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  1. Add talent if you can. They have plenty of players they can cut later if they have excess and the minors are reduced.
  2. Take Cole Henry, offer him full slot at the top of the second and dare him to go back to college. If he does, fine, you get a comp pick and larger bonus points to play with in a full draft next year.
  3. From one corner of the inside.... My work on COVID is slowly starting to wind down (been going hard since 12 March) and may actually sunset by about 10-12 May.....for now. Every bit of modeling I have been privy to suggests this thing is coming back hard and I'll have to reengage, and then we'll walk away and it will likely happen again. All of our planning right now centers on how we draw down without compromising our ability to react quickly in a month, two months, or six months. This sucks. Having to plan to keep doing this at some unknown future date, all while trying to do my normal job, trying to play teacher, trying to give my wife space to do her part to keep her three person small business alive, and trying to find time to focus on me and keep my sh** straight so I can be ready....
  4. I can't get into a ton. They're dealing with some of the same issues, but they're on a timeline behind the other two I'm working with. The soft spot is real. I spent nearly a month there working post-Maria.
  5. Thanks. I'm remote at this time, providing coordination and support to NY, NJ, PR, and VI.
  6. I promise you it is not a photo op. I'm currently working on the response to COVID.
  7. The draft has little to do with the MLBPA....those new draft picks are not members and the MLBPA has consistently sold the rights of amateurs and minor Leaguers out in favor of benefits to their members.
  8. It's not about factoring in their projected floor. It's about factoring in the relative risk that they don't reach their projected ceiling. That has to be a part of the caluclus at 1-1.
  9. I've heard no legitimate concerns from scouts about Martin's arm strength and I had no concerns when I saw him last season. For me, barring some unanticipated collapse by Martin, he's easily the guy for me at 1-1. For as "safe" as everyone considers Torkelson, there's a ton of pressure on a right-right, first base only (and yes, it is first base only!) profile....that bat has to reach max potential, leaving so little margin for error. Give me Martin.
  10. In my the last five games I've scouted Stewart live, I haven't seen him touch a fastball above the belt at 94 or above. I should amend that, he fouled one off....one! I'd have to go back and check my notes to be positive, but my recollection is that totals 12-13 pitches in that sample, certainly not overwhelming, but its absolutely notable from a scouting perspective. In addition, though this is admittedly anecdotal, if the 94+ fastball above the belt is a legitimate issue for him, the only way to really correct for it is to start the swing earlier, which leads to earlier decisions and/or guessing, which results in increased struggles with breaking pitches, as suggested by the data presented above.
  11. That was a result of the Diamondbacks voiding his original contract due to an injury issue. Once he was voided and re-signed, that immediately made him eligible for every Rule 5 draft that he wasn't on the 40-man roster. It's a quirk in the eligibility rule.
  12. That's a reasonable concern. I think that bias toward conformance or certain traits existed on a team-by-team basis before this wave of performance analysis or development started, though. Now, instead of saying a guy is soft, or has a good face, or his teammates like him, they're using a little more robust means to gather personal and psychological information about players to better predict where they might go if pushed in certain directions. They're essentially trying to add more predictability to the inherently unpredictable process of player development.
  13. Yes, there has been progress, Lee. Some teams are actually taking a page out some of the old (and still valid) corporate playbooks with personality assessments, performance enhancement (think mental health focused) coaches, and leadership development programs and opportunities. Investments in these areas are becoming more commonplace across the industry and teams are learning how to use the information gleaned to enhance player development -- both with individuals and with organizational philosophy toward player development. I'd see it as a side affect of the more corporate look (Ivy League educated, business focused) of front offices. When they first started coming in the idea was you had to be able to quantify the information for it to be valuable -- largely because so much of baseball performance can be quantified, so there was this stigma attached to things like "makeup." Now you're seeing teams embrace the idea of makeup, culture, and personal development just as successful corporations do to develop their people at all levels of the organization.
  14. You mean evaluating a kid's "makeup" is relevant to projecting him and developing him as a player? But I was told for years that makeup was stupid and you couldn't quantify it!
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