Sunday, April 20, 2014

Brian McCann should have planted Carlos Gomez when he had the chance....

Benches clear after Gomez's solo home run
9/25/13: Carlos Gomez hits a homer off Paul Maholm and benches clear after Gomez exchanges words with Freddie Freeman, Brian McCann and several Braves players.

McCann should have planted Gomez last year. Then maybe today's display by the jackass that is Carlos Gomez would not have happened. I doubt it, but maybe. Maybe a Gerrit Cole fastball in the ribs is the behavior modification Mr. Gomez is looking for. Might up his baseball IQ by a few points, He has a long way to go.

Pimp your HR, wear a FB. That seems fair enough.

I'll side with McCann and Cole over Gomez all day, every day.
And Carlos Beltran over Yasiel Puig before...
And Carlton Fisk over Deion Sanders before that.

The jackass didn't even hit the ball over the fence. I can't wait to hear his teammates or their weak manager defend the Gomez Cadillac trotting of a ball that remained in the ball park - the Brewers commentators already did. You don't Cadillac trot balls that don't even leave the yard, that's just plain moronic and embarrassing to yourself and your family.  

MLB Video of today's Gomez antics are embedded in the story from Yahoo Sports:

Could cost your team a valuable run there, Chief. Turning a possible In The Park Home Run into a triple.

Way to go, Champ. But you looked so fly doing it. Kinda like showboating a missed dunk? Or spiking the ball after you've fumbled it away?  I guess I don't understand this showmanship shit.

Carlton Fisk Deion Sanders confrontation

Fisk appeared on The Joe Morgan Show to discuss a number of topics, including Sanders, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Red Sox and White Sox catcher said that Sanders used to saunter up to the plate like he owned the stadium and would draw a dollar sign in the dirt at home plate. "So he comes up again and draws a dollar sign in the dirt," Fisk said. "And you know what [Sanders] says? He says, 'Hey, man, the days of slavery are over.' I stood up and walked up to him face to face and I said, 'I don't care whether you are black or blue or pink or red. If you don't start playing this game right, I'm going to kick your butt right here.'" Fisk and Sanders, of course, had a verbal alteraction back in 1990 that resulted in a bench-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Yankees (whom Sanders was playing for at the time). Fisk said he could no longer take Sanders' style and showboating.

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I doubt Brewers manager Roenicke or all the bed-wetting commentators who think a Ca.rlos Gomez should just be allowed to to continue to be a Carlos Gomez (which if to say a total jackass) will ever understand the culture of the game.

It's not the NBA and it's not the NFL. Thank God for that. Disrespecting your opponent is all the rage in those two leagues. Because there are no effective means of retribution.

Try the same thing in MLB or the NHL and your health is immediately placed at risk. If you know what I mean.

#1. Respect your opponent at all times.
#2. Respect the game at all times.
#3. Never forget rules #1 and #2. NEVER!!

It was worse back in the day. Ask former Giant Jim Ray Hart.
Now what’s the first thing a person thinks about when Bob Gibson’s name is mentioned? If it isn’t intimidation, brush back pitches, a nasty fastball and intensity. His teammates were afraid to talk to him and opponents were just afraid of him. Jim Ray Hart, a slugging third baseman for the Giants in the 1960s and early ‘70s, tells the classic Bob Gibson story:
“Between games, Mays came over to me and said, ‘Now, in the second game, you’re going up against Bob Gibson.’ I only half-listened to what he was saying, figuring it didn't make much difference. So I walked up to the plate the first time and started digging a little hole with my back foot... No sooner did I start digging that hole than I hear Willie screaming from the dugout: ‘Noooooo!’ Well, the first pitch came inside. No harm done, though. So I dug in again. The next thing I knew, there was a loud crack and my left shoulder was broken. I should have listened to Willie.”
Hart should have called time out and filled up the hole the way it was.

The manager from the team that the guy in this classic Deadspin post played for certainly understood the Culture of the Game.

"I didn't like what Richie did. It was a thing done by a young player," Edwards said. "Basketball is in-your-face, but not baseball."


