Games of April 27-28
Anthony Ranaudo is inching back onto the prospect radar with an excellent start to the season.
Games of Saturday, April 27
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K; improved stuff; fastball up to 91-94 mph with good life and plane; curveball flashes plus and has hard downward break at 77-83 mph; changeup is at least average and shows good life in the zone, though he has a tendency to leave it elevated; 21.2 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 26 K in four starts this season.
Position Prospect of the Day: Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 K; plus hit tool; plus power potential; plus arm; improving actions at shortstop; good makeup; .271/.363/.471 in 70 at-bats this season.
Other notable prospect performances from April 27
- Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-3, 2 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB; solid-average hit tool; solid-average power; even though he is a fringy runner, he gets the most out of his speed due to outstanding baseball instincts.
- Kyle Gibson, RHP, Twins (Triple-A Rochester): 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; uses both two- and four-seam fastballs; plus changeup; solid-average slider potential; big frame; number-three ceiling; 27.1 IP, 21 H, 10 ER, 9 BB, 26 K in five starts this season.
- Erik Johnson, RHP, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K; I have gotten outstanding reports on Johnson, and some say he is very close to major-league ready; features plus fastball, plus slider, average curveball, usable changeup; if the opportunity arises, Johnson could be the option on the South Side this year; 31.1 IP, 18 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 32 K in five starts.
- Rainy Lara, RHP, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 7.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K; saw him firsthand; not a prospect; uses deceptive low-three-quarters arm slot; fastball sits in low 90s with some movement; messy slider; below-average changeup; taking advantage of inexperienced hitters; 24.0 IP, 21 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 24 K in four starts this season.
- Kyle Lobstein, LHP, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 8.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; fringy fastball; fringy curveball; changeup with plus potential; below-average command; everything will need to go right for him to enjoy success at the highest level.
- Adalberto Mejia, LHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; low 90s fastball; slider with solid average potential; developing changeup; developing command.
- Jon Moscot, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; delivery is tough to repeat; low 90s fastball with sink; average splitter; average changeup; slider has potential, but still needs polish.
- Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K; easy plus raw power; violent swinger; could wind up a base-clogger; fringy prospect.
- Eugenio Suarez, SS, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI; glove has plus potential; solid-average hit tool; solid-average runner; minimal power potential; .308/.390/.429 with 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR in 91 at-bats this season.
- LeVon Washington, CF, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 5-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; former second-round pick; strong amateur pedigree, but has not lived up to the billing as a professional; well-below-average power and arm; fringy prospect at this point in his career.
- Alex Wood, LHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; continues to get the job done at Double-A; plus fastball and changeup; deceptive delivery; 27.0 IP, 19 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 31 K in five starts this season.
April 29, 2013 12:26 AM
Episode 42: Stay Hot
Jason and Paul bless some players talking about them in the morning before they go on to have big Sundays
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Trent McCotter Wins Inaugural Greg Spira Baseball Research Award
McCotter’s essay, “Cal Ripken’s Record for Consecutive Innings" finishes first
April 27, 2013—Trent McCotter has been selected as winner of the first annual Greg Spira Baseball Research Award. McCotter’s 2012 essay, “Cal Ripken’s Record for Consecutive Innings,” compiled for the first time the correct total of consecutive innings (8,264) played by the Orioles’ great shortstop between 1982 and 1987. McCotter’s extensive research also created a list of every player who ever played at least 2,500 consecutive innings, information previously unknown despite the fact that the players involved had all retired many decades ago.
The article by McCotter, an attorney living in Washington D.C., first appeared in the Fall 2012 edition of the Society of American Baseball Research’s Baseball Research Journal (Volume 41, No. 2). [http://sabr.org/latest/ripken-s-record-consecutive-innings-played] It was this type of research and presentation that the Greg Spira Research Award was created to honor.
April 27, 2013 1:55 PM
Trot Times for April 26
The tater trots for April 26. Big Papi hits another slow one, Carlos Beltran headlines a night of multi-home run games.
Pretty nice night for baseball last night. Not only did two players notch their first career home runs Friday night, four other players rounded the bases twice. And all of this while Anibal Sanchez was busy striking out 17 Braves batters!
April 27, 2013 11:25 AM
Games of April 25-26
Giants right-hander Chris Stratton is off to a fine start in Low-A ball.
Games of Thursday, April 25
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Chris Stratton, RHP, Giants (Low-A Augusta): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 11 K; great pitcher’s frame; four-pitch mix (fastball/slider/curveball/change); fastball and slider have plus potential; curveball and changeup will be usable major-league pitches; developing command; a bit old, at 22, for Low-A; 22.2 IP, 13 H, 6 ER, 8 BB, 28 K in four starts.
Position Prospect of the Day: Matt Lipka, CF, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 4-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, BB, K; plus speed; struggles to elevate balls; average arm; aggressive mentality; .218/.279/.397 in 78 at-bats.
- Christian Binford, RHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; big frame; solid-average fastball potential; fringy curveball; developing changeup; back-end ceiling; 21.2 IP, 19 H, 9 ER, 6 BB, 22 K in four starts.
- Jayce Boyd, 1B, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; excellent contact hitter; 22 years old; limited to first base defensively; power is fringy at best; going to need to continue hitting at a very high level as he progresses to High-A; .429/.516/.623 with 9 doubles and 2 home runs in 77 at-bats.
