Sunday, November 29, 2015

Trade Rumors - Tigers To Sign Jordan Zimmermann

I thought Zimmerman might be up there with Price and Leake as far as "good fits" for the G-men. Then I saw the FB splits below from @RushingBaseball and now I don't feel too bad about losing out. 

Not enough room on the payroll for a Cain 2.0, even if a younger version. 


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Tigers To Sign Jordan Zimmermann

12:12pm: Zimmermann's deal is a straight-up five year contract and includes no options at the end, Jerry Crasnick of tweets.

11:20am: Zimmermann's deal is expected to be a five-year pact worth roughly $110MM, according to sources who spoke with Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

10:52am: The Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann have reached agreement on a deal, per Jon Heyman of (on Twitter).  Zimmermann rejected a qualifying offer from the Nationals, so the Tigers will have to sacrifice a draft pick in order to sign him.  The Tigers select ninth overall – a protected pick – so they would surrender their second pick.  The deal is pending a physical. 

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@RushingBaseball: Biggest difference for Jordan Zimmermann? 

Fastball 2014: 
.231 BA .350 SLG 85 wRC+

Fastball 2015: 
.301 BA .465 SLG 124 wRC+

Saturday, November 28, 2015

PSA AutographFacts™ - Barry Bonds

PSA AutographFacts™ - Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds Signed Photo

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds Signed Photo
Starting at Arizona State in the 1980s, to his current day, mass-produced signature, this all-time home run leader's signature has taken on many shapes and forms. The true vintage signature of Barry Bonds and the most desirable example is from the 1984-1987 period, when he was a college senior to his rookie year with the Pirates. His signature, during this time, was a very distinguished and legible "Barry L. Bonds."
As his popularity grew, so did the demand for his signature. By 1988, Bonds' signature was a far cry from what it was just a season before. Throughout the years, his signature has gone from showcasing every letter, to being almost unreadable, then back to an every letter version, though much more pronounced and neater than his signature from the mid-1980s. Bonds has actively marketed his signature to fans, dealers and collectors through his own company. His autograph can be found on virtually any kind of baseball memorabilia.
Subject Profile
Barry Lamar Bonds (July 24, 1964-) is the only member of the 500-500 clubs, having hits 500 or more home runs and stolen 500 or more bases during his career. Barry was one of the most loved and hated players in baseball history, but is arguably one of the greatest to ever play the game, holding numerous offensive records. The San Francisco Giants originally drafted Bonds in the second round of the 1982 MLB Draft, but they were unable to reach and agreement, so after choosing to attend college, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Barry with the sixth overall pick of the 1985 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Arizona State University. He was a Sporting News All-American with the Sun Devils in 1985 and he set an NCAA record, as a sophomore, when he collected seven consecutive hits in the College World Series. In Pittsburgh, Barry played left field next to centerfielder Andy Van Slyke and right fielder Bobby Bonilla making the trio one of the best defensive outfields in the National League that was equally dangerous at the plate. In 1990, his fifth season in the Major Leagues, Bonds earned his first of seven National League Most Valuable Player Awards (1990, 1992, 1993, 2001-2004).
Barry led the NL once in RBI and runs scored, twice in home runs including his record-setting 73 HR season in 2001, seven times in slugging percentage, ten times in on-base percentage and 12 times in walks. Barry played 22 seasons in the Majors with the Pirates (1986-1992) and the San Francisco Giants (1993-2007) and was a 14-time All-Star, eight-time NL Gold Glove winner, won 12 Silver Sluggers and three Hank Aaron Awards. He holds the all-time records for most MVP awards (7), most walks (2,558) and home runs (762). He scored 100 or more runs and drove in 100 or more RBI twelve times, amassed 120 or more hits 17 times and hit 25 or more HRs in 18 or his 22 seasons. Barry Bonds finished his career with 2,935 hits including 601 doubles and 762 home runs, 2,227 runs scored, 2,558 walks, 514 stolen bases and 1,996 RBI. He also posted a .984 fielding percentage with 5,637 putouts, 173 assists, 25 double plays and 97 errors in 5,907 chances. He helped lead the Pirates to three national League Championship Series, led San Francisco to the 2002 NLCS and World Series, falling to the Los Angeles of Anaheim in seven games. Barry retired amidst rumors he used performance enhancing drugs and court proceedings surrounding the BALCO scandal and his indictment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges in 2007. Barry was convicted of one felony count of obstruction of justice in 2011. Despite the unfortunate end to his career, Bonds is likely a first ballot Hall of Famer.

