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  1. Tell us more about the Bowie players!

    Comment by druss — August 8, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  2. I get really tired of hearing any baseball player who is less than 6 feet tall desribed as “diminutive ” .A player who 5’11” and 190-200 pounds of chiseled muscle is a much better physical specimen than a 6’3″ ,170 pound stringbean .Even the idea that among young players additional height gives more room for “filling out” is suspect because the taller player may lack the frame or the metabolism that will allow him to carry additional muscle mass .Stroman ,by the way ,is listed as 5’9″ and 185 . I seroiusly doubt that any of the NFL lineman who were run over and had their heads stomped by Jim Taylor ( 6ft 215 pounds ) or Walter Payton ( 5’10” 200 pounds )considered either one of them diminutive .

    Comment by Dirck — August 8, 2013 @ 11:42 am

  3. “three Blue Jays prospects from same” – but we only hear about Marcus Stroman? Who are the other two?

    Comment by Radivel — August 8, 2013 @ 11:44 am

  4. I have no idea how Stroman isn’t making top-100 lists already. Aside from an early season blip in HR rate (which, with his height, is admittedly a concern going forward), he’s been utterly dominant in his first full pro season.

    Comment by everdiso — August 8, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

  5. Just like any other baseball discussion, the term “diminutive” makes perfect sense because it’s used in relation to his peers (other pitchers) and not the average population. Sure, Stroman is about average height. Among major league pitchers, however, Stroman is one of the shortest, and he’s one of just a handful of pitchers under 5’10”. I think that qualifies as diminutive.

    It’s like arguing that Jeff Francoeur is awesome because he’s better than almost everyone in the world or that a player making $750,000 can’t be considered underpaid because most people don’t make that in a decade. Everything, including a pitcher’s height, is relative.

    Comment by Philbert — August 8, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

  6. For pitchers, it’s an extremely valid thing to say – a pitcher with a longer arm can get his hand to a higher velocity than a shorter pitcher with the same angular velocity of his shoulder.

    Comment by jaysfan — August 8, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  7. Would have loved to see Noah still on the Jays as well. Would have made a great duo in New Hampshire.

    Comment by VB — August 8, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

  8. Burns and Nolan, I guess?

    Comment by Jay29 — August 8, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  9. this has to be the first ever Jim Taylor reference on FG. can we get a link to his player page?

    Comment by Cliff — August 8, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

  10. Probably some residue from people worrying that he couldn’t be a starter. Carson’s report indicates that he’s got a chance to prove ’em wrong, if he’s keeping velocity late in the game and working on secondary pitches.

    Comment by Jay29 — August 8, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

  11. Especially given the nature of inside pitching.

    Comment by channelclemente — August 8, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

  12. “If one concern about Stroman’s diminutive stature (he’s only 5-foot-9) is that he might have difficulty maintaining his velocity into later innings, that concern wasn’t borne out in this particular appearance.”

    The other issue associated with being 5’9” is that it is very difficult to get a good downward plane on the fastball. Stroman’s fastball is very straight and level, and there are concerns about HR problems that may occur in the big leagues.

    He’s very comparable to Lincecum in my opinion – Stroman will get hit hard if the fastball loses any velocity, in my opinion. Straight and 93 is fine with good offspeed, but if it’s at 90 and still straight, then the offspeed stuff will suffer and the fastball will get hit.

    Comment by Alex — August 8, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

  13. I’m not a fan of the “diminutive” adjective either. I’d prefer a little more panache to the commentary, such as “three apples tall”.

    Comment by David — August 9, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  14. Human McNugget?

    Comment by Radivel — August 9, 2013 @ 10:48 am

  15. I think Stroman is a giant.

    Comment by Pat the Gnome — August 9, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  16. Why use one word to describe the thought when you can use five, Mr. Cistulli?

    Comment by Za — August 10, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

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