The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
Hopefully he's shut down for awhile.
He's shut down til the Reds say so now...assuming he signs
Why sign him? Let him go, take the 8th pick next season in what should be a better draft, and take a flier in the INT. market this season.
2010 Mock Draft Selections (picking for Rays)
Strikeouts are boring - besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls. More democratic. ~Bull Durham
MLB Mock Draft
2. Dustin Ackley 27. Tyler Skaggs 33. Kyle Heckathorn 51. Nick Franklin 82. Billy Bullock
If I was an Arizona St fan I would want Leake out there pitching in my teams biggest game. Even if he wasn't 100%.
The Reds will sign Leake. They are not going to punt the No. 8 overall pick when one of the reasons they took Leake was signability. His "injury" (and it doesn't look like much of one) will make it that much easier for the Reds to sign him.
Frankly the more I see of Leake the more surprised I am he lasted to us in the draft. He's got a lot of movement and a really good idea how to pitch. I thought what he did last night was very impressive because you could see he was working with only a fraction of his arsenal, most specifically without his good sharp breaking curve ball. Unless the injury is very much worse than it's being described, I don't think there's a doubt we'll sign him and I think we'll be a whole lot happier with him than what we might wait a year to get.
If you have a losing record at Reds games, please stop going.
Off the top of my head if a team doesn't sign a player then you get an extra pick the following year. But when you use that pick in the 2nd year if you don't sign the player you don't get "reimbursed" again. The Nationals couldn't sign Aaron Crow last year so they received an extra high pick this year. Although it wasn't considered a strong draft this year they didn't have any choice. If they didn't sign the player they took with the extra pick this year they wouldn't be "reimbursed" with another pick next year.
I watched Mike Leake pitch on Friday night, in person.
He's going to be fine methinks.
I was in the stands up and past 3B, so I had a pretty good view of his pitches to the plate - although not so great East-West on the plate obviously.
Whatever pitch he makes where the guys are done swinging and then the ball comes in low and/or bounces off the plate is a great one. I'm guessing it was his change.
His fastball had plenty of pop in it and he must have been spotting it great because there were a lot of called strikes.
He looked great from the stretch.
That one homerun to LF is an easy fly ball, and those two stingers past 3rd base would have been easy ground balls. Other than that, he really didn't give up many "real" MLB hits.
Just my observations.
I think that in a year or two, one of these guys - Frazier, Dorn, Valaika, Cumberland, Stubbs - will be ready to replace Dunn. They won't hit as many home runs as Dunn, but they should have similar OPS. - 757690, July 22, 2008
Alonso will be playing 1B for the REDS and batting 4th one year from today. - Kingspoint, July 9, 2009