James Shields Newsbeat
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Although he is only 25, Padres first baseman Wil Myers has been through an awful lot in his career. He’s been a former top prospect, a Rookie of the Year, involved in two blockbuster trades, injured, and considered a disappointment. That’s a lot crammed into a relatively short period of time.
This season, Myers is finally starting to live up to his potential and become the star so many expected when Baseball America ranked him the fourth best prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season. That same year Myers would go on to hit 13 home runs in 88 games with the Rays en route to being named the AL Rookie of the Year.
So far this season Myers is hitting .292/.336/.535 with 16 doubles, 16 home runs, and nine stolen bases in 69 games with San Diego. Those 16 homers are already a career-high, eclipsing the 13 he hit in 2013.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Joel Sherman isn’t optimistic.
Shields is an innings eater, a pro and a righty – all of which were attractive because the White Sox rotation leans left and is weak at the bottom. But Shields’ indicators are that he is going the wrong way: his walk and homer rates are up and his strikeout rate is down. Even working home games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park the past two years have not made his overall numbers attractive, and his road numbers are revealing: 4.65 ERA/.442 opponents’ slugging percentage. Revealing because he is returning to a DH league and will play home games in the more hitter-benefiting US Cellular Field.
Sunday, June 05, 2016
In their most public admission of a rebuild to date, the Padres on Saturday traded right-hander James Shields and cash to the Chicago White Sox for minor league right-hander Erik Johnson and infield prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego has agreed to pay a little more than half of the $58 million left on Shields’ contract.
Baseball America’s take on the deal. This is what they said about Tatis:
The White Sox signed Tatis as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic last July 2 for $700,000. Though a shortstop currently, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is expected to transition to third base or the outfield as he grows, particularly to take advantage of his strong throwing arm, which is largely considered his best tool. The son of 11-year major league veteran Fernando Tatis, the younger Tatis has not seen any game action yet in his young career. BA did not rank him as one of the top 30 international prospects in 2015 or one of the White Sox top 30 prospects before this season. Tatis is the third Latin American shortstop age 20 or younger the Padres have acquired in as many years, following Jose Rondon (in 2014) and Javier Guerra (in 2015).
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Sunday, May 29, 2016
The Padres are discussing a potential trade of right-hander James Shields with the Chicago White Sox, and it appears those talks have significant momentum, sources familiar with the discussions said Saturday.
It is unclear if a deal is imminent, but one source described the discussions as having “energy” at this current stage. While Shields has pitched well this season, posting a 3.06 ERA through 10 starts, the Padres are 10 games under .500 after Saturday night’s 8-7 loss to Arizona and would like to move some of their pricier contracts.
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