Wednesday Links (13 Apr 11)

While the Padres have been busy losing winnable games, I’ve been busy doing life stuff. In lieu of actual content, here are some links…

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  1. re: Youngest in each league …

    The comment about Jaff Decker CRACKS ME UP!!!

    6 Jaff Decker San Antonio Missions 02/23/90
    Reports say he seems more athletic this year

    … sounds like previous reports were *wrong*!!!

    Love it!

  2. OT … from a Q&A at BA …

    Q: Mark Prior’s performance in big league camp with the Yankees exceeded expectations: 11 strikeouts in eight innings, 1.17 ERA. However, I haven’t found a good scouting report to go along with his spring stats. Do you have one, and what are his prospects for the future?

    A: The scouting reports on the righthander whom many scouts considered the best pitching prospect in draft history (until Stephen Strasburg came along) weren’t as encouraging as his stats. Prior’s fastball usually ran from 87-91 mph, his breaking ball and changeup were nothing special, and neither was his control (five walks).

    The Yankees decided to take things slow with Prior, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006, assigning him to high Class A Tampa to start the season. He made back-to-back appearances on Saturday and Sunday, totaling two hitless innings, showing stuff similar to what he displayed in spring training.

    Prior will need more fastball and a quality second pitch if he’s going to help New York in a relief role later in the year. I’m rooting for him, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

  3. Jaff Decker was drafted as a CENTER FIELDER. why anyone would think he was not athletic is beyond me. Remember Kirby Puckett?

    Jaff is a heck of a hitter AND he can go after the ball in the OF.

    He may be Padres LF by the All Star break if Ludwick cant get his act together.

  4. Here’s a name to add the list of youngest players in the Midwest league …

    Padres have called Corey Adamson up from extended spring training to play while Tate & Williams are out due to injuries sustained yesterday when they collided in the OF …

  5. In an ideal world, Ludwick will catch on fire and be traded to a contender by ASB, thus, saving the Padres much dollars to use for the draft, and Aaron Cunningham will be up to prove his ability against better competition.

    Alas, the only FA signing working out so far is Orlando Hudson, and Ludwick isn’t producing and still get plenty ABs at #4 spot. Then again, the season is barely 2 weeks old. Plenty of games left and plenty of games to give away.

    Hawpe is looking so slow with his bat, he may not turn into a reliable first baseman platoon for Cantu. Come on, Headley, this is your break out year, start breaking out!