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Prospectus Hit List for July 30



by Matt Sussman

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Hit List updates are published Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting April 2, 2014. Data presented here 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.

It's the remix to Hit Listin', Hot and fresh out the kitchen, Mama rollin that body, Got every pun in here listed.

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

66

40

70.9

68.7

68.0

.645

.663

65.4%

34.4%

99.8%

0.0%

0.3%

Boy was Billy Beane cheesed when he called up Billy Burns only to find out he wasn't a singing fish.
2

63

42

61.9

66.4

65.6

.612

.630

34.5%

64.8%

99.2%

-0.5%

0.6%

71 percent of all broken windows in your neighborhood are from Kole Calhoun diving into them, but that's just how the game is played.
3

55

51

59.6

59.5

58.8

.549

.569

0.1%

25.4%

25.5%

3.1%

-14.6%

Fernando Rodney took up baseball after being kicked out of the youth archery club for basically miming every shot.
4

57

46

55.3

56.5

55.6

.544

.564

85.5%

3.2%

88.8%

-1.9%

-1.6%

The Tigers have a .500 record at home, which is information Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer could have used before successfully helping the American League win the All-Star Game.
5

58

50

58.0

57.6

57.6

.535

.555

30.3%

18.9%

49.1%

1.9%

22.3%

Between Ryan Goins and Anthony Gose, the bottom of the Jays lineup will one day fully conjugate "to go" once they since Frank Went.
6

59

46

55.8

54.3

54.6

.533

.553

51.6%

19.6%

71.2%

2.9%

7.3%

Fairly certain that Steve Pearce is having the best year of anyone who was released and then re-signed by the same team two days later. And the Orioles are actually good.
7

57

47

60.3

59.8

59.4

.568

.549

70.7%

15.1%

85.8%

-2.6%

-4.2%

Stephen Strasburg was charged with the loss despite allowing one run, which basically means he's bracing for a trade to the Giants.
8

60

47

60.1

61.8

60.0

.565

.545

82.3%

13.7%

96.1%

1.4%

8.6%

What leaves TV first: Vin Scully or The Simpsons?
9

53

54

53.6

59.0

58.8

.524

.544

7.4%

8.0%

15.4%

1.2%

5.9%

Kevin Kiermayer leads the team in OPS, and yet he batted ninth last night. Maddoning!
10

52

54

53.3

53.1

53.1

.499

.519

6.3%

6.4%

12.7%

-5.3%

-14.1%

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11

56

49

53.6

56.3

56.4

.529

.509

39.0%

21.9%

60.8%

0.4%

-3.0%

Once Yadier Molina returns from injury, the Cardinals will have a dilemma on what to do with A.J. Pierzynski: do they release him, or just change the locks?
12

59

49

56.6

55.8

55.3

.525

.505

30.7%

28.6%

59.3%

-4.0%

1.1%

Last night Will Smith gave up four runs as a reliever for just the second time this willennium.
13

57

49

53.6

55.5

56.4

.525

.505

25.0%

28.5%

53.5%

4.0%

16.3%

Raise the Jolly Roger! Seems weird to lift a boat, though, especially when it already floats on the water.
14

52

55

52.4

51.6

51.2

.484

.504

1.8%

1.9%

3.7%

0.8%

1.4%

Jose Abreu could make a run at this single-season home run title if they extend the season to 268 games.
15

58

49

56.1

55.1

54.6

.523

.503

27.3%

31.4%

58.7%

-2.3%

7.2%

If Craig Kimbrel is a closer for 15 more seasons, he will be on pace to record over 17 saves. Advice: learn to throw a cutter.
16

53

52

52.3

47.9

49.3

.482

.502

6.2%

6.0%

12.2%

-3.5%

2.8%

Liam Hendriks was taken from the Blue Jays in a trade, making it the third best taken thing involving a Liam.
17

55

51

49.8

49.3

50.3

.482

.502

10.7%

10.7%

21.4%

1.6%

-4.5%

Dare you to bat Brett Gardner cleanup. Double dog dare you.
18

57

50

56.3

56.1

55.3

.521

.501

17.6%

42.9%

60.5%

0.3%

-23.6%

Matt Cain is going to visit Dr. James Andrews, but it's okay he's just part of his regular poker game.
19

53

53

54.2

52.1

52.5

.500

.480

5.4%

11.7%

17.1%

2.6%

-7.4%

Is Billy Hamilton's slugging supposed to be higher than Jay Bruce's, or am I standing on the ceiling again?
20

48

57

48.1

48.1

48.0

.457

.477

0.2%

0.2%

0.4%

0.1%

-0.5%

Byron Buxton was named MLB.com's top prospect, but nobody has yet to add this information to Sam Fuld's Wikipedia page.
21

48

59

47.9

49.6

50.1

.457

.477

0.1%

0.5%

0.5%

-0.5%

-5.3%

If you are reading this sentence you are rumored to in Jon Lester trade talks, and if you finish this sentence you're one of the front-runners.
22

51

56

54.1

51.8

51.3

.486

.466

0.7%

2.0%

2.7%

-1.3%

0.8%

Travis d'Arnaud is the only MLB player in history whose surname begins and ends with a lowercase "d" and I didn't even look this one up, I am assuming it's true.
23

53

53

51.1

49.9

49.5

.480

.460

1.3%

4.0%

5.2%

1.3%

4.2%

Let us all briefly pause to note the Marlins are firmly in the Wild Card race, and Casey McGehee is hitting cleanup for this team.
24

44

61

47.4

50.5

50.1

.457

.437

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

On the list of top Cubs prospects, where do we rank Manny Ramirez? Fourth? Probably fourth.
25

43

64

42.3

42.8

45.5

.406

.425

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

Players need to suck it up and let Appel get his promotions. Do you want to win the World Series in 2017 like Zoltar foretold or not?
26

47

60

47.0

46.9

47.7

.441

.421

0.0%

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

The Phanatic will not likely be traded at the deadline, even though several contending teams could use a better mascot, but nobody is willing to take on his lifetime salary.
27

43

63

48.2

49.4

47.5

.441

.421

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

0.0%

Turns out, the Rockies are buyers at the deadline! Of baseballs. They needed to buy some more baseballs.
28

47

59

47.9

43.8

43.8

.430

.411

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

Jason Lane was designated for assignment? And what do they expect me to do with all these "Despaigne and Lane and pray for rain" posters?
29

46

61

45.7

46.2

45.9

.429

.410

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

-0.1%

Arizona is 13-0 in games 15 innings or longer in franchise history, but they're 13-for(large number) when trying to extend the game that long.
30

42

65

41.5

39.5

41.5

.384

.403

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

With no trade rumors surrounding him, J.P. Arencibia hit two doubles and two home runs. There are still no trade rumors surrounding J.P. Arencibia.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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3 comments have been left for this article.
lonechicken

Travis has a brother, Chase d'Arnaud who's had a little ML time.

Jul 30, 2014 10:12 AM
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R.A.Wagman

Liam Hendricks was taken from the Blue Jays. He was a Twin last year. Was DFA'd and claimed by the Cubs. The Cubs DFA's him and he was claimed by the Orioles. The Orioles DFA'd him (still the same offseason) and he was claimed by Toronto.
The Blue Jays then finally moved him along without a DFA.

Jul 30, 2014 10:44 AM
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BP staff member SamMiller

Of course he was; fixed now.

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