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Prospectus Hit List for June 27



by Matt Sussman

Hit List for June 24
Hit List updates are published Monday and Friday through the 2016 season. Data is based on games through the day prior to publication.
Teams are ordered based on Adjusted Hit List Factor, a computer generated number, and the author isn't responsible for the order of the teams.

A recap of the weekend's impact through wit and random name dropping.

RkTmWLW1W2W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

48

26

53.3

55.3

55.0

.642

.638

97.0%

2.5%

99.6%

-0.1%

-0.3%

Losing six of seven games isn't such a big deal when you consider that the Cubs already won the World Series in spring training, so the pressure's off.
2

44

30

45.6

45.5

44.5

.585

.590

90.2%

5.1%

95.2%

1.2%

12.8%

How on earth does a team go 9-0 against the Tigers and 2-4 against the Twins? Very carefully.
3

44

32

45.8

49.4

48.9

.584

.579

71.0%

18.8%

89.7%

-0.0%

-5.4%

This is Stephen Strasburg's first disabled list trip since signing that seven-year extension, but in fairness, this is only DL trip 1 of x, where x is how confident you think the Nationals are the Expos, on a scale from 1 to y.
4

41

36

43.1

46.4

46.6

.574

.569

24.6%

45.3%

69.9%

-5.6%

-6.7%

Not only did Clayton Kershaw issue multiple walks in a 2016 for the first time last night, they were both to the same player. The player has been quarantined and investigated for possible strike zone breach.
5

41

34

43.9

46.4

46.9

.563

.568

41.9%

26.4%

68.3%

-2.4%

-9.1%

The Red Sox have played 10 men shorter than six feet tall. If you want to call this a roller coaster-type season, just remember that for the most part the team isnít tall enough for that.
6

49

28

45.7

44.9

44.7

.559

.554

74.7%

18.7%

93.4%

1.8%

3.0%

Javier Lopez has 23 straight appearances throwing less than an inning. The record is Randy Choate with 48, and Lopez is currently tied for sixth, with Randy Choate's second-best streak.
7

39

35

44.4

47.0

47.5

.554

.549

2.6%

44.3%

46.9%

2.6%

11.8%

If Cardinals fans saw Matt Holliday DH for the weekend and they're still in favor of the pitcher batting, then I don't know what to tell you.
8

41

36

42.2

42.5

42.9

.538

.543

22.2%

27.4%

49.6%

-4.9%

-8.5%

Junior Lake hit his first home run in over a year. Before that, his last four home runs were all against Marlins, two of which are retired.
9

40

34

39.2

40.5

38.6

.545

.540

21.6%

35.0%

56.6%

-4.1%

-0.1%

Reminder that when Jose Reyes made his major league debut, John Franco pitched in the game, and now he's teammates with Bartolo Colon, who--when Reyes was a rookie--was pitching for the White Sox for the first time.
10

39

37

39.2

39.5

39.0

.532

.537

9.6%

29.1%

38.7%

-4.9%

11.4%

George Springer became the first person to hit a grand slam and a triple in the same inning since Brandon Inge. I knew there was a little Inge in Springer, both in terms of baseball comps and surnames.
11

49

27

43.0

39.7

39.8

.528

.533

83.2%

10.7%

93.9%

2.5%

3.4%

Prince Fielder has hit in eight straight games, which unfortunately doesn't make the contract smaller but it does keep him from getting demoted to bullpen catcher, which everyone still wants to see at some point.
12

38

37

42.0

39.9

39.4

.527

.532

7.2%

23.5%

30.7%

-5.4%

-11.0%

We'd give a King Felix injury update, but some may consider that a Game of Thrones spoiler.
13

45

30

42.0

40.0

39.9

.517

.522

31.9%

26.9%

58.8%

8.0%

16.5%

Five Orioles (Davis, Trumbo, Jones, Machado, Schoop) are on pace to have 90 RBI, which hasn't been done by a team since 2007, in case you were looking for a way to compare Jonathan Schoop to Brad Hawpe.
14

38

38

37.0

36.0

36.7

.500

.505

4.1%

16.1%

20.2%

4.3%

7.2%

On Saturday, the White Sox hit seven home runs--six more than their opponent--and not only lost the game, they didn't even lead the game once. There are inventing new ways to lose, then there's what the White Sox have done: inventing a completely new soul-shattering product that renders the loss obsolete.
15

