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Say Goodbye To: Belt, Bumgarner, and Storen

Trade Deadline Edition – Traded to The Pi Train

1B – Brandon Belt
Acquired: July 20th, 2010 ($3 FAAB)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Belt, a 2009 5th-round selection from the University of Texas, exploded in 2010, jumping from High-A, dominating at AA, and then holding his own at AAA Fresno. He’s now likely considered the future 1B for the San Francisco Giants, although he has enough athleticism to play left field, depending on how the Giants manage their free agents. Will participate in the Arizona Fall League in 2010, and likely will be called up sometime in 2011.

Minor League – 2010 AB AVG R HR RBI SB
San Jose (Hi-A) 269 .383 62 10 62 18
Richmond (AA) 175 .337 26 9 40 2
Fresno (AAA) 48 .229 11 4 10 2


SP – Madison Bumgarner
Acquired: Protected from 2009 ($2 at 2009 auction)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Called up in late June and plugged directly into the rotation, Bumgarner has done well, having won four games in ten starts thus far in his career. Earlier in 2010 at AAA Fresno, Bumgarner overcame velocity issues that plagued him towards the end of last season (2009), and he featured a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in April, May, and early June. Only 1 year remaining on his WBRL contract.

Active – Weeks 15-19 35.1 2 3.82 1.557 23 0
Reserve – Weeks 0-14 28 2 2.57 1.036 21 0


RP – Drew Storen
Acquired: 2010 Auction ($8)
Traded: August 17th, 2010 (Traded to The Pi Train)
Storen, the other Nationals first-round draft pick in 2009, was a closer at Stanford, and was designated “Closer of the Future” as soon as he signed. While he was scheduled to open the 2010 season in the minors, he was promoted in mid-May to get experience in the 7th inning and lower-leverage situations. With the trade of Matt Capps to Minnesota at the deadline, Storen ascended to sharing the closer role with Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett, and will likely be the closer later in 2010 and beyond.

Active – Weeks 11,12,14-16,18,19 0 19 4.26 1.789 14 2
Reserve – Weeks 0-10,13,17 3 19 0.95 0.789 16 0

Roster Moves – Week 20 – August 17th, 2010


  • Atomic Roadrunners receives:
    • 1B Albert Pujols, Cardinals (active at UT)
    • C Geovani Soto, Cubs (active at C)
    • SP Yovani Gallardo, Brewers (active)
    • SP Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks (active)
  • The Pi Train receives:
    • RP Drew Storen, Nationals
    • SP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
    • 1B Brandon Belt, Giants (minors)

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • 2B Brooks Conrad, Braves ($2 bid), Add to actives


  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo


  • C Ronny Paulino
  • OF Lorenzo Cain
  • SP Randy Wells


  • 2B Luis Castillo
  • OF Matt Diaz


  • Cubs C Geovany Soto is currently on the 15-Day disabled list (retroactive to August 7th) with an injured throwing shoulder.  There are chances that he will not return this season, but the latest news is that he’s scheduled to take batting practice later today, and may return on Sunday, August 22nd.
  • The Pi Train had coveted Storen all summer, and Bumgarner only has one season remaining on his contract.
  • Goodfellas picked up former Roadrunner Danny Espinosa of the Nationals.  There’s a chance he might get a September audition, but he can no longer be protected in the minor leagues (this season).
  • Of the new acquisitions, only Gallardo is protectable (2/$27). Both Soto ($10) and Pujols ($37) have expiring contracts, and Hudson was traded in-season from the White Sox (AL) in the Edwin Jackson deal.
  • In a stunning move, Pirate Smokers made transactions today.  Having only previously made a move on April 27th (Jason Heyward up, Carlos Beltran down), Mark made two pickups (Octavio Dotel and Sergio Casilla), activated Beltran finally (he came off the DL in July) and finally sent down Brandon Webb (60-Day DL, likely to miss all of 2010).

