Archive for November, 2006

1992 Draft – Welcome COL & FLA

Monday, November 20th, 2006

After the turd 1991 draft, I was excited to get into a different year and do some research. 1992 appears to be a profitable draft in the first round. We also get our first look at the draft of Colorado and Florida as they enter the league thanks to expansion. In case you missed the other two drafts in the series, here are some links for you.

1990 Draft – Part I / Part II
1991 Draft – Part I / Part II / Part III

1. Phil Nevin – 3B (HOU / Stats) – I’m not sure what the hype was on Phil Nevin. My guess is that he was the most talented of all the college players in the eyes of the scouts. Five straight college players were taken to start the draft. None of them had as successful a career as Nevin. What I wonder though is what was the scouting report on Derek Jeter, who would be drafted out of high school and fall all the way to number 6 by the Yankees. How do five teams pass him up. He had to be talented. Nevin has gone on to be an oft-injured journeyman hot corner guy. He’s not going to make the hall of fame and he has never really been a difference maker. I wonder what things would have been like for the Astros had they selected differently.

2. Paul Shuey – P (CLE / Stats) – Picked out of on of my top three most hated universities, North Carolina, Shuey seems like a waste of a number two pick. Even if he went on to play to his hype, why waste a pick on a middle reliever when there are hitters and starting pitchers on the board. I’m confused on that one.

3. B. J. Wallace – P (MON) – Selected out of Mississippi State University, Wallace competed for the United States at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Unfortunately, shoulder issues prevented him from ever reaching the big leagues.

4. Jeffrey Hammonds – OF (BAL / Stats) – A teammate of Mike Mussina at Stanford, Hammonds competed for the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where he batted .414. Was the first 1992 draftee to make the Majors. Hammonds was selected in the 9th round of the 1989 draft by the Blue Jays but opted to attend Stanford instead. He would play for the Orioles, Reds, Rockies, Brewers, Giants, and end his career in 2005 with the Washington Nationals.

5. Chad Mottola – OF (CIN / Stats) Mattola played for the University of Central Florida, which has produced Mike Maroth and Esix Snead. He played sparingly in the majors, never really making a splash. He’s been signed and released his fair share of times and even saw some action in 2006 for the Blue Jays.

6. Derek Jeter – SS (NYY / Stats) – The Yankees get the prize of the Draft and it comes as the first high school player picked in this year’s draft. They were great in the 1990 draft as well. Now, they get another. In my mind, Jeter is a first ballot Hall of Fame player if he retired right now. He’s got four World Series rings, an 8 time all-star, 1996 Rookie of the Year in the AL, just to name a few of his accomplishments. He’s got 2150 hits and a career average of .317 and on base % of .388. Oh yeah, he’s only 32 years old.

7. Calvin Murray – OF / 3B (SF / Stats) – Another olympian for the US team in 1992. Murray played for the University of Texas, which for the most part tends to be a powerhouse in the College baseball scene. The biggest name to come out of the school is probably Roger Clemens, unless you want to make a case for Pinky Higgins. I’m a little surprised that they haven’t produced more hall of fame type players in their history. Murray hasn’t amounted to much, but he did spend a brief time with the Cubs. He fit right in, hitting .200 in five at bats.

8. Pete Janicki – P (ANA) – Selected out of the University of California, Janicki never made it to the majors.

Part II tomorrow…

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Cubs Sign Soriano

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

ESPN is reporting that the Cubs have signed Soriano to an 8 year deal worth $136 million.

Wow!!! That’s all that I can think of at this moment.

When we re-signed Ramirez, I figured that it meant we were planning on focusing on the pitching from here on out. I guess I was wrong. This signing would lead me to believe that the Cubs plan to go with Matt Murton and Ryan Theriot as well as some other young guys for the rest of the spots due to money concerns. Then again, the way the Cubs are buying this off-season, can we be certain of anything? I wouldn’t be surprised to read in the next few days that the Cubs have brought in Zito or Carlos Lee as well. Good god Hendry, where have you been all my life? Keep up the good work.

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Big Name or Many Names?

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

This morning I was thinking about what the best plan for Jim Hendry would be in terms of the pitching staff. We have a few guys that have potential to play well in Rich Hill, Wade Miller, Sean Marshall, etc. Would you rather see Jim Hendry go after one big fish in Jason Schmidt or Barry Zito and count on the guys we have to fill the rest. OR, would you rather see Hendry go after two smaller pitchers like Vicente Padilla and Jason Marquis and use the Zito / Schmidt money to go after Carlos Lee or Alfonso Soriano?

I think i’d rather see two pitchers and a hitter than see one big pitcher like Zito or Schmidt. What are your thoughts?

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He’s back…

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Hello boys and girls, it’s Hendry the Clown again! We had a terrible 2006, most people in baseball suggested we should add a couple of bonafide starters, a power hitting outfielder, an infielder with some offensive zip and a good bat off the bench. Know what I’m going to do? I’m going to ignore all of that and continue with our Attack of the Super Clones, spending major bucks on utility players and backups! Of course we won’t have enough money for two decent pitchers so guess what, I’m gonna turn Jason Marquis around and make Neil Cotts a starter – I can wave my magic GM’s wand and it will happen!

And then I’ll get Gil Meche to fill out the rotation, we’ll just kill ’em with Zambrano, Hill, Miller, Gil Meche and Cotts! My big move will be to sign Soriano to play center, I really loved his attitude about moving to left field so I’m gonna move him to center! Of course, he’s never played center before, but who cares? He can steal bases, therefore he must be capable of playing center.

Well that’s it for now boys and girls, don’t forget who your favorite clown is, it’s ME! Hendry the Clown!

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Donald Veal Interview

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Recently, I ran across an interview with one of Mark’s favorite Cubs prospects, Donald Veal. Veal pitched great last year in A and high A ball.

In two minor league seasons, his numbers look like this:

12-8 with a 2.37 ERA in 37 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.13 and a K’s/9 IP of 10.30. The concern I have is the 4.73 BB / 9 IP, but hopefully that will continue to improve.

In the meantime, take a look at the interview from Project Prospect on Donald Veal. I’ll try to catch up with him this season, assuming he is pitching for the Tenn Smokies (AA) this season.

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