TINSTAAPP Episode 4: Verlander v. Darvish
Paul and Doug breakdown the game of the year that wasn't as Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish fail to match the hype of their matchup.
Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn discuss some relievers in the email section before breaking down the worst inning of Justin Verlander's career. They also discuss Yu Darvish's 130-pitch night and how much it matters.
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May 23, 2013 12:13 PM
Munenori Kawasaki Tries to Survive
A slap hitter adapts, but his days are still numbered.
Last season, according to Baseball Prospectus 2013, Munenori Kawasaki was “unspeakably bad.” I’ll speak a bit about how bad he was anyway: Kawasaki hit .192/.257/.202. He had one extra-base hit (a double) in 115 plate appearances. And he was released by the Mariners, a team whose shortstops were hitting .160/.233/.188 this season heading into Wednesday night.
Hot Prospect Video: Taijuan Walker
Jason Cole catches up with the Mariners' top pitching prospect.
There’s no doubting Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker’s immense raw talent. Ranked by Baseball Prospectus as Seattle’s no. 1 prospect (and no. 9 in baseball) entering this season, the right-hander has all the tools a scout wants to see in a potential big-league starter. Walker and his sky-high ceiling have been well-publicized in recent years; he isn’t exactly a pop-up prospect.
May 23, 2013 7:30 AM
Around the League: May 23, 2013
News and notes from around the league for May 23, 2013.
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Yesterday's Notable Stat Lines:
(30-16) Cardinals - 5 at 3 - Padres (21-25)
(29-18) Reds - 7 at 4 - Mets (17-27)
- Cardinals SP Tyler Lyons earned a win in his major league debut after allowing one run and four hits in seven innings.
- Padres RP Tim Stauffer pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief, allowing one run and striking out seven.
- Padres SP Burch Smith lasted just one-plus innings and gave up four runs.
- Cardinals C Yadier Molina had four of the teams 14 hits.
- Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4 and hit his fifth homer.
- Mets 1B Ike Davis went 0-for-2 with two walks and had a couple of key miscues in the field.
- Mets 2B Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the leadoff hitter.
- Mets OF Rick Ankiel tripled and doubled twice.
- Reds SS Zack Cozart went 4-for-5 with two doubles.
(23-24) Phillies - 3 at 0 - Marlins (13-34)
- Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed just three hits, two walks and no runs while striking out five in a complete game shutout.
- Phillies OF Delmon Young homered for the second straight game.
- Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria went 0-for-4 at the plate, watching his average drop to .193.
- Phillies got two hits each from Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Lee.
(19-26) Dodgers - 9 at 2 - Brewers (18-27)
- Making his first appearance in 15 days, Dodgers C Ramon Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a homer and two walks.
- Dodgers OF Scott Van Slyke doubled twice and knocked in two runs while starting in place of the benched Andre Ethier.
- Brewers SP Wily Peralta lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up six runs -- four earned.
- Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings.
(26-21) Diamondbacks - 1 at 4 - Rockies (26-21)
(24-23) Nationals - 2 at 1 - Giants (26-21) (10 innings)
- Nationals OF Bryce Harper homered in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th.
- Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision.
- Nationals RP Rafael Soriano bounced back from Tuesday's blown save to pitch a scoreless inning for his 13th save.
- Giants 2B Marco Scutaro went 0-for-3 with two walks, snapping his 19-game hitting streak.
(18-27) Cubs - 0 at 1 - Pirates (28-18)
- Pirates SP Francisco Liriano fired seven scoreless innings while striking out nine and allowing two hits for the win.
- Pirates RP Mark Melancon earned his first save of the season.
- Cubs SP Jeff Samardzija allowed one run over seven innings while striking out eight.
- Pirates 1B Garrett Jones knocked in the only run of the game with a single in the 1st inning.
(25-19) Tigers - 11 at 7 - Indians (26-19)
(23-21) Rays - 3 at 4 - Blue Jays (18-26) (10 innings)
- A one-man offense, Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista went 4-for-4 with two homers and a game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th.
- Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson pitched a season-high eighth innings and allowed two runs.
