The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 3, 2013

Thoma column:


J.T. Chargois (second round, No. 72): Righty, not viewed as a potential starter. Hasn’t pitched this year. The word last summer was that he was likely to reach the majors quickly; a somewhat cynical part of that was the notion that he’d better because he’s destined for a short career because of his delivery. Apparently injured now.

Zach Jones (fourth round, No. 130): Strictly a reliever in high A, tearing up the Florida State League (1.23 ERA, 29 K in 22 innings, just eight hits allowed).

Tyler Duffey (fifth round, No. 160): Like Melotakis, in the rotation at Cedar Rapids and thriving (3-2, 2.78, 47 strikeouts and just six walks in 56.1 innings).

So ... of the five, two are starting, one is relieving, and two are presumably shelved with injuries. The guys who are pitching are doing well, and the starter projects are at least not immediate failures.

That may not sound like much, but this never figured to be a quick-fix approach.

Edward Thoma (344-6377; maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

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