Friday, December 06, 2013
Corey Myers is 33 years old (dumps RC’s).
TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Archie Bradley, rhp
2. Braden Shipley, rhp
3. Chris Owings, ss
4. Matt Davidson, 3b
5. Aaron Blair, rhp
6. Jose Martinez, rhp
7. Stryker Trahan, c
8. Matt Stites, rhp
9. Brandon Drury, 3b
10. Jake Lamb, 3b
While the major league team treaded water, the farm system provided a few success stories. Rookies Gregorius and A.J. Pollock, who put up a .730 OPS and played strong defense in center field, provided solid contributions. Double-A Mobile, led by top prospect Archie Bradley and first-year manager Andy Green, narrowly missed a third straight Southern League championship, losing in the league finals.
Low Class A South Bend reached the Midwest League finals, buoyed in part by the organization’s top two draft picks, college righthanders Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair. And while Triple-A Reno struggled, winning just 60 games, Aces shortstop Chris Owings took a big step forward, winning both the MVP and top rookie honors in the Pacific Coast League before making his major league debut in September.
Posted: December 06, 2013 at 05:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Win a game without RBIs! Oh, the comments…
Paul Goldschmidt had an incredible year, and I was lucky enough to see it all unfold right before my eyes. I saw the enormous hits he delivered late in games. I saw just how difficult of an out he was for opposing pitchers. I saw how well he played defensively. And I saw firsthand just how good of a person he is and can vouch that all the nice things you hear about him are 100 percent true.
But I did not give Goldschmidt my National League MVP vote. I understand this is not a popular decision around here. There are certain realities you have to accept in this job. One of them is that you’re never going to please everyone. Today is a day to keep that in mind.
Voting for these awards isn’t easy for beat writers when the players we cover are among the candidates. If you give them your vote, you risk looking like a homer nationally. If you don’t, you catch heat not only from the local fans but also within the clubhouse you cover. What you try to do – the only thing you can do – is make what you believe is the best choice. You don’t make your selection based on the team you cover or based on what other’s reactions might be. You make your selection based on your convictions.
...Goldschmidt was a terrific first baseman, among the best in the league, but, to me, the value of a good defensive center fielder far outweighs that of a good first baseman. Add in McCutchen’s base-running advantage and, in my eyes, that more than made up for the small advantage Goldschmidt had at the plate.
I don’t so much care that McCutchen played on a playoff team or that he helped the Pirates reach the postseason for the first time in 21 years. It certainly makes for a better story, but value shouldn’t depend on the players surrounding you.
Neither should greatness be dependent on those who are watching it. I was lucky enough to cover Goldschmidt this season. But I shouldn’t allow that to cloud my objectivity. I might not have been able to see McCutchen nearly as often, but, best I can tell, he was just a little bit more valuable.
Posted: November 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM | 17 comment(s)
Monday, September 30, 2013
WPA! Scoops! Hitting Streak! The award is his!
Then, there are the Sabermetrics that testify of Goldschmidt’s worth.
Win Probability Added, which takes a particular game’s situational importance into account—weighing a walk-off home run, for example, as more valuable than a home run in a blowout and a go-ahead RBI more than a first-inning RBI—is one such measurement.
Among National Leaguers, Goldschmidt is a head above the competition in the statistic. Entering play Sunday, his 6.79 mark in this category led the league, with Freddie Freeman (5.56), Shin-Soo Choo (5.06), McCutchen (4.47) and Adrian Gonzalez (4.32) rounding out the top five.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Goldschmidt ranks third in the NL in the Wins Above Replacement, a metric that has surged in popularity and use over the last few years. McCutchen and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez rank ahead of him, tied with an 8.2 mark, while Goldschmidt has a 7.1.
Defense, it seems, gives McCutchen and Gomez, both center fielders, the edge in the statistic. A close look, however, proves that Goldschmidt had plenty of value away from the plate, too, however.
Only the Colorado Rockies’ Todd Helton had a higher fielding percentage among NL first basemen, and Goldschmidt leads the Majors in first basemen “scoops,” according to FanGraphs.com, with 73—nearly 20 ahead of any other at that position.
Posted: September 30, 2013 at 03:43 AM | 29 comment(s)
Friday, August 23, 2013
BREAKING: Scientists are now gathering at The Goldschmidt Conference over these latest findings.
How do you define a clutch hitter? Well, there’s that increasingly common assumption among statheads that “clutch hitters” are a fabrication of the mind, that past clutchness is in no way, shape or form an indication or prediction of future clutchness. And those arguments have a lot of mathematical merit.
