Tuesday, July 01, 2008



The Giants and Barry Zito lost to the Cubs last night 9-2 bringing the Big Zit's record to 3-12. Awesome. When do Giants fans start to wear bags over their heads on night's that Zit pitches? They don't have to be brown paper bags either, I know San Fran is not a blue collar town. They could be those cute bags that you get in those cute little designer stores. Maybe something in a nice pink hue. What color best screams LOSER?!?!?


The Devil Rays open a big series against the Red Sox this week with a W.

Two out of three would be fine, but a sweep would be just what the Chowder Nation needs to provide a bit more clarity into the way things are going to be in the division this year.

And with apologies in advance to the panty-waists who will say "Ehhh...mmmmmm, I'm sorry Mr. The Slav, but violence is never the answer." I would agree with that in theory, in a perfect world. But since I prefer to live my life with a healthy dose of REALITY sprinkling in, I would edit that statement with one caveat added--"Yes, violence is never the answer, except in those cases when violence IS THE answer."

Maybe it's only me, but I point to this event as the date and time when the balance of power between the Yankees and the Red Sox changed. It has led to the championships and the dominance of the division that the Sox Nation enjoys today. If anyone from The Nation can point to another pivotal event, feel free to let me know.

I just have a feeling that down the road we may look to the Shields-Crisp-Gomes Royal Rumble as the point where the balance of power in the division shifted once again.

We shall see.....This should be the Rays rally anthem/seventh inning stretch song whenever the Sawks/Yankees come to town this season. IT'S PERFECT!!!! Plus, I think Dee Snider is a local. Hey, if the White Sox could resuscitate "Don't Stop Believing", the Rays can bring this classic rocker back.

If you're scoring at home, that would be Sox="Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond vs. Rays="We're not going to Take It" by Twisted Sister. I know what team I'd rather be on if you get my drift ; ;. HAHAHAHA
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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Joey Bart 6-2, 215 C Power arm and a power bat, playing a premium defensive position. Good catch and throw skills.
  • 2. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 3. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 6. Sandro Fabian 6-0, 180 OF Dominican signee from 2014, shows some pop in his bat. Below average arm and lack of speed should push him towards LF.
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 9. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 10. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 13. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 14. Garett Cave 6-4, 200 RHP He misses a lot of bats and at times, the plate. 13 K/9 an 5 B/9. Wild thing.

2019 MLB Draft - Top HS Draft Prospects

  • 1. Bobby Witt, Jr. 6-1,185 SS Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) Oklahoma commit. Outstanding defensive SS who can hit. 6.4 speed in 60 yd. Touched 97 on mound. Son of former major leaguer. Five tool potential.
  • 2. Riley Greene 6-2, 190 OF Haggerty HS (FL) Florida commit.Best HS hitting prospect. LH bat with good eye, plate discipline and developing power.
  • 3. C.J. Abrams 6-2, 180 SS Blessed Trinity HS (GA) High-ceiling athlete. 70 speed with plus arm. Hitting needs to develop as he matures. Alabama commit.
  • 4. Reece Hinds 6-4, 210 SS Niceville HS (FL) Power bat, committed to LSU. Plus arm, solid enough bat to move to 3B down the road. 98MPH arm.
  • 5. Daniel Espino 6-3, 200 RHP Georgia Premier Academy (GA) LSU commit. Touches 98 on FB with wipe out SL.

2019 MLB Draft - Top College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Adley Rutschman C Oregon State Plus defender with great arm. Excellent receiver plus a switch hitter with some pop in the bat.
  • 2. Shea Langliers C Baylor Excelent throw and catch skills with good pop time. Quick bat, uses all fields approach with some pop.
  • 3. Zack Thompson 6-2 LHP Kentucky Missed time with an elbow issue. FB up to 95 with plenty of secondary stuff.
  • 4. Matt Wallner 6-5 OF Southern Miss Run producing bat plus mid to upper 90's FB closer. Power bat from the left side, athletic for size.
  • 5. Nick Lodolo LHP TCU Tall LHP, 95MPH FB and solid breaking stuff.