College baseball360.com: – Up To Date D1 Stats Leaders

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE

1. Joe Winker – Mercer 1.044

2. Jake Lowery – James Madison .968

3. Daniel Aldrich – College of Charleston .896

4. C.J. Cron – Utah .864

5. Rance Roundy – UNLV .861

6. Andrew Rash – Virginia Tech .852

7. Ross Heffley – Western Carolina .833

8. Christian Walker – South Carolina .830

9. Doug Shribman – Bucknell .826

10. Jackie Bradley, Jr. – South Carolina .813

for the rest of the stats…. http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/03/15/college-baseball-stats-leaders-march-14-2011/

Mack Draft: – Patrick Johnson, Adam Griffin, Daniel Peterson, Trevor Bauer, Bubba Starling

North Carolina’s Patrick Johnson: Johnson might not light up the radar gun like previous staff aces Matt Harvey and Alex White, but he’s a stud in his own right. The talented right-handed pitcher put together another fantastic start in a 7-1 triumph over Wake Forest. Johnson struck out nine and allowed just three hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings. Johnson improved to 3-0 with the victory. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5352

 

2nd time seeing Adam Griffin in as many weeks, he was pin straight, max effort with fb at 90-94, doesn’t fool hitters, breaking ball he changes his arm slot and speed of delivery which tips the hitters. He’s going to be a good college pitcher and end up being drafted or “over drafted” by some ML club. http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com

 

•Troy’s Daniel Peterson hit two homers in a doubleheader sweep over New Orleans as the Trojans upped their record to 12-3 on the year. If they continue at this pace, they will be able to compete with both FIU and FAU for a conference title in late May. http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2011/03/13/foleys-quick-hits-for-march-12th

 

Trevor Bauer is a 20 year old junior right handed pitcher out of North Hollywood, CA. According to his UCLA player profile,his favorite pro player is Tim Lincecum, and when trying to project Bauer Lincecum is the first player that comes to mind. The comparison isn’t perfect, of course. Bauer (listed at 6’2′, 185) is bigger than Lincecum, and while at first glance their delivery’s look similar (for a great slo-mo video of Bauer in last year’s Houston Classic click here) closer looks reveal some differences. Most prominently, Bauer doesn’t recreate Lincecum’s now-famous “dangle,” where his pitching arm hangs loose straight down towards the ground. In addition, Bauer’s stride isn’t nearly as long as Lincecum’s. The thing that gives me pause the most about Bauer’s delivery, however, is his seeming inability to repeat it. As I watched, his landing foot seemed to land in a different place every time, and was dramatically different between the stretch and the windup. On the plus side, Bauer is famous for his incredible work ethic and work-out routine, and his delivery avoids the dreaded “inverted W” that has been fingered as the culprit to many arm injuries. http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/2011/3/13/2048528/notes-on-trevor-bauer-3-12-vs-st-marys 

 

If (Bubba) Starling realizes his potential, he’ll be a five-tool center fielder. He has lots of strength and leverage in his 6-foot-5, 180-pound frame, not to mention above-average speed. Arm strength? He throws 93 mph off the mound, though his future is definitely as a position player. He’s also one of the nation’s top college quarterback recruits and has accepted a football scholarship from Nebraska, though he’s expected to give up the gridiron when he’s an early first-round pick in June. http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/ask-ba/2011/2611416.html

 

Nuclear Meltdown, Japan, Libya, the Economy… and Second Base

What’s wrong with the title?

 
I mean, the first four items mentioned are some serious shit, but the more I’m on line, the more I realize that the real story out there is who in God’s name is going to play friggin second base for the New York Mets.

 
First, it’s definitely Daniel Murphy, then, all of a sudden, everyone falls in love with Luis Castillo again.

 
Next we here that the manager hates Castillo and is going to name Luis Hernandez. But wait, Brad Emaus gets reported he’s the man, if Brad can’t do it, no one can.

 
Jordany Valdespin and Ruben Tejada fans keep tweeting they shouldn’t have been sent down and I’m waiting for Edgardo Alfonzo to ask for his yearly, ‘come on coach, give me another shot” plea.

