Al's Ramblings

Sunday, November 18, 2018

(11/18/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Possible additions to the 40 man
Trey Supak--23 next season. Main cog in the Jason Rogers trade (Broxton was the throw in), former 2nd round pick of Pirates. ranks him 13th in system, split season between high A and AA; 8-7, 2.48 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 0.4 HR/9, 8 K/9, 2.80 K/BB. In my mind, he's probably the only sure add. Prediction: YES.

Jon Olczak--25 next season. Former 11th round pick of Crew, went 10-3, 1.39 ERA almost entirely in AA, all in relief. Followed that up with a 1.50 ERA in the Arizona Fall League. 0.98 WHIP, 0.2 HR/9 (only allowed 1 HR while facing 230 batters), 9.7 K/9, 3.3-1 K/BB. Sub .200 BAA versus both LH and RH hitters. Only gave up more than a single earned run once all of 2018. does not have him ranked in the top 30 prospects, probably due to his advanced age. Still, one cannot ignore video game type stats. He's a 2 pitch guy and solely a reliever, so his ceiling is not that high. Still, if not protected, he seems certain to be taken, something you cannot say about anyone else in the organization other than Supak. Prediction: YES

Troy Stokes--23 next season. Former 4th round pick by the previous regime. Spent 2018 in AA, .343/.430, with 19 steals in 21 tries. Ranked 15th best prospect in system by Won minor league Gold Glove for defensive work last year. Why is this a question? Well, he's only 5-8. He has a below average throwing arm, and while he can play all 3 OF spots, has played LF 85% of the time in the minors (though playing on the same team as Corey Ray has upped that number). BA of only .233 LY, only .251 in 2017. Walks a lot, but strikes out often as well, 27% of his PA's last year. Finally, Tyrone Taylor was already added to the 40, and Corey Ray, while he does not have to be protected from the Rule 5 due to his lack of pro experience, obviously ranks above Stokes as a prospect. He's a borderline guy, and under Stearns, they rarely are protected. Still, one number jumps out at me...44%. In 2018, 44% of his hits were for extra bases, and 38% in his career. Doubles often turn into homers as players develop and add muscle. I would not be surprised if he's not, but I'm guessing he is. Prediction: YES.

Bubba Derby--25 next season. Former 6th round pick of the A's, acquired with Nottingham in Khris Davis swap. 4.49 ERA in Colorado Springs, which, as with the rest of the western PCL, is an offensive environment. Derby will almost certainly have a major league career, but it's tough to get excited about him. Kind of a blah guy, seems to me there are many minor league FA's of similar talent. That said, only 25, so he may turn into something more. I have him as a slight miss. Prediction: NO

Jake Gatewood--23 next season. Former 1st round pick of the Crew. Ranked 10th by Prodigious power, but after bouncing all over the field on defense, seems to have settled in at 1B (though projects to have the athletic ability to be a 1B/LF/RF in the majors). .302/.466 in tough to hit Southern League. Only 28 walks to go along with 114 K's. To me, he just makes too many outs. Prediction: NO

Cody Ponce--25 next season. Former 2nd round pick of the Crew. 7-6, 4.36 ERA in AA. Fastball, cutter, curve all are projectable to the majors. I think he'll eventually be a solid reliever. Just not enough upside and success yet to add to the 40. Prediction: NO

Devin Williams--24 next season. Former 1st round pick of Crew. Missed all of 2017 due to injury. Throws hard, but no success since 2016, when he was decent in high A. Prediction: NO

Nate Griep--25 next season. Former 8th round pick of the Crew. Good AA reliever, 2 30+ saves seasons in minors. Walks too many, mediocre versus LH bats. Prediction: NO

Nate Orf--29 next season. Undrafted FA. Lost his luster to many after 25 mediocre big league PA's, but he can still hit, run, and defend 7 positions. His ceiling may be that of a utility guy, but that's what we have thought he was for years. He could have been had for a 40 man spot last SEP and went unclaimed, so it's doubtful anyone will take him and have to keep him on the 25 man all season, especially with his advanced age. I think he'll have a nice career though. Prediction: NO.

Conner Harber--25 next season. Drafted in 16th round by Crew. 2.54 ERA, but mostly in high A ball. Too many walks too. Similar to Griep actually. Prediction: NO.