Roster Moves – Week 15 – July 15th, 2010


  • 3B Casey Blake (to UT)
  • MI Omar Infante
  • SP Ian Kennedy
  • SP Madison Bumgarner
  • C Chris Iannetta


  • OF Roger Bernadina (from UT)
  • MI Cristian Guzman
  • SP Wade LeBlanc
  • RP Joel Hanrahan
  • C Ronny Paulino


  • Bid $8 on Reds SP Travis Wood, but was out-bid.  Bidding was $32 (Goodfellas), $11 (Get Off Kong), $8 (AaRr).
  • Bid $1 on Braves minor-league SP Mike Minor.  Was obtained by Get Off Kong for $1, due to tie-break rules.
  • Get Off Kong also acquired Roadrunners prospect Jordan Lyles, and had first-round draft pick Christian Friedrich as his contingency bid on Minor.  Looks like we’re reading the same sources. We’ve also both picked up Hong-Chih Kuo and Sean Marshall this season.
  • There were three trades in the WBRL last week:
    • Get Off Kong acquired 1B Adam Dunn, 1B Lance Berkman, and OF Xavier Nady from Cover Zero, for former 2010 Roadrunner RP Sean Marshall, OF Chris Coghlan, and SP Matt Cain.
    • Shoeless Jews acquired OF Chris Young from Misogynistic Padres, for SP Dan Haren and OF Cody Ross.
    • Goodfellas acquired RP Huston Street, RP Andrew Cashner, and 2B Martin Prado from Misogynistic Padres, for SP Jair Jurrgens, OF Jay Bruce, 1B James Loney, SP Ricky Nolasco, and SS Yunel Escobar (who happened to be traded from Atlanta to Toronto that day).
  • The original trade between Goodfellas and Misogynistic Padres was vetoed by the Commissioner (me) and four other owners also objected. That deal would have had every player list above, plus Misogynistic Padres also acquiring 2B Chase Utley and SP Hiroki Kuroda.  That’s imbalanced!
  • Some discussion comments:

Tom: “I totally agree with the AARR squad…7 for 3 seems lopsided enough, but I ran the numbers and projected value (for the rest of 2010) of the 7 guys that Tim is getting is $114- Drew’s 3 guys – $44!!  Come on man!!

I think the trade needs to be reworked with some guys coming out of Drew’s end (Loney would be logocal as a start) or more active/real guys from Tim’s side being added in…otherwise I say we vote and I vote veto.”

Steve: “way unbalanced, I vote for veto”

Steve (later): “On second look, it isn’t so bad.

Drew is cashing in for next year…Jurrjens, Bruce, and Nolasco are up, Utley is hurt and $36, and Kuroda just isn’t that good.
Street is a $10 closer, Cashner is a $5 keeper, and Prado is one of the best young players in baseball and $10.

On the other hand, Tim has protected guys a lot more expensive than Utley before, and Loney and Escobar are both protectable at not much more money.  Kuroda isn’t sexy, but he’s projecting to 14 wins and an ERA under 4 with over 150 Ks for only $14.

I still say veto.”

Me: “I believe the problem with the trade is that, with possible exception of Prado vs. Escobar, every player received by Tim is, and likely will always be, better than anyone received by Drew, regardless of the length of contract. And Drew received 4 fewer “less-notables”.

Tim received a #2 and two #3 starters, plus four starting position players for a lesser 2B, a recovering closer, and a young middle-reliever.

I’m not hung up on the 7-for-3, it’s just that the 3 should have been of the ilk of Lincecum, Pujols, and a top prospect.  Drew’s proposal or not, that sort of trade is very unbalanced and not good for our league, and it’s too bad that the rest of the league feels obligated to monitor the future of Drew’s squad.

And Utley is VERY protectable at $36.”

Stan: “Rework or veto. Unless you guys want me to trade half my roster to Barry for Strasburg. 😉 Seriously, rework or veto.”

