I don’t have much to say about Wednesday night’s loss, so maybe instead we can continue our earlier discussion on the 2007 draft. Among other things, we now know that third-rounder Tommy Toledo and 10th-rounder Christian Colon didn’t sign.
Rich at Baseball Analysts has a full breakdown of the first round, including bonuses. One thing we learn is that, despite MLB’s efforts to artificially regulate the market (some might call it “collusion”), the average first-round bonus increased by about 8 1/2%. Obviously, that’s not the effect MLB had hoped for, but c’est la vie. The question of what can be done to improve the draft process is a fascinating one, but it’s so broad that it probably deserves its own blog.
I’d like to focus instead on what the Padres can do to improve their own process. Assuming that the mechanics of the draft itself aren’t going to change, what specific, actionable items can the Padres take to gain a further competitive advantage in the drafting of amateur talent? Again, the key phrase here is “actionable items” — don’t hit me with “spend more money”; that’s a copout and we all deserve better.
What I’m looking for are problems and solutions. For example, a problem might be that the current draft philosophy is too conservative, too risk-averse. A solution to that particular problem might be to give stronger consideration to high-school pitchers (a historically poor risk as a group, but one that has yielded some nice individual returns) in the early rounds.
So, acknowledging that the Padres have come a long way in the past few years, what are some next steps they might take to improve even further? I’m listening…
With Peter gone, you get a bit more liberal definition of “prospect,” i.e., guys I’ve heard of and/or root for — and I take requests.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Brian Myrow: 5 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 RBI; 3 SO
Paul McAnulty: 4 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 RBI; BB 2 SO
David Freese: 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; 2B, SO
Chad Cooper: 4 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 1 RBI; 2B, SO
Steve Garrison: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO (2-1, 1.24)
Cedric Hunter: 5 AB, 0 R, 3 H, 2 RBI; 2B, SO, CS
Luis Durango: 5 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 1 RBI
Mitch Canham: 4 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 3 RBI; 2B, BB
Drew Cumberland: 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 RBI
Edinson Rincon: 3 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; BB
Edinson Rincon just turned 17 and these were his first hits for the AZL Padres (.083/.185/.083 in 24 ABs, born on 8/11/90).
Here’s some (very) low quality video of Yefri Carvajal from Sunday’s Eugene Emeralds game… his first three at-bats were underwhelming, then he got a hit in his final at-bat…
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Craig Stansberry: 3 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 2 RBI; BB, HR (#11)
Mike Thompson: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Will Startup: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
Matt Antonelli: 4 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; 2B, SB
Chase Headley: 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 RBI
Nick Hundley: 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 2 RBI; 2B, HR, SO
Cesar Ramos: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 SO (11-8, 3.59)
Craig Cooper: 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 1 RBI; 2B
Mitch Canham: 4 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; SO
Yefri Carvajal: 4 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 RBI ; 2 SO (played OF)
Drew Cumberland: 4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 0 RBI; BB, SO
Edinson Rincon: 3 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 RBI – 2 game streak
There was some debate in recent comments about Will Startup… he’s been used in relief at AAA all season…
Cooper Brannan, former Marine, took the loss in the AZL Padre game … he’s now 1-3, 8.41 …
Thanks, LynchMob, for once more delivering the goods! The Padres seek a series win Thursday night against Colorado. First pitch is 7:05 p.m., PT; we’ll have the IGD up and running an hour before then. Go Padres!