Is there a Minor League Sun Deck?
Is there a Minor League Sun Deck?
The lowest acceptable payroll amount for ownership to show they are not greedy pigs is 15 million more than they are currently paying. No matter what that currently is.
I love the gimmick account, myself. Keep rockin', daBeast.
I hope the overall of what I said about Mesoraco came through. I tried to make sure that it was his defensive abilities that are more important at this stage of his development based upon where he's coming from when the REDS drafted him. And from what I hear, he's developing right on track defensively. The Offensive part of his game has plenty of time to grow. 22 or 23 years old at Chattanooga will be fine.
redsof72, keep coming with the personal reports. Would love to hear more about Mesoraco. I would think he'll be beginning next year at Dayton again. At least I would hope. He's pretty raw.
Last edited by Kingspoint; 08-08-2008 at 01:31 AM.
With the lack of catching between Craig Tatum and Mesoraco, I wouldn't be too surprised to see Mesoraco start in the FSL.
What a good organization would do in that case is they would decide what level Mesoraco needs to be at and place him there and if that means going out and picking up an organizational guy as a free agent or out of independent ball or the minor league Rule V to play at Sarasota, you do that. Mesoraco needs to begin 2009 in Dayton and he should hit .300+ but he needs to concentrate on improving his defense. Then at mid-season, if you want to move him up to Sarasota, you can release the organizational guy.
Nice words about Craig Tatum in today's BA Prospect Hot Sheet.
Our pitching depth is not where it should be. Only slight progress in a critical area- the emphasis on bullpen arms is producing some interesting options, but lets see who pans out.
Agreed. There's not a single arm in the system -- with the possible exception of Lotzkar -- who I have much hope for as anything other than a 4/5. Bailey's development has been poorly handled, in my opinion, and he probably will not reach his potential as a Red. The system is deep in serviceable bats, though.Our pitching depth is not where it should be. Only slight progress in a critical area- the emphasis on bullpen arms is producing some interesting options, but lets see who pans out.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
This is something I posted on Watson after watching him closely a few times in Dayton, see if this still holds true or not or if it's related. I'll in fact put all of his notes I put together then here.
http://www.redszone.com/forums/showt...ghlight=DaytonSean Watson is now at 6' 2 215, last year he was at around 240 lbs. and per Browning they (the powers that be) had to have a sit down with him towards the end of the season. Apparently about attitude, he had let his whiskers go a bit and that + his performance (1-2 8.59 era 10 appearances all out of the pen) warranted it apparently. They told him he was going to start this season and he needed to grow up a bit (or something to that effect), so the kid responded by getting in much better shape and dropping the 20+ lbs. Although he still looks chunky too me, think Burba or Mark Portugal.
http://www.redszone.com/forums/showt...ghlight=DaytonI heard Browning say this in regards to the FO hopes on Watson "I think they wanted him to build up his arm strength" because of his last yr at Tenn only getting to throw 1 to 2 IP at a time. And "They have high hopes for him to progress through the org and maybe be a starter, but eventually they probably have long range plans for him to be a reliever".
On Watson: Throws 1st pitch FB low and outside alot and for strikes quite often. Mixes up that 2nd pitch pretty good. And Throws that Knuckle Curve as his out pitch. And it's a good pitch as it has nice break and he seems to throw it w/o "showing it" with his arm speed much. However he seems to have little answer for opponents who lay off his KNC with 2 strikes, which he seems to always throw with 2 strikes. When that occurs it also seems to throw off his concentration or disrupts his rythym. His line 5 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 10 K's 1 BB and 1 Hit Batter.
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that should provide a lot of depth, great payroll flexibility and, with an active trader as GM, you might even be able to use the depth to score some impact players.