Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Baseball Post

Here it is: 0, 0, 3, 3, 3, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 2, 2, 0, 2, 0, 1.  That, as I'm sure those reading this have figured out, are the runs the Giants have allowed over the last eighteen games.  Just unreal.  I don't really have anything to say about it...I just want to sit back and be amazed.

Let's see...I'll just toss out a little background.  Tim Lincecum was a first round pick, 10th overall.  In the rest of the first round, the best players so far have been Max Scherzer, Travis Snider, Danie Bard, Chris Coghlin, and Joba Chamberlain.  Not bad.  Matt Cain, also first round, 25th overall.  That's the Moneyball player taken after Cain so far have been Mark Teahen.  Zito, you know how the Giants got him.  Jonathan Sanchez was a 27th round draft pick.  Yikes!  If you're wondering, only one other 27th rounder that year made the majors, at least so far -- Tyler Flowers, a catcher who appeared in 15 games.  And Madison Bumgarner was like Lincecum the 10th pick overall.  It's too early to say much about that class, but I will note that Sabean might have done better here...the Braves had the 14th pick and took Jason Heyward.  Still, that's either just fantastic drafting, or terrific development, or both.  Not to mention good choices about who to keep and who to trade.

That's all I have for now.  Pennant race time.


  1. Note that there's also a long string of good bullpen work in there--can you say a little more about the Giants pen?

  2. Heyward falling to the Braves is an interesting story. A lot of teams were hearing about Heyward. So they sent people to see him but they never got a good look at him because he would walk so much. That's evident by the fact that his OBP is around .400 as a 21 year old rookie.

    The Braves were one of the teams on to him. But instead of sitting in the stands with the other scouts, the Braves scout hid in a building across the street. I forget why the guy was so paranoid about having the other scouts see him. But I guess it didn't hurt their chances.

    I'm not sure how plausible it is that teams were turned off by not seeing him swing the bat enough. The guy is like 6'6 with really good athletic ability. You would think that if the power or whatever they weren't seeing wasn't there it would develop or could be taught. I would think plate discipline is among the toughest of things to learn.


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