It’s Wednesday which means it’s Rafters Report time. It’s also Veteran’s Day so please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by the men and women that have fought for and represented our country over the years. Also take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by the families of those troops while they were away from home.
I implore you to donate time and/or money to charities like the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or any other veteran related group that fits your style.
Now on to the Rafters Report along with some stuff on Alex Gordon, Dominic Brown, Mike Moustakas, and a mention of the immortal Colt Griffin.
The Rafters Report:
Monday, November 9th (5-2 Loss)
RHP-Aaron Crow: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR
RHP-Aaron Hartsock: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
Tuesday, November 10th (6-4 Loss)
CF-Jarrod Dyson: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
3B-Mike Moustakas: 0-3, 1 RBI
SS-Jeff Bianchi: 0-4
RHP-Blake Wood: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Wednesday, November 11th (9-8 Loss)
No Royals Played
Other Royals Related Tidbits:
This afternoon Jim Callis did his weekly ESPN SportsNation Chat. I always enjoy reading anything Callis puts out for consumption, but today’s chat resonated with me, as a Royals fan in a couple of places. I’ve quoted the relevant questions and answers:
Dave (Philly): Dom Brown for Alex Gordon, who says no first?
Jim Callis (2:46 PM): Phillies. No guarantee Gordon is going to live up to his hype, and I believe he’s arbitration-eligible.
I’m not ready to give up on Alex Gordon and I hope the Royals feel the same way. Outside of 2009 which turned out to be a lost season, Alex has been an above replacement level player. His WAR in the last 3 seasons has been 2.1, 2.6, and 0.5 and his UZR/150 has been 7.9, -3.6, and -2.7. People expected a superstar when he made his debut and he certainly hasn’t been that, but he’s been better than popular opinion would lead you to believe. He turns 26 in February and still could become an All-Star level player. There is no way the Phillies would be willing to part with Dominic Brown, but if Dayton gets that call he better pull the trigger in a heartbeat. Brown, now 22 years old, was the Phillies #1 prospect heading into the year and is a power/speed RF prospect who projects to be an excellent defensive player. He got up to Double-A in 2009 and hit 0.299/.377/.504 with 14 HR and 23 SB in 395 AB between all of his stops. Given the complete void that the Royals have in RF moving Gordon for another top prospect like Brown would make some sense for both teams. Because Gordon’s star has fallen a bit over the last 3 years, Dayton would have to sweeten the pot with another player to get it done, but trading Gordon wouldn’t leave the team exposed at 3B. In house options already include Josh Fields, Alberto Callaspo, and Mike Aviles. Since the Phillies had interest in Brian Bannister at the trade deadline, maybe a package deal of Gordon and Bannister would get the job done. Then again maybe not, though I think a change of scenery would do Alex a world of good at this point in his career.
Also in the Callis chat, the name of Colt Griffin was invoked:
Matt (Philly): I’m just curious how common it is to see a kid who can throw a 100mph fastball, but nothing off-speed, no breaking stuff, no control or movement. You know, just a guy who can throw it really hard, but not actually pitch. Just trying to get a sense of whether the ability to throw a ball 100 is in and of itself special.
Jim Callis (2:27 PM): Very few guys throw 100 mph, so yes, Aroldis Chapman is special. But the rest of his game is pretty raw and if you asked me what that package reminds me of, I’d think of Colt Griffin. Which would give me pause before I emptied my coffers for Chapman, as would the spotty track record of Cuban defectors.
Makes you want to run out and outbid everyone for the services of Chapman, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want a vastly more expensive version of Colt Griffin?
In other news, John Sickels just returned from a trip to the AFL and posted some of his notes over on Minor League Ball. I love and respect his work so it is hard not to get a little concerned with what he wrote about Mike Moustakas:
On the negative side, Royals prospect Mike Moustakas doesn’t look like the same player I saw in the Midwest League last year. His lower half is thicker, as if the size proportion between his hips and his shoulders has been altered in a negative way. He’s slower and less mobile in general compared to last year. He still has a solid-looking swing, but his plate discipline is weak and problems with lefties are evident. I had given him a Grade B+ a couple of weeks ago, but am strongly reconsidering that now and could lower it down to B or maybe even B-.. He’s still very young, but I’m worried about him.
I liked what I saw from Moose at the plate in the AFL Rising Stars Showcase, but I didn’t see him last year like Sickels so I have no reference point for how he looked in 2008. While John may be worried about Moose, many of the Baseball America guys, Jim Callis included, have been saying all season that it is too early to be worried. Moustakas’ power production was still pretty good in 2009 and I’ve read that his defense at 3B improved significantly. Still I respect the opinion of Sickels, so if he’s worried then I have to be at least a little worried.