While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at email@example.com.
Jose Ramirez joins the Tribe today, but what do we need to know about this 20-year-old who has rocketed up the system charts? Steve Orbanek attempts to answer that question. “With plus speed, plus defense and the ability to hit for a high average, Ramirez has the potential become essentially the ideal Major League utilityman. But what if he can become more? That’s exactly the question we’re going to try to answer. Plain and simple, Ramirez is never going to hit for much power. With Lake County in 2012, he posted an ISO of .108. This year, that number has been down all the way to .078. Yet, while his one major weakness may be his lack of power, Ramirez has such a multitude of strengths that seem to more than make up for it. Of all his strengths, the one that stands out the most is his plate discipline. To be blunt, Ramirez does not strike out. His K% of 7.8 is incredibly advance for a player his age, and it becomes even more impressive when you consider that he skipped the High-A level entirely. [Orbanked/IBI]
Jamison Hensley at the AFC North Blog gave his take on the Browns final countdowns from yesterday, “Nearly 10 percent of the Browns’ roster right now is made up of undrafted rookies. Five survived the final cutdown: safety Josh Aubrey; offensive linemenCaylin Hauptmann and Martin Wallace; and linebackers Paul Hazel and Eric Martin. Aubrey beat out sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter, who was cut, for one of the final spots on the roster. One reason why the Browns kept so many undrafted rookies is because they only had five draft picks this year. Slaughter was the only draft pick to get waived. Hauptmann and Wallace are two of 12 offensive linemen to make the team. The Browns have 25 players who have two years of experience or less. ” [AFC North Blog]
Eleven Warriors always does a fantastic job of keeping us up-to-date on OSU recruiting, and Miles Joseph covers the team’s first 2015 (high school junior) recruit, “The Buckeyes picked up their first commitment for the ’15 class this week in Canton (OH) McKinley athlete Eric Glover-Williams. He had long been considered a Buckeye lean and it was only a matter of time before he committed to the Buckeyes. He told me way back in June that Urban Meyer wanted him to be the face of the 2015 recruiting class. Glover-Williams player quarterback for McKinley, but will likely make the transition to wide receiver or defensive back when he arrives at the college level next year. He is the number two player in Ohio, according the the 24/7 composite rankings.” [Eleven Warriors]
Football is back, and Andrew Sharp dives into the insanity of the players and the game in a really intriguing read, “If football has always been every bit as corrupt and reprehensible as it is now — it was probably worse, really — we now know exactly what’s going on, and it feels like we’re all a lot more complicit. We can use Google to see what happens on the bottom of the pile. We watch Any Given Sunday and nod our heads. We see players get screwed in the NFL lockout and then see ex-players get screwed in litigation. We know the most profitable professional sport in America is also the sport in which players are most underpaid and likely to spend the bulk of their retirement hobbling around in pain. When you couple all that with the NFL’s staggering arrogance and unlimited popularity, you gotta think that at some point it’ll be too much to handle.” [Sharp/Grantland]
As of last night, the Browns had the second youngest roster in the league behind only the St. Louis Rams, per Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com
And finally, football started yesterday, and what would it be without a fun trick play that fools EVERYONE. Villanova’s punter did the honors.