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Arizona Fall League Top 10 Prospects -

A good list from the AFL. The Giants Christian Arroyo gets good reviews. Sheesh, just what we need, another solid, if unspectacular middle infielder. RHP Ray Black gets honorable mention. Throwing 100+ MPH will do that for you.,

Arizona Fall League Top 10 Prospects -

Arizona Fall League Top 10 Prospects

PHOENIX—Perennial Arizona Fall League observers noted a decline in the quality of prospects this year, although that drop wasn't reflected in the number of interesting hurlers populating the pitching staffs of the six AFL teams. Especially intriguing was the unprecedented number of power arms touching or coming close to 100 mph velocity with their fastballs.
To determine eligibility for the list, we used our usual standard of one plate appearance per team's games played for hitters and one inning for every three games for pitchers. We also normally don't include players who have lost rookie eligibility, but made an exception this year by listing Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar as the 11th prospect with an asterisk. Philadelphia shortstop J.P. Crawford was the biggest name with insufficient playing time with just five games until his belt before being shut down with a small tear in his left thumb. Crawford looked worn down even before the injury, although scouts still liked his athleticism and defense at shortstop.

1. Alex Reyes, rhp, Surprise (Cardinals)

Reyes' early-season starts had observers circling his name on the schedule to make sure to be there every time the Cardinals righthander took the mound. He generally didn't disappoint in his four AFL outings, flashing his No. 1 starter stuff and touching 100 mph on radar guns while regularly sitting 93-98 with the fastball. Unfortunately, Reyes was shut down just before the Fall Stars game after a positive test for marijuana use. The suspension should just be a minor speed bump on his road to the big leagues, with a possible arrival in St. Louis late in the 2016 season. Reyes posted an ERA of 0.77 in his first three outings before a subpar final game. While he showed flashes of better command during his AFL stint, there's still plenty of room for improvement. He throws a good power curveball from 78-81 mph and has good feel for his plus changeup. Reyes will need to keep refining the stride on his delivery and watch his conditioning, but projects as a frontline starter if he stays healthy and fit.

2. Gary Sanchez, c, Surprise (Yankees)

Sanchez proved that he's ready to make the jump to the big leagues with a very good Fall League season in which he led the AFL in home runs (seven) during a .295/.357/.625 campaign and earned MVP honors in the Fall Stars game. Sanchez consistently showed off his plus-plus power, with scouts believing the bat will play despite some pitch recognition issues. Most importantly, he showed better actions behind the plate than expected, and his arm strength remains a plus tool albeit sometimes lacking in accuracy. Sanchez's performance in the early weeks of the AFL season perhaps made the Yankees more comfortable in dealing backup catcher John Ryan Murphy to Minnesota in early November.
3. Lewis Brinson, of, Surprise (Rangers)
Brinson long has tantalized with his superb tools and athleticism, and the Rangers' 2012 first-round pick broke out in 2015 with outstanding performances at each of the top three minor league levels. He continued to show off his potential in 11 AFL games, batting .300/.408/.575 with three triples for Surprise, before leaving to play winter ball in Puerto Rico. Brinson's development undoubtedly made the Rangers comfortable with the idea of dealing big league center fielder Leonys Martin to Seattle this fall. With more growth in his game likely, Brinson is starting to look like the power-speed profile center fielder teams crave.
4. Sean Manaea, lhp, Mesa (Athletics)
Manaea represented the Oakland organization in the AFL just a couple of months after being acquired from Kansas City in the deal for Ben Zobrist. The big southpaw was impressive in six starts, with a 3.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 33-6 strikeout-to-walk rate in 25 2/3 innings. His 33 punchouts led the league in that category. The gem of Manaea's arsenal is a hard, deceptive fastball sitting 92-93 mph and up to 95 mph in the AFL. The key to Manaea's success lies in the consistency of his slider; it flashes plus, and when right it's a nice complement to the heater. Manaea commands his pitches, projecting as a middle of the rotation starter if it all comes together for him.
5. Willson Contreras, c, Mesa (Cubs)
One of baseball's biggest breakout stories in 2015 when he led the Southern League in hitting, Contreras continued his rise with a strong AFL season, posting a .283/.361/.547 slash line to go with three impressive home runs. The native of Venezuela improved his focus and approach at the plate during the regular season and it showed in the AFL. Contreras was solid behind the plate, with good receiving skills and a strong, quick arm, flashing sub-2.0 pop times. His fall season ended after four weeks due to a minor hamstring injury, depriving Contreras of a much hoped for appearance in the Fall Stars Game. The Cubs added him to their 40-man roster this month, the first such assignment in his six-year career.
6. Josh Hader, lhp, Surprise (Brewers)

