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Grande Donkey
05-28-2008, 06:33 PM
Daryl Thompson is making his debut for the Bats tonight at 7

Grande Donkey
05-28-2008, 06:36 PM
Lookouts start around 7 and I couldn't find a starter
Sarasota starts around 7 and the listed starter was TBD
Dayton starts at 6 and the starter is Patch

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 06:48 PM
Travis Wood is making his AA Chattanooga debut tonight. Big night on the farm with Wood debuting in AA and Daryl Thompson making his AAA debut.

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 06:49 PM
I expect Wood and Thompson to get handled in their intial debuts. Whether they improve will be the question.

Ben
05-28-2008, 06:49 PM
Man, I picked the wrong game to go too (I went Monday night). I might just have to go down tomorrow to check out Maloney and boo K-Patt. :)

tbball10
05-28-2008, 06:51 PM
I expect Wood and Thompson to get handled in their intial debuts. Whether they improve will be the question.

you also didn't think jay bruce was ready for the majors, because he struck out on 3 pitches once this season...

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 06:52 PM
you also didn't think jay bruce was ready for the majors, because he struck out on 3 pitches once this season...

My take on Bruce was he wasn't ready last April. Things change in May. Thompson and Wood have alot of adjusting to do. It may not be easy.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 07:17 PM
Brandon Waring singled in his first atbat.

Mesoraco is due to lead off the second inning.

thorn
05-28-2008, 07:28 PM
Bruce is in CIN, are you sure we still have minor leagues?

JaxRed
05-28-2008, 07:48 PM
I expect Wood and Thompson to get handled in their intial debuts.

There's a shock......

reds44
05-28-2008, 08:18 PM
Thompson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

crazyredfan40
05-28-2008, 08:24 PM
Nice first inning for Thompson...Anyone watching it live?

reds44
05-28-2008, 08:27 PM
Thompson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 08:34 PM
Montgomery Top 1st

Rashad Eldridge strikes out swinging.
Ronnie Merrill flies out to right fielder Shaun Cumberland.
Rhyne Hughes hit by pitch.
Chris Nowak called out on strikes.

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 08:35 PM
My impressive start for Thompson. Sending his foot right up Bailey's(and mine;)) rear end so far. Bailey's value has to be at rock bottom right now. Who wants a finesse pitcher with no changeup?

To bad I couldn't get back to Columbus this week, a friend of mine was going to watch both Bailey and Thompson. Lucky devil.

reds44
05-28-2008, 08:39 PM
3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

for Thompson.

crazyredfan40
05-28-2008, 08:40 PM
Thompson looking strong thru 3 innings so far...3 k's in the second...

33pitches-25 strikes...

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 08:42 PM
The Reds need to move TonyG up to AAA. His OBP in AA is absurd.

crazyredfan40
05-28-2008, 08:43 PM
Wood is thru 2 innings with a 3 k's but gave up a solo shot...

membengal
05-28-2008, 08:43 PM
3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

for Thompson.

Wow.

He sure is getting handled...

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 08:44 PM
Wood is thru 2 innings with a 3 k's but gave up a solo shot...

Montgomery Top 2nd

John Jaso called out on strikes.
Erold Andrus grounds out, third baseman Eric Eymann to first baseman Tonys Gutierrez.
Gabriel Martinez homers (7) on a fly ball to left field.
Patrick Cottrell grounds out to pitcher Travis Wood.

As noted, one hard hit ball in the second.

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 08:51 PM
It may be ironic, but Columbus is Washington's AAA team. Uh, couldn't the Nats use a pitcher like Thompson? ;)

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 08:52 PM
Wood: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K

membengal
05-28-2008, 08:54 PM
Praise be to Jocketty for moving some guys along rather quickly.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 08:54 PM
Juan Francisco drew a walk in his first atbat tonight.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 08:55 PM
Montgomery Top 3rd

John Raburn strikes out swinging, catcher Chris Denove to first baseman Tonys Gutierrez.
Rashad Eldridge pops out to third baseman Eric Eymann.
Ronnie Merrill strikes out swinging.

reds44
05-28-2008, 09:00 PM
Thompson in some trouble in the 4th. A single and a walk make it 1st and 2nd with 2 outs.

reds44
05-28-2008, 09:00 PM
And he gets a flyout.

