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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Draft '07

The Mets own the 42nd, 47th, 93rd, and 99th picks in the upcoming draft out of the top 100 and they can certainly pick up some talent in those spots. The obvious hope is someone dropping for signability reasons, but with the Yankees picking 30th, it would be hard to see anyone really special drop past them. Below are some guys who I am intrigued by and very well could be on the board when the Mets are picking.

Guys that intrigue me:

41. Nick Noonan, 2b
Noonan has plenty of baseball savvy, first and foremost at the plate. He stays balanced, trusts his hands and makes consistent hard contact. Overmatched earlier in his career with wood, Noonan has made adjustments in his swing and shows excellent aptitude. While he's just an average runner, he's a good baserunner and basestealer, and he's a solid defender thanks to good hands and sound footwork. While he doesn't have flashy tools, he's one of the steadiest players in this draft class.

While he should be off the board when the Mets pick, anything is possible. But he is not targeted to be a hold out because of money and appears to be a great guy to have in your organization so no one would really shy away from nabbing him.

43. Casey Crosby, lhp
Now Crosby is a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder with a low-90s heater that tops out at 93. He still has plenty of room to add strength to his frame, too. He impressed scouts last October by playing wide receiver on Friday night, taking the ACT test Saturday morning and then flying to Florida to light up radar guns at the World Wood Bat Championship. He finished the fall with 76 receptions for 1,150 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Hard throwing lefties are always good to have he certainly looks like a good character guy to have in an organization that will work hard and do the right things.

56. Cole St.Clair, lhp
St.Clair's stuff has looked good when he has taken the mound, as he has worked at 90-92 mph and flashed a good curve. Yet he had pitched just 11 innings in five weeks and he's a reliever, so scouts had trouble catching him in action. When healthy, St.Clair has been more dominant than Savery. Several clubs believe he has enough stuff to start in pro ball, a transition he wants to make. St.Clair was a potential top 10 pick coming into 2007, and he could vault back into the first round if he shows teams he's healthy.

The Mets have some starting depth already and with the high cost of relievers and Joe Smith's success, another fast moving reliever to the bigs sounds appetizing. Of course he could be moved into the rotation so you have a guy that can certainly fill whichever need you have and you can fill it with someone that is close the bigs in either role.

61. Todd Frazier, 3b
He has been a three-year starter at Rutgers and carved a reputation as a solid all-around player with a long track record of performance despite a modest tool set. He raised his profile by showing plus power with wood last summer with the college national team, but scouts are apprehensive about his long-term ability to hit for average because of unorthodox swing mechanics. He's a solid-average runner with adequate hands and an average arm, tools that might play at third base or second, but not at shortstop. His instincts and makeup are outstanding, and if he gets to his power as a pro, he'll play his way into a big league lineup.

I also remember questions about two other guys who played shortstop while they were in college. The first one is Ryan Braun and questions about his ability to succeed because of a hitch he had in his swing. The second one was about Jed Lowrie and whether or not his swing would translate with a wooden bat. Both guys were good players and were able to put all of those questions to bed. Frazier might not be able to follow in their footsteps, but the prospect of a Dustin Pedroia-type guy with more pop is exciting. Of course Frazier has less bat control and K's more, but such are the pitfalls of hitting for more power.

69. Jordan Walden, rhp
alden was Baseball America's No. 1 high school prospect at the outset of the 2006 season, but an inconsistent senior year killed any chance that he'd realize his desire for a seven-figure bonus. After touching 99 mph the previous summer, he dipped as low as 85-88. When he fell to the Angels in the 12th round last June, he turned down a scholarship from Texas to attend Grayson County Junior College and keep his draft options open. Walden has been much better in 2007, sitting at 92-94 mph and peaking at 97.

The key for their early picks might just be taking a chance on players who's stock has fallen and Walden certainly fits that bill.

