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Friday, February 12, 2016
Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect List.
Rank, Player, Position, Organization
1. Corey Seager, ss/3b, Dodgers
Hit: 70. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60. ETA: 2016. Age: 21
2. Byron Buxton, of, Twins
Hit: 70. Power: 60. Speed: 80. Fielding: 70. Arm: 70. ETA: 2016. Age: 22
3. Yoan Moncada, 2b, Red Sox
Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 65. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55. ETA: 2017. Age: 20
4. Julio Urias, lhp, Dodgers
Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 60. Control: 70. ETA: 2017. Age: 19
5. Lucas ...
Posted: February 12, 2016 at 10:25 PM | 3 comment(s)
The A’s have acquired outfielder Khris Davis from the Brewers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Bubba Derby and Minor League catcher Jacob Nottingham, the team announced Friday.
To clear a spot for Davis on the 40-man roster, left-hander Sean Nolin was designated for assignment.
He won’t be on my Hall of Fame ballot.
It doesn’t look comfortable.
Early in spring training, 20 big league pitchers are expected to receive newly designed protective headwear resulting from a collaboration between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.
“A hybrid of a cap and a helmet” is how MLB vice president Patrick Houlihan describes the customized hats that weigh 10 to 12 ounces, depending on head size, have a carbon fiber shell and roughly resemble sun visors with extended forehead and temple coverage and ...
Posted: February 12, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
Jonathan Papelbon should have choked Lee Judge instead.
Just what the hell is this?
On May 27, 2015, the Kansas City Star’s Lee Judge wrote a column headlined “Are RBIs a worthless statistic? Ask Rusty Kuntz.” It is a spirited defense of the RBI as a statistic, and it’s just as bad as you’re imagining it is. But we’re not here to discuss the content of an old and bad baseball column; we’re here to talk about how Lee Judge is the laziest ############ on earth.
Today, Judge ...
Some interesting stuff but you need to read the whole thing.
But could the very thing that helped bring about the transformation from washed-up-prospect to Cy Young winner lead to his eventual downfall? (I mean, of course, the end is inevitable for us all.) By that, I mean the usage on his best pitch; the one that Arrieta calls a slider, grips like a cutter, and manipulates like something possessed by the spirit of Dennis Eckersley. To even begin to explore that question, we would need a better ...
Posted: February 12, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 9 comment(s)
Ogden Standard, February 12, 1916:
Jimmy Callahan, new manager of the Pittsburg Pirates, says he may have his players practice without gloves in the spring.
Callahan says some players, after a winter of rest, are too enthusiastic and cut loose before they are ready, running risk of putting their arms out of business.
If players are forced to play without gloves they will slow down, says the Pirate chieftain.
If players are forced to play with ten broken fingers, they will slow down.
Batting average on “mistake pitches” in 2015
1. Miguel Sano, .500
2. Eric Hosmer, .490
3. David Peralta, .486
4. Joey Butler, .480
5. Ryan Zimmerman, .476
Batting average is a flawed stat that ought to be avoided in most advanced analysis, but since we’re not really interested in walks for this exercise, it’ll do to start with. Sano had 44 plate appearances where he saw a meatball pitch as we’ve defined it, and 22 times that turned into a hit, including seven of his 18 homers. We ...
Posted: February 12, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
Keith’s stuff just keeps getting better. Some great prospect insights in this chat, including this one.
Ed: Jon Gray (40 IP) meet service time to miss the list or he’s just fallen that far in a year?
Klaw: He’s gone backwards. Someone altered his delivery, so he’s lost a lot of power. His fastball is down, his slider went from a 70 to a 50, and he has zero deception. That’s why he got whacked around in the big leagues – hitters see the straight four-seamer and hit it. Back in college, ...
Posted: February 12, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Though Matt Harvey may be impossible to keep for a variety of reasons, Jacob deGrom made it clear Wednesday that he is willing to listen to a long-term contract plan.
“I’m a little bit older, so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ deGrom told The Post at Mets pre-camp. “You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It’s something I’d have to look into and make sure I agree with it.’’
There has yet to be any movement by either side on ...Read More...
Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb
Posted: February 11, 2016 at 05:49 PM | 15 comment(s)
Fewer pimples in the big leagues though.
I asked GameChanger to separate the high school baseball numbers to remove it from any noise from Little League baseball or softball. The data revealed that pitchers throw a first-pitch strike 56.9% of the time. If the first pitch is a strike, the batter’s on-base percentage is .320; if it’s a ball, the OBP shoots up to .432.
How do such numbers compare to first-pitch numbers in MLB?....
While ERA is lower in high school, it’s easier to get on ...
I would think at least one of these judgments will be wrong.
For Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays are paying for an expected increase due to his MVP season this season, but in the case of the other three players, the teams are paying more in case of an even further breakout for these players. The teams did not receive the typical discount given for two-year contracts, and the only way the team ends up ahead is with an MVP-like season. Given the caliber of these players and the salaries they’re ...
Here’s some help to get your geek on.
Late in 2015 I wrote a piece here at The Hardball Times that walked through some of my favorite R packages for gathering and analyzing baseball data. Like all things, no single package has everything I need, nor should it. Following that article, I started collecting various functions that I’ve written and routinely use and decided to compile them in a formal package that anyone can easily load and use.
