Jo-Jo Reyes

Jo-Jo Reyes Statistics and History – Baseball-Reference.com.

I am generally reluctant to state that any ballplayer’s problems are mental or emotional. In the case of Joseph Albert Reyes, I am here to say that the guy’s a froot loop. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for him to not be a serviceable major leaguer by this point. He now has three seasons of dominating the upper levels of the minors under his belt, he has great stuff — I doubt there are ten more talented lefthanded starters out there — and he really hasn’t been pushed that hard. And his career record is now 5-15 with a 6.09 ERA, largely because he’s afraid to throw strikes to major league hitters.

He’s not the first. Bruce Chen, who if anything had more ability than Reyes, was the same way — if a guy had a major league uniform on, Chen wouldn’t throw him a strike until he absolutely had to, as in, the count was 3-1, two runners were already on and one already in. Chen’s managed to play in eleven major league seasons and is likely to make it twelve this year, but he hasn’t been a tenth of the pitcher he should have been, and Reyes is on the same track. Reyes’ walk rate in the minor leagues is 3.3 per nine. In the majors, it is 4.5. Perhaps even more important are the guys whom he doesn’t walk, the guys who he has to throw get-over fastballs to, leading inevitably to an inflated home run rate, 1.5 per nine. (In the minors, he allows few homers, just .6 per nine.)

Personally, I’m surprised he didn’t wind up getting measured for a Royals uniform this offseason. It could still happen. At some point, I think you have to either get rid of him completely, or see if you can salvage him by converting him to a reliever and simplifying his role. He does have massive platoon splits, which would bode well for him as a lefty specialist.

140 thoughts on “Jo-Jo Reyes”

  1. I have always wondered why coaches can’t get through to guys like this. If I was the pitching coach or manager, I would bring him into my office and say, **!!## throw stikes or your ass is out of here. I guess it doesn’t work that way.

  2. #2 – they probably have. Bobby usually doesnt say many bad things about players in the media. He’s been open about his frustrations with Jo Jo and Jo Jo complaining about the defense behind him doesnt do much to help him out either

  3. I don’t know what Cox will do for the last position player. If he’s confident with Infante as the lone SS backup (and Prado in a pinch), he’ll go with either Conrad or Mitch Jones. I was guessing he would go with a SS who could provide solid defense, but since Diory is the only true b/u SS on the 40 man roster (not that this can’t be changed), I’m looking for either Conrad or Jones. I was pulling for Jones, but he’s going to have to have a great spring to start the year in Atlanta – things haven’t gone well so far.

  4. reyes as a loogy is intriguing, especially since dunn is showing signs of wildness and o’flaherty is a one year wonder (at this point).

    also, do you guys think that kawakami has officially nailed down the 5th starter spot? i know, salary speaking, it doesnt make sense to have kk pitching from the pen, but do you think there’s any competition going on there between him and medlen for 5th starter/emergency starter?

  5. KK is the 5th starter – period. Medlen is waiting in the wings in case anyone goes down with an injury or flames out.

  6. Mac nailed it: “Afraid to throw strikes.”

    Jo-Jo is the most frustrating pitcher since I can’t remember. I mean, as Braves, guys like Shane Reynolds & Terry Mulholland would get bombed, but at least they threw the ball over the plate. Sometimes hard-hit balls get caught.

    But when Jo-Jo’s out there, my cuss-o-meter just starts dinging.

  7. sdp, I’d like to see them convert Jo-Jo into one.

    Also, that last link is really sad. I won’t speculate on the circumstances, but good lord, that’s a lot more than a “mistake”.

  8. Daisuke Matsuzaka occasionally suffers from Jo-Jo Reyes disease. It’s hard to understand how a guy with such good stuff could be so allergic to the strike zone. Thank goodness we didn’t have to pay $100 million for the privilege of watching Jo-Jo pitch.

  9. J-Hey just hit his first HR of spring training off Max Scherzer… and Bowman and DOB are apparently competing on twitter to be the most gushing about it.

  10. Well in the mancrush defense, hitting a ball estimated to have gone 450-500 feet (my guess is it was probably closer to 450) in a game is a damn shot.

  11. the fact that this is regularly occuring, is what to me makes him a ” once in a life time ” prospect. Here’s to hoping he’s Barry without the roids or the “look at me ” personality.

    Heres to hoping he takes on chippers loyalty as well.

