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2010 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2010-articles/september/ Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:51:50 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb A Look at the Draft Record of New GM Kevin Towers http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/a-look-at-the-draft-record-of-new-gm-kevin-towers.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/a-look-at-the-draft-record-of-new-gm-kevin-towers.html looked at the excellent trade record of the Diamondbacks' new GM Kevin Towers while he was with the Padres. Unfortunately, the excellent record is negated by Towers' poor performance in the June amateur draft, and ultimately was a big factor is his dismissal from the Padres. Let's take a look at the 1st Round Picks by the Padres during the Kevin Towers' regime. The table lists each pick from the 1st Round and Supplemental 1st Round Picks, the overall Pick number, and then their career major league Wins Above Replacement (WAR), their career Games Played in the Majors, and their career OPS or ERA.
Year Rnd Pick Player Pos WAR G OPS ERA
2009 1 3 Donavan Tate CF
2008 1 23 Allan Dykstra 1B
2008 1 42 Jaff Decker OF
2008 1s 46 *Logan Forsythe 3B
2007 1 23 Nick Schmidt LHP
2007 1s 40 *Kellen Kulbacki OF
2007 1s 46 *Drew Cumberland SS
2007 1s 57 *Mitch Canham C
2007 1s 63 *Cory Luebke LHP 0.0 3 4.60
2007 1s 64 *Danny Payne OF
2006 1 17 Matt Antonelli 3B -0.4 21 0.573
2006 1s 35 *Kyler Burke OF
2005 1 18 Cesar Carrillo RHP -1.2 3 13.06
2005 1s 35 *Cesar Ramos LHP 0.2 17 6.35
2004 1 1 Matthew Bush SS
2003 1 4 Tim Stauffer RHP 1.2 60 4.22
2002 1 13 Khalil Greene SS 8.1 736 0.723
2001 1 14 Jake Gautreau 3B
2000 1 9 Mark Phillips LHP
1999 1 20 *Vince Faison OF
1999 1 28 Gerik Baxter RHP
1999 1 29 *Omar Ortiz RHP
1999 1s 41 *Casey Burns RHP
1999 1s 49 *Mike Bynum LHP -2.0 29 7.73
1999 1s 51 *Nick Trzesniak C
1998 1 9 Sean Burroughs 3B 1.7 440 0.698
1997 1 27 Kevin Nicholson SS -0.1 37 0.585
1996 1 15 Matt Halloran SS
The most remarkable thing about this list is that so few of these players even made the Major Leagues at all. The most successful of this group of 28 players was probably SS Khalil Greene, who leads the group with 736 Major League games, and a total of 8.1 WAR. Next is 3B Sean Burroughs at 1.7 WAR, and then SP Tim Stauffer at 1.2 WAR. At least Stauffer and SP Cory Luebke have a chance to provide positive value for the Padres, but very few others on this list are ever expected to contribute at the Major League level.  One factor in the Padres' poor drafting has been the team's budget limitations - for example, the selection of Matt Bush with the #1 Overall pick in 2004 was clearly driven by cost concerns, as players like Stephen Drew and Justin Verlander were clearly regarded higher than Bush, but were expected to be more expensive to sign. But that was just one case - many of the other selections were just picks that didn't work out for the Padres. Towers and the Padres did manage a few notable picks in the later rounds of the drafts, in particular SP Jake Peavy (15th Rd, 1999), SP Mat Latos (11th, 2006), OF Will Venable (7th, 2005), and recent 2nd round picks SP Wade LeBlanc (2006), 3B Chase Headley (2005), C Nick Hundley (2005), and Xavier Nady (2000). Still, the overall record is remarkable poor, is something that Kevin Towers must improve as GM of the Diamondbacks.