Update: We now have all the details about this game, thanks to Mike Harrington of theBuffalo News, who wrote a story about this game back in 1994. Some highlights:
"I had to cherish it. I took just a few steps and I probably shouldn't have, but I was milking it a little," said Aude, 22. "Nothing would have happened if he (Wishnevski) hadn't said anything to me."
"He should round the bases, step on home plate, go in the clubhouse and then celebrate," Pettini said. "Somebody should tell him that's not how a professional acts."
Bisons manager Doc Edwards said he intends to do just that.
"I didn't like what Richie did. It was a thing done by a young player," Edwards said. "Basketball is in-your-face, but not baseball."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mel Kiper Mock Draft: Eric Ebron, Xavier Su'a-Filo to New York Giants

What would the NFL draft be without a picture of Mel Kiper's hair? One of the most follically gifted commentators in the business, maybe of all-time. That hair looks like it could deflect a gun shot, to be honest. The commentary is usually pretty good too.

from Bleacher Report:
Mel Kiper Mock Draft: Eric Ebron, Xavier Su'a-Filo to New York Giants:
In this mock, Kiper explains that he is doing what he believes NFL teams will do based on the information he currently has and not drafting the players he would personally choose for each team. Here is how Kiper explains each pick for the Giants.

Eric Ebron

Kiper writes: Here's a case where you can accuse me of projecting a team to take the same player I would if it was my decision. Ebron is a potential difference-maker for the next stage of Eli Manning's career, a big target in the passing game who can create constant matchup problems with his size and quickness underneath, and down the field with his speed and catch radius (again, size). The Giants have had four different tight ends catch the most passes at that position over the past four years. They could use a really good one.

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In order, this is where I would like the Giants to go in the first round:

Tight End Eric Ebron, North Carolina:

Wide Receiver Mike Evans, Texas A&M:

Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh:

Offensive Tackle Jake Matthews, Texas A&M:

Offensive Tackle Taylor Lewan, Michigan:

Tampa to Montreal? Sacre Bleu!!!

Just so my friends in Tampa - St. Pete understand that this is not just conjecture by a bunch so slide-rule toting SABR-metricians, here is a local story from ABC News. Not that you should believe everything you hear from them, but.......where there's smoke?

from ABC Action News:


Tampa to Montreal? Trotting Out the Same Old Tired Narrative |

What an insult to the people of the Tampa-St. Pete area. How low have you sunk when you are worse than Montreal? Well, let’s look at the numbers. Attendance in Tampa is the worst of any major league city and has never been above 2 million for any season other than their inaugural season when 2.5 million came to see the Rays lose 99 games in 1998.  But there are still about 19,000 people who will come out to see the Rays play on average. Montreal in its best years could draw more than 20,000, but they never topped 30,000 and in their final seven seasons when the team was buffeted by the same winds of change as have begun now in Tampa, they barely managed 10,000 a year.
In his interview on the subject Steinberg actually spoke lovingly about Stade Olympic where the roof crashed down on the field and halted play for more than a month while the mess was cleaned up and the place was declared fit for baseball again. MLB is at least true to their mantra and is demanding that Montreal commit to a new stadium before any serious talk is made about another team in Canada.
My guess is that this is just the first ante in the poker game between Steinberg and the mayor of St. Petersburg–who will not let the Rays out of their contract to play at Tropicana Field, which is owned by his city. The ante will be upped when a more realistic alternative location for the Rays is found in the next round of betting. It might be Charlotte, the 23rd largest metropolitan area in the US (Tampa-St. Pete is 18th) with a population of 2.3 million. Charlotte has hosted an NBA team successfully twice and with Michael Jordan as the principal owner of the team they have bee relatively successful. They are just an example of a large city that does not rob from an exiting MLB team’s TV market area and has many of the attributes for success.
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My guess is this is typical war-games tactics from the MLB playbook to help an existing owner wrangle concessions from local politicians.St. Petersburg has experience in these type of affairs, but they were on the Montreal end of the proceedings. Now they are on the other side.

Seems like they are going to get it AGAIN, and good and hard.

That's what happens when you put things in the hands of politicians and oligarchs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mikie Mahtook ready for the Rays?

Maybe he gives them a little offensive shot in the arm which the Rays do need right about now. Add this guy in there with Longoria and Wil Myers and you have some young, but talented RH bats.  He'll have to serve his time in AAA until he loses FA time. I wouldn't wait too long if I were Rays management. Not in that division.

