Montero 3rd Best Prospect In Baseball

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Baseball America released their midseason top prospect list, and Jesus Montero takes a huge leap to #3. He is behind Jason Heyward of the Braves and Mike Stanton of the Marlins, and just ahead of Justin Smoak and Madison Bumgarner.

I think that Montero rise up the list has a lot to do with just how good his bat has been this year. I know this sounds obvious, but we knew he could hit last year. However, there were concerns that he would not stick at catcher. However, he has hit so well this year that BA must be convinced that he will be a major asset no matter what position he plays. Hopefully we see him by opening day 2011.

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Just as an added note, the Phillies have 3 guys in the top 25, so they can get Halladay if they want him.… Click here to read the rest

WADA thinks MLB should adopt; no mention of NFL, others

MLB VP of Labor Relations Rob Manfred tossed that grenade in the garbage quite niftily:

“It is absurd to suggest that ‘recently published books’ — which allege steroid use that occurred years ago — have any relevance to our current program,” Manfred said. “As demonstrated by recent events, when a player tests positive, the penalty is public and severe.”
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“A first-time offender misses 50 competitive events. Even with a two-year ban, no Olympic athlete misses that many competitive events,”
he said. “There is a reason why no major professional sport operates under the umbrella of the World Anti-Doping Agency. This reason is that officials like Mr. Fahey fail to appreciate that professional sports operate in a very different legal and competitive environment then do Olympic sports.”

Nicely done, Mr. Manfred.… Click here to read the rest

Weiner to replace Fehr

From what I wrote back then:

What did the MLBPA know and when did they know it?

According to the Gammons article, Romero claims that “he spoke to Michael Weiner at the MLBPA and told him he did not know the cause of the positive test. On Oct. 1, Weiner told Romero that the specific supplement was indeed the cause of the failed test and that because it was purchased over the counter in the U.S., he believed the case would be dropped.”

Why, then, would Michael Weiner, MLBPA’s General Counsel, issue a tersely written “Statement Statement In Response to Media Reports on the Suspension of J.C. Romero” emailed to all MLBPA personnel? Press stories here has to only refer to that Gammons source article, essentially coming from Romero’s mouth. So what did Weiner have to say about one of his dues-paying Union members’ claims?

Some press stories have stated that the Association advised players that the particular supplement J.C.

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Brett Gardner For ROY?

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Jon Heyman recently posted his award winners at the midway point of the season. His AL ROY list was as follows:

1. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays.

2. Elvis Andrus, Rangers.

3. Andrew Bailey, A’s.

4. Rick Porcello, Tigers.

5. Nolan Reimold, Orioles.

Tom Verducci did the same:

1) Ricky Romero, Blue Jays.

2) Rick Porcello, Tigers.

3) Brad Bergesen, Orioles.

Considering that Brett Gardner has a higher WAR than all of the named players, I would say that he is a notable omission from these lists. Gardner is having a very good season with the bat, and has been a revelation with the glove. Even his arm, which is not too great, recently got some good press on Fangraphs:

Gardner has racked up an incredible +8.4 ARM rating since showing up in the majors last year, and he’s done it in half a season’s worth of playing time. He has 83 “defensive games” as a major league outfielder, meaning that he’s had just over 1/2 of a season’s worth of balls hit to him to turn into outs.

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Minors Recap, 7/8

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  • Romulo Sanchez took the loss, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 5 2/3 innings.  Sanchez also struck out 2.
  • Kevin Russo and Austin Jackson were each 1 for 4.  Russo’s hit was a double.
  • Ramiro Pena was 2 for 4 with a double.
  • Shelley Duncan and Juan Miranda were each 0 for 3 with a walk.
  • Yurendell de Caster was 2 for 4 with a double.

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Trenton edges New Hampshire, 2-1 (11 innings)

  • Wilkins de la Rosa pitched well in his 2nd start back from injury.  In 4 hitless innings, de la Rosa walked 3 and struck out 4.
  • Mike Dunn struck out 4 and gave up 2 hits and 2 walks in 2 shutout innings.  His 3.91 EAR doesn’t wow me, but 71 strikeouts in 50 innings is quite impressive.
  • Austin Krum was 3 for 5 with a steal.
  • Eduardo Nunez was 1 for 5.
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Quick Bits: Halladay, Ryan, Montero

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Stormbreaker movie Here are three quick news items before tonight’s game:

  • Via Joel Sherman’s Twitter feed, it appears as though Roy Halladay will not be a Yankee come the trade deadline (surprised?). According to Sherman, unnamed Yankee “officials” told him that there is “zero chance” that they will trade for the Toronto ace. The “officials” noted that they wouldn’t trade for Halladay for the same reasons they didn’t acquire Johan Santana (i.e., money and the loss of young talent). Obviously, it doesn’t matter what unnamed sources say today because we’ve seen how meaningless these reports can ultimately be, however, the reasoning here is pretty sound. If they didn’t do it for Santana, why do it for the older Halladay?
  • The Blue Jays have released The Perfect Storm the movie the once great B.J. Ryan after a miserable first half. Ryan’s fastball has slowed considerably this season and he hasn’t been able to regain his form. Joel Sherman (him again) wonders if he can be a lefty specialist for a contender—like the Yankees, perhaps—although his stuff just isn’t what it was even a year ago.
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An Interesting Tidbit On The Bullpen

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download The Assassination of Richard Nixon Since May 1st the Yankees pen has a better ERA, Whip, K/9, K/BB than the Sox bullpen.

I have not checked the data, but I am pretty sure that this statement is accurate. The bullpen here now is not the same one that got destroyed in April. Even including Aril, the Yankees bullpen is now middle of the pack in most statistical categories. With only 2 ERA’s over 4 in the bullpen, one of which belongs to Brian Bruney (who you expect to bounce back), and a number of WHIP’s under 1, the Yankees are poised to go into the second half counting their pen as one of their strengths.… Click here to read the rest