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Sunday, June 06, 2004
Here's a list of total WSAA by position in the American League (I posted the NL's yesterday):
C 3 1B -3 2B -14 SS -3 3B -1 OF 6Tough year for AL second basemen. I can't keep up with all the Mariner blogs, but it sure appears as though Bret Boone is having a terrible year in the field (let alone at bat). He has only 1/2 of a fielding Win Share and according to ESPN his zone rating -- .738 -- is the worst among AL second basemen by far. What a spectacular fall.
The Mariners have got to be hoping that his $9 million option for 2005 doesn't kick in. 450 plate appearances is the magic number.
Wichita State lost two dramatic games to Arkansas (the first one ridiculously dramatic), eliminating them from NCAA tournament play. It was a great season for WSU, and I'm obviously sad to see it end. A bunch of good position players will be gone -- Drew Moffitt, Logan Sorensen, Nick Blasi, Brandon Green, Shawn Smarsh -- but only one outstanding pitcher, super-reliever Tommy Hottovy.
Those of you who read THT Live often know that I'm a big Tommy Hottovy fan. The lefty finished the year with a 9-3 record, a 2.25 ERA, and a 92-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 76 innings. Pressed into the rotation toward the end of the season, Hottovy proved to be as good as a starter as he was out of the pen, which only increases his value as a pro.
Next year, the Shockers will retain pretty much all of their pitching staff (excepting Hottovy), including potential #1 pick Mike Pelfrey (about whom you can expect to hear a lot more in the next year at THT Live). I'll update here on how the Shockers fare in the upcoming amateur draft. It's been a fun season, and I'm looking forward to 2005.