No AFL player boosted his prospect stock more this fall than Hader. Acquired by Milwaukee from Houston in July as part of a four-player package for big league outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers, Hader was earlier viewed as a likely candidate to move to the bullpen largely because of his slender body and low-three-quarters delivery. Hader turned out to be one of the more consistently dominant pitchers this fall, posting a league-best 0.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 16 innings. The fastball, delivered with a crossfire motion that adds deception, sat in the mid-90s and touched 98. He has a good feel for a slider that flashes plus and he mixes in a deceptive changeup. Scouts in the AFL were giving Hader at least an even chance to stay in the rotation, with shutdown reliever being a possible fallback option.
7. Dominic Smith, 1b, Salt River (Mets)

While Smith verges on earning the dreaded "bad body" label, he silenced any doubts about his hitting ability in the AFL with a strong .362/.483/.511 batting line. Scouts who observed the bulky lefthanded hitter earlier in his minor league career were pleased to see a more confident hitter capable of pulling the ball better and turning on pitches, and expect that Smith's long-awaited power is about to emerge. He has a picturesque swing, with the power in his hands and wrists allowing him to make hard contact to all fields, and he showed solid plate discipline with 12 walks in 60 plate appearances. Smith grades as a plus defender at first base, with good hands and enough agility around the bag. He missed a couple of weeks with an oblique injury but made it back to the Salt River lineup for the last few games of the fall season.
8. Clint Frazier, of, Scottsdale/Indians

Despite having just turned 21, Frazier showed off his loud tools (not to mention his bright, red hair) in the AFL this fall, batting .281/.347/.438 with three home runs. His incredibly strong hands and wrists give him plus bat speed and raw power, but a swing with effort and troubles with breaking balls led to high strikeout totals (28 percent in the AFL). Scouts expect that he'll develop more pull power with experience, with most of his hard-hit balls now going to center or right-center. He should be able to stay in center field but he has the arm and bat to handle either corner outfield positon. According to one scout covering the AFL, "Frazier has all the attributes to be a front-line, all-star player."
9. Austin Meadows, of, Glendale (Pirates)

