When asked that, I just “shrugged.” If I have to explain that… well, I won’t!
The real question is, “Who is Jon Link?”
John Link was acquired in the Juan Pierre trade along with John Ely. Both are RH pitchers with Ely being the ChiSox 12th best prospect (according to Baseball America) and Link being the 28th best prospect. Here’s what BA says about Jon Link:
“After leading the minor leagues with 35 saves in 2008, Link was positioned to reach the big leagues last season. Instead he took a step back. mostly because it took until July for him to throw his slider with the depth and command that he showed previously. While it wasn’t as consistent, the slider remains one of the best in the organization, but Link seemed to lose confidence in it too quickly and went to his low-90′s fastball more often. He can be hard on himself when he isn’t having success. Though he struggled at times against Triple-A hitters, he still finished with more than a strikeout per inning. His command improved later in the season, after his big league window had closed, but he took advantage of a chance to work as a closer in the Venezuelan League, going 2-0, 2.95 with seven saves in 21 innings of work.”
Jon Link is a student of the game and is pitching coach material once he retires. He was hit pretty hard at AAA this year, but don’t read much into that. Watch what he does in the Majors. I have no clue what that might be. We will find out soon enough…
Sunday’s Game: Giants Suck, Giants Suck, Giants Suck!
They said Clayton wasn’t ready to be an Ace. Who are “they” anyway?
They said “Manny was washed up.” They? Who?
P.S. I have another new writer coming to the blog. Jared is pretty good isn’t he? There will be another one soon. He’s good too!
P.S. 1 There will be a Three Game Series in Cincinnati starting Tuesday. I’ll be there with my cameraman (son-in law) and my two sons. It will be a blast.
P.S.2 Vin Scully – 60 years on the same job? Crazy & Amazing!
P.S. 3 9 Months post-op of having my hip replaced and I moved a Tri-Ax full of Top Soil today. I feel so Goooooddd (damn, I’m sore)! My 23 year-old son and my brother who is 9 years younger than me plan to play softball together this year. I have never played with either one. It should be fun, although I can’t run very fast right now…
P.S. 4 Troy, cut your sideburns and wear a fedora. I’ll see you in Cincy!
P.S. 5 Remember Sunday’s win. It’s one of the best regular season wins in Dodger history. Understated, quiet, astounding!
People were lauding the Giants Madison Bamgarmer, who was rated Baseball America’s #14 Top Prospect. Well, times change. Read this report from ESPN’s Rob Neyer:
Certainly plenty of 19-year-old pitchers tire late during a season, so Baseball America ranked him as the game’s 14th-best prospect this season and Bumgarner’s declining velocity wasn’t a huge story until he showed up at spring training to compete for the fifth spot in the Giants’ rotation. His fastball rarely topped the mid-80s and he predictably got rocked for a 6.43 ERA while handing out seven walks with zero strikeouts.
Read the rest of the article – it gets worse.
The Giants pitching, while pretty good, will not be as good as it currently is, and ours will get much better too. Kershaw, Kuroda and Padilla have had good starts. Bills is up next. The question is Charlie Haeger. I look for Kuo to activated tomorrow. The question is whether Link or Ortiz will be gone…