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Moneyball's First Test: The Boy Named Swisher

Postby GrimZeke007 » Fri Sep 03, 2004 5:36 pm

Nick Swisher - 1B - Athletics

Athletics purchased the contract of outfielder Nick Swisher from Triple-A Sacramento.
Swisher could get plenty of playing time in right field if the A's decide to shut Jermaine Dye down. However, Dye still hopes to play this weekend. Wait for more news on Dye before you consider adding Swisher in your AL-only league. Sep. 3 - 3:23 pm et

Interesting... Bring on Beane's wonderboy!
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Postby RayD » Fri Sep 03, 2004 5:54 pm

Swisher doesn't have a whole lot of reason to stay down in AAA.

.406 OBP, .537 SLG this year at Sac

It's not as if no one was going to draft Swisher if Beane didn't, though. A better test of the Moneyball stuff is going to be if/when Jeremy Brown gets called up. Could be a looong time, judging by his numbers in the Texas league this year...
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Postby Tavish » Fri Sep 03, 2004 6:05 pm

RayD wrote:Swisher doesn't have a whole lot of reason to stay down in AAA.

.406 OBP, .537 SLG this year at Sac

It's not as if no one was going to draft Swisher if Beane didn't, though. A better test of the Moneyball stuff is going to be if/when Jeremy Brown gets called up. Could be a looong time, judging by his numbers in the Texas league this year...


A reeeeeeeeeeeeal loooong time.

Next year should be the starting benchmark for the Moneyball draft. Teahen, Blanton, and Swisher should all see a good dose of playing time.
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Postby GrimZeke007 » Fri Sep 03, 2004 6:11 pm

Tavish wrote:
RayD wrote:Swisher doesn't have a whole lot of reason to stay down in AAA.

.406 OBP, .537 SLG this year at Sac

It's not as if no one was going to draft Swisher if Beane didn't, though. A better test of the Moneyball stuff is going to be if/when Jeremy Brown gets called up. Could be a looong time, judging by his numbers in the Texas league this year...


A reeeeeeeeeeeeal loooong time.

Next year should be the starting benchmark for the Moneyball draft. Teahen, Blanton, and Swisher should all see a good dose of playing time.


'cept Teahen was traded. we still have colamarino, fritz, mccurdy, stanley, kiger, and more to look forward for in the future.
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Postby Tavish » Fri Sep 03, 2004 6:20 pm

GrimZeke007 wrote:'cept Teahen was traded. we still have colamarino, fritz, mccurdy, stanley, kiger, and more to look forward for in the future.


Yep Teahen was traded, thats why he will see time next year. ;-)

The others are still several years from having a chance to play at the big league level (if ever). Basically the people most teams had on their radar have developed so far. The big reaches are still major question marks. But it wasn't like they had a bunch of options, it was either turn half of the 1st round picks they had into 10th round picks or just not use them at all due to the money restrictions.
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Postby jsmith378 » Sat Sep 04, 2004 11:46 am

i'd like to see teahen this september, but baird is completely against it.
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Postby Longhorns76 » Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:23 pm

Seeing that J Brown hasn't lived up to the moneyball expectations, Oakland did draft 2 catchers in the 2 first rounds from Fullerton and...and well I can't remember the other University. Can anyone help me out? It wasn't like Brown was a big gamble, they didn't give him first round money. He wasn't the only first round player chosen by the A's that year. I'm sure their are worse players chosen in the first round that year that haven't seen the majors and won't make it either.
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Postby jsmith378 » Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:35 pm

i believe powell from South Carolina and Kurt Suzuki from CSF were the catchers drafted this year.

They have a lot more upside than Brown obviously
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Postby Rico The Retard » Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:42 pm

rotoworld said earlier this week that the royals will be keeping teahen in triple A for rest of the season so probably next year will be his chance
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Postby wkelly91 » Sat Sep 04, 2004 5:08 pm

Isn't Youkalis one of the money ball guys? :-?
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