Rabbit, rabbit!

I’m sorry, but regular ATM listeners will understand that I HAD to use that title for this post … I do believe it refers back to my VERY FIRST ATM show.

Meanwhile, I’m sitting here trying to think warm thoughts, so what better way to do that than to present to you Jonathan’s Five Faves for the Florida Marlins?

P Chris Volstad

P Gaby Hernandez

1B Gaby Sanchez

P Jose Garcia

And he’s calling it a tossup for now (I’m sure he’ll have it narrowed down by Friday morning, or maybe not) between Ps Sean West and Aaron Thompson for the fifth slot … and given the depth of pitching in this system, I would have been equally hard-pressed to make the call myself.

On the American League side, I have the task of coming up with the Five Faves for the Kansas City Royals and here’s my call:

3B Alex Gordon

P Luke Hochevar

OF Billy Butler

OF Chris Lubanski

P Tyler Lumsden

While the Royals picked up Lumsden last season from the White Sox in the deal for closer Mike McDougal, the other four are the club’s last four No. 1 picks. I can’t think offhand of another organization whose top four prospects are also their last four top draft picks …

So now that February has arrived, we can now look at our desk calendars or wall calendars and see "pitchers and catchers report" without having to flip forward. I don’t know about you, but that makes me very very very happy. And did I mention I was happy about that?

I still have to wait a month to flip the page and see my spring training travel dates appear in BIG RED LETTERS but hey, I can be patient. Especially since we have a full month’s worth of ATM shows bringing in the farm directors to talk preview …

Hope you all are enjoying this series as much as we are enjoying doing it!


Hey guys,

Slightly off-topic, but what do you think of the Morneau deal?

Yes, off-topic, but that’s ok. Sounds like the Twins and Morneau split the difference between the offers for 2007 and to me, that makes sense. Sure, they want to get a multi-year deal done, but since they couldn’t seem to do that now, why not get the one year out of the way without any problems and then work out something that will lock him up through the arbitration years(and more, if possible). To try to tie it into what we do here…the Twins just do it the right way. Maybe they can’t keep everyone forever, but they develop their own talent and then try to lock them up and keep them in Minnesota for as long as they can do so. There’s a reason why they’ve managed to be competitive annually despite the lower payrolls…

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