Before anything else this afternoon, I can tell that I again need to offer a commenting admonition. I’ve privately sent e-mails to a handful of people now about the tone of their posts. We don’t have a lot of rules here; the conversation has generally increased this year and I’m happy to see additional discourse. Unfortunately some of that discourse is becoming increasingly hostile and/or personal in nature.
That’s got to stop. This is my public admonition. If you don’t think this warning applies to you, it probably doesn’t. If you think it might apply to you, read your comments over one extra time before posting them. After this I start stepping up the moderation which probably ends with someone getting banned. So if you don’t like what a certain poster has to say, don’t read their comments. There’s a huge area of subjectivity with regards to prospects, their skills and their long term projection — it’s not often that someone is definitively right or wrong. Just be civil; ultimately, that shouldn’t be such a hard thing to do.
I’m indisposed at work today and didn’t manage to write something up in advance so here’s some quick links to tide you over.
- A nice follow up to the tragic news of PJ Walters personal life last year. I’ve been a skeptic of Walters abilities at the major league level but I wish him and his family nothing in the best with their upcoming child and their personal lives. I hope everything goes smoothly until the next arrival in the Walters’ household.
- John Sickels checks in on a couple of the Cardinals prospects that he had deemed sleepers. John Gast has been a bit of a revelation to me. I was not high on him at draft time (quite the opposite) but I’ve been told he’s showing better velocity than in college and the results have been good thus far.
- Kary Booher visits with Shane Robinson has he returns from the nasty collision with Memphis outfielder Andrew Brown.
- It’s time for silly midseason prospect list updates (there’s a reason I don’t do these) from around the internet: ESPN’s Keith Law, Baseball America’s Jim Callis, Baseball Prospectus’s Kevin Goldstein. Short version: Shelby Miller is a consensus top 10 and Carlos Martinez is a consensus top 25.
- Oscar Taveras makes Goldstein’s Monday Morning Ten Pack and if you read into the comments a bit, it looks like Goldstein would consider Taveras a top 100 prospect.