Some notes about a few items that have crossed the desk recently.... Tim Lincecum (Harwich; '05) restored some of the shine to his star with his outstanding postseason performance. Who would have thought back in April that Lincecum might be trade bait six months later? That may be the case now since he is due $22 million in the last year of his contract and the Giants likely won't want to pay that money if they don't think Lincecum will return to his pre-2012 dominant starting role. One interesting possibility being mentioned in the Boston media would be a Jacoby Ellsbury (Falmouth; '04) for Lincecum deal. The Red Sox need starting pitching and the Giants are supposedly looking for long-term stability in centerfield.
Alex Hassan (Orleans; '08, '09 ) is said to have a great understanding of the strike zone and he finished with a .377 OBP with Class AAA Pawtucket. The following report on Hassan was taken from SoxProspects.com: "Brings a plan to the plate. Grinds out at-bats. Can struggle with sharp breaking balls. Average power ceiling. Does not drive ball well to opposite field. Tends to hit with too much upper body and produce topspin. Below-average speed. On the slow side tracking balls in left field. Average range. Not overly athletic in field. Fringe-average defender in left field. Plus arm. Value on roster is heavily tied into offensive production." The consensus seems to be that he doesn't possess the power to hit as a corner outfielder and he may not be added to the Red Sox 40-man roster any time soon.
Randy Choate (Hyannis; '96) set a record while pitching for the Marlins and the Dodgers this season by appearing in 80 games but not factoring in a decision.
Jedd Gyorko (Brewster; '09) hit .328 with 24 HR and 83 RBI in just 92 games with Class AAA Tucson. Before posting those numbers, Gyorko was thought to be San Diego's third baseman of the future. That may no longer be the case though now that Chase Headley is coming off a career year while manning the hot corner for the Padres. Gyorko's range is probably not good enough for San Diego to consider a move to second base.
New Boston manager John Farrell (Hyanis; '82) isn't the only Farrell in the news. His son, Shane, is now an amateur scouting assistant with the Chicago Cubs. Shane is just 23 years old and was said to be in demand after spending this past summer scouting the CCBL. Shane appeared in three games for Falmouth in 2009 before an injury cut short his time on the Cape.
The NCAA College World Series is scheduled to run from June 15-26 next year.
It's hard to turn away from the television when news reports are showing the devestation in the New York / New Jersey area. Thoughts and prayers to all who are dealing with this disaster.