are the two holes I see now that they’ve gotten Matz.

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    Onyxgem

    SS #1

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    An elite shortstop.

    Yall have to know they aren’t going to get a free agent shortstop with these $150-$300M deals going around. Correa and Story are the only two left and they are the best and worst of the group of five. I’d go Correa, Seager, Semien, Baez, Story.

    MLBTR had Story, 29, getting a 6yr/$126M deal. Thus far, they under-predicted Seager by $20M, Semien by 1yr and $28M, and Baez by 1yr and $40M. So, Story is probably going to get a 6yr/$150M ($25M AAV) deal or a 7yr/$161M ($23M AAV).

    in reply to: What Will Mo Do? (2021-22 Offseason) #178028
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    Brian Walton

    bling said:

    I’m not anti-Edman, I just don’t know if he is an MLB everyday shortstop.

    When I say that on the main board, I get attacked personally. (And my opinion is backed by scouts to whom I have spoken.)

    Can you expand on this? Is it your opinion that Edman is not an everyday SS at the MLB level? I didn’t know if I read that right.

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    I think the obvious option for that role is Woodford. That’s why I’d prefer a signing of a high-leverage reliever and a high-risk starter like Duffy because if all we need are a couple innings of injury-relief, Woodford would do fine and Liberatore would be available soon too. (Also Oviedo would still be around)

    in reply to: Community 2022 Top Prospect Voting #178003
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    Nigel T

    Carlos Soto. Slick behind the plate and always plays above his level in the winter. If the bat develops, he will be MLB bound.

    I had kind of forgot about Soto. He had a 109 wRC+ at A-ball this year and is still only 22. Great eye too.

    in reply to: 2021 Rule 5 draft #177992
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    So does anything happen to the guys that were exposed to the Rule 5? like Delvin Perez?

    in reply to: Community 2022 Top Prospect Voting #177984
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    31 – Dionys Rodriguez, RHP
    32 – Jack Ralston, RHP
    33 – Tre Fletcher, CF
    34 – Andre Granillo, RHP
    35 – Jeremy Rivas, SS

    in reply to: Affiliate Observations 2021 #177983
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    Good call – For some reason, I always think of Hence as a college draftee, not a HS guy – Same boat I was in with Woodford.

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    I am also interested at how many 2021 draftees make the starting rotation in Peoria. Mcgreevy, Graceffo, MIlls, Love surely would be some of the candidates along with Dionys Rodriguez being bumped up from Palm Beach.

    I would think Tink Hence and Ian Bedell from the 2020 draft would be as well.

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    I saw the article about former Angels prospect Roberto Baldoquin. I remember how they crushed the market back in 2015 signing him. I didn’t realize though its the same guy that played here in my backyard in Lexington this past year. The Indy League here is trash pitching-wise, but Baldoquin still hit well. Brandon Phillips is a part-owner, part-time player for the team. At 40, he had a .841 OPS, while Baldoquin had a .999 OPS.

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    I am counting 6 starting pitchers at Memphis, Oviedo, Pallante, Rondon, Thompson, Thomas, and Liberatore. If, and that’s big if injuries don’t bite us, also assuming one of the 6 doesn’t make the big club, who would be the odd man out? Either sent down to Springfield, or moved to the bullpen. I have thought that Oviedo might be best suited for the bullpen. One other possibility would be a 6 man rotation, which management history has not implemented at AA or AAA to my knowledge.

    Oviedo, imo, is the second-best long-term SP candidate out of that group. I think Thompson and Conner Thomas will both end up in the bullpen. The jury is still out on Rondon and Pallante for me at least.

    Also, Woodford is likely going to be in the bullpen, but would be the first man up as a SP injury replacement plus we have no idea what their plans are for Reyes and Hicks.

    in reply to: Cubs thread #177927
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    Brian,

    what do you mean SS and DH? Do you mean if they add some or their current roster with Hoerner at SS?

    I’d take the above average defense of Sosa or DeJong any day over Hoerner. And a DH of Yan Gomes I guess. Maybe they will get Davis and Valequez up by next year.

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    Probably so but I don’t think this is going to be a complete tank job like they did last time. I expect them to add more after the CBA fiasco concludes, possibly someone like Correra. They certainly have the payroll room to do it.

    Bob Reed is right. I think they are in for a world of hurt as a lot of their production in 2021 came before the trade deadline (Kimbrel, Bryant, Rizzo, etc)

    Tanking-wise, this seems like the 2012 offseason when they went out and signed Edwin Jackson to that 4-yr deal (Stroman), along with Feldman (Wiley), and still had Garza (Hendricks) and Samardzija (Alzolay) under contract…

    They traded all four of those starters, getting some really good talent back like Edwards, Olt, Ramirez, Arrieta, Strop, Russell, Straily, and McKinney to go along with ’13 and ’14 draft picks ~ Bryant and Schwarber.

    in reply to: Community 2022 Top Prospect Voting #177862
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    26 – Dionys Rodriguez, RHP
    27 – Jack Ralston, RHP
    28 – Tre Fletcher, CF
    29 – Jhon Torres, OF
    30 – Edwin Nunez, RHP

    in reply to: Cubs thread #177809
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    Even at that price, I’d have been a fan of the Cards going after Stroman. I don’t think he will be awesome in Chicago, but he’d have been a game changer in St Louis. The Cubs are quietly inserting themselves right back into the thick of the NL Central. With a couple of more signings, I might say they are better than the Cards.

    It isn’t a smart move for the re-building Cubs.

    I don’t see them getting much better than being a .500 team. They got some great production out of journeymen Ortega, Schwindel, and Wisdom this year so unless they’re spending half a billion more on FAs, I can’t see them even becoming a mid-80s win team.

    To get there even, they won’t go after a shortstop with Hoerner there. Maybe they could go after Castellanos and Bryant or something and then get another couple pitchers like Rodon or Kershaw.

    More likely, they want to see what they have with Madrigal and Hoerner in the infield and Davis and Velaquez in the OF. They obviously signed Gomes with the intent to trade Contreras.

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    Wood, 31 (112 career ERA+) unsigned

    Wood signed today for 2yr/$25M

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    Ah my bad.

    in reply to: So what are we going to do? #177692
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    Another thing Kelly does well is he has a miniscule Hard Hit % of 22.1% which is tenth among relievers. Brooks Raley, who TB just signed to likely replace McHugh is the only FA reliever that’s better. Aaron Loup, who the Angels picked up (really good value there too) is also in the mix with Kelly and Raley.

    Kelly conversely is one of the best at generating soft contact, along with Melancon.

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    Collin McHugh would be a really good pickup for the bullpen. He started for years with the Astros and has been elite in his two years in the bullpen – 2018 with the Astros and 2021 with the Rays.

    Joe Kelly, though, has the best K/9 rate AND GB%-rate among the FA relievers and it’s not really close.

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