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April 9, 2008
BASEBALL: Another Pitching Prospect Returns to Square One

Andy Sisco has Tommy John surgery.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:39 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Sisco is another young pitcher that just did not get it. He was great for the Royals in '03, but has been the same since. Once he made it to the majors he seemed to think he did not need to do any more. His work ethic was terrible. I am sorry to see him injured, but I hope it wakes him up. He has a world of talent.

Posted by: maddirishman at April 9, 2008 11:57 PM

Speaking of TJ surgery, I wonder if Ambiorix Burgos will be back by the end of the year.

Posted by: A.S. at April 10, 2008 10:30 AM

You would hope for the long term sake of the Royals that they would learn how to get more out of guys like Burgos and Sisco without having to deal them, but in the short run, given their track record with "stuff" guys like Affeldt, Reichert and Denny Bautista, they seem to have made the right move in cashing them in for people who have less talent and more polish. And both guys seem to support the notion that pitchers who don't really know what they are doing tend to hurt themselves (or, alternatively, that guys with terrible control are sometimes hiding an injury).

Posted by: The Crank at April 10, 2008 10:40 AM

I think that has been a vaild critcism of the Royals the last several years. I found Bautista especially intriquing. He has electric stuff and has not been able to harness it. The thing about all of the guys you have mentioned is that they have gone to other organizations and struggled as well. Affeldt may be the exception, but he wants to start and does not have the stuff to get through a batting order three times.

When the Royals made Bob McClure their pitching coach the situation seemed to stabalize. Check the pitching stats so far this year. I know it is early, but they aren't playing cupcakes either.

Posted by: maddirishman at April 10, 2008 5:00 PM
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