 
Is this the best we can do, guys?

 
Most people think jobs are won in spring training. What they don’t realize is all ST is, is a place to be eliminated.

 
No baseball suit gives a rat’s ass what your batting average or fielding percentage is in March. If they did, David Wright would be sent down and Felipe Alou would have never played in the majors.

 

Here’s my opinion how this Mets second base thing works:

 
1. The job belongs to the last person that had it.
 

2. The brass does everything they can to find something they don’t like about the guy who was the last person to have the job.

 
3. If he shows up on time, he’s late.

 
4. If he’s quiet in the locker room, he’s not a team player.
 

5. If he laughs at a joke, he’s not taking the job serious enough.

 
6. If he laughs at a joke, that was in Spanish, he’s hiding something.

7. The manager’s job is to mention to one of the press guys a different name every day that impresses him at second base.

8. The reporter writes a story on it, but first tweets a tweet (God, I hate that expression…)

9. Next, 2397 other Mets writers and bloggers also tweet what the manager said.

10. The deflection has been accomplished and the team can get back to playing baseball.

Mack Draft: – Tyler Hanover, Logan Verrett, Eddie Gaedel, Gerrit Cole, Alex Meyer

LSU’s Tyler Hanover brought home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk and closer Matty Ott fired a perfect ninth to preserve the Tigers’ 7-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Tigers (14-1) made several spectacular plays defensively, including a pair of diving catches by center fielder Mikie Mahtook, and took advantage of three Titans’ errors to secure the win. Freshman starter Kevin Gausman went seven solid innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks. http://sebaseball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1199630

 

Baylor’s Logan Verrett: The Bears and Verrett had a night to remember on the way to a 7-0 victory over Louisiana Tech. Verrett had a career performance against the Bulldogs, striking out 14 and allowing just one hit in a complete game shutout. Verrett is another solid prospect that continues to increase his stock. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5352

 

Most fans of baseball history are aware of the story of Eddie Gaedel, the only little person to appear in a major league game. At 3-foot-7, Gaedel was the subject of a publicity stunt by baseball’s master of publicity stunts, Bill Veeck, who was then the owner of the sad-sack St. Louis Browns. Gaedel pinch-hit in the first inning of the back end of a doubleheader, drew a walk on four pitches — the pitcher, Bob Cain, apparently laughing too hard to throw a strike — and was removed for a pinch-runner. The next day, American League president Will Harridge voided Gaedel’s contract, although by that point Veeck had already achieved his objective. http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=mlb_draft&id=6215041&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fmlb%2fblog%3fname%3dmlb_draft%26id%3d6215041

 

UCLA JR RHP Gerrit Cole (2011): 4-seam: really easy 92-96 four-seam FB, 97-99 FB peak; 98 on last pitch of opening day complete game; told by scout that he is unique in that he appears to hit 98 “whenever he wants” with FB; between velocity, movement, and improved command, the FB is a legit plus-plus pitch; speaking of command…relatively poor FB command through middle of sophomore season, but the improvement in this area has been nothing short of remarkable; holds velocity exceptionally well; 2-seam: 92-94 two-seam FB with above-average sink; Cutter: not personally 100% sold on the difference between the two-seam and the cutter (remember: I’m no professional, just a guy with a hobby), but enough smart people are labeling the pitch as a cut fastball at 87-91; Slider: plus 81-87 SL (more commonly and more effectively thrown harder at 86-88); was clocked harder still (consistently 87-89) on SL this past summer; Change: personal favorite offering is his excellent sinking extra firm 83-87 (!) CU with plus upside; pitch seems to get better with every outing; http://baseballdraftreport.com

Pitcher of the week: RHP Alex Meyer (UK) •Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 SO – •Honorable Mention: Mike Nastold (UofL), Justin Amlung (UofL), Matt Koch (UofL), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Brian Edelen (WKU), Jordan Cooper (UK), Taylor Rogers (UK), Corey Littrell (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Bryan Babin (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU), Chris Hord (EKU), Matt Fyffe (EKU), Matthew Robertson (Morehead St.) http://blugrassbaseball.com