His meager AFL numbers (.169/.194/.308 slash line) might not prove it, but Meadows was a favorite prospect of many scouts covering the AFL this year with the 20-year-old Georgia native standing out for his athleticism and solid all-around game. Meadows has a good idea of the strike zone and his short swing is direct to the plate. Scouts are mixed as to whether he can stay in center field, with his outfield future likely determined by whether he loses speed as his body matures, but he now shows good instincts and range. While a below-average arm will keep him out of right field, he projects to have enough bat for left. It's the intangibles that make Meadows special, with one scout noting, "He does something on the field every day to help his team win." Meadows left the league early due to a family illness.
10. Christian Arroyo, ss, Scottsdale (Giants)
Arroyo remains a split-camp player, as was the case when he was drafted in the first round in 2013 out of a Florida high school. He received mixed reviews from scouts who would generally like to see more consistency in his game, and there are lingering questions whether he can stay at shortstop. However, there's no mistaking the "take-charge" attitude he brings to the field. He's a winning player who makes the big plays, such as a game-ending catch in the AFL championship game. Moreover, Arroyo hits consistently with a feel for his swing and an ability to repeat it. He has enough pop to keep pitchers honest and a good approach to help him avoid long slumps.
*11. Jurickson Profar, dh, Surprise/Rangers
After getting into just 12 games over the past two seasons, Profar came to the Fall League to make up for time lost with a recurring shoulder injury. Limited to DH duties while the shoulder regains strength, the switch-hitting Profar showed a contact-oriented, patient approach at the plate and the ability to work counts. The plus bat from both sides of the plate was part of what made him baseball's best prospect just a couple of years ago. Scouts had trouble getting a good read on Profar's speed as he didn't always run hard to first base and was thrown out on three of four stolen base attempts. Since he didn't play in the field, there's still no telling whether his arm strength has returned. Until he starts using his mitt again Profar's comeback gets an incomplete grade, but at least the early returns on the hit tool are positive.

Other AFL Players Of Note
Adrian Houser, rhp, Surprise/Brewers

Just missing the top 10 was another Surprise Saguaro pitcher obtained by Milwaukee in the Carlos Gomez deal. Houser impressed with a sinking fastball up to 97 mph as part of his quality, three-pitch arsenal. He's a physical 6-foot-4, 230-pound bruiser suited for burning innings.
Raimel Tapia, of, Salt River/Rockies: Tapia was a last-minute replacement to the Salt River roster after fellow Rockies outfielder David Dahl was scratched just before the start of league play. Tapia impressed with his usual bat-to-ball skills and excellent hand-eye coordination, and scouts pointed out how much they liked his swing and bat speed. Some scouts question his impact as he's an inefficient basestealer, average defender in center who may be forced to a corner and lacks power, but if he keeps hitting, he'll be a regular somewhere.
Daniel Robertson, ss/2b, Mesa/Rays: Returning for a second AFL season, this time as a member of the Rays organization, Robertson was making up time lost due to a broken hamate. He was getting acclimated to a new position, spending more time at second base this fall. Robertson's numbers were down, yet he consistently put the ball in play and drew his fair share of walks.
Adam Engel, of, Glendale/White Sox: This grinder with plus-plus speed led the league in all three slash line categories and earned MVP honors. Scouts love the way he plays the game and he has big tools; now he just needs to hit after batting .251 in the regular season.
Jeimer Candelario, 3b, Mesa/Cubs: The switch-hitting Candelario opened plenty of eyes with a strong AFL performance, ranking second in the league with five home runs. With power from both sides of the plate he'll work his way into the lineup somewhere, although questions remain about his inconsistent defense at the hot corner.
Ray Black, rhp, Scottsdale (Giants): Scouts and fans alike perked up when Black entered AFL games, flashing the league's most impressive velocity in a season filled with triple-digit hurlers. His command and durability are below-average, but his lively 100-plus mph fastballs have consistently helped Black put up video game strikeout totals throughout his career.
Carlos Estevez, rhp, Salt River (Rockies): A closer-caliber power arm with a fastball touching high 90s, Estevez was credited by one scout as having the best arm in the league.
Chad Pinder, ss, Mesa (Athletics): The former Virginia Tech infielder showed more power than expected and the ability to handle shortstop after a strong Double-A season.
Jharel Cotton, rhp, Glendale (Dodgers): Cotton impressed with his stuff and power arm from a small frame, with many scouts thinking his future will be in the bullpen. His best pitch is a plus changeup that some observers believe loses effectiveness because he uses it so much.
Kyle Freeland, lhp, Salt River (Rockies): Colorado's 2014 first-round pick flashed a good slider and a mid-90s fastball from the left side, but many talent evaluators see him ultimately as a bullpen arm due to the effort in his delivery.
Lucas Sims, rhp, Peoria (Braves): Sims impressed with his lively 94-95 mph fastball and flashed a plus curveball that is unhittable when it's on.
A.J. Reed, 1b, Glendale (Astros): The hulking lefthanded slugger came into the league with impressive credentials after a breakout 2015 season. He showed an excellent approach at the plate but looked tired right from the start. Hampered by a nagging injury, Reed was shut down in the fourth week of the season. Some scouts project him as a future DH due to below-average defense.
Jack Reinheimer, ss/2b, Salt River (Diamondbacks): Acquired by Arizona from the Mariners in 2015, Reinheimer profiles as a high-floor utility infielder, impressing scouts with surehanded defense and plus speed on the bases. Observers noted that Reinheimer seemed to kick it into a higher gear late in the season when others were tiring.

