Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday links

I'm tired of doing daily recaps of this sorry season so I've been looking at walk-off data and some other stuff. That takes time but I'll post more soon. For today, here are some interesting links from around the net:
  • Eddie B is doing a thorough look at the top bullpens in recent years to see how they were built. He then uses that data to see how the Tigers might put together a pen with players that may be available after the season. He recently completed Part 6 but make sure you scroll down and read the whole series of posts. He will also write several more future posts on the subject.
  • Billfer analyzes the management of Justin Verlander's workload and concludes that leaving him in for more than 115 pitches is generally not a good idea.
  • Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus has an article on Tigers outfield prospect Wilkin Ramirez. It's premium content but I'll tell you that he thinks that the toolsy Ramirez is finally developing into a blue chip talent. One scout says this about him:
"I like the way he goes about everything ..... He has power, on-base skills, and don't forget that he's a 60 [on the 20-to-80 scouting scale] runner as well. His defense is adequate, but I think he's the kind of guy who is an everyday corner outfielder on a first-division team—he could be pretty special."
  • Lynn Henning thinks the Tigers are going to substantially cut payroll after the season and may even trade Magglio Ordonez. I'm not expecting a CC Sabathia or Frankie Rodriguez type free agent signing but I'd be surprised if they traded Ordonez.


  1. Wilkin is only a 60 runner? Mark Anderson told me he's the one of the, if not the fastest from home to first in the system... and that's as a right-handed batter.

    The one time I saw him play, he almost beat out a sharply hit ball right at the shortstop. Unless, being new to scouting scores, I am way off on the meaning of 60, I was thinking he was higher than that.

  2. I saw him when I went to Lakeland last year. He was no Ovandy Suero but I remember being surprised by his speed because at the time I didn't think of him as a speedster. I'm not a scout but his all around athleticism impressed me as much as Maybin's.



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