73. Danny Duffy, lhp
He has perhaps the best fastball in the state among draft-eligible players, reaching 95 mph and sitting in the 90-93 mph range with his four-seamer. He's somewhat mature in build and has had back issues in his past, and needs to get stronger. Duffy also throws a high-80s two-seamer with good armside run, and has shown ability with both a slider and curveball. His mechanics aren't a thing of beauty, one easy indicator of how much work he has to do.

His 118 k's in 53 innings opened my eyes. However, more walks than hits raises a red flag and this guy looks like a project. He seems to have an arm an a half though which certainly helps so maybe he can work out with John Holdzkom.

81. David Kopp, rhp
Somewhat enigmatic, Kopp has been inconsistent with his control and velocity, but at his best he flashed middle-of-the-rotation stuff. He stayed behind and on top of the ball better during his delivery this spring and improved his direction to the plate. His fastball ranges from 91-96 mph, sitting at 92. He gets sink and run from his three-quarters arm slot, though he doesn't repeat his release point. His changeup is a weapon, but his 81-83 mph slider shows potential of becoming a legitimate put-away pitch.

Good fastball? Good change? Potentially devastating slider? Needs to work on his delivery? Sounds like the perfect guy to have in big league camp to be working with Rick Peterson.

93. Victor Sanchez, 3b/c
His businesslike approach invoked some Garret Anderson comparisons, and he plays the game hard and without unnecessary flash or effort. Sanchez has shown average power at present with a loose, easy swing that promises more down the line. He's shown the ability to adjust within at-bats and games to opposing game plans. His arm plays well at third base, and he has intrigued scouts even more by playing catcher, where his arm actually has improved and grades as slightly above-average. Sanchez is part of yet another strong San Diego recruiting class.

The Mets already have a young catcher in Francisco Pena, but catchers are finiky and Sanchez can play multiple positions should both work out. They could certainly stand to grab him if he is on the board when they have one of their latter picks.

100. Jonathan Bachanov, rhp
University High was his fourth high school in as many years and Bachanov's Myspace page--complete with a "countdown 'til I get paid"--was a running joke among scouts this spring. Despite his blemishes, the big righthander shows glimpses of greatness, like his 15-strikeout performance against one of the state's top teams, Winter Springs High, in the 6-A regional quarterfinals in early May. That night his fastball was up to 95, and he showed an ability to place his hard breaking ball down in the strike zone.

Seems like he has a bit of a douche streak, but his arm is intriguing nonetheless. At 6-5, 200 pounds, he certainly has a durable build for a pitcher as well.

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  • Alan Matthews Draft Chat:

    Q: Mike from New York asks:
    Some top guys that might fall out of the first round becuase of signability issues?

    A: Alan Matthews: Porcello and Wieters are the two most likely candidates. Guys like Aumont and Mesoraco are going to be two likely beneficiaries if that happens, as both are considered cinch signees if they go as high as the top 15 picks.


    Again, it would be nice to think the Mets could nab one with their first pick, but someone will make a play for them. I can see them slipping into the 20's, but then they have to get past the Tigers, Yankees, San Francisco (who direly needs to pick up some premium hitting talent), St. Louis, Philly, and the Dodgers. Tough for someone to slip that far past teams that all could be slated to open their pocketbooks.

  • Quotes of the week from Buster's blog on the 1st.

    dj_mahoney (6/1/2007 at 11:58 AM)

    Giambi has only been productive when he's been healthy and on the juice. The folly of the Giambi contract is not just the amount of money that the Yankees spent. Giambi has tarnished the Yankee's reputation. Say what you will about their payroll, but the Yankees (since 2005) have earned the respect of the baseball community and the fans for being straight-laced good guys that play the game the right way. Disregarding Clemens' two Piazza meltdowns, the times you could condemn the actions of Yankee players were few and far between. Giambi has been a complete and utter embarrassment. He's a fraud and a cheater. If he's dumb enough let his guard down again, Giambi will be the first to admit that was chemically enhanced during his walk year in Oakland and during his one shining Yankee moment, the 2003 ALCS. Mike Hampton and Chan #### Park did almost nothing positive after signing their ridiculous contracts, but neither of them sullied the reputations of the Rockies and the Rangers.