Cutnpaste: – Paul DePodesta, Madoff Trustee, Jason Isringhausen, Mike O’Connor, Mets Chances

Paul DePodesta:

 
Paul DePodesta’s greatest professional regret is that he’s never stayed in one place long enough to watch his work blossom. Spending no more than five years in four different cities, DePodesta was at least partially responsible for such accomplishments as the 2008 Dodgers winning the National League West and the 2010 Padres contending until the season’s final day. But in each instance — voluntarily, in all but Los Angeles — he was gone before the accolades arrived.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?md=20110314&content_id=16944560&vkey=news_nym&c_id=nym&partnerId=rss_nym  

 

Madoff Trustee:
The trustee seeking to recover money to distribute to victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme plans to go after more funds associated with the owners of the New York Mets in an amended lawsuit, a source within baseball told ESPNNewYork.com. Trustee Irving Picard already is seeking $1 billion from Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and his family to redistribute to Madoff victims. The original suit was filed Dec. 7 and was unsealed last month.

 
http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=6215342&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

 

Jason Isringhausen:
The passage of time has produced some remarkable transformations in sports, from the steady maturation of Andre Agassi to the shocking devolution of Dennis Rodman. But few could surpass the metamorphosis of Jason Isringhausen. An immature, accident-prone prospect, who once fell drunkenly off a balcony here, returns to the Mets 18 years after that catastrophe as a sage, even-tempered veteran, who spends as much time dispensing wisdom to young teammates as he once did making crude jokes and inadvertently sabotaging his promising career.
 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/sports/baseball/13mets.html?_r=2&ref=baseball

 

Mike O’Connor:
Mike O’Connor is among a handful of non-roster invitees trying to make the Mets as a reliever. The 30-year-old left-hander last pitched in the majors in 2008 with the Nationals. Since then, he had brief stints in the Padres and Royals organizations before joining the Mets in 2010. One of only five George Washington University products to reach the majors, O’Connor spoke to The Star-Ledger last week.

 
http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2011/03/mets_qa_with_relief_pitcher_mike_oconnorwith.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

Mets Chances:
Can the Mets surprise? Sure. But it feels as if it would take so many dominoes to fall just so. For example, say you believe that to be a contender, the Mets need 500 plate appearances from Carlos Beltran and 25 starts from Chris Young. Would you put the chance of each happening at, say, 20 percent? If so, it means they have a four-percent chance of occurring concurrently. I recognize this is no perfect science. You can’t just say this has a 30-percent chance of occurring, something else 70-percent, something else 50-percent and put it into one of those long equation strings you might have seen up on the board in “Good Will Hunting” and emerge with a definitive result describing the Mets’ chances at contention — kind of the sum of all fears in the Mets’ case.
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/why_odds_are_so_stacked_against_bJUqmY8dqbsdPV2Ybdlo1L#ixzz1GSn6kVit

 

The Keepers: – #8 – SP Jeurys Familia

8. SP Jeurys Familia

“Family” signed with the Mets during the October 2007 International signing period. 2008 was spent with with the GCL Mets, where he went 2-2, 2.79, 1.14 in 11 starts. He quickly became the dean of the staff.

 
In 2009, Familia pitched for the Savannah Sand Gnats: 10-6, 2.69, 1.16, 109-K, 134.0-IP.

His two year professional stats are: 12-8, 2.72, 1.16

 

 
1-1-10 Forecast: – Nothing but blue sky for the 19-year old, but his job is just beginning. We’ve seen many a pitcher do well in rookie and A ball, only to fade away by the time they compete AA. Familia definitely loos like the real deal, but it is too early to tell. He’ll rotate with his Sand Gnat buddies for a new coach in Flordia and we wish him well.