- Rays RP Fernando Rodney took his fourth blown save.
- Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle pitched well allowing just two runs and four hits over 7 strong innings in a no decision.
(24-23) Athletics - 1 at 3 - Rangers (30-17)
- Athletics SP Jarrod Parker dropped to 2-6 after surrendering three runs in seven innings and gave up two home runs.
- Rangers RP Ross Wolf allowed one run in five innings to pick up his first big-league win.
- Rangers OF David Murphy hit a two-run homer in the first inning.
- Rangers RP Joe Nathan picked up his 14th save of the year.
- Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre blasted his 10th homer of the season.
(28-19) Red Sox - 6 at 2 - White Sox (21-24)
- White Sox 1B Paul Konerko went 2-for-4 with a home run.
- Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz moved to 7-0 after allowing one run over seven innings.
- White Sox RP Hector Santiago took the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.
- Red Sox D David Ortiz knocked in two and stole a base in the win.
(21-22) Royals - 1 at 3 - Astros (14-33)
- Astros OF J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
- Astros RP Jose Veras picked up his eighth save of the season.
- Royals SP James Shields allowed just two runs in seven innings but took the loss.
- Astros SP Jordan Lyles went six innings, allowing just one run, and six hits.
(28-18) Yankees - 3 at 6 - Orioles (25-21)
- Orioles 1B Chris Davis went 4-for-4 with his 14th home run.
- Yankees OF Curtis Granderson went 3-for-3 with his first home run of the season.
- Orioles C Matt Wieters went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.
- Orioles SP Jason Hammel allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
(20-27) Mariners - 1 at 7 - Angels (19-27)
(18-25) Twins - 3 at 8 - Braves (28-18)
- Braves SP Paul Maholm allowed just an unearned run over 7 1/3 innings for the win.
- Making his first start in eight days, Braves C Evan Gattis hit a grand slam in the win.
- Braves OF B.J. Upton hit his first homer since April 23 off Vance Worley.
- Twins OF Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 and hit his fourth homer.
- Cardinals purchased the contract of LHP Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis.
- Cardinals placed RHP Fernando Salas on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with right shoulder irritation.
- Cubs recalled RHP Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa.
- Cubs placed RHP Shawn Camp on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right big toe.
- Rockies optioned 2B Josh Rutledge to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
- Phillies optioned RHP Phillippe Aumont to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
- Twins optioned RHP Vance Worley to Triple-A Rochester.
- Orioles acquired INF Josh Horton from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
- Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Ross Wolf from Triple-A Round Rock.
- Twins transferred OF Darin Mastroianni from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
- Twins purchased the contract of 1B/3B Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester.
- White Sox optioned LHP Donnie Veal to Triple-A Charlotte.
Notes and Rumors:
- Phillies RP Mike Adams (back) threw a bullpen session Wednesday.
- Mets SP Zack Wheeler allowed three runs in five innings Wednesday for Triple-A Las Vegas in his return to action.
- Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) will not require a trip to the disabled list.
- Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton is dealing with renewed soreness in his left elbow and has returned to Phoenix for an examination.
- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that SP Kyle Lohse began feeling discomfort in his right elbow "two or three starts ago" and was recovering slower than usual between starts.
- Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia will undergo surgery on his left shoulder.
- Reds trainer Paul Lessard said Wednesday that OF Chris Heisey (hamstring) is able to jog at about "80 percent effort."
- Reds RP Nick Masset (shoulder) is throwing from a distance of 120 feet.
- Phillies 2B Chase Utley (rib cage) will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
- CBS Sports' Scott Miller reports that the Cardinals are hoping that SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder, neck) is able to join the starting rotation in late June or early July.
- Padres SP Clayton Richard (illness) gave up two runs in six innings Tuesday in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Tucson.
- Mets RP Tim Byrdak (shoulder) threw his third bullpen session Wednesday.
- Marlins SP Kevin Slowey left Wednesday's start against the Phillies after the fifth inning with a left lat strain.
- Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook had to stop his bullpen session Wednesday after 20 pitches due to pain in his right elbow.
