Sunday, March 09, 2014

Martin St. Louis traded to New York Rangers from Tampa Bay Lightning - ESPN New York

This is going to take some getting used to, seeing Martin St. Louis in a uniform other than the Tampa Bay Lightning. This seems like an even trade, captain for captain, but just looking at the player for player trade, a net loss for the heart Lightning. St. Louis was the heart and soul of this club for years and years. His play recently shows he seemingly has not missed a step. His relentless hustle is a great influence throughout the organization. Top to bottom.

from ESPN New York:

Martin St. Louis traded to New York Rangers from Tampa Bay Lightning - ESPN New York:

The New York Rangers have acquired six-time All-Star Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for captain Ryan Callahan and two draft picks. The Rangers sent a first-round pick in 2015 and a second-round pick in 2014 to Tampa Bay in the deal, which was completed in the final hours before Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. 
There are two picks-related conditions in the trade. If the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals this season, the 2014 pick headed to Tampa Bay would become a first-round selection. If Callahan, a pending unrestricted free agent, re-signs with the Lightning, New York would receive a second-round pick in 2015 and Tampa Bay would get an additional seventh-round pick in 2015.
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You don't do a heart transplant and replace a strong heart with a weaker heart. The patient suffers. The draft picks may seem like some sort of panacea, but the Lightning better hope that the patient survives once the replacement heart walks away in free-agency. Then where are you?

What a bad move for the Lightning and a turbo boost for the Rangers playoff hopes. Bad move by the Lightning. That's all I can say. Horribly bad.

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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. Christian Arroyo 6-1, 180 SS very efficient with the bat, good hitting approach, test will be how he handles advanced pitching
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. Lucius Fox 6-1, 175 SS Smooth MIF with all the tools, price tag dictates he will get every opportunity to succeed.
  • 8. Phil Bickford 6-5, 205 RHP Sturdy power arm, will move up the charts fast, Top of the rotation potential
  • 9. 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.
  • _10. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • _11. Steven Okert 6-3, 210 LHP Oklahoma product, another power lefty prospect.
  • _12. Mac Williamson 6-4, 240 OF Wake Forest grad with five-tool potential if he hits advanced pitching.
  • _13. Ty Blach 6-1, 210 LHP Glavine comps will give him a chance to rise fast.
  • _14. Michael Santos 6-4, 170 RHP Twenty year old needs to fill out a bit and perform at higher levels but stuff is there.
  • _15. 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.
  • _16. Jalen Miller 5-10, 175 SS Another smooth HS SS with Jimmy Rollins comps, may be better prospect than Fox, without the price tag.
  • _17. Ryder Jones 6-2, 200 3B polished bat with some pop. Good athleticism for the corner IF
  • _18. 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.
  • _19. Andrew Suarez 6-2, 185 LHP Miami grad, not over powering, but gets guys out.
  • _20. Mac Marshall 6-0,180 LHP Good stuff from small package more as bullpen piece than starter.
  • _21. Hunter Cole 6-1, 190 Another collegiate MIF who may have to move to the OF to get a chance.
  • _22. 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
  • _23. Derek Law 6-2, 210 RHP power arm with some deceptiveness in his delivery, could be a dark horse to contribute in 2014
  • _24. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • _25. Chase Johnson 6-3, 185 RHP from Cal State SLO, strong arm, projects as mnid to low rotation starter or middle relief bullpen arm

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)
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  • 8. Mickey Moniak 6-2, 185 INF/OF La Costa Canyon HS (CA)
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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 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.
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  • 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.
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2016 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects in Jacksonville Area

  • Keenan Bell 6-2, 215 OF Episcopal HS L/L Very good athlete with outstanding hitting tools accoring to Perfect Game. 7.35 60 yd dash with 1.72 10 yd split.

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  • 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.
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