Year Rnd Pick Player Pos WAR G OPS ERA
2006 2 61 Wade LeBlanc LHP 0.4 40 4.51
2005 2 66 Chase Headley 3B 4.2 408 .722
2005 2 76 *Nick Hundley C 1.9 221 .697
2000 2 49 Xavier Nady 3B 2.3 790 .779
2005 7 218 Will Venable OF 3.7 248 .755
2006 9 273 David Freese 3B 1.8 87 .773
2006 11 333 Mat Latos SP 3.2 39 3.30
2001 13 390 Jason Bartlett SS 13.4 715 .732
1999 15 472 Jake Peavy SP 26.4 232 3.36
1998 17 502 Brian Lawrence SP 6.4 160 4.19
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) September Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:53:49 +0000
A Look at the Trade Record of New GM Kevin Towers http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/a-look-at-the-trade-record-of-new-gm-kevin-towers.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/a-look-at-the-trade-record-of-new-gm-kevin-towers.html Date Traded Acquired Grade 07/96 BFlorie, MNewfield, RVillone Greg Vaughn, GParent A 11/96 Dustin Hermanson Quilvio Veras B- 12/96 Scott Sanders Sterling Hitchcock B 12/97 SHoff, Derrek Lee, RMedina Kevin Brown B 08/98 Brian Loyd Randy Myers F 12/98 Joey Hamilton CAlmanzar, WWilliams, P.Tucci B- 02/99 Mark Sweeney, Greg Vaughn DJackson, RSanders, JHarris C+ 03/99 Andy Sheets, Gus Kennedy Phil Nevin and Keith Volkman A 11/99 Andy Ashby Adam Eaton, Carlton Loewer B- 12/99 W.Joyner, R.Sanders, Q.Veras Bret Boone, Ryan Klesko, JShiell B 03/01 MClement, EOwens, OOrtiz Cesar Crespo and Mark Kotsay B 08/01 Woody Williams Ray Lankford and cash D 07/02 Steve Reed, J.Middlebrook BJones, JReynolds and Jason Bay B 08/03 Jason Bay, OPerez, CStewart Brian Giles C 11/03 Mark Kotsay Terrence Long, Ramon Hernandez B 11/05 Xavier Nady Mike Cameron C 01/06 Adam Eaton, Akinori Otsuka Ad. Gonzalez, TSledge, CYoung A+ 05/06 Doug Mirabelli Cla Meredith, Josh Bard A 07/06 Brian Sikorski Mike Adams A 11/06 Josh Barfield ABrown, Kevin Kouzmanoff B 11/06 Jon Adkins, Ben Johnson Heath Bell and Royce Ring A 06/07 Andrew Brown Milton Bradley and cash C 07/07 Scott Linebrink WInman, JThatcher, SGarrison B 07/07 Leo Rosales Scott Hairston C 12/07 David Freese Jim Edmonds C 12/08 Khalil Greene Mark Worrell, Luke Gregerson A 05/09 Jody Gerut Tony Gwynn, Jr. C 07/09 Scott Hairston Ryan Webb B 07/09 Cla Meredith Oscar Salazar C 07/09 Jake Peavy CRichard, APoreda, ARussell B It's clear that Towers has an outstanding trading record. His most famous trade is the acquisition of 1B Adrian Gonzalez and P Chris Young for pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka. But going all the way back to 1996, his acquisition of players like Greg Vaughn and Kevin Brown were instrumental in the Padres' first World Series run. Later in his career, his key moves were in the bullpen, acquiring pitchers like Heath Bell, Cla Meredith, Mike Adams, and Luke Gregerson for little in return. Over his entire career, there were very few trades that turned out badly for Towers. One was the acquisition of Randy Myers, which was really a Waiver Claim rather than a trade. The Padres put in a Waivers claim on Myers to block him from going to the Braves, only to get stuck with Myers and the $12M left on his contract. Other than that, the only trades that were clearly a negative were sending away Woody Williams for Ray Lankford, and the Jason Bay-Brian Giles deal. Even then, Giles had a few very good seasons for the Padres. Next, we'll take a look at the Padres' drafts under Kevin Towers.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) September Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:47:05 +0000 Jarrod Parker will throw simulated games in Instructional League http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/jarrod-parker-will-throw-simulated-games-in-instructional-league.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/jarrod-parker-will-throw-simulated-games-in-instructional-league.html tweeted on Sunday night that "First day tomorrow, all I know is I got two simulated innings." The Diamondbacks re-iterated that Parker has exceeded everyone's expectations during his rehab, but decided not to pitch him in the AFL because they wanted to "err on the side of caution." Farm Director Mike Berger said that Parker "probably wanted to pitch in the playoffs for [AA] Mobile. He looks great. " But the team's primary focus is to get Parker ready to pitch when major league camp opens next February.  If Parker's rehab continues to progress as expected, he is expected to begin the 2011 season in either AA Mobile or AAA Reno, and will hopefully be within a year of his major league debut.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) September Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:22:57 +0000 A closer look at the newest Diamondback, pitcher Matt Gorgen http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/a-closer-look-at-the-newest-diamondback-pitcher-matt-gorgen.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/a-closer-look-at-the-newest-diamondback-pitcher-matt-gorgen.html <strong><a href=

The Diamondbacks have acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Gorgen, 23, from the Tampa Bay Rays as the Player to be Named Later in the Chad Qualls trade. Gorgen is coming off an all-star season for the AA Montgomery Biscuits, finishing 3-2 with a sparkling 1.65 ERA and 22 Saves. Gorgen struck out a solid number of AA batters (8.6K/9) and did an excellent job of limiting home runs (0.4 HR/9), but did struggle with the base on balls (3.9 BB/9). These numbers combine to give Gergen a 3.40 Fielding-Independent ERA.