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Andrew McCutchen involved in charity work |

Andrew McCutchen involved in charity work |

The most underrated superstar in the sport.

Baseball's Giving Spirit

The stories stick with McCutchen, because he wants to be remembered the same way. Baseball has given him a lot in life, and he strives to make a difference by giving back. That's why there are already plenty of stories to be told about what McCutchen has done for others.
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"I think in this world today, we need heroes. And he is absolutely one," said Chris Gessner, the president of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. "Not only is he a fantastic player, but he's an even better person."
For that reason, McCutchen received this year's Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the player who best exemplifies Clemente on and off the field.

McCutchen wins Clemente Award

McCutchen has also been working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2012, according to Dana Antkowiak, the marketing and communications manager for Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. During that time, he has visited 11 children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In Spring Training, McCutchen spent a whole day with Owen Taylor, a 7-year-old boy from Everett, Pa., who has a heart condition. In August at PNC Park, McCutchen hosted Cameron Pittman, a 12-year-old from Altoona, Pa., who is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"He has this uncanny ability to very quickly put the child at ease. Very engaged in conversation, asks questions about their interests and their experiences. It's really remarkable," Antkowiak said. "In letters and notes we receive after the wish, these families are profoundly impacted by their experience with him."
The same can be said at the Children's Hospital, where Gessner and the entire staff were particularly pleased to see McCutchen win the Clemente Award.
McCutchen began visiting the hospital shortly after he was called up to the Majors. He and his wife, Maria, have remained a regular presence there, and Gessner said they are generous donors to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
"They are a wonderful team," Gessner said. "They do this because they care."
Before Halloween, McCutchen supplied the hospital with 200 costumes, giving the children there a chance to trick or treat away from home. Earlier this year, the Children's Hospital held an open art studio. McCutchen took part in the event, drawing and painting with the patients and their families.
One of the children, Matt Graeber, quickly developed a strong bond with McCutchen. A few weeks ago, McCutchen received a letter and a signed baseball from Matt. When he got out of the hospital and started playing baseball again, he hit three homers in two games and sent the first home run ball to McCutchen.
"Those are the kinds of things where he just has a dramatic impact," Gessner said. "He just lights up the room. He's just got a contagious enthusiasm. Our parents and patients just love it when he comes, as does our staff. I hear about it, because there's a buzz in the hospital."
Yet Gessner has never actually met McCutchen. It's a testament to the manner in which McCutchen prefers to give back, Gessner said -- not for the attention, but for the patients and their families.
"He's doing this out of the goodness of his heart," Gessner said. "He does it very quietly, and he wants it that way."
McCutchen also wants people to remember him for it. His father, Lorenzo, often asks him what people will see one day when they look at his tombstone. Will the words describe his baseball career, or what he did for other people?
"That's really all that matters, that you're doing your job and helping people and helping those who can't help themselves," McCutchen said.
That's why McCutchen took more pride in receiving the 2015 Clemente Award than the 2013 National League MVP. He is clearly driven to succeed on the field, but he is equally determined to define his legacy in the community.
"For all the right reasons," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "To continue to push to be like Clemente."
Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Birth of American Free Enterprise | Richard Ebeling

Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Birth of American Free Enterprise | Richard Ebeling


This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving also is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America.

