I'm gonna beg off writing this morning, not to give a little phony weight to my common suggestion that I write three or four times per week, but instead because a complete Newberg Report might be full of big league game thoughts, emotional overreactions, trade ideas, minor league notes and prospect comp's, massive amounts of Tanner Scheppers talk, a couple Juan Moreno references, and so on - and all of that was packed into a lively in-game chat session at FOXSportsSouthwest.com last night.
If you had time to read a report this morning, you'll have time to read the transcript from last night's chat (http://www.foxsportssouthwest.com/pages/chat). I'm not sure how long the transcript will be up, but surely at least the morning.
Thanks to the more than 600 of you who stopped by. For obvious reasons, I could only get to a tenth of your questions at best, but it was a blast to do and we're already looking at dates for the next one. Thanks also to Ben Rebstock and Brian Smith for their help setting the chat up and moderating it, and to John Rhadigan and Emily Jones and Dana Larson and Josh & Tom for touting it all night.
One note buried in the chat: I'm looking tentatively at Sunday, July 25 for Newberg Report Night at the Ballpark this year. I still have to check that date with the organization and with our keynote guests. Stay tuned.
A couple quick things to share:
1. Baseball America's initial mock first round has Texas drafting Middle Tennessee State righthander Bryce Brentz at number 15 overall (the Matt Purke comp pick) and Ball State righthander Kolbrin Vitek at number 22 in two and a half weeks. Other notable first-round projections: University of Mississippi lefthander Drew Pomeranz at number two, Woodlands High righthander Jameson Taillon at number three, UTA outfielder Michael Choice at number 11, University of Texas righthander Brandon Workman at number 14, and LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo at number 20.
2. A free Bound Edition to the first two readers who correctly identify why Bartolo Colon is going to be referenced in one of the next few Newberg Reports.
3. With all the talk about how bad Josh Hamilton has been in day games - and he has - shouldn't we acknowledge that his no-doubter blast to center field last night and the should-have-been shot to left field two innings later both came in daylight? Those two shots will get filed under the "Night" split since it was a night game, but unless the analysis has something to do with Hamilton's circadian rhythms, if we're strictly talking about how he sees the ball in natural light as opposed to under the lights, then maybe his second- and fourth-inning crushes on Wednesday are good signs.
Finally, I submitted this week's MLB.com, ranking the top 10 secondary pitches in the Rangers' farm system, late last night. When it goes live sometime today, I'll send out a link.
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