Quick Hits: Royals, Astros, Lee, Reyes, Young, Prior

Real live baseball was played in Florida and Arizona today, even though it was nothing more than a handful of exhibition games. That's better than nothing in my book. Here's some links for Saturday…


Leave a Reply

57 Comments on "Quick Hits: Royals, Astros, Lee, Reyes, Young, Prior"


Zeppelin5083
4 years 5 months ago

Seems to me Michael Young has every right to not be happy with the Rangers. He was asked to move positions several times, he does for the good of the team. Then he moves to a spot where he may not play the field near as often, and the team goes out and looks to get someone to fill THAT spot as well. I don’t get it.

Brad426
4 years 5 months ago

I started to type a sarcastic “Yeah, I wish this topic had been discussed before” and then I saw that you’re new here. Welcome, and get ready for the “Blah blah blah $16M per year” people to welcome you as well.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Welcome you’ll like commenting here, its a great group of people. Just as a caution, sometimes you may get in a disagreement as many have on here, but don’t take it personal.

4 years 5 months ago

I feel every year I read a new “this is when prior will try to comeback” article. Also he states that he could have made 150 mil, but failed to provide any real information about other contracts and whatnot and really just pure speculation based on 2 seasons of numbers.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Exactly, I mean not baseball related but very similar wasn’t Ryan Leaf supposed to of been better than Peyton Manning? I wonder if any team would sign Ryan Leaf and say well, he could of been this great unstoppable QB, we are going to take a chance he can regain just a smidge of his former self.

jayrig5
4 years 5 months ago

Those two cases aren’t anything close to comparable. Prior, when healthy, was a dominant pitcher at a young age. Ryan Leaf, when healthy, was awful. Leaf was only thought to be comparable to Manning until both were in the NFL, and then the relative talents were exposed. Prior did live up to the hype, if not exceed it, until his arm fell apart.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

Bingo!

I still can’t help but admire Mark Prior for his continued efforts. He wants to pitch. He’s endured several surgeries, years of rehab, and a treks out in the wilderness. He’s made enough money to live his life; the man still wants to play baseball. He’s going to keep trying to find a mound to pitch on, a way to pitch that works for him. I can’t begrudge him that. I just can’t.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Michael Young “You guys got Mike Napoli? But he is better than me at DH, But you said…..YOU SAID.” ::crying::

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

i really want my like button back

Fifty_Five
4 years 5 months ago

Its alrite. I liked it for you

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 5 months ago

Why did you lose it? Wait, what?

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

i still have a like button, it just doesn’t work anymore. turns out when you’re reincarnated not everything still functions properly

*viagra joke*!

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 5 months ago

ha

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

I only liked this for notsureifsrs.

4 years 5 months ago

My boy Freeman went 3-3 with 3 doubles today. ROY frontrunner, folks.

However, Craig Kimbrel surrendered 2 runs and was topping out at 87mph…….

myname_989
4 years 5 months ago

Doubtful.

4 years 5 months ago

Was being sarcastic, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see anyone call him a front runner. He’s one of the few position player rookies who have an opening day starting job. Brown is likely to be platooned. Chapman will be in the pen and probably in a non-closers role for most of the season. This season isn’t stacked with rookies like it was last year.

ejr
4 years 5 months ago

the problem with starting jobs for rookies is that they fade down the stretch, when voting takes place. there will be rookies coming up in May & June that get more attention if they can stay hot. I’m sure Freeman will have to be spelled often to keep him from losing confidence during bad stretches.

4 years 5 months ago

How are you sure Freeman will be spelled ‘often’? And by who, Hinske and Mather? They basically handed the job to Freeman mid-way through the 2010 season and made little effort to bring anyone in as his backup. Hinske will likely play more LF than 1B.

I’m not saying Freeman is 100% legit. He’s gonna have his tough stretches, but with his defense he’ll stick at 1B if he can put up a .285, .330, .420 line with 15+ HR(I have complete faith that he can do at least that). Not numbers that usually win the ROY, but as I said…..it’s a relatively weak rookie class, especially compared to last years.

I’m just saying, I’ve seen Freeman mentioned in the top 3 NL ROY candidates by just about every analyst and journalist that’s covered the topic. I don’t think he’ll win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did is all I’m saying. He’s quite a few peoples preseason pick, actually.

ejr
4 years 5 months ago

I was just making a more general comment about rookies that play the full season — they seem to be a fade down the stretch. Freeman is definitely going to be considered in ROY candidate discussions for the first part of the season, but those conversations often change. JA Happ wasn’t on most people’s radars and he had a great 2nd half and got lots of attention.

I think if we come back in August our discussion may include Freeman but a handful of other guys that weren’t even on anyone’s radar will crop up. Not because I think Freeman is gonna be bad/medicore; it’s just the way the ROY discussions seem to go.

AJCBE
4 years 5 months ago

Phillies have to move Aumont back to the pen. He has serious closer potential.

dc21892
4 years 5 months ago

According to Heyman (which I wouldn’t put too much stock into) they don’t have a future :x.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

The scout Heyman talked to must’ve been from the Mariners. If I’m not mistaken, all 3 are still 21, are in AA, and all prospects can flop at any time. Non news really.

dc21892
4 years 5 months ago

As I said above, I’m not putting much stock into it. I agree with what you said.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

You’re mistaken, they’re all 22. They must be failures.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 5 months ago

Oh 22? Well.. that just makes them busts. Good times.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

They’re just busts if they are Yankee prospects who haven’t won a Cy Young or MVP yet.

