Saturday, February 9, 2013

Baseball Excitement Soup!

  1. -- Hit .300 last year, bound to hit .230 this year.
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  2. -- A Pirate prospect who hit 30 hr last year also struck out 180 times. But he'll be 26 this year and Just Might...Just Might...stop grounding out to first base...
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  3. -- Ok. So he's a Cub. And a guy named Darwin Barney plays for them. But he hit .303 with 137 2b and 84 hr in 445 minor league games. Since he was 17. Bonus? He was drafted by Boston.
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  4. -- And now, for something completely different, see: Mark Kotsay.
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  7. -- 25 hr, 59 rbi. How is that poss...oh, the Red Sox. Ah-ha.
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  8. "The same goes for prospects. He examined prospects from Baseball America's Top 20 from each offseason from 1990 to 2007, covering 360 prospects, dividing them into those kept and those traded away. He found that "highly ranked prospects who are traded are more likely to be busts than the highly ranked prospects that teams retain." That was true by many angles, for while the average ranking was roughly the same, the average WAR for traded prospects was less than half that of the prospects kept, who on average ended up being good players (average WAR of 17.1). Furthermore, "the biggest difference was the number of elite prospects who managed 15 WAR, which 42 percent of untraded prospects were able to do, but only 18 percent of traded prospects did." "Teams are better able to tell which of their own minor leaguers are going to succeed than other teams' scouts, who see them less frequently."

    In conclusion, he noted:

    The safest bet is to develop your own players and keep them when they seem likely to maintain or improve their performance. When teams do need external help, they should fill holes with the reservation and suspicion derived from the knowledge that if a player is available, there is probably a reason."
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