Hersh: “I can’t offer a legal opinion on this trade, because sodomy is regulated on a state level. That said, I agree that it should not go through.  Drew acquires two guys with one year left, each of whom may charitably have ten dollars of equity.  He also gets a prospect with a $5 salary, whom I guess he will keep, but I’m not sure why, other than some inexplicable pro-Cubs bias that permeates the entire league.  In exchange he gives away three solid middle-of-the-order hitters and three #2 or #3 starters. This is completely disregarding Utley (which seems a reasonable thing to do, based on salary and injury).  That’s just too much.  Even if you accept that Drew’s goal is to dump and that his expiring contracts are comparatively worthless, he should only need to trade half of this group to acquire a package of that quality.  Throwing those other guys in is unfair to Andy, Mark, and Tom, each of whom would presumably give up some keepers to get the rest of those guys.”

Roster Moves – Week 13 – June 29th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Sam Demel, Diamondbacks ($2 bid), Add to actives
  • RP Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers ($1 bid), Add to actives


  • SS Jonathan Herrera
  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely


  • SS Omar Infante
  • RP Drew Storen
  • RP Tyler Clippard
  • SP Randy Wells
  • SP Ian Kennedy


  • SP Christian Friedrich (AA – Minors)
  • SP Jordan Lyles (AA – Minors)


  • SP Madison Bumgarner was called up from AAA Fresno Saturday, June 26th, for his 2010 debut against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo rejoins the Roadrunners for the first time since 2007, when he helped the pitching staff as a starter in the second half.
  • Kuo was originally drafted this season by Get Off Kong! (11th Round, 2010 Minor League Draft), but he was released on May 4th.
  • Kuo was a second contingency FAAB selection by Cover Zero.
  • The Pi Train bid $1 on Sam Demel, but was outbid by yours truly.
  • Cover Zero selected former 2o1o Roadrunner Jose Contreras for $0 FAAB bid.
  • Demel’s contract is for 1 year, as he came over from the Oakland A’s AAA Sacramento affiliate to the Diamondbacks in the Conor Jackson trade two weeks ago.

Overnight Dispatches – June 11th, 2010

Josh Johnson fired eight shutout innings on Thursday as the Marlins topped the Phillies 2-0. Johnson improved to 7-3 on the year while out-dueling the best pitcher in the National League: Roy Halladay. He struck out five batters and allowed only one hit while keeping a talented Phillies lineup to three hits. Leo Nunez earned his 13th save of the season with a nearly spotless ninth inning. (Rotoworld)

Tyler Clippard struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth inning to notch the first save of his career on Thursday. Matt Capps has been used heavily lately, so Clippard was given the opportunity to close it out on Thursday. It’s interesting to note that prized rookie Drew Storen did not get the ball in the ninth inning, but rather Clippard. (Rotowire)

Jose Tabata (hamstring) was back in the Pirates’ lineup Thursday. Tabata collected his first career RBI with an opposite field double against Livan Hernandez Thursday night. Tabata hustled on his double and ran hard down the first base line on an infield groundout. It looks like the Bucs dodged a bullet with Tabata, but the promising rookie has dealt with a history of hamstring injuries throughout his minor league career. The rookie was lifted from Wednesday’s game with a cramp, but clearly it was just a precautionary measure. Tabata hit .308/.373/.423 for Triple-A Indianapolis before getting promoted to the big leagues earlier this week and is expected to bring a spark to the Pirates’ starting lineup. (Rotowire)

Madison Bumgarner has been fined and suspended three games for his actions in a Triple-A game on Monday. Bumgarner melted down after a runner was called safe after a pickoff attempt at first base. With Todd Wellemeyer likely headed to the disabled list before his next start, this could make Bumgarner less likely to be called up to take his place. Still, his suspension, which will cost him a start in Triple-A, keeps him eligible to be join the Giants before Wellemeyer’s next scheduled start. (Rotoworld)

Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5 with a two-run triple as part of an eighth-inning rally in the Reds’ 7-6 win over the Giants on Thursday. After Phillips’ triple tied the game at six, Joey Votto singled the second baseman in for the go-ahead run. Phillips had his big game while hitting leadoff for the first time since April 13, 2007 and just the 12th time in his career. He’s actually done quite well in those games, hitting .280 with three homers, seven RBI, nine runs scored and six walks. (Rotoworld)

