He does a weekly segment on Inside Pitch with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden and here are some notes from his conversation today.
- Talking through trade scenarios with Andrew Friedman now as well as all throughout the season.
- B.J. Upton: is not hitting for average, but hitting for more power and driving in runs. He's become a better baserunner and we've made him into a better baseball player.
- Desmond Jennings: Works a great at bat. Did this in the minors in 2009 but lost it a bit last season. He's not chasing pitches and accepting his walks. Did not know he had the kind of raw power he flashed in his home run yesterday. Defensively, incredible range; has to be one of the fastest guys in baseball and he will play at a high level in his career.
- Matt Moore: Joe's never seen him pitch. He's heard his fastball command is greatly improved and make-up, composure, etc are great. Said he had fastball command concerns with David Price in late 08 and early 09 before his recall.
- Alex Cobb: "AC" is a lot like Hellickson. Locate and elevate well. Cobb's change has more movement than deception and Cobb's curveball is better than Hellickson's.
- Reid Brignac: Issues this season actually go back to the same uppercut Joe saw back in the AFL which hurt his plate coverage. Additionally, lack of plate discipline did not help. He played in match-ups well last year, but the lack of selectivity at the plate did not help this season. Defensively, he can play for anyone, anywhere, at any time.
- Buyers or Sellers: Very vague; takes two partners to dance so it hinges as much on the other team evaluating your players as your willingness to trade your own. Mentioned 95 AL West post-season when the Angels blew a 13 game lead and eventually lost to the Mariners in a one-game playoff.