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  1. #3646
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagles4Lyfe View Post
    So according to reports we signed the 7th ranked international free agent. 17 yr old Shortstop from Dominican. They call him a mini Beltre and project him to be a masher and end up at 3B. Hes 16 so still a long ways to go and we gave him the highest bonus thus far from what's being reported but can be a good get.
    That must have eaten up most of our international money. Jays did same thing other year with Vlad and it worked out fine though. We signed a pitcher last year, Pachion or something like that. Don't know how he is doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O. Fan View Post
    I don't remember where I read it (perhaps sportsnet.ca), but he admitted to pressing too much early on and becoming pull happy because he wasn't hitting homeruns. He has since gone back to just trying to hit the ball hard and letting the power take care of itself (paraphrasing).
    So it was more of a mental thing. Good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie View Post
    That must have eaten up most of our international money. Jays did same thing other year with Vlad and it worked out fine though. We signed a pitcher last year, Pachion or something like that. Don't know how he is doing?
    IIRC, Martinez signed for 3.5 and we have around 5 million to spend. Probably see a lot of guys in the the $100,00 - 250,000.

    Pardinho is 0-2 with 8 inning pitched, 11.25 K/9 2.25 BB/9 2.25 ERA 4.10 FIP 2.79 xFIP. Extremely small sample size

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny Powders View Post
    IIRC, Martinez signed for 3.5 and we have around 5 million to spend. Probably see a lot of guys in the the $100,00 - 250,000.

    Pardinho is 0-2 with 8 inning pitched, 11.25 K/9 2.25 BB/9 2.25 ERA 4.10 FIP 2.79 xFIP. Extremely small sample size

    That 0-2 record is a bit misleading. The kid only gave up 1ER in each of his first 2 starts and he took the L in each of them(...on a 12-2 team that is scoring a tonne of runs). He is now 1-2 though after giving up just 1 hit over 5 shutout innings with 9 K's and 0 BB's yesterday. He now has a 1.38 ERA I really like how he is able to strike people out at such a young age too. His breaking ball is supposed to be the best in the system according to some. Early on it is looking like they may be right..

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    Biggio with a solid game in the lead off spot for NH last night going 2-3 with a BB, his 17th HR and his 11th SB. Bergen threw 2 shutout innings in relief with 5 K's. He has now given up just 5 ER's over 36.1 IP this year between Dun and NH with 49 K's and only 9 BB's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartron_44 View Post
    That 0-2 record is a bit misleading. The kid only gave up 1ER in each of his first 2 starts and he took the L in each of them(...on a 12-2 team that is scoring a tonne of runs). He is now 1-2 though after giving up just 1 hit over 5 shutout innings with 9 K's and 0 BB's yesterday. He now has a 1.38 ERA I really like how he is able to strike people out at such a young age too. His breaking ball is supposed to be the best in the system according to some. Early on it is looking like they may be right..
    It definitely is misleading. It seems as tho he has pitched great, I should have stipulated that.

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    Biggio is heating back up. He's 6 for 16 with 3 HR's, a 2B and 5 BB's over his last 5 games. He now has 19 bombs and 67 RBI with a .957 OPS thru 82 games in his first look at AA. The HR spike isn't the short porch in RF in NH either. He actually has 12 of his HR's on the road this season. I think he's ready for AAA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Johnson#3 View Post
    So it was more of a mental thing. Good to know.
    Found it:

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/ml...s-back-raking/

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O. Fan View Post
    Thanks for that! It's funny how the "crush everything" mentality of todays MLB was getting to him. I hope he can eventually learn to handle pitches on the inside part of the plate though aside from just laying off them. If that's what the article was alluding to?

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    Alford is a highly rated prospect but seems like he caught Rowdy Tellez disease. Reached AAA and numbers have fallen off the cliff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie View Post
    Alford is a highly rated prospect but seems like he caught Rowdy Tellez disease. Reached AAA and numbers have fallen off the cliff.
    His first month with everyday AB's was June, and during that month he hit .276/.370/.471 with 3 HR's, 6 2B
    s. 1 3B and 5 SB's (in 5 attempts). He just needs to stay healthy and to get AB's and reps in the OF. Even if they trade Granderson (who over his last 30 days has been increasing his value by slashing .313/.371/.594) there won't be an everyday spot opened up in the OF this season unless there is another injury. Hernandez, Pillar and Grichuk have those spots locked up right now. If they need a 4th OF they can recall DSJ ...or maybe Pompey who finally started a rehab assignment in the GCL last night going 2-4 with a 2B, BB and SB. Or maybe they can put Jonathan Davis on the 40-man and promote him from AA.

