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About Microline133

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  1. Microline133

    POTUS Impeachment Watch

    Never.
  2. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Robson is a 4th OF, best case scenario.
  3. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    He's not.
  4. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Long had TOS surgery. I don't see any reason to add him at this point....he was very fringy before the injury, and if he loses anything at all in recovery, he's toast as a real prospect.
  5. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Just confirmed....available iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Podbeam
  6. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    Bourbon and Baseball BS Podcast
  7. Microline133

    2018-19 Off-season Thread

    I'm pretty sure it is, several in fact.
  8. Microline133

    Honk if Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted you.

    The fact that an individual's response to your post was to make you feel as though you needed to apologize, is nothing short of disgusting. You have zero to apologize for. Period.
  9. Microline133

    MTS Baseball Forum Hall of Fame

    Or just an a-hold in general?
  10. Microline133

    The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

    I was on the ground there post-storm. I saw the conditions and the aftermath. Whatever the "real" number is, it's much closer to 3,000 than deniers are claiming.
  11. Microline133

    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Anthony Castro will be protected.
  12. Microline133

    Can Motown Sports survive the rebuild?

    I don't disagree with you. I've been hesitant to really bang him in the rankings to date largely because there's no injury to point to and he wouldn't be the first guy to lose velocity during his pro debut, only to see it rebound the next year (see Manning, Matt). In the absence of an injury diagnosis, I'm cautiously optimistic that he'll see an uptick next year. I do think the Double-A experience has been a bit of a wake-up call for fans in many respects -- or at least it should be -- facing advanced hitters for the first time and he's been getting hit hard. It's at least some evidence that with a fringe-average fastball, above-average slider (down from plus), below-average changeup, and good control, he's still going to have trouble carving out serious big league success. That profile has no margin for error. He desperately needs the velo to tick back to the above-average range at a minimum, along with command and slider gains/returns.
  13. Microline133

    Can Motown Sports survive the rebuild?

    Good talk.
  14. Microline133

    Can Motown Sports survive the rebuild?

    I'm not sure you really understand where those writeups are coming from. What you are quoting above are the writeups from Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of MLB.com. They are not employees of the Tigers. Beyond that, the piece you're hanging your hat on with respect to both Perez and Faedo, doesn't say what you seem to be claiming. The write-up indicates Perez has a "floor" of a mid-rotation starter, suggesting that would be something akin to a worst case scenario, not best case as was alluded to in the Manning, Mize, and Burrows write-ups. With Faedo, they're saying he was a "top of the draft talent" not top of the rotation pitcher. Those are not the same thing. From my perspective, as someone that's seen all but Mize as a professional, I would say the only arm in the system with true front of the rotation potential is Mize, though I'm coming around on Manning having that type of ceiling. Perez's ceiling is a #2 starter for me, more likely a #3. Faedo looks like a back-end guy right now with his current velo issues, and there's more and more with Burrows that looks like a late inning reliever.
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    2018 Draft Pick Watch

    To address the first question, it's not that common -- at least in my experience -- that pitchers are told to shelve certain pitches in order to develop others. In more common situations. They are given quotas to throw certain secondary pitches so many times, or the pitch calls from the dugouts force use of certain pitches. To my knowledge, and I have asked explicitly, no such restrictions or directives have been given to Faedo. On Faedo in more detail...I'm sure there was some element of being "amped up" in the CWS, but he was sitting 93-94 and touching 96 as the season progressed and throughout supers. His velo was down early in the year after the fall knee surgery. This year, the velo has regularly been 89-91, and at times crept toward 93....there's a chance that's just him adjusting to pitching every fifth day. I'm not inclined to buy into that thought, as most of the time when that happens, guys tend to find a touch of velocity throughout the year....Faedo hasn't done that. Bottom line, hes not going to survive as more than a #5 absent a tick of velo....if he finds the velo, he might be a #3.
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