4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Degenerate39
05-28-2008, 09:02 PM
Juan Francisco drew a walk in his first atbat tonight.

Is that the guy that's 16 years old?

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:03 PM
Columbus Bottom 4th

Pete Orr singles on a ground ball to shortstop Luis Bolivar.
Kory Casto flies out to right fielder Jolbert Cabrera.
Alex Escobar flies out to right fielder Jolbert Cabrera.
With Larry Broadway batting, Pete Orr steals (12) 2nd base.
Larry Broadway walks.
Yurendell de Caster flies out to left fielder Drew T. Anderson.

membengal
05-28-2008, 09:04 PM
Is that the guy that's 16 years old?

No. That would be Juan Duran.

NC: thanks for the updates. Much appreciated.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:08 PM
Montgomery Top 4th

Rhyne Hughes walks.
Chris Nowak strikes out swinging.
John Jaso walks. Rhyne Hughes to 2nd.
Erold Andrus pops out to shortstop Chris Valaika on the infield fly rule.
Gabriel Martinez flies out to right fielder Shaun Cumberland.

Some control issues for Wood in the 4th.

Tommyjohn25
05-28-2008, 09:10 PM
Is that the guy that's 16 years old?

No. That's Juan Duran. I'm not sure how old Francisco is.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 09:14 PM
No. That's Juan Duran. I'm not sure how old Francisco is.

20.

highheat11
05-28-2008, 09:14 PM
No. That's Juan Duran. I'm not sure how old Francisco is.

20

dougdirt
05-28-2008, 09:15 PM
Nice first inning for Thompson...Anyone watching it live?

I wish, its not on. Columbus does not broadcast its home games.

JaxRed
05-28-2008, 09:15 PM
20

Or as Juan Duran calls him......"Gramps"

highheat11
05-28-2008, 09:16 PM
I like your style OBM :cool:

Screwball
05-28-2008, 09:17 PM
Or as Juan Duran calls him......"Gramps"

:laugh:

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 09:17 PM
Thompson struggling. I am surprised Wood has so many strikeouts.

highheat11
05-28-2008, 09:19 PM
Things are starting to fall apart in the Dayton game.. 3-2 Dayton still, it started 3-0 at the beginning of the inning. 2 BBs. 2 WP.

dougdirt
05-28-2008, 09:20 PM
Is anyone else listening to the Chattanooga game?

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:22 PM
Is anyone else listening to the Chattanooga game?

I'm just trying to follow it at minorleaguebaseball.com.

Screwball
05-28-2008, 09:22 PM
Thompson struggling.

Yeah, he's given up a whole 1 run in 5 IP. He's got 5 Ks and 1 BB as well. In fact, he's doing the opposite of struggling.

dougdirt
05-28-2008, 09:24 PM
I'm just trying to follow it at minorleaguebaseball.com.

Ah, I am trying to get the email address for the Lookouts broadcasters, they give it out during games and I would like to email them but don't know it and was hoping someone else had heard it. They were just talking about me and I wanted to just tell them thanks, but don't have their email.

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 09:24 PM
Yeah, he's given up a whole 1 run in 5 IP. He's got 5 Ks and 1 BB as well. In fact, he's doing the opposite of struggling.

I was speaking in the frame of the last inning.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:24 PM
Columbus Bottom 5th

David Wallace doubles (3) on a line drive to right fielder Jolbert Cabrera.
Ed Rogers singles on a bunt pop to second baseman Andy Green. David Wallace scores. Ed Rogers to 2nd. Throwing error by second baseman Andy Green.
Garrett Mock out on a sacrifice bunt, first baseman Kevin Barker to second baseman Andy Green. Ed Rogers to 3rd.
Tommy Murphy flies out to left fielder Drew T. Anderson.
Pete Orr strikes out swinging.

membengal
05-28-2008, 09:25 PM
Yeah, he's given up a whole 1 run in 5 IP. He's got 5 Ks and 1 BB as well. In fact, he's doing the opposite of struggling.

