August 13, 2010
To celebrate the return of minor league stats to the site, let’s spend a few minutes looking at a guy who is having one of the most interesting seasons in AAA, and has put himself on the map as a guy who has earned another shot in the big leagues – Luis Rodriguez. …
The 2nd comment is awesome: “package him with danks for jose lopez. get it done kenny.” Hehe!
“The roadsides are strewn with the dead (dreams) of guys…who never understood that this is a game of throwing strikes.”
“We wouldn’t have him here if we weren’t confident he could help us,” Cooper said. “We understand where he is, but pitching is pitching. It’s about throwing strikes … When he got here, I told him his first check from the White Sox was for his ability, but the rest of what he earns in the game will be from throwing strikes and [developing] an ability to change speeds … The roadsides are strewn with the dead (dreams) of guys in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and America who never understood that this is a game of throwing strikes.”
Mike B, Oswego, IL — With the wealth of information on sites like Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, what stats do you use to evaluate players and make predictions?
Steve Stone: I use my eyes. I’m in my fifth decade, and those who solely rely on computers usually come up a little short. Those who have been around the game a long time and who have seen every type of player, we really depend on our eyes to show us what kind of player you are dealing with. A man’s ability to play on a division-contending team, you can’t find that into a computer because some guys have never played on a winning team. It’s the same reason I wouldn’t let anyone do open heart surgery on his first day, even if he was the top med student coming out of Harvard, the best heart surgeon they had ever seen. I prefer the experienced guy that has done 5,000 of these, and no matter what happens on the table, he has seen it before. The computer is a nice tool but you can’t replace the eyes of a veteran baseball evaluator because, at the end of the day, the computer doesn’t have eyes.
You too Steve? What’s wrong with using both?
It’s been just over 2 months since the draft and most of the top picks have been signed, and signed for a while, so I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how they were performing. Now it should be noted that sample sizes of this size are relatively meaningless, but it’s interesting to look at nonetheless.
Top 10 rounds plus a selected other:
Carl’s latest is a classic:
Here are Escobar’s stats.