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“Things are decidedly rosier after his second season in the NBA. Tristan Thompson was the (only?) pleasant surprise of the Cavalier’s terrible season. But, especially early on, it wasn’t all that apparent to Cavaliers fans. He still looked uncoordinated, he wasn’t getting shots to fall, he wasn’t getting shots off (he was getting blocked at a historic rate), and he was letting his offensive struggles affect his defensive focus, which is where most of his value was coming from. Still, as I wrote in late November, it wasn’t as bad as the Cavalier fan base and NBA world at large believed: he was already showing he could defend good offensive power forwards like Thaddeus Young, and his passing ability went from being a thing that existed only in theory to something that helped the starting unit, with Anderson Varejao and Kyrie Irving, play pretty effective offensive basketball. His usage rate decreased, largely because he was no longer a black hole; once he got the ball, he was able to keep it moving.” [Zavac/Fear the Sword]
“The 2013 Indians team has been streaky throughout the season. When the offense was clicking, the rotation was struggling. When the rotation was solid, the bullpen was struggling. When the bullpen was going strong, they could not get to the mound in a meaningful opportunity with a close game to preserve because the offense and starting pitching would not let it be so. Too few times has the entire machine been functioning on all cylinders.
The Indians just are not playing good baseball right now. There is no real denying of that. But is this a June swoon to be likened to the midseason collapses of the last several years, or just a temporary stretch of bad baseball made worse by a series of slumps, injuries, and unfortunate scheduling?” [Toth/DTTWLN]
Stay classy Miggy. [SBNation]
“Tom Heckert drafted Little 59th overall in the 2011 with one of the Julio Jones picks. We don’t know but I will offer that Heckert looked at the premium to be paid for high-profile Jones out of Alabama and the discount available on the one-year-at-WR, suspended-for-2010 Little and saw value. We don’t know but I will offer that Greg Little in the second round made the Jones trade much easier for Berea. The combine numbers back it up…” [Kanick]
“Lindor is going to be the starting shortstop for the Carolina League All-Star team and is joined in the starting lineup by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and outfielder Tyler Naquin, with pitcher Cody Anderson also on the team. The Carolina League plays sends its All-Star team to face the All-Stars from the California League, its West Coast High-A sister league. This year the game will be played in San Jose, California, on June 18th. Lindor is the marquee player in the game, on either side. The other three players are all a little too old to be considered a prospect who ‘matters,’ but they’re playing well and any of them could become contributors in another couple years.” [Lukehart/Let’s Go Tribe]