You are looking at things too macro, screwball. If you focus in on just the run, he is awful. Get with the program.

highheat11
05-28-2008, 09:27 PM
You are looking at things too macro, screwball. If you focus in on just the run, he is awful. Get with the program.

:lol:

Screwball
05-28-2008, 09:27 PM
I was speaking in the frame of the last inning.

Apparently, now any time a pitcher gives up a base hit he's "struggling."

He gave up 1 hard hit ball that resulted in a double. That runner scored on a bunt that resulted in a throwing error. But then Thompson came back and got a routine flyout and K for the last two outs.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:29 PM
Montgomery Top 5th

Patrick Cottrell strikes out swinging.
John Raburn strikes out swinging.
Rashad Eldridge hit by pitch.
Ronnie Merrill singles on a line drive to left fielder Daniel Dorn. Rashad Eldridge to 2nd.
Rhyne Hughes grounds out, first baseman Tonys Gutierrez to pitcher Travis Wood.

Wood is missing bats at least tonight.

membengal
05-28-2008, 09:31 PM
NC: what is Woods' current line?

Aronchis
05-28-2008, 09:31 PM
Is Wood going to hit the whole team?

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:32 PM
Louisville's offense is as bad as you might expect without Phillips and Bruce. Don't worry though. Corey is on the way. :)

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:32 PM
Wood 5.0 2 1 1 2 8 1 1.80

Sorry for the formatting. That is 8 k's and 2 BB.

Screwball
05-28-2008, 09:32 PM
Louisville's offense is as bad as you might expect without Phillips and Bruce. Don't worry though. Corey is on the way. :)

Hopefully to lead off. I hear he's pretty good in that slot...

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:34 PM
Chattanooga
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wood 5.0 2 1 1 2 8 1 1.80

Louisville
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Thompson 5.2 4 1 0 2 6 0 0.00

membengal
05-28-2008, 09:34 PM
So, Wood not exactly getting "handled" then, either? Amazing.

Again, thanks for your really good work in this thread tonite, NC. Hugely appreciated.

reds44
05-28-2008, 09:37 PM
Thompson: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:38 PM
So, Wood not exactly getting "handled" then, either? Amazing.

Again, thanks for your really good work in this thread tonite, NC. Hugely appreciated.

You're welcome.

I was expecting Thompson to do well tonight. I'm excited for Wood. I perceive the jump from A to AA as large.

membengal
05-28-2008, 09:39 PM
In my mind it is a very large jump. Particularly in this organization, where you come out of a decided pitcher's league to get to AA.

Screwball
05-28-2008, 09:39 PM
Thompson: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Excellent debut. Let's keep in mind he's only 22. He won't turn 23 until November.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:44 PM
Columbus Bottom 6th

Kory Casto walks.
Alex Escobar grounds out, third baseman Adam Rosales to first baseman Kevin Barker. Kory Casto to 2nd.
Larry Broadway called out on strikes.
Yurendell de Caster flies out to right fielder Jolbert Cabrera.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:48 PM
Montgomery Top 6th

Chris Nowak flies out to center fielder Cody Strait.
John Jaso walks.
Erold Andrus grounds into double play, shortstop Chris Valaika to second baseman Justin Turner to first baseman Tonys Gutierrez. John Jaso out at 2nd.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 09:49 PM
Wood: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:49 PM
Chattanooga
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wood 6.0 2 1 1 3 8 1 1.50

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 09:59 PM
Columbus Bottom 7th

David Wallace flies out to left fielder Drew T. Anderson.
Ed Rogers grounds out, third baseman Adam Rosales to first baseman Kevin Barker.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Ray Olmedo replaces Garrett Mock.
Ray Olmedo reaches on fielding error by third baseman Adam Rosales.

