Here are my favorite two questions from the exchange:
Q: Most people look at HR totals for skill progression, but your low K/high BB rates are arguably your most impressive stats. Are you more drawn to the long ball, or do you actively focus on drawing walks/limiting strikeouts?2. RehabsTwo minor league notes from Adam Rubin at ESPN.com:
A: I do not try and do anything but compete during an at bat. I have never once in my life gone to the plate looking to draw a walk and I never will. I find that the better you control the strike zone the better your production will be.
Q: Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
A: Barry Bonds to me is the greatest hitter ever.
- Brant Rustich had "an upper rib and muscle removed that was pressing on a nerve and creating numbness throughout his right arm."- Steven Matz, recovering from Tommy John Surgery is throwing off of flat ground.
Rustich, a second round pick in 2007 out of UCLA, turned 26 on January 23. He threw just 14.2 innings in 2010 between the GCL and the FSL, walking 11 and fanning 13. He threw under 50 innings in both 2008 and 2009. If he were ever healthy, he could move quickly as a fastball/slider reliever.
3. GlovesAt Amazin' Avenue, Rob Castellano looks at the Top 5 Gloves in the minor league system going with
1. Wilfredo Tovar, 2. Matt den Dekker, 3. Kai Gronauer 4. Darrell Ceciliani and 5. CF Javier Rodriguez.
Doing a ranking like this across levels and positions is pretty tough.
Regarding Rodriguez, he wrote, "However, one thing he has always showed is the ability to play center field."That's cool, but Rodriguez didn't play a single game in centerfield in 2010. Not one. He played right field exclusively.
Also, I'd take Albert Cordero over Kai Gronauer at catcher. Cordero's feet work better, his release is quicker and his arm is stronger.