MB’s Top 30 Prospects (Friar Forecast)
Didn’t expect 2007 pick Kellen Kulbacki as early as 10, but who doesn’t love a high ceiling guy with a ton of power? You didn’t miss his admission that lists like these are mostly attention grabbers anyway, did you?
Matt Eddy’s Top 10 Padres Prospects (Baseball America)
Eddy points out that Kyle Blanks is the only Padres draftee not taken by the new regime’s VP of scouting Grady Fuson. I haven’t seen Steve Garrison, named at number 6 mentioned so high before. He came over with Will Inman, who landed in spot 7, in the Linebrink deal. Man, I love prospects.
Did stolen bases really hurt us last season? (sdpadsfan1)
New Padres Blog! I’m down with the attention paid to using facts to investigate a hypothesis. It’s a tough job, there’s lots to consider when analyzing raw data. Note to
sdpadsfan1 blog readers: Don’t forget, catchers have no control over how fast a pitcher delivers the pitch.
Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft
So much for trading with Tampa for the top spot and grabbing center fielder Brian Barton, as rumored. Carlos Guevara and two others joined the Padres organization in the draft, and cost $50,000 a piece. They must stay on the 25 man roster all year, or offered back to their original team for $25,000.
“He’s got a great screwball, a great strikeout-to-walk ratio and is a guy who has nailed it at about every level,” Padres general manager Kevin Towers said of the 25-year-old who was 1-2 with a 2.32 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga last season, with 87 strikeouts in 62 innings.
Ray’s update: What’s the opposite of “Yosshaa”? (The Newberg Report)
And yet I could have made it through the weekend just fine without seeing this in a San Diego Union-Tribune article: “If [Kosuke] Fukudome chooses the Padres, he must adapt to an extreme pitcher’s ballpark, yet will draw less scrutiny than he would in Chicago. Former Padres reliever Akinori Otsuka, who retained a San Diego residence after the club traded him to Texas, recommended the Padres to Fukudome.”
Disappointing. Really disappointing.
We’ve been hearing about how our old friend Aki has recommended San Diego to Fukudome for a while now, but I never really thought about it from Texas’ point of view. If Heath Bell told someone we were going after that the Mets were a great team to play for, I guess I’d be a little upset. Except news that the Rangers are looking at Fukudome is news to me. Granted, I’ve gone back and seen that they’ve had “serious interest” in him, but what does that even mean? The Padres constantly have “serious interest” in players that they have no intention of actually signing. And if something like this slips past nerds like me/us, what are the chances that Aki is keeping up to date?
On top of that, Newberg writes almost 600 words in-between Fukudome mentions but comes back to finish his article with this:
Righthander Travis Hughes signed with Japan’s Yokohama BayStars.
Maybe Hughes can somehow get the word to Kosuke Fukudome that he’d attract less scrutiny in Texas than he would in Chicago, and that he’d get to adapt to an extreme hitters’ yard here.
Disappointed in Aki.
Stream of consciousness is something I’ve always felt missing in baseball blogs, so this is good to see.