  12. Regarding Heyward- I have a question for the posters here who are into scouting. He’s a consensus #1 prospect, correct? But every year has a #1 prospect, usually different from the year before or the one after. So regarding projection, is Jason ‘just another’ #1 prospect, or is he something incredibly special, even for a #1 prospect?

  13. Here’s hoping the Braves don’t get lost in their own hype and start J-Hey on opening day. As many have posted before, it would cost millions of dollars for nothing at all.

  14. Not too many 19 year olds make #1 prospect status. He’s been on 6 teams at different levels in 3 years. That is really rarely done, especially for a high schooler.

  15. 25,

    We had a ML scout on this blog for a long time but our foolishness scared him away.

  16. I used to think we would definitely start him in the minors. Seemed like a no-brainer. But like Alex, I’m not so sure now…

  17. I think at this point it’s best to assume J-Hey (first time typing that nickname…) will be starting in RF on opening day.

    That way, if it doesn’t happen, I’ll be very pleasantly surprised.

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  19. I used to agree with leaving Heyward in the minors for a couple weeks to delay free agency by a year but not Super 2 status. But thinking about it more, I’d start him in the majors immediately assuming the Braves at some point will offer him a McCann/Longoria/Upton type deal that buys out arbitration and a year or two of free agency.

    I understand he’d have more leverage in such a deal with free agency coming one year sooner, but is there that big of a difference between buying out one or two years of free agency with his first long-term contract? I don’t think so.

    The huge caveat here being he’s ready for the majors from day 1. Which appears to be true.

  20. Anyone see RotoAuthority has Tommy Hanson as the 12th best fantasy starting pitcher. Ahead of Cliff Lee and Peavy.

  21. #25 – You just never know. The list of ‘can’t miss’ prospects is huge. Me thinks that J-Hey is the REAL McCoy. I’m trying to temper my expectations but its tough considering all the stuff being written by knowledgeable baseball professionals.

    Letting him start in Gwinette for just 2 weeks makes sense 2 months doesn’t but I don’t think its gonna happen. Personally y’all know that I stand pretty much alone in thinking the service time clock is secondary to putting the best team on the field from day 1.

  22. Lee and Peavy are moving to the AL. But Lee is also moving to a much better situation to pitch in. I’ll take Hanson over Peavy, but it’s closer between him and Lee.

  23. Unless a long-term contract is reached prior to Opening Day, I will be very upset if the Braves start Heyward in Atlanta. It would be foolish to do.

  24. According to MLB 2K10, Derek Lowe starts the 2011 season in AAA. That made me laugh. And then it made me sob uncontrollably. Then I had some pad thai and I felt better.

  25. Stu, you can bet on it. Heyward will start the season in Atlanta and there will be no long-term contract.

  26. Another test for Wren. If he starts Heyward in Atlanta without a long-term deal in place he is not doing his job.

  27. Then again… wouldn’t you want to see how he is performing? Yes, it sounds like he’s a no-miss but surely there must be examples of why it would be good to wait and see (Ankiel, Van Poppel, Grieve, Delmon Young…) What’s the rush? You can still sign him long-term after this season if he performs accordingly. At least you have a better picture then. Just imagine, Frenchy would have taken that offer.

  28. #48 – some people here will say that Frank cant take the chance and not start him on opening day. By not putting the best players out there, he isnt doing his job in that sense either….I disagree with this and think Heyward should spend the first 10 days/games or whatever in AAA. Hopefully the kid is in Atlanta for his whole career and this wont really matter

  29. I too will be upset if Heyward starts the season in the majors. If he’s hitting well now, that’s all the more reason to keep him there. My worry is that Bobby’s last season is playing into the calculus: hopefully Wren shows some fortitude.

  30. I’ve waivered on the subject, but I’ve got to say that if Heyward is the best we have and he’s ready, I think he should start in Atlanta. Wren has at least 3 years to work on a long-term deal and this should be a high priority, but saying he should be signed to a lt deal before the season starts is ridiculous. Letting him start in AAA is fine, but if you think he’s the best we have, waiting even one game could possibly cost us a loss and could be the difference in going to the playoffs.

    Again, if he’s not fully ready, let him work it out in AAA. But if he’s ready (as determined by Braves coaches and scouts), start him as quickly as possible. If we wait until the year before he’s elgible for free agency (whether it’s in 4 or 5 years) to ramp up our efforts to sign him, we’re in trouble anyway (or he’s not living up to his billing).

