Zack Greinke & Hyun-jin Ryu Are Just The Best

Alright, so it’s only three days into camp, and every team is full of optimism and thinking they’re going to win 98 games this year. (Well, not you, Houston. Yeesh.) Does that mean we can’t still be excited over some early reports on the team’s two new highly-priced pitching imports?

First, we start with Ken Rosenthal’s excellent, must-read profile of Zack Greinke. I would really, really love to just quote like eight different pieces of it here, but I’ll restrain myself to two.

Greinke went on scouting trips with Counsell last spring, checking out amateur games in Arizona. For about a month before the draft, he watched video of some of the top projected picks, Melvin said. On draft day, Greinke was ready.

“He came in with a big piece of paper,” Melvin said. “He was sitting on the floor (in the war room) or a chair against the wall. I said, ‘Who do you like? Who do you think we should get?’ He said, ‘I really like Seager.’”

Specifically, Corey Seager of Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord, N.C., the younger brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.

I’m legitimately not sure where to start here. Not only is a major league player bothering to scout draft picks almost unheard of — I’m reminded of the time Andre Ethier admitted after a game that he had absolutely no idea who one of the pitchers who had been in for the Dodgers that day was — of all the players Greinke liked, he picked Seager, who we’re all of course huge fans of after a fantastic debut in the Dodger organization.

There’s more. Greinke didn’t have to throw a bullpen on Wednesday, but instead of heading home…

“He went, plopped down, sat and watched bullpens from the pitcher’s perspective, back behind the mound,” Hillman said.

“He wanted to watch something specific. What it was, I don’t know. But it wasn’t idle time. He might have been watching a catcher, how a guy receives. He might have been just getting his visual on where he’s going to do his ’pen tomorrow. He may already have picked out his mound.

“He’s going to invest every ounce of his energy preparing to be as good as he can possibly be, mentally and physically. That’s just the way he’s wired.”

I think I’m in love. After all the garbage we had to put up with about Greinke’s long-ago issues, I’m starting to wish every player could be like him.

Then there’s Ryu, who may be having some trouble with the conditioning sprints but seems to have no problem at all entertaining everyone else:

Other players don’t listen to the trainer,” Ryu said. “The trainer says 35 seconds, why do they run in 26 seconds? I run in 35 seconds. Other people say I’m not in shape. There are two different shapes, one for fitness, one for throwing the ball.

Jokes aside, Ryu’s initial bullpen sounds like it went well, with Eric Stephen reporting that Rick Honeycutt referred to Ryu’s change as “a plus-plus pitch,” and A.J. Ellis indicating that his command was excellent.

It’s early. It’s too early. I’m still excited.

456 comments
efb
efb

LOL look who just hacked Ryu's twitter... ugh i shouldnt laugh

efb
efb

where did everyone go?

efb
efb

But with the higher weight Kemp had the best month of the career. the weight wasnt the problem, it was the injuries!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@BillShaikin: #Dodgers roll out alternate slogans: not just "A Whole New Blue" but "A Whole New Team" and "A Whole New 'Tude." Yes, 'tude."

 

ugh

Bluebloodla92
Bluebloodla92

The yankees get about +30 runs over the next best 2B. Nice stat, yanks get a 30 run head start on every offense in mlb. NY is gunna have tough time saying hes a top 10-15 player as opposed to top 5

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@truebluela: Matt Kemp said he weighed 208 to start the 2011 season, then bulked up to 220 to start 2012. Now at 213. "It's a lighter Matt Kemp," he said"

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Dag. Boss is off-site today and called me to ask if I would send her a file from her computer. I did so and was confronted (not snooping) with irrefutable evidence that she put her notice in earlier this week. AWKWARD.

LurkingAtWork
LurkingAtWork

 @Kemps Shoe I'm annoyed this is a Weds game, my wife loves the Hello Kitty games but we can't do mid week

efb
efb

4 more hours : /

LurkingAtWork
LurkingAtWork

 @efb I think everyone got off early for the holiday weekend...except for me and you I guess

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@dylanohernandez: Kemp thinks that weighing less enhances his power. Also, could help prevent injuries."

HarryDoyle
HarryDoyle

 @efb this is my saturday.  i'm currently riding a phantom punch winter stout plus a grilled cheese.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @EephusBlue i am not this good of an actor. We're pretty close, so when she tells me, I might just say "duh, and be better at hiding shit."