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    Scheppers goes to the Pirates

    They are going to spend a lot on Alvarez and Scheppers.
    Last edited by Tyler Durden; 06-05-2008 at 06:29 PM.

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    For those that care, Cutter Dykstra just went to Milwaukee.

    So he can rot in AAA with Tony Gwynn Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven0m View Post
    For those that care, Cutter Dykstra just went to Milwaukee.

    So he can rot in AAA with Tony Gwynn Jr.
    or sem-pro with Pete Rose Jr.

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    Mets select Javier Rodriguez OF/RHP Puerto Rico BB Academy HS

    Defiantly Omar pick.

    J-ROD!

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    Mets select Javier Rodriguez.

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    Ranking him the 102nd best prospect in the draft, Baseball America writes:

    He is the best pure hitter from Puerto Rico and has good bat speed. With a lean, athletic body, Rodriguez should have the ability to add muscle to his long frame. He shows above-average raw power to the pull side, though there is some length to his swing. Rodriguez is an average to above-average runner, clocking in at 6.7 seconds in the 60-yard dash.
    Interesting.

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    Yankees select Scott Bittle RHP U Mississippi

    We drafted him last year, but he didn't sign.

    We must really like him...

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    According to MLB, he was Ole Miss' closer. Says batting average against is in low 100s, nasty secondary stuff but not going to blow you away... projects as a big league set-up man. Sounds pretty good.

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    BA
    Taken by the Yankees in the 48th round of last year's draft, Bittle elected not to sign and transferred to Ole Miss this season from Northwest Texas CC. He was thrown into the closer's role for the Rebels and has dominated SEC hitters all season, putting up Nintendo type numbers. He has tallied an almost 5 to 1 K/BB ratio, striking out close to two batters per inning pitched. Uncharacteristic for a closer, Bittle's fastball is just an average pitch, with velocity between the 88-91 mph range. However, Bittle pitches mainly off his cut fastball—a devastating late breaking pitch in the mid-80s that has two-plane movement similar to a slider. Bittle is able to command this pitch down in the zone and creates a ton of swings and misses by starting it just above the knees and having it drop just below the strike-zone. He also effectively mixes in a changeup, freezing unsuspecting hitters. At 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, and without an above-average fastball, Bittle does not fit the typical closer's profile in the major leagues. He will most likely be a long relief or setup man in the pros. Once signed, he should move quickly as his command and stuff are close to major league ready.

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    This dude had some nasty numbers this year. 16.1 K/9 is pretty serious. Supposedly his cutter is "untouchable", his fastball sits at 90-91 mph and his changeup is a decent secondary offering. Mini-Mo?

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    JRod wears #13 and his swing looks patented after ARods.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/media/player/mp_t...eo&cid=mlb&v=2

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    This kid Bittle is a fascinating story.

    Here are his numbers this year at Ole Miss:

    27 games, 7-1, 1.78 ERA. 70 innings, 35 hits, 30 BB, 130K’s.

    That’s right, 130 K’s in 70 innings.

    He throws this pitch called “the thing”. Its kind of a cross between a slider and changeup.

    Its tough to describe but apparently ball does some really funky stuff.

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    Jerome Hoes got drafted.

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    Bittle was a great pick. Perhaps a round or so early, but here's a guy who could be in the majors by early next year, he's got little to prove in the minors and has a plus sliderish pitch as an out pitch. This is a JB Cox type of selection, who (hopefully without Cox's injury) will quickly assume setup duties in what could be a very young and potent BP next season...Just needs to refine his control

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDJETS View Post
    Bittle was a great pick. Perhaps a round or so early, but here's a guy who could be in the majors by early next year, he's got little to prove in the minors and had plus control and a plus slider. This is a JB Cox type of selection, who (hopefully without Cox's injury) will quickly assume setup duties in what could be a very young and potent BP next season...
    130 K's in 70 innings. That ****ing nuts.

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    Sean's short list:

    Melville
    Marquis
    Meyer
    Webb
    Martinez
    Gray

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Durden View Post
    Sean's short list:

    Melville
    Marquis
    Meyer
    Webb
    Martinez
    Gray
    Word is Melville is unsignable, he was top 15 picks or not at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven0m View Post
    Word is Melville is unsignable, he was top 15 picks or not at all.
    Yeah. My hope is the Yankees give him it, like they did with Betances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Durden View Post
    130 K's in 70 innings. That ****ing nuts.
    Yeah, and this is a guy the Yanks already had drafted, so they knew that they wanted him. Obviously those K #s won't stay anywhere near that, especially as he isn't a "hard" thrower, in the sense of velocity. But if there is one thing thats true, its that that type of pitch-the cutter/slider-destroys wood pats and generates strike outs. He'll sign soon, dominate the minors, and I suspect they will move him fast. Which is to say, he'll be in AAA by next year with a late season call up very possible...

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    Mets select Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

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