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Old 03-26-2018, 08:05 PM   #1
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Round 3, Pick 7. A Career in Baseball

Or at least hopefully. Thanks to pgjocki for picking the numbers at random.


I'm going to follow the career of the 3rd round number 7 pick from the 2018 draft using an MLB standard start but I will randomly assign a new name to the in game pick so that he is not the real person. I am also adding in the US Independent leagues to the game in case he doesn't make the grade and if that happens then hopefully he might then get some kind of career there.



I'm simming forward to the draft now, so next up our player will be chosen.
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Draft Day:


In today's draft, after the Oakland Athletics picked up Carter Stewart an 18yr old pitcher in the first round and Tim Cate, 20, from Connecticut, they surprised everybody by again going the pitching route in round 3, picking up Danny Weeks out of high school.

Danny is 18yrs 299 days, from Bangor, Maine. He's a right handed pitcher, standing 6ft 3 and weighing in at 185lbs. He's reported to be an easy going character who enjoys spending time with his team mates.

The early scouting report reads as follows..

18yr old reliever Danny Weeks was drafted 91st by Oakland Athletics in 2018. He has a four-pitch arsenal with his money pitch a plus fastball. He has the type of stuff that will miss bats combined with advanced control that should limit the free passes he issue. Weeks has the tools to be an uncommonly consistent reliever.


His rating (pot) 20-80

Stuff 30 (50)
Movement 35 (45)
Control 35 (55)

Fastball 45 (65)
Curveball 30 (45)
Slider 35 (45)
Changeup 25 (60)


He has a neutral tendency and tops out in the 92-94mph range.

His fielding rating at Pitcher is a tidy 45 at the moment. He also is a proficient bunter at 55 and intriguingly has a potential of 50 on his Batting Power.




Danny was quoted as saying he hoped everything would go smoothly and he looked forward to working hard with the Oakland organisation.
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Cool idea. I love baseball history, so I checked into the real MLB draft and who was taken with the 7th pick of the third round. More than 3/4 of them never made the majors. But there are some highlights...

Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven
MLB Network personality and decent pitcher Joe Magrane
Ryan Dempster, who won more than 130 games in the bigs
Lefty relief specialist Jeremy Affeldt
Good hitting catcher Jonathan Lucroy

plus a host of journeymen.

Look forward to seeing how it plays out. Good luck!

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It's Official!


Weeks signs for the Oakland Athletics!



Danny Weeks today signed on the dotted line of a minor league contract with the A's. He received a $710,000 signing on bonus. The Atheltics have placed him on the Oakland (AZL) roster. When we grabbed a brief word with him earlier, he said he was excited to get started and that he couldn't wait to get out on the mound and throw his first pitch.
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Cool idea. I love baseball history, so I checked into the real MLB draft and who was taken with the 7th pick of the third round. More than 3/4 of them never made the majors. But there are some highlights...

Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven
MLB Network personality and decent pitcher Joe Magrane
Ryan Dempster, who won more than 130 games in the bigs
Lefty relief specialist Jeremy Affeldt
Good hitting catcher Jonathan Lucroy

plus a host of journeymen.

Look forward to seeing how it plays out. Good luck!

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That's interesting Gforce, a few noteworthy one's then but that sounds like a big % not making it (or is it not so much out of whack for the 3rd round?)

Looks like he has his work cut out then!
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That's interesting Gforce, a few noteworthy one's then but that sounds like a big % not making it (or is it not so much out of whack for the 3rd round?)

Looks like he has his work cut out then!
My 3/4 was probably a bit high...more like more than half don't make it, 1/4 get a cup of coffee in the majors, and a quarter have some sort of career, with a few having real longevity. Others I didn't mention include

Clay Kirby - decent pitcher in 1970s
Anthony Telford - decent reliever
Scott Servais - backup catcher for Houston, starter for Cubs
Todd Hollandsworth - outfielder for Dodgers, Rockies
Brian Meadows - journeyman pitcher

So your guy has a shot!

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My 3/4 was probably a bit high...more like more than half don't make it, 1/4 get a cup of coffee in the majors, and a quarter have some sort of career, with a few having real longevity. Others I didn't mention include

Clay Kirby - decent pitcher in 1970s
Anthony Telford - decent reliever
Scott Servais - backup catcher for Houston, starter for Cubs
Todd Hollandsworth - outfielder for Dodgers, Rockies
Brian Meadows - journeyman pitcher

So your guy has a shot!