- Phillies SP John Lannan (quad) is scheduled to face hitters next Wednesday.
- SP Roy Halladay (shoulder) could rejoin the Phillies' rotation in late August if everything progresses on schedule.
- Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) will begin playing in extended spring training games on Friday.
- Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson on Friday.
- Angels RP Ryan Madson has experienced yet another setback in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery.
- Red Sox C David Ross (concussion) is hopeful to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Portland.
- Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe said Wednesday that he passed his concussion test, but was placed on the 7-day disabled list because of his initial wooziness.
- Orioles DH Nolan Reimold (hamstring) is not expected to be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible.
- Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and will need 6-8 weeks of rest.
- Angels SP Jered Weaver (elbow) threw 5 2/3 innings Wednesday afternoon in a start at extended spring training.
- Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez (rib cage) took batting practice Wednesday.
- Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) took six at-bats in a simulated game Wednesday.
- Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (trapezius) will play catch either Thursday or Friday.
- There is no timetable for when Yankees SP Ivan Nova (triceps) will be activated from the disabled list.
- White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list to make his season debut on Friday against the Marlins.
- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be "shocked" if SP Hiroki Kuroda (calf) was unable to make his next start.
- Astros SP Bud Norris (back) expects to make his next scheduled start.
- White Sox 1B Adam Dunn is still dealing with back pain but plans to continue playing through it.
- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club has discussed calling up prospect outfielders Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson.
- 2B D.J. LeMahieu is expected to take over as the Rockies' starting second baseman following the demotion of Josh Rutledge.
- Rays SP Jake Odorizzi's next start has been pushed back to next Monday against the Marlins.
- Rays SP Alex Cobb will move up a day in the rotation to start Sunday against the Yankees.
- Indians 1B Nick Swisher is expected to return on Friday from paternity leave.
- Yankees RP Vidal Nuno will start Saturday against the Rays.
May 23, 2013 6:16 AM
Effectively Wild Episode 209: Veterans vs. Young Players/The Dodgers and Grit
Ben and Sam talk about some recent conflicts between veterans and young players, then discuss Don Mattingly's comments about the Dodgers' lack of grit.
Ben and Sam talk about some recent conflicts between veterans and young players, then discuss Don Mattingly's comments about the Dodgers' lack of grit.
Games of Wednesday, May 22
Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has made some swing adjustments that could turn him into a big-league regular.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; potential solid-average fastball; easy plus curveball; average changeup; early-season struggles in the PCL; profiles as a very good number-three starter.
Position Prospect of the Day: Christian Vazquez, C, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; changed swing mechanics to shorten up; making consistent loud contact; line-drive stroke; plus defensive profile; most scouts I talk to believe he has the ability to play every day; .375/.444/.625 with 3 2B, 3B, and HR in last 32 at-bats.
Other notable prospect performances from May 22:
- Andrew Burns, 3B, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB; ability to barrel premium velocity; still developing defensively; average power potential; solid-average runner; destroying High-A pitching; the test will come at Double-A; .333/.413/.558 with 9 2B, 4 3B, and 6 HR in 156 at-bats.
- Angelo Gumbs 2B, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-4, 2 2B, R, BB; major-league bat speed; aggressive player; plus power potential; potential solid-average hit tool; plus runner; I really like this guy, and my gut says he is going to be something special; .400/.471/.633 with 5 2B, 1 3B, and 2 SB in 30 May at-bats.
- Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 4-5, 2B, 2 3B, 3 R, RBI, K; plus runner; plus bat speed; plays the game with a bit of swagger; will eventually have to move to the right side of the infield; I want to see him against Double-A pitching; .400/.429/.700 and 5 2B, 2 3B, and HR in last 40 at-bats.
- Dorssys Paulino, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI; potential plus hit tool; at least average power; plus runner; will move off of shortstop at some point; hopefully this big night will get him out of an early-season funk.
- Gregory Polanco, CF, Pirtaes (High-A Bradenton): 4-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, K; easy plus runner; loud contact; solid-average power; plus defensive profile; .333/.395/.590 with 4 2B, 2 HR, and 6 SB in last 39 at-bats.
