I’m out of pocket for most of the day but the minor league starts bring about other writers as well.
Steve Hill OK with fourth year in Springfield – Kary Booher
In essence, Hill has been passed over twice already this season: 1, when a timeshare was created for catcher Tony Cruz alongside Bryan Anderson in Triple-A Memphis; and 2, when longtime backup Nick Derba was anointed Springfield’s main catcher.
When Warner broke the news to Hill, “He was positive and said, ‘Tell me how to get better,’” Warner said. “But you can’t help but feel for the kid. He’s put up some good numbers.”
Can’t ask for a better attitude than that.
The Passing of the Knee Socks – Kary Booher
“We don’t measure (prospects) by their socks but by how they do on the field,” Vuch said. “The NBA doesn’t wear shorts up high like they did in the ’70s, so we’re not going to force players to wear them up.”
… that’s depressing but I Vuch’s quote cracks me up. Fake Quote: “Pete Kozma is our top prospect because he wears his socks up to his boxers. No one else is committed like that. It says a lot about him.”
Detoxing From the Offseason – Jason Parks
The spring training detoxification process is still ongoing: My diet has been regulated, but my appetite for baseball is too salacious for the simple meal provided by MLB.tv. As lonely and depressing as my journey was, it might have been the happiest five weeks of my adult life. I was spread thin and deposited in a cultural wasteland, but can you think of anything better than watching baseball in person, for six to eight hours per day for 35 straight days? I really can’t.
I really can’t either.
Monday Morning 10-Pack – Kevin Goldstein
Ryan Jackson [...] It will take merely acceptable offense for him to have big-league value, and he could end up exceeding the intial projections of being a Jack Wilson comp.
I’ve said this before and if Jackson has really tweaked his swing (or if he’s a true high-average hitter) than there’s no reason he can’t be a Brendan Ryan-esque defensive wizard at shortstop. He’s honestly one of the smoothest shortstops I’ve ever seen.