Posted: February 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
1. Atlanta Braves
2015 rank: 6
Players in top 100 (2016): 7
This system was among the bottom five just two years ago after several bad drafts and questionable player development, but a series of trades—including several fleecings of the Diamondbacks—has stocked the system with pitching depth that is the envy of the industry. They tied for the most players in my top 100 and had a couple of other players who could make cases for inclusion, and their 11th- to 20th-ranked prospects still include a ...
Another great article by Jesse Sanchez. Nobody touches him on the international free agent market.
Washington Times, February 11, 1916:
The [Baltimore] fans, or, at least, many of the more determined, have set their hearts on a major league team and insist they will not be happy with anything else. In an effort to get what they demand cards are being spread broadcast calling on all lovers of the game to boycott the International League team as representing “tank town baseball.”
Here’s the card:
STAND UP FOR BALTIMORE!
We want BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL or nothing.
We can’t compel the moguls to ...
For a quick history lesson, Flannery spent the entirety of his 11-year playing career in San Diego, even playing on their first World Series team back in 1984. Flannery was also a part of Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff in San Diego from 1996-2002. After Bochy was allowed to leave San Diego for the managerial job in San Francisco, Flannery rejoined him on the coaching staff until his retirement in 2014.
Based on Flannery’s rant, it’s apparent there are some fans who feel he turned his back on ...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Another part of the dynamic is the recent Veterans Committees shutdowns. It began when the Veterans Committee vote went to the Hall of Famers themselves. Those already in the club took Hall of Fame exclusivity to another level, failing to vote in a single new player during three votes over five years. Following that, the Hall Board of Directors changed the process to one with smaller voting panels, dividing the committee into three different segments that each voted on a different era. That ...Read More...
It’s in the middle of the night, but it’s baseball dang-nabbit. All games will stream on worldbaseballclassic.com, with some games on MLB Network (usually those involving Australia). In addition, they will be on ESPN networks in Oceania, from what I understand.
All times Eastern:
9:00 PM Wednesday
South Africa vs. New Zealand (WorldBaseballClassic.com and ESPN Pac-Rim)
3:30 AM Thursday
Philippines vs. Australia (MLB Network, WorldBaseballClassic.com, ESPN Pac-Rim)
New York Evening World, February 10, 1916:
Last night [William Howard] Taft was the chief speaker at the dinner at the Waldorf, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the organization of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs…Taft asserted that he was for the umpire, first and last. He advocated giving the arbiters even more power than they now have. “I would stop all the chattering on the coaching lines and in the players’ benches. It is unfair for a player to try to unnerve his ...
This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.
Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig will teach sports law and business at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
The university said Tuesday that Selig, 81, had been appointed the O’Connor distinguished professor of sports in America. In addition to teaching, he will become founding president of the sports law and business advisory board.
Posted: February 10, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 43 comment(s)
They like each other. They really like each other.
“I’m sure it’s something that’s going to be entertained,” he added. “Me and Trav are open for anything. We both just want to win. That’s who we are.”
Though they play the same position and therefore compete for playing time, Plawecki and d’Arnaud are big pals. Last year, when d’Arnaud was hurt, they sat together on the bench, dissecting situations. D’Arnaud, the more experienced player, sometimes would proffer ideas — ...
It’s easy to like this kid.
Here is how he practices for his multi-position gig.
“Every day I will work one position and work the whole day there,” Flores said. “Today I worked at third base. One day at third. One day at second. One day at short. One day at first.’’
The uniform remains the same and that is the bottom line. He’s been a Met since he was 16.
“I want to accept this role. I have to accept this role,’’ Flores said. “When I play, I’m going to play like I am an ...
Posted: February 10, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
I wonder whether this injury will impact the Astros plan to get him back behind the plate for some games this season.
Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis told MLB.com on Tuesday that he will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.
Gattis said via text message that he is optimistic he will be ready for the start of the regular season or shortly thereafter, and he hopes to start getting some at-bats in mid- to late March. Astros position players are scheduled to work ...
Posted: February 10, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Sixteen is a long way from the majors but Braves fans can still dream.
“My comparison when I talked to our people was Chipper Jones,” said Blakeley, an international scout for 30 years who previously worked for the Yankees. “Chipper until he hurt his legs could play short, could play third, could have played center. Chipper could have done anything Chipper wanted to do. Maitan reminds me a lot of Chipper Jones.
“Big time power from both sides, and does it easy. Bat whip. Loves to play, ...
Smart and logical as always from Carleton at BP. Would love to see this topic expanded to cover outfielders and ‘full’ utility players.
“I think there’s a very flawed assumption behind that logic. It implicitly conceptualizes defensive ability as a single dimension. A spectrum, if you will. You’re either good at “defense” or you are not. It’s like saying that “intelligence” is a single thing, but then mumbling when asked to define what that thing is. Instead, I propose that we ...Read More...
The most recent discussions about a sports-rights bubble surfaced three years ago when the Los Angeles Dodgers signed their $8 billion television deal with Time Warner. While those in the industry had been hearing about a bubble for two decades and dismissed its existence, recent developments have provided ammunition for both sides. The Dodgers deal has proved to be a disaster up to this point, but teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals have all ...
Posted: February 09, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 75 comment(s)
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