May 13, 2010
… We’ve talked about how few statistics are significant in such a small sample size, but it’s the swing rates that stabilize the quickest. Well, Beckham is reaching slightly more (28.9% this year, 24.8% last year), but he’s swinging about the same overall (46.0% this year, 46.9% last year) and making similar contact (79.7% this year, 80.1% last year). The reaching is a little worrisome, but Beckham has always been a reasonably disciplined hitter with average walk rates (7.3% in the minors, 11.6% in college), and the difference is not so great that it suggests that Beckham is broken. …
first, what are MLP’s? explanation here
so, from the pitchers major league projections::
Player Name Age IP IP* H 2B 3B HR BB HP K K9 ERA Daniel Hudson 23 129.2 180 186 34 5 13 52 11 213 10.7 3.63
from the batters major league projections:
Player Name Age PA PA’ AB H 2B 3B HR BB HP K AVG OBP SLG SB RCG Tyler Flowers 24 1408 600 503 119 35 1 25 82 7 129 .237 .352 .464 0 5.3 Jared Mitchell 21 138 600 495 116 49 4 7 106 3 161 .235 .374 .395 21 4.9
Player Name Age PA PA’ AB H 2B 3B HR BB HP K AVG OBP SLG SB RCG Justin Smoak 23 520 600 497 130 28 0 23 90 7 108 .262 .383 .460 0 6.0
With three-and-a-half weeks before the first day of the amateur draft, scouting director Doug Laumann has narrowed the pool of players considered for the White Sox’s first pick. And for the fourth time in six seasons, that pick could be a college pitcher among a list of about eight candidates.
… Among the college pitchers who could be available when the Sox make their No. 13 overall selection are Texas’ Brandon Workman, Virginia Tech’s Jesse Hahn, Ohio State’s Alex Wimmers, North Carolina’s Matt Harvey and the Citadel’s Asher Wojciechowski.
More scouting reports and videos: MLB Draft Central.
The Oakland Raiders bit is towards the end of the 1st video (around the 6:00 point). Kenny also says that he has adopted some of the Raiders’ ‘Just Win Baby’ mentality and that the signings of Bobby Jenks and A.J. Pierzynski were partly influenced by watching the 70s and 80s Raiders giving second chances to players that had made mistakes in life.
As a baseball great once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and in the case of the Ken Burns documentary “Baseball,” it ain’t over yet. In September PBS will broadcast a new documentary, “The Tenth Inning,” directed by Mr. Burns and Lynn Novick, that will continue the story begun by Mr. Burns’s 1994 film about the great American pastime. “The Tenth Inning,” which will be shown in two parts, on Sept. 28 and 29, will track baseball’s history from the 1990s to the present. The series is produced by Florentine Films and WETA television of Washington, and is narrated by Keith David.
Who’ll be interviewed?
Roger Angell, John Thorn, George Will, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Bob Costas return for “Tenth,” and are joined by new interviewees Keith Olbermann, Joe Torre, Pedro Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki.
ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that other teams are beginning to weigh interest in Blalock, in case the Rays are willing to trade him. Olney guesses his opt-out date is May 15th. He adds that “once Blalock informs the Rays that he wants to opt out, they have 48 hours to deal him or put him on their roster.” Olney’s sources presume the Mariners and White Sox would get in the mix if Blalock becomes a free agent.