Here is the mlb.com recap on the M's signing of two hot Latin prospects. The M's announced the contracts like the moment the signing period opened, so you do the math. Julio Rodriguez has been praised as having a "loose trigger" and a liking for 3-iron shots to all areas of the ballpark, as well as an "everyday right fielder" D-skillset. I'd be curious to know where G-Money would slot the 18-year-old among the M's current prospects.
Here is a YouTube of Rodriguez on a luxurious (Caribbean?) baseball field. The swing at 0.35 is worth a look.
They say the same things about SS Juan Querecuto that they said about Carlos Triunfel, that his vision of the game is unpossible for a 10th-grader. Not that 100 Carlos Triunfels are all going to give you "babies" when you draw at the deck. Nothing wrong with comparing to a prospect who didn't work out.
Moe Dawg updates us on our fave Royal minor leaguer:
Jeremy Gwinn, son of our own Gentleman Jeff Gwinn, has had pretty decent outings, the last two times he's taken the hill for the Idaho Falls Chukars. This after a tough afternoon in his first start. But, nose to the grindstone, he put that one behind him.
On June 26th, again getting the start, JW struggled out of the gate, giving up a 3-run homer and 5 hits in the 1st inning, vs. the Grand Junction Rockies. Then he rallied with aplomb, limiting the Rocks to just 4 hits and one more run over 5 more innings; the run courtesy of a solo jack in the 6th. He allowed only 1 BB and racked up 7 K's. Atta bounce back baby!
On July 1st, pitching out of the pen, Jeremy threw 3 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 BB and notching 1 K. He's red hot and rollin'!
Buy your tickets to the 2022 MLB All-Star Game now. 2022 will be see the 60th anniversry of Dodger Stadium. MLB might just bring the Stars to LA. We will all have to schedule a road trip to catch Jeremy!!
You go kid! He gets his good looks from his mom and his athletic ability from........................................his mom.
The Mariners happened to notice what the Mainframe did about Max Povse - imagine that?! - and farmed him out after a good outing. His fix, getting accustomed to 3-deck stadiums, is a very very short term one. Dr. D is a BIG fan of Max Povse. This guy has MANY things that separate him from quality AAA starting pitchers. And his template is very bread-and-butter, leading to a high % chance of his MID projection. Nice, nice prospect, probably our best upper-minors pitching 'spect not counting Andrew Moore.
Jeff Sullivan laughed about the idea of the Nationals dealing for the White Sox' top three major league relievers. It's not that farfetched; remember Varitek for Timlin and Splojaric? The M's bullpen is a strength already, but David Robertson out there in front of Edwin Diaz would allow the M's to "shorten the games." That would come in very handy with Andrew Moore, certainly with Gaviglio or whoever the #5 starter was, and obviously with Hisashi Iwakuma. I've got a real inkling for a 5-and-dive Iwakuma down the stretch with a killer bullpen behind him.
G-Money advised us to think of Kyle Lewis as a better Adam Jones. He homered yesterday. As cluttered as the M's young outfield is, it camoflages the fact that the "pure center fielder" position is not that 5-year projectable.
Yardbarker has a surprisingly readable little opinion on the M's trade prospectus in the rotation. Santana is the only SP mentioned, among seven, that makes no sense. Alex Cobb and Sean Manea are fresh ideas (for this chat space). Fortunately, the 70s Reds/Mariners have already added two starters for the second half. One of them goes tonight. This episode brought to you by the word Poise.