We have a Ray Ray Olmedo sighting!!

Screwball
05-28-2008, 10:02 PM
Thompson: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0.00 ERA

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 10:03 PM
Thompson: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0.00 ERA

He stinks. :D

crazyredfan40
05-28-2008, 10:04 PM
Cozart with a big night for Dayton 3-4 with 2 homeruns...

Good night for the debuts for Wood and Thompson at new levels...Other than the walks for the two, the HR off Wood everything else looks great...Lots of K's...only 2 runs and 1 ER...

Blue
05-28-2008, 10:05 PM
With all these great debuts, the surprising thing of the night is that Zach Cozart has a double... and 2 HRs! Who would have expected that, ever?

crazyredfan40
05-28-2008, 10:08 PM
Sarasota continues to struggle with the bats...only 3 hits thru 8 innings...

Degenerate39
05-28-2008, 10:09 PM
Cozart with a big night for Dayton 3-4 with 2 homeruns...

Good night for the debuts for Wood and Thompson at new levels...Other than the walks for the two, the HR off Wood everything else looks great...Lots of K's...only 2 runs and 1 ER...

Handled.

That is all. :cool:

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 10:09 PM
Great debut by Thompson. I'd leave him in AAA the rest of the year and then give him some starts in September.

Blue
05-28-2008, 10:10 PM
Great debut by Thompson. I'd leave him in AAA the rest of the year and then give him some starts in September.

I agree. Lets find out how soon he can help.

Kc61
05-28-2008, 10:11 PM
With all these great debuts, the surprising thing of the night is that Zach Cozart has a double... and 2 HRs! Who would have expected that, ever?

The scouting report on his hitting wasn't that bad. It's been exaggerated around here.

membengal
05-28-2008, 10:12 PM
Its already been a succesful year for the Reds' minor leagues, just seeing Thompson and Wood already moving a level this early. It really does put Thompson potentially into the mix in Cincy for next year. Really, really, really a nice development.

Maloney. Bailey. Thompson. There are three options at AAA that are close. That gives Jocketty a LOT of flexibility when it comes time for him to pursue deals.

Blue
05-28-2008, 10:15 PM
Its already been a succesful year for the Reds' minor leagues, just seeing Thompson and Wood already moving a level this early. It really does put Thompson potentially into the mix in Cincy for next year. Really, really, really a nice development.

Maloney. Bailey. Thompson. There are three options at AAA that are close. That gives Jocketty a LOT of flexibility when it comes time for him to pursue deals.

Yeah, then add in the possibility of Wood at AAA to begin next year and/or a pitcher taken with the #7 pick next week.

KoryMac5
05-28-2008, 10:15 PM
If Thompson continues to put up big numbers expect to see a change of scenery for a certain prospect, if the deal is right.

Blue
05-28-2008, 10:18 PM
If Thompson continues to put up big numbers expect to see a change of scenery for a certain prospect, if the deal is right.

Would anyone trade anything for him at this point?

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 10:18 PM
Montgomery Top 7th

Pitcher Change: Robert Manuel replaces Travis Wood.
Gabriel Martinez flies out to center fielder Cody Strait.
Patrick Cottrell flies out to center fielder Cody Strait.
John Raburn singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shaun Cumberland.
Rashad Eldridge lines out to left fielder Daniel Dorn.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 10:25 PM
Columbus Bottom 8th

Pitcher Change: Gary Majewski replaces Daryl Thompson, batting 3rd, replacing right fielder Jolbert Cabrera.
Defensive switch from left field to right field for Drew T. Anderson.
Chris Dickerson remains in the game as the left fielder.
Tommy Murphy strikes out swinging.
Pete Orr called out on strikes.
Kory Casto grounds out, pitcher Gary Majewski to first baseman Kevin Barker.

Don't look now, but the Majek man is getting outs lately. I like him just fine in AAA.

Screwball
05-28-2008, 10:29 PM
Not sure if this is a good or bad thing:

Majewski with another 1-2-3 inning in the 8th. 2 Ks and a grounder to 1st. His ERA is down to 3.86. I still don't trust him though.

