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  1. Charlie Furbush? heh heh [/Bevis and Butthead]

    Comment by filihok — April 29, 2011 @ 10:34 am

  2. Rex Brothers. Great name for a heavy metal band or pro wrestling duo.

    Comment by Mike — April 29, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  3. I’d like to see Reddick sustain his plate performance before I believe it. To say he’s been atrocious at the dish on the MLB level would be an understatement. His defensive ability and his fantastic arm will always make him relevant as a fourth OF, but I’m still not sure I buy him as an everday OF down the line.

    Comment by Dan — April 29, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  4. What are the chances of Dontrelle Willis, currently pitching for Louisville (AAA cincinatti organization) making it back to the majors. His peripheral are outstanding.


    Comment by prisoner — April 29, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  5. I know Detroit is very aggressive and willing to jump levels with their young pitchers. Is Furbush definitely first in line, or does Jacob Turner have any kind of shot this year?

    Comment by Matt — April 29, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

  6. Personally, as a Turner owner myself, I’m hoping Detroit doesn’t push him TOO much. If possible, he’s been even better this year — at a higher level, no less — than he was in his first season. Yes, I do think there’s a possibility that Turner gets the call this year, especially if the Tigers are on the brink of a playoff spot come July/August. But in the more immediate future, it would make sense to see what Oliver and Furbush can do and let Turner continue to own minor-leaguers so he’s even more prepared for when he does get his shot.

    Comment by Jason Catania — April 29, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  7. What can you tell me about Amarista? Is he supposed to be anything more than a utility infielder?

    Comment by Kevin Ebert — April 29, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

  8. Only fair to give a short version of my Amarista write-up. Basically…

    He won’t stick with the Angels for an extended period this year because they’ve got plenty of infield options even after they told Brandon Wood to get lost. But they brought Amarista up because he was so hot, he deserved to get some play, and he’s done okay in his limited time (2-for-5, double, 3 RBI). It’s best for his development to continue getting regular ABs in Triple-A for a few more months — he turned 22 only this month — but his track record is not unlike Howie Kendrick: proven .320+ hitter with good doubles numbers. Yeah, Kendrick routinely hit .360 and showed more power, but Amarista has more speed (30-SB potential) and a much better walk rate ((9.2%). If everything breaks right, he could wind up being sort of a throwback 2B in the Luis Castillo mold, though probably not as many steals. But if he comes up short on that, he should have a career as a solid backup/utility infielder. He does have to worry about Jean Segura, one of the Angels top ‘spects, who is playing SS for now but may shift to 2B down the line.

    Comment by Jason Catania — April 29, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  9. Think there are two HUGE marks against Willis:

    1) Reds have a handful of other back-of-the-rotation types who would be better options (Matt Maloney, Daryl Thompson, etc.)

    2) He’s Dontrelle Willis.

    Comment by Jason Catania — April 29, 2011 @ 2:22 pm


    Comment by west — April 29, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

  11. Thanks. Just keeping an eye on some of the top guys and wondering who’s gonna get a shot. The organization is always a huge factor — you can almost count on Detroit rushing pitchers, while Tampa Bay is going to hold them down for as long as they possibly can.

    Interesting that Sickels gave Furbush just a C coming into 2011. But of course that was before his insane start to the season.

    Comment by Matt — April 29, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

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