    It would seem as though DJ gets all of his news from the YES network. All this Yankee reputation crap really gets to me. There are plenty of teams (i.e. the Mets, the Red Sox, the Angels, the Dodgers, etc.) that play the game right and keep their heads down while not disrespecting anyone and not incessantly jawing. There are teams that do cheap things and lately, the Yankees have been one of them. Mostly due to one player, but they have been more guilty than most other teams.

    This notion that the Yankees are morally superior is just poppycock. Yeah, I said that. POPPYCOCK! Simply a false notion concocted by none other than...the Yankee fans and the media that covers them. The fact is, one bad apple can spoil the bunch. A Jose Guillen circa 2003 or a Aramis Ramirez with his non-hustle and sit down viewings of his doubles off the wall can really downgrade people's view of a team. Eradicate that or somehow squelch it and you have a good guys. 90% of the players are inherently good in this league and the AJ Pieznaljkajasierkiskis and Gary Sheffields are few are far between.

    Seattle second baseman Jose Lopez says that yelling at infielders is standard operating procedure for A-Rod, and calls it "stupid." Richie Sexson calls it "bush league," as John Hickey writes. Within this notebook, Tom Gage writes that a Tigers infielder had a similar incident with A-Rod last year.

    While on the topic of the ever so high an mighty Yankees, I didn't really touch upon the A-Rod fiasco. While it isn't a big deal and isn't illegal, it's professional courtesy to not do that. People try and liken it to blocking the fielder on a grounder if you are a baserunner to swinging to distract the catch on a throw to second, but they are different. For one, the other two situations involve being in the players field of vision. Just like fake catching a ball for an outfielder to try and fool a baserunner or the hidden ball trick. The guy trying to be fooled can see the play clearly. In regards to a pop up, in order to avoid a collision, you have to rely on your teammates. If someone calls you off, you back off. A-Rod's move was cheap. It wasn't slappy bad, but it's just another item on a growing list of A-Rod's childishness on the field. Not to bring this comparison up, but could you see Derek Jeter doing that? Whether or not he becomes the all-time homerun king or not, he will not have my respect for all his crap from his days on the Rangers, his little cheap shots, and his lack of a grasp on reality.

    tdellacroce (6/1/2007 at 1:02 PM)

    It appears that Yankee fans are going to have to get used to the newest pastime of the media, fans of other teams, and occasionally opposing players -- kick the Yankess while they're down. It's a perverse pleasure born of pent-up envy. It's sadly pathetic.


    Yeah. That's it. You hit the nail on the head 100%. The poor little old Yankees and their poor fans. Yankee fans have never stooped down to saying disparaging remarks about other teams or their fans, right? Right? Douchebag. I really fault A-Rod for not being in touch with reality, but Yankee fans have a pretty bad case of A-Rod-itis themselves. Self evaluation is a big problem for many, many people in this world.

  • "I was losing my mind. Seriously."

    The mind is crazy thing and it could have wreck Ollie. But now he is cruising and looks like the Perez of 2004.

    "Phenomenal," David Wright said of Perez's performance Sunday, though mindful that the lefty is one of several Mets starters who could use more run support. "Those guys get losses when in six, seven innings they give up two or three runs. That's not fair to them, but that's the game of baseball. That's what happens sometimes."

    The Mets were facing the hottest team in the bigs with an outfield that would be lucky to help the team to produce one run much less a win. It was a rough series for the Mets.

  • Beltran, Wright, Reyes, and LoDuca are the top vote getters in their respective positions.

  • The Duque? Money.

    Facing Orlando Hernandez’s maddening array of breaking balls is the kind of thing that can put some hitters into a funk. Apparently it was just the tonic to help struggling rookie Carlos Gomez get out of his.

    Gomez snapped an 0-for-18 hitless skid Saturday, and followed that up with a 2-for-4 performance yesterday that showed some promise. And the youngest player in the National League was quick to single out pregame work he’d done the last few days in the bullpen with venerable El Duque as the biggest reason why.


