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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rays Select Brendan McKay, Will Allow Him To Pursue Hitting and Pitching

“We were thrilled to select Brendan McKay as our fourth overall pick. This is a very rare talent, a player as a position player and as a pitcher warranted top of the draft consideration.” Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations said. “At pick four, you never know how things are going to go ahead of you, but all we can say is that we our staff is thrilled to have selected him and hopefully have him in our organization.”

Although he was announced as a first baseman on MLB ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, rays

Who is ‘The Freeze’? Meet the former college track star racing Braves fans between innings. - The Washington Post

The man behind the ski goggles and arctic-blue bodysuit — 26-year-old Nigel Talton of Fort Valley, Ga. — has been a member of the Braves’ grounds crew since 2012 and a track athlete since his junior year at Peach County High School, where he also played football.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, promotions

Day 1 of 2017 Draft complete; Rounds 3-10 next | MLB.com

How does he look in jeans?

The top of the 2017 Draft was filled with upside, as the top three picks were all high schoolers for the first time since 1990, when Chipper Jones, Tony Clark and Mike Lieberthal went 1-2-3. The Twins nabbed toolsy shortstop/outfielder Royce Lewis with the No. 1 overall pick, making a last-minute decision to take him over Louisville two-way standout Brendan McKay.

“We see him as an impact player on both sides of the ball,” said Twins vice president of player personnel ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Everything goes right for Mets — except Yoenis Cespedes | New York Post

Just when everything was looking up for the Mets.

When Yoenis Cespedes came back Saturday despite admittedly not being 100 percent, the cynics wondered how long he would last before getting hurt again.

The answer was two days.
...
But unlike the hamstring and quad injuries that cost their best player over three dozen games, the Mets insist Monday’s sore left heel isn’t new and isn’t serious. And it’s also not going to take the shine off a 6-1 win over the defending world-champion Cubs ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets, yoenis cespedes

Monday, June 12, 2017

Time for Major League Baseball to give Ozzie Guillen another chance

It will take an executive with a strong personality and an open mind to hire a larger-than-life manager likely to immediately change the culture of an organization.

DanG Posted: June 12, 2017 at 10:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, managers, ozzie guillen


Projecting Brewers Center Fielder Lewis Brinson | FanGraphs Baseball

Brinson’s come a long way since his early days as a professional, especially in the strikeout department. He struck out an alarming 38% of the time in Low-A back in 2013, but has hacked several percentage points off that mark since. His 22% strikeout rate in Triple-A this year is still a bit high, but not alarmingly so. He’s made this improvement without giving up much in other categories, either. His 20 extra-base hits, seven steals, healthy walk rate, and center-field defense more than ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2017 at 06:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, katoh, lewis brinson, prospects

Explaining the economics behind Twins’ draft indecision

According to Baseball America, a Twins official said signability “will play a significant role.” With Twins general manager Thad Levine already on record as saying there is no “generational talent” in this year’s draft pool — no matter what Sports Illustrated would have you believe about Greene — it stands to reason the Twins will look for value.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2017 at 06:55 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, twins

LIVE: 2017 MLB Draft Day 1 | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2017 at 06:54 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Remy Diagnosed With Cancer

In a sobering reveal on Monday, Red Sox TV color analyst Jerry Remy announced he has been diagnosed with lung cancer for the fourth time. He begins treatment in two weeks.

“Still strong,” Remy wrote on Twitter. “Please see your doctor.”

He will work the upcoming road trip then go for treatment.

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 12, 2017 at 05:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cancer sucks, red sox

WaPo: Fancy Stats: Today’s Yankees Are A Modern-Day Murderers’ Row

The Yankees have 14 games in which they hit three or more home runs this season, the most in franchise history over the first 60 games of the season. And this year’s squad also has three five-homer games in 2017, the most in the majors. This season, the Yankees have 102 home runs in 60 games, putting them on pace for 275 home runs over a 162-game season, which, if sustained, would eclipse the major league record set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264). The most ever by the Yankees was in 2012 ...

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Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-12-2017

Washington Times, June 12, 1917:

Kenneth Williams, who is starring in the outfield for the Portland, Ore., team in the Pacific Coast League, has been purchased by the Browns, and will be tried out next spring.

That worked out pretty well for the Browns.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 12, 2017 at 10:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history

Give Baseball Scouts a (Perfect) 80 for Tradition

“Eighty you’re a franchise player, 20 you’re nothing and 50 you’re average,” said Detroit Tigers General Manager Al Avila, the son of a scout and the father of a major-league catcher. “It’s always been that way.”

And if it hasn’t, there may be no one alive who remembers otherwise. Art Stewart, a senior adviser to Moore with the Royals, is 90 years old, born on Babe Ruth’s birthday in 1927. Stewart took his first scouting job with the Yankees in the early 1950s, when a ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 12, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: branch rickey, draft, scouting

Aaron Judge hits MLB’s longest HR in 2017 | MLB.com

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

OTP 12 June 2017: McCain Stays Up Late to Watch Baseball

The obvious baseball/politics tie-in of the week:

Arizona Sen. John McCain is blaming his convoluted line of questioning at Thursday’s James Comey testimony on his decision to stay up late the night before to watch a baseball game.