Baseball America Prospect Report
Compiled by Baseball America   April 15, 2014

PITCHER OF THE DAY: Bryan Mitchell, rhp — Double-A Trenton (Yankees)
When Mitchell finds command, it's sure to be a long night for the opposition. He did just that last night in Akron, and the result was one of the best individual games of the season. Mitchell, a 22-year-old righthander with a mid-90s heater and a hammer hook, fanned 12 hitters in six shutout innings.  
HITTER OF THE DAY: Mikie Mahtook, lf — Triple-A Durham (Rays)
The former LSU Tiger and 2011 first-rounder was a perfect 5-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI in yet another Bulls win. He lacks a carrying tool and profiles more as a second-division regular, but he's hitting .356/.396/.444 so far, and that's plenty good.
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Jackie Robinson Day - Baseball reflects America's racial diversity like no other major sport

jackie day

I'm not sure that baseball gets the credit that it is due for reflecting our nation's racial breakdown almost to a tee across the board. White, black, Hispanic, Asian. No other sport comes close and when TIDES grades the sports it gives A grades to the NBA and the NFL when they don't come close to our national demographic breakdown. Makes you wonder.......

Baseball, still America's pastime and always will be America's Greatest Game.

from Giants Extra:

POSTGAME NOTES: Sanchez was “the man” for Giants, and he took the best kind of beating – Giants Extra:
— Jackie Robinson day is always a cool one at the ballpark, and the Giants and Dodgers added a twist tonight. Jon Miller and Vin Scully took turns introducing the starting lineups over the PA system, with each player getting a “Wearing No. 42″ from two of the broadcasting greats. Scully, by the way, received a half-standing ovation and loud cheers. That might have been a first for a Dodger at AT&T Park.
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Dr. Mark Perry explains the absurdity of this type of "racial grading" better than I can.....

from Carpe Diem:

Should the NBA, WNBA and NFL get race letter grades of A+ for the racial diversity of their players vs. US population?

% White63.0%19.0%20.0%31.0%
% Black13.1%76.3%73.0%66.6%
% Hispanic16.7%4.4%0%0.7%
% Asian5.1%0.2%0%1.1%
MP: There seems to be some rather inconsistent and twisted “diversity logic” here that TIDES is using for assigning its “race grades” for racial diversity in professional sports. The NBA, WNBA and NFL all get “race grades” of A+ for the racial diversity of their players, even though blacks are significantly overrepresented relative to their share of the US population (13.1%) in all three sports (76.3%, 73% and 66.3%, respectively), and all three of the other racial categories (whites, Hispanics and Asians) are significantly under-represented relative to their share of the US population in all three sports leagues.
By any realistic metric or concept of “racial diversity” that reflects America’s racial representations in the general population (e.g. the racial diversity standard that is usually applied to university student populations, etc.), it would sure seem that the NBA, WNBA and NFL all deserve letter grades of F for racial diversity, which I have assigned above. Apparently, the only minority group that matters to TIDES is blacks, since the NBA, WNBA, and NFL all get letters grades of A+ for racial diversity, even with the significant under-representation of other minority groups like Hispanics and Asians. This seems like a pretty Orwellian approach in the sense that apparently according to TIDES, “all racial and gender groups are equal and important for purposes of diversity in professional sports, but one group is apparently more equal than all of the others.”
Bottom Line: Does this type of mechanistic, head counting of professional athletes by race/skin color, and then assigning race letter grades to professional sports leagues for their racial diversity, really move us further in the direction of Martin Luther King’s vision of a colorblind society? I really can’t see how it does. Am I the only one who finds this “racial head counting” and assigning of “race letter grades” to professional sports both simplistically childish and offensive? Does anybody else object to the fact that this institute is probably funded at least in part by the taxpayers of Florida, and the students paying tuition at the University of Central Florida?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Giants pitching prospects giving mixed signals

Clayton Blackburn continues to pitch well at AA. He won't WOW!! anybody, but he is a very efficient pitcher with what he has and does his job better than some of his more highly touted brethren. Edwin Escobar, who both scouts and the "prospect-razzi" seem to love, continues to struggle at the AAA level. Escobar scares me at this point. He seems to be a bit of a tease in terms of display of talent. The kind of guys who pitches just well enough to not win. He may be destined to be a prospect-razzi heart-breaker.

Baseball America Prospect Report

Compiled by Baseball America   April 11, 2014

SFAABlackburn, Clayton4642063.00L (0-1)
SFAAACordier, Erik1000039.00
SFAAAEscobar, Edwin4533277.27
SFHiAGregorio, Joan5621261.00W (1-0)

We see this divergence throughout the organization as far as the pitchers go. The more highly touted guys, like Kyles Crick and Heath Hembree are flashing the control/command red flag. Martin Agosta and Edwin Escobar seem to give up a bunch of hits, the antithesis of getting guys out, Chris Stratton seems to have a higher propensity for giving up the gopher ball than you would like, plus he's a lower level than you would like to see given his age and experience. 