  31. I think if we lose a game over the first 10 days there will be plenty of time to make up for that loss. I really believe that Diaz/McLouth/Melky/Hinkse can handle 10 games by themselves.

  32. csg – Help me on the reason to wait 10 games. According to what happened with Hanson, much of the early speculation was a decision to wait until the end of May to call up Heyward. Now the speculation has changed to waiting just 10 days. What is the difference between these two options?

  33. 53 & 58—If you start him in Atlanta, he becomes a free agent a full year sooner than he would if you kept him at Gwinnett for 2 weeks. It is incredibly unlikely that two weeks of 20-year-old Heyward is worth more than a full season of 26-year-old Heyward.

    I understand and can sympathize with the argument that we should play him before June and not worry about the Super-2 situation so much, but this is different.

  34. @59 – how would you know that Heyward would make the difference in that case? There is really no responsible reason for starting Heyward in Atlanta. It’s not my money, so whatevs, but it’s not even like it would change attendance values that much. Just no tactical or strategic reason to do it.

  35. #59 – then we’ll be able to pick whatever game we want and blame it on that. What if all of our losses in the first 10 games are blowouts? Heyward wouldnt be able to change that

  36. The thing with Braves prospects is that, with the notable exception of Brian McCann, they never turn into anything even remotely resembling Albert. Remember the Frenchy hype? SI and all? Or Andy Marte? Don’t get too excited, boys.

    BTW, unlike everybody else around here I’m not completely sold on Tommy Hanson either. I mean yeah, he did great and all and his stuff looks really good, but it appears to me that his delivery makes him kind of injury-prone. Don’t get me wrong, I wish him well and it’s absolutely possible that he’ll turn out to be our next Greg Maddux, but he wouldn’t be the first promising pitcher to go down with an injury.

  37. td @ #58 – cliff explained this very well for us a few days ago. Here is his post

    There are two different issues.

    One is what counts as a year toward the 6 before free agency. It is a very short and small (I couldn’t have said 10 days, but that sounds right) that makes this year a partial year so as to leave 6 full years.

    Then as a protection or chip to players who barely miss the full year, there is a thing called “Super 2″ which applies to the 17% of players with the most service time (among 2 year players). They get arbitration after their second year. To avoid “Super Two” Heyward would have to stay down until early June.

    So if Heyward is down for 2 weeks or so, he gets prorated 400,000 this year; 400,000 for 2 years; then 4 arb years.

    If Heyward is down for 60 days or so, he gets prorated 400,000 for this year; then $400,000 for 3 years; then, 3 arb years.

    If Heyward is up on day 1 it is 400,000 for 3 years and then 3 arb years.

  38. So Nathan is probably out with Tommy John. This exactly why I didn’t like the quick move of getting rid of Soriano at the time. I know hindsight and all but still…

  39. I don’t know what it was, but the Braves could never keep Soriano healthy. As Mac kept recounting, we gave him one MRI after another, and when they came back clean the Braves basically accused him of trumping up his own pain. The guy’s been an injury risk his whole career, sometimes with freak injuries and sometimes just plain fragile. I don’t like Jesse Chavez, but I’m not sorry that we’re not paying him $7 million — he and Gonzalez were always just a step away from being on the shelf.

  40. csg/ cliff – thanks! Let’s all hope that Heyward performs close to expectations and we sign him to a lt deal well before he looks to make a FA decision.

  41. I will now throw cold water on the “let’s go ahead and sign him for 7 years and it won’t make any difference” crowd.

    Other than Chipper Jones (and he has turned out pretty good) I never remember a Braves prospect (and this goes back ot the 60’s when they came to Atlanta) getting this type of hype / praise whatever. Not just physical, but makeup, work ethic, the whole package. So, in no way do I intend to downgrade Heyward. i think he is 90% to be an occasional all star long career performer and probably 30% Hall of Fame and maybe even 5% “Inner Circle Hall of Famer”.

    BUT, we don’t KNOW what might happen. With Darryl Strawberry, it was drugs and partying. With Tony Conigliaro, it was a severe freak injury. With Erick Hinske (not as hyped as Heyward, but pretty hyped) it turned out he just wasn’t that good.

    So, you don’t have any real reason to go to an extended contract unless you have more proof of his major league abilities. You need some “discount” (based on your most reasonable projections) during the pre FA years and some option year or years at what should be a slight discount. If you don’t get that, then don’t even think about a long term deal.

