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Tribe Trades Boogie Nights Tadano

Unread postby swerb » Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:45 pm

Insert gay porn joke here.

They get a 20 year old OF prospect from the A's who appears to have a pretty high upside named Ramon Alverado.

When Tadano was acquired, he was pretty highly regarded. Hed have made alot of teams outta spring, and is simply a casualty of the Indians prospect rich minor league system.

It didn't fully sink in how deep the Indians are at the AA and AAA levels until I read through Lastoria's Buffalo and Akron previews.

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CHICAGO -- General manager Mark Shapiro said earlier this week he hated the thought of losing right-handed reliever Kaz Tadano.
"I think Kaz is a big leaguer," Shapiro said. "If we lose him, I'll feel bad about it. If we trade him, we won't get value that I think is [enough] value for him."

But any value is better than no value, of course. So the Indians shipped Tadano off to the A's on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Ramon Alvarado.

Tadano, a 25-year-old native of Japan, was designated for assignment Saturday when the Indians set their Opening Day roster.

In three seasons with the organization, Tadano made 15 big-league appearances, including four starts, and compiled a 1-1 record and 4.47 ERA. He spent the majority of his time in the Minors with Triple-A Buffalo, and his Minor League record was 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 82 games.

In parting with Tadano, the Indians are gaining one of the more promising and explosive bats in the A's Minor League system.

The 20-year-old Alvarado is a product of Oakland's Dominican Baseball Academy. He spent his first three professional seasons in the Dominican Summer League before playing rookie ball last year.

With Oakland's rookie club in Arizona, Alvarado hit .296 (50-for-169) with six homers and 32 RBIs in 48 games. He also stole nine bases, scored 37 runs and finished fourth in the Arizona Rookie League in total bases (84), slugging percentage (.497) and extra-base hits (19). His six homers ranked second in the league.

The Indians have no further word on the status of infielder Brandon Phillips, who is also on the trading block after being designated for assignment Saturday. A deal is expected to be worked out sometime in the next few days.
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Unread postby BruceK » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:07 pm

"Insert gay porn joke here. "

Well, he'll be across the bridge from San Francisco......
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Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:38 pm

Hed have made alot of teams outta spring, and is simply a casualty of the Indians prospect rich minor league system.

Actually, I think he more became a casualty of the Indians' desire to keep around Danny Graves...since somebody needed to be sent off the 40-man to put Graves on the team.

Oakland should be able to get some decent seasons out of Tadano. Still, I thought Tadano was younger than he is...he'll be 26 later this month.

Alvarado looks like an intriguing prospect...since he was in a complex league last year, that puts him on track for one of the short-season leagues, I think? Probably Mahoning Valley?

I'm very intrigued to see what BP's value is.
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Unread postby swerb » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:43 pm

Thats what I was thinking Jumbo ... Mahoning Valley.
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Unread postby consigliere » Tue Apr 04, 2006 11:27 pm

Wow, I'm surprised at what we got for Tadano. Especially a DFAed fringe major leaguer type such as he is.....we got an Oakland top prospect for him.

Ramon Alvarado is only 20 yeard old, and long and lean (6'1" 160 lbs) and looks like he'll be the Lake County Captains starting LFer if I had to guess right now. Last year, he hit .296/.412/.497 at rookie level ball, hitting 6 HRs and racking up 32 RBIs and 9 steals in only 48 games.

According to BA, the A's were excited and very high on Alvarado and Javier Herrera as outfielders in their system. Alvarado is considered a big power hitter, with juice in his bat and good pitch recognition at such an early stage in his development.

If we are getting a talent such as this for Tadano, maybe there is a good possibility we can nab a good 2B/SS prospect in the lower minors from a team needing immediate SS/2B or utility help.
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Unread postby consigliere » Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:34 am

More on Alvarado:

Alvarado, like fellow Venezuelan countryman Javier Herrera, does pretty much everything well. The young corner outfielder hits for average, has a good sense of the strike zone (especially for a 20-year old), has good power to all fields and has above-average speed. Alvarado’s debut in the US was a special one, as he went 2-4 with a homer. That strong start propelled him to an outstanding offensive season for the A’s Rookie League team, as he led the team in batting average, homeruns, doubles, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases and runs scored. He also played solid defense for the Rookie A’s, committing only two errors in the corner outfield positions. A quadriceps injury hampered Alvarado during the last month of the season, dropping his average from .321 to .296, but he otherwise was the team’s offensive MVP.

Alvarado made impressive strides in his game in 2005. During his three-year stint with the A’s Dominican Summer League team, Alvarado showed a solid ability to get on-base consistently, but didn’t show a tremendous amount of power. However, in his American debut, Alvarado improved on that on-base ability and added surprising power both into the gaps and over the fence. He also improved his base-stealing abilities, upping his career-high in stolen bases from four to nine and improving his stolen base percentage from 50% to 69%.

The 20-year old thrived in the clean-up spot in the A’s Rookie League team’s batting order, hitting .303 with four homers in 142 at-bats. He was also at his best when he was leading off an inning, hitting .340 with three homers. Despite being a right-handed hitter, Alvarado destroyed right-handed pitching by hitting .317 and struggled against left-handed pitching, batting only .250. He did steal bases off lefties at a better clip (5/6 as opposed to 4/7 against righties). Alvarado hit well with runners in scoring position (.291), but struggled with runners in scoring position and two outs (.231), which is not surprising for a young hitter. Alvarado’s best month was July, which was the month in which he received the most at-bats and was at his healthiest. In 22 games, Alvarado batted .351 with four of his six homers, 17 runs batted in and six stolen bases.

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Alvarado is still a very young player with a lot of growing to do with his game. He already has above-average plate patience, although he could stand to cut down on his strike outs. He has a short, powerful swing and is capable of hitting to the opposite field, as well as turning on a pitch. This ability should translate into high batting averages for Alvarado as he progresses in his career. He doesn’t have Herrera’s pure speed or explosive power, but he is above-average in both of these categories and could turn into a 20-20 player down the road. He has a good throwing arm and covered a lot of ground in left and right-field for the A’s Rookie League team. He will likely never be a centerfielder, but he could be an above-average left or right-fielder in the Jermaine Dye-mold.

Alvarado showed enough in the short-season that he will likely get a chance to debut in a full-season league next year, most likely in the Midwest League with the Kane County Cougars. He won’t turn 21 until June, so the A’s will have no need to rush him through the system. Alvarado joins Herrera, Travis Buck and Richie Robnett as exciting outfield prospects under the age of 23. The A’s have had a tough time developing top-flight outfielders over the past ten years, but these four could break that trend for Oakland in the near future .
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Unread postby Lebowski » Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:46 am

Alvarado is considered a big power hitter

At 160 lbs?

Maybe he adds even more pop as his body matures and he gets into a good training program to put some muscle on his frame.
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Unread postby consigliere » Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:17 am

Well, for his age and height, he has good power. The weight comes in time.
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