Although Gorgen's raw stats are excellent, there are a few things to be worried about. In addition to the high walk totals, Gorgen allowed a lot of fly balls in 2010, finishing with a GB/FB ratio of 0.66. Somehow only 2 of those many fly balls turned into home runs. Gorgen also showed extreme splits between right and left-handed batters. He dominated righties, allowing only 13 hits in 94 ABs (.138 AVG), but left-handers hit .260 against Gorgen and drew 13 walks in 92 plate appearances.

Matt Gorgen was drafted in the 16th round of the 2008 draft out of the University of California-Berkeley. His twin brother Scott, a 4th round pick in 2008 for the Cardinals, pitched in AA last year, and is also a good prospect. Gorgen was generally rated to be around the 15th-20th best prospect in the Rays' organization, which is one of the best systems in the Majors. He throws a fastball in the low 90s, and has a good change-up and has a decent breaking pitch.  The key for Gorgen is throwing strikes - he walked too many batters in AA, and also in last year's Arizona Fall League.  Still, he has been quite successful overall, and AAA Reno should be a good test for him in 2011. Getting him for Chad Qualls is a nice trade, since Qualls was expensive and doing nothing with the Diamondbacks. With the Rays, Qualls has a 6.57 ERA, but has turned in 11 scoreless outings out of 16 appearances.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) September Fri, 10 Sep 2010 06:28:55 +0000
Diamondbacks AA Pitcher Bryan Henry named to U.S. Pan Am Games Roster http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/diamondbacks-aa-pitcher-bryan-henry-named-to-u-s-pan-am-games-roster.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/diamondbacks-aa-pitcher-bryan-henry-named-to-u-s-pan-am-games-roster.html Bryan Henry, 25, who spent the 2010 season with Mobile Bay Bears in the Southern League, was named to the pitching staff for the United States Pan American Games qualifier. The top 8 finishers in this tournament, which will be held from October 1-10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will qualify for the Pan Am Games in 2011, and the top 6 will also qualify for the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup. Henry pitched in 32 games for the Bay Bears, including 14 as a starter, and finished the year with a 6-4 record and a 3.49 ERA.  Henry, drafted in the 12th round of the 2007 draft, has been steadily moving up the minor league ladder, compiling a 3.10 ERA for South Bend in 2008 and a 3.15 ERA for Visalia in 2009 before this year's stint in AA. Although Henry does not strike out many batters (career 6.1K/9), the 6'-3" righthander has done a solid job of limiting walks (2.0 BB/) and home runs (1.0 HR/9) in his minor league career. The star players on the Pan Am qualifying team are expected to be a pair of Kansas City Royals' prospects, 3B Mike Moustakas (.322/.369/.630 with 36 HR, 124 RBI in AA/AAA), 1B Eric Hosmer (.338/.406/.571 with 20 HR in A/AA), as well as Angels' OF Mike Trout (.341/.428/.490 with 56 SB/15 CS). The pitching staff will be led by the Cubs' Chris Archer (15-3, 2.34 ERA in A/AA) and Royals' lefthander Mike Montgomery (7-5, 2.63 ERA in A/AA).]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) September Fri, 10 Sep 2010 05:17:19 +0000 Mobile Bay Bears advance to Southern League Playoffs http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/mobile-bay-bears-advance-to-southern-league-playoffs.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/mobile-bay-bears-advance-to-southern-league-playoffs.html Collin Cowgill, who also made the Southern League end-of-season All Star team.  Cowgill finished the season at .285/.360/.464, and led the club with 16 HR, 34 doubles, 83 RBI, and 89 Runs. Cowgill also contributed 25 SB in 34 attempts and had 21 Assists from the outfield, playing primarily RF but also 38 games in CF.  