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About Microline133

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  • Birthday 02/23/1980


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    Maynard, Massachusetts


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    Staff Writer/Scout, Baseball Prospectus
  1. Rule 5 Draft

    In the low minors, sure. It's more about adjusting to the different schedule and controlling innings after typically heavy collegiate workloads.
  2. Rule 5 Draft

    Lots of teams do the tandem starter system, or some variation, in the low minors, including the Tigers.
  3. The Official 2017-2018 Detroit Tigers Off-season Thread

    I'm not sure you can attribute the quantity versus quality approach to international signings to Avila. Short of knowing his exact role in establishment of that organizational strategy, I think we have to wait and see how they approach the next couple of signing periods. They went to seven figures on one prospect last year (hadn't done that since Danry Vasquez) and went in the upper six figures with a couple of others; all with a middling international spending pool. On top of that, they're already rumored to be in the lead for at least one seven figure guy in 2018, and another that should command upper six figures. That said, as far as the Braves prospects, the Tigers have little left in their spending pool for 2017, which these players will be subject to. Unless the Tigers are willing to bust through the spending allotment for 2017, and jeopardize the flexibility they have with a much large spending pool in 2018 (something I wouldn't advise they do), then I think the Tigers will likely be on the sidelines for at least the bigger gets in the Braves crew.
  4. The Official 2017-2018 Detroit Tigers Off-season Thread

    Should have been more specific....Victor Reyes (not Franmil), OF w/ the Diamondbacks.
  5. The Official 2017-2018 Detroit Tigers Off-season Thread

    Maitan will be a free agent and subject to international bonus pool restrictions again, unless MLB decries something different than they did when this happened to the Red Sox.
  6. The Official 2017-2018 Detroit Tigers Off-season Thread

    Guys on the tip of my tongue for the Rule 5 right now....Burdi, Tarpley, Demeritte, and Reyes. Play for upside.
  7. The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    I can't speak to those details of the contract, as I wasn't that closely involved in it. I agree it seems odd.
  8. The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    As someone that was deployed to PR recently, the Chinooks are frequently necessary to get people and equipment to some locations where power grid repairs are necessary. Whitefish isn't alone in using those techniques. In addition, people make light of the $79+ for food, but the federal per diem rate for PR is $88/day, and this includes meals and incidentals. You can disagree with it, but it's not egregious based on GSA per diem tables. Meals alone on the GSA tables are $70. I won't sit here and tell you that contract is completely on the up and up, and I'm not well-versed in the fine details, but be careful what people point out as crazy bits from the contract. If they weren't there and aren't familiar with how work is getting done, they don't know.
  9. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    He wasn't going to start playing until next summer no matter what.
  10. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    I think the decision to select Royce Lewis (a position player) was driven more by his willingness to be under slot than the position he plays. Both of the pitchers selected after him were reportedly less likely and/or completely unwilling to go under slot. If one of them had been willing to go under slot, I imagine the Twins may have opted for that player instead of Lewis. I have heard nothing in the industry to suggest they were **** bent on picking a position player, all things being equal.
  11. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    I'd be surprised if he's not a pitcher in the states. He's an impressive offensive talent in Japan, but I haven't spoken to a scout that projects him to come over here and be Hideki Matsui or something of that ilk at the plate. He's much more likely to be a superstar on the mound than at the plate. Some team may entice him to sign with them for the lower bonus he's going to get (at least low relative to what he'd get if he waited until he was 25 to come over) by offering him a chance to hit in addition to pitching upon his arrival, but long-term he's an arm for me.
  12. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    The Tigers draft in 2017...Not sure we can say Faedo is off to a good start since he hasn't thrown a professional pitch yet. He certainly finished his amateur career with a bang in the CWS, but we won't know anything about his transition to pro ball until last year. Any time a team is able to go under slot it stems from the club "over-drafting" someone, so that shouldn't be considered a knock on Rivera or Arriera. The Tigers deliberately popped them before their consensus round because there was an understanding they didn't expect the money owed that slot. That said, it's a reasonably strategy. I have some questions about McMillan's long-term offensive potential, but the early returns are strong and they may well end up with two high-end talents at the end due to their strategy, while also having a low-ceilng/high floor player in Arriera and a lottery ticket with huge raw in Rivera. That's not a bad pull from the draft.
  13. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    The amount of leg work these clubs do with their area guys is remarkable. They know signing numbers or ranges for more guys than you can fathom.
  14. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    For the Twins this year, they had Lewis ranked very highly their board, but the decision to draft him at 1-1 was as much or more about managing their bonus pool as it was his talent. By going approximately $1 million under slot for Lewis at 1-1, $400k under slot in the 2nd round, and $75k under slot in the 4th round, that allowed them to go substantially over slot for sliding talents and hard commitments in the 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th rounds. That management was a hugely important reason for the Twins to take Lewis 1-1.
  15. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Honestly, if they change anything on that front, giving teams more wiggle room, they're going to abuse it quickly. Nix was just caught in an unfortunate circumstance.