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  1. Wait, like the technology was flawed and now it’s more accurate (completely understandable) but are you also saying pitchers may have thrown harder in the 80’s than measured? Honestly curious and unsure of your meaning.
  2. Agreed, but at the respective time. I am so hoping that in 10 years they will be writing an Astroball type book on this organization from this rebuild.
  3. And it worries me that pitchers are aiming for that 100 mark, heard on the Fan recently that DL Hall has hit 100 and 101 (and sounded like he was pushing himself to do so), my first thought was to wonder if TJ will come in the spring or summer for him. I understand pitchers do need to throw hard these days, but this chasing the absolute max velocity can't be good for the arm. I also understand human nature (well a bit anyway) that, that is not going to change. You are probably right, I bet we hear about a phenom high school-er hitting 100 his freshman year or something in the near future.
  4. Kumar Rocker had a nice debut as well. Striking out 8 in 4 innings. No idea on velocity, but guessing it was good. https://wsuraiders.com/sports/baseball/stats/2021/vanderbilt/boxscore/6857
  5. I would have thought Snider hung up the cleats quite a while ago, but he has actually been playing in the minors since 2015 and has had a couple decent offensive years in AAA. Braves signed OF Travis Snider to a minor league contract. The deal doesn't include an invite to major league camp. Snider turned 33 earlier this month and hasn't played in the majors since 2015. He's strictly organizational depth at this point in his career. Source: David O'Brien on Twitter Feb 23, 2021, 12:56 PM ET https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/snidetr01.shtml
  6. Brach landed in KC. Royals signed RHP Brad Brach to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Brach quickly found a new home after being cut loose by the Mets last week. The veteran reliever struggled last year with a 5.84 ERA and 1.78 WHIP over 12 1/3 innings, but he has a strong track record and makes for useful depth in camp.
  7. Didn’t say it was. I do personally enjoy Valdez’s story however and as it was noted by WC for this thread, he may get a shot at starting, maybe not a serious shot and it’s unlikely he makes anything of it, but it is something I will be watching. I hope he continues to do well in whatever role he ends up with.
  8. @OrioleDog already started a thread on it. But looks like Valdez will be stretched out after all. Should be interesting to watch. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday that Cesar Valdez will be stretched out during Spring Training. Valdez was outstanding out of the Orioles bullpen in 2020 -- registering a 1.26 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 12/3 K/BB ratio while picking up three saves in 14 1/3 innings of work. The Orioles plan to build up his innings and see where he's at by the end of the spring before determining whether he'll be used as a starter or out of the bullpen. For those speculating on save chances in the O's bullpen, perhaps this means there could be one fewer arm to challenge Hunter Harvey for the ninth-inning gig.
  9. Ah I see! He says it at the very end of the article. He likes the way the ball is coming out of his hand!
  10. Mike Wright is back in the states: White Sox signed RHP Mike Wright to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old hurler spent the 2020 season pitching for the NC Dinos in the Korea Baseball Organization, registering a 4.68 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 125/63 K/BB ratio over 157 2/3 innings (29 starts). He'll provide organizational depth in the starting rotation for the White Sox. Feb 13, 2021, 10:30 AM ET
  11. One ex-Oriole in, one ex-Oriole out: Mets designated RHP Brad Brach for assignment. It clears room on the 40-man roster for Jonathan Villar, who signed on Thursday. The right-hander exercised his $2.075 million option for 2021, but he'll get that money without playing for the Mets, it looks like. He struggled last year with a 5.84 ERA and 1.78 WHIP over 12 1/3 innings, but his previous success likely means he'll find a new home shortly. Feb 11, 2021, 6:08 PM ET
  12. Done deal, minor league deal with a spring training invite. I bet Nunez was ticked about no NL DH. Tigers signed 1B/DH Renato Nunez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Nunez was released by the Orioles back in late November despite registering an impressive .816 OPS with 12 home runs and 31 RBI over 52 games for Baltimore during the truncated 2020 campaign. The 26-year-old should get regular playing time this season in Detroit between first base and the designated hitter role.
  13. I don't think we see him as a starter, but Valdez is a nice and interesting story and I do hope he is decent out of the bullpen next year.
  14. Schoop back with the Tigers: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Tigers have re-signed Jonathan Schoop to a one-year, $4.5 million contract. Schoop had a nice 2020 season in Detroit, putting together a .278/.324/.475 batting line with eight home runs over 44 games. He also offers solid defense and is just 29, so that the Tigers were able to re-up with him on a modest one-year pact looks like a good get for the team. Schoop should hit in the first half of the batting order again in 2021. Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter Feb 5, 2021, 4:12 PM ET
  15. murph

    Bauer to the Dodgers.

    What was his promise? I follow him on Twitter but must have missed that.
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