Now if these things are happening to guys at a higher than average level in the minors, you can only imagine what major league hitters will do to them. 

In contrast, guys like Ty Blach, the aforementioned Clayton Blackburn, Derek Law, Kendry Flores, Aldaberto Mejia and Santiago's little brother Jose Casilla seem to fly under the radar as far as generating ink and / or making prospect lists. However, these guys have demonstrated, at least from an advanced metric standpoint, an ability to pitch, get guys out and keep the ball in the yard. Three major components of and predictors for guys who have long / productive big league careers.  

I like this 2012 write up from generally and the comp to Derek Lowe specifically. 
We see his skillset comparable to an in-his-prime Derek Lowe. While Blackburn is not as big as Lowe, he has a similar style: he is not overpowering, but is able to induce a lot of ground balls while also posting a good strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Lowe has won 176 major league games over his career.  He looks somewhat like Rick Reuschel. "Big Daddy" won 214 games, 44 of them with the Giants late in his career. I think we would take either comparison and win total from Mr. Blackburn.

A Cub pitching prospect shines....for the Cubs

It's good to see the Cubs a pitching prospect they received in a trade for a change after watching Chris Archer develop for the Rays and Casner continue to develop for the Padres. I can't fault them for trying with Garza and was surprised he didn't provide enough return on the king's ransom the Cubs paid to get him and Rizzo at least provided a piece of the puzzle in the everyday lineup, but still.....

Baseball America Prospect Report
Compiled by Baseball America   April 12, 2014

PITCHER OF THE DAY: Corey Black, rhp — Double-A Tennessee (Cubs)There are several pitchers who could easily have been the choice, but the former Yankee prospect—traded for Alfonso Soriano—pitched five no-hit innings in his second Southern League start to get the nod as PoD today. He did not figure in Tennessee's 6-5 win over Chattanooga, but did enough to nose out Archie Bradley (Triple-A Tucson, Diamondbacks); Vince Velazquez (high Class A Lancaster, Astros), and Rafael De Paula (high Class A Tampa, Yankees), other very worthy candidates.

HITTER OF THE DAY: Austin Wilson, of — Low Class A Clinton (Mariners)Wilson, the toolsy 2013 second-rounder from Stanford, was 4-for-5 and knocked in three runs as the LumberKings beat the TinCaps of Fort Wayne 7-1. In his past two games, Wilson is 7-for-9 with a homer and five RBIs. Others in the picture include low Class A Greenville's Manuel Margot (Red Sox), who homered for the third time in the past three games, and low Class A Dayton 1b Sebastian Elizalde (Reds), who was 3-for-5 with a homer.

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Among the Poco Gigantes, Gary Brown continues his good start and Mac Williamson and Ryder Jones continue to struggle. The pitchers bring more encouraging news with Derek Law adjusting well to AA and Keury Mella doing good work in Low-A. Cody Hall gets lit up and Aldaberto Mejia is scuffling a bit at AA, the "seperator" level. It's where the men get sepated from the boys as far as prospects go.  So we continue to watch and wait to see who separates themselves from the pack of prospects.

SFAAABrown, Gary CF3013.317
SFHiAWilliamson, Mac DH4010.2002B (2)
SFLoAJones, Ryder SS5133.2072 2B (3)

SFAAHall, Cody1233209.00
SFAALaw, Derek1.1000020.00W (1-0)
SFAAMejia, Adalberto1211016.00
SFAAOsich, Josh1.1000113.38
SFHiAAgosta, Martin3221233.00L (0-1)
SFHiAOkert, Steven1100120.00
SFLoAMella, Keury5111471.69W (2-0)

POSTGAME NOTES: A classic Matt Cain start, in just about every way – Giants Extra

This is good news for the Giants. I have been reading some analysis of Cain's mechanics and the "lower arm slot" evidence is out there and it is somewhat concerning, especially when combined with diminished performance and a change in his mix of pitches. Whew....that was a mouthful. It is good to see him closer to his old self than his new self.