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Scott Servais is also the current manager of the Seattle Mariners. His uncle, Ed Servais, is the head baseball coach at Creighton University. Creighton plays at TD Ameritrade, the home of the College World Series, in Omaha, Nebraska.
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As a little comparison point I'll keep an eye on the overall #1 pick ( Casey Mize, SP picked up by Detroit) and also Oakland's #1 pick( Carter Stewart, SP) to see how their career's develop and who turns out best.





The first official OSA scouting report is in and they have upgraded Danny Week's potential stuff to 55 from 50, whilst the rest stays the same. With stamina of 60 he has the potential to start as well but for now Oakland have him down as a reliever.


Oakland (AZL) have jumped to an impressive 12-2 start in the Arizona Rookie League. A start that may mean Danny will have to bide his time to see some action. At the moment he is slated for Long Relief, Normal usage and Emergency SP, along with 16 other guys, 5 of whom have seen action to date.

Potential wise, Danny Weeks with three stars is level with four other guys at the top of the list suggesting he should hopefully see some action sooner, rather than later. He told a reporter that he's prepared to wait for his chance and that he's learning new things every day.

Carter Stewart, the A's number one pick, signed within five days of the draft. Rumours that the near six million signing on fee influenced the quick decision are unsubstantiated. He has wasted no time getting to work and has already racked up five saves as Closer, giving up just two hits and no runs in five innings of work. Stewart who is potentially rated at 75,55,65 is tipped to go far.


Meanwhile, negotiations are ongoing with overall #1 draft pick Casey Mize and Detroit, with the young pitching prospect yet to sign terms. The word is that with just two days to go things are getting a little antsy behind the scenes in Detroit. Unconfirmed reports are saying that it could go to the wire and that he may not even sign at all. The GM's office was unavailable for comment.
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July 3rd, 2018


With Oakland tied 2-2 and runners on first and second the manager pulls the pitcher and brings in Danny Weeks for his first ever pitch in professional baseball. A huge moment for the young man and a bead of sweat runs down his temple as he prepares to face his first batter. Delvin Zinn a shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. He's on a cold streak and hitting just .180 after 15 games.


Weeks send down a 91mph pitch for a ball. He steadies himself and just misses the inside corne next time. The catcher is up quick as a double steal is attempted. He fires the ball to third but the runner is in safely under the tag. Men on second and third now and a 2-0 count. He takes a big breath and sends down another.




He works to a full count. He looks at the runners and brings it home, swung on...




Ground ball towards the shortstop. Runner scores but the batter is out at first and the A's have their first out of the inning as Chicago goes 3-2 ahead.


The next pitch is another ground ball, again to the SS, out at first, but the runner from third comes home and it's now 4-2 with two outs.


A ground ball to first quickly sees off the next batter and Weeks heads back the dugout, a little disappointed that his inherited runners scored but pleased that he got the side out with no further batters reaching base.


Oakland's bat's explode for 8 runs in the bottom of the fourth and Weeks comes back to the plate with a 10-4 lead. He can't help from wondering if he could be on for his first ever win. He tries to block the thought and concentrate on the job at hand.



He quickly retires the first two with ground ball outs. Getting ahead of himself he loses focus and sends down four balls. He tries not to look at the dugout as the batter trots to first but he can feel the skipper's eyes glaring at him.


His next pitch is singled to right field and the runner on first moves himself to third. From 2 outs, nobody on, he suddenly finds himself with a man at third.


He forces another ground ball, this time to the third baseman, who shuttles it across to second for the out. Weeks heads back to the dugout with the runner at third stranded and with the 10-4 lead intact.


A scoreless inning from Oakland and it's Weeks coming back out to start the top of the sixth.


A strikeout and two fly balls sends them back in quick order.


Oakland tack on a run before Weeks gets the nod to go back out again.


A fly ball and two ground outs and he's sent them down 1-2-3 again. He has a spring in his step as he heads back to the dugout as "Take me out to the Ballgame" starts on the organ. The manager gives him a slap on the back and says "Well done, kid."



Week's is back out for the top of the eighth but is beginning to tire a little. A caught foul ball for the first starts the inning off well but the next ball is powered low to the wall for the double. The manager decides he's seen enough and takes him out of the game to a smattering of applause from the crowd. Weeks, for his part, is more concerned whether his runner is going to score.


As the new pitcher serves up a loose one that is hammered to the right field wall the runner comes home and with it Danny Weeks gives up his first earned run. He's not too upset about it. The game should be in the bag and he's pitched well for his first ever appearance.