Lousiville up 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th. Adkins gets the leadoff batter to fly out to right. The second batter pops out to Luis Bolivar at short. The last guy flies out to Gil in center.

Despite no Bruce or Phillips, the Bats get the win 2-1. Great job by Thompson and co. tonight.

JaxRed
05-28-2008, 10:31 PM
Would anyone trade anything for him at this point?

Only every team in the majors....

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 10:33 PM
Valiquette made his Sarasota debut tonight:

2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

dougdirt
05-28-2008, 10:37 PM
Valiquette made his Sarasota debut tonight:

2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Not bad. I got to see him earlier this year in Dayton. He looked pretty good. As a lefty with that fastball if his offspeed stuff continues to improve he will have a real shot at being a very good reliever.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 10:40 PM
Montgomery Top 8th

Ronnie Merrill grounds out to first baseman Tonys Gutierrez.
Rhyne Hughes called out on strikes.
Chris Nowak called out on strikes.

Manuel is pitching well.

NC Reds
05-28-2008, 10:57 PM
Roenicke gets the save for Chattanooga. I'd like to see him in Cincy in September at worst.

Wood got the win. Nice debut.

OnBaseMachine
05-28-2008, 11:00 PM
Roenicke's inning was in 1-2-3 fashion with one strikeout. It's about time to get him to Cincy.

Screwball
05-28-2008, 11:19 PM
Roenicke's inning was in 1-2-3 fashion with one strikeout. It's about time to get him to Cincy.

I'd settle for Louisville.

It looks as though Jocketty and Reynolds aren't shy about making moves with the minor leaguers. I wonder why Roenicke is still in AA, and how long he'll be there.

Kc61
05-28-2008, 11:21 PM
Roenicke had some command problems early in the season. He's been better of late and still Ks a ton of guys. He'll move up to AAA soon.

Majewski has been lights out of late with a lot of Ks. Could it be improved health? I think he could possibly take over Fogg's spot in the Reds pen. Fogg is a starter and doesn't seem to have any role on the Reds.

The other two relievers who've been great are Herrera at AAA and Manuel at AA.

Will M
05-28-2008, 11:25 PM
Majewski has been lights out of late with a lot of Ks. Could it be improved health? I think he could possibly take over Fogg's spot in the Reds pen.

:yikes:

please no. if Majik is pitching well in AAA then trade him to some team who thinks he can pitch. i am convinced he'll never get it done here.

Kc61
05-28-2008, 11:38 PM
:yikes:

please no. if Majik is pitching well in AAA then trade him to some team who thinks he can pitch. i am convinced he'll never get it done here.

I also thought the same way as you do. But Maj is pitching great at AAA and maybe he's finally healthy now. I'd give him the Reds mop up job instead of Fogg and see how he does. One last shot.

11larkin11
05-28-2008, 11:41 PM
I talked with one of the Dragons announcers before the year, and he told me that Cozart really isn't a bad hitter, he had a lingering injury all year along with starting in Low A. He said that he thinks he could have a good enough bat to play in the majors someday.

Screwball
05-28-2008, 11:44 PM
I also thought the same way as you do. But Maj is pitching great at AAA and maybe he's finally healthy now. I'd give him the Reds mop up job instead of Fogg and see how he does. One last shot.

Now that I've thought about it, if there's one thing I trust Dusty with, it's the bullpen. Some might disagree with a move here and there, but on the whole I think he's done a good job using his good arms in the right situations. Therefore, I think he'd actually use Maj the way you're suggesting, which is to say correctly.

corkedbat
05-28-2008, 11:59 PM
If Majewski were to maintain his recent performance level enough to create some value as a deal-sweetner I'd be very pleased.

HBP
05-29-2008, 12:01 AM
I'd settle for Louisville.

It looks as though Jocketty and Reynolds aren't shy about making moves with the minor leaguers. I wonder why Roenicke is still in AA, and how long he'll be there.

