Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible. Ages are as of April 1, 2011.
JAYPERS (IL): As an unbiased BA staffer, which system has more depth for you - the Yanks or the Red Sox?
I went into this chat actively trying to
avoid starting with a Jaypers question, but that son of a gun asks good
questions, and they're always first in the queue. I'm starting to think
Jaypers and JJ Cooper are the same person . . . anyway, Jaypers, Jim and
I discussed this in the podcast that should be live soon. I think it's
the Yankees, but I don't think the gap is as wide as portrayed on the
blogosphere or the web or the twittersphere or whatever. Red Sox have
better pos. player depth, Yankees have greater pitching depth, and their
edge in pitching depth is greater than Boston's edge in hitters. Plus,
I'd rather have pitching depth. So advantage Yankees.
Paul (NYC): Which 2010 draft picks came closest to making this list, and what is your opinion of their drafting strategy this year?
Mason Williams got the largest bonus of
any Yanks 2010 draftee and will rank the highest. Those two often are
related; in this case it isn't cause-effect, but rather questions about
Cito Culver's bat. The scouts I've talked to outside the system like
Williams better, he had a very good instructs (or mini-camp as the
Yankees call theirs). I think the Yanks like Williams better too or else
they wouldn't have paid him more. He's the better athlete, runner and
hitter; Culver's advantage is he can play shortstop.
JAYPERS (IL): Had he remained, where would you have slotted in Arodys Vizcaino on your list?
I didn't give this a second's thought.
Vizcaino has never pitched a full season due to injuries. That would
affect his ranking significantly; he would be 8th at best for me.
Romine's going to be a big leaguer, probably an avg. big league catcher.
Noesi's going to be a big league starter and has a better fastball when
you factor in command. Vizcaino would be behind those guys for me. He
has more upside than either of those guys, but his size, injury history
and lack of durability all give me significant pause.
Ben (Leland Grove): How far off the Top 10 was Adam Warren?
He's in the 11-15 range, which is still
fluid. With the Twins top 30 right on the heels of doing the Yankees,
plus a trip to the Rising Stars Game in between, I haven't finished the
Yanks 11-30 yet. Warren didn't miss the top 10 by much, and I'm sure
there are some who like him better than Noesi, as his breaking ball's a
bit better. I prefer Noesi's fastball and fastball command, though.
Congratulations to Warren for getting married by the way.
JAYPERS (IL): Montero's hitting numbers were basically night and day between the first and second half. What changed?
Several factors. (1) Contrary to Brian
Sabean's belief, Triple-A pitchers are good. (2) First long-term
exposure to Northeast cold April weather. He started last year in Tampa,
avoiding cold April & May weather in Trenton. (3) He's a tinkerer
and was tinkering a bit too much. (4) He had to adjust to all the
offspeed stuff he saw in Triple-A.
He did all that in the second half, plus it got hotter and he warmed up
too. It's a good sign that he struggled and didn't sulk, he got back to
being Jesus Montero. Very encouraging sign for Yankees.
Justin (Tampa): I see you have Jose Ramirez as
having the best change in the system. Did he rank in the top 30? How
do his other pitches grade out and what is his ceiling?
He'll rank in the top 30, in the early
20s, and he was the best pitching prospect on the Charleston roster.
He's kind of a younger version of Noesi, if he can command the fastball
that way. The Yankees really don't have many pitchers with great
changeups; at times Banuelos' pitcher is a 60, but it's inconsistent
according to everyone I talked to. Ramirez's was more consistent. I like
him, upside is pretty strong, breaking ball is short right now.
Charlie (Wichita): After a solid 1st full season, did Graham Stoneburner come close to cracking the top 10? Does he have mid rotation potential?
Not for me, not in a system this deep. He
had a nice year, worked off his low-90s two-seamer more than the
four-seamer and has good sink. Mark Newman threw a Jake Westbrook comp
on him, and the Yankees had Westbrook back in the day so they know
whereof they speak. That said, Stoneburner for me is more of a middle
reliever, a better version of D.J. Mitchell as a sinker-slider guy who
also has a solid four-seamer and more durability than his former Clemson
Jake (NY): Did Ramon Flores make your 30? Thoughts on him?
