The Very Big Kahuna

Just thought we’d post this line from the Hawaiian winter league, where super-sized 2006 Yankee draftee Joba Chamberlain looks to be emerging as a potential big-time prospect:

33.2 IP, 23 H, 8 R, 3 HR, 3 BB, 42 K

Hughes-like numbers. Hat tip to Pending Pinstripes for pointing it out.

11 comments… add one
  • Three walks? Love it.

    attackgerbil November 16, 2006, 5:11 pm
  • Yay.. now we’ll just have to fastforward a few years..

    Lar November 16, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • Ah, the Hawaiian Winter League. I remember my days there. Mai tais, luaus, chasing (hula) skirts, and umpires with enormous, uh, strike zones.
    I can only imagine what YFs would be saying if, after a huge score of a prized FA by the Yankees at the expense of the Sox, us SFs were posting about our vaunted HWL prospects. This is hysterical.

    SF November 16, 2006, 6:29 pm
  • There were like 9 (give or take) posts on Matsuzaka, so probably needed something to lift the YF’s spirits.. =)
    I don’t think too much of it though, especially since most Yanks prospects don’t really stay in NY.. it seems that they’re trying to reverse some of that, but we’ll see if that’s really the case..

    Lar November 16, 2006, 6:34 pm
  • SF: I ask how you can not appreciate the inestimable impact of bikinis and black sand on a young player’s formative years. Lucky sod, that one.

    attackgerbil November 16, 2006, 6:36 pm
  • So, what, the blog should be exclusively about Matsuzaka now?
    I think we’ve been on that, pretty good here. (Including yours truly.)
    Does. Not. Compute.

    YF November 16, 2006, 6:44 pm
  • Lar: Don’t even go there, girlfriend!

    YF November 16, 2006, 7:46 pm
  • I support the good guys; da Champoinship-winning AL East-owning Pinstripe-wearing boys from tha city. Anyways, I noticed a recent post that was a bit of trash talk towards a comment about the Yanks’ Joba Chamerlain’s unbeleivable HWL performance and the future of the Yanks’ farm system. So, before we go any further, let’s establish this as a fact right now before anyone gets confused; the Sox are scared: their fans, manager, GM, owners, etc. All scared to death that they become the laughing stock of the AL if they stay behind the Jays or even get passed by the O’s (though not likely). But they are so concerned with their pitching that they drop enough dough to cover almost any ace in the majors for 4 years. The fact that Schilling is out after this year, Lester has cancer, Beckett is the biggest disappointment since Pavano, and the cream of the pitching FA crop had the worst control in the league(Zito with 99BB) was just enough to force them to throw D-Mat the Benjamins. So, this act of desperation proves nothing but the Yanks’ near complete dominance over the AL East, because the fact that we have, not only, the better current team, but as well the brighter future, leaves those Chowda eatin’ queez in the North with their panties in a bunch. And this is just the SP aspect. Swing away SFs, but tha YFs know it and you do too: the winds of change have blown through NY and the “prospect” is no longer a currency in NY, it’s a way to win. I’m just glad we’ll never have to hear that “payroll” card played by a SF EVER again. More on the way; til later, peace out.

    zrsahai November 17, 2006, 12:35 am
  • Well, Beckett still has the opportunity (as far as I know) to prove everyone wrong.. Schilling is getting on with age, though I’ve been predicting his demise for quite some time now (traded him 2 years ago in legacy fantasy baseball..)..
    But then you can almost pretty much say the same about the Yanks staff…
    That’s why they play them – most teams would probably love our problems..

    Lar November 17, 2006, 12:50 am
  • What I do like about this kid is that apparently he’s big-boned, and my friend calls him “Joba the Hutt”. Maybe it’ll stick, maybe it won’t, but it’s still the funniest thing I’ve heard..

    Lar November 17, 2006, 12:52 am
  • Thanks for the link YF.
    All the other pitchers in the league have what would be considered a “normal” walk rate, so I doubt Joba’s 14-1 K/BB ratio (14-1!) is the product of wide strike zones.

    Mike A. November 17, 2006, 12:45 pm

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