Quintin Torres Costa, a lefty reliever who may have been added for SEP, had a very nice season in AA/AAA, but had to have Tommy John surgery afterwards. I assume he will go unprotected and undrafted, as a team would have to pay him a major league salary to sit on the DL and then keep him up all of 2020.

11/18/2018 03:00:00 PM

(11/18/2018 12:19:00 PM) - Al

Teams will be filling out their 40 man rosters before TUE when they must be set to give teams prep time for the Rule 5 draft (FYI, if you see anyone using the self important and incorrect, but fancy "Rule V" moniker, they're the type that won't tip because they're afraid the recipient might spend it on booze).

It occurred to me that I have not given you my predictions, though I already admitted being incorrect on Tyrone Taylor.

11/18/2018 12:19:00 PM

(11/18/2018 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Eovaldi was on the Brewers' list long before his stellar late season success. Probably pushed his demands out of the Crew's range, but they can make a solid offer and make others overpay, as happened last year with Cobb, Darvish, and others.

11/18/2018 12:13:00 PM

(11/18/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Why do they call it fake news?

Because it's fake news.

11/18/2018 08:00:00 AM

(11/18/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I have mentioned this often. When you hear the term used, it's always a person completely ignorant of the Constitution.

11/18/2018 01:30:00 AM

Saturday, November 17, 2018

(11/17/2018 07:50:00 PM) - Al


8M people own AR15's, many own several. I'm not saying they're just out to take your guns. But they are, and they do not hide the fact once they take them, you'll be helpless to stop them from killing you.

Which is why the founding fathers guaranteed that right. They were protecting the citizens from those who insist we should eliminate the 2nd Amendment.

Ironic, huh?

11/17/2018 07:50:00 PM

(11/17/2018 06:17:00 PM) - Al

DJ Wilson should join them as soon as he gets healthy. Even with their tremendous depth, quality role players like Delly hasn't got more than a coupler minutes except in garbage time.

11/17/2018 06:17:00 PM

(11/17/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

To the left, the real enemy is the right...not terrorists or foreign powers.

This was Obama's belief too, butt his clown is actually dumb enough to say it out loud.

11/17/2018 04:30:00 PM

(11/17/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says Moustakas' best fit would be with the Brewers on the MLBN.

One of the most underrated aspects of the team Stearns built was the defense and the baserunning. MM is not a speed demon, but he is not a plodder either, like Aguilar and whoever catches.

Another interesting aspect is that the Crew will only bring in one infielder, and that includes Schoop, who will get about $10M if offered arby. Shaw's ability to play 2B or 3B allows them to look for the best fit at either spot.

11/17/2018 01:00:00 PM

(11/17/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Only against whites.

11/17/2018 12:30:00 PM

(11/17/2018 11:16:00 AM) - Al

The GOP's failure to embrace President Trump's unapologetic fiscal conservatism and successful economic blueprint is probably why they do not have 55-58 Senate seats next year.

In the AZ aftermath, one need not look past how unpopular their incumbents were when one wonders why so many Republicans stayed home. If you had bothered to show up and vote and your senators were Jeff Flake and John McCain, seemingly going out of their way to keep progress from happening every day in DC, it's an easy call to stay home.

11/17/2018 11:16:00 AM

(11/17/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Hannah is mighty cute, but I only watch to listen to her speak.

That's how angels talk, you know.

They're building a cabin that they are going to use as a gym and a guest house. By the look of her muscular thighs, she does not need to work out another day in her life. 

11/17/2018 11:00:00 AM

(11/17/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I blame the Model T SUV.

11/17/2018 10:00:00 AM

(11/17/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Not only is this off the charts stupid, the fact they did not have puppies offends me to the bone.

11/17/2018 08:00:00 AM

(11/17/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, anything works when you look like Shania Twain.

Trust me, puddles of urine ain't working for me.

11/17/2018 06:30:00 AM

(11/17/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Watch it to the end.

11/17/2018 05:30:00 AM

(11/17/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

11/17/2018 02:00:00 AM

Friday, November 16, 2018

(11/16/2018 08:30:00 PM) - Al

If I were them, I would say if a reporter yells out a question without first being told they can ask a question, they will be evicted. For life.

The room would be empty in 3 days.

The irony is, the old media will now have to follow a strict set of rules because they could not help but act like children. Those framing this as a victory are as clueless as the old media.

