- Boyd’s World: RBOA 2004: The Best Pitchers of the Year Note the Pads’ Vern Sterry checking in at #6. If you haven’t been to Boyd Nation’s site (and I hadn’t in quite some time), you owe it to yourself to visit. He’s got some great, great stuff on college baseball.
- Aki Otuska will participate in MLB’s annual tour to Japan (ESPN). Features quotes from Otuska and Jake Peavy.
- Olympian shoots for Major Leagues (Padres.com). Nice piece on Chris Oxspring, who talks about his experience in Athens and what he’s doing in the AFL to increase his chances of making it to the big leagues.
- Fatal errors (U-T). Very long piece on Ken Caminiti, whose death has been confirmed as being due to overdose. Still heartbreaking.
Rookie of the Year Update
- Baseball Prospectus’ Internet Baseball Awards picks Jason Bay.
- Internet Baseball Writers Association (All-Baseball.com) chooses Khalil Greene.
Arizona Fall League
The Padres contingent:
AB BA OBP SLG BB SO Barfield,Jo 45 311 346 444 3 9 Johnson,Be 66 303 395 591 8 18 McAnulty,Pa 51 314 379 510 5 9 IP ERA BB SO Baker,Br 6.2 1.35 2 10 Oxspring,Ch 15.2 3.45 4 8
We’ll have to talk more about Barfield at some point this winter. I have no idea what to make of Johnson anymore. He’s got a boatload of talent but it’s taking him forever to learn how to use it. McAnulty has been playing some in the outfield, which should be interesting. Baker and Oxspring are real good bets to see time with the big club next year.