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How important is player development? 15 of the 25 players on the Rockies’ playoff roster are homegrown and have never played for another organization. 14 of the 25 players on the Diamondbacks’ playoff roster are homegrown. For the Diamondbacks, 8 of their 9 top prospects at the start of the season (according to the BA Prospect Handbook) are on their playoff roster. 9 of their top 10 are in the playoffs. Number 10 Ross Ohlendorf went to the Yankees in the Randy Johnson trade.
I started out really not liking the TBS broadcast but it has grown on me this week. I really like the low key approach. Also, it is nice to not have strategically placed Fox TV stars around the stadium. Ron Darling has been really good if you ask me.
Baseball America has announced its Minor League All-Stars. On the list, Colby Rasmus. From BA: Rasmus trudged through the first half of the Double-A Texas League season with about the numbers you’d expect–.248/.344/.496–from a 20-year-old. Things changed in the second half, however, when Rasmus, who turned 21 in August, batted a scalding .312/.429/.624 to help lead Springfield to the TL finals. The Cardinals lost to San Antonio, but even that could not dim Rasmus’ accomplishments: He led the league with 29 home runs (14th in the minor leagues), 69 extra-base hits (ninth) and 93 runs.
BA went on to announce its classification All-Stars. No Cardinal made the Triple A list. On the Double A list was Colby Rasmus and Springfield’s Pop Warner was named Manager of the Year. San Antonio who the Cardinals lost to in the Texas League Playoffs was named Double A Team of the Year. BA named Palm Beach’s Allen Craig as the High Class A 3rd base All-Star. For the Short Season All-Stars, Batavia’s Josh Dew was named as the relief pitcher.
At the Hawaii Winter League, Michael Cooper’s ERA has exploded to 16.20 in 3.1 innings. Marco Gonzalez has appeared in only 1 game and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.
Bernie dropped a couple of hints today that Tony is in all likelihood gone and through out the name Terry Pendleton.
Joba Chamberlain is a bad man!
I am having such a hard time getting over that the Cardinals picked Chris Lambert over Phil Hughes, Adam Ottavino over Chamberlain, and had the rights to Ian Kennedy and didn’t sign him. I need more therapy.
It’s good to see Kenny Lofton giving a team besides the Cardinals a hard time.
Look for my Arizona Fall League Preview over at the Birdhouse.
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If you haven’t got the new Springsteen get out and buy it. It is well worth a listen.
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