Many on Twitter were left scratching their heads after the 80-year-old Republican senator grilled Comey during the hearing about why the FBI closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, while continuing its probe of the Trump ...

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BDC Posted: June 12, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 1635 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, politics, why are nl west games on so late

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Economist: Baseball’s rarest offensive achievement is about to get more common

A 43% increase in the leaguewide HR rate since 2014 corresponds to over a 3x increase in the probability of seeing at least one 4-HR game in a given season.

Mr Gennett has a much lower chance of a four-home-run game than, say, a power hitter like Giancarlo Stanton: based on their career rates, Mr Stanton would be about 6,000 times more likely to accomplish the feat. However, the gap between the best and the rest appears to be shrinking slightly. In 2014, the top five players by home-run rate ...

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David Concepcion de la Desviacion Estandar (Dan R) Posted: June 11, 2017 at 06:26 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs


The Blernsball Problem, or a Plea For Imagination in Baseball Fiction

Yes, in Matt Groening’s fictional 31st century, baseball is dead and gone. It has been replaced by Blernsball, a tetherball-inspired, rocket-powered, Tron-plus-pinball-plus-baseball monstrosity with enough bells and whistles to keep its futuristic spectators occupied. Throughout Futurama’s run, Blernsball served as a fun way for Groening to poke at baseball and the traditionalist (read: boring) 20th-century attitudes it embodies.

As ludicrous and absurd as Blernsball is, though, it’s ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 11, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball in fiction, blernsball, futurama, star trek


Sunday Notes: Tigers’ Daniel Norris Channels Clayton Kershaw | FanGraphs Baseball

A lot of good stuff this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 11:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Real meaning of the motto of Amed Rosario, a Mets stud born for this | New York Post

Ken Davidoff talks with Amed Rosario.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Bautista’s heads-up baserunning | MLB.com

Classic Little League maneuver.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, jose bautista

Aaron Judge sets Statcast exit velocity record | MLB.com

Big man hits another ball very, very hard.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, statcast, yankees

The Mariners Will Probably Regret Signing Jean Segura – Off The Bench

This writer is overly pessimistic. Segura looks like an average defensive player. He clearly can hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

How the Teams Have Drafted in This Millennium | FanGraphs Baseball

It would be interesting to see a comparison by groups. Are some teams better in particular parts of the draft?

If you have more questions in the comments, I’m saving this spreadsheet, so hopefully I can help. In the meantime, I don’t think I have more to say. We don’t know who’s really drafted the best, independent of all the other factors. But this accounts for how the various draft picks have turned out. Congratulations to the Red Sox, who have identified some awfully good talent. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 07:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

What Amed Rosario is learning as Mets resist calling | New York Post

Is this a temperament issue with Rosario or Alderson?

Alderson, as part of a planned trip, saw the Mets’ top prospect play two games this past week at Smith’s Ballpark as the Mets Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate took on the Angels’ Salt Lake Bees. The GM’s first-hand observations meshed with what the organization already thought, as well as what most industry folks appear to think: There is little doubt Rosario could help the Mets right now if they needed him. And there also is little doubt ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 07:30 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

Red Sox reliever Blaine Boyer and his work to try to stop sex trafficking in overseas brothels

Nick Cafardo’s latest. He and I agree about instant reply.

2. Here’s where I stand on instant replay: My first preference would be to get rid of it altogether, but understanding that’s not realistic I’d get rid of central command in New York, and take challenges away from managers and allow umpires to review any play they deem close.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 07:19 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: notes

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jeff Samardzija has decided to stop walking batters

On April 28, Jeff Samardzija walked San Diego Padres outfielder Jabari Blash on four pitches. The first pitch looked like it caught the outside corner, then the San Francisco Giants right-hander threw two fastballs inside and one outside for ball four.

Samardzija didn’t walk another batter until May 25, when Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs took a 3-2 fastball a little up and out of the strike zone. Between walks, Samardzija struck out 47 batters. In fact, he may even have been pitching around ...

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Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 10, 2017 at 09:15 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff samardzija, walks

Rafael Devers’ bat is ready for the big leagues, but his development at third base will determine when he’s ready to make the jump - 2080 Baseball

This in an in-depth scouting report.

Defense may be the sole remaining reason that Devers is still sitting at the Double-A level. He just isn’t quite ready to be an everyday defender in the big leagues. The hope is that with more time under Febles’ tutelage, that will change.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects, red sox

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles should ‘quit whining’ about rainout

“Their GM [Dan Duquette] was nowhere to be found for three, four hours. We wanted to play the next day. They refused to play then, so the next [open] day was [Thursday]. They drove 32 miles to get there. We flew 3,000 [expletive] miles, and we beat their [behinds]. So quit your whining. Quit whining.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, mike rizzo, nationals, orioles

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