He may be entering the same stage that Lincecum has been struggling with for the past couple of year, changing from a higher-K power pitcher pitcher to a lower-K finesse pitcher who is not afraid to hit bats,

from Giants Extra:

POSTGAME NOTES: A classic Matt Cain start, in just about every way – Giants Extra:

"The long-time ace is cleaning up his mechanics and he showed some serious stuff Saturday — including a 94 mph fastball in the first inning. Cain threw 22 of 28 first-pitch strikes and 116 pitches in all, his highest total since September, 2012. He insisted in Los Angeles that he would stick with his approach, and it seemed he was being stubborn. But today, as Cain pounded fastballs over and over again — 63 of them in all — it was pretty clear that Cain can still be effective this way. That’s a good lineup he faced today, and without a mental mistake in the third inning, Cain probably keeps the Rockies off the board."
“He gave us a great effort,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He just had good command of all his pitches. He worked hard early in the game but he still got in a good groove. He just threw quality strikes today.”
Cain got off to a rough start last year, too, and then he turned in a 2.36 ERA after the break — a reminder of what he’s capable of. Saturday was another reminder, and it made it a lot easier for the Giants to walk out of the park after a 1-0 loss with their heads held high.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Giants Prospects du Jour

Panik and Susac running hot at AAA for the Giants.

Panik is currently blocked by Adrianza and Hicks, leaving aside the venerable Marco Scutaro at 2B.  But not for long if he hits .300 or better in AAA ball. 

Baseball America Prospect Report

Compiled by Baseball America   April 08, 2014

SF AAA Panik, Joe SS 4 0 2 1 .350 3B (1)

SF AAA Susac, Andrew C 4 1 1 1 .500 HR (1), BB (2)

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Susac may be blocked by Posey behind the dish, unless Panda eventually walks and there is a need for a guy with soft hands and a hard bat, who used to play some SS in college. Don't laugh, it may be in the disaster plan for the off-season. It looked like 1B might be an option for Mr. Posey, but Mr. Belt's offensive outbursts are putting a crimp in any of those plans. 

I guess you have to hope Mr. Morse has a disappointing year and leaves, but think of the young ladies of SF. Why they'd be heart-broken. 

I mean, who would they look to for hair grooming tips and inspiration?

Oh yeah, I forgot about Angel. You know his cap sure does come off a lot. You'd think they could size a cap a little better in the big leagues.

Oh dang, I forgot about Brandon Crawford too. Wonder what he uses to keep his hair looking so marvelous.

from Meet MeAt3rdandKing:
Dan Runzler: What hair product does Brandon Crawford use?


Apparently, it's a hot topic after a long, hard game. Not that there's anything wrong with that.....

Plus it hasn't hurt the numbers of one Joe Mauer.

The MLB All-Hair Team 2013:


No, that doesn't look like it hurts one little bit. Yeeeeeeaaaaahhh!!!

Really though, Lincecum and Sandoval on the all-hair team and not Morse or Pagan?

But this shit makes it? What the hell is going on in Washington D.C.

Getty Images

And Oakland???? This is what beat out Michael Morse. I mean who voted on this shit?

MLB Fan Cave

All of this hot-stove speculation is a long way off....but it's still fun. 

Plus it's the only way some of these young guys will get their shot. And apparently on this year's Giants squad, it helps to have luxurious hair. 

It's like the 6th tool for the modern Giant player looking to make the lineup and yes, eventually to score. 

Madison Bumgarner's quiet strength

MadBum just might be quietly building a strong case to be considered the Giants staff ace. He always seems to show up big in big games.

from Yahoo Sports:
Puig returns, but Giants beat Dodgers 7-2 - Yahoo Sports:
Bumgarner has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.65, which is better than that of All-Star teammates Tim Lincecum (2.77) and Matt Cain (2.48). Last season, he came within one strikeout of becoming only the second Giants lefty since Ray Sadecki in 1968 to finish a season with 200 or more.
''You don't want to give guys free passes at any time. You have to make them earn it of you can,'' Bumgarner said. ''But at the same time, you don't want to just give in and just throw a meatball up there. You've got to make pitches and work on command and get ahead of guys.''
Bumgarner is 4-1 with a 1.53 ERA in his last five starts at Chavez Ravine.
''He was commanding both sides of the plate and locating,'' Gonzalez said. ''He's just like anybody else. If he can command down and away, down and in, up and away and up and in, and crisscross the strike zone, it makes it tough.''
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He is the strength of the pitching staff and has been for some time now. This 2012 article from Bruce Jenkins gives a glimpse of where his quiet strength may come from.


