Angels Top Prospect Countdown: #5 – Joe Gatto

Joe Gatto 10 words or fewer: Former prep pitcher with upside continues steady climb up ladder. Position: SP | Age (2016): 21Throws: R | Bats: RHeight: 6’3″ | Weight: 2042015 Rank: 8 LEVEL IP ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB% WHIP Rookie54.14.314.646.32.80.763.0%1.66 Fastball – B. Gatto’s fastball sits 92-94 with heavy downward movement. The velo is slightly above...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies first round draft choices have been pretty disappointing since Cole Hamels

Embed from Getty Images The Phillies picked 17th back in 2002, after Larry Bowa's first season as Phillies manager yielded an 86-76 record. The draft was a good one: it included names such as Adam Loewen, Joe Blanton, and Jeff Francoeur. And also future stars Zach Greinke, Prince Fielder, Scott...
Via Philliedelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 143 – Sierra, Blanton, Anthopoulos

On this episode of “Dugout Blues” this year, Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I are back after a mini-hiatus because almost nothing has happened. But there were finally a few things to come down the pipe, so here we go. The Dodgers still haven’t announced the deal, but they have come to an agreement with Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra. It’s a relatively low-risk move for...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton is still Joe Blanton but the new slider is cool

The Dodgers signed Joe Blanton recently, which makes sense but is also absolutely horrifying because he’s Joe Blanton. However, many have made the case that Blanton is legit as a reliever, and Neil Weinberg of FanGraphs made the point that his career as a reliever should be given a clean slate given how he’s changed. For the last several years, he’s been a fringy pitcher...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton: Hidden Gem?

The Dodgers have made yet another offseason splash. Joe blanton agrees to dodgers deal. $4M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 19, 2016 By now the news is known. On Tuesday afternoon-evening, depending on where you’re at, the Dodgers inked long-time veteran pitcher Joe Blanton to a one-year contract worth $4 million. On top of that $4 million […]
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ pitcher-heavy 40-man roster isn’t a problem … yet

The Dodgers’ 40-man roster is full after the signing of Joe Blanton. And yet, it feels far from complete (because it isn’t). There are a lot of pitchers on the 40-man roster. Of the 40 spots, 24 are occupied by pitchers. Guys like Brandon Beachy, Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda and the aforementioned Blanton all got major league deals, while Frankie Montas was brought in via trade...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, and Other Ray Searage Success Stories

Maybe the headline is a tad misleading; Joe Blanton-to-the-bullpen looked like something of a success story before he went to Pittsburgh and worked under the tutelage of pitching coach guru Ray Searage. But it was in Pittsburgh and under Searage that Blanton really took off, and without that time in Pittsburgh, Blanton may very well have been Just Another Reliever on the scrap heap...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign former starter Joe Blanton to 1-year deal as reliever

Joe Blanton's first stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't go very well, but the Dodgers' front office is hopeful that the newly rejuvenated Blanton will perform better in his second go-around in L.A.The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that they have signed Blanton to a one-year deal, which reportedly is worth $4 million, according to multiple outlets and confirmed by FOX Sports...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday's agreement: $250,000 each for 50 and 60, and $500,000 for 70. Blanton largely...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Phillies' Starter Joe Blanton Signs With Dodgers

Former Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a one-year deal.
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bet You Didn’t See the Dodgers Signing Joe Blanton, Did You

Welp, didn’t see this coming: Source: Joe Blanton, Dodgers agree to one-year, $4 million deal. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2016 You may remember Joe Blanton from such times as “having a 4.99 ERA in 10 games for the 2012 Dodgers,” and “actually having retired in 2014,” and “getting DFA’d by the Royals before being sent to the Pirates for cash” last...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bullpens and rotations

I’m not entirely certain that the Pirates are done making moves this winter; as has been discussed in plenty of places, they’ve still got some payroll maneuverability, they need a left-handed reliever, and their off-season reliever stockpiling (which is what we’re going to talk about here) has made a Mark Melancon trade conceivable, so it’s possible that there’s one big...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton is awesome now, apparently

