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@Zegonite Last I heard, Surkamp is still rehabbing and probably won't start pitching in extended spring training games until midseason. So, he's an unlikely candidate to replace anyone in the rotation. The rest of the team's starters in AAA -- Heston, Kickham, Petit -- are either struggling or low-ceiling players. Kickham could be a guy to keep an eye on. He got off to a rough start, but he's been lights out in May (14 IP, 10 H, 15 K, 1 BB, 1.93 ERA).

1 year, 2 months ago on Vogeldongs: A look at recent pitchers with spikes in HR-rate

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@RogerMI've got a hard time finding problems with a guy who's hitting .333/.366/.495 regardless of the 'situational hitting' or whatever nonsense. Not that it matters, but Pablo's hitting.517/.559/.828 with RISP fer chrissakes.

1 year, 3 months ago on GIFs: The Pablo Sandoval Experience

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@44guest Uh...

1 year, 3 months ago on GIFs: The Pablo Sandoval Experience

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I like Shawn Payne, too. I'm not sure how good he'll ever be, but I dig his blend of skills. San Jose should really be a great place for prospect-watchers this year. /jealous

1 year, 3 months ago on 2013 San Jose Giants roster preview

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@JMAX Thanks for pointing that out. For some reason, I copied my older Excel file instead of the newer, correct one. Thanks for the heads up. The numbers largely stay the same; whiffs go up a bit.

1 year, 4 months ago on Briefly on Tim Lincecum’s fastball

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@ariess Liriano was always a pitcher with a lot of talent, just ravaged by injuries.

1 year, 4 months ago on Is Madison Bumgarner an injury risk?

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 @ariess If he'll take a minor league deal, I'd go for it. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Very Important Spring Training Opinions, Part II

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Excellent! Thanks, Tom.

1 year, 5 months ago on Changeup love letters: Trying to remember Noah Lowry

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 @TSF Good points all around. Depth moves are fine -- that's what Gaudin and Proctor are. So, I'm not dismissing them, really, just pointing out that Ramirez should be leader, right now, for that final spot. Sandy Rosario is still an interesting arm to me. His numbers in the minors aren't bad and despite giving up a ton of hits in a brief time in the majors, he appears to have good stuff. Might be a darkhorse candidate. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Very Important Spring Training Opinions, Part I

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 @Will_the_Shrill I remember that. It was a special kind of crazy.

1 year, 5 months ago on Very Important Spring Training Opinions, Part I

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 @Jim T He's limited defensively and no one seems to like him. Nice OBPs, though.

1 year, 5 months ago on Very Important Spring Training Opinions, Part I

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 @TSF The Giants have already compared him to Matt Cain. Though, at age 19, while playing in the SAL, Cain walked just 2.3 per nine; Crick walked more than double that at (5.4 per nine) in his age 19 season at the same level. Crick's fastball is supposed to have more life/movement at this stage than Cain's. As a prospect, Cain was a big righty with an excellent fastball and curve. Crick is also a big righty with an excellent fastball and curve.

 

Here's a pretty good video of Crick pitching:

 

http://youtu.be/Q2dJciEceiI

1 year, 5 months ago on Bay City Ball’s 2013 Top Prospect List, #5-1

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 @FoothillsRyan Heston just missed the list, too; he was ranked 16th. I had him at 14 on my personal list. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Bay City Ball’s 2013 Top Prospect List, #5-1

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 @FoothillsRyan According to BA, he works mostly between 87-89 and that he "tops out at 92."

1 year, 5 months ago on Bay City Ball’s 2013 Top Prospect List, #5-1

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He's impossible to project. He's been out of pro ball for awhile now. I assume he still has some of the physical tools that got him signed in the first place, but who knows. He's a guy to keep an eye on, even if he makes me a little uncomfortable. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Bay City Ball’s 2013 Top Prospect List, #5-1

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