Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Giants get Longo in a bittersweet deal (on both sides)

My initial reaction was "Oh, no!! The Rays snookered us again" but this is a "face of the franchise" kind of guy and has been for the Rays. Described as a "winning player" on a team that has been a symbol of losing, almost since inception. 

He has been through a lot with the Rays and hopefully he regroups and rededicates himself to perform at an All-Star level. He slipped to 3.6 WAR, which would be only behind Posey on the Giants last year.   

To me, Span is addition by subtraction (-1.1 WAR last season) but a local Tampa product, who could also be revitalized by a change off scenery. Arroyo is a scrappy competitor, fan favorite type of guy and also a local product (Pasco-Hernando HS). Of the two minor league pitchers, Krook was one of the more highly regarded LHP's to start his senior year, but slipped somewhat by the end of the season. If he clicks, he makes this deal swing to the Rays side of the ledger. Woods is a favorite of some of the SFG "prospect mafia", who want to trade Bumgarner for three or four prospects they can circle-jerk over. So a long-shot, but who knows?.....Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

The Giants receiving CA$H in the deal, from the Rays must be some sort of baseball insider cruel joke on the state of the game economically. Like me donating money to Mitt Romney or Donald Trump. 

Glad to have Longo, I didn't think it would happen this soon, if at all. Hopefully, Tampa sends him off the way they should, which is like the champion he is. He deserves no less, he gave them everything he had. 

Good luck to Christian Arroyo, the Giants will miss his fight. I didn't want to lose Panik and I didn't want to lose Arroyo. You just can't keep 'em all. 

Rays trade franchise stalwart Longoria to Giants

It's the end of an era in Tampa Bay.

The Rays traded third baseman Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in exchange for outfielder Denard Span, top-prospect infielder Christian Arroyo, left-hander Matt Krook, and right-hander Stephen Woods Jr., the clubs announced.

San Francisco will also receive cash in the deal, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

"Evan is our greatest Ray," Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement, via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. "For a decade, he's been at the center of all of our successes, and it's a very emotional parting for us all."

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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. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 3. Bryan Reynolds 6-2, 210 OF Switch hitter with average speed and polished hitting approach. Fits Giants mold of high-floor, low-ceiling prospects.
  • 4. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 8. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 9. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 10. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 13. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 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.

2018 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Ethan Hankins 6-6, 215 RHP Forsyth Central HS (GA) Mi 90's FB tops at 96-98, plus breaking ball. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 2. Kumar Rocker 6-5, 250 RHP North Oconee HS (GA) Heavy 98 FB, sharp mid 90's slider. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 3. Matthew Liberatore 6-5, 200 LHP Mountain Ridge HS (AZ) High 3/4 arm slot, 91-93 FB tops at 95, with good feel for pitching. Arizona commit.
  • 4. Slade Cecconi 6-4, 195 RHP Trinity Prep HS (FL) High 90's FB tops at 97, with mid 80's breaking ball. Miami commit.
  • 5. Carter Stewart 6-6, 200 RHP Eau Galle HS (FL) Highest spin rate breaking ball in draft. Mississippi State commit.
  • 6. Luke Bartnicki 6-3, 210 LHP Walton HS (GA) Low 90's FB with command, workable slider. Georgia Tech commit.

2018 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Brady Singer 6-5, 200 RHP Florida Sergio Romo-esque slider from whippy low 3/4 arm slot. Mid 90's FB, sharp slider and change-up. 3.4 K/BB rate.
  • 2. Casey Mize 6-3, 210 RHP Auburn Forearm issues, 96 FB with split/slider mix, 6.2 K/BB ratio.
  • 3. Logan Gilbert 6-6, 205 RHP Stetson Loose arm action, 3 pitch mix, 93-96 FB 3.2 K/BB.
  • 4. Ryan Rollison 6-3, 200 LHP Mississippi Smooth delivery from 3/4 arm slot, 89-93 FB tops at 94/95. Late 1st, early 2nd rounder. 2.8 K/BB rate.
  • 5. Shane McClanahan 6-1, 175 LHP South Florida Thin build, 3/4 arm slot, tall and fall delivery. 93/96 FB range. 3.0 K/BB rate.

2018 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects in Tampa Bay Area

  • 1. Connor Scott 6-4, 180 OF Plant HS (FL) Florida commit.