Here are some random thoughts on the first Wednesday of the year….
You know you think about baseball too much when you see a headline like this (on Twitter) and wonder, “What?!”
Baseball America unveiled it’s 2012 Top 10 New York Yankees Prospects list today. Friend and Yankees fan Thomas Bona and I were chatting back and forth. I mentioned that prospect Ravel Santana sounds like the name of a rock band that adapts classical music pieces. He responded that prospect Slade Heathcott would be a great classic rock band name. Top 10 bands, to be sure! Thomas tweeted it too, @Tvbona: Talking with @jonkk, realized top Yankee prospects would make great band names – Ravel Santana, Slade Heathcott…
The Houston Astros yesterday announced the hiring of Sig Mejdal as Director of Decision Sciences and Stephanie Wilka as Coordinator of Amateur Scouting. While “decision sciences” (which is actually a professional and academic field) roughly translates to more statistical analysis it sounds like Mejdal will also work on the overarching structure and operation of all baseball systems in the organization—evaluation, contracts, the draft, medical info and playing mechanics. Mejdal, an engineer who previously worked for NASA and Lockheed Martin, had worked with new Astros GM Jeff Luhnow at the St. Louis Cardinals. Wilka is a lawyer who formerly worked for the Dodgers and Red Sox. An engineer and a lawyer for the Astros front office. I like the lefty thinking.