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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
1. Rafael Devers, Red Sox
He has been overshadowed in the Boston system by the likes of Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada, but that should change in 2017 with Benintendi in the big leagues and Moncada traded to the White Sox. Devers blends a rare combination of hitting ability and power potential, and he’s ready for Double-A at age 20.
Posted: January 24, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
Potentially one of the biggest stories of the upcoming season.
Like former Cardinals reliever Seth Maness, Harris went into surgery expecting Tommy John and left as one of three professional pitchers attempting to return after an alternative. Dr. George Paletta did a “primary repair” of Harris’ ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) at the bone and then constructed a protective sling out of tape to give the ligament support and protection as it healed. As a result, instead of missing 2017 and ...
Posted: January 24, 2017 at 07:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
Monday, January 23, 2017
After being rumored for months in heated pursuit of Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier, the Dodgers pivoted on Monday and acquired Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe for right-handed pitching prospect Jose De Leon.
The most striking effect of jet lag was on poor defensive performance, exemplified best by home runs allowed by pitchers. An increased tendency to give up the long ball was seen among eastward travelers (but not westward travelers), and in both home and away groups. This single stat was enough to explain most of the jet lag effects observed in this study, and it was considered strong enough to negate home field advantage (call it “jet lag disadvantage”). In terms of actual numbers, jet ...
Posted: January 23, 2017 at 03:58 PM | 14 comment(s)
I’m sold on his bat to ball skills. If he can learn to hunt for better pitches, he can be a star.
Franco offered a blunt diagnosis for his woes at the plate.
“In 2016, most of the time I just went to the plate without a plan,” he said. “I just swung at everything. Now, I think about it like, ‘This year is really important for you. You have to know what you’re doing and have to show everybody more discipline and be more selective at home plate.’ “
Franco wasn’t the only Phils hitter to struggle ...
Posted: January 23, 2017 at 03:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
I would have liked to see a comparison to his 2014-2015 results. (If I have time later today, I check out their handy new tool to investigate myself.) Anyway, this suggests it wasn’t a physical issue but was mechanical. It will be interesting to see if the coaching staff helps him correct the problem.
Though he hit the ball hard, Zimmerman had a pretty low launch angle, which is to say he was hitting hard-hit grounders. When viewed in this context, his numbers above make a lot more sense. While ...
Posted: January 23, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
Interesting stuff. Read the whole article.
Now that we’ve established that CS Prob is a proxy for control, we can build on it. After extensive review, we’ve concluded that CSAA substantially reflects a pitcher’s ability to command his pitches. It’s important to make the connection between what CSAA does and the popular definition of command.
Traditionally command is understood as the ability to “hit your spots”—having the ball end up where you intend it to. Over the years ...
Posted: January 23, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
Ogden Standard, January 23, 1917:
A charge that last year’s pennant race in the Pacific Coast baseball league was “fixed” so that the Vernon club could not win was made in a statement by Edward R. Maier, former owner of the club, printed [in San Francisco yesterday]. Maier was expelled from membership in the league last September. At that time the explanation of Maier’s departure generally accepted was that he did not get along with the directors.
[Maier:] “In the final game of the season, ...
Theo globally, act locally:
“The reality is these days so much of the most important work in society is done by these non-profits, most of which don’t get real government funding, so it’s really important to identify the most impactful non-profits in your community, especially in a city like Chicago right now that is battling so many critical challenges and support them,” Epstein said. “Baseball is just bread and circus. What we do, we just entertain the masses.”
(As always, views expressed ...Read More...
Posted: January 23, 2017 at 07:37 AM | 2351 comment(s)
Except for the top guy, a bunch of new names on the top second base prospect list.
1. Yoan Moncada, White Sox
After the Red Sox broke the bank to sign Moncada—a total of $63 million—he made it to the big leagues in just two years, where he struggled, albeit in just 19 at-bats. He was at the top of the four prospects the White Sox got in that Sale deal and he should see time at second in Chicago at some point in 2017.
Posted: January 23, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The odds of a young Yordano Ventura ever pitching in the major leagues were astronomically long. But thanks to ability that Royals officials call a gift, not to mention more than a little good fortune, the fire-throwing young man who starred in game six of the 2014 World Series could be poised to follow in the footsteps of Dominican Republic countryman Pedro Martinez.
Posted: January 22, 2017 at 11:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died Sunday in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. Former MLB infielder Andy Marte died on the same day in a separate car crash in the Dominican Republic.
Do Mattingly was a great first baseman, wasn’t he?
Even if you buy the idea that his defensive WAR is overestimated, he’s still a poor defensive player. I don’t believe this is a winning argument for his candidacy.
