I’m sure most of you saw this recent remark by the skipper.
“You have your prospects. And it’s good to publicize how good they are. But you want to be realistic with what you have. We’ve seen a lot of players; we’ve seen some pitchers. But you have to ask yourself, is there an impact guy within your system, like an Albert (Pujols)? If (Adam) Wainwright was from our system, is there a guy like him?” La Russa said. “We’re going to need some impact. Is that there, or is there someone who fits the next category — legitimate help?”
I thought Tony wanted to manage a team that consisted of young, hungry players? Statements like these make me think if TLR were the GM, he would empty the farm system. While there are several players that look to be impact players- Jones, Wallace, Colby- none of them are going to make a huge impact when he wants it most: the final year of his contract. We know who will win the battle between player development and the “win now” group from what happened last year w/ Walt. We know who has ownership in their corner.
Which non first round pick do you think will have the most success?
Ryan Westmoreland (Boston), Tim Melville (KC), or Nico Vasquez (STL). The first two were first-rounders who fell because of monetary demands. Vasquez fell because he missed a month on academic suspension, and maybe because too many people still think a shortstop has to be a plus runner.
Derrick Goold recently had Nico/Niko? in his top five. That’s pretty high praise.
Law also had a blurb on the disappointing (and AWOL?) Mark Hamilton.
I could not have seen Mark Hamilton any better on the Cape – he might have been 12-for-10 when I saw him as a freshman at Falmouth. Good swing, big raw power that showed up in games, plenty of contact, solid at first base. What gets me is that he’s hit for no power in pro ball. Maybe it’s the result of the wrist injury he suffered his junior year … or maybe he just isn’t half as good as I thought.
- That will do it for Palm Beach, their season is over.
- Tyler Henley went 2-4.
- Ateo Folli and Oliver Marmol both doubled. Folli had some follies in the field with two errors. Ah, I kill me.
- Mark Diapoules allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings.
- Jose Mateo a couple of earned runs on three hits over two innings.
- The Casey Mulligan Experience struck out one in his perfect inning of work.
- Daytona’s logo has to be the dorkiest in all the minors.
- Unless I’m mistaken, Batavia and Jamestown are tied for first with one game left of the regular season.
- Chris Swauger went 2-3 with a homer and 4 RBI.
- Christian Rosa went 2-3 with a triple and a walk.
- Frederick Parejo went 2-4. I like him as a sleeper going into next year.
- Adam Veres induced ten ground outs and struck out five over six innings. He walked three and allowed five hits.
- Ramon Delgado struck out two in two innings with one hit allowed.
- Adam Reifer walked a batter, allowed a hit and an unearned run. He struck out two.