OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: Moneyball revisited...again
You're so 'Money'
Some of the first-round choices from the Oakland A's Moneyball class have started out well in the big leagues, and others don't look like they'll come close to getting there. Here are the current numbers for the A's seven first- and sandwich-round picks.
Name Team Pick Age BA OBP SLG HR RBI R BB/K
Nick Swisher Oakland 16 25 .254 .365 .481 25 70 83 68/112
Mark Teahen Kansas City 39 24 .280 .357 .519 15 58 58 37/69
Jeremy Brown Sacramento 35 25 .254 .320 .434 10 30 31 22/49
John McCurdy Stockton 26 25 .282 .321 .459 12 46 46 14/69
Name Team Pick Age W-L ERA IP H BB K
Joe Blanton Oakland 24 25 13-9 4.53 149 177 47 79
Ben Fritz Sacramento 30 25 6-8 4.17 146.2 140 57 97
Steve Obenchain Stockton 37 25 0-1 0.63 14.1 14 1 19
Notes: Brown spent time with Oakland this season but did not get into a game. Fritz's numbers are combined between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento and Obenchain's are between the A's rookie-league team and High-A Stockton.
Interestingly, the much ballyhooed Moneyball Class also included the absolute anti-Moneyball player...a hard throwing high school pitcher from Jacksonville, Fla, with little experience but plenty of upside, picked in the 40th Round.
His name? Jonathan R. Papelbon.
Another Moneyballer bites the dust:
• The A's designated River Cats catcher Jeremy Brown for assignment Tuesday. If Brown clears waivers, the A's either will trade him or send him back to the minor leagues.
3 out of 6 players isn't totally bad when you look at other teams drafts over the past 4-5 seasons when they can barely find 2 or 3 players in a single draft that makes it to the bigs let alone has the potential to be very good players.
Swisher looks like an all star for the next decade. Blanton at least is a servicable #3 who can win you in the mid teens for the next 5+ years, and Teahen is developing into one of the better young hitters in baseball.
If this year with 5 picks in the first 91..the A's can duplicate the success they had in 02 by finding 3 legit above average ballplayers/starters, I'd tkae that.
Rats. I had the feeling that Brown was the biggest underdog in the whole book -- fat boy Billy had hoped would prove everyone wrong. Too bad, I took the bait and hoped for the best. Good luck, JB.
Don't forget the C Buck who the A's traded along with Teahan to KC. He already has 8 HRs this season.
Now who knew he would turn into a legit starter, I wasn't all that sad seeing him go a few years back but hopefully the A's can see similar production with the bat in a few years with Suzuki, who maybe the strongest pound for pound bat in the A's minors currently who I heard Frost on the A's postgame show tonight say they're very excited to see what he can do in the bigs maybe as early as next season.
Didn't that Buck (John) come from the Astros?
Let's get our facts straight here. John Buck was traded by Houston to KC as part of the Carlos Beltran deal.
In that deal, the A's traded Teahen and and Mike Wood for Dotel, who at the time was a very hot property, and the A's were without a closer.
Nice that Teahen has turned into a decent ML hitter three years down the road, but I think you make that trade any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Also, moving Mike Wood continues to pay dividends for the A's as he is plying his considerably mediocre wares for our division rival Texas Rangers, helping them to maintain their rightful last place position.
A brief postscipt to Ron Washington: Wash you deserve better. Best Wishes.
Yeah, my mistake, Buck wasn't really traded from the A's to KC.
Must be thinking about another C the A's traded the past few years that had a similar name.