Morning Reading

A few links to check out while we wait for 2011

Sadly, the BA shutout continues with no Nationals cracking its NY-Penn League Top 20. Next chance: tomorrow, when they release their Top 20 for the South Atlantic League…

…Reports from Viera have Jesus Flores healthy and hitting again, which would be great if baseball’s answer to crystal chandelier Chris Chandler can contribute and compete against Wilson Ramos to share time with Ivan Rodriguez.

…The PDC shuffle is nearly over, but here’s an interesting look at how it works. What’s left unsaid, of course, is that threat of losing affiliation isn’t as big as it used to be, thanks to the independents.

…Attendance is down at the MLB level (*ahem*) but the minors are doing fine.

…Fresh off signing a four-year deal, the quest for a new stadium for Potomac resumes, which naturally has the support of the local press that only mentions a strong competitor in the next county in passing.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

4 thoughts on “Morning Reading”

  1. Was at the ballgame last night, Tom Milone & Tyler Moore were interviewed before the game and then signed autographs after the 4th – swung by around the 6th, poor guys, no-one there so went over – told Tom hope to see him up here next year and told Tyler he really mashed the ball this year!

    Good guys.

  2. Man, the BA’s ratings are starting to bug me. Since I don’t subscribe, I can’t get very far ‘under the hood’ as to whether it’s age bias, draft ranking, or they’re discounting the Washington farm system in general, i’m can’t tell. But still…

    GCL top-20: No mention of Oduber, who only led the League in Hitting, SLG & OPS, and was named MVP as a Div. II draftee? Oh, but he was a 32nd round pick, and is 21.

    Vermont top-20: No to Freitas (15th rd, 21yo), who made the NY-P All Star team & had a .307/408/.450/.858 slash as a CA-DH. No to Holland (11th rd, 22 in Aug.): another NY-P All Star, 2.20ERA, 1.04WHIP, 3.4:1K-W.

    I’m guessing that it may be more of the same as they move up the levels, but at least Milone seems to have caught Sickels’ eye, so there may be hope there. .

    1. Now that I “have” to subscribe to BA, here’s what I can see from a quick glance… GCL = No prospect older than 19 (age bias). My best guess for “hating” on Freitas is his lack of defensive prowess. Holland, that he’s a reliever.

      I still have some hopes for today’s list (Sally), but I maintain my stance that BA is slave to youth and not so good on admitting its mistakes. I wonder if we were to poll our frequent commenters for the Nats’ top 10 pitchers and batters how much difference there would be when the big boys come out with their lists?

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