June 2008

YouTube Video -Ethan Martin

I uploaded a video of Ethan Martin on YouTube. Check it out!

 

Update: Dodgers Press Release

Dodgers.com Article

Bio of Martin (From Tony Jackson)

From reading those reports, it looks like the Dodgers are planning on having him as a Pitcher. It’s weird because Bud Selig announced him as a 3rd Baseman. He played both positions but it looks like the Dodgers see him better as a Pitcher. Good luck Ethan!

Ethan Martin

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When Bud Selig called his name, Ethan Martin was introduced as a 3rd Baseman. Most likely the Dodgers are planning on making Martin a full-time hitter. Imagine with Russell Martin a Martin & Martin combo ? Weird. Of course, we will see down the road. He is 17 years old so that will be in a couple of years. That’s if he has a great Minor-League career. From John Manuel of Baseball America had this to say…

          Just four high school players were among the first 14 selections, and at the halfway point of the first round, the Dodgers added to that with Ethan Martin. However, commissioner Selig announced Martin as a third baseman, not a righthander. The Dodgers have had success with such athletes, such as James McDonald (from outfield to pitcher) and Edwin Jackson (who DH’d early in his career before going just to the mound).

More updates later.

Draft update -Dodgers pick

The Dodgers owner Frank McCourt was in attendance and with their 15th pick, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Ethan Martin. He is a High School Senior playing 3rd Base and Pitcher. This is the scouting report on him.

 

Fastball: Martin threw his fastball in the 91-96 mph range. He maintained the velocity, throwing 94 mph in the seventh inning.
Fastball movement: He had hard, four-seamer life.
Curve: He showed a consistently plus curve, a power breaking ball in the 79-82 mph range, that he used as a strikeout pitch to lefties and righties.
Splitter: He showed flashes of a plus split-fingered fastball, up to 84 mph, that worked as an out pitch as well.
Control: He was solid-average all night, at times above-average, filling up the strike zone with three pitches. He can throw his fastball for strikes to both sides of the plate.
Poise: He is super competitive on the mound.
Physical Description: He is big, strong, projectable — the prototypical power pitcher.
Medical Update: Healthy.
Strengths: He’s a big, strong power pitcher with three above-average to plus offerings.
Weaknesses: New on the radar as a pitching prospect, there’s no history to draw on. Scouts will need to see how he bounces back throughout the season to be convinced.
Summary: He went from an interesting two-way player to an upper-echelon pitching prospect in one start. Showing three above-average pitches he can throw for strikes as well as the ability to maintain mid-90s velocity deep into a game, Martin was sure to be one of the most closely watched prep pitchers in the Draft class. He jumped on the screen with that one start; if he keeps it going, he’ll move quickly up the charts.

More details to come…

MLB Draft 2008

MLB Draft is today and you can see it all live on T.V. at 11 am on ESPN 2 The Dodgers are picking the 15th pick. From some of the projections I have seen, the Dodgers would pick Texas College Pitcher Andrew Cashner.  Who is Andrew Cashner ? He is a Junior pitching for Texas Christian University where he can touch 98 mph. He was mainly used as a closer. But we shall wait and see who the Dodgers pick later today. Check it out!

Mike Napoli

Last Saturday, I met Mike Napoli, the Anaheim Angels catcher. He was signing at a At&t store. I got him to sign a Angels Mini Helmet. Jered Weaver and Howie Kendrick were already signed on the helmet so it was cool in getting the Catcher. As of today, he has hit 10 Home Runs. But his average is low at .214 I wish him luck. Of course, except when playing against the Dodgers.                                               
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Photo Day @ Dodger Stadium

This occurred on May 25, 2008 It was Photo Day at Dodger Stadium. I got there early. I knew it was going to be impossible to get autographs. I didn’t even bring any items. I decided to just take pictures. Alot of fans were there! I was surprised. I remember from 2003 to 2006 I don’t remember that much people went. I know alot of fans come but not like this year. I didn’t go last year so I don’t know if it was less or the same amount of people. Most of the players were cool enough to pose at the camera. I think most of them were happy to do it except Jonathan Broxton. That dude looked mad and just stopped and kept walking. Maybe he acted like that just on my side but he looked weird. I was able to take pictures with 4 players. The first one was Wes Parker. He came toward us and I congratulated him on winning the All-Time Gold Glove by a First Baseman. This happened last year and he was voted the best defensive 1st Ba seman in history. After I congratulated him, he started to talk in spanish to me. I don’t know why. He said “Gracias amigo, muchas gracias” and other stuff that I didn’t understand. I should of told him “Gracias wey!” I just laughed. Next up was Chin-lu Hu. The Taiwan native that seriously looks like he is 14 years old. The third guy was Blake DeWitt. He seemed really enjoying the time to interact with the fans. Rookie of the year ? Who knows but he is playing great! The last guy was Delwyn Young. He looks gangsta. lol :) A couple of players I didn’t see was Jeff Kent, Clayton Kershaw (he was pitching that day so I understand) Derek Lowe, Rafael Furcal (maybe because he is injured) and I can’t remember who else. Well maybe they did come out, but not on my side. Pictures below.

 

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Pedro Guerrero

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This event occured on May 24, 2008 I was away for about a month from the Baseball world. It was nice getting back to the autograph scene. On this day, I got a autograph of Pedro Guerrero. I don’t remember seeing him before in any events. I did some research on him and found out he lives in Florida. So I decided to go and get his autograph since I don’t know if he would do any appearances in So-Cal. Some interesting and sad things about Guerrero is that according to his lawyer, his IQ is 70 Well he signed my ball and didn’t seem that dumb to me. Once, the Baseball writer Bill James called Guerrero “the best hitter God has made in a long time” He was the co-MVP in the 1981 World Series. Maybe if he didn’t have his personal problems, his career could of been better.

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