12/03/2004: Colt Griffin? Sounds like a character in a B-Western flick.....
Dan at Get Up, Baby! has just launched his "Colt Griffin for Rule 5 Draft Pick" campaign. Looks pretty compelling to me:
The former Royals prospect extraordinaire, famous for being the first high schooler ever to hit 100 on a radar gun and for having a name straight out of some dime baseball novel from the 20's, would be fun to watch in a Cardinals uniform. Why? Because he's like Steve Dalkowski with a hangover: his career minor league numbers include 235 strikeouts, 235 walks, and 64 wild pitches. Would that be awesome, or would that be awesome?Actually, it sounds just like that memorable piece of dialogue from Bull Durham:
Joe Reardon: He walked 18.Back to Dan:
Larry: New league record!
Joe Reardon: Struck out 18.
Larry: Another new league record! In addition he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice...
Larry: Also new league records! But, Joe, this guy's got some serious shit.
And it would mollify Dave Duncan's need for a power arm to fit with bionic sinker action. (It isn't totally bad news, to be fair; he's allowed a deadball-era-esque 11 home runs in those 315 innings.)But isn't Duncan's specialty the rehabilitation of veterans, not the development of raw talent?
But what the hell, count me in on this campaign, if he's still available by the time we get to pick in the Rule 5 draft--remember that the drafting teams pick in reverse order of their win-loss records, and the Cards just happened to have the best record in MLB last season, so we pick dead last in the draft....
Len on 12.03.04 @ 09:10 AM CST