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  1. wrathofhahn

    Stroman: I stand with Tim Anderson

    I haven't visited this forum much over the past year as you can see from my posting history but as far as this thread goes I didn't even realize this was an old thread and I am not the one who bumped it
  2. I am still betting DeGrom gets moved
  3. wrathofhahn

    Stroman: I stand with Tim Anderson

    What the hell are you talking about? This is 2020. I brought nothing on myself and part of equal rights is having equal responsibility. I heard Morgan Freeman being interviewed once and he asked what can you do end racism? To which he replied stop viewing the world through the lens of identity politics “I’m going to stop calling you a white man, and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.” That is where I am at too. I don't feel guilty when I see an African American I don't feel fearful I don't feel anything. In fact I try to remember back to when I was a kid when it didn't matter what color of skin a person had. I had Indian friends. Black friends. Muslim friends. I just treated them as a friend and talked to them the same way I would any other kid. The world tries to screw with you and the media tells you have treat people differently because of their background and skin color. Why? I don't and I refuse to do so. That maybe your reality but it isn't mine
  4. wrathofhahn

    Fernando Tatis Jr. thread

    Who needs Tatis when you can draft a slap hitter like Madrigal?
  5. wrathofhahn

    Rodon to IL, Basabe DFA’d, Lail called up

    I mean if you want to sneak him off the 40 man now is the time. So I don't have a problem with it but keeping Nicky is indefensible though
  6. Mets could shop DeGrom their owner is bleeding cash
  7. wrathofhahn

    Mazara Returns, Mercedes Optioned, Lambert to 45 day IL

    My thoughts exactly. Engel though is sort of risky because at times his bat has been so bad it's not ML caliber if he can keep it in the .680-700 ops range he can have a role on a club.
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    MLB COVID-19 outbreaks: None of as Sept 18

    Just because you don't die from the virus doesn't mean there aren't other outcomes. Like for example my Aunt didn't "die" from her lung cancer but for the last 15 years she has been hooked up to a ventilator.
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    Well I would disagree there wasn't risk because he needed to be an elite hitter at the next level to justify taking him there. For example if you look at a guy like CJ Cron who who fell into the mid teens during the 2011 draft and was also viewed similarly coming out (major slugger at catcher) what he has done the last two years isn't seen as overly valuable despite him being a good hitter (113+ OPS the last two years) he signed for 1/6M in the offseason, That was sort of the risk. My issue with the previous poster who brought it up is they made it seem like he wasn't some sort of success story for the cubs when he clearly is.
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    So I don't understand was he a risky pick or not because on one hand you say he was safe and on the other you say his defensive limitations made him a risky pick because everyone knew he would be moved off catcher? My point was in the AL all that really matters is like Eloy if he can hit. We have 1B/DH/LF to hide guys with defensive limitations and one of the most frustrating things as a baseball fan is watching AL clubs invest 300m in a position player then trot out a scrub at DH. Teams even in this day and age are obsessed with WAR instead of constructing a baseball team. Bringing the subject back to Madrigal the issue for him is with his frame he either has two options either change his approach at the plate and pull the ball or forgo hitting HR's in favor of avg. I actually don't want him pulling the ball much because while people mention Dustin Pedroia and Altuve Madrigal isn't going to be transported into Fenway park and hit a bunch of cheapies he also isn't going to get the pitches ahead of time. So people need to take away the outliers for someone of his stature and think rationally based on what similar hitters like Eckstein profile as. There is also risk in changing his approach I remember when Aaron Hill was brought up he used the entire field. Now he had more natural power in his bat then Madrigal but then someone got a hold of him (Murphy) and changed his swing where he was pulling every pitch and while he had some great seasons for the most part it completely screwed up his career
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    I don't even get the issue if Schwarber was playing in the AL he'd be just fine the issue he has and for the cubs is they can't hide him defensively and 1B is already taken but he'll get paid a decent figure for his bat if/when he hits FA. How is he some sort of cautionary tale? Hell we are paying a 37 year old Edwin 12M and Abreu 50m/3. So if you look at it from the perspective had we drafted someone like Schwarber instead then that would have freed 12m=17 to buy some pitching or spend on a 2B and Schwarber is a massive upgrade over Edwin and Abreu as well at this point in their careers. But enough about getting sidetracked on Schwarber
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    I said at the time I liked the stuff of Stewart and Groshans hit tool with power at SS. I have no idea what happened to Stewart last I heard he had an arm injury and fell off the face of the world. Atlanta got it's pick back though. Groshans is one of the top prospects in baseball and if we offered Madrigal for him the Blue Jays would laugh to our faces so lets not pretend there weren't options. High upside options which so far have paid dividends.
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    I have been consistently right about Madrigal throughout this entire process about what kind of player I thought he was and what he will be. Others have also been consistently wrong. This one isn't even difficult. Madrigal is not going to average a .400 OBP over his career. He just won't. Also the projections I posted earlier aren't even analysis they are what his projected stats are going forward based on the predictive modelling of his minor league batted ball data and to be honest to me they seem low but I also recognize as a fan I tend to be overly optimistic too. The only difference is I don't have my head completely in the clouds like other posters. Like I said earlier it isn't about averaging out what you receive it's about taking your best guess and shooting for the stars with these top picks recognizing if they fail you can always find serviceable 2WAR guys with control via trade or if you are willing to spend a bit more FA. As an example lets say you are presented with a 30 percent chance of getting a 6WAR player (or nothing) or a guaranteed chance of getting a 2WAR player with zero upside. What should you choose? Mathematically it maybe make sense to choose the 2WAR guy but you also have to account for cost opportunity and after looking at FA and seeing Machado get 10/300M does that change your thinking? When you see Starling Castro who has averaged around 2WAR the last 3 years get 2/12 does that change things?
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    That is nuts. Ichiro only had one OBP 400 plus season. Also with the way teams do infield placements now it's much harder to hit for those insane averages without power because managers don't care about respecting hitters and will bring their infields and outfields way in. We will see but if he can hit for a .290 average with around a .340 OBP and .410 SLG percentage I'd be happy
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    Zips projects a .274 BABIP. Steamer .292. Both have access to his batted ball data (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/nick-madrigal/20521/stats?position=2B). Personally, I am more bullish then his projection because they aren't projecting much 83 wRC+ for ZIPS and 95 wRC+ for steamer. I am an optimist by nature so I think he'll do better then that and like I said somewhere around Eckstein is his ceiling so if you want to talk projections fine but lets be honest about what they say