  • Pedro Martinez is scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow in Port St. Lucie for the first time since surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. The Mets expect an August return.

  • Chan Ho Park is gone.

  • Humber is pitching himself in line to be the next call-up. He went 6.2 innings and gave up seven hits, three runs, and one walk while striking out five.


  • Ummmm....yeah...

    On his having two kids with two women by age 17: "That was part of my plan. I didn't want to be the typical athlete who's single all his career. I wanted the all-American family, and I did it the wrong way."

    So let's get this straight. It was your plan to have two kids with two different woman to prove you weren't the typical athlete who is single. Brilliant!

    On the decline of African-American players in MLB and the increase of Latinos: "I called it years ago. What I called is that you're going to see more black faces, but there ain't no English going to be coming out. ... (It's about) being able to tell (Latin players) what to do -- being able to control them. Where I'm from, you can't control us. You might get a guy to do it that way for a while because he wants to benefit, but in the end, he is going to go back to being who he is. And that's a person that you're going to talk to with respect, you're going to talk to like a man. These are the things my race demands. So, if you're equally good as this Latin player, guess who's going to get sent home? I know a lot of players that are home now can outplay a lot of these guys."

    Talk about inflammatory racist comments. Where's Al Sharpton? Where's the ACLU? Where are the activists the calling for him to fired? Racism obviously exists and has existed in baseball, but I have no idea to what degree in Major League baseball at this point in time. It is ridiculous how Gary will just get away with this with minimal outcry while other people get lambasted. People are going to chalk this up to Gary being his usual self and this will die down and just be another ridiculous remark added to a long list of ridiculous remarks.

    Just my two cents, but if a player could help an owner win and add more millions to their pocket, they would be on the team regardless of race.
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    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    Ahh, its draft time bitches!
    I'm back to the US and I have first week back from work and I was blessed with the entire Thursday off. I'm ready for a VERY lazy Thursday!

    Casey Crosby sounds like a good deal. A lefty with some heat who cna finally focus on just baseball. And of course the nice coaching staff the Mets have will help.

    I love Frazier. The more time that passes by the more I like him.
    Walden seems like a nice gamble pick. But I am interested in what the hell influenced his drop in velocity.

    We can't have guys that fuck around on thier myspace, Jonathan Bachanov should have learned from Scott Schaefer who was "investigated" last year over playful stuff on hsi myspace.

    I think getting A-Rod for the infield play is stupid, but the only reason I think its stupid is for the incocsistancy. How many times do outfielders pretend to lsoe the ball in the lights only to cath it? In fact Andruw Jones did it to the Mets last time they played.
    THen there's the hidden ball trick. Nobody blasted or wanted to kill Mike Lowell for doing it to Luis Terrero a couple of years ago. Instead it was cute and funny even though that it much more sleazy in my opinion.

    We all still have to remember that Humber is coming back from Tommy John, I forgot and had to remind myself of that.

    I love Gary Sheffield, he is one of my favorite baseball players. He's intense, he plays the game right and everything he does on the field is just A+ but as soon as he opens his mouth I get embarassed! Gary Sheffield says some really stupid shit.

    ... (It's about) being able to tell (Latin players) what to do -- being able to control them. Where I'm from, you can't control us.

    I'm not offended as a hispanic kid, I'm just embarassed and offended in general and I'm not black. He's basically saying all black people are loose canons and that's the reason they're not in the major leagues. Gary Sheffield is a fucking dumbass. He's just not a very intelligent man.

    1:58 AM

     
    Anonymous Two-By-Four said...

    The only draft I like is served in a mug with a head on it.

    A-Rod was the best SS who every played this game and moved to 3rd for Jeter even though he was a better defensive SS than Jeter. That says a world about the guy.

    Gary Sheffield at times would play right field for the Yankees like his mind was elsewhere and it was. He always opened his mouth and put his foot into it. Although I don’t remember him having any problems when he played for the Braves he did pull some crap when he wanted off the Brewers. But damn he can hit and he stayed off the garbage that ruined his uncle’s career.

