First, when asked a question about Rudy Owens, Dejan replied that Owens was really hard to assess. In talking to scouts, Dejan got different perceptions from those who saw him early and from those who saw him late
For reasons no one seems to understand, Owens' velocity took a nice jump at midseason, and that made him look — finally — like something more than the next pitch-to-contact Zach Duke type.
Since we've all had our hearts broken by "crafty" lefties who can't fool MLB players, this was encouraging. Apparently Owens's fastball was ZD-like in the first half (87-90) but 90-93 in the second.
Dejan also confirmed that the Pirates were high on Jarek Cunningham, as many of us suspected. He also had some nice things to say about Jeremy Ferrell as a sleeper candidate:
He was batting .298/.369/.487 when he went down after 75 games, and the Pirates mention him in the same breath as some of their better guys.
So that wasn't what excited me. It was his confirmation that the system had a lot more depth than in previous years. So, BFD#, eat your heart out.