Tuesday, August 17, 2010

shocking

In what has become an unfortunate trend, Doug Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers have AGAIN managed to swing and miss on a 1st round selection of a starting pitcher. Unlike the previous circumstances where the selections have "busted" due to things such as weed, injuries, or flat out ineffectiveness, this years selection of Dylan Covey has failed due to diabetes! What next???? Question....when evaluating prospects leading up to the draft, do you not evaluate their health before ultimately deciding to select them? Maybe taking a blood sample isn't common practice, but considering that as an organization you are not only investing the million dollar signing bonuses that get paid to 1st rounders, but you are also investing in their talent as being a contributor to what hopefully is a winning ball club in the future, I then suggest that you fully evaluate each player's health. I understand that in the end Milwaukee will be reimbursed their selection of 15thish in next year's draft, but considering the time that it takes for pitching prospects to emerge from the minor league system and the fact that our "young" team isn't exactly young anymore, pushing back the drafting of a starting pitcher another full year is flat out disheartening. When can this organization catch a break with these early round selections? It is becoming evident that Doug Melvin & Co. simply cannot put together a quality starting staff with home grown talent.....or via free agency for that matter. This additional black mark on their resume only reiterates the need to trade Prince Fielder.....whether it be for an established and quality starting pitcher or for a pitching prospect(s). Unfortunately Melvin's history with trades hasn't exactly been extraordinary so I'm not holding my breath regarding this scenario.

8 comments:

Rubie Q said...

They weren't allowed to give Covey a physical until last week, so it's hard to fault Melvin and Co. for not catching this earlier.

EMoney said...

Why are they not allowed to give a proper physical? I believe every other major sport is allowed to do this. Maybe it's the ridiculously strong Player's Union that worked this deal.

EMoney said...

Oh, and way to be "fair and balanced" on your comment Rub....as I know you're a hater.

gobrew23 said...

I don't understand how this is a "black mark" on the FO. The Covey family said the Brewers were willing to "bend over backwards" to make something work even after the diagnosis. And as Rubie Q said they weren't able to do bloodwork until last week, so you can't really fault the Brewers.

Also, next years draft is supposed to be very deep. If the Brewers are able to take a projectable college arm with the 17th pick (not 15th)he may make to the majors faster than Covey would have.

Either way, this is a tough break for both the Brewers and Dylan Covey.

Rubie Q said...

Yep, gobrew's got this one nailed. I'm not slow to bash Melvin and Co. when they earn it (Suppan, Wolf, Arnett, etc), but this situation doesn't fit. It's simply "shit happens."

PaulNoonan said...

Agreed. This is not a all the same as Jeremy Jeffress's Diaweedies.

EMoney said...

I agree with all said as I was unaware that predraft physicals do not occur in MLB.

Regardless of who is at fault, it's bad luck and another missed opportunity to improve our most glaring weakness. So the next obvious question is how does management rectify the overall situation. Who are the FA's this offseason? Are any teams going to be looking to dump salaries? Who are going to be the most likely suitors from Fielder?

I'm just very curious to see what happens in the next 6-7 months.

PaulNoonan said...

It'd be nice to see Gamel up soon since he's been raking at AAA. They can just put him in right fi...Oh, right, they extended that guy. Well, First base then...Oh, right.

Uhm...

Hmm...

It's almost as if they put no thought into this problem at all. At least Brett Lawrie will probably be either a 1st baseman or a corner outfielder too.