- Roman Quinn, SS, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-5, R, K, 2 SB; elite speed; good bat speed from both sides of the plate; more power than frame would suggest; ceiling on power could be a 5; plus arm; plus first-step quickness; iffy glove at short leads me to believe he will move to the outfield; tearing it up after struggling in the cold month of April; .350/.458/.500 with 2B, 3B, HR, and 8 SB in last 40 at-bats.
- Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 4-5, 2 2B, 3B, 4 R, RBI, BB; plus hit tool; solid-average runner; fringy power potential; plus defender at second; high baseball IQ; just waiting patiently for his call to the big leagues; .463/.511/.854 with 6 2B, 2 3B, and 2 HR in 41 at-bats.
- Brett Eibner, CF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 0-4, 3 K; thought I saw someone mention that Eibner was back on prospect radars, and then I checked his stat line and saw a lot of the same struggles; .216/.313/.371 with 3 2B, 4 HR and 32 K in 97 at-bats.
- Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 0-4; No hit Miguel?
- Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 1-4, 3 K; college bat; struggling a little bit in his first full professional season; 41 K in 154 at-bats.
- Jose Ramirez, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, K; the command can get away from him at any point in any outing.
- Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; a clunker unlike any of his previous starts this season.
The Orioles summon one of baseball's top pitching prospects to plug a hole in their rotation.
The Situation: The Orioles have dropped six of their last seven and now find themselves four games back in the AL East. Injury and underperformance in the starting rotation have already forced the Birds’ hand, with Freddy Garcia logging four underwhelming starts over the past three weeks. Rather than turning to T.J. McFarland or Jake Arrieta for Thursday’s start north of the border, Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter will turn the ball over to the no. 2 prospect in the Orioles’ system (and no. 13 prospect in baseball), Kevin Gausman, in an attempt to inject the rotation with some life, not to mention some electric stuff.
Background: Gausman was a sixth-round selection by the Dodgers out of Grandview High School (Aurora, CO), but he turned down first-round money in favor of two years at LSU, where he immediately made an impact, finishing eighth in the SEC in strikeouts, ninth in hits allowed, and fifth in batting average against. After a strong summer as part of USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, Gausman dominated the SEC as a sophomore, leading the conference in strikeouts and finishing third nationally while serving as the Tigers’ Friday night starter and earning All-American honors from multiple publications. He was the first pitcher selected in the 2012 draft, going fourth overall to the Baltimore Orioles, and he signed a $4.32 million dollar deal, $120,000 over slot allotment.
After easing into pro ball with a handful of starts at short-season Aberdeen Single-A (Adv.) Frederick last summer, Gausman began the 2013 season with Double-A Bowie and has been a force through his first eight starts and 46.1 innings pitched, posting a staggering 9.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio (49 strikeouts to just five walks) while allowing less than a hit per inning. He ranks in the top 10 in the Eastern League in strikeouts, WHIP, and strikeout-to-walk ratio, and opponents are batting just .246 against him—a number that would likely be much lower but for a porous infield and 48-plus percent groundball rate.
Scouting Report: Gausman utilizes long arms, a high three-quarters release, and good extension to create hard downward plane on his fastball. The pitch comes with boring action and routinely sits in the mid-90s, with the ability to climb close to triple-digits (he has touched triple digits in the past). He shows comfort with the offering and can move it around the quadrants, showing no fear working inside to set up his plus to plus-plus changeup. The off-speed pitch comes with arm-side fade and late drop, mirroring the action on his fastball, and generally sits in the mid-80s with around a nine to 12 mile per hour delta from his heater.
Gausman wielded both a slider and a curve throughout his scholastic career, but he has focused his attention on the former since inking with Baltimore, making solid strides with the offering over the past 10 months. He will routinely sit in the low-80s with the offering, but can juice it up to the mid-80s with tighter action more closely resembling a cutter. When clicking, the pitch comes with heavy tilt and is tough to pick up against his fastball trajectory, helping it project as a third plus or better weapon once he finds more consistency in command and execution. He is an excellent athlete who repeats his mechanics and fields his position well.