The math problem then amounts to this: If you’re willing to consider that Sheffield’s negative defensive numbers might be overblown by 15 to 25 percent, you’re looking at a case that ranges from, “Well, he’s definitely better than Tony Gwynn,” to “Um, yes, we need to enshrine turn-of-the-millennium Reggie Jackson.”
“Buck (Showalter) hired me in 2013, and we went out to UC Irvine and heard all about Zach Britton,” Wallace said recently. “We met him, Chris Tillman, and a few other pitchers. My bullpen coach, Dom Chiti — as good of a pitching guy I’ve ever known — and I talked to Zach in the outfield.
“Zach had been tried as a starter, and he couldn’t do this, and he had flashes of brilliance. When you talk to Zach… he was one of those guys where it was almost paralysis by analysis. He ...
Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
Believing in the power of Ray Searage.
Now he’s getting a fresh start and moving to an easier league and ballpark to pitch in, plus has the Ray Searage effect that could do wonders for him. His career 38.6 GB% would be the lowest of any pitcher on the Pirates staff. If Searage can get Hutch to work more inside and keep the ball down more, why couldn’t we see a turnaround for Hutchison?
Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
Going from a big market with a high-priced roster to a small market with a payroll half the size of the Red Sox’ has definitely given Francona a different perspective on managing.
“It’s a different challenge,” Francona said. “I think you’ve got to be realistic that in the winter, for the most part, we play in a different neighborhood and our guys do a great job of trying to be realistic about, ‘OK, who can go after and not waste time on players that are not going to come.’ ...
Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
This was always the it should be. It just took a little while to get there.
Instead, it’s about finding a balance. Paré, for example, credits his reading of “Moneyball” as a Yale freshman with helping set him down this career path, but he also attended MLB’s scout development program in the fall of 2009 — blending more traditional front-office skills with his new-age ones.
“People who are outside of this [analytics] realm here still see the value in what we’re doing as a department,” Paré ...
Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, January 21, 2017
“You could end up looking for the same type hitter you gave away,” said O’Dowd, the long-time Rockies’ GM. “You can’t force a deal. The worst trades I ever made were ones that I forced.”
Posted: January 21, 2017 at 10:58 PM | 4 comment(s)
MLB.com: So at this stage of life, when you think about Ted Williams, what comes to mind?
Engle: It’s all part of the good fortune I’ve had in life. For being a little shooter in this game of baseball, I was able to have participated in football on a national championship team at USC [in 1974], and actually play on the baseball team that won the College World Series [in ‘78]. There have been so many things that have happened in my life. I wouldn’t trade places with anyone that has ever lived, ...
Posted: January 21, 2017 at 10:24 PM | 3 comment(s)
Occasionally he’s entertaining. His Hall of Fame rants are tough to get though. It’s usually when I change the channel.
Posted: January 21, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 135 comment(s)
hall of fame
Friday, January 20, 2017
I’ve really enjoyed work of Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo at MLB Pipeline. Here’s the unveiling of their Top Ten 1B. They’ve been introducing the lists on Hot Stove. I’ll try embedding the segment over the next couple of weeks.
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Posted: January 20, 2017 at 02:24 PM | 3 comment(s)
I’ve been asked how Trumbo’s signing impacts rookie Trey Mancini. Good question. The Orioles have indicated that there’s no reason to return Mancini to the minors. There’s no 4A and he deserves to break camp with the team. They’ve also shown no concerns over having him sit on the bench rather than play every day at Triple-A Norfolk, insisting that it won’t stunt his development.
That said, they could decide this spring that there simply aren’t enough at-bats for him with Trumbo ...
Posted: January 20, 2017 at 11:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
Marshalltown [Iowa] Times-Republican, January 20, 1917:
Vic Saiere [sic], first baseman of the Chicago Nationals, whose sight was thought to be failing him, has assured President Weegham [sic] of the Chicago club that his eyes have regained their normal strength after a winter’s rest.
Saier is a movie fan and the theory was that he had damaged his eyes watching the flickering light on the screen and sitting up late reading. He avoided any strain whatever during the winter months and now ...
The Angels get a useful player.
The left-handed hitting Valbuena batted .260 with 13 home runs and an .816 OPS in 292 at-bats last year before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in late July. The Astros weren’t expected to retain him given the emergence of Alex Bregman at third base and the signing of Yulieski Gurriel last summer.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Orioles and free-agent first baseman/right fielder Mark Trumbo have agreed to a three-year deal for the slugger to return to Baltimore pending a physical, a Major League source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the deal is for approximately $37 million.
Posted: January 19, 2017 at 07:06 PM | 10 comment(s)
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