11/16/2018 08:30:00 PM

(11/16/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Keep talking.

They think we won't remember, but they thought the same thing about railroading Judge Kavanaugh.

11/16/2018 08:00:00 PM

(11/16/2018 06:55:00 PM) - Al

MIL also linked to interest in Yankees' Sonny Gray, which was also the rumored at the JUL and AUG trading deadlines.

11/16/2018 06:55:00 PM

(11/16/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

The only thing left is to see if we freeze to death or melt in the extreme heat.

By the way, didn't a famous community organizer promise to slow the rise of the oceans? Funny no one ever brings that up.

11/16/2018 06:00:00 PM

(11/16/2018 05:49:00 PM) - Al

This could be excellent news if Granderson wants to play another year and he likes MIL. I would probably predict $3-5M for him.

11/16/2018 05:49:00 PM

(11/16/2018 05:47:00 PM) - Al

Yes it is. That's why the left pushes for "equality," which is everyone being a have not.

That was the state of all mankind until about 500 years ago, and it meant mass starvation and death.

11/16/2018 05:47:00 PM

(11/16/2018 05:30:00 PM) - Al

It's a cross some of us are forced to bear.

11/16/2018 05:30:00 PM

(11/16/2018 05:12:00 PM) - Al

After the embarrassing announcement, he walked back to his office, cleaned up a coffee spill with a grocery bag full of $100 bills and asked the pilot to fly the chartered gold plated helicopter 3 miles to his home.

11/16/2018 05:12:00 PM

(11/16/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Gent in PA has a livestream on You Tube right now. Said he just came from a farm sale, in which a farmer sold his entire herd of about 110 cows. Said the top price was $1500, but that very good cows sold for $1k and very passable, solid cows sold for $500-600. I believe he said a few went for $300-400.

He said if you're a farmer looking to get out, wait until spring. He said he was almost getting emotional about the terrible prices the farmer received.

He made a point I had never heard said before. In talking to others at the sale, it was pointed out that if you go into a bank and say you want money to start a 100 cow herd, you'll get laughed at and escorted out. However, if you say you want to start a 1000 cow herd, good chance you'll leave with all the money you need.

Apparently, volume is king.

11/16/2018 03:00:00 PM

(11/16/2018 02:26:00 PM) - Al

John Henson will miss 12 weeks. The Bucks' big man depth will be tested.

As mentioned, Maker should move up a notch in the rotation, and quite possibly Wood as well.

11/16/2018 02:26:00 PM

(11/16/2018 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Morosi also notes within that column that the Brewers are exploring the market for rotation help and have shown some preliminary interest in righty Anibal Sanchez. The 34-year-old parlayed a minor league deal with the Braves into an absolutely brilliant rebound campaign that landed him 28th on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent rankings. Beyond a 2.83 ERA with 8.9 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.99 HR/9 and a 45 percent ground-ball rate in 134 1/3 innings, Sanchez also allowed the least hard contact of any pitcher in the game, per Statcast.--MLBTR

We all know that Stearns is a firm believer in preventing hard contact in pitchers and picking up high velocity hitters. That's why Yelich is in MIL.

Stearns is also a believer in finding bargains, and has no trouble with guys that do not throw hard. That is one reason Chacin ended up in MIL. 

11/16/2018 02:19:00 PM

(11/16/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Not only did the SUV do nothing to assist the police officer getting shot at, he then backed his vehicle around a blind corner.

One has to wonder if the driver was Brenda Snipes...

11/16/2018 12:00:00 PM

(11/16/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Seems to me that 2 minutes might have easily been made up by not standing in front of the cameras and telling everyone how dumb they are while you attempt, without success, to count ballots from 9 freaking days ago before a hard deadline expires.

This may well be the stupidest person on the planet.

11/16/2018 11:00:00 AM

(11/16/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al


Only if they were consistent. As we all know, the law is applied differently based on if you want to punish success.

11/16/2018 10:00:00 AM

(11/16/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Tucker Max used to be hilarious.

Now, he's just a rich white dude with nothing better to do than take esctasy and insist it works great, even though it has failed like every other thing he's tried.

I wonder, if possible, he's ever just considered that there's nothing wrong with him? As we talk about often here, back when no one knew where their next meal was coming from, everyone just got up and went out, looked for nuts and berries, and hoped some animal dropped dead in front of them so they could eat that day.