Astros SS Correa is the hitter of the day

Carlos Correa is another prospect, much like the Cardinals Tim Cooney, who will not be kept down in the minors for too long. This kid is only 19 years old, but he may head the list of top young SS in the bigs very soon. The Astros could us some excitement. He has to cut down on his strikeouts somewhat, (what prospect doesn't?), but he sure puts a charge into it when he hits it.

It's good to see Panik and Brown off to good starts at AAA. Especially Brown, who has mostly disappointed and under achieved. Panik appears to be quietly posting numbers that indicate he is the most major league ready prospect as  a hitter that the Giants may have. From the looks of things, he may be the only hitter that you can say that about.

Roger Kieschnick joins the spare parts list of ex-Giants along with Nate Schierholtz and Conor Gilaspie as he moves on to the D-Backs organization. Kieschnick was given a small chance to show what he could do late last year and, like Gilaspie and Schierholtz before him, did not show the brass enough.

From an organizational standpoint as far as hitters go, this has been a consistent theme that needs to be addressed. I know some want to give credit for Posey, Sandoval, Belt and Crawford, but I'm not sure I give too much credit for Posey to the organization. He was pretty much a finished product as a hitter on Draft Day. Sandoval is an anomaly. Which leaves Craford and Belt. Not much to show for all that BP and hitting instruction.

Baseball America Prospect Report
Compiled by Baseball America   April 07, 2014

HITTER OF THE DAY: Carlos Correa, ss — high Class A Lancaster (Astros)
Several players had outstanding days at the plate Sunday, as you'll see in the chart below, including C Gary Sanchez at Double-A Trenton (Yankees), who homered and knocked in four runs. But Correa, Houston's No. 1 prospect and No. 7 overall, continued his blazing start in the California League with his first home run in a 3-for-4 night. He's now hitting .533/.556/.800 
SFAAVillalona, Angel DH4012.294
SFAAABrown, Gary CF5330.3682B (2), 3B (1), SB (1)
SFAAAPanik, Joe SS5131.313
SFLoAArroyo, Christian 2B4010.125
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from Bleacher Report:
CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that the Diamondbacks have claimed outfielder Roger Kieschnick off of waivers from the Giants. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the D-Backs placed pitcher Patrick Corbin on the 60-day disabled list, then assigned Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno.
The Giants had designated Kieschnick for assignment on Saturday after he posted a meager .172/.294/.172 line in 29 at-bats during spring training. Kieschnick, 27, didn’t hit much in his first season in the big leagues last season, either. In 95 plate appearances, he posted a .202/.295/.226 line.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Cardinals LHP Tim Cooney is the pitcher of the day

According to Baseball America anyway. He had a decent chance to stick with the Cardinals after an impressive spring. It doesn't look like he will be in the minors for too long. Maybe just long enough to drop a year from his free agent time.

Just what the Cardinals need, more pitching!! The rich get richer.

His K/BB ratio has been getting better as he rises up the ranks:
High A: 5.75
AA: 6.94
AAA 9.00

Those are eye-popping, jaw-dropping numbers by themselves. To be rising as he encounters better competition is pretty unusual. My guess is this guy knows how to pitch.

Baseball America Prospect Report
Compiled by Baseball America   April 06, 2014

PITCHER OF THE DAY: Tim Cooney, lhp — MEM
There were several excellent outings Saturday night, including Jake deGrom (NYM) at Las Vegas and Jimmy Nelson (MIL) at Nashville, but lefthander Cooney—who's the No. 6 prospect in a very deep Cardinals system, struck out nine in six strong innings in his Triple-A debut. Cooney threw just 88 pitches in an 11-1 win over Iowa, which had Top 100 prospects Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara in the lineup.

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Giants look to draft a difference maker

I've heard a D-lineman or two, maybe one of the top O-lineman, but this is the guy I would like to see the G-men go after. I get that you have to keep Eli off his back, but with multiple targets criss-crossing the field, he doesn't have to hold onto the ball too long.  This guy looks like he can stretch the middle of the field.

Drafting in the 12 spot, you need to find a difference maker. This guy fits the bill.

from the New York Post:

Serby unveils first projection of upcoming NFL Draft | New York Post:

12- GIANTS: TE ERIC EBRON, North Carolina
A 6-foot-4, 245-pound Vernon Davis clone who helps new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo fix Eli Manning. Victor Cruz receives permission to hand in the card and salsa at Radio City.

