Late Night/Early Morning Link Dump

Brandon Belt and selective aggression
From The Hardball Times, a look at the unique player profile of Brandon Belt. It's not just about him declining to swing. It's about him swinging only at pitches inside the strike zone. Fascinating stuff.

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2012 DPL Prospect: Gustavo Cabrera OF - YouTube
Hey, he's just about the best prospect in the system these days, so why not another video? I like the thing that he does with his bat where he hits the ball and then runs.

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Giants' Catch 22: What to do with all of San Francisco's behind-the-plate talent? - San Jose Mercury News
I'm worried that because of quotes like this ...

Sanchez's offensive potential has always been a given.

That there's going to be a backlash against Sanchez. He's not a plus-hitting anything. Not a catcher, not a first baseman ... he's just not. Yet. And I'm still a believer in "yet." He's still just 22, which is an age where an A-baller can skate by relatively unnoticed. So while I'm not thrilled with Sanchez's production so far this year (.264 average, .263 on-base percentage!), I'm not ready to tar him with the suck-brush.

At the same time, he sure as hell isn't a "given." Come on, now. Let's just sit down and talk this one out.

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BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Crick Follows Familiar, Bumpy Path For Giants
A profile of Kyle Crick, with comparisons and anecdotes related to Matt Cain. I think it's subscription-only, but I heartily endorse this product and/or service.

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Modify Watches - San Francisco Watches
This is a watch with Buster Posey's face on it. That seems important.

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Top 120 Prospect List for 2012: Midseason Revision - Minor League Ball
To underscore the link up there with Gustavo, as well as the one with Crick, here is a list of top prospects around baseball. Pretend Bumgarner, Posey, Sandoval, and Belt are prospects. Now you feel better. Instead of that speculative stuff, they're helping out a first-place team.

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Dodgers Grounds Crew Places Tarp Over Unsightly Crowd | The Onion
You are right to believe this completely legitimate news story without investigating further.

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