Possibly after the draft?...Roenicke to AAA and Watson (he's been lights out recently) to AA.

RedlegJake
05-29-2008, 12:45 AM
I would not discount Ben Jukich either, in discussing options for 09 and 2010. He doesn't get enough respect as a prospect over some of the glitzier guys, imo. He has a heavy fastball that induces groundballs at a much higher than normal rate - near 65% which is amazing. He has a 9 inning complete game with the Lookouts and in 10 starts has 62.1 innings with 52 hits, only 2 homers allowed, 45 strikeouts and an era of 2.63. I'd like to see his K rate per 9 rise back to the better 8 per 9 it has been throughout his career so far, and reduce the walks a bit from a little over 4 per 9. The slightly lower strikeout rate and walking more than a batter per 9 more than last year are a bit concerning but the groundball tendency and ability to suppress the longball are definite strengths. He's 25 with a great pitcher's frame at 6-4 and 190 and has a really nice smooth delivery. Did I mention he's a lefty?

corkedbat
05-29-2008, 01:24 AM
I would not discount Ben Jukich either, in discussing options for 09 and 2010. He doesn't get enough respect as a prospect over some of the glitzier guys, imo. He has a heavy fastball that induces groundballs at a much higher than normal rate - near 65% which is amazing. He has a 9 inning complete game with the Lookouts and in 10 starts has 62.1 innings with 52 hits, only 2 homers allowed, 45 strikeouts and an era of 2.63. I'd like to see his K rate per 9 rise back to the better 8 per 9 it has been throughout his career so far, and reduce the walks a bit from a little over 4 per 9. The slightly lower strikeout rate and walking more than a batter per 9 more than last year are a bit concerning but the groundball tendency and ability to suppress the longball are definite strengths. He's 25 with a great pitcher's frame at 6-4 and 190 and has a really nice smooth delivery. Did I mention he's a lefty?

What I'm really liking is the pitching depth that is starting to develop behind the most mentioned names (both starters and relievers). I think you're gonna see some deals in the next couple of years utilizing some of that depth to help the big club in addition to those that help the Reds directly.

AmarilloRed
05-29-2008, 02:08 AM
I would not discount Ben Jukich either, in discussing options for 09 and 2010. He doesn't get enough respect as a prospect over some of the glitzier guys, imo. He has a heavy fastball that induces groundballs at a much higher than normal rate - near 65% which is amazing. He has a 9 inning complete game with the Lookouts and in 10 starts has 62.1 innings with 52 hits, only 2 homers allowed, 45 strikeouts and an era of 2.63. I'd like to see his K rate per 9 rise back to the better 8 per 9 it has been throughout his career so far, and reduce the walks a bit from a little over 4 per 9. The slightly lower strikeout rate and walking more than a batter per 9 more than last year are a bit concerning but the groundball tendency and ability to suppress the longball are definite strengths. He's 25 with a great pitcher's frame at 6-4 and 190 and has a really nice smooth delivery. Did I mention he's a lefty?

I really think Jukich should have been moved to AAA at the same time as Thompson. I hope to see him move to that level in the very near future.

REDblooded
05-29-2008, 10:25 AM
So.... out of curiousity. How many think that the Reds still got hosed in the kearns deal?

membengal
05-29-2008, 10:52 AM
I will never like the major league return they got on that deal. Never. Maj was the center-piece, and he is the awful. I pray to forget that Royce Clayton was once a starting SS on this team. So far, the answer to my prayers makes me sad, as I retain full memories of those days.

I hold out hopes for Bray. I am thrilled that Thompson is starting to have real success. Those are good things. But that deal will always be a failure on the front end, as WK pulled it intending to "shore up the bullpen" and "win now". Dealing a starting RF and starting SS for two set-up men, one of whom was a rookie, and the other of whom was unbelieveably hit lucky to that point in his career, and apparently nursing an injury, and a bad glove poorer bat aged SS remains particularly short-sighted. That said, if Bray develops, and Thompson becomes something, the deal will have been salvaged long-term. But it remains a short term disaster.