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from Yahoo Sports:

NFL  draft: Two-round mock draft has Bridgewater, Bortles ahead of Manziel | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports:

12. New York Giants — North Carolina TE Eric Ebron

Prediction: A month from now, I will have Ebron going even higher. Ebron has Vernon Davis-like athleticism, and Davis, you might remember, was a fast riser in 2006, all the way up to No. 6. Ebron could go as high seventh. But if he falls here, he would be the perfect inside weapon for Eli Manning. The Giants have fallen back on a rent-a-TE approach that has produced OK results, but zero continuity at the position. This could change that, and new coordinator Ben McAdoo could do the same things with Ebron that the Packers did with Jermichael Finley.

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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Heath Hembree 6-4,210 RHP from Coastal Carolina with 98MPH FB, has closer stuff, secondary pitches may need more work. Could rise fast.
  • 5. Joe Panik SS/2B Has shown well with the bat and can play SS if Crawford wilts or 2B if Sanchez stays on the DL too long.
  • 6. Edwin Escobar 6-1, 185 LHP Sinker - slider pitcher can run it up to 94 MPH. Good curve as well, mixes pitches well.
  • 7. Aldaberto 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.
  • 8. Andrew Susac 6-2, 210 C 2011 2nd rounder good eye, K-rate is a bit high. Has decent power and solid glove.
  • 9. Christian Arroyo SS very efficient with the bat, good hitting approach, test will be how he handles advanced pitching
  • _10. Martin Agosta 6-1, 180 RHP FB up to 94 mph with some sink. Plus secondary stuff, shows ability to mix pitches.
  • _11. Ty Blach LHP Glavine comps will give him a chance to rise fast.
  • _12. Mac Williamson 6-4, 240 OF Wake Forestt grad with five-tool potential if he hits advanced pitching.
  • _13. Gustavo Cabrera 6-0, 190 OF INTL signee, 16 year-old compared to Justin Upton.
  • _14. Joan Gregorio 6-7, 180 RHP potential closer material
  • _15. Ehire Adrianza 6-1, 155 SS Switch hitting, slick fielder. Hits just enough, good contact. Bat still a ??, patience (9% BB-Rate) with no pop. Can steal bases, great range, solid hands and good arm for SS.
  • _16. Ryder Jones 3B polished bat with some pop. Good athleticism for the corner IF
  • _17. Steven Okert 6-3, 210 LHP Oklahoma product, another power lefty prospect.
  • _18. Bryan Ragira 1B Stanford grad shows some nice power.
  • _19. Keury Mella RHP Dominican signee is really opening eyes with a nice power arm
  • _20. Derek Law RHP power arm with some deceptiveness in his delivery, copuld be a dark horse to contribute in 2014
  • _21. Kendry Flores RHP very efficient pitcher, could also move fast

2014 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede RHP 6-4, 215 Vanderbilt Easy mid 90's FB, three pitch mix FB-CB-CH all plus pitches. Projects as top of rotation guy
  • 2. Carlos Rodon LHP 6-3, 230 North Carolina State Mid to upper 90's FB with a five pitch arsenal that he commands well. Two plus pitches, FB and SL.
  • 3. Trea Turner SS 6-2 North Carolina State Speedy, slick fielding SS with developing power
  • 4. Michael Cederoth RHP 6-6, 210 San Diego State Touches 100 MPH with 80+ slider and plus change
  • 5. Sean Newcomb 6-5, 240 LHP Hartford Reaches 95 on the FB needs work with command and secondary pitches
  • 6. Jeff Hoffman 6-4, 190 RHP East Carolina COmbines a FB that touches 97 with CB-CH mix that are near plus pitches. Workhorse, goes deep into games.
  • 7. Nick Burdi 6-4, 215 RHP Louisville Mid to high 90's FB is shooting up the charts. Two pitch arsenal, projects as solid closer.
  • 8. Aaron Nola 6-2 RHP LSU Control pitcher with low 90's FB that sinks. Deceptive change-up. Best pure pitcher in college ranks.

