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Very cool analysis, sure some cherry picking but perhaps the point to be made is that he has the most issues with hitting the target on that down and away location to RHB. I know have trouble getting out front to hit that spot. So if he can get that figured out, then it's all good.
1 year, 9 months ago on Lincecum’s trouble with the fastball
Who is Admiral Gaudin? That's awesome!!! Bumgarner is a "hoss" but those sure aren't mechanics to teach your kid or pay anyone to teach your kid. The step to the first base side of plate and throwing across the body can't be good for the shoulder. However, it certainly helps his deception and the low 3/4 release from that point gives his cutter a nice wide angle to the third base side of the plate. Perhaps his release angle and his pressure point on the seam enables him to put less stress on his elbow. Perhaps he doesn't supinate the wrist as much as other pitchers. I think its that supination that eventually wreaks havoc on the elbow ligaments. I don't know, I'm just talking out of my @ss. So, its the shoulder that's the concern to me. But he's a hoss and his 91-92 sounded very encouraging in his last start..
1 year, 10 months ago on Is Madison Bumgarner an injury risk?
Let Conor Gillaspie be a lesson to future drafts. Don't waste a high pick on a guy without power and without a position. What were they thinking? His defense would improve, his power will develop? Next time, stick with what you know: Pitchers. Lance Lynn and Wade Miley were both available in that supplemental round in 2008 when Gillaspie was nabbed. Oooops. Great draft in '08 though. We got a certain catcher passed up by the 4 other teams. The Rays #1 pick, Tim Beckham, is looking like a utility infielder these days.
1 year, 11 months ago on Godspeed, ye wobbly-armed rogue
Let 'em compete for that job. Competition: the rites of spring training. If Gaudin has more stamina or versatility to be a competent swing man, I think he's the lead guy. He's like Clay Hensley with a little more mustard. Which ain't that great, but if he can bridge a Zito flop from from the 4th to the 6th inning, he's probably the guy.
1 year, 11 months ago on Very Important Spring Training Opinions, Part I
@RogerM @FoothillsRyan @Chris Thanks for the follow up. So he sounds like Sydney Ponson. Or Rick Reuschel or .... Which the Giants would gladly insert into the back end of the rotation. Given these reports on velocity, and the success Heston had against more advanced hitters, these two prospects are probably closer to each other in ranking than they've been appearing on various lists. He was probably overlooked in the draft because he did not consistently break 90mph.
1 year, 11 months ago on Bay City Ball’s 2013 Top Prospect List, #5-1
@Chris Quick This was John Sickels' evaluation:
3) Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Grade B+: I don't understand the reluctance among prospect watchers to give this guy his due. Sure, he's physically mature and not projectable. But he already has good stuff, his command is outstanding, and he dominated Low-A one year out of high school.
I'm pretty sure that 'good stuff' translates into 91-93. If he was 87-89, he wouldn't get as much prospect hype. He'd be more like Chris Heston who used his 87-89 to carve his way through AA. Or Eric Surkamp from the left. Don't forget about him. If he has a good recovery, he' could be back in the mix.
Fun list. Isn't your "gun" a little low on Blackburn. I understand he throws low 90's with lots of movement, but lacks projectability - which is whatever. Throwing low 90's with sink sounds good to me. Hope you didn't have his velocity confused with Chris Heston's - who is conspicuously absent from the 10-15 slots.