He's in the running for the back of the
30. He had a good instructs; played a lot of 1B this year but more of a
LF. I got a Gerardo Parra comp on him from a scout that like him for his
swing and athleticism, but there's some question about how much impact
is in that bat.
Frank (TX): Could you give us a rundown on Kelvin DeLeon? Thanks.
I'm not a huge fan and never have jumped
on that bandwagon. He won't make the Top 30 this year. He's a
less-toolsy Melky Mesa with less accomplishment. He has huge raw power;
anything else that stands out, beside the strikeouts? I know I'm being a
bit harsh but to me he's just another guy.
Adam (Trenton, NJ): Thomas Kahnle was dominating in his first taste of the pros. Is he strictly a bullpen arm, and does he move quickly if he is?
Yes and Yes. He's got a chance for the
back of the 30 as well, right now he's in the 26-30 range. I'll probably
wind up writing up 35-40 guys, at least in some form, so I can get all
my info out and figure out how they profile, how close they are to their
ceiling, etc. Kahnle is a reliever-only but he should move quickly in
that role, one of the harder throwers in the system, throwing consistent
strikes with the fastball is his first order of business in 2011, then
developing his slide-piece.
Neil (Sacramento): Did David Phelps get any
consideration for the list? Do you think he gets a few starts this year
in New York, or maybe helps out the pen?
He'll be in the 16-20 range. His secondary
stuff still leaves most observers that I have talked to looking for
more. He's a back-end starter or middle reliever, depending on the
situation, the org., etc. I think he's a trade piece but could help in
the pen. He's behind a lot of others in the pecking order for getting
starts — Nova, Noesi among guys on 40-man roster, then in the prospect
pecking order obviously Betances, Banuelos, Brackman . . . timing would
have to be right, I think, for that to happen.
Mark (NYC): I was surprised you had Noesi at #7
as his ceiling seems to be limited compared to some guys you left off.
Did any of the following get consideration for top 10 and what are your
brief thoughts on the following players: Cito Culver, Adam Warren, Melky
Mesa, Brett Marshall and David Phelps?
Noesi's eiling is No. 3 starter if his
breaking ball is just average; more likely to be a good No. 4 starter,
but he's very close to that ceiling. He has a better FB than Warren;
he's much closer to the majors than Marshall, whose breaking ball also
is inconsistent and has a similar repertoire; he has better stuff than
Phelps, his change is better than any secondary pitch Phelps has. The
two position players you mentioned were not serious Top 10 contenders.
Mesa improved but has too much swing-and-miss; Culver's bat is far away.
He was not a consensus first-rounder, nor was he the best player the
Yankees drafted this year.
Peter (Aurora, CO): Do you think Adam Warren
will get a taste of the majors in 2011? Do you see him sticking as a
starter or does he end up a swingman type?
I think he winds up starting elsewhere; if
he sticks in Yanks org, the guys with the best fastball command will
get first shot at starting in NYC, which is why Noesi is at the front of
that second tier of Yankees pitching prospects for me, the group after
the B Man Group (Banuelos-Betances-Brackman). Warren's a great trade
chip. Yankees have many of those, guys who could be third, fourth or
fifth starters who they can package for a piece they need in the majors.
Not sure what that piece will be obviously because free agency just
started. If they don't get Cliff Lee, they could assemble quite a trade
package for someone else's starting pitcher if needed, and Warren almost
certainly would be part of that.
Bernie (Warwick, RI): With a solid comeback season in 2011 does David Adams become a legit prospect ?
Yes, he was in the 30 last year, which to
me means he was a legit prospect. He's very good at turning the DP (at
least when healthy), and he has impact in his bat. He's got to show he
can still turn two, though, after the injury. That's his greatest asset
as a defender. If he can't do that then he moves to 3b, and that's going
to be a bit tougher for him offensively.
Bernie (Warwick, RI): Is Melky Mesa's ceiling Alphonso Soriano ?
No; Soriano hit 40 homers a few times and
went 40-40. Mesa doesn't have quite that kind of explosiveness. He has
big tools but not that big. He does have similar swing-and-miss. I like
Melquisedec and he'll be in the 30 but in the late teens or early 20s.
Bernie (Warwick, RI): Is the Yankees farm system top 5 ?
I think it is; Jim Callis will take some
convincing. Just going through some top 30s lists, I know I think New
York has both more impact and more depth than most of them. For me it's
in the top 5-7 mix.