2014 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Jacob Gatewood 6-5, 190 SS/OF Clovis HS (CA) Size generates a ton of bat speed and power and Troy Tulowitzki comps, has a mid-90's plus arm. Commit to USC.
  • 2. Touki Toussaint 6-2 RHP Coral Springs (FL) Electric FB reaches 96-97 MPH with movement and plus CB
  • 3. Jack Flaherty 6-4, 200 3B/RHP Harvard-Westlake (CA) Has great power potential as hitter with plus bat speed. Decent speed but corner IF. Commit to North Carolina
  • 4. Kel Johnson 6-4, 210 OF Home School (GA) Power bat out of East Cobb (GA) hotbed, commit to Georgia Tech
  • 5. Braxton Davidson 6-3, 215 OF T.C. Robertson HS (NC) One of top hitters in draft, tremendous bat speed combined with an advanced approach to hitting. Good pitch recognition, strong OF arm.
  • 6. Alex Jackson 6-2, 200 C Rancho Bernardo HS (CA) Tremendous power and 1.8 pop time (plus major league avg) get attention. Solid, athletic defender. Commit to Oregon.
  • 7. Nicholas Gordon 6-2, 175 SS/RHP Olympia HS (FL) Two-way player low 90's FB and slick glove at SS. If he hits, he stays at SS. Has a hot on the mound as well. Son of former major leaguer Tom Gordon. Commit to Florida State.
  • 8. Justin Smith 6-2, 200 OF Bartram Trail HS (FL) Five-tool player, has 92 MPH arm and 6.9-60yd plus speed. Excellent bat speed, hitting approach still raw.
  • 9. Tyler Kolek 6-6, 250 RHP Shepherd (TX) FB cruises at 91-94 and touches 97. Long-limbed and athletic, commit to Texas Christian.
  • Brady Aiken 6-4, 205 LHP/OF Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) Pitchers build, touches 93 FB, keeps ball down. Two-way player, commit to UCLA.
  • Brandon Murray 6-4, 200 RHP Hobert HS (IN) Strong arm 92-94 FB reaches 95 at times. Athletic pitcher, strong lower half. Slider is effective, change work in progress. Max effort delivery hurts repeat-ability. South Carolina commit.
  • Derek Hill 6-1, 175 OF Elk Grove HS (CA) Dad is Dodgers scout, knowledgeable about the game. Runs 6.4 60yd and 4.1 home to first from right side. Plus defender with average arm. Quick bat, line drive stroke. Gap hitter makes solid contact and good decision at plate.
  • Keaton McKinney 6-5, 220 RHP Ankeny HS (IA) Physical pitcher with whippy arm action out of 3/4 slot. FB cruise at 89-92 touching 93. Arkansas commit.
  • Luis Ortiz 6-3, 210 RHP Sanger HS (CA) Strong lower body, cruise FB at 92-95 and touches 97. Throws strikes and sinks ball well. Commit to Fresno State.
  • Sean Reid-Foley 6-3, 210 RHP Sandalwood HS (FL) FB criuse in the 91-94 range with some run. Athletic, long stride delivery. CB-SL-CH are workable. Florida State commit.

2014 Top Tampa Bay Area High School Baseball Players

  • Alexander Faedo 6-5, 210 RHP/1B Alonso HS Projectable frame, FB up to 94, cruises 90-94, Univ of Florida signee.
  • Cobi Johnson 6-4,175 RHP Jenkins HS (New Port Richey) Really interesting RHP, Low 90's FB, with more in tank. Plus CB, good athleticism, Florida State signee
  • Hunter Van Horn 6-3,190 LHP Jesuit HS Throws 92 MPH FB LSU commit
  • Keith Weisenberg 6-4,195 RHP Osceola HS Projectable, keeps getting better each time out. Up to 92 at PG National. Extremely high ceiling. Stanford signee
  • Ryan McCullers 5-11,195 C Jesuit HS 1.80 pop time

2014 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects (NW Suburban Chicago Area)

  • Collin Ridout SS Johnsburg HS
  • Darius Day 6-0, 190 OF Simeon Academy Toolsy propect, 6.7 60yd with 90MPH lefty arm. Arizona commit
  • Jake Godfrey 6-3, 215 RHP Providence Catholic HS Low 90 FB with CB-SL and change mix. Notre Dame commit.
  • Laren Eustace 5-9, 165 LHP/OF Batavia HS Speedy 6.6 60yd OF throws 90MPH from left side as well.
  • Mark Skonieczny C/OF Huntley
  • Nathan Haacker C Sycamore HS
  • Ryan Nutof 6-2, 185 RHP/SS South Elgin HS High 80's FB, should touch low 90's by senior campaign. Lefty bat
  • Tyler Hasper RHP Waubonsie Valley HS