And One More Thing … Giants
You can check out my thoughts on the Giants organization here.
The Giants have been getting a lot of attention for their good young pitchers, and it’s well-deserved. The amazing thing is there’s more than most even realize, with young phenoms like Madison Bumgarner and Tim Alderson getting most of the attention (again, rightfully so).
That leaves a guy like lefty Jesse English in the shadows… and not even getting a mention in my review. Instead of explaining who he is, I suggest you read Lisa Winston’s terrific feature on him. In a nutshell: a 2002 draftee taken out of high school, has a litany of injury problems that keep him on the shelf a lot, cost him nearly two years of playing and had limited him to relief work in the past. Fast-forward to 2008, he joins the San Jose star-studded rotation, his first full-time gig in a full-season league, and promptly finished fourth in the California League in ERA (3.19 — Alderson and fellow Giant Kevin Pucetas finished 1-2), tied with Alderson for third in wins with 13 and third with 135 K’s (in 135 1/3 IP). He might get overlooked now, but if he keeps performing like this, he won’t be forgotten in the future.