Mat Latos allowed two runs and two hits over six innings Thursday as the Padres beat the Mets 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. He struck out eight in outdueling Johan Santana. Latos retired the final 13 batters he faced, but the Padres still chose to take him out after 99 pitches. Of course, that was an easier call with their bullpen. Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell all pitched perfect innings after Latos left. He improved to 6-4 with the victory, bouncing back from a shaky outing against the Phillies in his last road start. Earlier this season, it looked like Latos would have to be streamed for his home starts, but he’s looking like a viable option even in shallow mixed leagues for most of his matchups thanks to a 64:20 K:BB ratio in 72.1 innings. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Overnight Dispatches – June 10th, 2010

Clayton Kershaw fanned 10 while allowing three runs over seven innings Wednesday in a win over the Cardinals. Kershaw outdueled Adam Wainwright in the 4-3 game. All three runs came in the fourth, when he gave up a single to Aaron Miles, a walk and then a three-run homer to Ryan Ludwick. He allowed just two hits and one walk in the other six frames. After a rough start, Kershaw is now 6-3 with a 3.13 ERA. (Rotoworld)

Ian Kennedy threw seven scoreless innings on Wednesday night, giving up only three hits against the Braves. He walked five and struck out six leaving the game with a no decision. Kennedy has really excelled at home – opponents are hitting just .190 against him there this season. (Rotowire)

Marlon Byrd hit two home runs and tallied three RBI to lift the Cubs over the Brewers 9-4 on Wednesday night. Byrd has been on fire since the start of June and is entering must-own status once again for mixed leaguers. Counting tonight’s impressive performance, he’s hitting .321 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. The Cubs, though, are just 27-32 and buried in the middle of the NL Central. (Rotoworld)

Buster Posey hit his first career MLB home run on Wednesday in the Giants’ loss to the Reds. Posey’s shot traveled an estimated 439 feet, finding a final resting place in the upper deck of Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. He’s been on a tear since his promotion and needs to be owned in all formats. (Rotoworld)

Earlier, Giants general manager Brian Sabean said that he has no intention of sending Buster Posey back to the minor leagues. “There wasn’t any intent when we brought him up that he’d go back,” said Sabean. “It helps he has two positions in his pocket. We knew he’d help the roster. Once he got here, we knew he’d help in more ways than one.” Well, duh. There was some question about where the pieces would fit if Mark DeRosa managed to make his way back from the disabled list, but he could be sidelined for the rest of the season now. Posey should naturally be owned in all formats moving forward. (Rotoworld)

Jose Tabata left Wednesday’s game with a cramp in his right hamstring. Not exactly the debut he was hoping for, we’d guess. He did finish 2-for-4 with a run scored, but may need to sit out of Thursday’s game. Tabata may have to miss a game or two as a precautionary measure, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Past hamstring issues have caused Tabata to miss time. “I feel great to be out there,” Tabata said. “But something happened in my leg.” Manager John Russell envisions Tabata as a spark plug atop Pittsburgh’s lineup. “He’s got a great approach,” Russell said. “Lays off pitches. Uses the whole field. Uses his speed. He’s going to be a big boost for our offense. We scored some runs tonight, and he was a big part of that.” (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Edinson Volquez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Lynchburg on Saturday. Though he threw 30 pitches in extended spring training on Tuesday, Volquez hasn’t pitched in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. His 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs expires on June 13, so provided he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he could return sometime in July. (Rotoworld)

Madison Bumgarner was fined an undisclosed amount by the Giants for his actions during the seventh inning of Monday’s game with Triple-A Fresno. Bumgarner had to be physically restrained from an umpire after a runner was called safe on a pickoff attempt. The young left-hander hurled a baseball into center field on the way back to the dugout. Bumgarner released a statement via a Giants spokesperson on Tuesday that read: “I am a highly competitive person, but I let my emotions get the better of me. I want to apologize to the Giants organization and to the fans of Fresno and throughout baseball.” Still, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the incident will not impact Bumgarner’s standing in the organization and that he is “real close” to earning a promotion the major leagues. (Rotoworld)