The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in 1620, were not only escaping from religious persecution in their homeland. They also wanted to turn their back on what they viewed as the materialistic and greedy corruption of the Old World.

Plymouth Colony Planned as Collectivist Utopia

In the New World, they wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato's "Republic," in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness.

What resulted is recorded in the diary of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony. The colonists collectively cleared and worked the land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood.

The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent in their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields.

Obama Redistributes Thanksgiving Plenty cartoon

Collective Work Equaled Individual Resentment

As Governor Bradford of the Plymouth Colony explained in his old English (though with the spelling modernized):

 "For the young men that were able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children, without recompense. The strong, or men of parts, had no more division of food, clothes, etc. then he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labor, and food, clothes, etc. with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignant and disrespect unto them. And for men's wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc. they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could husbands brook it."

Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death. Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists.

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Private Property as Incentive to Industry

Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.

As Governor Bradford put it:

"And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end . . . This had a very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted then otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little-ones with them to set corn, which before would a ledge weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression."

The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward. Industry became the order of the day as the men and women in each family went to the fields on their separate private farms. When the harvest time came, not only did many families produce enough for their own needs, but also they had surpluses that they could freely exchange with their neighbors for mutual benefit and improvement.

In Governor Bradford's words:

"By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God. And the effect of their planting was well seen, for all had, one way or other, pretty well to bring the year about, and some of the abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day."

Big Goverrnment Bureaucrats Thanksgiving cartoon

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Giants scout who signed Bobby Bonds, Jack Clark, many others, dies - San Francisco Chronicle

Giants scout who signed Bobby Bonds, Jack Clark, many others, dies - San Francisco Chronicle

Giants scout who signed Bobby Bonds, Jack Clark, many others, dies

George Genovese at a July book signing for his autobiography, "A Scout's Report: My 70 Years in Baseball." Genovese worked for the Dodgers after 31years with the Giants. Photo: Courtesy Of Dan Taylor
Photo: Courtesy Of Dan Taylor
George Genovese at a July book signing for his autobiography, "A Scout's Report: My 70 Years in Baseball." Genovese worked for the Dodgers after 31years with the Giants.

George Genovese, a Giants scout for 31 years whose signings read like a Who's Who of franchise greats, including Bobby Bonds, George Foster, Jack Clark and Matt Williams, died Sunday in Burbank. He was 93.

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Monday, November 09, 2015

Shared from Twitter: SABR Defensive Index: September 13, 2015 | SABR

It was good to see Brandon Crawford recognized, correctly IMO, as the best SS glove in the NL. 

I don't doubt his development with the bat may have helped, but the stat community has correctly recognized his work for some time now.

From SABR:
SABR Defensive Index: September 13, 2015 | SABR

AL overall leaders

Kevin KiermaierTBRCF26.7
Manny MachadoBAL3B12.4
Kevin PillarTORCF10.8
Yoenis CespedesDETLF9.9
Lorenzo CainKCRCF9.2
Dallas KeuchelHOUP8.3
Adrian BeltreTEX3B7.9
Josh DonaldsonTOR3B7.3
Ian KinslerDET2B7.2
Kole CalhounLAARF7.2
Alcides EscobarKCRSS7.1
Jason CastroHOUC6.5
Kyle SeagerSEA3B6.4
Eric SogardOAK2B6.1
Mike TroutLAACF6.0
Adam JonesBALCF5.6
Jose AltuveHOU2B5.4
J.J. HardyBALSS5.4
Eddie RosarioMINLF5.4
Evan LongoriaTBR3B5.3
Mike MoustakasKCR3B5.1
Mike ZuninoSEAC4.6
Mike NapoliTEX/BOS1B4.6
Caleb JosephBALC4.4
Omar InfanteKCR2B3.9