    Alford is a CF so there is no rush. Pillar is still in arb for another 2 seasons after this one so they have some time for Alford to get his crap together enough to step in when Pillar moves on. When healthy he has shown the ability to be a lead off man who can play CF.

    2015- .298/.398/.421 with 27 SB's ....split between Lansing and Dun at age 20
    2016- .236/.344/.378 with 18 SB's.....in Dun at age 21 (Struggled early but had a solid final 2 months)
    2017- .299/.390/.406 with 19 SB's.....in NH (for 68 of his 77 games) at age 22
    2018- .217/.302/.321 with 11 SB's.....in Buffalo at age 23 (with a slash of .276/.370/.471 in June)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartron_44 View Post
    Biggio is heating back up. He's 6 for 16 with 3 HR's, a 2B and 5 BB's over his last 5 games. He now has 19 bombs and 67 RBI with a .957 OPS thru 82 games in his first look at AA. The HR spike isn't the short porch in RF in NH either. He actually has 12 of his HR's on the road this season. I think he's ready for AAA.
    He is the minor league story this year so far IMO. Guerrero's start might have been had he not been injured and Bichette's return to form is very important for the system, but Biggio is the surprise that isn't slowing down at all. It will be interesting where the mid-season lists put him (any idea when those come out)?

    TJ Zeuch has been a good story too, even with 2 of 3 recent start being shaky.

    With new Vlad Jr is headed to Buffalo when healthy, it is really nice to see the system moving closer to MLB level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pebloemer View Post
    He is the minor league story this year so far IMO. Guerrero's start might have been had he not been injured and Bichette's return to form is very important for the system, but Biggio is the surprise that isn't slowing down at all. It will be interesting where the mid-season lists put him (any idea when those come out)?

    TJ Zeuch has been a good story too, even with 2 of 3 recent start being shaky.

    With new Vlad Jr is headed to Buffalo when healthy, it is really nice to see the system moving closer to MLB level.
    I think Kevin Smith (their 4th round pick from 2017) is right up there considering he is slashing .325/.378/.576 with 15 HR's, 5 3B's and 29 2B's after 82 games (split between Lansing and Dunedin).... but right now the biggest story for me is Ryan Borucki. This time last year he was in Dunedin!!! He made all of 7 starts in AA and 14 in AAA and now he is in the bigs doing his best to lock down a rotation spot in 2019.

    Another very good story from the minors so far this season is Sean Reid-Foley. After struggling last year in NH, he came back and dominated AA hitters at age 22 and is now winning games and racking up the K's in AAA.

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    For a team without any big names to follow, Bluefield is quietly destroying the Appy league. They are 16-5 and have some guys off to some awfully good starts (even if most are old for that league):




    DJ Neal (21 year old OF)- He is slashing .351/.385/.554 through his first 16 games with 6 SB's (in 6 attempts).

    Cal Stevenson (21 year old OF)- He is slashing .268/.483/.341 with 17 BB's over his first 11 games in Bluefield.

    Dominic Abbadessac (20 year old OF)- He is slashing .392/.464/.486 through his first 18 games after slashing .340/.402/.408 over 39 games in the GCL last year.


    John Aiello (21 year old 3B)- slashing .273/.429/.409 with 1 HR and 3 2B in 12 games.

    Luis De Los Santos (20 year old SS)- He is slashing .301/.358/.575 through 16 games with 4 HR's and 4 triples.

    Hagen Danner (19 year old C)- He is slashing .286/.444/.381 through 13 games with 4 2B's.

    Alejandro Kirk (19 year old C)- He is slashing .329/.410/.443 with 21 RBI's in 19 games with 11 BB's and 7 K's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartron_44 View Post
    I think Kevin Smith (their 4th round pick from 2017) is right up there considering he is slashing .325/.378/.576 with 15 HR's, 5 3B's and 29 2B's after 82 games (split between Lansing and Dunedin).... but right now the biggest story for me is Ryan Borucki. This time last year he was in Dunedin!!! He made all of 7 starts in AA and 14 in AAA and now he is in the bigs doing his best to lock down a rotation spot in 2019.

    Another very good story from the minors so far this season is Sean Reid-Foley. After struggling last year in NH, he came back and dominated AA hitters at age 22 and is now winning games and racking up the K's in AAA.
    All good names to add. I had forgotten about Kevin Smith. Nice to see he is still hitting well.

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