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  1. I hope CC was just setting you up in the podcast by asking if South Carolina was in the ACC and needing confirmation that the Sally is Low-A…

    Comment by Derek — March 23, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  2. Was it my imagination, or did I just see a FanGraphs writer say he was going to attend one MLB game a month and make judgements based on what he sees in those games?

    Comment by Baltar — March 23, 2012 @ 11:29 am

  3. Mike is Fangraphs’ resident prospect scouting analyst, and a very good one.

    Comment by Derek — March 23, 2012 @ 11:32 am

  4. Thank you Derek! Baltar, my time is spent at MILB parks during the season as I normally attend 40-50 games or more. It doesn’t exactly leave me much time to frequent MLB parks.

    Comment by Mike Newman — March 23, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  5. Actually watching a game? What a concept.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — March 23, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  6. Excellent post!

    I saw Anthony Bass pitch for Lake Elsinore against the San Jose Giants in the 2010 season. He was dominant in that game with similar stuff to what you describe. He wasn’t ranked that highly in a lot of prospect rankings, even within the Padres organization. I remember thinking at the time that he was underrated and had a pretty good chance of being a major leaguer.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — March 23, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  7. I thought I just explained this?

    Comment by Mike Newman — March 23, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  8. Mike, the joke – more in reference to the guys at FG who are analyzing major league players – is that they just sit around making judgments on numbers and not based on ever having seen that player play (or play enough).

    I think the joke is something all of us who visit this site all should have a sense of humor about, since we’re more numbers focused.

    Comment by Adam — March 23, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

  9. You are right Adam. It completely went over my head. once I read your comment, the rest of it made perfect sense.

    Comment by Mike Newman — March 23, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  10. could you be more smug, gaius?

    Comment by jim — March 24, 2012 @ 3:01 am

  11. One would think that an approach that signs just high end prospects would end up with some fizzlers who turn into Anthony Bass. If a scout’s job is to find guys to put up a -0.2 WAR with a 2012 projection of 0 WAR, then I’ve got a monkey and some darts to loan to whatever MLB team needs more scouts.

    Comment by Marver — March 25, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  12. Anthony Bass, aka the guy who broke Brett Lawrie’s wrist on a HBP in the minors.

    Comment by Shaun Catron — March 26, 2012 @ 4:28 am

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