37

38

36.2

38.6

37.8

.498

.503

2.0%

11.9%

13.9%

-0.5%

-0.2%

The ball just makes a different sound coming off Steven Moya's bat. It's fierce, almost metallic ... hey, he's using aluminum!
16

31

43

32.8

35.6

36.7

.494

.499

0.8%

1.9%

2.8%

-0.2%

-9.8%

The last time the Rays won a game, you had no idea what Brexit was. And you still may not.
17

41

35

39.0

39.4

39.6

.502

.497

7.5%

21.7%

29.1%

4.7%

-1.0%

If you close your eyes, you can picture a Marlins franchise folding upon itself again and shipping off Jose Fernandez to the highest bidder. Open them up and they have Ichiro playing like it's 15 yeras ago, and they're looking at acquiring a closer, of all things.
18

37

37

34.3

34.2

34.0

.489

.494

3.2%

6.2%

9.4%

-3.2%

-2.1%

The Yankees didn't reach base against the Twins until the sixth inning, so they're about 55 percent the way to paying that franchise back for the David Wells perfect game.
19

37

39

36.3

35.6

36.5

.491

.486

0.3%

6.9%

7.2%

0.6%

-1.0%

The longest active hitting streak in the majors belongs to ... [you're pitching Andrew McCutchen or maybe Starling Marte] Jordy Mercer! [you spit out your favorite beverage onto your screen]
20

39

35

35.3

35.5

35.9

.477

.482

3.7%

14.4%

18.1%

5.4%

-10.0%

Now that Omar Infante was released, Royals fans have been instructed to write in Mel Carnahan's name at second base.
21

36

39

37.4

39.6

39.7

.484

.479

0.3%

3.8%

4.1%

0.9%

0.3%

How did Mark Reynolds go 244 home runs without hitting a walkoff until yesterday? The real questions is why Mark Reynolds didn't play his entire career with Colorado and have 650 home runs by now.
22

36

42

36.7

37.1

39.2

.479

.474

0.4%

2.4%

2.7%

-0.6%

-0.3%

Arizona split a four-game series despite being outscored 35-30. Yes, they were in Denver. How did you know?
23

32

44

34.4

31.8

31.9

.442

.447

0.0%

0.2%

0.2%

0.1%

-0.8%

Albert Pujols is now 11th all time on the career home run list. With just 32 seasons left on his contact, he might have enough time left to catch Barry Bonds.
24

32

43

31.3

29.5

28.6

.437

.442

0.0%

0.2%

0.3%

0.0%

0.1%

Coco Crisp conked his first grand slam in almost nine years. The last time it happened was against the Devil Rays against J.P. Howell, who was a starter at the time.
25

34

41

31.6

30.2

29.1

.444

.439

0.0%

0.5%

0.6%

-0.1%

-0.0%

If it weren't the Brewers, much more hubbub would be made of Zach Davies having a 1.64 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in five starts this month. Also if his name didn't remind us of Kyle Davies.
26

33

44

33.8

30.5

30.8

.438

.433

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

-0.1%

-0.1%

The only practical reason the Padres are batting Yangervis Solarte cleanup is so the team can offer to trade their cleanup hitter for prospects at the deadline, no questions asked.
27

24

51

26.5

27.8

27.4

.414

.419

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Max Kepler is a highly rated Twins prospect, though not as much as Johan Santana was. Moreover, they are both completely different positions. Beyond those differences, it may be safe to assume that Johan is Kepler.
28

26

49

26.7

29.1

30.1

.396

.391

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Braves have won eight of 11 games. They might be midseason buyers had they not won eight of their first 32.
29

29

47

27.1

22.3

22.4

.389

.384

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Nobody will ever wear Pete Rose's #14 again. Nobody else hasn't since (except for his son in 1997), and nobody probably wanted to, but this makes it official.
30

32

45

26.9

25.1

25.9

.388

.383

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.0%

Jeanmar Gomez earned his first save for the Phillies in almost three weeks. Backstory: Jeanmar Gomez is the name of a pitcher who happens to be the Phillies closer.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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