Dan (D.C): Roughly speaking, where does Gary Sanchez rank in your personal top 50?
Tough to say because I haven't really
given that thought yet; still have Astros calls to make, who knows how
many Astros will be in that list . . .
Seriously, I haven't thought about it but I'll venture to say in the
Dan (D.C): Assuming the reason that Sanchez has
a higher ceiling than Montero is based on defense, how much of an edge
in offensive updside does Montero have?
Just hard to quantify. Sanchez has plus
raw power, probably 60 or 70 raw; Montero is 70 or 80, depending on whom
you talk to. I would saw I haven't gotten any 70 or 80 hit grades on
Sanchez like you get on Montero, more like "a good chance to hit," 50
hit grades, that kind of thing. So how much of an edge is that in big
league stats, 200 points of OPS? I don't know how you quantify that. I'm
not sure if the gap between Montero & Sanchez on offense is bigger
than the gap on defense, and I'm not sure which matters more, frankly,
because we're talking about catchers. I just know I was told repeated
that Sanchez's ceiling is as high or higher than anyone in the
organization, and that opinion came from inside and outside the
Ernie (New York, NY): After the Killer Bs, who
has the best chance to crack the rotation as more than just filler/spot
starter? Is it Nova as he keeps learning how to use his good stuff? Is
it Warren who has a lot of admirers in the organization? Noesi is
probably trade bait because of his flyball tendencies, but his plus
control could play in the rotation. Thanks for all of the great
Obviously I think it's Noesi, that's why
he's No. 7. Nova doesn't have Noesi's command or efficiency, though his
secondary stuff is better. Nova profiles better in the bullpen. Warren
does not have as many admirers, I believe, as Noesi does, but they are
Dean (Houston): How do you rate outfielders Abraham Almonte, Eduardo Sosa and Kelvin De Leon? Are they still considered prospects?
None in the top 30. Toolsy outfielders who
really haven't performed enough in the cases of Sosa and De Leon, and
Almonte doesn't have a great profile, plus he had a shoulder injury
truncate his 2010 season. None of those guys does a lot for me.
Dean (Houston): Do you foresee J.R. Murphy staying at catcher? If not, what position will he eventually move to and when?
No. I think the Yankees will keep trying
with him but early returns from his first pro season were not positive. I
think he winds up trying 3B but in an outfield corner. He'll fall
pretty far down the 30 after being in last year's Top 10.
Dean (Houston): Would it be best for Brandon
Laird to concentrate at playing outfield in AAA next season or continue
to alternate between 3B and 1B?
No, because Alex Rodriguez is getting old
and he'll get some PT at 3B and 1B if he is in the big leagues. He also
has much more trade value at 3B than in LF.
Daron (Minneapolis): John-Thanks for the chat.
What's you take on the 2010 Yankee draft? Culver, Segedin, Gumbs,
Williams, Encinas, Morton, Rutckyi, Austin, Burawa, Kahnle and Gamel all
have potential. Mostly prep stars who need to develope. Culver
probably exceeded expections. It could be a great draft or a bust.
What are the scouts saying?
All drafts have potential. It's a draft
long on athleticism and projection and guys who profile, though Gamel
stands out as having some polish. Segedin has work to do on defense; I
wouldn't rank or consider him at the top of this draft class. He might
have been the sixth or seventh or eighth best guy they drafted. Since I
volunteered, I'd rank them Williams, Culver, Kahnle, Gumbs (reports at
instructs were not positive but it's early), Gamel, Rutdkyj, Morton,
then maybe Segedin. Kahnle will move quickly; Connor Mullee is a very
interesting sleeper; the rest will require patience and time.
Dean (Houston): What are the odds that Melky
Mesa continues to improve on his plate discipline? Does he have a
chance to be a starting outfielder in the majors or does he project more
as a 4th outfielder?
His ceiling for me is second-division
regular, because the hit tool is just not developed enough, too much
swing-and-miss. For New York, he's more of a 5th outfielder in the Greg
Golson vein. That's probably not a bad comp.
Dean (Houston): What would a 2014 starting lineup of only prospects look like?
Fun question. C: Romine. 1B: Sanchez. 2B:
Corban Joseph. SS: Eduardo Nunez. 3B: David Adams. OF: Slade Heathcott,
Brandon Laird and I guess Melky Mesa in RF. DH: Jesus Montero of course.