Really though. How can that scout say that about guys that are barely 22 yet? Seems a bit premature.

4 years 5 months ago

I don’t think Ramirez will be… He had a torn labrum and still had a decent year at double A. Maybe a solid #4-5 starter.

This year will really tell us whether Aumont or Gillies will continue to be prospects as I think you have to throw both their seasons out the window since Gillies wasn’t healthy at all and Aumont was jerked around all season.

4 years 5 months ago

Not trying to start anything, but wasn’t Gillies caught with a ton(not literally) of cocaine in Florida during the offseason? Why am I not seeing that mentioned anymore? Is he off the hook?

4 years 5 months ago

Yes, allegedly a baggie of “la coca” fell out of his pocket in a police car, however charges were dropped prior to a trial.

vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

dont you mean was already in the police car before Gillies got in

4 years 5 months ago

How do you get out of dropping a bag of cocaine in a police car? God I hate Florida….

Muggi
4 years 5 months ago

Rumor is sufficient doubt as to whether the bag (and it was was a tiny bag apparently) fell out when he was in the car, or a prior guest. A decent lawyer could have gotten him off.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Marcus Thames an everyday LF in the NL yikes

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

My thoughts exactly. And I like Marcus Thames. I think he has his uses. He seems to be a good fellow who works hard, but I don’t want to see fly balls bouncing all around his ankles, head, and feet. That whole Dodger outfield doesn’t look too good defensively. Pity poor Ted Lilly-he NEEDS them to be good.

4 years 5 months ago

” That whole Dodger outfield doesn’t look too good defensively.”

The Dodgers have trotted out Juan Pierre and Manny Ramirez in their outfield. Marcus Thames will look like Roberto Clemente in comparison.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

You’re right. They have a history of not giving a @#$$ about how the outfield performs defensively.

I still feel bad for Ted Lilly.

johnsilver
4 years 5 months ago

How many Boras clients have the Astros chosen when they pick that high? reason asking.. Boston took Alex Meyer with a 20th round pick back in 2008 and Boras was “helping” him and was rumored meyer (with Boras coaching) turned down 2m to attend University of Kentucky back then.. Just how much are Ed Wade and company prepared to spend on him now with the 11th overall selection if Boras is mangling his brain still?

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Better than that is I was reading the sporting news annual baseball magazine where it goes by team to team and it assumed Okajima wasn’t coming back and was a notable loss, also had the Sox winning the AL pennant. I would like to point out that asside from the miracle of 04 and the shock of 07, this is a franchise that is knows to break under pressure, I mean one year before 04 this guy whats his name if yeah Grady Little left a sweating Pedro Martinez in oh I would say an inning and a half too long, Its hard to say if he went to Wakefield earlier sure would Aaron Boone of hit a home run? maybe, would it of been a game winning homer? Doubt it, so remember this Boston fans, replace Manny with Gonzalez in the line up, and you still have to overcome whats knows as Mystique, and If you don;t know what mystique is, ask any Cubs fan.

seanb1223
4 years 5 months ago

You’re sorry for posting this comment? Then why did you?

MaineluvstheSox
4 years 5 months ago

Am I missing something or is this a really stupid post? While you are right about Grady Little, you talk like 04 and 07 never happened. The Cubs haven’t won since forever. The Sox have. If you just want to trash the Sox, no prob. Most of us recognize a winning, classy franchise.

rickjimbo
4 years 5 months ago

Sorry bro, I stopped reading after “this is a franchise that is knows”. And I’m not even a proper grammar nazi

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 5 months ago

A franchise with a newfound “Winning Mystique” that is!

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

I wasn’t “trashing” the Sox, I am trashing the idea that they are good on paper and the fact that the season may have a different story, I mean why not just have the Red Sox play the Phillies live on pay per view and forget about the season. That was my main point.

Green_Monster
4 years 5 months ago

He wanted to post the comment, but he didn’t want to promote the league in the thread. He wanted to see if anyone wanted to join the league. Don’t make a snotty five year old comment.

MaineluvstheSox
4 years 5 months ago

As they say, that’s why they play the games. Anyways, I’ve been watching these guiys a long time and I like their new mystique. I think they have done as good a job at putting together a top franchise as any team out there. Granted it would seem to be about money, but when you’re in the same division as the Yanks, that’s the way it is.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Baseball on pay-per-view lol

seanb1223
4 years 5 months ago

Tell you what. I’ll let you say what you want to say and I’ll say whatever I want to whenever I want to.

stl_cards16
4 years 5 months ago

That was really creative what you did there.

Green_Monster
4 years 5 months ago

Ok, you try to make people laugh with your corny jokes. And I’ll be sitting hear laughing at you.

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 5 months ago

As long as you laugh at his corny jokes then he’s happy! Don’t you dare laugh!

4 years 5 months ago

part analyst, part therapist?

NickinIthaca
4 years 5 months ago

It’s not the pronunciation that scared me….

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 5 months ago

Dear God I hope so.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 5 months ago

Yes sir. Poor Mr. Funke didn’t realize what he was saying.

“I’m afraid I just blue myself”

I believe that may be my favorite show of all time.

Chrisn313
4 years 5 months ago

Agreed

Chrisn313
4 years 5 months ago

Doctor fumke