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*Give the low-budget Marlins credit for rolling the dice in the draft on talented pitcher Jeff Allison, who could prove to be a tough sign.

Allison is being advised by Casey Close of IMG, where the philosophy is never to talk money parameters with teams in advance of the draft. It was that uncertainty, combined with the recent memory of IMG-advisee John Mayberry Jr. heading to Stanford last fall after the Mariners took him in the first round, that caused Allison to drop out of a projected spot in the top 10.

Then there's the whole bias against high school right-handers, who typically have the lowest success rate of any draft type. Allison was the first prep righty taken this year. The only other such first-rounder was the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley at No. 24.

There were also concerns among scouting directors about Allison's brash attitude. One AL scouting chief called Allison "a bit of a rebel" and said he "needs to mature."

*Bucking a trend, just three of the Marlins' top 21 picks came from big-time four-year college programs. Of those, second-rounder Logan Kensing could be the closest to providing big-league help.

Kensing, a right-hander with a David Cone body type, bounced between the rotation and the bullpen for Texas A&M this season. Kensing throws a heavy sinker in the low 90s and has a slider and split-finger to go with it.

Seventh-rounder David Marchbanks, a 6-foot-2 lefty out of South Carolina, was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year. Marchbanks rarely touches 90 mph but has good command of all his pitches, including a cutter/slider and change.

Georgia third baseman Lee Mitchell (sixth round) showed good power in the Cape Cod League last summer but had a middling season.


*classless move by the Marlins? boy Mike is out for blood but if true this guys are the lowest slim of the earth:


You know the paranoia is running rampant in the Marlins' ivory tower when, according to club sources, all off-field employees have been barred from speaking with the media without prior approval. Anyone who dares speak to a media person on his or her own is being summoned to the office of team President David P. Samson for an explanation. Guess we know what the "P" stands for now. ...

Another classless Marlins move came after former WQAM reporter Josh Friedman, whose contract was not renewed, was promised he would be allowed to keep his credential through the season. This promise came from owner Jeffrey Loria, no less, who called it "the humane thing to do," Friedman said. Two days later, however, Marlins publicity man Steve Copses confiscated the hard-working Friedman's pass outside the home clubhouse, literally ripping it from his neck. Said Friedman: "[Copses] smelled blood. He kicked me when I was down and he didn't have to do it." Since that incident last weekend, Friedman has hooked on as a free-lancer with Metro Networks. The Marlins have reinstated his season pass. ...


Conspiracy?????hmmmm

*One scout on the latest Marlins mystery: "I've got one question for you: What the heck is wrong with Pudge [Rodriguez]? He's too good to look this bad. When you break down a catcher, there's none better. Doesn't he have any pride to make the Hall of Fame?" ...


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/basebal...-sports-marlins
 

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*One scout on the latest Marlins mystery: "I've got one question for you: What the heck is wrong with Pudge [Rodriguez]? He's too good to look this bad. When you break down a catcher, there's none better. Doesn't he have any pride to make the Hall of Fame?" ...
Some of us have been asking that question all year....
 

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*Give the low-budget Marlins credit for rolling the dice in the draft on talented pitcher Jeff Allison, who could prove to be a tough sign.

Allison is being advised by Casey Close of IMG, where the philosophy is never to talk money parameters with teams in advance of the draft. It was that uncertainty, combined with the recent memory of IMG-advisee John Mayberry Jr. heading to Stanford last fall after the Mariners took him in the first round, that caused Allison to drop out of a projected spot in the top 10.

Then there's the whole bias against high school right-handers, who typically have the lowest success rate of any draft type. Allison was the first prep righty taken this year. The only other such first-rounder was the Dodgers' Chad Billingsley at No. 24.

There were also concerns among scouting directors about Allison's brash attitude. One AL scouting chief called Allison "a bit of a rebel" and said he "needs to mature."
"Credit for rolling the dice"???

Sounds like a recipe for failure to me.
 

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