SPs: Betances, Banuelos, Brackman, Noesi, Adam Warren. Closer: Ivan
ScottAz (Phx, AZ): What can you tell us about
Angelo Gumbs? What is his power potential like? Heard the Yanks are
committed to having him play 2b instead of OF, does he have the tools to
Sorry for the slight delay, we have a
magazine going to press today as well. The Yankees will try to keep
Gumbs in the infield, and he played mostly 2B in instructional league,
though he also played some short. Outside the organization, he's given
very little chance to stay in the dirt. The Yankees have more conviction
and will give him every chance. My money's on outfield, also because
the Yanks actually don't have great OF depth and Gumbs sounds like he
has more work to do than just finding a position.
Dean (Houston): Do you think that Cito Culver
will start in LoA Charleston next year, or will he start in extended
spring training as Heathcott and Murphy did this last year? Will he be
able to stay at SS and what is his time table to making the majors?
I think it will come down to spring
training. The Yankees don't want another Carmen Angelini on their hands.
They won't send Culver to Charleston if he's not ready, and his bat
makes that touch-and-go. Defensively, if he can't play SS then there's
no way he gets drafted anywhere close to the first round, but the
consensus is he has a good chance to stay there and could be an
above-average defender there. Timetable? If everything works out I'd say
2014 or 2015.
kev (yankee land): are there questions about Gary Sanchez work ethic?
Not yet, but it is hard for teenagers to
stay motivated when they are handed a pile of money. Heck, it's hard for
older people too.
Dean (Houston): You listed Andrew Brackman as
the 2014 closer. Do you think he will make his major league debut as a
started next year? When and where will he make his transition to being a
Sigh. He's listed as the closer because
they don't have an obvious closer candidate in house or in the majors
anymore (thanks for comin' out, Joba). He has two plus pitches and might
be helped by a move to the pen to bring out some aggressiveness. I do
believe he'll pitch in the majors next year, thanks in part to his
contract, and I think he'll start out as a long relief and spot starter
type, getting innings that this year went to guys like Dylan Mosely,
Sergio Mitre, etc.
James (New York): Can Jesus Montero get by as a
starting big league catcher next year? And why is Austin Romine
considered better defensively, despite both having similar weakness?
Romine is a better thrower and receiver
than Montero. He's at least average at both; Montero is below-average.
Romine is more athletic. They really don't have similar weaknesses. All
that said, Montero can get by as the starting catcher next year in New
York as long as he hits. Another slow start with the bat won't cut it
with the scrutiny he'll be under. And catching Kei Igawa and catching CC
Sabathia are two very different things. I saw the story today about
Posada's surgery, I can see Montero and Cervelli splitting time behind
the plate, Montero getting more starts but Cervelli coming on late, and
that continuing even when Posada comes back.
Dean (Houston): Do any of the pitching
prospects have a chance at being a number 1 or 2 starter for the Yankees
in the future or are most 3-4 starters?
Those top 3 guys all have that potential.
Betances and Brackman have No. 1 stuff, I mean, they have two pitches
pushing 70 on the 20-80 scale. Banuelos is the safest bet to start with
three pitches and better pitchability. Betances' better changeup this
year makes me think he'll start, but I do still have questions on his
athleticism and future ability to throw strikes. He could wind up a
Bobby Witt type who has front-line stuff but never throws enough strikes
to be a true ace.
Marcus (Endicott, NY): Who do the Yankees
really like out of lower-level pitchers Evan DeLuca, Bryan Mitchell, Nik
Turley, Brett Gerritse, and Mikey O'Brien?
Mitchell has the best stuff of that group,
but throwing strikes was a real challenge for him. The rest of those
guys are kind of fringy, Gerritse is probably the next-best guy,
Mitchell's the only one with a shot at the top 30.
Dean (Houston): Other than Gary Sanchez, who are the international signees of the last few years to keep an eye on?
Well the guy you left out of course is
Banuelos, but the next best guy might be Ramon Flores, whom we mentioned
early. I'm still gathering info from their Dominican instructs program
but two scouts I talked to were both disappointed by the lack of impact
international guys in instructional league this year. It wasn't a great
year on the int'l front and the Yankees looked for athletes in the
draft, not internationally. Those two things are related.
