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  1. Holland can touch 98.

    Comment by Adam — March 19, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  2. And link me to a story that says they choose Gabbard over Bowden.

    Comment by Adam — March 19, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

  3. It’s amazing to think that by the end of 2009 TX could have FOUR players from the Teixiera trade on the major league club in meaningful roles, and that all four could be solid players for years to come.

    It looks like Salty and Teagarden will split the catching duties on the big league club, Melhuse is just insurance.

    Comment by t ball — March 19, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  4. Holland reportedly hit 98 mph in a playoff start last year, but has never done it over an extended period of time.

    Baseball America/ESPN chat
    Q: Paul from San Francisco asks:
    Is it true that Texas chose Gabbard over Bowden? Is that a slight to Bowden or did they just make a choice different than you would have?

    A: Jim Callis: That is true. Not a slight to Bowden. When they were trying to put the trade together, the Rangers scouted Bowden in Double-A and he was struggling. Gabbard was pitching very well in the majors, plus he’s a lefty and (obviously) was big league-ready, which appealed to Texas. I think Boston sold high on Gabbard, and I’d rather have Bowden.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — March 19, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

  5. Well if he threw 98 once, then he can touch 98, not just 96.

    Also, where’s Blake Beavan?

    Comment by Gdawg — March 19, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

  6. A few more missteps than new ground here it seems:

    1. “Smoak could see the majors by end ’10″: try “will start at 1b on opening day 2010″, and could appear in TX before Sept callups _this year_ if all the scuttlebutt is any indication.
    2. “Holland as a one pitch pitcher”: Wow, this is the first I have heard of his “gimpy” repertoire. How ’bout: Holland will be called up to the rotation _before_ Feliz.
    3. “Tea could see some AAA”: Wow. Melhuse trumping Tea as the primary backup in 2009 can only be regarded as the 7th sign.
    4. “Smoak is an ave 1b defender”: See Callis’ man-crush
    5.”..Borbon plate dsicipline – ok but – see winter ball.
    6 “Andrus has the makings of an AA infielder”: suggests he is not one now (or better) by using error totals as your measure?

    Comment by Goyo — March 19, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  7. t ball –

    What’s more amazing is that the Braves farm system is still one of the top-5 in all of baseball after that trade.

    Although I’d have to argue with you about the defition of “solid players for years to come”. Harrison looked awful last season and a .716 OPS for Salty isn’t impressive. Jury is still out on Andrus and Harrison so let’s not count the chickens before they hatch.

    Comment by Tyler — March 19, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  8. Doh…second Harrison is supposed to be Feliz, obviously.

    Comment by Tyler — March 19, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  9. I worked for the Spokane Indians, the short A affiliate, and was impressed by both pitchers mentioned. At this point Ramirez is more polished, but I’d take Perez in a second, given his skills and potential. At times Perez was unhittable, and as he matures and becomes more consistent, the Rangers have a chance for a real gem.

    Comment by Everett — March 19, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

  10. Wow, you must be a Braves fan. Were you in the KG chat today?

    Harrison was a rookie. Check out what rookie pitchers generally do in their first exposure to the Majors. Check out what Salty has done since last July including winter ball and now ST. The guy has been doing nothing but mashing the ball.

    The jury is still out on Andrus and Feliz just like its still out on Hanson, Heyward, and Schafer. You can say that about every single prospect. I don’t see what the point of saying that again is. All t-ball said was that they look like they could be solid players for years to come. Just about every single person who knows anything about prospects thinks the same thing.

    Comment by Gdawg — March 19, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  11. Tyler, Harrison looks like at least a back of the rotation guy. If he ends up being the 4th best out of that group that’s a huge win. Feliz is a potential monster, Andrus is impressing in big league camp, and Salty is still just 23 and will get about 60-60% of the starts this year and has looked very good in the last several months with the bat.

    Yes, it is very impressive that the Braves system is still so good, kudos to them.

    Comment by t ball — March 19, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

  12. Marc,

    I believe Feliz pitched in Low-A and skipped over High-A right to AA. I could be wrong.

    Comment by Tim — March 19, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  13. Your right Tim.

    Comment by Adam B. — March 19, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  14. “…the organization foolishly chose Kason Gabbard over Michael Bowden…”

    In hindsight, I agree this move looks bad. Even at the time, I would still have probably preferred Bowden over Gabbard. However, you have to include where the big league club was at as far as it’s rotation depth at the time. Obviously, they were rebuilding, but they still needed average or even slightly below average pitchers to fill out their rotation at the time. Gabbard gave them that for a time and now he’s being moved to the bullpen. Sure, normally, you want to just take the player who will be playing the best when you are contending, but I think the need of the big league club at the time has to be included when judging the trade.

    Other than that, I’m excited by the complimentary things you have to say about the Rangers.

    Comment by GhettoBear04 — March 20, 2009 @ 9:49 am

  15. Hmm, looking back over it, Gabbard was really not good when he started for the Rangers that year. But he was still better than half the starters they threw out there that year.

    Comment by GhettoBear04 — March 20, 2009 @ 9:53 am

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