There is, however, such a thing as a guy who is pliable enough with his approach and calm enough in his interior to not be overcome by the game’s more emotional moments. A guy like Goldschmidt, who has applied that approach and mindset and turned it into an inordinately clutch campaign.
...The numbers are convincing.
In what Baseball-Reference.com describes as “high-leverage” situations (essentially a measure of how important a situation was, factoring in the inning, score, outs, players on base, etc.), Goldschmidt entered Thursday batting .343 with 13 homers, six doubles, 49 RBIs and a 1.193 OPS.
With two outs and runners in scoring position, Goldschmidt was batting .333 with a 1.086 OPS.
In ninth innings, he was batting .500 with six homers, 12 RBIs and a 1.510 OPS.
With the count full, he was batting .349 with a 1.187 OPS.
With the bases are loaded, beyond the three grand slams was the .400 average and 1.717 OPS. I think you get the idea.
Oh, but did I mention Goldschmidt leads the NL in Win Probability Added (WPA) at 6.3? Or that, according to Baseball-Reference.com, he’s just the ninth player since 1969 to log at least seven games in a single season in which his WPA was 0.4 or higher?
Posted: August 23, 2013 at 07:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, whose team lost to Braun and the rest of the Brewers in the 2011 NLDS, isn’t happy with a simple admission and apology. He had some harsh words for the embattled slugger on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic:
“I said this a long time ago: I think that people should have an opportunity to ask him some questions and have him answer them unrehearsed. Something tells me he’s getting really prepared for just about anything that they could throw at him.
“I’m not surprised he hasn’t addressed people. He probably doesn’t give a (expletive) about me. He’s got it really good. I was one of the guys who went through many things – work stoppages, etc. – so that he could do that. I would hope that he respects me and everybody who stood up for him before he played the game. Everybody looks at it differently, but if he thinks he’s giving back to the game, he has a different idea of how to give back than I do.”
...“Everybody listened to his line of (expletive), so you take him at face value,” Gibson said, referring to Braun’s press conference in spring training of 2012. “All things considered, we should have won [Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS]. All things considered, the last game, we tied it up and we had a chance to win it. There were other times in my career when I did overcome cheaters. We had our chance.”
Thanks to Butch.
Posted: August 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM | 19 comment(s)
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Spanish-language play-by-play voice of the Arizona Diamondbacks was arrested Wednesday accused of holding a kitchen knife to his wife’s throat and threatening to kill her, according to court records.
Miguel Perez Quintana, 53, surrendered to Phoenix Police on Wednesday accompanied by his attorney.
Quintana was jailed on $10,000 bail after being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, intimidation and criminal damage. He has a preliminary hearing on July 26.
“The Arizona Diamondbacks take this issue and these allegations very seriously and do not condone, nor will we tolerate violence of any kind,” spokesman Josh Rawitch said. “We have taken immediate action to suspend Miguel until this matter is resolved in court.”
Court records shows the wife suffered minor cuts to her left hand.
Posted: July 18, 2013 at 08:08 AM | 15 comment(s)
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Gauge Ramifrying Inning Tosses?
By the time the dust settled, Kennedy had thrown an alarming total of 50 pitches in the inning — the second-highest single-inning total in the majors this year, and the highest by a Diamondback since Doug Davis threw 44 in an inning on June 10, 2009 — long before Gibson was manager. Asked about his starter after the game, Gibson told MLB.com:
“We need around 100 [pitches] from him, no matter what…
“I didn’t have a choice… It happened quick. You wouldn’t expect it to get away from him — but it did. You don’t ever want to leave anybody in that long.”
It wasn’t exactly clear why Gibson was so insistent on Kennedy throwing 100 pitches or why the manager was so slow with his hook. Arizona won a 14-inning game on Tuesday, but among the relievers Gibson used in that game, only Josh Collmenter had thrown more than 22 pitches, and in Wednesday’s win, the team needed just 21 pitches from three relievers over 2 1/3 innings.
...Kennedy doesn’t appear to have any significant health concerns to explain his decline. He recently missed a turn due to a laceration on his finger, but had thrown seven innings and 89 pitches in his previous outing on June 1. His fastball velocity has remained relatively stable – around 90 mph – since coming to the Diamondbacks for the 2010 season, and after flagging midway through the fourth last night, it recovered, though by that point he found himself well in the proverbial weeds.
It’s entirely possible that Kennedy’s epic inning won’t leave any lasting mark. But particularly so long as he continues to struggle, it’s worth keeping an eye on his performance — and the way Gibson handles his pitchers.
Posted: June 08, 2013 at 06:58 AM | 61 comment(s)
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