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Postby FratBoy » Mon May 24, 2004 11:06 pm

What do you know about Joe Blanton. Is the moneyball draftee pitcher going to be called up anytime soon? I'm just looking to stay a step above the other dopes in my league, as well as interested in seeing how the moneyball products are turning out (my favorite book by far)
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Postby Zito is God » Mon May 24, 2004 11:34 pm

The guy is flat out lights out. Hes got a solid changeup hes been hard at work on. His sinker is in the mid 90s, he has excellent control and locates his fastballs well. His K/BB ration is about 8:1. He needs another year I think , plus Oakland does not need a starter now.
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Postby eftda » Mon May 24, 2004 11:49 pm

That does it.. I am barrowing Money ball from the Library
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Postby thehat » Mon May 24, 2004 11:50 pm

May as well add in my couple of pennies worth. Blanton is definitely a huge prospect. Routinely throws 93-94, touches 96. Nasty slider and a curve as well. Developing changeup. Awesome command of all pitches.

The only negatives I'm aware of is a tendency to occasionally overthrow and that there is some worry about his motion, which is anything but effortless.

But there's no question he's on the fast track. 3-1, low 3 ERA at Sacto this season, which is damn impressive seeing as how he was supposed to open at Midland this year. Only blip is that his K rate has dropped at the AAA level, but it's early.

I think there's a good chance he grabs a few starts in September (depending on the A's standing, I guess) and he'll get quite a bit of attention when he arrives.
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Postby BobbyRoberto » Tue May 25, 2004 1:18 am

With Harden looking better lately and Blanton coming up the ranks, the A's should trade Zito this year and they'd have a better rotation. Haha, just trying to needle Zito is God. All in good fun.
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Postby FratBoy » Tue May 25, 2004 12:25 pm

If what i hear is true then they should finally turn richy harden into the closer and move blanton into the rotation. Rhodes would be much better as a setup man and that would help out the middle relief.
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Postby BobbyRoberto » Tue May 25, 2004 12:27 pm

As a Rhodes owner, I vote no to that move.
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Postby Madison » Tue May 25, 2004 4:43 pm

BobbyRoberto wrote:As a Rhodes owner, I vote no to that move.


Haha, I agree. :-D ;-D
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Postby Zito is God » Tue May 25, 2004 5:14 pm

How long did they sign redman for?
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Postby unclepaulie » Tue May 25, 2004 5:32 pm

Is Blanton the guy from the book that had the strange windup?

As for Moneyball, it was a great read, and now that it is finally available in paperback everyone should own it.
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