Christian Friedrich is having a rough go of it at Tulsa this year. (0-3, 40 IP, 47 H, 14 BB, 5 HR, 37 K, 4.72 ERA, 1.53 WHIP). The whiff rate is fine, but all of the other numbers are off and – unlike Kelly – Friedrich isn’t young enough to simply write all of this off due to age. He’s too much of a talent to simply write off, but if you were hoping for a contribution this year, you’re almost definitely going to be disappointed. Curiously, he’s being pounded by left-handed batters while doing OK if not great against righties. He’s not finished as a prospect, but Friedrich is going to need to turn it around soon (he’ll be 23 next month) or risk falling into the second tier. (RotoThinkTank)

Keith Law Investigates Bumgarner’s Lack of Velocity

Keith Law investigates the latest with [former] flamethrower Madison Bumgarner, adding contributions from Aaron Gleeman and John Sickels:

Aaron Gleeman on Madison Bumgarner, until very recently one of our top pitching prospects:

    Certainly plenty of 19-year-old pitchers tire late during a season, so Baseball America ranked him as the game’s 14th-best prospect this season and Bumgarner’s declining velocity wasn’t a huge story until he showed up at spring training to compete for the fifth spot in the Giants’ rotation. His fastball rarely topped the mid-80s and he predictably got rocked for a 6.43 ERA while handing out seven walks with zero strikeouts.

    Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesGiants pitching prospect Brian Bumgarner has had some issues in Triple-A this year.

    Bumgarner lost the fifth-starter competition to veteran Todd Wellemeyer and reported to Triple-A, where things have gotten even worse. He gave up 11 hits over three innings in his debut last week and was pasted for seven runs on 10 hits in four innings yesterday. Through two starts Bumgarner has a 14.14 ERA and .538 opponents’ batting average after coming into the season with a 27-5 record and 1.65 ERA in the minors.

    In the span of just a couple months he’s gone from elite prospect competing for a rotation spot at age 20 to likely midseason call-up to … well, now it’s tough to figure exactly what the Giants plan to do with Bumgarner. His fastball is missing 5-10 miles per hour and Triple-A hitters are teeing off on him. Something clearly isn’t right with him physically at this point and the Giants need to figure it out before things get totally out of hand.

Before things get totally out of hand?

Aaron’s on the right track, but I’m afraid he’s still a half-hearted participant in what looks to me like a mass delusion. Here’s an example, from Baseball America’s “Prospect Handbook” (italics all mine):

    At this best, Bumgarner shows a mid-90s fastball … He’s an ornery competitor in the mold of Kevin Brown, and when the Giants needed him to make his major league debut on an hour’s notice, he showed zero fear … Bumgarner pitched at 88-90 mph for most of the second half of last season. A perfectionist, he may have lost velocity because he threw too much on the side … Bumgarner has No. 1 starter potential, and his stuff would play against big leaguers now. He’s just 20, so they’d prefer to let him work in Triple-A to start 2010.

Drink any good Kool-Aid lately?

According to John Sickels — who still rated Bumgarner as “one of the best pitching prospects in the game” — Bumgarner opened last season throwing 90-94 with Class A San Jose, dropped to 87-90 in the summer with Double-A Connecticut, and finished at 85-88 with the Giants in September. In spring training, the Giants let him throw seven innings, in which he recorded seven walks and zero strikeouts. And now he’s throwing cookies in the Pacific Coast League.

I know, I know … “He’s only 20!”

For a pitcher, being 20 should be a good thing. At least a pitcher like Madison Bumgarner. When he was 18 in the Sally League, he struck out 164 in 142 innings, 15-3 record and a 1.46 ERA. A kid like that, you move him quickly and hope he wins some games for the big club before he hurts his arm.

It could have happened last fall. Bumgarner got one start and pitched well, but got stuck with a no-decision when the bullpen gave up a couple of runs. He also pitched a couple of shutout innings in another close game. No wins, though. Or losses. Bumgarner’s record stands at 0-0.

