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  1. It’s great that they got anything out of Bell. And of course now he is raking it (420/457/638).

    The O’s have done great at stocking up their bullpen for cheap. Darren O’Day was a waiver claim. They traded Mike Gonzalez for Pedro Strop, and Guthrie for Hammel + Lindstrom, both of which look like pretty good deals. Luis Ayala signed for under a million. Stu Pomeranz (minor league contract) has potential. In fact, the highest paid reliever on this team is Kevin Gregg. Don’t pay big bucks for relievers!

    Comment by Anonymous — May 12, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  2. Good call on Kirk Nieuwenhuis in your January preview of the Mets prospects. Your opinion isn’t worth the toilet paper it’s printed on.

    Comment by Mike F. — May 13, 2012 @ 1:03 am

  3. After my MLB career is over I’m going to join the WWE. 6’7 catcher? Momma Wieters must have fed me some HGH with my hot dogs and milk.

    Comment by Matt Wieters — May 13, 2012 @ 5:17 am

  4. Marc, with Bell out of the way, when will Brandon Waring move up to AAA?

    Comment by TKay — May 13, 2012 @ 8:24 am

  5. Rude, inaccurate and in the wrong place: the trifecta of commenting idiocy. Is the “F” by any chance short for “Fuckwit”?

    Comment by Sam Samson — May 13, 2012 @ 9:14 am

  6. rude!

    Comment by ccoop — May 13, 2012 @ 10:36 am

  7. Mike F, thanks for trolling by, I mean strolling by… 1) Small sample so far for Nieuwenhuis with a .431 BABIP and 28.0 K%… plus I said this in my writeup: “…With that said, and with some further development, he could spend a few years playing regularly for a second-division club.”

    Comment by Marc Hulet — May 13, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  8. Also, if you read the Top 15 article again, I think he is fairly spot on – he is starting and he is getting playing time.

    Comment by MetsFan212 — May 13, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  9. You just wrote EIGHT paragraphs about an A-ball relief prospect. Seriously, were there no other topics that crossed your mind before you decided to take this to press?

    Comment by Mike F. — May 13, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

  10. I appreciate the effort but a 23 year old in High A? Maybe his spike in BB last year was uncharacteristic of him or maybe his 5.60 SO/BB ratio this year is just due to SSS. Either way, can’t really get too excited about a 23 year old in high A. Especially a lefty reliever. Jesus, you get put in favorable situations, at 23, he SHOULD be dominating High A.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — May 13, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

  11. This was a decent trade by the Orioles but the writeup is a bit much. What makes this a decent trade is that Josh Bell offered them a redundant skill set at the corners as Bell offers light tower power, very high strikeout rates, and questionable defense. And at 26 years old he gives them similiar skills to their existing corner infield options (Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds). Calling Belfiore Depth is about right. Overall he has pitched pretty poorly in the low minors over his short career. And Geez lets not get to excited about his few games in the California league this year (small sample size.) While Bell was a spare part for the Orioles he still may end up having the more impactful major league career. While Belfiore has decent bullpen stuff and K rates he has perhaps a 1 in 4 chance of becoming Allen Embree, a 1in 4 chance at becoming a replacement level big league reliever and a 50 % chance of washing out. Why in the world did you rank Belfiore ahead of Goldschmidt a couple years ago. As a prospect guru you have a vested interest in seein Belfiore succeed cause if he does you can say “told you so.” And since the O’s need any type of pitching depth they can get, it might just happen in Baltimore. Also do not be surprised to see Bell come up this year or next and put up Reynolsesque production. As a BC grad I would love to see Belfiore make it. Better then Wendy’s writings. That’s not mean, that’s just fact.

    Comment by I am a Red Sux Fan — May 14, 2012 @ 8:47 am

  12. I agree Mike, Marc just got all excited over the O’s picking up a pitcher who in the best case scenario becomes Allen Embree, and that is unlikely. Perhaps you went a little far with the insult earlier but hey the truth hurts. Fangraphs has become almost Cult like. Any criticism of the articles results in the cultish followers rapidly hitting the dislike button. More and more subpar articles are popping up on this site and the readers seem to defend this crap and villanize anyone who dares question the integrity of these articles. The real trolls are the one who treat any fangraph author like a god and don’t hold these guys accountable for their writings. Look, I love fangraphs and their insights but the influx of biased, unscientific articles is growing as is the addittion of unqualified author’s shallow and useless insights. When I remark that one of Wendy’s articles is below the standards of Fangraphs, I’m not being intentionally mean or sexist. I’m just commenting on the slide in quality and insight I see. As for Marc, I expect better. You are all big boys and girls, please do not take my opinions personally. Take them as a challenge to improve your works to the standards you used to strive for.

    Comment by I am a Red Sux Fan — May 14, 2012 @ 9:07 am

  13. How long have you been dying to write that? You must be SO mad!!

    Comment by Steve — May 14, 2012 @ 9:42 am

  14. Your refund is in the mail.

    Comment by Steve — May 14, 2012 @ 9:44 am

  15. Original Steve. I actualy don’t want the refund as I would like to keep my fangraphs +. And regardless whether I pay for anything or not I’m entitled to my opinion. I apologize that my opinion does not leave everyone with a warm fuzzy feeling. You don’t know me but as someone who has contributed to sabermetrics on a high level and care about it’s direction I feel completely entitled to my opinion. Fangraphs often trumpets the cause of scientific process (which is extremely important in this field) yet over the last year their writings have become closer to ESPN in some instances. I also read many well thought out and and well backed articles on the site. I’m just pointing out what is fairly clear to anyone who has any understanding of sabermetrics.

    Comment by I am a Red Sux Fan — May 14, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  16. I like the fact that you feel that the above article wasn’t necessary, yet you have now posted three separate times discussing this minor trade and a multitude of other issues.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — May 14, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  17. @I Am A Red Sux Fan

    I thought your posts were a little light in specific examples and cast a negative light without really offering any solutions.

    Also, the “you don’t know me/I’m very important in the sabermetrics community” angle is a bit stale. I’m a psychologist (not really, but it’s easy enough to type) and that type of attitude, one where self-importance is inflated against the imagined group think stereotype and is given as a baseline for your own validation, is sociopathic. You may want to seek help.

    Comment by c-c-c-combo breaker — May 14, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  18. Enjoyed the article a great deal. The fact that someone used this article to liken fangraphs to ESPN is laughable. There arent 3 people who work for ESPN who have heard of Belfiore. I love fangraphs, in part, because its one place where you can get an article about moves such as these.

    Comment by Joe — May 14, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  19. Belfiore is cannon fodder…entire reputation and pro career is based off one college tournament game when an overconfident Texas team got shut down by this kid for something like 9 innings. He did all right in rookie league against players who were cannon fodder for their organizations. When he got to slightly higher level he was no better than average talent.

    Bottom line is this kid is perennial minor leaguer until either he gets tired of not getting on with his life or his velocity slows. He probably would be playing in the local adult league in his hometown now if he wasn’t a lefty.

    Comment by Pro Scout — May 21, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

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