August 22, 2008

Game 128, 12 Games, Bad Blogger

Vitals:

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
(57-70)
LHP ZACH DUKE
(4-11, 5.26 ERA)
MILWAUKEE BREWERS
(73-55)
RHP DAVE BUSH
(7-9, 4.26 ERA)
Game Time 8:05 ET
XM XM 187
TV FSN

 

12 Games and Counting:

Only 12 more losses to 16 straight losing seasons....

Bad Blogger:

Work is still taking way too much of my time, damn the need for a paycheck.  Hopefully I will be back to normal posting in the next day or so.  In the meantime, here is something I wrote up as a draft on Tuesday, sorry about the poor formatting and links:

Charlie at Bucs Dugout http://www.bucsdugout.com/2008/8/20/597676/john-sickels-reviews-pirat has a link to John Sickels recap on the Pirates 2008 Prospects.  The grades are from pre-season.  On Sickels Minor League Ball site, he has notes up on each of the prospects.

Players acquired via trade:

2008 John Sickels rankings.
From LA Dodgers: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2008/7/22/576581/los-angeles-dodgers-top-20
2) Andy LaRoche, 3B, Grade A-
NR) Avery Brian Morris, P, NG*

From Boston: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2008/8/15/594345/boston-red-sox-top-20-pros
13) Brandon Moss, OF, Grade C+
14) Craig Hansen, RHP, Grade C+

From Yankees: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2008/8/12/591653/new-york-yankees-top-20-pr
10) Dan McCutchen, RHP, Grade C+
NR) Jeff Karstens, RHP, NG**
NR) Ross Ohlendorf, RHP, NG***
2) Jose Tabata, OF, Grade B+

*Brian Morris was ranked 16 on the Dodgers in 2007 with a C grade, would have been higher if not for Tommy John surgery.
**Karstens did not make the Yankees top 20 in 2007.  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2006/11/21/18409/026
***Ohlendorf was ranked 20 in Arizona's system in 2007 with a C grade.  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2006/12/6/12650/2877
http://www.minorleagueball.com/2006/12/26/161637/88

I joined the new acquisitions with the most recent top 20, here is what it looks like.  New players are placed at the top of their grade group.

Current Top 25 Based On Most Recent Sickels Rating (Excluding 2008 Draft Choices):
1) Andrew McCutchen, OF, Grade A-
2)* Andy LaRoche, 3B, Grade A-
3)* Jose Tabata, OF, Grade B+
4) Steven Pearce, OF-1B, Grade B+
5) Neil Walker, 3B, Grade B
6) Daniel Moskos, LHP, Grade B
7)* Brandon Moss, OF, Grade C+
8)* Craig Hansen, RHP, Grade C+
9)* Dan McCutchen, RHP, Grade C+
10) Brad Lincoln, RHP, Grade C+
11) Brian Bixler, SS, Grade C+
12) Shelby Ford, 2B, Grade C+
13) Duke Welker, RHP, Grade C+
14) Brian Friday, SS, Grade C+
15) Andrew Walker, C, Grade C+
16)* Avery Brian Morris, P, Grade C (2007)
17)* Ross Ohlendorf, RHP, Grade C (2007)
18) Jamie Romak, OF, Grade C
19) Nyjer Morgan, OF, Grade C
20) Brad Corley, OF, Grade C
21) Romulo Sanchez, RHP, Grade C
22) Quincy Latimore, OF, Grade C
23) Marcus Davis, OF, Grade C
24) Tony Watson, LHP, Grade C
25) Jeff Karstens, RHP, NG**

 

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