Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Gordon Beckham have given me their NCAA Tournament brackets, and over the next two-and-a-half weeks we will go head-to-head in a Sox Drawer bracket battle royal to determine who is the real baseball bracketologist!
… Click here to see all of our brackets. What do you think? Who’s got the edge?
March 18, 2010
When Quentin works the count, takes his walks and uses the entire field, then his game on offense is at its best. At that time, as Guillen pointed out, the home runs will come.
“It goes with the count,” said Quentin of hitting home runs. “If you get the count that’s favorable and the situation, it’s not looking for a pitch to hit the ball out of the park but I’m looking for the ball to make contact out in front a little bit more.
“Get something in the air. That’s the shot I take. It’s something where I’m trying to move the point of contact in front of me a little bit and take my chances of making contact to see what happens.
“With the more I learn about hitting and the adjustments I made in my swing, I developed more strength as I got older,” Quentin said. “I was seeing how the ball would react as I hit the ball squarely. It made me open my eyes to the fact that this could be a facet of the game I have the potential to achieve.” …
Moreno cracked a couple of our Top 100 Prospects lists back when he appeared to be the Royals’ closer of the future. But his capsule in our ’01 Prospect Handbook seems ominous in retrospect: “The Royals might not have had to turn to Ricky Bottalico and Jerry Spradlin as closers if Moreno hadn’t been hurt.” Moreno missed all of the ’00 season and never would get a chance to pitch for the Royals from that point forward. He saw any amount of big league time only once, with the Mets in ’04, when he appeared in 33 games, struck out 7.5 per nine innings and didn’t allow a home run. He pitched in 14 games for Triple-A Memphis in ’06 and in 34 games in the Mexican League last season, but that’s the whole of his pro experience in the past five years. Well, that’s not entirely true. Moreno, 32, has pitched for his local Caracas club in the Venezuelan League in each of the past four winters, pitching very well each time.
Moreno was signed on February 11.
… De Aza certainly isn’t as good as his spring line so far, but he’s a very interesting player. He didn’t play at all in 2008, but he had a decent season in Double-A as a 22-year-old in 2006 and then had an excellent season in Triple-A upon his return in 2009, putting up a 130 wRC+ in 300 PAs. Thanks to this minor league performance, De Aza is projected to be a near average hitter this season. He has a good defensive reputation and is extremely fast. As such, De Aza is probably a +5 or better defender in the corners and near average as a CF, and that’s a conservative estimate. …
Ozzie loves Alejandro:
“I love De Aza. I wish he could play infield,” Guillen said. “He’s playing very well for us. Right now it’s very tough for me to make a decision to lean to somebody I really want because … anything can happen. But I love the way De Aza is playing. We’re going to keep him (in camp) and see what happens at the end of spring training.”
This is my attempt to predict the standings for the 2010 MLB season using Tom Tango’s Marcel projection system.
Rk Team Div W L Plyff wLDS wLCS wWS 1 MIN AL-C 84.9 77.1 53.4% 23.1% 10.0% 4.7% 2 DET AL-C 81.2 80.8 25.8% 10.2% 4.0% 1.5% 3 CHA AL-C 79.5 82.5 17.9% 6.3% 2.6% 1.0% 4 CLE AL-C 76.4 85.6 8.1% 2.8% 1.0% 0.3% 5 KCA AL-C 70.5 91.5 1.4% 0.4% 0.1% 0.0%
This wraps up the projections we’ll be carrying on FanGraphs this year and ZiPS, just like last year, will be updated daily all season long.
Here’s the 2009 Sox stats page that has links to all the 2009 players.