Oakland see out the game 12-5 and it's only then that Weeks remembers he got the win. He has a big grin on his face as the team head for the locker room.
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July 8th, 2018




Oakland at Los Angeles




With Oakland leading 2-1, the manager calls on Weeks with 2 outs in the bottom of the fourth and a man on first.



A full count ends in a fly ball caught deep and the end of the inning.


Oakland fail to add to their lead and Weeks is up and facing the bottom of the order. 9 pitches later and the inning is over with just a 3-1 count causing any concern at all. A concern that was quickly ended with a ground out.


Oakland again fail to trouble the scorers.



Weeks comes back out and gets Cesar Trejo to fly out on a 2-0 count however Weeks is down on his haunches after the pitch and holding his arm! The medical team take a look at him and he is taken out of the game.



Weeks pitched 1.2 innings, with a row of circles after that.



After the game Weeks met the local reporter and gave the good news that he was just day-to-day with a tired arm. He said he'd felt a twinge and after discussing it with the medical guys they felt it best to take him out of the game rather than risk any further damage.



The word from above was that they were a little concerned that Weeks would get an arm injury in only his second outing, however minor it appeared to be.


The Oakland (AZL) manager Eddie Menchaca had this to say after the game.

"It's nothing to worry about, just a little bit of muscle fatigue where he's not yet used to throwing at this intensity, a lot of young guys get it early on. It's a shame as it was looking like another promising outing for him. We won't be putting any pressure on him to get back out there until he's ready, we think he has a lot of promise and we're not about to risk any further injury by rushing him back into action. We'll see how it looks in a few days or so, we expect him to probably miss about a week."


Weeks to date has pitched 5.2 innings giving up just 2 hits and 1 earned run. He has 1 K and 1 BB with an ERA of 1.59.



Oakland went on to lose the game and have dropped to 14-4
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As July draws to a close the Oakland Athletics (AZL) lead the Arizona Rookie League Eastern Division standings by 6 games with a 27-14 record and are on a winning streak of 5.


Justin Evans (SS) and Cole Brannan (CF) both make an appearance on the WAR Leaderboards with 2.4 and 2.2 respectively and are hitting .354 and .380. Having played all bar a couple of games it's looking like they are both destined for a higher level before long. Justin Evans has hit the ground running after being drafted in round 23 this year, 695th overall. He also managed a 15 game hit streak earlier in the season.

On the other side of the plate it's Carter Stewart who is continuing to show why he was Oakland's #1 pick this year. He leads the league in saves with 12 and has an ERA of just 0.48 after 18.2 innings. He's given up only 15 hits and just 1 earned run, a run which ironically cost him a Loss. He has no blown saves. His K/9 stands at 10.1 and BB/9 at 3.90.

Still almost 100 days from his 19th birthday, the scouting reports are suggesting he can become a number 3 or 4 starter and could have truly elite stuff (Pot 75).



Danny Weeks spent 9 days on the DL after his arm injury. He pitched on the 17th two days after coming off it but has not been called upon since, with the manager seeming to stick to a select few relievers at the moment. Weeks is keeping his head down and working hard, waiting for his turn.



To date he has pitched 7.1 innings on 3 outings. 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2K's, 2BB's. His WHIP is 0.95, BABIP .174 and he has a WAR of +0.1


Encouraging enough numbers from his limited time on the mound so far.



He will be celebrating his 19th birthday on the 9th August and hopes to get an outing against the Cubs on the day.






Elsewhere number 1 overall pick Casey Mize has just today been promoted from the Gulf Coast Rookie League to the West Michigan Whitecaps in the Midwest A ball League. His 25 innings (2-1) ERA 2.49 deemed enough to know he can play at a higher level. With 19k's and just 4 BB's looking impressive his 22 hits given up is perhaps a point for a little concern.


His scouting reports says he can be unhittable when he's on but he's susceptible to the long ball and wandering command.

He hasn't given up a home run in the rookie league but the 22 hits in 25 innings is perhaps an indication of his wandering command even at this level.

This could be something that may hinder his progress if he can't address it. However he projects to front of the rotation potential at the moment.
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Weeks pitches in two more games before the regular season ends, getting through 3.1 innings of work, giving up 2 hits and 1 earned run, with 2 walks and a strikeout. He also picked up a win and a loss in the process.



