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The video report features Brentz, Michael Almanzar and Brock Huntziger.
Got two Stars of the Day for you, one from Wednesday and one — witnessed in person! — from Thursday.
For Wednesday, I’m going to go with T.J. House of the Indians. This is the second Star of the Day nod for the lefty and for good reason. He’s been solid this fall. On Wednesday, he went four shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four. For the fall, he has a 1.59 ERA and .175 BAA over 17 IP. It’s been a pretty good way for House to cap off a successful 2012 season that saw him spend much of the year in Double-A.
For Thursday’s Star, I have to go with a guy I saw. Kevin Jensen has been mentioned here before, too, named the Star of the Day for last Thursday. I threw out some fun stuff from our friends at Trackman about how Jensen was among the leaders in hardest, and farthest, balls hit in the AFL. Well, he was at it again on Thursday at Salt River Fields. The Marlins’ outfielder went 3-for-3 in the game, driving in driving in a pair and scoring twice. His second hit was a laser triple to center field that hit the batter’s eye (without knowing the ground rules of the place, I thought at first it was gone). In his next at-bat, he crushed a ball out the opposite way. Not sure what Trackman would have to say about either, but they’d have to register somewhere on the hard hit balls list, I’d wager. I’m told that Jensen is more of a mistake hitter than anything else (he did strike out over 160 times in 2012 and his Double-A numbers weren’t great), but boy, he’s not missing any mistakes here so far this fall. He currently stands second in RBIs and SLG and he’s third in OPS.
As if the newly bargained agreement wasn’t confusing enough, we had to have one team sign two free agents at about the same time. And with one of those free agents a “modified Type A” in the one-year rule adjustment before Type A and Type B ratings go the way of the dinosaur, it gets even more complicated.
The Marlins have made quite the splash in signing Heath Bell (the aforementioned modified Type A) and Jose Reyes (a good, old-fashioned Type A). Because Florida picks No. 9 overall, they will not be giving up their first-round pick. And because they signed Bell first, they won’t be giving up their second-round selection either.
When Bell was modified, it was decided that a team signing him would not have to sacrifice a pick at all to get him. Instead, the Padres will get a compensation pick (sandwich A, we can still call it) after the first round is over. They will also get a second-round pick right in front of the Marlins’ second-round selection.
Here’s the kicker. Even though the Marlins did not have to give up that second-round pick to the Padres, it’s not available to the Mets as compensation for the Reyes signing. Because Bell signed first, that pick in effect is a part of that signing, even though its part is that it didn’t have to be forfeited. Instead, the Mets will get a Comp A pick and the Marlins’ selection in the third round.
Had the Marlins officially signed Reyes first, the Mets would have received that second-round pick. In other words, they get penalized a round because of the Bell signing. That might be something that doesn’t bother the Marlins, given they are in the same division as the Mets. But it’s probably likely that Bell himself will love it. He’s not exactly a fan of the Mets from his time in their system and the fact that his signing cost them a round might give him a little chuckle.
Once upon a time, it was a difficult task to find 10 prospects in the Mets system worth talking about. And while the Mets still don’t have the best minor league organization in the game, it’s come a ways. So it wasn’t too hard to come up with a solid Top 10 prospects list, or even an OMG (One More Guy) from their system:
Sean Ratliff, OF: I’m not exactly sure why he doesn’t get more attention in this system. It’s not that he’s the most exciting prospect in the world, but he’s put up some solid numbers in his two full seasons. The Mets system has guys like this — not the “sexiest” prospects in the world. Maybe they don’t have the highest ceiling in the world, maybe their tools don’t jump out at you, but they keep advancing and they will be big leaguers. And hey, you never know… it’s not like Ike Davis was the biggest prospect in the world and that’s worked out OK so far, right?
Ratliff, 24, was a fourth-round pick of the Mets out of Stanford in 2008. In his first full season, he was a South Atlantic League All-Star, finishing the year with 15 homers, 74 RBIs and 11 steals. Yes, he struck out 141 times and drew only 31 walks.
In 2010, he began the year in the Florida State League and was an All-Star there, too. He got bumped up to Double-A and hit better there. Overall, he finished with a .298/.353/.505 line. His 21 homers put him in a tie for third in the system as did his 80 RBIs. There were the 138 K’s and 40 walks — there’s always going to be some swing and miss to his game. But there’s legitimate power from the left side. Even if he ends up part of a platoon — though he hit lefties well — he could be a good 4th outfielder, at the very least, in the next year or so.