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caulfield12
02-08-2007, 08:16 AM
Lujan, 22, signed as a 15th-round pick from New Mexico JC in 2004. He posted a 2.40 ERA in his first two pro seasons but struggled last year at high Class A Bakersfield. He went 1-4, 5.74 with four saves and a 58-43 K-BB ratio in 69 innings. Opponents batted .281 with eight homers against him. He also missed a couple of weeks with some elbow soreness. Lujan has a strong arm and can hit the mid-90s at times, but he'll have to make significant improvements to his slider and command to reach the big leagues as a reliever.

from baseballamerica.com

Randar68
02-08-2007, 03:13 PM
Lujan, 22, signed as a 15th-round pick from New Mexico JC in 2004. He posted a 2.40 ERA in his first two pro seasons but struggled last year at high Class A Bakersfield. He went 1-4, 5.74 with four saves and a 58-43 K-BB ratio in 69 innings. Opponents batted .281 with eight homers against him. He also missed a couple of weeks with some elbow soreness. Lujan has a strong arm and can hit the mid-90s at times, but he'll have to make significant improvements to his slider and command to reach the big leagues as a reliever.

from baseballamerica.com

Another power arm. KW has really been stocking up. Interesting compared to the apparent philosophy of finesse pitchers of the past 5 years or so. Anyone think this philosophy is related to the USCF hitter's-park-factor? Looking for power arms with sinkers, splitters and sliders?

caulfield12
02-08-2007, 03:22 PM
Another power arm. KW has really been stocking up. Interesting compared to the apparent philosophy of finesse pitchers of the past 5 years or so. Anyone think this philosophy is related to the USCF hitter's-park-factor? Looking for power arms with sinkers, splitters and sliders?

Look at Vazquez and Contreras, they avoid contact with strikeouts. Garland has the sinker. Jenks, Thornton, MacDougal....when they do make contact, they have enough oompf on the ball to get pop ups that don't fly out the park. Pitchers in the past like Parque and Baldwin really struggled because they weren't strikeout pitchers IMO, pitching in USCF.

In that light, the McCarthy and Garcia trades made more sense. Both were struggling with the gopherball last year.

I also think this is another reason KW is leaning against retaining Buehrle. OTOH, Buehrle is a horse, a battler, an example to the younger kids and the "heart" of this particular team, along with Konerko.

rdivaldi
02-08-2007, 03:39 PM
Another power arm. KW has really been stocking up. Interesting compared to the apparent philosophy of finesse pitchers of the past 5 years or so. Anyone think this philosophy is related to the USCF hitter's-park-factor? Looking for power arms with sinkers, splitters and sliders?

It sure seems that way. It will be interesting to see how they go about the upcoming draft in terms of pitchers. Perhaps we've seen the final days of drafting guys like Broadway in the first round.

maurice
02-08-2007, 04:58 PM
IIRC, after he shipped Fingernails to Texas, KW admitted that he decided to go with guys who can (1) throw it by them and/or (2) make them hit it on the ground.

IndianWhiteSox
02-11-2007, 02:03 AM
If even 1/3 of the prospects that KW brought in can reach their potential then watch out MLB.

caulfield12
02-11-2007, 07:39 AM
IIRC, after he shipped Fingernails to Texas, KW admitted that he decided to go with guys who can (1) throw it by them and/or (2) make them hit it on the ground.

Which is fine as long as Joe Crede and Juan Uribe are the left side of the infield, not Fields and Cintron.

soxtalker
02-21-2007, 01:53 PM
Another power arm. KW has really been stocking up. Interesting compared to the apparent philosophy of finesse pitchers of the past 5 years or so. Anyone think this philosophy is related to the USCF hitter's-park-factor? Looking for power arms with sinkers, splitters and sliders?

I wonder if we're seeing an impact of the Questec system here. Part of being a really good finesse pitcher is fooling the batter into swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. It always helps if the umpire expands the strike zone a bit. With Questec there is less opportunity for that.