I’m afraid it’s going to be 0-0 for quite some time. I’m afraid this goes beyond “something clearly isn’t right with him physically at this point …” I’m afraid he’s hurt. I’m sure the Giants would tell you that they’ve run all sorts of tests and they can’t find anything and it’s just a mechanical thing, and blah blah blah I’ve heard it all before. This kid’s probably been lighting up radar guns since he was in the ninth grade, and now all of a sudden he’s throwing 87 and all he needs to do is keep his elbow a little higher during his delivery?

Maybe. But probably not.

Is He Done? Bumgarner Gives Up 7 Earned in 4 Innings

Madison Bumgarner surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in four innings Wednesday for Triple-A Fresno. It might be best to write Bumgarner off for at least the first half of the season. The velocity isn’t there right now, and he’s not handling the drop as well as he did last year. Blue Jays minor leaguers Jarrett Hoffpauir and Brian Dopirak homered off him in this one. Bumgarner has been hit hard in his first two starts for Triple-A Fresno by allowing 11 earned runs and 21 hits in seven innings. He has six strikeouts and just two walks, but the rest of his numbers are ugly. It’s just two starts, but this probably reduces his chances of getting called up early in the season. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Update: Wednesday’s stats: 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 4 K

It wasn’t so long ago that Bumgarner was the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game. 2009 was filled with a slow, but steady velocity dip, but the Giants blamed it away on bad throwing problems, insisting that it wasn’t a long-term concern. Going into the spring, Bumgarner was expected to win the No. 5 starter job for the Giants, but he just didn’t pitch well enough to earn it, and after two Triple-A starts, he’s given up a whopping 21 hits in just seven innings, as what used to be a plus-plus fastball now doesn’t crack 90 anymore. Be concerned, be very concerned. (Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus)

Bumgarner Stinks It Up in Fresno

Giants SP prospect Madison Bumgarner made his first Triple-A start on Friday, but it certainly did not go as planned. Bumgarner, who was demoted to Triple-A Fresno in late March, was rocked for 11 hits and four runs in three innings against Reno. He also walked two and struck out two. Bumgarner gave up a home run to Brandon Allen. The early reports for the 2007 first-round pick is that he didn’t break 90 mph during his start Friday. Bumgarner struggled with velocity in the spring, and was demoted because the Giants felt he had some things to work on. But after getting shelled on Friday, we have to wonder if Bumgarner is covering up an injury. Top prospects just don’t struggle to touch 90 mph when healthy. We still feel Bumgarner has a chance to get recalled in 2010, but he definitely needs to improve quickly or fear being left in the minors. Continue to stash Bumgarner in long-term keeper formats and larger mixed leagues. Expectations were that Bumgarner would regain his velocity after the offseason, but it hasn’t happened yet, and he didn’t impress at all this spring. He’s still awfully polished for a 20-year-old and he might yet be a factor this season, but he’d look a whole lot better if he were back throwing in the 90s regularly. (CBS Sports, Rotoworld)

Baseball Prospectus Updates the Top 101

Today Kevin Goldstein provided opening day updates on his Top 101 (Part 1):

9. Buster Posey, C, Giants

Opening Day: Triple-A Fresno. I’ve given up trying to understand what the Giants are doing here.

10. Aroldis Chapman, LHP, Reds

Opening Day: Triple-A Louisville. He was better than expected this spring, and therefore closer to the big leagues.

21. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants

Opening Day: Triple-A Fresno. Bumgarner was expected to earn the fifth starter job this spring in the major leagues, but his velocity remains down in upper-80s, and there are plenty of causes for concern here.

22. Christian Friedrich, LHP, Rockies

Opening Day: Double-A Tulsa. There’s no reason he can’t dominate here like he did at both A-ball stops last season. If he does, he gets a big-league look at some point.

UPDATE (Part 2):

60. Drew Storen, RHP, Nationals

Opening Day: Double- A Harrisburg. Storen pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings at this level last year during his pro debut; don’t be surprised if he’s in the big leagues before teammate Stephen Strasburg.