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About Microline133

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  • Birthday 02/23/1980


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    Maynard, Massachusetts


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    Baseball, Scouting, Golf, Reading, Family.


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    Staff Writer/Scout, Baseball Prospectus
  1. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    He wasn't going to start playing until next summer no matter what.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Jacob Nix also got screwed in the Aiken debacle...he had agreed to an above-slot deal in a later round and when the Aiken deal fell through and the Astros lost Aiken's portion of the bonus pool, they had to back out of the deal for Nix.
  9. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Not entirely. His velo has also spiked over longer outings. Moving Green to the bullpen had always been on the radar, but the club wasn't ready to abandon his development as a starter at the time he was dealt.
  10. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Couple notes on some of the names mentioned... On Green, this isn't what existed when he was with the Tigers. The Yankees, as a developmental philosophy, have routinely been able to coax additional velo out of players. They did that with Green...this velo wasn't there before the trade, and it's completely changed his profile. On Paulino, that was just a damn good job of scouting and a helluva gamble by the Astros. He was a GCL arm that had just gone under the knife for TJ surgery at the time of the deal...hard to fault anyone there.
  11. Hurrican Irma

    Appreciate it. As is often the case when we have multiple ongoing response actions, my plans have now changed. With Jose and Maria spinning, I'm temporarily on hold until they determine where I'm best utilized.
  12. Hurrican Irma

    Just received my deployment orders. I'll be in Florida supporting the response for the next month as of Tuesday.
  13. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Got it. I understand your stance. I continue to maintain Jones' big league value is his versatility, whether he hits or not. He's very good in the outfield, adequate at third or second, and below average at shortstop. He's not going to hit, but his defensive versatility can carry him in a bench role.
  14. 2018 Draft Pick Watch

    Are you saying you believe JaCoby Jones looks like a player you want playing everyday on an outfield corner, or are you saying he can shift to the outfield corners as part of a bench role?
  15. Angels nearing a trade to acquire Justin Upton

    PTBNL always has "or cash considerations" attached to it. Its just not always reported that way.