Riggo#44

***2019 Miracle Nationals WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS***

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Keith Law has us taking Matt Allan tonight. He's hit our last 4 1st round picks. Here is a brief scouting report:

 

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Matthew Allan is a 2019 RHP/1B with a 6-3 210 lb. frame from Sanford, FL who attends Seminole HS. Big and strong athletic build, mature physically. Slow paced delivery with a big leg raise start, low effort mechanics, 3/4's arm slot, showed better stuff and more consistent mechanics from the wind up. Fastball topped out at 94 mph, gets to his velocity easily, mostly straight with the ability to throw it to spots. Breaking ball is his best pitch, slider shape with curveball depth, very consistent spin and very good feel, strikeout pitch. Very comfortable working glove side. Rare change up was firm and developing. Excellent student, verbal commitment to Florida. Selected to play in the 2018 Perfect Game All American Classic.

 

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Allan has been one of the most consistent prep pitchers in the 2019 class this spring. In fact, his consistency and continued improvement has helped vault the righthander into his current status as the top prep arm available in this year’s draft. Over the summer, Allan showed one of the better pure fastballs among prep pitchers, regularly sitting in the mid-90s. He paired his fastball with a true, 12-to-6 curveball, and both pitches could project as 70-grade offerings down the line. He’s shown the same quality of stuff this spring, but he’s improved his strike-throwing ability with both pitches while also cleaning up his strong, 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame. Allan has always had the look of a durable, innings-eating starter, but scouts had previously questioned how well he’d be able to maintain his physique. After his performances this spring, those concerns have quieted. Allan throws out of a slow windup and a three-quarter arm slot--a clean delivery and arm action that most teams are on board with. While Allan’s fastball/curveball combination is the bread and butter of his arsenal--and what will make him a first-round pick this June--he’s also shown a firm, upper-80s changeup that could become an average third offering. Like many amatuer pitchers, he doesn’t throw his changeup often, but scouts have seen it enough to think it could be a weapon for him as he furthers his development. Allan is committed to Florida, but he should be one of the first pitchers selected in this year’s draft.

 

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Scherzer is where Ovechkin was 2005-2010, where the price of admission is worth it if you went to the bathroom the entire game except when he has the ball. 

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I'm gonna go out on a limb.  I think we'll still win the division.

 

If not, I'll just come back delete this post....

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As of today, signing free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel no longer comes at the cost of losing a compensation pick.  So do the Nats go there? 

 

I would say if they were 4 or 5 games closer to the top of the division, they might.  As it is, Mike Rizzo is bringing in a parade of last-chance relievers (Javy Guerra, Jonny Venters, George Kontos, Fernando Rodney) to see if he can strike veteran gold again like he apparently has with Gerrado Parra.

 

But Kimbrell could help solve the bullpen woes, even if he wouldn't be fully ready for at least a couple weeks after signing...

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The readiness timing is a concern with Kimbrel given how far back the Nats are. That said, now that we’ve got our regulars mostly back and contributing we’ve been starting to win games. 

 

Nats would be over .500 and pretty close to the Phillies if we had one more competent reliever all year. One more guy to bridge them from the rotation to Doolittle would be worth at least 8 more wins on the year vs our current record. 

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This next stretch of games, you can easily go 8-3 over the next 11.  This team will be .500 by the break.  

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3 hours ago, Dan T. said:

As of today, signing free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel no longer comes at the cost of losing a compensation pick.  So do the Nats go there? 

 

I would say if they were 4 or 5 games closer to the top of the division, they might.  As it is, Mike Rizzo is bringing in a parade of last-chance relievers (Javy Guerra, Jonny Venters, George Kontos, Fernando Rodney) to see if he can strike veteran gold again like he apparently has with Gerrado Parra.

 

But Kimbrell could help solve the bullpen woes, even if he wouldn't be fully ready for at least a couple weeks after signing...

I say yes.  Kimbrel will be a boon beyond this year and we need lot of new pieces on this pen.  We can't continue to waste the last few of Max's years

 

Also, I firmly believe Phillies are a fraud and we can overtake them.

 

Lastly, it's not my money

3 minutes ago, @SkinsGoldPants said:

Edit: *Negativity Picture!!!!!!*

Paloff is now! 

