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August 7, 2014

In A Pickle

The Players We Missed (2014)

by Jason Wojciechowski


Look, this is Sam's thing. He finds three guys who should have made the Annual and tells you about them. Or five guys sometimes. But Sam has a new job. Congrats on your new job, Sam! So I have been tasked with trying to be as interesting and funny as him in telling you about three players who did not make the Annual in 2014.

Roenis Elias: 0.7 WARP, 312th in baseball

Why we missed him: I didn't know, so I asked Sam. "Maybe he signed too late?" Oh right! He's Cuban! Yeah, I bet ...

Signed by Seattle 5/3/11 as an amateur free agent from Cuba.

Hm. Okay, let's try this: While he spent the year putting up solid peripheral numbers in Double-A, his name never appeared in a Baseball Prospectus article until the American League West 2014 preseason preview.

What we would have said: The Mariners have Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker, Erasmo Ramirez, and even Blake Beavan, Brandon Maurer, and Chris Young. Elias throws in the low 90s with his left hand, but Seattle can afford to let him pitch in Tacoma and see if his newfound ability to keep the ball in the park is real. In other news: Ro, ro, ro your enis / gently down the stream / merrily merrily merrily merrily / the playoffs in Seattle are but a dream.

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MaineSkin

How about James Jones? Is Austin Jackson a better player? I think Sea just creates another "Franklin" situation in CF while taking the only plus Spd out of thier lineup. Jackson may have Spd but it's never manifested itself into SB while Jones, who has the same dynamic glove, runs at will with a great success rate.
Sea basically just allowed DET to get Price.

Aug 07, 2014 07:25 AM
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johnburkland

Jones may be fast but he was a pretty bad center fielder (not nearly fast enough to make up for his bad routes and poor instincts) running a .287 (and plummeting) OBP with no power. Like he couldn't pull a ball of his life depended on it. I'm not positive that this is right, but it felt like he went 0-fer the month of July. The steals are fun but they were really the only major league skill he has right now. He's a below replacement level player. It's within the realm of possibility that Austin Jackson is a two win upgrade over the last two months of the season. Definitely at least a win.

Aug 07, 2014 23:40 PM
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gerrybraun

Perhaps someone can explain the omission of Justin Nicolino.

Aug 07, 2014 07:57 AM
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BP staff member Matt Sussman
BP staff

Two Diamondbacks? Man you should fire whoever was in charge of that team's comments.

Aug 07, 2014 10:11 AM
 
BP staff member Jason Wojciechowski
BP staff

We're proceeding through the proper channels. The last thing we need is a lawsuit. We will inform everyone of the outcome of our review once the final decision is made and all appeals are heard.

Aug 07, 2014 10:13 AM
 
BP staff member Matt Sussman
BP staff

We really should be flamewarring through our attorneys.

Aug 07, 2014 10:19 AM
 
BrewersTT

LOL If someone gets fired because they didn't predict that Andy Marte would have MLB PAs this year, you might as well explicitly state in their position descriptions that they are expected to consume inadvisable amounts of psychedelic drugs.

Aug 08, 2014 11:28 AM
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Jon KK

Sam who? ;-) Thanks for an enjoyable column Jason.

Aug 08, 2014 13:00 PM
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mdupske

Ender's Game spoilers "bug" you? Another coincidence!

Aug 09, 2014 20:42 PM
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BurrRutledge

Sam, Jason has my vote for the "Players We Missed" series. Well done, Jason.

Also, Sam, go easy on "whoever wrote the Diamondbacks chapter of the book." But in this game, Matt, three strikes and you're out.

Aug 10, 2014 13:20 PM
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