Odds & Ends: Weeks, Castro, Roberts, Piniella

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  1. bjsguess 5 years ago

    Harper is the real deal. If the Nats pass on him they will regret it. The kid is playing college ball right now, having just turned 17. After a slow start he is hitting over 400 and slugging over 800. All with a Wood bat against competition that is years older than him. Even if he doesn’t stick at C, he can play CF (and presumably the other OF positions). The guy can throw 90MPH from the catcher position. He would have a cannon at CF.

    Did I mention, he just turned 17.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      No doubt about it Harper will indeed go number 1.

      Harper Nationals
      Taillon Pirates
      Christian Colon Orioles
      A.J. Cole Royals
      Deck McGuire Indians
      Delino DeShields Jr. Diamondbacks
      Anthony Ranaudo Mets
      Drew Pomeranz Astros
      Bryce Brentz Padres
      Alex Wimmers A’s

      • Ferrariman 5 years ago

        ranaudo seems pretty far down..i think we can all agree he will go top 4 unless an injury befalls him.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          Lately he’s been having elbow problems. If he didn’t, I’d put him at 3 with Christian Colon at 4. The Royals and Orioles could both use a long term young Shortstop.

    • bucs_lose_again 5 years ago

      Harper won’t be playing center field for any big league clubs. Right Field? I can see that. 3rd base, too. But he ain’t playing center.

      • alxn 5 years ago

        It isn’t out of the question, but he would eventually grow out of it.

  2. Gobias_Industries 5 years ago

    MacPhail says the Orioles will “consider other options if Brian Roberts isn’t going to be ready on Opening Day.” As opposed to not considering another option and choosing to play without a second baseman? Nitpicky I know, but not worded properly.

  3. BlueCatuli 5 years ago

    Tim, yesterday in the chat you mentioned something about Heyward, from Atlanta, starting the year at AAA and staying there for two weeks. I have a few questions. A) What is the exact rule and benifit regarding the two week stay, and B) If Castro continues to have a strong spring could you see the Cubs doing the same thing? By the way, I got to see him a week ago today. The guy carries himself like a veteran during warmups, in the on deck circle, taking groundballs between sides of the inning. Everyone talks about it, but he has “it”.

    • ps314 5 years ago

      It has nothing to do with a two week stay, it has to do with his service time. If they cut down on Heyward’s service time in MLB, then they gain another year of team control.

  4. disgustedcubfan 5 years ago

    “Starlin Castro will start the season in Triple A now matter how good he looks” What?
    I know it’s very early in Spring Training, but the kid is hitting close to .600 What does he have to do to make the team?
    Piniella recently said ” these young players will let you know when they’re ready”
    Lou, let’s consider that maybe he’s ready. Last year, the Rangers moved Young over to 3rd to accomodate a 20 year old shortstop who was ready.
    Jim Hendry must know he’s gone if the Cubs miss the playoffs again this year. Why not put your best team on the field Opening Day?

    • jdub220 5 years ago

      Agreed. I saw Castro in one of his spring training games about a week ago, and he looked really good. Hit a double, and made some good plays in the field also.

    • crunchy1 5 years ago

      I’m impressed with Castro’s approach. He works the count more than I thought he would. He gets himself into good hitting situations.

  5. Guest 5 years ago

    Gagne looked like crap. He has no chance on making the team, then again we had Mota last year.

  6. Guest 5 years ago

    I think once Rickie sees Carlos Gomez make crazy plays in the outfield and once he sees Alcides Escobar have a spectacular rookie season, he’ll feel a bit better about J.J. Hardy being traded.

  7. From my post detailing why Ed Wade did not deserve an extension, I said:

    [Ed Wade] traded Juan Gutierrez, Chad Qualls and Chris Burke to the Dbacks for Jose Valverde. It is important to note that RPs are traditionally overvalued. They get a very limited innings load, limiting their value, and its hard to judge their true talent level. No reliever was worth +3 WAR last season and only ten were worth even +2 WAR. Qualls has been worth +3.3 WAR since the trade, has a year left under team control, and has been paid less than $4 million over the past two seasons (he will make ~$4.2 million in 2010). Gutierrez made his team debut last season and was worth +1.5 WAR. He’s is not arbitration eligible until 2011. No one cares about Chris Burke. On the other hand, Valverde was not worth even +1 WAR in either 2008 or 2009. He was cumulatively worth +1.5 WAR for the Astros, or what Juan Gutierrez did last season. On the other hand, whereas Juan Gutierrez was paid something in the ballpark of $400,000 in 2009, Jose Valverde was paid $12.7 million during his stay in Houston.

    I stand behind that statement.

    • hpence9 5 years ago

      Valverde gave the Astros one great season and a second above average season, and now we have 2 1st rounder because of him. Qualls is a very, very good reliever but Valverde was a step above him for two seasons, and the draft picks are HUGE for the long term. I’m not going to shed any tears over losing Gutierrez.

      I’d say that both teams benefited from that trade.

      • I’m sorry Hpence9, but you are simply wrong. Let’s look at WAR contributions by player.

        Chad Qualls: +2.1 in 2008, +1.2 in 2009. Total? +3.3
        Juan Gutierrez: +1.5 WAR in 2009

        That’s a total of 4.8 wins.

        Jose Valverde on the other hand posted WARs of +0.8 and +0.7. His value contribution to the ‘Stros was the equivalent of Gutierrez’s 2009 value. Sure, the 2 draft picks are nice, but that assumes first that you trust Wade’s drafting talents and then risk whether or not the players will pan out. He’s not exactly Billy Beane

        • hpence9 5 years ago

          Ed Wade isn’t doing the drafting. Bobby Heck, who as good of a scout as there is in the MLB, runs the draft. The guy has been applauded universally for his drafts in 2008 and 2009 for the Astros. He’s the same guy who brought in the Milwaukee Brewers core; Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, and Rickie Weeks are all Milwaukee Brewers right now thanks to the work done by Bobby Heck.

        • seanbergmanrules 5 years ago

          If you’re going to criticize Ed Wade for trading away Juan Gutierrez then you have to congratulate him for picking up Jeff Fulchino; they’re both about as likely to repeat their 2009 success.

          Bobby Heck has had 3 high draft picks with the Astros – those turned into Jason Castro, Jordan Lyles and Jiovanni Mier. I absolutely trust him to do something nice with the 19th and 33rd picks in the draft. There’s no guarantee that those guys will even be major league regulars, but every single one of them has had nothing but success since being drafted.

  8. diehardmets 5 years ago

    Anyone have any projections on Weeks for the season?

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