Today my big accomplishment was making the trek from the Twin Cities to Kansas City. While I was in the car with my wife and kids for seven hours today I came up with a couple of research intensive articles to start working on. At this point I’m mentally fried and there are days I despise writing intros so I present you with this morning links, devoid of fanfare. Unless of course the thought of driving through Iowa is exciting to you.
Brian Henry, a staffer on Kings of Kauffman, noted that Yordano Ventura’s stock could increase simply as a result of adding some weight over the offseason. I agree with the assessment that additional bulk could help his durability and increase his chances of making it to the majors as a starter. However the speculation that he will wind up in the bullpen by many sources goes beyond just his height and weight. Delivery, pitch angle and mechanics all play a role in the projections and I remain skeptical about Ventura’s chances to have a lasting, or even short-lived, impact as a starter in Kansas City. We also can’t just dismiss that packing some pounds could detract from what makes him so special and intriguing as a prospect.
This offseason the Phillies renamed their Eastern League franchise and switched from the “ho-hum” Reading Phillies to their new name, the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Their logo features an ostrich, which is fun, but the team is taking things a step further by bringing in two of the birds to have on hand at the stadium.
Mike Newman sheds some light on three Diamondbacks prospects that stand out as a result of their power.
Bullpen Banter continues to release the Top-125 prospect lists. On Thursday it was Jeff Reese’s turn to share and on Friday it was Al Skorupa’s turn to publish his personal rankings.