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  1. Don’t look now, but Gunnar’s having himself a night. 3-for-3 so far with two dingers (at least the first of which was to the opposite field) and three batted in.
  2. Matt Riley, I guess. It’s been a long time, so I had to refresh my memory. Looks as though he was dominant at Frederick as a nineteen-year-old, made the jump to Bowie and more than held his own for about 125 innings, skipped Rochester (pretty sure AAA was still Rochester then), and got rocked in a handful of starts with Baltimore. Didn’t make it back up to Baltimore until 2003, when he was good in two starts, then got rocked in limited action in 2004 with us and 2005 with Texas. Can’t recall whether there might have been an injury or what. I do recall being really excited about a nineteen
  3. Perhaps lost in the Rodriguez–Rutschman battery buzz is that Diaz is DHing and batting second for Bowie tonight.
  4. I’m looking forward to seeing Hays can do over the next seven or eight games until his next IL stint.
  5. Do you think? He’s listed at 6’ 1”/170, which is a pretty slender, athletic frame for short. I haven’t seen any film of him this year, though, and I don’t know if he’s grown since he was drafted. He’s been playing a fair amount of second base so far.
  6. Babkins

    Joey Ortiz 2021

    Ortiz was a standout in the game I saw in Hartford this past Sunday. Looked solid at the plate and in the field; homered, doubled, and started a slick 6–4–3 double play (nicely turned by Vavra). I think he’s hype-train worthy.
  7. Weams, we've never met in person, and that might be part of what has kept me out of this thread and the one Roy started—some sense, justified or not, that I don't really have any business here among the folks you count as friends, or that well-wishes from a lurker and rando might not be of any comfort or value to you in a trying time. But those are my hang-ups. Seeing your recent posts has been heartening to me, and I just wanted to tell you that I have thought of you—and your warmth, wisdom, and wit, so abundant in your myriad contributions to the board over the years—every time I've visited
  8. And if he loses a step, we can always go with Mr. Mojo Rizer.
  9. Wow. That reminds me of the Gary Matthews, Jr. catch, the way he sort of twists for it. Impressive.
  10. I didn’t get a great sense of Rizer’s defense in center when I saw him on Sunday. I can only recall one chance, a bases-loaded single that he charged but bobbled. He wasn’t given an error, but two runs scored and the batter was able to take second base.
  11. As has been noted here and there, this dude just mashes. He was 4-for-5 with three doubles and three driven in tonight against Binghamton, bringing his line at Bowie to .485/.485/.727 (you don't need to walk when you hit .485) through his first seven games at the level. I got to see him in Hartford on Sunday; I'm no scout, but I thought his swing looked great—sturdy base, quick through the zone, generated a ton of power. His home run, to left-center, was utterly annihilated. Curious to hear some opinions on what the ceiling for a guy like this might be, and what his path to the big club m
  12. I was at the game. My seats were along the third-base line, a little behind the bag and four rows behind the dugout. I didn’t have a good angle on his movement, but he was sitting 94 with his fastball and ran it up to 96 on occasion. Mixed in a couple of curves and off-speed pitches. Hartford was squaring him up pretty well, and he did seem to struggle with command, walking two in his final frame. Had a nice second inning, but he labored otherwise.
  13. Number seven, a two-run shot to left-center.
  14. Well, he pulled this one. https://www.milb.com/video/henderson-bashes-sixth-homer
  15. Not loving that Johnny Damon-esque arm he's carrying.
  16. Our old friend Carl Ripken would say you're underrating him. Sorry, Brooksie.
  17. Pretty sure Hernaiz didn’t make it out of the GCL, Roch...
  18. I thought Buck’s teams were supposed to win it all the year after they parted ways with him. This should have been our year!
  19. The complaints about Mountcastle’s walk rate started on page two of this thread, and were in conjunction with his being named the International League Player of the Week. I’d bet drachmas to Danish pastries that you can find critiques of his walk rate in plenty of prior threads besides.
  20. I've also seen folks on the board use the term "follow pick" in reference to some of the late-round guys, and I'm hoping someone can define that. Please and thank you.
  21. I've seen this mentioned in a couple of the threads about the late-rounders, and I am curious to know whether there's any actual long-term strategy in this. I know that some players are drafted multiple times by the same team (Mussina comes to mind, having been selected by the Orioles in the eleventh round in 1987, and then again in the first round in 1990, after his stint at Stanford). Is there any sort of intention, in selecting, say, an unlikely-to-sign Bobby Zmarzlak in the final round this year, to establish interest or a relationship with him for the next time he's draft-eligible? I ask
  22. I’d love to get Zmarzlak. My reasoning, beyond the fact that he looks like a projectable stud, is a little silly, though. On the second day of the draft, I asked some of the ballplayers among my students if they were following it all, and I asked them whom they thought, among the guys they played with and against, might have his name called on day two or three. One of my students (a fifteen-year-old freshman who plays both club ball in the area and on the school team) was all over Zmarzlak. “He’s sick,” I was told. So I looked him up and decided to follow him to see how my student would fare a
  23. I was at that game. May 12, 2001; my first time at Yankee Stadium. B. J. Ryan tossed me a foul ball during batting practice, and when Jason Johnson walked past me along the third base line, I asked him, “Hey, Johnson, you starting?” And he replied, “Yeah.” It was the best conversation I’ve ever had with a Major League Baseball player. Ted Lilly went for the Yanks. Yankees fans were as gracious in victory as one might expect. Anyway, I can see the Means-Bergesen comparisons and the Means-Towers comparisons, at least in terms of how this all feels so far. I hope the Means-Keuchel
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