Game 36, May 11
Defense arguably cost us this game in the 9th inning. With one out and runners on first and second, Hays dove for a soft liner in the gap but came well short of catching it. Mullins fielded it cleanly on a hop and relayed it to Urias, who turned and threw home well wide and past Severino while the runner scored from 2B. The play was backed up, but the bad throw allowed Jonathan Villar, who had been on 1B, to advance to 3B with only one out.
With the infield in, the hitter bounced a grounder to Mancini, whose throw to Severino came in head-high and Severino’s tag was late. If the throw had been knee high, it would have been very close at the plate, though I can’t say Villar definitely would have been out. I’d also say Mancini’s throw was a bit fluttery in addition to coming in too high.
The first play was notable in several respects. First, Hays’ dive was ill-advised, as he really wasn’t close to catching it. Second, Mullins made the decision to relay the ball to Urias rather than throw directly home, which was probably the right decision given his weak arm (even his relay throw was a one-hopper) but an outfielder with a stronger arm might have been able to nail the runner at the plate. Third, with Mullins having made that decision, it was a mistake for Urias to turn and throw home. And then, his throw wasn’t good. Even so, Severino might have been able to stop it from getting past him, though the play properly was scored as an error on Urias. So all around, a very disappointing play.
Right. I used to prefer Hall because of his actual elite upside as a lefty. His control issues became more apparent as Rodriguez's upside started to emerge as elite too, so I flipped. I know elite's a word that we shouldn't throw around a ton, but the upside of these two is off the charts and they're at a better spot arguably than any group we've had here in a long time. Think of this list of misses and good but not great guys.
Loewen was supposed to be awesome, but never performed. Matt Riley was hyped, but rushed and seemingly didn't have the maturity for the gig. Matusz was a top pick, but without elite stuff. Arrieta was pretty electric in the minors and was grouped with Matusz/Hernandez and others, so that was certainly a nice crop. Gausman didn't have the 3rd pitch. Harvey does have an elite arm was hurt almost from the jump. Even Bundy's crazy elite profile was tempered almost immediately by velocity drops and shoulder issues. Then there's Hobgoo.....
These two have crossed time/stuff/performance hurdles that many of our other guys haven't. They're not here yet. They have risk, and Hall still does with command for sure, but they're the best top 2 pitching prospects we've paired since McDonald/Mussina, IMO.