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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Rick Porcello is far from his Cy Young form - Beyond the Box Score

Not coming back seems a little extreme.

I believe that Porcello’s 2016 is not coming back, but I also believe that Porcello is better than his current 5.21 RA9 might indicate given some of the bad luck he has had. ZiPS projects a 4.03 RA9 and Steamer projects a 4.30 RA9 for the rest of the season. That seems like a pretty reasonable range to me, and it would be worth 2-3 WAR the rest of the way. If David Price pitches like vintage Price and Chris Sale keeps pitching the way he has been, I ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Baseball Rediscovers the Two-Way Player

Players might convert—Dodgers All-Star closer Kenley Jansen spent his first five minor-league campaigns as a catcher—but no one has simultaneously succeeded as a full-fledged member of a pitching staff and everyday lineup.

“It wouldn’t shock me if at some point in the future somebody does find their niche as a guy who can do both,” said Padres general manager A.J. Preller, who will pick third in the draft. “We’d be open to at least going down that path with certain guys.”

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:42 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, draft, hunter greene

Prospect Team Of The Month: May | BaseballAmerica.com

More good news for Phillies fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects

Major league litter: Can a strategic bat toss turn trash into treasure?

The detail is his bat. Normally Contreras drops his bat directly behind him in the batter’s box, but as he starts toward first base, he pulls it into fair territory and lets it go right where the dirt around the plate meets the grass of the infield. He leaves it directly in line with where a throw home would travel, close to the spot where a one-hop throw would hit the ground, and perpendicular to the foul line so that it provides the widest possible obstacle. The perfect position to disrupt a ...

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Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rules of the game


FSL notes: Phils’ Kilome raising his profile | MiLB.com News

More hope for Phillies fans.

Kilome—ranked as the Phillies’ No. 5 prospect—hasn’t been quite as dominant so far this season after the move up to the Clearwater Threshers in the Class A Advanced Florida State League, but he has definitely stamped himself as a pitcher to watch. Signed for $40,000 by the Phillies as a rail-thin 17-year-old in 2013, Kilome’s profile has risen along with his physical development.

“I’ve grown at least an inch and gained about 60 pounds,” said Kilome, who is now ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: franklyn kilome, phillies, prospects

Barrel FIP Leaderboards – RO Baseball

One of my favorite new stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Mets can’t let Super-2 rule get in way of Amed Rosario call-up - NY Daily News

He’ll be up soon. When he arrives, Amed Rosario will not save the Mets season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets

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

Pittsburgh Press, June 6, 1917:

If Hans Wagner has any intention of returning to baseball—and he seems to have, judging from the fact that he has been turning out every morning to practice with the Pirates—the fans are hopeful that he will sign a contract soon, and get into the game.
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If he reports, it would not be at all surprising to see him covering first base. Bunny Brief is a fair man, but he has weaknesses which are becoming more apparent. He was credited with being a very quick thinker ...

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Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, honus wagner

Longtime Orioles Radio Broadcaster Fred Manfra Cherishes Memories

No more mistake-a-minute Manfra in Baltimore.

Bote Man Posted: June 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

Swing Up, Stupid: How Statcast Fueled MLB’s Home Run Surge - Vocativ

If you hit the ball hard but are hitting the ball on the ground, tweaking your swing to get more balls in the air is smart. (See Ryan Zimmerman.) If you don’t hit the ball very hard, you shouldn’t be doing it. (Billy Hamilton shouldn’t be making the adjustment.)

Again, this just seems like common sense to me. What am I missing?

“You’re seeing a lot of mistakes get hit out of the ballpark whereas before you were seeing hard line drives and maybe doubles in the gap,” Ellis said. ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting philosophies

MLB air ball revolution requires hard hit ball | MLB.com

This is simple common sense. Like I asked yesterday, who is trying to get all hitters to hit alike?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

The Mets are the suckers | New York Post

“We’re not going to fold up the tent yet,” Terry Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Teammates knew Zack Cozart was an All-Star, now voters are catching on

But Cozart has been the National League’s best shortstop this season. His 3.1 FanGraphs WAR is by far the best in the league, with Seager’s 1.8 second. Entering Monday’s game, he led all qualified National League shortstops in batting average (.344), on-base percentage (.432), slugging percentage (.622), home runs (9) and RBI (33). He’s also FanGraphs’ highest-rated defensive shortstop.

“It’s important, because obviously when somebody deserves something, it’s nice that they get ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all star, reds, zack cozart

D-Backs: Yeah, yeah, new stadium management contract, just give us our $187m, okay? | Field of Schemes

In other words, just adding a few more concerts isn’t going to stop the D-Backs owners from suing for $187 million, which makes total sense if they think they have a shot at winning. Beus added that they’re only suing for “the ability to talk to other alternatives so we don’t risk our franchise altogether when they don’t do the capital repairs they’re required to do,” which is pretty hilarious for a franchise worth an estimated $1.15 billion and that had an estimated $47.2 million ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, stadium deals, stadium renovations

Mets relievers could begin pitching multiple innings | Newsday

Enlightenment!

Will the Mets resort to a throwback bullpen?

Until their starting pitchers can produce longer outings, the Mets might return to a bygone era by asking their relievers to throw multiple innings.

