I want to start to hear rumors about who the Braves are looking at. Even if none of it comes to anything, I want to believe that they are out there trying to do everything they can to make this team a champion.
Joe Johnson’s contract would make him a $20 mill a year 35-year-old by the time it will be done. I was listening to Mad Dog Radio yesterday and the Knicks fans were calling in beside themselves over the thought of him playing for their team. And the Hawks fans were calling into 790 today killing the possibility of the move. Haven’t we seen the best of what he has to offer? We are never getting out of the 2nd round. Here’s hoping for a sign and trade.
Sorry Bub…I’m distracted by a mean, blood drawing game of speed scrabble. I’m very excited about MM. It’s hard for me to keep up with the goings on in the Big leagues much less the minors. I’m ashamed to say I never really paid much attention at all until this year in fact.
Well, Minor’s our big draft pick from last year that most (including me) hated. It was Atlanta’s first chance to draft high in a long time, and instead of picking a guy with a super-high potential, we picked a guy who would be ready sooner, but wouldn’t project to be more than a #4 or #5 starter. Also the pick was criticized because it cost less money.
A Vanderbilt star, Minor’s fastball rested around 88 or 89 MPH and he relied on crafty pitching and command. Not really a stud or anything. Not many strikeouts.
But this year his fastball speed jumped up to 92-95 and he’s been blowing guys away, striking out hitters at a very high rate. He’s worked through the system very quickly, landing today at the highest level short of Atlanta (Sorry if this is talking down to you, I’m sure you know some of this), and he knocked it out of the park in his first start. Well, reverse that, since he’s a pitcher.
He’s looking very ready very soon (assuming he pitches like this in AAA regularly, which might not happen of course). Probably projecting to be Medlen-or-better ready for Atlanta by the start of next year. Or if you believe my crackpot theory, this year, to replace Medlen at the very end before his innings total gets too high.
Bub – I’m crazy excited about the Mike Minor ascension. Especially after Kevin Goldstein tried to rain on that parade in February when we spoke to him.
Mara – tonight will be tough. Johnson is their ace and has been pitching like it. In his last 5 starts, his ERA is .118 and teams’ BA is .187 against him. But, we’re at home and Medlen’s got to be feeling extremely good about his first start as a formal member of the starting rotation.