Marcus (Endicott, NY): Should the Yankees protect Craig Heyer for the Rule 5?
Probably not though he's had an
eye-opening year. I haven't gone through and put together a mock Yankees
40-man roster but he's eminently replaceable. Nice strikethrower,
breaking ball is short, change is OK, not a hard thrower. In a different
year with different pitching depth he's a guy you'd hold onto, but they
haveguys better than Heyer.
Dave from Thunder Country (Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.):
With both David Adams and Corban Joseph seemingly being good prospects,
and no room at the inn with Robinson Cano there, are either being
considered for a switch to either 3rd base or a corner outfield spot?
Who was higher ranked?
Joseph will rank higher. Both have seen time at 3B in the past and Joseph did play some third this year at Tampa.
Steven Alengakis (NYC): Hi John, Besides
Montero and Sanchez, which players in the system do you believe have a
strong chance to become part of the next core of Yankees? Also, are you a
strong believer in Montero, Banuelos, Betances, and Brackman joining
some of the younger current Yankees like Cano, Hughes, and Gardner as
part of the next core? And why is it that no one thinks much of most
Yankees drafts, yet they have produced some very good players in recent
years (Austin Jackson, Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Joba
Chamberlain)? Thank you.
Hey Steve. Long question, long answers. I
do believe Montero, Banuelos and one of those tall pitchers will become
core guys. I am very split on Brackman; love the stuff, always have, and
always have questioned the makeup. I'm not sure he's suited for NYC.
The draft question is simple — those are good players the system has
produced through the draft, but they Yankees have flushed a lot of
money, too. The real issue is money. The '07 draft is a great example
with Angelini, Suttle (still has some believers in the system), Weems,
Tyler Grote�that's close to $3 million in above-slot signees who went
nowhere. But that same draft has Brackman, Romine and Laird and could
wind up as a win. In '05 they got Jackson and gardner but flushed C.J.
Henry, Alan Horne (think he got $600k), JB Cox didn't make it . . . Even
the Joba draft, Ian Kennedy had a nice year and was included in a
trade, but he was considered a bit of an overdraft and a definite
overpay at $2.2 million.
Marcus (Endicott, NY): Mason Williams was listed as the fastest baserunner on the Best Tools feature. How comparable is his speed to Slade Heathcott?
Just a tick faster, 70 to 65 or maybe 75
to 70. Williams has turned in some raw 80 times but the Yankees judge
speed by what's playable, not by workout times. I prefer that method as
MJ (Valpo): For how many other teams would Gary
Sanchez be their #1 overall prospect? Seems like he's legit enough to
make just about any team's #1, right?
Woah there. He wouldn't be 1 for the Nats
(Harper), or Angels (Trout). Just in the AL East, could you take a
short-season C over a pitcher with upside who's been in the majors (Kyle
Drabek) or a 20-year-old with No. 1 stuff who's been in Double-A (Casey
Kelly) or over Jeremy Hellickson, or even Matt Moore or maybe even
Desmond Jennings? So he wouldn't be No. 1, for me, in any of the rest of
those systems, just because there's a long, long way to go. He's No. 2
here because of ceiling and because the guys he was competing with —
Betances and Banuelos and Brackman — also have significant questions,
especially considering the first two have never thrown full seasons
above low Class A. I thought even though there are questions on Sanchez
reaching his ceiling, I had enough Q's about the pitchers to push him up
Mike (Minnesota): If Montero is in the "Piazza
mold" for potential and comparable batting stats, who is Gary Sanchez
most comparable to? The standard is now Joe Mauer...is he close to ever
being that kind of impact?
No. He's not going to win 3 batting
titles, or one. I'd put his ceiling at just shy of Brian McCann, who
gets overlooked too often in my opinion. That's a pretty high ceiling.
McCann was the best pos. player on a 91-win playoff team this year.
That's lofty. But it's not Mauer.
Greg27 (Fort Worth, TX): Rank these latin bats: Sanchez, Flores and Sano.