    I would rather have to risk losing Heyward in 2016 for not being able to pay him $20 million than to guarantee him 30 to 40 million over 6 or 7 years now with him having not played even 1 Major League regular season game.

    And, you damn sure don’t need to lock up pre FA pitchers. Play them one year at a time unless they give a big enough discount to exceed the value of insurance (and I wouldn’t do it then).

  42. Everyone’s missing the point with Heyward. If he plays 2-3 years at a high level then the Braves are going to need to sign him to an extension of the Longoria/Braun/McCann mold anyway. So hoping to extend his arbitration by another year by keeping him down for 2 weeks won’t make any difference.

  43. Gaz – I don’t think hardly anyone is missing this point. The point is that signing him to an extension is not a sure thing and if it doesn’t happen, they’ve got him at a cheaper rate for a longer period of time. I’ve reluctantly put myself on the side of calling him up on day 1 if he’s ready, but there are some great arguments being made for waiting a while.

  44. Whether or not Heyward signs a long term deal has nothing to do with arbitration politics. If you bring him up on day 1 and sign him to a long term contract, you’re still going to have to pay market rate in year n+6. If you wait two weeks, you still have to pay an arb 4 salary in year n+6. If you wait two months, you still have to pay an arb 3 salary. Keeping him down for 2 weeks adds about $4 million in value to his contract, keeping him down for 2 months adds about $10 million in value to his contract. Signing him to a long term contract doesn’t change that much (may change the numbers a bit, but the sentiment that his contract is more valuable if the Braves wait 2 weeks and even more valuable if they wait two months is definitely still there).

  45. @66,

    I get your point and agree, but there aren’t too many prospect in any organization that have turned into an Albert Puljos.

  46. I really hope that we will be able to appreciate Heyward if he becomes great instead of worrying about his arbitration number or super 2 status. I can’t help but think about what it was like watching Frenchy out there and at the plate the last few years. It appears that the Braves may have, at worst, an above average 5 tool player to man right field for a long time. That is something to be seriously excited about.

  47. In essence 10 days = 1 more year of ‘control’ if you call the arbitration process control.

    Play him on day 1 if he is ready. When you think arbitration awards and the projected performance (I know, major caveat) from Heyward think Ryan Howard or Tim Lincecum. IMHO there is little to be gained by holding him back 10 days.

  48. there is little to be gained by holding him back 10 days.

    You keep saying this, despite being factually contradicted multiple times.

  49. Great discussion today.

    Question: How many games would Heyward have to play to be eligible for ROY? I’m sure the 10 games wouldn’t matter much, but what if we left him in AAA till May to avoid Super 2 (which I agree is becoming less and less likely by the day)?

    I know Hanson was eligible, but lost a lot of edge to players like Happ and Coghlan who had been called up earlier.

  50. Can we see Heyward tear up ML pitching for more than 5 minutes before we give him a swimming pool full of bucks?

    I know he’s the most exciting Braves prospect since Wally Berger (or Hank Aaron, or Bob Horner, or Andruw Jones), but…c’mon.

  51. So what you guys are saying is that if we had Pujols over here that you would keep him away from the ballclub for 2 weeks just so we can keep him cheap for an entire year 6 years down the road. Not saying Heyward is Pujols or that he will ever perform like him, but you HAVE to play your best players when you are chasing the 2 time NL champs. If this was 1996, I would say yes, keep him down in the minors – everybody is chasing us. But the fact is, we need every minute of Heyward we can get to make the postseason. Every one of you would be screaming for Frank’s head at the end of the season if we missed the PS by 1 game b/c Diaz started out 0 – 31 on the season or something. Play your best players – period.

  52. 87,
    Yes. That’s what I’m saying. Even if he’s guaranteed to be as good as Albert Pujols for ten days, ten days of Albert Pujols is not worth $4 million.

  53. Good lord, Joshua, how much impact would Pujols have in his rookie season in two weeks? And you’d be willing to trade away the exclusive rights to his 6th year in order to get that two weeks?

  54. To repeat P.W. in different words, even in the case of a long-term contract, the date his service clock begins will determine his salaries.

    If he’s up day one, you give him maximum leverage in negotiating a long term deal because his agent knows his FA begins in year 7. If he’s up after 2 weeks, he has medium leverage, because his FA begins in year 8, but after three years he’s due his first arbitration raise.. If you hold him down two months he has the least leverage, because that first arbitration raise is pushed back one more year, and that year is replaced with a $450,000 salary.

