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  1. For real? How does the fact that he pitching an inning of mop-up work as a shortstop come into play as a reason for a probably call-up?

    Comment by Shush — September 8, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  2. pitching = pitched. So irked by Obama indoctrinating our children that I can’t even spell today.

    Comment by Shush — September 8, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

  3. It’s nice that he’s having some decent outings but, come on, you know how this movie is gonna end.

    Comment by Nick — September 8, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

  4. i believe in tpj

    Comment by Will — September 8, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

  5. Obligatory he’s already a better pitcher than he was a hitter comment. Wish him the best though. Super utility relievers are where it’s at.

    Comment by Anonymous — September 9, 2009 @ 12:35 am

  6. Any shot of getting a minor league velocity / movement chart? I know it’s a SSS alert but it looks like he’s getting a respectable number of strikeouts. Maybe the Royals can end up trading him to the NL after all is said and done where I think his well above average glove (+14.8 UZR/150 as a SS) would make him a pretty nice roster addition. Imagine getting to pitch him in the 8th and move him to SS in the 9th, heck of a luxury.

    Comment by Joe R — September 9, 2009 @ 6:31 am

  7. I can tell you that he looked very good when he pitched that inning in the big leagues. Velocity was only decent, in the low 90s, but he had great movement on his fastball and slider. It looked like big-league stuff.

    Comment by Whateverfor — September 9, 2009 @ 8:12 am

  8. Apparently Democrats make up the majority of PM/early AM fangraphs readers.

    Comment by Joe R — September 9, 2009 @ 8:39 am

  9. Something about being a crappy shortstop must help your pitching. See Also: Nick Green

    Comment by Jim — September 9, 2009 @ 10:29 am

  10. Apparently those that hate education and hard work make up the majority of late morning/afternoon Fangraphs readers.

    Comment by Davidceisen — September 9, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

  11. If that was to me, way to completely miss my attempt at unoffensive humor regarding his post rating.

    Comment by Joe R — September 9, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  12. I just have a hard time comprehending people getting offended about the elected leader of our country telling children to work hard in school. But Fangraphs isn’t about politics, so I’ll leave it there.

    Comment by Davidceisen — September 9, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

  13. I too have a problem with people getting offended by the President talking to school kids. Of course I at least know that thanks to the Wash Post and a Democratically controlled Congress, the first Bush was “investigated” for having the nerve to talk to school kids.

    Neither was a terribly important speech and neither was the least offensive doing it but somehow hypocritical people in the other party always manage to react offended.

    Comment by mike — September 9, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  14. I thought he was refering to health care or something.

    Too early to be making my smartass, hate everyone, rather watch baseball comments I guess.

    Comment by Joe R — September 9, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

  15. Whoa now, let’s not turn this into political blah blah.

    (even though I’m kind of at fault, I’ll cut it off at the pass, sort of).

    Comment by Joe R — September 9, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

  16. Mine wasn’t about politics as much as about hypocrisy and you didnt get me to respond, david did.

    Comment by mike — September 9, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

  17. Sorry if Democrats were mean to George Bush when I was four. I apologize for my blatant hypocrisy. Now go back to talking about baseball.

    Comment by Davidceisen — September 9, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

  18. Agreed. I saw that inning and he combined a 90 mph fastball from the Randy Johnson arm slot and even flashed a curve that caught Pudge looking. He might be a decent pitcher. And the idea of having him enter as a setup man and then move to short as a defensive replacement is worth trying a couple of times.

    Comment by Eric Cioe — September 9, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

  19. So is White Sox(former DBacks) reliever Tony Pena going to become a SS and s*ck at hitting, just to balance things out?

    ‘Cause the universe demands it, you know. ;)

    Comment by Jim — September 9, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

  20. TPJ and Micah Owings need to fuse themselves into one human being. And then Dusty Baker could destroy him.

    Comment by Tom — September 9, 2009 @ 5:51 pm

  21. Even Jon Heyman agrees that Dusty Baker’s star is pretty much done. I see him getting one more year in 2010 before Cinci gives up on him. Sure the talent isn’t really there in Cinci, but it doesn’t help when you give poor hitters more PA’s than competant ones.

    Comment by Joe R — September 10, 2009 @ 8:28 am

  22. He is very enthusiastic and competitive player. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by anonymous — September 24, 2009 @ 1:25 am

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