Closer Addison Reed had a six-out save against the Pirates on Saturday night, and the next day, general manager Sandy Alderson told an audience of season-ticket holders: “I don’t think that’s the last time you’re going to see that. Our starters don’t go long enough in games for ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Ringolsby lists seven under the radar signings | MLB.com

Mediocre starter becomes good reliever. Who could see something like that happening?

Angels right-hander Bud Norris signed a $1.75 million deal with the idea he could be a swingman, but injuries opened up late-inning opportunities. Norris finally earned his first save on April 20. Beginning with that game, he is 10-for-11 in save situations. He has allowed only six earned runs in 20 1/3 innings over 22 appearances, striking out 27 and giving up only 11 hits.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents

Pedro Martinez thinks David Ortiz is ready for a comeback and knows a team that could use him | MLB.com

On MLB Tonight, Pedro also said Ortiz asked him, “Are you going to get me new legs?”

Ortiz isn’t coming back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Astros’ homers help extend win streak to 11 | MLB.com

11!

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: astros

Twins commitment to video scouting runs through minors

This makes all the sense in the world. First, it prepares prospect for the big leagues. Second, it helps them to better identify their better players.

Just three teams in the 16-team Midwest League are going without a video intern this season. Just more than half take their video person on the road, and for the first time, the Kernels are among them.

That means the Twins have a full-time video scouting presence at their top four minor-league affiliates. Rookie-level Elizabethton, which starts ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: video scouting

Monday, June 05, 2017

A minor league baseball team is holding “Hourglass Appreciation Night” this summer

Since August is the eighth month of the calendar year, and an 8 looks tantalizingly similar to an hourglass, be there a better way to remind the world that baseball needs no clock than to feature 18 hourglass-shaped color commentators?

That’s right! Stars Talent Studio of Salt Lake City will provide a different stunner each half-inning. And the Raptors will video-stream the broadcast booth – well, at least the better-looking half of it!

Fans will have the opportunity to pose for pictures ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 05, 2017 at 10:52 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, ogden raptors, promotions, sexism

Drafted right after Ken Griffey Jr. in 1987, Mark Merchant never played a day in the majors | MLB | Sporting News

By all accounts, the Pirates were thrilled with their pick.

“Tool-wise, he’s got everything you’re looking for as a complete ballplayer,” Buzzy Keller, the Pirates’ director of player development, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August 1987. “You might find some players who run faster and throw harder, but his combination (of tools) and makeup make him a complete player.”

One anonymous scout told the Post-Gazette back then that Merchant was the best prospect to come out of ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 03:12 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers

FanGraphs’ 2017 Mock Draft | FanGraphs Baseball

2. Cincinnati – Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (CA)
The Reds had about a half-dozen scouts at the ACC tournament in Louisville and watched Brendan McKay’s middling start, though I think they prefer him as a bat. He’s a possibility, but Greene is more likely and, in my opinion, the better prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 03:10 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mock drafts

Luis Severino’s Breakout Season | FanGraphs Baseball

Before the season, the Yankees appeared to be a club in need of pitching. Their starting rotation ranked just 13th in our preseason Positional Power Rankings, and even the most enthusiastic Severino supporter would have had to admit, given how his 2016 season went, that his was one of the spots that the team would likely have to upgrade. More than two months into the season, New York’s rotation has mostly played to type. They rank 11th in starting pitching WAR, but Severino has gone from weak ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 03:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Brewers promote Phillips for MLB debut | MiLB.com News

Brett Phillips before Lewis Brinson?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brett phillips, brewers


OT: Summer Soccer Thread 2017

‘Tis summer, and the silly season did blather and bamboozle the internets.

With the Champion’s League all wrapped up in a Ronaldo shaped box, it’s time to move on to more important things. Like whether Antoine Griezmann leave Athleti, whither Alaxandre Lacazette, and why doesn’t Liverpool just hire Southampton’s recruitment staff and cut out the middle man. Also of interest: Sanchez, Ozil, Mahrez, Hazard, and anyone else with a z in his name apparently. Plus oh so much more! Get it all here in ...

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The Marksist Posted: June 05, 2017 at 01:44 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: off topic, soccer

Full Count » The Tyler Thornburg trade just got more expensive for Red Sox

The Red Sox announced that they were sending 18 year old middle infielder Yeison Coca to the Brewers as the player to be named later in the deal that already sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington to Milwaukee.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 12:04 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox, trades, tyler thornburg

2017 Draft prospects with the best tools | MLB.com

Potentially the next “fastest to get the big leagues” flameout?

Best slider: J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
When it’s on, Bukauskas’ slider may be the most unhittable pitch in the Draft, peaking in the upper 80s with nasty bite. Hitters can’t even try to sit on it because they also have to contend with his mid-90s fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 12:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Carlos Peguero and the Coverage of Asian Baseball – Daniel Brim – Medium

Oh boy.

Simply put, it’s incredibly rude that people stick their heads in and judge a league based on a few highlights on the internet and a few stat lines on Baseball Reference. When a foreign player does post a good stat line, it’s often held against the league instead of credited to the player getting better, or adjusting well to the Japanese style of pitching. Not every foreign player can do that. Many can’t.

Simply put, there’s not a lot of reason for anybody other than scouts to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball

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