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Hector Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
Baseball America's No. 2 prospect in the South Atlantic League. Poor April, then "batted .317 over the next three months before running out of gas in August... received raves for his arm, footwork and enthusiam." The latter may have contributed to his 39 errors.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 10 '08
Desmond Jennings Cincinnati Reds
Baseball America's No.1 prospect in the South Atlantic League. His future is in center field and at the top of the order.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 10 '08
Trouble here. These stats should be for Columbus Catfish in the South Atlantic League (A+). And he's an outfielder, 6-2 180.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 10 '08
Todd Frazier New York Mets
Colin and Peter, this guy played for Dayton in Midwest League -- he's a Reds propsect. CHC is given as his 2007 team in the database, probably because DAY was taken to be the Daytona Cubs of Florida State League. Not worth changing; we just need to keep on the lookout and change the Current Team.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 9 '08
Baseball America's No. 1 prospect in the slow-A Pioneer League, where he hit hit .319, slugged .513 in 160 AB. Stats here are for his impressive cup of coffee in fast-A. A shortstop, played at Rutgers, supplemental first-round pick last year. Played on the team that won the Little League World Series in 1998. Is expected to be a third baseman by the time he reaches the majors.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 9 '08
Sean Burroughs Arizona Diamondbacks
Signed a minor league contract with the Mariners last January, separated his shoulder in February (supposedly while fishing on a beach) and, it would seem, never recovered.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 9 '08
Brian N. Anderson Kansas City Royals
Games info a little off here also; should be 50. But if it's a calculation based on position info, it's close enough.

Correct OBP is .318, but what we are showing -- without SF, SH and HBP -- is again close enough.

Great that you were able to get $ values out of minor league data; that really helps.

And the payoff for all this trouble? 17 AB in the majors is a small sample, 200 AB at Triple A is not. (This guy was a hot prospect a few years ago, Colin. At this point, at the ripe old age of 25, there's almost no hope.)
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 9 '08
I thought this must be a conflation of two players, but it's not. This bum hit .222 at Rancho Cuchamonga!

In 6 games, though, not 45.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 9 '08
Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox
Why is the mixed bid so much lower?
Willie Mays SeyHey
Jan 9 '08
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
It appears he will head into the season as the favorite to be the closer. Benoit showed flashes last year, but Wilson seems to be their guy right now. Guardado will be in the mix, but Wilson and Benoit seem like much better options at this point.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 9 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
Looks like Steinbrenner is still saying that the Yankees plan on having Joba Chamberlain in the rotation to begin the season. I still am not sold on this, based on the state of their bullpen. I think he would be much more valuable to NY out of the pen in the late innings. A pending Santana deal may determine where Joba ends up.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 9 '08
Rich Gossage New York Yankees
Gossage's ERA+, which Baseball Reference uses to compare a player's ERA to the league ERA (100 means they're the same):

75: 212
76: 91
77: 243
78: 180
79: 155
80: 173
81: 461
82: 178
83: 171

For his career the number is 126.

The problem, of course, is that ERA+ doesn't take into account innings pitched, which is why the strike shortened 1981 doesn't stand as his career year.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 9 '08
I like Retired. Seems to me we enter it ourselves on a case by case basis.

Slyke's right. Goose was even better in 1977 and 1978 (especially if we consider the hitting context, I believe. Does Baseball Reference or any other site show the yearly league totals?).


Alex Patton Alex
Jan 9 '08
I changed his current team to Retired, since it doesn't make sense to call him a Mariner at this point. But since there are thousands of thousands of retired guys is there a way to set them all. For instance, guys who haven't played in the majors in since 2004 could probably be called retired, and if they're not we can fix them manually. Or maybe just have the Current Team field be blank unless there is a manual value or a 2007 value.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 9 '08
Nomar Garciaparra Oakland Athletics
I had him at $18 in the Guide last year, but I paid $14 for him in Tout Wars, which wasn't a disaster. But wasn't good, either. He's getting too old to expect much rebound, but if he's cheap enough there's still hope in those 2006 numbers.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 9 '08
Rich Gossage New York Yankees
Deserved indeed. 1977 and 1978 could be the best back-to-back relief seasons ever posted...a dominating presence on the mound.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 8 '08
Welcome to the Hall, Goose. You deserved it. It's unlikely we'll see a stat line like 1975 ever again.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 8 '08
Joba Chamberlain Cleveland Indians
The Yankees bullpen is so thin, the common thought here in the NY area is that Joba will open the year in the bullpen as their 8th inning guy, setting the table for Rivera in the 9th. Farnsworth, Hawkins and Bruney simply do not instill a lot of confidence in the late innings of close games. Joba's impressive debut late last year will inflate his price, and people will bid high in the hopes he will be in the rotation at some point this year. If I were playing for next year, I would try to grab him at $10-$12, and hope he pays off big dividends in 2009. I just don't see it in the cards for Joba to be a big earner in 2008 - not because of talent, but because of the role he will play.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 8 '08
I think the Rangers will probably go into the season with the idea of platooning Broussard and Shelton at 1B, and then see how things shake out. It looks like Texas is committing to Salty as their everyday catcher, so I don't see him getting into the mix at 1B. Being on the right side of the platoon and in a hitter friendly park, I like Broussard to put up decent earnings in 2008. I think the $9 bid seems right, and I would expect numbers similar to what he put up in Cleveland.
Keith Cromer Slyke
Jan 8 '08
Nomar Garciaparra Oakland Athletics
LAD? Lassie's more like it.

Hey, MF and AP... what were your bids for this bum LAST YEAR??
Amos Heathrow hugh
Jan 8 '08

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