NL overall leaders

Brandon CrawfordSFGSS16.8
Nolan ArenadoCOL3B13.2
Adeiny HechavarriaMIASS11.6
Brandon BeltSFG1B11.1
Jason HeywardSTLRF10.2
Andrelton SimmonsATLSS10.1
Nick AhmedARISS9.9
Buster PoseySFGC9.7
Danny EspinosaWSN2B9.6
Paul GoldschmidtARI1B9.4
Wilson RamosWSNC8.6
Adrian GonzalezLAD1B8.3
Ichiro SuzukiMIARF8.2
Billy HamiltonCINCF8.0
Curtis GrandersonNYMRF7.8
Starling MartePITLF7.4
Addison RussellCHC2B7.4
Odubel HerreraPHICF7.3
Matt DuffySFG3B6.5
Yadier MolinaSTLC6.5
Christian YelichMIALF5.8
A.J. PollockARICF5.4
Zack GreinkeLADP5.4
Dee GordonMIA2B5.2
Todd FrazierCIN3B4.9
Bryce HarperWSNRF4.9


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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede 6-4, 215 RHP from Vanderbilt projects as top of the rotation starter when he works out his command/control issues. When he misses, he misses by a bunch.
  • 2. Kyle Crick 6-4,220 RHP Power pitcher in the Matt Cain mold. High K-rate comes with High BB-rate. Low 90's FB with sink. Can be a top of the rotation starter once command/control issues ironed out. Mechanics are sound.
  • 3. Christian Arroyo 6-1, 180 SS very efficient with the bat, good hitting approach, test will be how he handles advanced pitching
  • 4. Adalberto Mejia 6-3,195 LHP Throws strikes and mixes pitches well. Good secondary stuff, projects as middle rotation guy. Keeps ball down and gets outs.
  • 5. Clayton Blackburn 6-3, 220 RHP Good low 90's FB with sink, excellent command of stuff, good secondary pitches. His 8.64 K/BB ratio is off the charts efficient.
  • 6. Ty Blach 6-1, 210 LHP Glavine comps will give him a chance to rise fast.
  • 7. Steven Okert 6-3, 210 LHP Oklahoma product, another power lefty prospect.
  • 8. Mac Williamson 6-4, 240 OF Wake Forest grad with five-tool potential if he hits advanced pitching.
  • 9. Aramis Garcia 6-2, 220 C from Florida INTL projects as a good bat behind the dish with enough defensive skill to play there long-term
  • _10. Chris Stratton 6-3, 185 RHP Mississippi State Decent four-pitch mix, solid pitching frame. Can run FB to 94 MPH with movement. Throws SL/CB, with the slider the better of the two.
  • _11. Chase Johnson 6-3, 185 RHP from Cal State SLO, strong arm, projects as mnid to low rotation starter or middle relief bullpen arm
  • _12. Daniel Carbonell 6-2, 215 Cuban signee, speedy, switch-hitting CF with power potential. Could be a five-tool player if he hits.
  • _13. Ryder Jones 6-2, 200 3B polished bat with some pop. Good athleticism for the corner IF
  • _14. Joan Gregorio 6-7, 180 RHP potential closer material
  • _15. Derek Law 6-2, 210 RHP power arm with some deceptiveness in his delivery, could be a dark horse to contribute in 2014
  • _16. Sam Coonrod 6-3, 215 RHP Hard-thrower got off to a good start in rookie ball, impressed with high K/BB ratio. Needs to keep ball in the yard.
  • _17. Martin Agosta 6-1, 180 RHP FB up to 94 mph with some sink. Plus secondary stuff, shows ability to mix pitches.
  • _18. Gustavo Cabrera 6-0, 190 OF INTL signee, 16 year-old compared to Justin Upton. Injuries slowed his progress in 2014
  • _19. Dylan Davis 6-0,215 OF Good size and speed package from Oregon State. Has a good arm so may challenge in RF down the road.
  • _20. Austin Slater 6-2, 215 2B well-schooled from Stanford Univ. via The Bolles School in Jacksonville FL good size, speed combo with hit tool playing well through AA. Line drive, gap hitter with 15HR power potential
  • _2015.Draft: Phil Bickford 6-5, 205 RHP | Chris Shaw 6-3, 230 1B | Andrew Suarez 6-2,185 LHP | Jalen Miller 5-10, 175 SS | Mac Marshall 6-0, 180 LHP | Steven Duggar 6-1, 170 CF | Jose Vizcaino 6-3, 200 3B | C.J. Hinojosa 5-11, 175 SS | Lucius Fox 6-2, 170 SS

