Mike Newman Prospects Chat – 10/4/12

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  1. Tomcat says:

    Kyle Parker broke his hand on a HBP in the second game of the season in the CAL
    April .500/.600/.500 1.100 OPS
    May .236/.295/.403 .698OPS
    June .298/.445/.500 .945OPS
    July .378/.473/.622 1.095OPS
    August .284/.392/.661 1.053OPS

    in sixty seven second half games he hit .326/.431/.628 with 19HR so while it isn’t proof that certainly looks like someone recovering from an injury.

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    • Mike Newman says:


      I was asked the question about Parker because I’ve seen him multiple times. CAL numbers for college draft picks are insignificant to me. In my time doing this, they have been about as valuable as toilet paper on the whole. I think it was in a chat last off-season where I mentioned I would not be surprised if Kyle Parker hit 40 HR in the CAL. I was expecting a monster year and my feelings about him were mixed.

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  2. Average_Casey says:

    Darnit, I always miss these and they are awesome. Mike, if you read this I wanted to ask you why you don’t think Paxton is in the same league as Hultzen and Walker? Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider stated that Paxton may end up the best of the three. I’m not trying to create a problem between prospect guys or anything but as a Mariners fan who isn’t a scout, I’m pretty confused. I know scouts have different opinons but this one stumps me as to the disparity between the two.

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    • Matt says:

      I asked this question today…

      Comment From Tai Juan on
      What did James Paxton do (or not do) this year to merit being rated so low?

      Mike Newman:
      From what I’ve been told, he’s just OK. Paxton is not as talented as Hultzen or Walker

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    • Mike Newman says:

      I’ve spoken to multiple contacts about Paxton who say he has the greatest change of the three to fizzle. Additionally, scouts think the command is simply so-so and may not improve much more.

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  3. Bad Bill says:

    You blew one answer, Mike. “Billy Hamilton vs. Yadier Molina: who wins?” The only correct answer is: the fans.

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  4. akh243 says:

    along the lines of the skaggs for andrus question could the dbacks get jean segura for a package built around one of their lesser pitching prospects, say patrick corbin?

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    • Spike says:

      why would the Brewers deal their future SS who they just obtained in the Greinke deal?

      I think the talk of the Snakes needing or even wanting an ace to anchor that staff is overblown. Their rotation is pretty deep as it is. I think settling the Upton situation, getting healthy, and the left side of their IF are their big issues to resolve and they should be fine next season.

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