    An agent, or player, would be stupid to give that money back when he’s got it in the bag.

  55. csg, pw, jj and others. You have officially changed my mind. I agree it would be best to let Heyward start the first 10 games or so in AAA. Good discussion and points. I won’t sweat it if Heyward is up on day 1, but letting him stay down for a few days seems to be the best choice.

  56. Y’all understand that unless he just totally sucks the rest of the spring that there’s no way he doesn’t become a super two.

    I concede on the 10 days I guess. My point was that with arb starting in year 4 either way he gets expensive.(yes I know, assuming that he is any good) As in Ryan Howard or Tim Lincecum expensive. I get the extra arb year is important.

    Point is moot though. The Braves will introduce their new right fielder this season with a Delta commercial. Count it.

  57. I’m always skeptical of very hyped players until they prove something. Even if Heyward is as good as Pujols eventually, it doesn’t mean he will be right away. He could struggle his first year. I know Keith Law thinks he should be starting on Day 1, but I’m a bit concerned because I think the Braves have built the team around the assumption that, at some point this year,Heyward will be a significant contributor. There is a very good chance they are correct, but, if they aren’t, you have a real hole again in right field. I guess, though, this is how you have to operate when you have payroll constraints.

  58. I would gladly trade a ROY award for Heyward’s Year 26 season.

    Beyond that, I still don’t understand the desire to rush him. As a 20 year old, facing ML pitching, he likely won’t be any better than Melky in 2010.

  59. here’s the question – does Heyward guarantee you any wins for the first two weeks of the season that Diaz/Melky/Hinske cant provide? Im guessing probably not. What does Heyward give us for the first 10 days that makes or breaks our post season chances? not much…I think the kid is already one of our best offensive players, but I think we can win with Diaz/Melky/Hinske also

  60. Spike, I think he’s presuming that McLouth is in CF with or without Heyward. He’s referring to our potential Plug-And-Play corner outfield situation if Heyward is on the farm.

  61. For those of you expecting Heyward to sit in AAA 2 weeks: (from DOB’s blog)

    “Mentioned to Bobby that this looked like it could be an opening day lineup, to which he replied: ‘Pretty close. I don’t know if Heyward will be hitting that low, if he keeps going like this.'”

  62. Tom, I actually disagree. His managing style has never been like Billy Martin — burn out your guys with maximum effort to win this year, and who cares about next year because you’re going to get fired. His attempts to put people into long-term positional roles, specific inning assignments for his relievers, positional/lineup assignments for his position players, and precise rest for his starting pitchers, are all strategies to ensure success over the long haul at the possible expense of the short term.

    I doubt that he’ll change his managerial strategy that much in 2010, even though he wouldn’t be around to see whether it bore fruits for 2011.

    By the way, with respect to Rookie of the Year, Ryan Howard didn’t become the Phillies’ everyday first baseman till the beginning of July 2006, but he hit tons of home runs as soon as he came up, and won the Rookie of the Year easily; Jeff Francoeur was a strong third despite not becoming an everyday player till late July. So Jason could very well be in the running even if they held him back long enough for him not to be a Super Two.

  63. @66

    It’s true, Braves prospects tend to get over-hyped but that’s no reason to take the opposite extreme. I’m all for tempering expectations but let’s be realistic. Marte or even McCann for that matter weren’t even close to the level of Heyward as a prospect. That’s not to say he’s a can’t miss but he’s no Andy Marte or George Lombard.

  64. Marte or even McCann for that matter weren’t even close to the level of Heyward as a prospect. That’s not to say he’s a can’t miss but he’s no Andy Marte or George Lombard.

    This. The team hasn’t had this brilliant of a prospect since the Joneses were prospects. They worked out ok. Francouer had some hype but one look at his numbers and you knew you had a problem. Not so here.

    Reyes is clearly not going to work here, like most I’m surprised he’s not a Royal or a Pirate at this point.

  65. Son of a fucking bitch! MLB network is blacking out the game and it’s not on P-tv, FSN, or Sportsouth! WTF?!?! Where’s the f’n game?!?

  66. Seriously, CSS? What about all the people that don’t get CSS? Are they carryng games regularly this year?

  67. man, brian jordan is painful to listen to…
    he just got through saying jimmy rollins idols rickey henderson and is working hard to break his record.
    stolen bases:
    jimmy rollins: 326
    rickey henderson: 1406

    also, from brian jordan, “placido polanco is one of the toughest outs in the history of the game”
    polanco’s career obp:.348

    i dont understand how he has this job.

