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Jeremy Accardo BR TL 6'2" 190 age 24

Accardo finally made The Show on the basis of a mid-90's fastball, and developing slider, and a filthy cutter that some scouts compare to Mariano Rivera's bat-sawing frisbee. An undrafted free agent in 2003, he has the potential to be the Giants top setup man by the end of 2006. Quality bullpens are built with scouting finds like this one, not millionaire mediocrities.


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Tom Walker, Elias Sosa, Rick Baldwin

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Matt Cain BR TR 6'3" 180 age 21


Matt Cain BR TR 6'3" 180 age 21

The second youngest rookie in 2005 proved that he was worth the hype. Cain features a four-seamer that reaches 96 mph, and a hard diving curve thats 15 mph slower and throws hitters way off balance. With those two pitches alone he was quite successful. If he figures out a decent change or slider- both of which come in way too fast and flat right now to be consistently useful in games - he could be outstanding. The Giants have worked with him on teh changeup, and if the coaching takes, he'll do more that just survive in teh major leagues in 2006. It's worth nothing, however, that his 2005 major-league line is based entirely on starts against the ghastly offenses of the NL West.

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Kevin Correia BR TR 6'3" 200 Age 25


Kevin Correia BR TR 6'3" 200 Age 25

The organization tried to convert Correia into a reliever in Fresno so that he'd have a role on the 25 man roster, but that turned into a fiasco. When the starters started dropping like flied mid-summer, Correia was brought up to the bigs and did what de does: pitch slightly better than replacement level. That's not a bad thing to have hanging out in AAA for emergencies, but if you’re gunning for the post season, you have to hope the emergencies are few and far between.


Comparables: Joe Slusarski, Renie Martin, Joe Nathan

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Jon Coutlangus BL TL 6’1” 180 Age 25


Jon Coutlangus BL TL 6’1” 180 Age 25

Coutlangus is not something illegal you do to another person with your tongue, but it should be. Coutlangus was really old for his level. He’s got a good excuse, because until the very end of 2004, he was a light-hitting outfielder. The Giants are one of just a few teams who make all their failed positional prospects try the mound for a few weeks before showing them the door. For their trouble, they’ve now got a decent enough left-handed relief prospect. Considering what situational lefties make in the majors these days it’s a worthwhile investment.

Comparables: Charlie Manning, Carl Sadler, Pete Zamora

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Brad Hennessey BR TR 6’2” 185 Age 26


Brad Hennessey BR TR 6’2” 185 Age 26

With those peripherals, Hennessey looks like sixth starter materials: good enough to take starts when someone else foes down, but not good enough to be penciled into the rotation. To be a successful starter you either need to keep batters off base or be able to reach back and strike them out when you’re in a jam. Hennessey does neither

Comparables: Fred Talbot, Don Stanhouse, Mike Williams

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Matt Kinney BR TR 6’5” 220 Age 29 (youngster??)


Matt Kinney BR TR 6’5” 220 Age 29

Kinney has the raw stuff to be a useful pitcher, which is to say that if he ever learned to cut down on mistakes-and the walks and homers come from them- He’s be a great swingman oir middle reliever. But that’s a little like saying US Weekly would be crucial reading if articles about which celebrities wear ugly clothes brought you closer to God. Kinney is always going to throw hard enough to make teams interested in him, but “hard” does not necessarily equal “good.” This is, of course, a good rule for life as well as baseball.


Comparables: Bobby Bolin, Nerio Rodrigues, Storm Davis

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Noah Lowry BL TL 6’2” 190 Age 25


Noah Lowry BL TL 6’2” 190 Age [sign in to see URL] yes ladies... Single

Lowry was the most valuable Giants pitcher according to VORP (Value over replacement player), but that’s damning him with faint praise. By that standard, Lowry was the only the 42nd best pitcher in the majors. In 2004 he relied almost exclusively on a filthy change, so for the first few months of 2005 hitter just waited on that and tatooed it. When he added a curveball he could throw for strike, he became unhittable, posting a [sign in to see URL] ERA in August, and a cumulative [sign in to see URL] ERA is the second half. He’s still inconsistent, but has the tools to be a good #3 or maybe even a #2 Starter.


Comparables: Jim O'Toole, Alex Kellner, Sterling Hitchcock

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Pat Misch BR TL 6’2” 170 Age 24


Pat Misch BR TL 6’2” 170 Age 24

Misch’s mechanics got out of whack in AAA and he couldn’t keep hi s fastball down. Since his fastball only gets up into the mid 80’s, and he was throwing it in the PCL, a lot of starts turned into batting practice. Demoted to Norwich with its deep fences he got everything together again. Now Misch must retake the AAA test. To paraphrase Sir Alec Guinness, “You must face Darth Frensno (dramatic pause) again.” It’s Fresno: you don’t find the goodness still in it, you have to beat it and get out. Guinness should have said that too.

Comparables: Eddie Priest, Mike Bacsik, Bob Owchinko

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Scott Munter BR TR 6’6” 235 age 26


Scott Munter BR TR 6’6” 235 age 26

Munter throws a heavy split fingered fastball that dives hard and burrows until it srikes something valuable, like oil or a woodshuck hoaring czarist rubles. The led to 2005’s fifth highest Ground Ball / Flyball ratio,and makes Munter quite good at inducing double plays. But even bowling with that splitter, you would like to see Munter miss bats occasionally; his strikeout rate is absurdly low. Last word at press time is that Munter’s scoped elbow will be fine.


Comparables: Braden Looper, Casey Cox, Jim Acker

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Billy Sadler BR TR 6’0” Age 24


Billy Sadler BR TR 6’0” Age 24

Sadler, a college closer at LSU, is a flamethrower in every sense of the word: low to mid 90’s velocity, and a tendency to self-immolate. He has proven relatively rubber armed, although he was strangely bass-ackwards, holding left handed hitter to a .144 clip while righties hit .260 against him. If he improves at getting his curve over for strikes, he could give the Giants a homegrown middleman sometime this summer.

Comparables: Frank Francisco, Brian Sanches, Scott Dunn

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