Central Notes: Luhnow, Hart, Braun, Zumaya

Some links from baseball's Central Divisions for your Sunday reading…

  • New Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has the right outlook, but very few pieces to work with, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. One scout told Heyman that aside from Carlos Lee, only two players in the Astros' projected lineup have a chance to be even league-average hitters: Jason Castro and Chris Johnson.
  • Corey Hart has torn cartilage in his knee that will require arthroscopic surgery and sideline him for three-to-four weeks, writes Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said they won't rush Hart back like they did from an oblique injury that cost him his 2011 Spring Training, and that Hart will likely open the season on the disabled list.
  • MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner told Haudricourt that the leak in Ryan Braun's positive drug test was an isolated, case-specific incident and that the process doesn't have a confidentiality problem.
  • Joel Zumaya has opted for Tommy John surgery, writes MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. Dr James Andrews will perform the operation at the end of March, and the Twins have yet to decide if they'll place Zumaya on the 60-day DL or release him, assistant GM Rob Antony told Bollinger.

42 Responses to Central Notes: Luhnow, Hart, Braun, Zumaya Leave a Reply

  1. Chris Snyder isant a major league hitter? Low average but potential power

  2. timmytwoshoezzz 3 years ago

    I sure Zumaya’s agent eagerly awaits the opportunity to sucker some GM out of his money next year.

  3. TophersReds 3 years ago

    The Brewers are pretty lucky, or you could say Braun’s lawyer is pretty good, that Braun isn’t out for 50 games with Hart’s injury. A 15 day DL stint for Hart, along with no Braun, would have made that offense look pretty weak for the first 2 weeks of the season.

  4. And Aoki is smiling again. 

  5. Lastings 3 years ago

    “Joel Zumaya has opted for Tommy John surgery…”

    And with that, Joel’s baseball career comes to an unfortunate, early end…

    • He wouldn’t have the surgery if he was thinking of retiring

      • Lastings 3 years ago

         He’s not coming back (picture that final scene from Point Break)…

      • Steven D 3 years ago

        His body is going to force Joel to retire. I admire Zumaya’s determination to try it all again but right now, it doesn’t look good. I will never fault a player for trying though. If the money is there and a team is willing to give him a shot, more power to him. 

  6. Heyman doesn’t care to mention that almost all of the Astros starting lineup will be under 25 and most of them are actually 23 and under. I am not sure how you can predict who and who wont be major league “Average” with that factor. Jd Martinez had 28 rbi in the month of August in his first taste of the big leagues. Altuve and Paredes also played well.
    Are they all going to be awesome, probably not, but at least Major league average.

    • kidsmoke96 3 years ago

      Surprised that they didn’t add Martinez to their list. I really liked what I saw from him last year. 

      • seanbergmanrules 3 years ago

        I was surprised not to see Martinez and Lowrie, and to a lesser extent, Altuve and Bogusevic. And I was shocked to see Johnson. Really unnamed scout? Johnson didn’t forget how to hit last year. He forgot how to have a .390 BABIP. 

        • What about Brett Wallace? He was once a top prospect.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          That story was a bunch of bunk I thought.. Lowrie (if he stays healthy for a change) will hit in the top 1/3 of SS in the game, he is just a rotten fielding SS playing out of his natural 2B position.

        • Houston_Astros 3 years ago

          This. Plus the fact that he never really hit at any level.

        •  Yeah i would think J.D. Martinez should be league average and Lowrie should be able to manage average as a SS until he gets hurt.

    • Steven D 3 years ago

      I think it’s just easy to pile on the Astros and what Heyman is doing is no exception. The Astros should be better, I mean they traded away Hunter Pence and Mark Melancon plus being a below .500 team for awhile should of helped net them good prospects. 

      I don’t know much about the Astros farm system but I don’t think they are as hopeless as some see them as. 

      • Kurisu Rg 3 years ago

        Most rankings have them somewhere between 18~25. Not as terrible as they’ve been in the last couple of years, but still pretty mediocre for a team who’s stunk for as long as they have.

  7. Lloyd Kwak 3 years ago

    Meanwhile, in Andrew McCutchen news…the extension is done. Wait for the fireworks Monday!

    • lefty177 3 years ago

      source? Or are you just bored?

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      Wow.  Nice job breaking the story.  You had it here way before I saw it anywhere else.

