April 26, 2013
Denver's Snowy Troubles
Before it was a big league city, people were worried that Denver might be too snowy for Major League Baseball.
The Rockies this season have already had three games postponed due to snowy weather. They've played a split doubleheader where the game time temperature was 23 degrees—for the afternoon game! More than once already, the club has had their employees—including mascot Dinger!—out on the field for hours, trying to shovel all the snow away so that a game could be played without digging out any cross-country skies.
It's been exactly the kind of winter that Denver mayor Federico Pena was always afraid of.
Weekly #streameroftheday Update
Bret takes a look through this past week's streamer picks and looks at where he went right (and wrong).
For those of you unfamiliar with the #streameroftheday process, I recommend one starting pitcher per day who is owned in fewer than 10% of leagues (lower than your typical standards) and post it on Twitter at @dynastyguru. And this Friday post is where I stand in front of the firing squad, fully accountable for these recommendations. I ran a longer introduction in my first post of the season, explaining why my ownership limit is much lower than most others out there, but essentially it's to be helpful in deeper mixed leagues. If you want to read the whole thing, the link is here. With the pleasantries out of the way, let's jump into the action.
Here were the details for the last seven days:
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.
Effectively Wild Episode 190: The Ike Davis Enigma/Trading Prospects Straight Up for Stanton
Ben and Will discuss the confusing career of Ike Davis, then talk about whether there are any prospects teams wouldn't trade straight up for Giancarlo Stanton.
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: