I give Dan O'Brien a lot of credit for some of his draft picks, but man was B.J. Szymanski ever a total punt of a 2nd round pick.
Though, looking back, the 2004 draft in general was fairly forgettable for Cincinnati after Bailey in Round #1.
Last edited by Caveat Emperor; 04-25-2007 at 12:28 AM.
23 Years and Counting...
After Szymanski though there isnt a ton of talent from the second round there. Pedroia, Suzuki and if you want to count Jason Vargas and his 5.25 MLB ERA then sure.... but a lot of teams seemed to miss in the 2004 2nd round.
Was Webb coming off an injury? I noticed last nights scorecard book mentioned that it was just his 2nd start (he went 2.2 the first time out) If that is the case, then my observations make a little more sense. I got there a little bit late, and didn't really get to pay much attention until around the 3rd inning, but was surprised to see Ward w/ 8k. Both runs that he gave up in the 4th came after a bone-headed move by the second basemen that left the bases loaded w/ 2 outs. Still he didn't seem to be fooling too many in the last 2 innings (must have had a strikeout or 3 in there to get up to 8 total.)
Francisco looked real solid at the plate. Valiakia does not look like a future SS. He didn't get a bunch of chances, but he didn't appear to show much range, and when given the opportunity to make what would have been a spectacular play 3 or 4 times, he never came close.
I believe there was another reliever in there b/w Germono & the closer. A left hander - #10 I believe. His stats didn't look very good according to the book, but his curve must have been working that night. I was in the outfield, so I didn't have the best look, but he made 2 different kids knees buckle on about 4 different breaking balls.
Something I've never seen, but when the Dragons scored 4 runs, they were aided by 2 straight catcher interference calls. Stubbs looked smooth in the outfield, but wasn't really tested. Didn't do much at the plate.
Anyways, I hope I got all the names spelled right. There's my observations from my first Dragons game this year.
Still trying to talk Lecure into some control. Come on, breakout guy. A 2.00 WHIP is going to catch up with you at some point...