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Speaking of Powell, would the A's think about trading him, the guy is smoking hot these past few weeks and if he remais this hot heading into next month and Harden comes back and makes a couple of great starts, why not package both of them for a "above average" young bat. I don't know maybe somebody like Baldelli from TB who have a glut of OF. Think with his injury problems recently, his stock isnt that high.
Speaking of Baldelli, he re-injured himself while
That's shame, he's like Bradley although I think Baldelli stil has lot mnore upside. Remember when he first came up, whispers of the name DiMaggio came up.
Speaking of Recker, an article from scout.com...
Suzuki with a two run HR.
Suzuki with a two run HR.
Two discussions of Suzuki on the radio today. On Marty's show, Shooty described KS as looking like a deer in the headlights. On the warm-up, Fosse talked to Ramon and he said he could see that Kurt was trying too hard, said he needs to relax. Which is easier said than done, of course.
That's funny. I was thinking the exact same thing - that he looks like a deer in headlights! And I didn't hear Shooty say that. I like Shooty - he is brutally honest.
Over the weekend Fosse said Kurt has to learn the hitters, his pitchers, as well as opposing team pitchers, as well as MLB level skills, rather than rely on athletic ability to get by. I'll take anything I can get from him offensively, including the sac fly on Saturday.
Kurt had a nice game tonite (7/23) with a couple of clutch knocks.
Speaking of another young C to look for in the next year or two maybe, Recker made it to #9 in the top Cs in the minors..
Suzuki is making progress before our very eyes, unlike a certain SS I could name...
Kudos to Suzuki for being a quick learner. Buckley worked with him shortly before Haren's game the other night, on blocking balls. He did a good job blocking those balls for both Haren and Gaudin. Now someone needs to work with him on framing pitches. Watching the Cubs game the other day, Brenly was commenting on how their pitcher was getting some very borderline calls. As he pointed out, that had a lot to do with Kendall, considered one of the best, if not the best at framing pitches. So far, Suzuki, has not done a good job at this, to be kind.
Good observations DJ.
So far Suzuki has 62 ABs thru his first full month of the bigs...funny Buck had about the same of ABs in April with 63.
I was happy for the guy; he had a very good game last night. Ideally, you want to bring a rookie catcher along slowly, catching games here and there, starting with a full ST getting used to the staff, etc. Of course, Suzuki was thrown into the pit nearly right away, learning on the job, as they say. As indicated in his postgame interview last night, he is feeling more comfortable and so are the pitchers. I think he'll be fine and will only get better. He completely (already) has turned around his procedure for blocking balls and our pitchers do not seem nervous about throwing balls in the dirt. Also a good sign.
I feel the same way. Kurt is visibly more comfortable behind the plate and he's hitting, too.
Any news on Suzuki and his hand? I know he replaced Bowen after Buck pinch hit for him in the 7th.
Just read on rotoworld that it's just a bruise.
He looked fine in the 7th and 8th yesterday. Tough kid.
Since the 29th of last month, he's hitting .341(15/44), 10 runs, 5 2Bs, HR, 7 RBIs.
Last season Beane said he commended the Marlin's GM for having the balls to blow up the team and start over.
Game winning 3 run HR by Suzuki!
Yea, Florida spent major money from 2003-05. After being competitive they went for it in 2003 and took it home, in 2005, they added Delgado and LoDuca, for one final shot at it(Beckett, Burnett, Gonzalez were all hitting their FA years, Lowell was making $$$) They wanted to milk this group one last time, they died at the end. They've really rebuilt fast when they got Ramirez and Uggla, 2 prospects who were MLB players. They collected pitchers left and right. They had a nice pair of their own in Olsen and Johnson to add to Willis. If those 3 + 2 others like a Sanchez, Mitre, can pan out, they might be able to compete for a playoff spot.
Suzuki is fitting in quite nicely.
Great front page picture of Suzuki in the C.C.Times sports page..
Just comparing Suzuki to Hernandez thru their first 140 or so ABs.
They both came up at the age of 23 and surprising that Suzuki has outhit Ramon pretty much especially since Ramon was more a hitting catcher in the minors while Suzuki wasn't seen that much of a hitter, more of a toolsy type C..probably a better defensive C and game caller too.
I'll say one thing for Suzuki, he sure picks the right spots to hit one out. Today, Hannahan had 3 RBIs; Suzuki had 4 RBIs. Pretty good for the youngsters. They provided all but one of the runs between them. I hope Hannahan isn't a fluke, because the more I see him, the more I like him. He's very good defensively, but obviously he isn't ... or few others, if any ... Chavez around the bag. He'll never have Chavez' power, but so far he has shown excellent plate patience and seems to hit in the clutch. Two things Chavez does not excel at ... to be kind. But also, have to remember the two haven't even been around the league. It'll all come down to how well they adjust to pitchers' adjustments next season.
Well Suzuki's nickname at CSUF was "Captain Clutch" and so far, he's has what, two huge hits in the past week with a game winning HR and now a game tying HR. It's so nice to have a C with some pop and not worrying about him not getting the baseball out of the IF.
Remember too, Hannahan was one of the top hitting prospects at AAA this year before the trade. Yes he was doing it at an advanced age of 27 but his career hit a snag for a few years because of some issues so he doesn't have a lot of wear on him body. I mean look at Cust, he'll 29 heading into next season.
What kind of "issues" accounted for his career hitting "a snag"?
So he didn't miss any minor league time, guess I got confused.
Hey Eyleenn - I posted a thanks for the story but I guess I never sent it. I said that I guess I had heard that but forgotten it because he seems like such a fresh-faced nice guy. It is a nice story.
3 BBs for Hannahan tonight...so even when he doesn't get a hit as he didn't two days ago on SAT, he still gets on base as he did have 2 BBs that game too while going 0-2.
Correction, Suzuki's nickname in college was "Kurt Klutch".
In today's box score on MLB it has Kendall's batting average at .243. That fell fast. Also, I heard that he has thrown out just ONE of 49 attempted base stealers!
From the MLB.com site:
NL Central turning into a battle. Cards 2 out, 3 way dog fight. Cubs lose, Cards winning. Could be down to one between 3 teams.
Does Kurt Suzuki remind anyone of Miguel Tejada as far as his swing and stance. i could be wrong, but thats what I see.
I don't know about Tejada but power wise, I said it before the season when I saw him jack a HR off the LF second deck in the exhibition..very few HRs have been hit that far at the coliseum, that he maybe has the most raw power out of any A's prospect which some A's fans will counter with that's not saying much, but as of now, looks like it because when he hits a HR, not one of the 7 are cheapies, they are no doubt abouters.
He has that upper cut swing that Tejada has.
He does seem to have surprising power. But he's still raw and too early to compare him to Tejada. Doesn't have Miggy's bat speed and Miggy did not strike out much. Only Hatteberg k'd less them him, year in, year out. I notice that Suzuki likes that high hard pitch. He either swings and misses it, or hits a ton.
Suzuki definitely looks as he could be at least a solid starting C, but if I'm betting, don't think he'll ever be a star.
For a 7-8-9 guy he will be solid.
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