Fireballers get all the attention in prospect land, so it’s not a coincidence that most of the pitchers profiled in this space have above-average torque. In this case, Chapman’s hip-shoulder separation actually breaks the scale.
‘Roldi combines all of the ingredients to achieve maximum torque. He utilizes freakish flexibility to generate a ridiculous load with his upper half, and delays trunk rotation until well after foot strike. The result is perhaps the greatest torque that I have ever seen on a pitcher, though it would take motion analysis data to validate that claim. The heavy scapular load does bring along some potential baggage, given the conditioning necessary for such a high-maintenance delivery. Chapman also carries a slight inverted W, for what it’s worth. …
October 7, 2010
Chicago White Sox vice president/assistant general manager Rick Hahn will interview for the New York Mets general manager position next week, according to a Major League Baseball source.
… Hahn’s expertise blends a firm grip of sabermetrics and physical scouting of players. He is a Michigan graduate and has a Harvard law degree and graduated from Northwestern’s Kellogg graduate school of management…. His expertise in negotiating contracts and learning the scouting end of the game was essential in the White Sox promoting him to a vice president post in 2007.
UPDATE: No interview for Joey yet:
The outlook, however, doesn’t look at promising for Sox bench coach Joey Cora, who aspires to be a manager. A source said Cora hasn’t been contacted yet for the opening in Seattle.
Rick Hahn’s name continues to be mentioned for the GM opening with the New York Mets, and the White Sox assistant isn’t commenting about his interest. The feeling is that this job piques his interest more than ones he has been linked to in the past, including the search that left John Mozeliak promoted into the GM’s office in St. Louis, but it’s not clear how high he is on the Mets’ short list. The Mets aren’t known to have asked the White Sox for permission to talk to Hahn. It seems unlikely that Jerry Reinsdorf and Ken Williams would stand in Hahn’s way if he had a chance to advance, although the Sox definitely would miss him if he left. He’s a real glue guy for the organization, with people skills to match his business savvy. He also has become a pretty good evaluator of players, although his opinion always seems shaped by the coaches and scouts he works with.
18. Brent Morel, 3b, Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
Chicago White Sox Minor League pitching coordinator Kirk Champion begins his fourth stint as Team USA pitching coach. Champ, as he is known, won gold at the 2009 IBAF World Cup, took home silver at the 2001 World Cup and helped lead the U.S. pitching staff at the 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifier. Champ enjoys pretzels and Werthers caramel candies on team bus rides.