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11 minutes ago, bearrock said:

 

 

Also, I firmly believe Phillies are a fraud and we can overtake them.

 

 

What year was it the Mets were hanging around a couple games ahead of the Nats, added Cespedes at the deadline, and were suddenly a buzz saw the rest of the way? 

 

Phillies have a better starting point now. They won’t be the same team in August... that’s the worry being 7 games back at this point. 

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13 minutes ago, skinsfan_1215 said:

 

What year was it the Mets were hanging around a couple games ahead of the Nats, added Cespedes at the deadline, and were suddenly a buzz saw the rest of the way? 

 

Phillies have a better starting point now. They won’t be the same team in August... that’s the worry being 7 games back at this point. 

You have your well thought out logic, I have my baseless hatred for the Phillies.

 

I do think Phillies pitching will ultimately catch up to them.  I think their entire bullpen might be on IR at this point.  And Nola has struggled.

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Braves take Langeliers. I wanted him, but what can you do? I hope he sucks now.

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New WaPo article suggests that Zimmerman's injury is not improving at all and we might have seen the last of him in a Nats uniform.  

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8 minutes ago, skinfan2k said:

New WaPo article suggests that Zimmerman's injury is not improving at all and we might have seen the last of him in a Nats uniform.  

 

Kinda sums up Zim’s career, post-extension. 

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8 minutes ago, skinfan2k said:

New WaPo article suggests that Zimmerman's injury is not improving at all and we might have seen the last of him in a Nats uniform.  

 

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keith law had him 15 overall

 

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15. Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College -- Rutledge was at the University of Arkansas last spring but transferred to two-year San Jacinto, putting him into this year's draft class, a smart move as he's been regularly clocked throwing up to 98 mph complemented with an upper-80s cutter, and getting some deception from a short arm stroke despite a 6-foot-8 frame.

 

 

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After he was unable to accrue playing time at Arkansas, Rutledge transferred to San Jacinto and spent 2019 dominating JUCO hitters. He's a physical beast with some of the best velocity and breaking stuff in the draft, but there are questions about his build, athleticism, and injured hips. Despite lacking a changeup, Rutledge has the pitch mix and pitch utility to start. In addition to solid east/west fastball command, he can drop his curveball in the zone for strikes and back foot either of his breaking balls to lefties. Several teams in the eight through 14 range had Rutledge in their mix as the draft approached.

 

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Rutledge entered the season as the second-ranked junior college prospect in the class after fellow righthander Carter Stewart because of his high school pedigree, tantalizing raw stuff and imposing, 6-foot-8, 260-pound frame. Out of high school, Rutledge had a solid, 90-93 mph fastball with impressive sinking life, but he needed to improve both his secondaires and overall control. Rutledge threw just 15.2 innings as a freshman at Arkansas before going down with a season-ending hip injury. Following the season, he decided to transfer to San Jacinto (Texas) JC and expected to enter the 2020 draft as a Kentucky commit. Those plans changed, however, when Rutledge came out this spring showing some of the best pure stuff of any pitcher in the country with improved control. Rutledge has regularly been into the upper 90s with his fastball, and he has held that velocity into the sixth and seventh innings of his starts throughout the season. In addition, he’s shown a pair of plus breaking balls in both a slider and curveball. Previously, Rutledge threw a hybrid breaking ball that was more slurve-like, but after interning with Pro Pitching Performance last summer (while he rehabbed from injury) Rutledge worked to differentiate those pitches with Rapsodo feedback and now has two distinct, swing-and-miss breaking pitches. He also has a changeup that could be a fourth above-average offering. While he isn’t facing the strongest competition, Rutledge struck out 123 batters through his first 12 starts and 77.2 innings (14.25 strikeouts per nine) this spring, with just 28 walks (3.25 walks per nine). Since his time in high school, Rutledge has significantly shortened his arm action. It’s now a incredibly tight and compact delivery, to the point that some scouts wonder how he’s able to generate and maintain his velocity. The upgrade in arm action has allowed him to improve his control, but scouts think he’ll need to continue refining his command when he faces stiffer competition at the pro level. Regardless, his pure stuff and the deception he creates with his delivery should give him plenty of room for error as he climbs the ladder. Rutledge has the upside of a No. 2 starter, but he carries some reliever risk due to his size and history of control problems.

 

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