- Edward Butler, RHP, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; plus fastball; potential plus slider; developing changeup; prospect on the rise; 29.1 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 14 BB, 25 K in five starts.
- Byron Buxton, CF, Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 R, 5 RBI; five-tool potential; elite runner; easy plus raw power; hit tool could be plus; defensive profile could be plus. Buxton, the number-two selection of the 2012 draft, has come out and lit up Low-A; .419/.526/.694 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 7 stolen bases, 13 walks, and 12 strikeouts in 62 at-bats in 2013.
- Tim Cooney, LHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; fastball that sits in the low 90s; changeup has solid-average potential; curveball and cutter are both fringy offerings; 21.0 IP, 28 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 12 K in four starts.
- Thomas Coyle, 2B, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 3-3, 3B, HR, R, RBI, BB; solid contact; solid average runner; good baseball instincts; not as good of a prospect as his brother, Sean Coyle, who is in the Red Sox system; .333/.463/.561 in 66 at-bats.
- Kentrail Davis, OF, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K; solid-average hit tool; average power potential; solid average runner; will have to play a corner-outfield position; fringy prospect; .286/.394/.405 in 84 at-bats this season.
- Nick Franklin, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 5-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB; switch-hitter who is much better from left side; potential to hit for average with average power; fits much better defensively at second base as opposed to short; will be a nice major-leaguer, but don’t expect a superstar; .388/.500/.592 in 49 at-bats thus far.
- Tyler Heineman, C, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 4-4, 2B, R; big-time gamer; contact-oriented swing; solid-average defender; backup catcher profile.
- Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (Double-A New Britian): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; acquired for Denard Span; easy plus-plus fastball; slider has plus-plus potential; changeup a work in progress; still working to develop command of all pitches; some scouts believe his future is in the bullpen; 22.0 IP, 21 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 26 K in four starts this year.
- Wil Myers, RF, Rays (Double-A Durham): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K; centerpiece of the James Shields package; plus hit tool; plus power; plus bat speed; plus arm; smooth swing; middle-of-the-lineup potential; will be in the big leagues by mid-June; .316/.413/.474 in 76 at-bats this season.
- Tyler Naquin, CF, Indians (High-A Carolina): 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB; hitting mechanics will need significant modifications for him to handle quality velocity; both hits were to opposite field; unable to pull the baseball.
- Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 2-5, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2K; the power could be plus; hit tool has solid-average potential; arm will be enough for third base; good makeup; .395/.425/.763 with 5 doubles and 3 homeruns in last 38 at-bats.
- Roberto Osuna, RHP, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; plus potential fastball; plus potential curveball; split-change will be a usable pitch; high-maintenance body; number-three ceiling; 18.1 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 26 K in four starts.
- Francisco Peguero, OF, Giants (Triple-A Fresno): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; has bat speed; will expand the strike zone; questions about plate discipline could be serious; power has average potential; plus runner; fringy defender in center who profiles better defensively as a corner outfielder; proceed with caution; .417/.429/.542 only four extra-base hits in 48 at-bats thus far.
- Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI; good contact skills; developing power, which may be average; developing defensive skills. Plawecki’s bat could handle the promotion to the next level, but his defense is still a work in progress; .392/.447/.703 with 11 doubles and 4 home runs in 74 at-bats in 2013.
- Gregory Polanco, CF, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB; five-tool potential; plus raw power; plus runner who glides after first few steps; plus defensive profile in center field; .342/.402/.461 in 76 at-bats this season.
- Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K; plus-plus fastball; curveball flashes plus; cutter is an easy plus pitch; will have to develop a splitter; will fit in nicely behind Felix Hernandez in the Mariners rotation; 29.0 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 18 BB, 32 K in 5 starts.
- Jordan Akins, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 0-4, 2 K; after major struggles in 2012, Akins has showed signs of life at the plate in 2013; .273/.293/.397 in 73 at-bats in 2013.
- Barrett Barnes, OF, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 0-5, 2 K; after starting 2013 back in extended spring training, Barnes has struggled to make hard contact in Low-A; 5-for-30 with 7 strikeouts this year.
- Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Low-A Quad Cities): 0-5, 4 K; nights like this happen in baseball.
- Ethan Martin, RHP, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 K; command could relegate him to the bullpen long term; 16 walks in 17.1 IP this season.
- Evan Marzilli, CF, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 0-5, 4 K; plus runner; still working on plate discipline; solid defensive profile; fringy prospect at this point.
- Mike Olt, 3B, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 0-4, 2 K; major struggles at the plate thus far; lengthy swing getting him in trouble; 10-for-72 with 32 strikeouts this season.
April 27, 2013 3:25 AM
Trot Times for April 25
The tater trots from April 25: a great Luis Valbuena quote, a bomb from Goldschmidt, Big Papi goes back to his old ways and Francisco Cervelli keeps his torrid pace up.
Nothing pleases me more than checking the box scores and seeing that David Ortiz has hit a home run. It's a glorious thing to have him back in our life, hitting dingers and trotting the bases.
April 26, 2013 1:39 PM
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.
April 26, 2013 8:00 AM
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:
April 26, 2013 7:39 AM