    CG should go to Triple A and learn how to hit and hit with some power. If the Mets want a “Punch and Judy” hitter they can always bring up Coles.

    The Mets have got to get some of the walking wounded back before they take on Detroit, The Dodgers, The Yankees (as bad as they are playing they get up for the Mets, especially in their own house), Minny and Oakland

    3:29 AM

     
    Anonymous Kenny said...

    I don't know what is more awesome - poppycock or Sheff talking.

    On his having two kids with two women by age 17: "That was part of my plan. I didn't want to be the typical athlete who's single all his career. I wanted the all-American family, and I did it the wrong way."

    That may be the best thing I've ever read. Wow, just wow.

    As for poppycock, I can only hope we get more of that.

    9:22 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I’m all about Frazier as well. He seems like one of those guys who just plays hard and won’t wow you, but will do everyone well. Also, the power with the wood bat during the Cape is nice. While I do think the production or non-production in during the Cape is overrated (like Jeter), it’s nice to see. Also, he’s a local product from my own college so it would be extra nice to see a Rutgers player on the Mets.

    Benny, I would tend to agree with you on the myspace thing, but if he’s there at 99 with that type of arm, it warrants taking a look at. Let us not forget he is a teenager and some are just a-holes anyway due to being immature. If you are taking a high schooler and paying him $1,000,000+, then it’s risky. It’s less risky if you are not paying them as much.

    In fact Andruw Jones did it to the Mets last time they played.
    THen there's the hidden ball trick. Nobody blasted or wanted to kill Mike Lowell for doing it to Luis Terrero a couple of years ago. Instead it was cute and funny even though that it much more sleazy in my opinion.


    Again Benny, those were done while the player they were trying to fool is watching. It’s not really funny to play tricks on blind people is it? Essentially, the 3b guy was blind to the what was going on. Someone called him off while he was looking in the air tracking a ball. MUCH different then your examples. If the runner cannot judge a fly ball or a hit, that’s his problem. If he cannot ascertain if it’s dropping in, it was probably too close anyway. The hidden ball trick is done in plain site. Keep you eye on the pitcher’s foot on the rubber. He doesn’t put it on, you don’t go. BASEBALL 101!!!!! Much different my man.

    I'm not offended as a hispanic kid, I'm just embarassed and offended in general and I'm not black.

    Precisely. I’m glad you can admit the fact you are not offended. It insults my intelligence to think people are really oh so offended by what some douches say. People make stupid statements all the time and you simply cannot be so thin skinned and take insult on everything. I applaud your thick skinned-ness. It’s such a non-issue because Gary is not intelligent.

    The only draft I like is served in a mug with a head on it.

    But now you can combine the two. It’s on ESPN2 and that’s a good thing. Raise awareness!

    A-Rod was the best SS who every played this game and moved to 3rd for Jeter even though he was a better defensive SS than Jeter. That says a world about the guy.

    Not 100% sure about that. He was desperate to get out of his situation and Jeter was the incumbent golden boy. Not even a guy who is as out of touch as A-Rod would believe Jeter was going to move over.

    Rough stretch indeed. I think a .500 road trip would be great and if they can pull out an overall win on this stretch while being rough up, well then slap my ass.

    Kenny, time to start pumping kids out with multiple woman so you can prove to us you are different!

    9:57 AM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    if you cant catch a baseball with someone screaming at you while playing in front of fans, you have no business on the field. today's players are way too sheltered.

    i hate joe morgan more than most people but he basically laid it down as follows (paraphrased):

    "when i played, guys were always yelling out at me when they were bearing down on me at 2nd base. 'joe i'm gonna getcha. i'm coming in spikes high'. that stuff always happened when i played. now not so much because guys don't have that mentality of winning now."

    also, i think jose reyes made a great comment when he said "if i call 'i got it, i got it. nobody is gonna call me off the ball."

    now i'm not saying a-rod isn't a douche, but if the guy just caught the fucking ball he wouldn't have been so pissy about it in the first place. he probably would have went back to the dugout and told his teammates that "a-rod's a little bitch". game over.

