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April 7, 2014

What You Need to Know

Weekend Wrap-Up

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers was chided for his acquisition of Mark Trumbo in a three-team deal last December. Our own R.J. Anderson and most others who summed up the trade with the Angels and White Sox saw the addition of Trumbo at the expense of Adam Eaton and Tyler Skaggs as another example of Towers getting “$0.75 on the dollar.”

Eaton showed off his defensive acumen in center field with this play on Thursday and is batting atop the White Sox order. Skaggs held the Astros to an unearned run over eight innings on Friday. But one week in, Towers’ end of the barter is looking pretty darn good.

Trumbo cemented his spot in every 2014 blooper reel with this outfield adventure in the opener in Australia, but he homered in game two, went 3-for-5 in the Diamondbacks’ first stateside contest, and—after a two-game rut—is flexing his muscles on a daily basis. The left fielder went yard on Thursday in Arizona’s series finale against the Giants and then took full advantage of Coors Field over the weekend, clubbing one ball over the fence in each of the three games.

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leez34

Link to the Abreu/Nieto clip is broken.

Apr 07, 2014 06:45 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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It's embedded now.

Apr 07, 2014 06:47 AM
 
MaineSkin

Great article, post, column...what is the correct name? Anyway, per Cosart, every so often a SP comes along with scouting reports that say, "Great stuff and arm, but not sure why the swing and misses are not there". Is he showing the ball early? Who knows, but could Cosart be the next Weaver? Cain? Etc...? The ratios are there except for the BBs, but he's still young and batters seem to have a hard time squaring up his offerings.

Apr 07, 2014 10:56 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Thanks, MaineSkin.

It looks like the command issues returned today for Cosart, and it's hard to say if he'll ever get over them to the point at which he'd be able to maximize his fastball-curveball tandem and become a top-notch starter. For what it's worth, before 2013, Jason Parks projected him as a late-inning reliever because he thought Cosart's mechanics would always impede his command: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18831.

Apr 07, 2014 12:33 PM
 
sroney

Fastest STARTING pitcher to 500 K. Rob Dibble and Billy Wagner, at the very least got there in fewer innings.

Apr 07, 2014 15:47 PM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Critical distinction there, which I failed to note in the sentence. Fixed, thanks.

Apr 07, 2014 17:04 PM
 
drawbb

Could someone please tell me precisely what value is being added to an article by mentioning things called "managerial #rig" and "Yu Darvish's #honey"?

What You Need to Know, normally a worthwhile addition to the site, has become inundated with this type of fluff. Are some writers here being paid by Twitter to include pound signs on a regular basis? A few can't seem to file a column without it, which raises the question.

If I want to read Twitter, I'll sign up for it. I don't want to read about it on Baseball Prospectus. Sorry to Daniel Rathman, who I enjoy aside from this issue, but I'm giving this column until the end of April in the hopes I will see it jump off the trend bandwagon. Otherwise, I'm going to stop clicking it on each day as I did long ago for the byline of the person who started this on BP.

Apr 09, 2014 12:48 PM
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