Monthly Archives: September 2012

TM54’s Favorite Prospects #35-37

Intro   #48-50   #45-47   #41-44   #38-40

37. Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

36. Matt Adams, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

Eaton Vitals: DOB 12/6/1988, 5’8″ 185lbs. Drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2010 draft and signed for a $35,000 bonus. Currently in MLB.

Adams Vitals: DOB 8/31/1988, listed at 6’3″ and (generously) 230lbs. Drafted by the Cardinals in the 23rd round of the 2009 draft and signed for a $25,000 bonus.

When I found these two landing next to one another on my list, I chuckled. It wasn’t on purpose.

I’d like to see a picture of the two of them next to one another. Adams is a big-bodied first-baseman who scouts have routinely dismissed for being too big-bodied, if you catch my drift. Eaton is a little fella, who makes Dustin Pedroia look like Adam Wainwright. Eaton, like Adams, has been routinely dismissed by scouts because of his size.

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TM54’s Favorite Prospects #38-40





40. Matt Harvey, P, New York Mets

40. Chris Archer, P, Tampa Bay Rays

Vitals: DOB 9/26/1988, 6’3″ 200lbs. Drafted by the Indians in the 5th round of the 2006 draft and signed to a $160,000 bonus.)

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My Ottoneu League Needs A Replacement Owner

I’m commissioner of an Ottoneu points league with a $100 buy-in, and we are losing an owner who doesn’t have time to keep up with him team. I need an owner (or group of owners) interested in buying in for the long-term. If you are not familiar with the wonderful world of Ottoneu, which really is the best fantasy baseball experience out there, please go here for all the details.

The league has an auction draft and a $400 salary cap. Here’s how the team stands now:

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TM54’s Favorite Prospects #41-44




44. Nick Franklin, 2B/SS, Seattle Mariners

Vitals: DOB 3/2/1991, 6’1″ 180lbs. Drafted by the Mariners with the 27th overall pick in 2009 and signed for a $1.28 million bonus. 

As a spoiler to later: I don’t agree with people calling Franklin the Mariners’ best position prospect. But I do like Franklin a lot, even in the context of a loaded Seattle system with much to be excited about.

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Is Billy Hamilton’s Season The Best Stolen Base Season in MiLB History?

2012 Billy Hamilton: 147 SB / 33 CS

That’s impressive. 147 is the most stolen bases in a minor league season by anyone.

The big question we have to ask isn’t what the counting stat of stolen bases means alone, but what the value of a steal is, and what the value of a caught stealing is. Then we can talk about the value of Billy Hamilton’s baserunning.

The next guy on the counting-stat list, who Hamilton eclipsed this year…

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TM54’s Favorite Prospects #45-47

Here’s where to get the intro and #48-50.

47. Allen Webster, P, Boston Red Sox

Vitals: DOB 2/10/1990, 6’3″ 195lbs. Drafted by the Dodgers in the 18th round in 2008 and signed for a $20,000 bonus. Finished 2012 at AA Portland.

The Red Sox three biggest prizes in their blockbuster trade with the Dodgers were: getting rid of Josh Beckett, getting rid of Carl Crawford, and landing Allen Webster.

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TM54’s Favorite Prospects #48-50

The introduction to the list is here, feel free to give that a read.

50. Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

Vitals: DOB: 11/4/90, 6’2″ 170lbs. Signed by the Chicago Cubs as an international free agent in May, 2008 for a $725,000 bonus. Currently playing with AA Montgomery in the Southern League playoffs, and assigned to the Arizona Fall League this year.

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The Middle 54’s List Of Favorite Prospects: Introduction as Q&A

Q: Who the hell is “The Middle 54” and why do I care who his favorite prospects are?

A: I’m nobody. Not a scout, or tied to a baseball club. I didn’t play the game in college or at any time after high school.

Q: Ok, so why the hell do I care what you have to say?

A: You shouldn’t.

Q: So if I don’t care why the hell are you wasting valuable space on the internet with this?

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For the GRB Crew

Hey GRB–

I understated Pujols’ decline for both last year and this year. (Is there stuff I can do on WordPress besides bold + ital + underline to get the proper amount of emphasis on that word?)

How fucking hilarious is that?


The Rays as Paradigm For Why Every Month Counts In MLB

If the season ended tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays would not make the playoffs. They trail the New York Yankees by 2.5 games in the AL East, and they trail the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A’s by 1.5 games each.

The Rays should be a playoff team this year, because with the exception of certainly the Texas Rangers and maybe the Yankees and Washington Nationals, the Rays are the best team in baseball. They’re unquestionably one of the four best, along with Texas, the Yankees, and Washington.  The Rays have top-to-bottom what is undeniably the best pitching staff in baseball, particularly in the second half with Matt Moore establishing himself as a stud, David Price and James Shields pitching very well, and Fernando Rodney emerging as the game’s best closer this year. Wade Davis, a middle-reliever for the Rays, is their second- or third-best bullpen pitcher, has no home in the rotation, and would be a #4 starter or better on almost every other MLB team.

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