Friday, May 15, 2009
Two At Fangraphs
- First, a Marc Hulet piece about the Angels' recent and upcoming drafts:
The amateur draft has not been an area of strength in recent years for the organization. The club has thumbed its nose at the draft while preferring to build a winning organization through free agency and trades. The club, though, is running out of tradable commodities. Despite losing its 2009 first round pick (32nd overall) for signing reliever Brian Fuentes, the club actually gained two higher picks (24th, 25th) after losing free agents RHP Francisco Rodriguez and 1B Mark Teixeira. The club also has three supplemental first round picks, so now is the time to rebuild the farm system.
- Second, about replacing Jeff Weaver with Eric Milton:
Jeff Weaver got the call to replace McDonald after an impressive four-inning relief outing in which he held the Padres scoreless. After two solid starts, Weaver’s seasonal line sits at 14 innings with a 2.57 ERA and 3.01 FIP. He isn’t the same guy from the Tigers days or the first Dodgers stint but Weaver at least deserved to stay in the rotation.This is a topic of considerable interest around the Dodger blogiverse, with Jon making the fairly obvious point that Guillermo Mota's was the mistake; I largely agree with him that it basically doesn't matter which scrap-heap pickup becomes the Dodgers' fifth starter, Weaver and Milton are functionally interchangeable. MSTI didn't care that much but cautioned Torre might go back to his vetruhn fetish at some point, presumably at the expense of the lately demoted James McDonald, or possibly Eric Stults.
Instead, Joe Torre has called upon Eric Milton to get at least one start in favor of Weaver. I’m not sure if Jeff is hurt, but I would hope he is for the sake of this decision. Granted, Weaver’s sample of performance is small, but when evaluating pitchers from start to start, small samples and scouting info are the only bits of info available.
John Lackey, Joe Saunders, Jered Weaver, Mike Napoli are draftees with proven records of success.
HK, Brandon Wood, and even Sean Rodriquez are MI that at least are valuable commodities.
Conger, Walden, Reckling, Kohn, Chatwood, Sweeney, Chaffee, Smith, Bourjos, Bell, Pettit are all guys that have a chance to be Major League Regulars and they were all drafted.
I don't think the Angels system is great, but to say they have thumbed their noses at it???? BS