Now, spoiled fellas with nothing better to do insist that...wait for it...they are incredibly special and need special attention.

11/16/2018 09:00:00 AM

(11/16/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al


They already had 41 in the grave. I'm not saying they're morons. They don't need my help. 

11/16/2018 06:00:00 AM

(11/16/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Why are the Dems so full of hate?

I am not an expert on the subject, but I assume it's directly related to giving people that hate Jews prominent positions in the party because it's easier to look the other way than do something about it.

It's also not a shock that miserable people want everyone to be as miserable as they are.

11/16/2018 04:00:00 AM

(11/16/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Obviously, this was caused by climate change in 10k BC, caused by prehistoric SUV's and prehistoric cow farts.

Because if you disagree, you're a prehistoric science denier.

I mean, hey, it's settled, you stupid rube.

11/16/2018 01:30:00 AM

Thursday, November 15, 2018

(11/15/2018 07:29:00 PM) - Al

Always one writer that insists on embarrassing themselves.

11/15/2018 07:29:00 PM

(11/15/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son got a 34 on his ACT test.

1. I guess this is pretty good.

2. I also got a 34 on mine. Unfortunately, back in my day, that meant 34%.

11/15/2018 06:00:00 PM

(11/15/2018 05:58:00 PM) - Al

And in 10 years, it will also be 10 years away. Funny how that works.

The solution, of course, taking money from the successful, always remains the same.

11/15/2018 05:58:00 PM

(11/15/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

$700M to rebels, billions in cash on pallets to Iran; pretty soon, you're talking about real money.

I recall a wise man saying it would take 50 years to clear up Obama's foreign policy mess. That dude is a brilliant savant.

11/15/2018 04:00:00 PM

(11/15/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Deet. Lots of deet. Then, use more deet.

I'm reminded that 10-20 years ago, the cool kids insisted deet was some evil chemical that caused cancer, birth defects, and...even worse, was said to make some bad people yearn for small government and fiscal responsibility.

I was told the science was settled.

11/15/2018 03:00:00 PM

(11/15/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

This is why they're afraid of strong conservative women.

11/15/2018 02:00:00 PM

(11/15/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The ratings speak for themselves. He's a hack and attention whore.

11/15/2018 01:00:00 PM

(11/15/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Raising your right hand is not a Nazi salute. It's raising your right hand.

It's done in many churches every Sunday as they pray or express devotion to their higher power.

This is why the old media's approval rating is lower than most sexually transmitted diseases.

11/15/2018 12:00:00 PM

(11/15/2018 11:22:00 AM) - Al

MLB to announce a new TV deal soon. Old one paid each team about $50M per season. New one to be determined.

Manfred extended also. Those 2 things are not exclusive of each other.

11/15/2018 11:22:00 AM

(11/15/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This guy is great. his stuff.

11/15/2018 11:00:00 AM

(11/15/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why they hate him.

There's no way they can convince the rubes no one is getting ahead when, damn it to hell, so many successful people are getting ahead.

11/15/2018 09:00:00 AM

(11/15/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Rewriting history is hard.

Hence, sometimes the truth is so painful, they have to rewrite the present.

11/15/2018 08:00:00 AM

(11/15/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Someone must have realized that even with her openly cheating, she still wasn't going to "find" enough votes.

I just read last week the least said phrase in human history is "Republicans make up deficit and win election on missing ballots."

I'm not saying they cheat. But it is funny how those late votes always seem to come in more to the left of Lenin and Marx.

11/15/2018 06:30:00 AM

(11/15/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

He's right you know.

11/15/2018 06:30:00 AM

(11/15/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Move along, there's nothing to see here.

Even a witch hunt pretending to look for/make something up on Trump finds dirt on Hillary.

11/15/2018 04:00:00 AM

(11/15/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Heard a college aged woman use the phrase "rocket surgery" today. I assumed she had jumbled "rocket science" and "brain surgery" in her mind and made a speaking error. The Rambling wife agreed, but the Rambling son said he has heard that said on many occasions, it's kind of a joke, a play on words.

Is it possible the young people are just outsmarting us old fogies?

11/15/2018 01:00:00 AM

These are the good old days. Some folks are just too busy wishing the streets were paved with gold to enjoy the good times.

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