    10:49 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    if you cant catch a baseball with someone screaming at you while playing in front of fans, you have no business on the field. today's players are way too sheltered.
    I’m not saying the guy is a not douche for not catching it, but yelling ‘I got it’ or ‘mine’ is pretty dumb. Is A-Rod supposed to be a future Hall of Famer? I think it is plain to see how calling for a fly ball would confuse the poor little guy. He’s looking up in the air trying not to run into a teammate. Verdict? A-Rod should kill himself for being a unabated weenie….
    As for your Joe Morgan quote, I agree. Players don’t have that competitive edge as much (seemingly). I’m not saying they don’t try, but they are slapping the other team on the ass and hamming it up. These are not the days of Pete Rose knocking a catcher over in an All-Star game. But how does playing hard have anything to do with what A-Rod did? A hard slide to break up a double play is just different in my eyes. Sorry. Even Darling who played in the tail end of that hard-nosed era was foreign to this happening. Big deal in the big scheme of things? No. Egregious? Hardly. Really, really, really dumb? Yes. A-Rod needs to grow a set and start playing like a man and not like a nine year old. Elbowing 2b in the balls sliding into the second and going out of your way to do it is not a man. Slapping a baseball out of pitcher’s hand is not playing like a man. Sorry. Throwing a baseball at a guys head while he is bearing down on you to break up a double play is more of what you are talking about in regards to hard nosed baseball. Making sure no one blocks your base path again is hard nosed baseball. Knocking the catcher over at home to score the run while he is blocking the plate is hard nosed baseball.
    Tickling the opposing team’s second baseman’s taint as you pass each other in between innings is not hard nosed baseball and neither are A-Rod antics. He needs to get drilled and even his own teammates don’t stick up for him. I think here is a huge difference in what you are talking about AE and what Morgan is talking about. It is not an ‘anything’ goes free for all out there. Playing hard is different but you do it with a bit a respect as much as I hate to use that term in that spot.

    11:15 AM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Dude, just reading post so I will likely add more, but the Mets also have the 77th pick. That's compensation for not signing Hernandez, who we weren't going to sign anyway. Which means, we got the 42nd & 77th pick in the draft, plus Ollie Perez and Robo Hernandez for Xavier Nady. Not bad.

    11:17 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    I missed a pick? Damn. I suck and not a good way.

    11:23 AM

     
    Blogger AE said...

    i agree with a lot of what you said. a-rod does not play the game the right way. however, there are better ways for the blue jays to extract revenge for it than just pissing and crying about it on the field like they and other critics did afterwards. darling even said "drilling (the next batter) giambi would have been the appropriate response".

    as for going further on a-rod, i'm surprised he doesn't get drilled more often. between the elbow at 2nd, the slap at arroyo, the "hah" at 3rd, and looking at catcher's signs (per Moneyball), he doesn't have a good track record. i'm sure it will all catch up to him at some point and he'll be seeing a heater pointed at his head soon enough...

    11:36 AM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    there are better ways for the blue jays to extract revenge for it than just pissing and crying about it on the field like they and other critics did afterwards. darling even said "drilling (the next batter) giambi would have been the appropriate response".

    It seems we are rather close on the argument. But I’m not sure they cried that much. They made their statement and then the media blew it up and asked everyone in the world. My only point is that A-Rod is a weenie. I 100% agree players are a bit softer, but when you make $20,000,000 per year you tend let your cares float away like a daisy in the summer wind?

    AE…why doesn’t A-Rod get hit more? I’ll take a quote for Tek…”we don’t throw at .260 hitters”. They would rather drill someone that might actually hurt them like Jeter. Of course A-Rod has been more clutch this year, but you get what I'm saying.

