Quick Hits: Schieffer, Ranaudo, Cust

Lance Berkman's return to Houston is a popular topic today, with the best takes I've found coming from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Astros senior director of digital media Alyson Footer.  On to today's links:

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  1. Interesting, The verducci article also touches on pitch counts and how they’re rising again. Which is a good thing.

    More specifically this april there has been as many 125+ pitch pitchers in april than there was in the combined aprils of the last 5 years. Exciting stuff.

    • threeeds 4 years ago

      That was quite an article. It bugged me that he mixed up Jeff and Jered Weaver though. I don’t get how that still happens.

  2. I know that I should, but I don’t have it in me to drop Carlos Pena on my fantasy baseball team. I have Billy Butler and Victor Martinez who can man first, so Pena can ride the bench for a while, right?

    • Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

      No one is going to pick him up!


    • Tko11 4 years ago

      Just do it! You can pick up someone like Brett Wallace who is on fire right now.

  3. Tko11 4 years ago

    Ranaudo makes me feel better about losing Casey Kelly.

    • Really? Personally, it’s Adrian Gonzalez who makes me feel better about losing Casey Kelly.

      Ranaudo is a nice prospect. I’m just hoping his elbow problems last year were sort of a fluky thing, rather than a sign of things to come. There’s a reason he was available in the supplemental round. Healthy, he would have gone in the top 10 for sure.

      • Ferrariman 4 years ago

        i believe it was his shoulder, not elbow. That is much much worse

      • MaineSox 4 years ago

        Before he started that last year of college a lot of people expected him to go #2 overall. Ranaudo is really really good, probably a lot better than Kelly, he was available when he was because he had been injured, and had a pretty bad year after he came back, but still wanted a large amount of money to sign. He had to pitch in the cape cod league before the Sox would sign him so that they could see if his down year was residual effects from the injury or if there was something else causing him to have problems pitching effectively.

    • Threat_Level_RedSox 4 years ago

      His hot start is impressive and he should rocket through the system like Buccholz did. 2013 is going to be interesting because its the first time a spot in the major league rotation is open and it should be a good competition with lefty’s Britton and Pimentel.

    • iorekk 4 years ago

      Ranaudo is a solid prospect but its so stupid of Speier to suggest that renaudo could be the best ever sox prospect.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        can you quote speier saying or “suggesting” that?

        • iorekk 4 years ago

          my bad.

          Insert “most hyped” in place of “best ever” in previous post

          “A case can be made that Anthony Ranaudo was the most-hyped Red Sox draft pick of all time. ”

          still stupid regardless

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            suggesting he’s the best ever would be stupid, agree. why is it stupid to suggest he could be the most-hyped?

          • iorekk 4 years ago

            As far as hype, anaudo hasn’t come close to a guy like buchholz, or even Kelly.

            Ranaudo is projected to become a #2/3 type starter.
            Buchholz was expected to become the ace of the staff

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            well that’s apples to oranges innit? buchholz and kelly were around for years earning their “ace” hype. ranaudo’s been in the system for a month, and after this summer is already being talked about as front-end guy

            the proper comparison would look at the hype of the former two one month into their pro starts. which is what speier did

            obviously a factor here is that a lot more attention is paid to prospects now than ever before. but…that was part of speier’s point. most-hyped ever, not best ever

            still not seeing the stupidity

          • iorekk 4 years ago

            oops meant to hit reply

            agree to disagree i guess. i see Ranaudo as a nearly finished product

            High floor type of guy with potential for #2/3 starter

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            “i see Ranaudo as a nearly finished product” are you a scout? Because I’ve never heard anyone claim that before, so you must know something others don’t. He has pitched all of four times as a pro, he’s not even used to pitching every five days, is just starting to learn a change-up, and they chose to start him in Greenville, but he’s nearly a finished product?

  4. ugotrpk3113 4 years ago

    Dear Alex Speier,

    Please stop riding the WEEI suck up train. It’s mind-blowingly obvious to the non-casual fans (most of your readers) that it’s insane to call Ranaudo one of the best prospects in Red Sox history.

    We wonder why other cities hate our teams…

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      he. didn’t. do. that.

      knowing how to read should be a prerequisite for criticizing writers imo

      • ugotrpk3113 4 years ago

        I should rephrase – to even bring up the notion that a case can be made is absurd

        From the first line of the article:
        A case can be made that Anthony Ranaudo was the most-hyped Red Sox draft pick of all time.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          do you think most-hyped means best?

          • ugotrpk3113 4 years ago

            Most hyped is self implied. If you are most hyped, you are considered a huge prospect.

            Does he say “best”? No. But even the phrase “most hyped” is insane.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            “Most hyped is self implied.”

            what does this even mean? ranaudo is a huge prospect; and most-hyped might imply he’s the best current prospect, but it very obviously doesn’t imply that he’s the best prospect ever

            i wouldn’t argue that ranaudo is more hyped than jose iglesias, for example. but speier didn’t say ranaudo is most-hyped, just that a case could be made for that proposition. and it can

            you’re overreacting and you can’t even explain why

      • MaineluvstheSox 4 years ago

        lmfo. One more time.

    • Read closer…the context is that Speier says that fans are paying more attention than ever to the lower levels of pro ball. In that sense, more people are paying attention to Ranaudo, and in turn is receiving hyped in all likelihood because he is one of the most promising pitching prospects the Red Sox currently have.

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