The other big contributor on offense for Mobile was C Konrad Schmidt, who led the team in AVG, OBP, and SLG, at .315/.373/.490, with 11 HR and 65 RBI. Schmidt was named the Bay Bears' Offensive Player of the Year.  Two other players did an excellent job of getting on base for the Bay Bears, LF Ollie Linton (.411 OBP) and 1B Bryan Byrne (.408 OBP). OF Evan Frey was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year, contributing 9 Assists as the primary CF, and also adding a .373 OBP with 34 SB on offense. Left-hander Tom Layne was named the team's Pitcher of the Year, leading the club in IP (149.1) and compiling a 12-7 record with a 3.74 ERA. For the first half of the season, Barry Enright had been the team's best starter (4-1, 2.88 ERA) before being promoted to the Majors. Two important late-season pitchers for the Bay Bears were Joshua Collmenter and Wade Miley. Both were excellent with the Bay Bears - Collmenter going 8-3 with a 1.82 ERA, and Miley finishing 5-2 with a 1.98 ERA. Also making important contributions to Mobile's staff were Kyler Newby (3.45 ERA), Bryan Shaw (4.26 ERA), and relievers Roque Mercedes, Leyson Septimo, and Daniel Stange. The Bay Bears will open the Southern League playoffs on Thursday and Friday in Jacksonville. Game 3 will be played in Mobile, and then Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be back in Jacksonville.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) September Wed, 08 Sep 2010 14:24:03 +0000 Diamondbacks Call Up Allen, Abreu, Rosa, and Rosales http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/diamondbacks-call-up-allen-abreu-rosa-and-rosales.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2010-articles/september/diamondbacks-call-up-allen-abreu-rosa-and-rosales.html Brandon Allen, 2B/SS Tony Abreu, RHP Carlos Rosa, and RHP Leo Rosales.  Of the four, Allen is the only one likely to get a real chance to play.  He has been playing LF extensively for AAA Reno over the last month, and should get a chance to start some games in LF in the Majors. Allen could also see time at 1B down the stretch, especially if Adam LaRoche continues to have problems with a slight knee injury.  Here are the stats for these players in 2010: Brandon Allen: .261/.405/.528, 25 HR, 86 RBI, 72R, 83BB, 95K Tony Abreu (AAA): .351/.386/.511, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 17R, 4 BB, 21K Tony Abreu (Majors): .237/.255/.298, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 12R, 4 BB, 29K Carlos Rosa (AAA): 0-0, 1.63 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 27.2 IP, 14BB, 31K Carlos Rosa (Majors): 0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.88 WHIP, 13.1 IP, 9BB, 8K Leo Rosales (AAA): 0-0, 5.06 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 5.1 IP, 3 BB, 4K Leo Rosales (Majors): 2-0, 8.10 ERA, 2.10 WHIP, 10.0 IP, 6BB, 9K It is a little surprising that the Diamondbacks did not call up any starting pitchers for the last month of the season. Rodrigo Lopez has pitched very poorly in August (7.71 ERA, 1.78 WHIP in 30.1 IP), and AAA starters like Zack Kroenke (3.51 ERA), Matt Torra (4.45 ERA) or Kevin Mulvey (4.75 ERA) might be worth a look.  Also, there had been some talk about limiting the innings thrown by young starters Daniel Hudson (152 IP), Barry Enright (160 IP), and Ian Kennedy (165 IP).  But Manager Kirk Gibson has said that he prefers to stick with his regular lineup and rotation down the stretch, since the Diamondbacks will be playing teams that are involved in the pennant chase. Unfortunately, the  rest of the AAA rotation has also been pitching poorly, so the team felt there was not much point in calling up Bryan Augenstein (6.51 ERA), Cesar Valdez (5.98 ERA), or Wes Roemer (7.03 ERA).  Pitcher Brandon Webb also was not added to the roster yet. Although Webb threw off a mound to batters earlier this week, the team feels he is still not ready to join the active roster.]]> amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) September Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:45:47 +0000