Busy bee today. Sorry for the delay. But now, finally, it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy new graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your… um… Early-Evening Snack…

At Getting Blanked, Drew examines the value of building a Super ‘Pen.

House of the Bluebird takes a crack at it too, suggesting that it’s naive to suggest that Anthopoulos is stockpiling arms for the trade deadline, given that the removal of the potential for Type-B compensation makes these kinds of arms far less valuable than in recent years.

Jim Breen of FanGraphs writes about Francisco Cordero, Blue Jay, a depreciating asset who “is undergoing a transformation on the mound, the same transformation that many aging pitchers have to endure. He is attempting to deal with declining stuff.”

Steal of Home superimposes Prince Fielder’s hits at Miller Park from 2008 to 2011 onto Comerica, and figures that his power numbers are going to take a hit, with his 24 Miller Park dingers in 2011 dipping to just 11 had he played home games for Detroit.

Bluebird Banter has part two of their interview with Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton. Double Pappy!

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports on the Brandon Morrow extension, and the tendency of Alex Anthopoulos to pay players he knows, not ones from outside the organization.

Grantland, Jonah Keri wonders what the hell the Red Sox are doing.

The Toronto Star gives us a nice, odd, superficial comparison of John McDonald and Omar Vizquel.

Lastly, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times is doing his “MLB owners are cheap fuck and bloggers who don’t know what they’re talking about do their PR dirty work by nitpicking within the framework of unacceptably low budgets” thing on Twitter. For some reason I’m reminded of this:

Comments (15)

  1. The White Jays ride again!

  2. holy shit, you walked into it! bees won…

  3. Interesting there were 10 teams at least that were ahead of the jays for number of prospects on the top 100 just released by mlb. Guess it just shows that most are still year or two away and there’s more quantity than ceiling (at least for right now)

  4. MLB rankings are like power rankings – what just looks best right now.

  5. Or it could mean that Mayo really doesn’t know what he’s talking about and that lists like this are largely meaningless. 

    They do usually help hype up the perpetually overrated Yankees and Red Sox prospects, though. That can have an effect in trades.

  6. So 4 guys on MLB’s Top 100

    25. d’Arnaud
    57. Gose
    58. Marisnik
    95. Syndergaard

    Total points puts them well behind the nationals who were 10th. Wonder how 101-150 would have looked.

    Still it seems like a lot of subjectivity to me especially when they’ll quote what certain guys have done in the minors number wise, but other guys that didn’t originally project as well that have much better numbers don’t get a mention.

    Guess the rankings are better than a kick in the ass. I still want to see how guys like Molina and Hutchison do in rankings next year if they dominate again.

  7. Yeah I just saw they have Billy fucking Hamiton 20 spots higher than Gose lol Gose is only one month older two levels higher and put up better numbers.

  8. Can I start a petition to get this Kroeg head removed? Please. 

  9. mlb rankings are meaningless. How is hutchinson not a top 100 prospect at this point?

  10. I love how Mariners fans thought Prince was a lock for Seattle, his numbers would have gone to the shitter. Less homers like Comerica but with literally no one in the order to protect him at all. I would have loved to have seen him go to Seattle for that kind of money and spend the next 9 years laughing.

  11. Detroit hurts lefty power much more then Seattle, it is almost neutral for lefties in Seattle. Seattle was smart enough not to give him this stupid contract, have fun Detroit…. 3 DH’s only one DH spot….. How much are they paying those three for again?

  12. i got a letter from rogers saying my cable bill is going up. No wonder they couldn’t sign Prince. Tough financial times…
    speaking of baker, cathal kelly wrote stoeten a letter in the star today.

  13. Kelly is somewhat wrong about fielder but right about not waiting to have fans invest first in the team. Maybe Alex can still get a nice bat or starter before the season gets going.

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