Stephen Pryor Scouting Report 6.2.12 - Physical Attributes

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=== Core Exercises, Dept. ===

The M's being obsessed with core strength and whatnot, you'd think they'd be giddy over stumbling into baseball's Ultimate Core Specimen with Stephen Pryor.  Oh, wait.  Maybe Jay-Z and Tommie Mac drafted Pyror BECAUSE he's got the core power of a Van Helsing monster?

Pryor is not fat, but his waist and abdomen are almost freakishly wide.  Would be nice to hear Gordon or Dr. Grumpy or somebody explain what is occurring when a male is wider than he is tall.  Is this an over-development of obliques, or is it a wide pelvis, or are all the organs proportionately larger, or what happens when a person has a shape like Pryor's?

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=== Horsepower, Dept. ===

Pryor looks scary, as much as he throws scary.  Pryor was visibly hyperventilating when Wedge threw him into the fire on June 2, but after one pitch it was (we kid you not) the Chicago White Sox who were frightened.  A single invisible 100-MPH from this Van Helsing monster, and Paul Konerko had his eyebrows up, blinking fast, mouth open, jittery hands, every aspect of his expression radiating genuine alarm.

That was the way with each White Sox hitter following.  Even Viciedo, early in the at-bat, radiated panic.  Pryor did him a favor and dialed it down to 88 MPH, but the effect was palpable.

This is going to sound funny, but even around the locker room it will take some doing for Pryor to truly fit in.  You're in a closed space with somebody like that, you've got to figure out a comfort zone.  That dude is seriously unnerving.

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The Seattle Seahawks won the NFL championship in 2005, but ..... long before that, the milestone was passed at which nobody in the NFL wanted to play the Seahawks.  

In 2004 and during the reg season of 2005, you knew that your right defensive end was going to be engulfed and emasculated by Walter Jones - whoever your right end was.  You knew that Steve Hutchison was going to hurt somebody on your team, maybe a few people, maybe a lot of people.  You knew that the Seahawks were going to throw for 250 yards and were going to run for first downs whenever they felt like it.

Long before a Mariners team wins a championship, you're going to feel like you want the Yankees in here to take their medicine.

Stephen Pryor is going to be part of that.  Y'feel me?

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=== Durability ===

Pryor has a Clemens-, Gossage-like ability to drive a fastball from his keister first.  This of course takes the pressure off his arm; Clemens and Gossage (among many others) threw effortlessly until they were 40 years old.

Ordinarily you'd think, put him in the rotation and let him throw his 250 innings per.

In Pryor's specific case, though, there is a point of accelerated returns once the fastball hits 97, 98, 99 MPH.  If you let him go one (1) inning, tell him to get in there and throw 15 pitches at 99 miles an hour, you've got a superstar.

The M's can exploit Pryor's natural power, but they may want to exploit it by letting him throw 90 innings per year for 15-20 years.  All pretty much one inning, or 1.1 innings, at a time.

Looks like a Longoria-Moore contract candidate to Dr. D.

 

 

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mojicianNo scouting report up yet? Here goes: Legend tells of a player who washed out of the Major leagues and found himself in Sendai, Japan. Through error, he became accustomed to the brutal off speed game of NPB pitchers, and began to "let the ball get deeper into the zone" to hit the ball to all fields. He now controls the trajectory of the ball and bends it according to where the fielders are not. Armed with a technique some thought was only possessed by Ichiro and Cano, McGehee has returned to the United States with one thought on his mind: Revenge.2 hours 40 min ago
SABR MattTHAT...would actually be a nice pick-up3 hours 25 min ago
mojicianNew Heyman Rumor: M's making trade call on Casey McGehee of the Marlins.3 hours 47 min ago
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DaddyOmojician, actually, I was being sarcastic. Sorry I didn't make that clear. The M's have made all SORTS of roster moves, but it's just been rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic for the positions affected (with the exception of the Almonte for Jones swap in CF). The Angles have actually improved their bullpen, SIGNIFICANTLY, with all their moves. What have we accomplished? Squat. We have the same black holes at DH, in LF (so far), in RF (except for when Saunders was healthy, but even then he alternated flashes of production with periods of complete washout, like he always has). Like Matt, I've grown frustrated at the lack of urgency in fixing VERY fixable problems that would have long since vaulted us from 2nd Wild Card contenders into a serious challenge of the Angels.4 hours 9 min ago
GrumpyDon't forget Ackley can play a plus 2B also... He may look like an option to those clubs too.4 hours 39 min ago
mojicianYou're right though. For our outfield problems, the Org has flipped Almonte for Jones, and has had a revolving cast of Gillespie, Romero, Chavez, and. . .First base you have Smoak, LoMo and Bloomquist. Everyone is given an extended audition and nothing is done rashly. Maybe the Angels are being too shrill about their problems and having new players every week is not the answer for everything. I imagine Moreno stomping into Dipoto's office in April, and yelling: "Fix the bullpen right now or everyone's fired".4 hours 46 min ago
DaddyOmojican, I just laughed and laughed when you posted that.5 hours 7 min ago
mojicianWhy do I have to be Mindy?5 hours 12 min ago
DaddyOThe expression "fish or cut bait" was created for situations like the one faced by the Seattle Mariners. In this case, one wonders if they are determined to prove that you can catch a fish without ANY bait.5 hours 19 min ago
DaddyOI agree Matt and moji (my version of Mork and Mindy). I keep telling myself that it's possible in the end Jack will be proved right to have waited. (After all, Ackley is suddenly teasing us again with his potential.) But I find the lack of urgency bewildering.5 hours 23 min ago
DaddyOIn case anyone wonders, that was a joke.5 hours 25 min ago
DaddyOHey, the M's make roster moves. They demote Lucas Leutge, they promote Justin Smoak. They demote Smoak and call up Leutge. They start the season Romero on the roster, then they send him down and call up XXX. Then they send XXX down and call up Smoak again. Then Romero, or maybe Montero, until they demote them again. Yup, they make roster moves allright.5 hours 26 min ago