If by Flores you mean Wilmer Flores, I'd
go Sano-Sanchez-Flores. Sano gets 80 power grades from some scouts I've
talked to; Sanchez doesn't have his impact bat, nor does Flores. As for
prospect, Sanchez may be best of the group because it sounds like he can
Adam (New Orleans): I was in a message board
discussion about the Yankees' three B's last week, with the other poster
stating that he thought that Betances, Banuelos, and Brackman would all
make the overall Top 100 list. I didn't think all three would (don't
think Brackman makes the cut) and suggested that if all three did, then
my Braves should have six or seven (!) pitchers in the Top 100 (Teheran,
Minor, Vizcaino, Delgado, Perez, Beachy and Kimbrel). How would you
rank those ten and where would you cut off on that list for the Top 100?
Thanks for the chat!
I am the high man on Brackman and even I
have my doubts, but he's a top 100 guy. Perez probably is not; Delgado
probably is not; Vizcaino will be a source of debate at least for me.
Beachy is a back of the 100 guy.
Jackson Wayans (Purchase, NY): Considering the
recent successes of pitchers returning from surgery within the Yankee
organization, is Caleb Cotham a potential sleeper for next season?
None of them had big knee injuries like
Cotham so the track record doesn't really mean anything in his case. I
like Cotham but let's see him pitch first.
John (Ashburn, VA): John: Graham Stoneburner and D.J. Mitchell - how far off of the list? What do they need to break into the Top 10? Tks.
Neither of these guys are top 10 types,
not even for most organizations. They are probably middle relievers, and
probably not closers either. I think both can be big league
contributors but it will be an upset, for me, if either one is ever a
consistent major league rotation member, unless they get traded to
Tim (Long Island): Can't wait to see who is the
first to complain that DJ isn't on the starting lineup for 2014. That
outfield might make a good olympic relay team although I'd probably like
Headthcott in RF because of his arm. Anyway who is your favorite lefty
in the system not named Manny? Us Yankee fans fans need good lefty
pichters with that short porch.
I haven't seen one question on that one yet; we weren't going to project a 40-year-old starting shortstop though.
I'd have to pick Rutckyj, but there's not a great pool of LHPs to choose from.
Not Jaypers (Mudcatsfan) (Raleigh, NC): While i
have read that Montero's CS % was 23% for the year, i ran some numbers
and noted that in the second half (from June 27th on he was 28%. I see
this as marked improvement, yet i havent read that in ANY of the
scouting reports. Is it possible the scouts already had their opinion
set on him, or did they just not see him late in the season?
Also did you know Mike Piazza's career CS% was 23% ?
I think scouts were paying attention. I
didn't compare him to Piazza defensively, but I have tried to do that
with some scouts. The consensus seems to be Piazza was a better receiver
and handled pitchers fairly well; Montero has more arm strength,
accuracy is his issue. Montero has improved; he used to be a 30 catcher.
Now he's a 40 catcher. Only person who ever has considered him more
than a 40 catcher to me was Mark Newman. I respect Mark's opinion
greatly and think he knows a ton more about baseball than I ever will,
but he's in the minority on this subject.
Avi (New Jersey): Better prospect Casey Kelly or Betances, Banuelos, Brackman?
I'd take Kelly. He had a poor year but he
has stuff as good as Betances, a bit better than Banuelos, great body,
athleticism . . . I'm a Casey Kelly fan.
Billy Martin (NYC): Ivan Nova was pretty decent
in his spot starts this year. What I noticed from him were 2 above
average pitches in his fastball (consistent 93-95), hard curve, and
definitely an average fading changeup. Usually 2 above avg. pitches and
1 avg. pitch with decent command is projected atleast a 3, no?
He doesn't have decent command, or even
good control, and his secondary pitches are really inconsistent. I've
been a Nova guy for years but I don't see him as a No. 3, and neither
does any scout I've talked to about him.
Karl of Delaware (Georgetown, Delaware): The
best position player by far when I was watching the Riverdogs was Jimmy
Paredes. I know he was traded to the Astros. If he stayed in the Yanks
organization would he have made the Yankees top 30 in the Handbook?
He would have made the 30 probably, but
since I'm doing the Astros top 30, you will get a chance to ask that
question again when I bear down on him more for that list.
That's as good a place as any to hit it
and quit. Gotta grab some lunch. Thanks for being patient, we were going
to do this Friday but I had to go to Arizona for the Rising Stars Game,
which was a load of fun. No chat Friday, but J.J. Cooper will be here
Monday to chat Royals. And that one could go a while, J.J. is VERY into