  68. I got to meet JA Happ and Kyle Kendrick today. Very nice guys in an atmosphere where they may not be as excited about someone shaking their hand (at a restaurant). I wish them luck, “except against the Braves.” It brings my list of guys served to Happ, Kendrick, Ryan Webb, and Vernon Wells. I’m on my way up.

    As for Polanco, Jordan’s statement isn’t totally off. Polanco does see a lot of pitches per at-bat, and he’s one of those annoying hitters who foul off pitch after pitch. He may not get on base very much, but he’s a drag on pitch counts and pitchers’ patience.

  69. How bout Heyward battling back from 0-2 in an 8 pitch AB for a walk?

    Hinske double with bases loaded, Braves up 3-2. McLouth Sac Fly…4-2.

  70. That’s six walks and a HBP for Heyward in 20 PA. By comparison, Franceour needed 43 games to get his 6th major league walk- 64 if we don’t count intentionals.

  71. Here’s hoping that J-Hey laps Frenchy in the BB department in a hurry.

    Sort of on that note (but not as dramatic an example), this past summer I was trying to explain to a younger Yankee fan the difference between Robinson Cano & Joe Morgan.

    He was trying to tell me that Cano is on his way to greatness and maybe the HoF, while I was trying to explain why Cano’s a useful player—all those XBHs—but that I doubted that he’d be an all-time great.

    I started with, “OK, Joe Morgan is an all-time great at 2B, right? Well, Joe Morgan drew more walks in 1975 than Cano has in his entire career.”

  72. Today’s the day for baseball people: met Casey Kotchman’s sister at the gym just now. She’s a friend of a friend. Smokin’ hot. I told her her brother sucks. Ok, no I didn’t…

  73. Definitely should have played the sympathy card there, Rob.

    ‘Yea, I had become a pretty big fan of Casey, I was pretty disappointed when he was traded…what are you doin’ tonight?’

    That probably wouldn’t work at all, actually.

  74. Wise decision, Rob.

    Acosta gets the Phillies 1-2-3, with two Ks. He clearly hasn’t pitched into form yet.

  75. Seeing a lot of pitches per plate appearance is always nice, Rob, but the guy makes an out more than 65% of the time. Not bad by any means, but there are literally hundreds of people in baseball who can put up an OBP of .348 — last year alone, 122 different hitters managed a .348 OBP over 300 ABs or more, including Jeremy Hermida, Adam Kennedy, Fred Lewis, and Tony Gwynn Jr.

    I like Polanco a lot — he’s a fine role player — but to call him one of the toughest outs ever is really, really far from true.

  76. Minor looked good. Threw strikes and didn’t try to be too clever. They said he hit 93 on a strikeout pitch. If he can do that, we may have something. I wasn’t blown away when they drafted him, but I’m starting to warm up.

    A strong AA season would be nice though…

  77. I like Polanco a lot — he’s a fine role player — but to call him one of the toughest outs ever is really, really far from true.

    The correct thing to say is that Polanco is a really tough guy to strike out (only 46 in 675 PAs last season). So he was sort of close to saying something correct. With the announcers we have lined up this season, that’s really about as good as it’s going to get.

    Today’s the day for baseball people: met Casey Kotchman’s sister at the gym just now. She’s a friend of a friend. Smokin’ hot. I told her her brother sucks. Ok, no I didn’t…

    On Saturday I met Robb Nen at my daughters ballet class. Apparently the dad of one of the other girls is an old high school teammate or something. He’s a big guy.

  78. I missed Holladay’s (sp?) innings. Did he look as good as feared?
    ————————–

    Kevin Stallings SEC CoY? Jealousy is an ugly thing.

  79. @134

    Halladay was everything you’d expect him to be.

    KK wasn’t bad. That opposite field blast by Werth was just ridiculous.

    Hicks made a terrific play at short. Kody Johnson has sick power.

    Acosta looked very good, but I’d throw up a flag in that a lot of his strikes were caused by hitters swinging at pitches clearly out of the zone. I don’t know how often that happens during the season.

    I’ll be disappointed if Thurston makes the team. I just don’t see it with him.

    Ryan Madsen didn’t fool anyone last night (I’ve never really been scared of him), and Wagner looked good.

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