2016 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Alec Hansen 6-7, 235 RHP Oklahoma
  • 2. A.J. Puk 6-7, 225 LHP Florida
  • 3. Connor Jones 6-3, 200 RHP Virginia
  • 4. Nick Banks 6-0, 200 OF Texas A&M
  • 5. Logan Shore 6-2,215 RHP Florida
  • 6. Bobbie Dalbec 6-4, 220 3B Arizona
  • 7. Robert Tyler 6-4, 215 RHP Georgia
  • 8. Cal Quantrill 6-3, 185 Stanford
  • 9. Corey Ray 5-11, 185 OF Louisville
  • _10. Matt Krook 6-3, 205 LHP Oregon

2016 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Blake Rutherford 6-3, 190 OF Chaminade College Prep HS (CA)
  • 2. Riley Pint 6-4, 195 RHP St. Thomas Aquinas HS (HS)
  • 3. Austin Bergner 6-4, 195 RHP Windermere Prep (FL)
  • 4. Drew Mendoza 6-4,195 SS Lake Minneola HS (FL)
  • 5. Braxton Garrett 6-3, 190 LHP Florence HS (AL)
  • 6. Jason Groome 6-6, 180 LHP IMG Academy (FL)
  • 7. Jeff Belge 6-4, 235 LHP Henninger HS (NY)
  • 8. Mickey Moniak 6-2, 185 INF/OF La Costa Canyon HS (CA)
  • 9. Brad Debo 6-1, 210 C Orange HS (NC)
  • _10. Bo Bichette 6-0, 200 INF Lakewood HS (FL)

2016 Top Tampa Bay Area High School Baseball Players

  • 1. Bo Bichette 6-0, 200 3B/2B Lakewood HS (STP) Son of former major leaguer Dante Bichette, unconventional swing generates plus bat speed and power to all fields. Athletic and shows good instincts defensively.
  • 2. Jordan Butler 6-1, 180 LHP Alonso HS (Tampa) Heavy FB and above avg. slider. Florida commit (JR)
  • 3. Conor Grady 6-2, 185 RHP Tampa Catholic HS (Tampa) Sinking 88-90 FB, workable CB and change (JR)

2016 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects (NW Suburban Chicago Area)

  • Anthony Holubecki 6-4, 195 RHP Kaneland HS/IMG Academy(FL) Notre Dame commit easy 93 MPH FB. Another top of the draft talent.
  • Brady Huffman 6-2, 165 RHP Genoa-Kingston HS Illinois State commit. Lanky frame, cruises 85-88 with FB, CB has some depth, efficient delivery and arm action.
  • Brenden Heiss 6-1, 200 RHP Jacobs HS Arkansas commit, can reach 95 MPH on FB, workable CB and CH. Power arm, but struggles with control at times.
  • Copper Johnson 6-0, 200 C Carmel Catholic HS Strong receiver with quick feet and throws well 1.85-1.90 pop time. Clean RH stroke with gap to gap power. Ole Miss commit.
  • Joe Dittmar 6-2, 205 RHP/3B Richmond-Burton HS Wichita State commit. Good two-way prospect can hit and has soft hands in IF. cruises late 80's with FB can goose it up to 92. Power arm/power bat.
  • Nick Derr 5-11, 160 SS Geneva HS/IMG Academy (FL) Florida State commit, top of the draft talent, athletic three-sport standout, with sub 7.0 - 60 yd dash speed and arm strength to play QB