      • Todd Smith 3 years ago

        6 years/$51MM with a club option for $14.75MM.  I like it.

  8. Brian Stevenson 3 years ago

    What scout told him J.D. Martinez doesn’t have a chance to be league average, and what was he smoking/inhaling/injecting at the time?

    • stroh 3 years ago

      I think these scouts are just made up.  I can’t imagine any scout saying that Martinez, Altuve, Paredes, and Bogusevic won’t be at least average major league players.   All of them were above average minor leaguers, and when they came up last year and each of them batted over 150 ABs, each of them hit above average.   I believe Martinez at .274 was the lowest average and he had around 35 RBIs in a couple of months.

  9. Houston_Astros 3 years ago

    Chris Johnson!? Where do people come up with this stuff?

  10. JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

    Ryan Braun can use if he likes, I’ll just tell the execs that his are not the roids they’re looking for.

  11. 90 losses, yeah right, you must have forgot about the pitching staff in Milwaukee

  12. kidsmoke96 3 years ago

    Be sure to check back if you’re wrong. With their pitching, I really can’t see them finishing below .500.

  13. Steven D 3 years ago

    I highly doubt the Brewers are going to be that bad, I see them in the 80 – 8 5 win category depending on how things break for the Brewers. They still have a good pitching staff but their offense is going to cost them games. 

  14. John Howard 3 years ago


    the red birds are awesome!!

    albert who?

    we are the best.

    Albert would only make us worse in the long run.

    I love baseball

  15. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    And which team in the NL central got better this offseason? 

    Correct answer: The Reds, but they were a 79 win team last season, and Latos isn’t worth 10 wins. Nobody else.

    Also: If Tony Plush regresses/Hart stays injured, there will inevitably be a trade market for OF at the deadline. Such problems can be fixed.

  16. Jim Sinicki 3 years ago

    the brewers really only got worse at one position for 2012 and that is obviously 1st base. They improved at short stop, and third base. I think if Weeks stays healthy he’s going to have a monster year, i think having Gomez back really improves defense in center field and Aoki is probably going to play a huge part in the season with the gamel/Hart saga. Speaking of gamel, he’s obviously no where near as good as Fielder anyone who thinks that is fooling themselves. However, the brewers dont need 50 home runs and 190 RBI from him. They simply need him to play average to a little above average to make a positive impact on the field. Maybe 20-25 homeruns, 80 RBI. Everyone says that if given the chance to play every day he will be a solid contributor. The pitching staff is still there, Greinke is in a contract year and we all know what that could mean. Marcum was very good the first 3/4 of the year last year until an injury got him. Narveson was a pleasant surprise (hoping he can build on it), and of course Gallardo is still in the rotation. Not to mention the back end of the bullpen… K-rod and Axford. 

    Going to Braun… everyone is so quick to call him guilty, and why? because someone leaked a test? because ESPN says so? fact is Braun tested for levels that would kill most men. it’s like being so drunk your BAC is .8! But no, he’s automatically guilty! There couldn’t be anything that went wrong with the test could it? of course not! he only passed the same test 25 times in his career… those MUST have been all wrong. I’m not saying Braun is innocent by any means but I’m also not saying he’s guilty. there’s just too many questions surrounding this test to say yes or no.

  17. burritolikethesun 3 years ago

    Where are the NKVD agents to haul ya off the to the gulag?

  18. burritolikethesun 3 years ago

    Where are the NKVD agents to haul ya off the to the gulag?

  19. Well they can hit but I don’t they can carry the offense by themselves. 

  20. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    yes because preventing runs has no value.

  21. You seemed to have failed to comprehend the joke.

  22. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    not really

  23. fxx3605 3 years ago

     read this and a kid with add came to mind

  24. mypoorbuccos 3 years ago

     no, you did. he was pointing to the fact that Yo and Randy Wolf are two of the better hitting pitchers in the game.

  25. I am begging for braun to put up 35 bombs and 110 rbis and .330 average this year.  That will shut everyone up. I was talking with a friend of mine and 20/80 is exactly what I was thinking for Gamel. If he has somewhere close to those numbers the Brewers will contend for the division again. People have to remember yes Braun and Fielder did carry them a lot last year, but like you said they improved on two spots on the infield and who knows what Aoki will do. Time will tell

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