Posted on: June 7, 2010 11:07 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Cueto victimized by bullpen

If not for his bullpen, the Reds' Johnny Cueto could be the second 10-game winner of the season. Instead, Cueto has five victories and the victim of five blown saves.

Accoding to Elias Sports Bureau, the five "blown wins" are the most of any starter in the big leagues.

Cueto, 5-1 with a 4.25 ERA, didn't have one of his better outings on Monday, allowing 10 hits and four runs in six innings and actually left the gmae down 4-3, but was lifted for pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo, whose two-out RBI single put him in line for the win.

The Giants, though, answered with two runs off of lefty Daniel Ray Herrera to take back the lead.

Cueto had notched victories in his last four outings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 10:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:19 am
 

Toronto leaning right

The Toronto Blue Jays had a total of four first-round picks, including three in the compensation picks, and all four were used on right-handed pitchers.

The Blue Jays' first pick was Geogia Tech's Deck McGuire at 11, followed by California high schooler Aaron Sanchez (34), Texas high schooler Noah Syndergaard (38) and Asher Wojciechowski (41) from The Citadel.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 9:53 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Short night for Cards pick

Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox, the No. 25 overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, left Monday's regional final against Washington State after three innings.

Cox has been hampered by a strained back muscle that caused him to miss the Southeastern Conference tournament and much of the Razorbacks' last two weeks of the season. He did, however, start at third base for Arkansas against the Cougars in an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament.

Cox went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored before being taken out of the game, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette . Arkansas led Washington State 6-1 at the time.

The Deomcrat-Gazette's Brandon Marcello wrote he didn't know if Cox knew, but had a strong feeling after "relief pitcher Jason Fuqua turned around in the dugout a few feet to the left of Cox and signaled to someone in the crowd “2-5″ with his fingers."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2010 8:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Reds living up to their name

Cincinnati doesn't have much in common with Cuba, but the island has recently produced several Reds.

Yasmani Grandal is the latest. The Reds took Grandal with the 12th overall pick in the draft. Grandal is a switch-hitting catcher from the University of Miami, but he came to the United States from Cuba when he was 10, grew up in Miami, became a star with the Hurricanes and was a first-round pick for the Reds. That story is very similar to the Reds' 2008 top pick, first baseman Yonder Alonso.

Like Alonso, signability could be a question for Grandal. Alonso signed with minutes left before the deadline in 2008, finally signing a major-league deal.

Alonso was also born in Cuba. The Reds, of course, also have Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman pitching in Triple-A Louisville.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

Feeling old, Astros take Delino Deshields Jr.

Delino Deshields was born in 1969 -- he made his big-league debut in 1990, and now his son has been drafted.

Delino Deshields Jr. was taken No. 8 overall by the Houston Astros.

The elder Deshields played parts of 13 seasons for the Expos (ask your parents, kids), Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. Like his dad, the younger Deshileds can flat fly. He was also a top running back in the state of Georgia.

Now I know how my dad felt when Ken Griffey Jr. was drafted.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Mariners shake up lineup

According to the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has told first baseman Casey Kotchman he can get used to the bench and Chone Figgins will be batting ninth for the near future.

Kotchman will ride the pine in favor of Matt Carp, who had 10 homers and 31 RBI for Triple-A Tacoma.

"Right now, we're going to give him an opportunity to play,'' Wakamatsu told Baker of Carp. "I brought Casey in and we talked. It gives Casey a chance to maybe work on some things and continue to try to get his swing to where he feels comfortable with it. But right now, we're giving Carp an opportunity to play."

Figgins has had a chance, but hasn't lived up to his 4-year, $36 million contract, hitting .220 with a .331 OBP heading into Monday night's game against at Texas.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:29 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:31 am
 

No guarantee with top pick

It was spring of 2007 and the Cincinnati Reds had three players in the clubhouse who had been taken with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft -- and at the time, they represented anything but a common path.

Ken Griffey Jr. was the ideal -- picked No. 1 out of Cincinnati Moeller High School, Griffey was in the big leagues less than two years later.

Also in that clubhouse was Paul Wilson, the top pick in 1994, who had a long, if not distinguished Major League career ravaged by an arm injury.

And then there was the 1999 1-1: Josh Hamilton. At the time, he was little more than a curiosity, the ultimate cautionary tale, promise derailed by a mixture of injuries and addiction.

Since then, Hamilton has bounced back to become an All-Star and Wilson and Griffey have retired.

As for top picks, in 2016, Griffey will become the first 1-1 since the draft was started in 1965 to be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y. Since Rick Monday was the first No. 1 pick in 1965, only 19 of those players taken have been All-Stars. Along with Griffey, it appears Chipper Jones (1990) and Alex Rodriguez (1993) will make it to the Hall of Fame, and Joe Mauer (2001) certainly looks to have that potential at this point.

Bryce Harper is the 46th first overall pick, and there's no guarantee he'll be what Washington Nationals fans expect.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:20 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am
 

Your non-Harper draft begins with RHP

The Pirates took Texas high school right-hander Jameson Taillon with the second pick, meaning the Baltimore Orioles will likely take shortstop Manny Machado and then the rest of the mock drafts fall to pieces.

For the last month, most of the draft has been cut down to three phases: Bryce Harper hype, Tallion or Machado and then the rest.

With Taillon and Machado out of the way, the college players will start to be taken off the board.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

 
 
 
 
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