Monday, September 10, 2012

Roger Clemens coming back?



Roger Clemens, 50, has thrown a combined 8 scoreless innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters over two starts.   Koby Clemens, 25, caught his father and went 1 for 4 with a double on Friday night. Roger Clemens had this to say: “Well, not this year,” replied Clemens when asked if he'll pitch in the big leagues this season, reiterating what he said a few days ago“But we’ll see what happens after that. I’m not going to rule anything out. I don’t know what Koby is going to do, where he ends up. I hope to end up probably in February with the Astros, put on a uniform and help those kids. That’s probably next.” -MLB Trade Rumors. Clemens will not be returning to the majors this season, but Astros owner Jim Crane has been quoted as saying that he would be open to signing Clemens, and they have had scouts at both of Clemens' starts. I could see Clemens resigning with Houston. In my opinion, the commissioner should step in and say no, as Clemens has a possible ulterior motive of delaying his hall of fame vote. He hopes to push back the vote five years so that people will forget about his suspected steroid use. He figures the era will be over by then.

Clemens has been clocked at 87-88, and could be a reliable 4-5 starter, which means the opening day starter for the Houston Astros. The Astros are turning into the Rays, hoarding top picks and improving the farm, but at the same time, putting a low quality product on the field.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Jedd Gyorko & Chase Headley Perplexity

Gyorko, Cabrera, Forsythe, Amarista (Left to right), and Headley (Below)
The Padres have something we haven't had for a while, if ever. We have middle infield depth. This has turned into a problem, a good problem at that.

Let's review:
(Natural position in italics)

Logan Forsythe (2B-SS-3B)
MLB
Age: 25
AB: 232
HR: 3
AVG: .280
OBP: .356
SB: 7
It is rumored they will give him a shot at the starting SS or 2B job. He is a solid hitter who is still developing, very nice bench piece or slightly below average starter. His natural position is 3B, but he is blocked by Headley and Gyorko.


Chase Headley (3B)
MLB
Age: 28
AB: 520
HR: 26
AVG: .287
OBP: .370
SB: 14
Chase Headley is ON FIRE. He hit two home runs last night to raise his RBI total to 98. A .300 average, 30 home runs, 120 RBI, and 20SB is not out of the question. Considering he has 15 RBI in 6 games in September, 22 RBI in 23 games is not out of the question. These are MVP type numbers in PETCO park, the single worst hitting park in major league baseball. I am hearing whispers of the dimensions being changed, which means more HR for Headley! This guy is solidified at 3B for years to come.


Everth Cabrera (2B-SS-3B)
MLB
Age: 25
AB: 364
HR: 2
AVG: .233
OBP: .314
SB: 28-29
Mr. Cabrera has been an integral part of Padres baseball since December of 2008, when he was selected from the Asheville Tourists (Rockies) after leading the South Atlantic League in stolen bases. He succeeded Luis Rodriguez, and saved us from watching terrible and boring baseball after hitting .255 with 25 SB and routinely making the game exciting before breaking his hamate bone. He has done well this year, stealing 28 bases in 29 attempts. He will go and make amazing plays like the one below, but he seems to miss the routine plays at times.





Jedd Gyorko (2B-3B)
AAA-AA
Age: 23
AB: 499
HR: 30
AVG: .311
OBP: .373
SB: 5
Here is where the real "perplexity" begins, what do we do with Gyorko and Headley? Gyorko is lighting it up in the minors while Headley is lighting it up in the majors? Gyorko finished just one at bat shy of 500, hit 30HR, 100RBI between AA and AAA. The former 2nd rounder has a shot an an excellent career. He can play 2B as well as 3B. He played SS in college but San Diego brass does not think he can play SS well enough.



Alexi Amarista (2B-SS-3B-LF-CF-RF)
MLB
Age: 23
AB: 247
HR: 5
AVG: .259
OBP: .299
SB: 7
Amarista is the perfect "super-sub", acquired in the Ernesto Frieri trade, he is young and has upside, two very good traits. He is very versatile, able to play almost every position. I am sure he could play 1B  if he needed to. He is a very good bench piece but not a very good starter.


Proposed solution:
Start Chase Headley at 3B and Gyorko at 2B.
Acquire Elvis Andrus for Robbie Erlin, Adys Portillo, Edison Rincon, and Nate Frieman.
Start Andrus at SS.

I do feel like Andrus could be dealt to San Diego, maybe for a different package, to make room for Jurickson Profar.

I expect Headley at 3B and Gyorko at 2B, with a SS acquired via trade or FA, with the possibility of a SP and a RF to be added.

EXTRA SNIPETS:

  • Andrew Cashner (strained lat muscle) and Anthony Bass (shoulder inflammation) combined for 6.2 innings of 3 run ball (2 earned) with 6 strike outs. This is the first time either has pitched since their injuries.
  • The Padres are going with a 6-man rotation, with Cashner back, to give workhorses Clayton Richard and Edison Volquez some rest and to see all six pitchers.
  • Andrew Werner has had this line: 6IP 2R in all of his major league starts.
  • The Padres are not mathematically eliminated from the postseason, but it is unlikely anything happens. 
  • If the Padres can sweep the Diamondbacks, they pull within one game of third place.


POSSIBLE POSTS COMING UP:

  • Early offseason preview
  • Chase Headley analyzed
  • Roger Clemens comeback?
  • Padres draft update
  • Top 20 prospects for San Diego
  • ML Sleeper Prospects