This is an oversimplification, but to be a successful starting pitcher in the current era, you have to maintain some reasonable level of effectiveness for something like 25 batters per start. If you can’t pitch into the sixth and seventh innings with regularity, you aren’t going to remain a starting pitcher for very long. In the past that number was higher and in the future it...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Additions of J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton helped Pirates to posteason

View image | The Pittsburgh Pirates were facing a dilemma at the trade deadline: starter A.J. Burnett was headed to the disabled list and his future with the team was in doubt. Vance Worley was struggling for the Pirates, with a 5.91 ERA in July. The Pirates ended up...
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October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ secret weapon

The man who started the 2015 season with the Omaha Storm Chasers — Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals — is now the secret weapon for the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates. Joe Blanton was purchased by the Pirates after being designated for assignment in late July. The former first-round draft pick had a disappointing past couple years, even taking all of 2014 off from...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-21-15 to 9-27-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/21/15 thru 9/21/15, the 25th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 6 Wins and 1 Loss, 40 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jordy Mercer. Mercer caught fire in the high altitude of Denver and then carried it over to Chicago. His 3 Run Homer on Saturday that cut through the wind...
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September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Old Phriends- Blanton & Madson

Everyone remembers the World F'n Champions of 2008.  Those days are long gone, as the Phillies have been 7-22 since August 24th.  Maybe they could use a little magic from some old friends...or should I say "Phriends"?    Joe Blanton pitched so horrendously with the Angels in 2013, that he didn't have a job last season.  Ryan Madson hadn't pitched since he was with the Phillies...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A late recap of a Sunday afternoon comeback: Game 142: Pirates 7 Brewers 6

Here is a stat you might not expect: The Pirates went 9-10 against the Brewers this year. That’s not great, obviously, given the Brewers’ standing in the division and the Pirates’ standing in the division and the fact that 12-7 instead of 9-12 would have the Pirates in first place in the NL Central right now, but it’s also not the unmitigated season disaster against the...
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 117: Pirates 9 Diamondbacks 8

It’s 12:31 AM and I just watched Pedro Florimon hit a walkoff double or triple (I don’t know how it was scored, not sure it matters) so you’re getting bullet points: The Pirates just won an 15-inning game and only used two relievers from the tenth inning onwards. Arquimedes Caminero and Joe Blanton put their share of runners on base (a walk and a hit for Caminero, two walks...
August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-10-15 to 8-16-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/10/15 thru 8/16/15, the 19th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 2 Losses, 31 Runs Scored and 19 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Gregory Polanco. Polanco is scalding hot. This week he picked up 14 hits in 29 ABs, scored 5 runs, and drove in 4. Polanco also continued to display...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Back to back big ones

All that stuff I talked about on Friday, about how great it feels to see the Pirates pull out late, close games on the road against a good team? Same thing again on Saturday. Just tremendous stuff – we really have seen the Pirates turn it around. Remember when they were winless in extra innings for the first month or so of the season? Now they’re 9-7 in extras, and this was their...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates designate Worley to make room for reliever Blanton

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates designated pitcher Vance Worley for assignment on Thursday to make room on the roster for newly acquired reliever Joe Blanton. Pittsburgh acquired Blanton from Kansas City early Thursday for cash considerations. Blanton went 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA and two saves in 15 appearances for the Royals this season, including four starts. Worley bounced between the...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates designate Vance Worley for assignment to make room for Joe Blanton

View image | A couple of former Phillies find themselves in a roster spot crunch for a contender. Joe Blanton was designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals after they acquired Johnny Cueto and needed the roster spot. Then, Blanton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The move...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton. Yes, Joe Blanton

Woo, hot trade deadline action!!! The @Pirates acquire RHP Joe Blanton from @Royals for cash considerations. Blanton posted a 3.89 ERA in 15 games (4 starts) with KC in 2015 — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 30, 2015 While this surely will (actually, already has) brought out all kinds of sarcasm and anger from people wanting to see the Pirates join some of the real deadline...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals trade Joe Blanton to Pirates for cash

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have traded right-hander Joe Blanton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment Tuesday, when Johnny Cueto reported to the Kansas City following his trade from Cincinnati. Blanton was 2-2 with a 3.89 ERA in four starts and 11 relief appearances this season. A former first-round draft pick, Blanton...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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