 

 
5-22-10: – SP Jeurys Familia: Famila started off the season with a horrendous outing in which he gave up 7-ER in 3.2-IP (17.18). Four outings later, he’s worked his ERA down to 7.06, but he definitely has settled down his last two outings, giving up only 3-ER in 9.0-IP. You won’t see him pitching for anyone other than St. Lucie this season. One good sign is his K/IP ratio has remained high (23-Ks in 21.2-IP). He’s only 20-years old so there’s plenty of time. (update… five more decent innings tonight, giving up only one run…)

 

 
6-22-10: – Familia has had a tough time this season and some have speculated that he might be returning to Savannah to get his game together; however, he put together a good outing Monday night, with stats of: 6.2-IP, 1-ER, 7-K, 3-BB. His yearly ERA is now 6.16 and this was especially a heart breaker, since it was a 7-inng game. Jeurys was one out away from a complete game victory, but was relieved and the game was lost eventually to Bradenton. Bad game, but good outing.

 

 

6-28-10: – Giving up three earned runs in 6.1-IP may not be considered the best of outings, but it’s a good one for Familia, who’s been struggling all year long. He struck out five, but walked four. Regardless of the tough year, he still is considered a top pitching prospect

 


7-28-10 from: – we don’t have to talk about what a frustrating year it’s been for Familia, but he did manage to put together a decent outing last night against Brevard County. Familia went: 6.0-IP, 6-H, 2-ER, 7-K, 2-BB and lowered his season ERA to 6.13. Let’s remember he is only 20-years old and did come off two great years in 2009 (Savannah: 2.69) and 2008 (GCL: 2.79). We’ll give him a push this season and it sure looks like he will repeat Lucy in 2011.

Luis Castillo, Adam Rubin, Terry Collins, and Source Material

 

There was a report yesterday that went across the internet that ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that New York Mets manager Terry Collins wanted 2B Luis Castillo released from the team.

First, let me tell you about Rubin. Adam would never break a story like this unless he was more than confident that the information was correct. He also would have multiple sources.

Source material is tricky. There’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t umbrella that hangs over information like this.

I haven’t had a bunch of juicy info over the years I’ve been doing this, but three cases can easily show you the different outcomes you can have. However, all source information does one thing when it is printed. It divides Mets ownership and management both from the players as well as the reporters that cover the team. The initial reaction of any manager would be to not trust anyone around them that they shared confidential information with.

I had the scoop on the re-signing of Oliver Perez three days before it was announced. This information did not come from anyone employed by the team, but it still caused some internal concern (as I was told later), but, in this case, the concern was how did I know something no one in the Mets organization knew.

I next had exclusive information on seven ball players that had received a mid-season promotion from one of the Mets minor league teams to another. My sources were confirmed, so I printed the names (which were correct), which created a devide from the management of that team, to me, and to the players involved. As it turned out, none of the players had told me, nor did any of them confirm it…  I was smart enough not to involve them… but they still were considered the source of this material by management.

And lastly, I reported about the triple-VP system the Mets were going to have this year, but I had one of the names wrong. I should have spent another day triple checking my sources and I was castrated by the Mets internet community for being incorrect with the names (though I was given no credit for having the 3-VP thing correct).

The point I’m trying to make is a reporter, or a sports writer, or a columnist, or whatever the hell some of us are… is pulled in multiple directions when it comes to exclusive information received… and confirmed.  You break the story, the team gets pissed at you and loses trust in everyone around them. You hold the story and you’re not doing the job you’re suppose to.

I’m currently holding an exclusive on a medical clusterfuk that happened during the past ten years, that I’m not going to write about until the player (who is still playing organized baseball) retires from this game.

Someone wrote, when I had the 3-VP thing blow up in my face, something like “heck, why would a guy living in Savannah be privy to information like this?”. That’s understandable narrow thinking, when, in fact, it really doesn’t matter where you live anymore (btw… I’ve never lived in Savannah).

You have a story if two people talk, write, tweet, or facebook each other with information.

You write that information gained from that conversation on a sticky and it place it on the top of your computer.

Then, you need to find someone else to back up what you were told by the first person.

Then, you have exclusive information from “multiple sources”.

The next move is yours…