Oakland finish the season in style winning the Eastern Division with a record of 36-20 and will meet Cincinnati in the Play off 1st Round in a best of three match up. They met just once during the season with Oakland winning the series 2-1 at home. With no more than 2 runs between any of the games it looks set for a tight match up. Oakland will hope the 2 games at home advantage will swing things in their favour.






BREAKING NEWS!


After a team meeting at the season's end a beaming Danny Weeks came out of the clubhouse to tell local reporters that he has been pencilled in to start game 3 of the play offs. When asked how he felt about making his first ever start in a play off game he said, sure he'd be nervous but at the end of the day, this was what he was in baseball for, to be competing in play offs and Championship games. He added he'd be more than happy if the team won the first two games even if it meant he missed out because they'd be through to the final then.
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A mixed few days.

It's been a rollercoaster few days for Danny Weeks in his first ever post season.



After getting the nod to pitch Game 3 of Round 1, he tried to enjoy the first two games without thinking about the fact that he might be pitching the decider.

An 8-1 win for Oakland in the road game to start the series got things rolling and in a tight second game Oakland trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth before Tyler Esplin and Cody Roberts both hit singles one after other, both bringing home a run apiece to edge into a 2-1 lead. At the top of the ninth in came Oakland's #1 pick Carter Stewart. A fly out and a ground out were followed with a strike out to end the game and take Oakland to the Arizona League Championship Final. Danny Weeks would now be pitching the first game of the Championship!



San Diego, who won the Western Division with the best record in the League beat Seattle, who had the second best record in the other series.




CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL : Oakland v San Diego Game 1



1st

Weeks stepped out on to the mound at the bottom of the first, his team having managed two hits in the top of the inning but were unable to get either of them home.


He started a little nervously and was happy to grab a ground out on a 3-1 pitch to the first batter. He followed it up with two more ground outs but was behind in the count both times. Job done for now though.


2nd

Oakland went down 1-2-3. Weeks, again looking nervous, let a loose pitch go that was hit for a line drive, but thankfully hard enough and low enough to reach the outfield at a nice height to be taken in for the first out. He got another fly out before giving up an infield single that the 2B was slow to collect. It wasn't a problem though as the next batter hit straight towards the 2B again who this time wasted no time in getting the runner out at second.


3rd

Oakland's first three up all singled before San Diego pitched Nick Margevicius hit Justin Evans with a pitch to send him to first and give Oakland the lead. A double from Cole Brannen cleared the bases and that was it for Margevicius. The next three batters couldn't add to this and it was time for Weeks again, this time coming to the mound behind a 4-0 lead.


Looking much more settled he sent them down in order with two ground outs and a pop up.


4th

Oakland down 1-2-3 again


Weeks, beginning to look confident now again sent them down in order, this time picking up a strike out between two ground outs. Taking just 10 pitches to dispense with them.



5th


Oakland's bats failed to connect although they did pick up one walk but that was all they had to show for the inning.


Weeks looking more confident by the minute, repeated the ground out, strike, ground out as he again made short work of them, this time in 14 pitches



6th


Oakland who were now also struggling with the bat again failed to unduly trouble the fielders.


Weeks back again, looking like a seasoned veteran now as he again ran San Diego out of town with just 8 pitches! Even though a man did reach on an error, otherwise it would have been a 6 pitch inning!



7th


Oakland finally managed a single in the 7th but it led to nothing as their bats stayed cold



Would Weeks be back out for the 7th? Yes he would. It didn't start too well with a full count single but he swiftly made up for that forcing Mason House to ground into a double play. Next up though Ilarraza hit a double and Weeks followed that up with a wild pitch that moved him to third. He was showing signs of fatigue now but battled through and got the next batter to ground out at 2-2 to end the inning.



8th


Oakland again failed to trouble the scorers



Weeks work was done and Carter Stewart came in to relieve him. He made short work of San Diego and they headed for the 9th , 4 runs to the good.



9th


Oakland, who had done all their batting in one inning got a double from Justin Harrer, who got to third on the next out but that was as close as they came to adding to the score.



Stewart stepped back on the mound to finish things off. There was a moment of concern as he gave up a home run to the lead off man but quickly finished them off after that.


Oakland 4-0 San Diego



Weeks told reporters later that he had been very nervous early on but settled down after the first inning and he said he almost felt on auto pilot after that. He added that it was an honour to pick up Player of the Game in a Championship play off. He said he hoped they could now go on and win the Championship and that the team felt confident but not complacent as they knew San Diego were a very good team.
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