April 26, 2013
Prospect Tracker 2013
The Prospect Tracker is back, and fully loaded with 2013 data.
It won't surprise many that Billy Hamilton is leading all prospects in stolen bases, but who's no. 2? Which top prospect has the most wild pitches?
You can now get those answers easily, as I'm happy to announce that the Prospect Tracker is back for another season. The 2013 version features leaders and detailed statistics for each organization's Top 10 Prospects as ranked by Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospects team.
April 25, 2013
Trot Times for April 24
The tater trots for April 24. Jordany Valdespin goes out in grand fashion.
I have to admit, it still feels a little strange every time I realize that the Astros are in the American League team now. I see them playing against the Mariners and I think to myself, "They're playing interleague again?" And then it hits me.
Effectively Wild Episode 189: Should Chad Billingsley Have Had Surgery Sooner?/Brendan Ryan, Robert Andino, and the Mariners
Ben and Paul talk to Corey Dawkins about Chad Billingsley's elbow, then discuss the Mariners' decision to start Robert Andino over Brendan Ryan and the state of Seattle's organization.
Pitcher BABIP and Age
Do most young pitchers have high BABIPs?
On Wednesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a piece by Mike Berardino about how the Twins—well, more like one full-time employee of the Twins—are starting to explore sabermetrics. It's worth a read. The article won't leave you with the sense that the Twins are anywhere close to the cutting edge, relative to teams that aren't the Phillies, but at least they're not opposed to the idea of incorporating statistics into their decision making.
Games of Wednesday, April 24
Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis showcased the power arsenal that could make him a dominant big-league reliever.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Chad Bettis, RHP, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K; potential plus-plus fastball; can vary the hard stuff (two-seam, four-seam, cut); easy plus slider; could be a monster setup guy with closer potential; 21.2 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 26 K.
Position Prospect of the Day: Nick Castellanos, OF, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 3-3, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB; hit tool could reach plus-plus level; plus power potential; fringy reads on balls in the outfield; developing pitch recognition; arm is easy plus; great makeup.
Other notable prospect performances from April 24:
April 24, 2013
Fringe Average: Episode 4
Jason Parks & Mike Ferrin talk baseball and complain about not getting to the ballpark enough and the horrors of moving. It's pretty Fringy
Jason Parks & Mike Ferrin answer another collection of great emails, talk about selectivity, and unnecessary hype. Music this week from At Gunpoint (www.atgunpoint.net)
Trot Times for April 23
The tater trots for April 23: the Upton brothers have a night, Chris Heisey keeps sprinting.
I'm really enjoying this new experiment by Major League Baseball to start the season in January and hope that nobody notices. I don't know if the Rockies' employees who have had to shuffle snow off the field twice in the last week are enjoying it as much, but it's still interesting in a performance art kind of way.
More on Shutouts
With a little help from my friends
Over the weekend, I posted a brief blog post showing how many team shutouts baseball had already seen in the 2013 season. 294 baseball games have been played in the month of April and 53 of them have involved one team being shut out. If the rest of April held up at the current pace, we would have 68 shutouts by May 1st and 437 by season's end.