You should definitely check out the full transcript, but here's highlights on some Pinstripe Alley favorites:
Melancon missed the 2007 season with TJS, but his recovery has gone well and is expected to be ready for spring training. He throws hard (90-95 MPH) and can notch strikeouts too, but relies more on groundball outs than Sanchez and Whelan. He utilizes a curveball as his secondary pitch.
Regular readers know that I'm most excited by the relievers, especially Sanchez and Whelan. Both were products of the Sheffield trade and I feel that there success would kill several birds with one stone:
- It would give those in the middle ground about Cashman another counterpoint to the haters.
- Their success would validate a buy and trade approach, which would discourage the distribution of no-trade clauses.
- Short-term, the better our bullpen is the longer Joba stays in the rotation.
- Long-term, if either of those players reaches their potential it answers the looming "Post-Mo" question.