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Offline Lintyfresh85

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Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Topic Start: June 10, 2011, 01:44:44 PM »
Matt needs his own thread as he's gaining cult status on WNFF.

From this week's BA Hot Sheet:

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Matt Antonelli, 2b/3b, Nationals.

Taken by the Padres with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Antonelli rose to prominence as a prospect with a strong '07 season that included 21 homers, 28 steals, and an .894 OPS. But then he suffered through injury-logged campaigns in 2009-10 and played in just 60 games. He essentially missed all of last year and in '09 batted just .196 for Triple-A Portland in 189 at-bats. In light of recent events, San Diego non-tendered Antonelli last December, and he settled on Washington as a landing spot because they offered him the best chance of upward mobility. The 26-year-old has made the most of his second chance by refashioning himself as a utility player. Antonelli has called on his strong athleticism to hold down second base (10 games), third base (eight) and even a little shortstop (three) for Triple-A Syracuse. He batted 10-for-27 (.370) this week with a homer, a triple and two doubles. In 18 games for the Chiefs he sports a .364/.425/.576 batting line, which gives him a chance to atone for an ugly cup of coffee (.573 OPS in 65 PA) with the '08 Padres.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2011/2611933.html

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #1: June 10, 2011, 01:49:47 PM »
Linty- I had not thought Antonelli still qualified as a rookie, but I see he has only 28 days service time and 65 PAs, so he can have a F-t-P thread.  Outstanding!

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #2: June 10, 2011, 01:53:45 PM »
Can he play the OF?  CF may be asking too much but if we never see Bixler again in LF, that'd be enough for me.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #3: June 10, 2011, 02:23:05 PM »
I remember him being pretty highly regarded a couple of years ago- or am I crazy?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #4: June 13, 2011, 01:55:25 PM »
He was considered the best 2B prospect in the game by Kevin Goldstein in 2007.  Hes also a former first round pick. 

He's a very good player ,imo. 

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #5: June 13, 2011, 03:13:15 PM »
Brian Bixler is better because Bixler hustles and is a good guy.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #6: June 20, 2011, 02:06:23 PM »
Antonelli is a damn good prospect. Even the year he was slumping he still kept a great .OBP

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #7: June 20, 2011, 02:31:12 PM »
If gas was cheaper or I made more money, I'd drive down to Gwinnett this week to catch a game. Damn it sucks being poor.


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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #8: June 26, 2011, 02:59:06 PM »
Didn't make that drive.  Matt is hitting .322 after 31 games, .394 on base.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #9: June 26, 2011, 06:02:27 PM »
Guy needs to be called up.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #10: July 07, 2011, 04:09:10 AM »
Matt Antonelli broke his ass.

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A few days ago I hurt something I've never hurt before. Don't worry, it isn't anything serious, but it sure hurts like hell. The crazy part is, it doesn't really hurt when I play, but it kills when I'm sitting on the sofa at home watching TV. A few days ago I slid into second base ripping my pants and sliding shorts that I wear under my uniform. Unfortunately, they don't give you much time for a wardrobe change and I had to slide three more times in the game. The difference was I now had the opportunity to slide on my bare ass. I'm guessing not many people have tried this before, but I can tell you from experience, it's not very fun to run full speed and dive naked onto dirt. Anyways, I now have the biggest strawberry known to man, and its located in perhaps the most uncomfortable spot to have a bruise. I'd show you a picture, but I don't want the cops showing up at my door.

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http://www.matthewantonelli.com/2011/07/happy-4th-of-july.html

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #11: July 10, 2011, 02:34:04 PM »
HR #3 today for Antonelli. Now batting .315. 24 BBs to 25 Ks

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #12: July 10, 2011, 02:37:32 PM »
HR #3 today for Antonelli. Now batting .315. 24 BBs to 25 Ks

I'm gonna comment on Antonelli's blog that he needs to use nyan cat as his walkup music.


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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #14: July 11, 2011, 08:19:51 AM »
Added to the IL All Star team with Tom Milone.  :clap:

http://syracuse.chiefs.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110710&content_id=21701086&vkey=pr_t552&fext=.jsp&sid=t552
article fails to mention his .395 OBP, which easily leads the team among players still with the Chiefs, or that he is almost 1:1 in his BBs to Ks (24 BB, 25K).  how many players in this organization show that kind of plate discipline? Frankly, he may be more of a leadoff hitter than Lombardozzi.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #15: July 11, 2011, 12:39:28 PM »
Antonelli needs to be playing for the big team. And not just for his sense of humor.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #16: July 11, 2011, 12:53:35 PM »
Don't know if anyone mentioned this, but Antonelli was selected as a replacement for the IL All-Star game.  Well deserved.



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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #19: August 12, 2011, 03:33:18 PM »
G     PA    AB     R     H    2B   3B   HR   RBI  SB   CS   BB    SO BA     OBP    SLG   OPS
48   228   211   34   69    10    1    4    25    8     5    12    29 .327   .364   .441   .805

Since joining AAA 48 games ago, I think he's doing pretty good, don't you?  The dude is only 22 years old.  How come this guy has not being discussed since July 21st?   I think he's our next 2nd baseman because our current shortstop is a very pathetic hitter.   :shock:
From the Lombardozzi thread.  If you :az: that, the how about:

G     PA    AB     R     H    2B   3B   HR   RBI  SB   CS   BB    SO BA     OBP    SLG   OPS
48   228   211   34   69    10    1    4    25    8     5    12    29 .327   .364   .441   .805

69   295    251   34   75    15    3    6    23    5     4    35    44 .299   .386   .454   .840


Since joining AAA 48 69 games ago, I think he's doing pretty good, don't you?  The dude is only 22 26 years old.  How come this guy has not being discussed since July 21st?   I think he's our next 2nd baseman because our current shortstop is a very pathetic hitter.   :shock:

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #20: August 12, 2011, 04:43:42 PM »
Ummm ... 26? Wow ....

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
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Re: Follow the Prospects: Matt Antonelli, IF
« Reply #22: August 12, 2011, 05:24:21 PM »
Lombardozzi turns 23 in a month.  3.5 years difference.  Don't forget, Antonelli made the majors in 2008, flamed, had a tough 2009, then missed 2010 due to injury.  The Nats bought low, which is why he is on a minor league contract.  Put another way, Antonelli made the majors roughly in the same time frame as Lombo would if he were called up in September.

Me, I kind of like a guy who is still on the up side of his peak years getting the shot first when his numbers are better and the younger guy has shown a big drop in plate discipline.  Both could be major leaguers, but Lombo looks like the bigger failure risk this year / next year.