    11:42 AM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Have to agree, second basemen & left handed pitchers, but I really like this kid Travis d'Arnaud, a catcher:

    49. Travis d'Arnaud, c
    School: Lakewood (Calif.) HS. Class: Sr.
    B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 180. Birthdate: 2/10/89.
    Scouting Report: In several ways, d'Arnaud resembles his older brother Chase, a two-year starter at third base for Pepperdine, and Travis has also committed to play for the Waves. Chances are he won't get to school, though, because he's a more athletic version of his brother with premium catch-and-throw skills behind the plate and a more advanced bat. While he's still a streak hitter, d'Arnaud has showed an improved ability to stay inside the ball and drive it to all fields. It's a quick, line-drive swing for the most part, but he has shown some loft power, with seven home runs, and he ranked among state leaders in RBIs. Defensively, he grades as above-average as both a receiver and thrower, with a plus arm, soft hands and quick feet. While he's athletic enough to play an infield spot, he's too good behind the plate--consistently getting his throws to second base in 1.9 seconds--to move.

    AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
    .433 104 42 45 11 4 7 52 8

    Bachanov is perhaps the new Holdzcum? Sent home this month for destroying an hotel room by the way. How do you live with a name like Holdzcum?

    Another name, Brad Meyers of Loyola Marymount was the Mets' 14th pick in 2004 after being projected much higher but dying on signability questions. BA has him as #168 in their top 200 but has him rumored as going to the A's as a first round sandwich pick.

    I told you Humber was coming, did I not? He's just tipping the icecow.

    "So let's get this straight. It was your plan to have two kids with two different woman to prove you weren't the typical athlete who is single. Brilliant!"

    I nearly wet myself, laughing!

    12:13 PM

     
    Anonymous DG said...

    Oh, and I'm sorry and all, but when I finally start voting for the All Star Game, I'm choosing Brian McCann over LoDuckie. I want home field advantage!

    12:28 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Travis d’Arnaud looks good for sure. I must have saw a French-like name and glazed over him.

    Bachanov sounds horrible. Skip him. I don’t know how Holdzkom does it. Just imagine the mental scarring that has occurred.

    Meyers is back in the draft! I missed that one. Actually, I didn’t get over 100. Interesting to see and it would be interesting to see if the Mets still like him. The sandwich round for him would seem as a bit of an overdraft judging by BA’s rankings, but I guess they value him higher.

    Sheffield’s statement was dripping with irony.

    12:29 PM

     
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Does Jimmy Rollings want to take back his prediction? Because his teammates have already done so for him.--

    http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/102-06052007-1357812.html

    Speaking of which, I am trembling in my boots for the Phillies are in town.

    --Jon from JCNJ.

    1:18 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    “I didn't think their pitching was going to hold up, but I guess they're proving everybody wrong,” Nunez said.

    “It's surprising, but they're doing it,” Helms added.


    Why wouldn't it have held up again? Last I checked, they didn't exactly have the fountain of youth in their hill. Did the Mets have three guys 25 and under in their rotation to start the season?

    1:31 PM

     
    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    Benny, I would tend to agree with you on the myspace thing, but if he’s there at 99 with that type of arm, it warrants taking a look at.

    Mike, i was being sarcastic on the Myspace thing. Damn internets not being able to demonstrate it.

    But hey guys listen, Holdzkum > Dellin Betances. What the fuck where they thinking?

    DG, vote for Lo Duca he's a tough guy to strike out, possibly the toughest in the league!

    Have you guys heard abot this?Abreu for Dye swap
    Is it just me or this retarded? What they need to do is get some bullpen pitching. If I'm trading Abreu its to the Padres or something.

    1:36 PM

     
    Blogger mr. met said...

    Mike, i was being sarcastic on the Myspace thing.

    I wasn't! Not because of myspace, but just these kids being little jerks. If you are going to lay down a ton of money and pass up other players, you need to look at everything. That being said, at 100, I'm not sure what he would command, but in '05 that area was about $300 to $400 grand. That's a lot of scratch so I take back my original statement that you take a chance on that type of guy for that cash. It's more than I thought.

    2:25 PM

     
    Anonymous Two-By-Four said...

    Can we draft an outfielder, sign him up in a hurry, put him in uniform and have him report to Shea tomorrow. Never mind he probably would hurt himself in the cab coming over to the ball park.

    11:07 PM

     

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