Well, without any baseball going on, I spent some time over the weekend editing up some video that I never got around to doing over the last year. The first video I’m adding is two innings of Tanner Cooper.

The Cincinnati Reds 35th round draft pick, who was basically Steve Nebraska while playing at Finger Lakes Community College, dominated in Greeneville for the Reds after the draft last summer. Cooper pitched in 15 games last season, throwing 36.2 innings for Greeneville where he allowed just 23 hits and walked 12 batters. In that span he gave up just nine earned runs, leading to a 2.21 ERA on the season.

Back in February I wrote about his first professional season and provided a full scouting report. You can see the entire piece here if you missed it.The too long, didn’t read version:

Fastball | The pitch currently works in the 88-90 MPH range and touches a little higher.

Curveball | It’s inconsistent, but when it’s at its best it flashes above-average.

Slider | It’s also inconsistent, but will also flash above-average.

Change Up | A below-average offering at this point that needs work to catch up to the other secondary offerings.

There’s plenty of projection there, too. He’s got size and he’s athletic.

Other Baseball News

One project I’ve decided to try and take a stab at with no real baseball going on, is trying to write profiles on fictional baseball players from movies. The idea is to use the information we gather from the movie about the player and try to create a full story about them over their life – hopefully weaving in real baseball stories within based on the information we pick up. And for me, the first one worked out better in that manner than I ever could have imagined.

My first choice was Morris Buttermaker, the Bad New Bears manager. We learned a few things about him in the movie, but only got two very specific pieces of information about his playing career. One of them were his stats with Phoenix in the minor leagues in 1951. Looking up the league that Phoenix was in back in 1951 led to a rather cool set of stories about real life baseball players, one of which with an interesting link to the Cincinnati Reds.

The fake true story of Morris Buttermaker

In a bit of a strange move over the weekend, the Seattle Mariners released Sam Tuivailala. The 27-year-old right-handed pitcher posted a 2.35 ERA last season in 23 games with Seattle. And over the last three seasons between Seattle and St. Louis he’s thrown 102.1 innings with a 2.81 ERA. He hadn’t pitched this spring, dealing with shoulder impingement – but was about to make his first appearance when spring training was shut down. Tuivailala has had some issues staying healthy in his career, but when he’s been on the mound, he’s gotten it done. If and when we get baseball back this year, he could be an interesting guy to perhaps take a look at.

One Response

  1. camisadelgolf

    Tuivailala’s velocity was down this spring. Taking a look wouldn’t hurt, but other teams have a better opportunity for him when you consider how good the Reds’ bullpen is.