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Prospectus Hit List for August 8



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.

Partyin', partyin' (Yeah) Partyin', partyin' (Yeah) Fun, fun, fun, fun Lookin' forward to the Mets joke.

RkTmWLW1W2W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day 7-Day
1

60

53

58.2

53.1

54.4

.499

.519

17.8%

15.5%

33.3%

5.7%

16.8%

Guess which team has the most home runs since the All-Star Break? Definitely not the Royals!
2

65

49

61.1

59.1

59.9

.537

.557

74.1%

11.3%

85.4%

2.6%

14.0%

Never trust a man with two first names, but Caleb Joseph's are both Biblical figures, so proceed with caution.
3

59

56

60.7

58.5

58.9

.515

.495

7.5%

20.2%

27.8%

2.8%

9.4%

They're done for the year playing other teams in Ohio, unless of course they reach the World Series against a hastily-relocated Zanesville A's.
4

62

53

61.9

62.0

61.3

.534

.514

17.4%

56.5%

73.9%

-6.6%

8.2%

Want some more production out of your center fielder? Move Pablo Sandoval there.
5

60

54

65.5

64.6

64.2

.558

.577

0.2%

31.0%

31.3%

5.6%

8.2%

Usually royal leaders are proud of their large powerful weapons but "King" Felix has a small WHIP.
6

62

51

65.7

65.3

64.5

.570

.550

89.9%

2.2%

92.1%

2.2%

6.6%

Time to send Bryce Harper down to Triple-A because Syracuse could really use a couple of walkoff home runs down the stretch to make the playoffs.
7

60

54

54.4

54.3

55.0

.491

.511

12.0%

12.8%

24.8%

2.7%

6.4%

Chris Capuano and Shane Greene combined for 14 2/3 innings and no earned runs in consecutive games. Better call them up from Triple-A and they can help their start... what?
8

61

53

58.6

60.3

61.1

.529

.509

21.6%

31.0%

52.6%

2.7%

6.2%

Imagine how good Michael Martinez will be once he realizes you don't have to play baseball for the Pirates wearing an eye patch.
9

61

52

57.1

60.0

60.0

.527

.507

39.7%

24.6%

64.3%

0.9%

3.4%

Adam Wainwright has only allowed five home runs this year, two if you don't count the Cubs--and who does, honestly.
10

63

52

60.7

60.2

59.9

.530

.510

31.1%

36.2%

67.3%

3.9%

1.7%

That's Wily "MLB-Best 14 Wins" Peralta to you. Mr. MLB-Best 14 Wins Peralta is his father.
11

52

61

53.6

50.3

50.3

.456

.436

0.0%

0.3%

0.3%

-0.1%

0.1%

A.J. Preller's first order of business in San Diego is calling up all the other GMs and asking if they can take back, like, all the transactions this year.
12

66

50

64.6

66.8

65.2

.566

.546

82.6%

15.4%

98.1%

0.4%

0.1%

Yasiel Puig's super arm has both saved and hindered his teammates' progress, which is one more similarity Puig has with Inspector Gadget.
13

49

64

51.7

55.3

55.3

.468

.448

0.0%

0.0%

0.1%

0.0%

0.1%

In three games, Javier Baez has tied Chris Getz on the all-time home run list. Chris Getz could not be reached for comment.
14

47

68

47.3

47.0

49.4

.415

.434

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

It takes talent to have a .299 on-base percentage and a .269 ISO, but Chris Carter--sorry, that should have read "frightening lack of plate discipline."
15

45

69

51.4

52.7

51.1

.436

.417

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

LaTroy Hawkins is second on the active roster in career pitching starts and hasn't started a game since 1999, four years before any active Rockies pitcher made their MLB debut.
16

45

69

45.4

43.2

44.9

.391

.411

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Chris Gimenez was activated from the paternity list then designated for assignment. That's just more time to spend with your child.
17

70

44

75.0

72.6

72.0

.635

.653

67.5%

32.4%

99.8%

0.1%

-0.0%

All but one of their active players was born in the '80s, and somehow A.L.F. is not their mascot.
18

51

62

52.9

52.8

52.6

.463

.483

0.1%

0.0%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.0%

And you may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house. And you may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful Mauer.
19

52

63

50.1

50.7

51.1

.443

.424

0.0%

0.0%

0.1%

-0.1%

-0.1%

Ryan Howard hit his fifth career grand slam off a lefty, a number which somehow increased this year.
20

50

64

50.3

51.9

52.4

.449

.469

0.0%

0.0%

0.1%

0.0%

-0.1%

"Have you heard about those crazy Will Middlebrooks trade rumors? Boy some teams really want to give up a lot for Will Middlebrooks," Will Middlebrooks loudly proclaims in the press pool.
21

49

66

47.6

48.6

48.5

.421

.402

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.2%

What was your favorite Andy Marte memory with the Diamondbacks? Remember Andy Marte? Remember the 2000s?
22

67

47

65.8

69.7

69.3

.596

.615

32.3%

66.9%

99.2%

-0.3%

-0.2%

Now with Vinnie Pestano, the Angels have the most delicious-sounding combination of players in baseball. (Grilli Trout Pestano)
23

57

58

58.2

57.7

57.3

.501

.521

4.1%

4.2%

8.3%

-2.4%

-1.3%

Carlos Santana, who had two errors yesterday, you would say didn't have a Smooth game defensively.
24

55

59

53.5

53.0

52.7

.470

.450

0.5%

1.4%

1.9%

-1.2%

-2.2%

So if Giancarlo Stanton hits a mammoth home run in an away stadium and it lands in the same state as the dinger sculpture, it's legal to set it off, right?
25

62

50

60.8

61.8

60.4

.547

.567

77.6%

6.7%

84.3%

-4.4%

-3.0%

Time to panic? Blaine Hardy has been in the majors for over a month now and not one dang mystery solved yet.
26

54

61

57.4

53.4

53.1

.474

.454

0.5%

0.4%

0.9%

-1.3%

-3.0%

He's making a name for himself as a pitcher, but Jacob deGrom had an uncle that played for the New York Cosmos: Jacob deGrom Tyson.
27

55

61

52.7

52.8

52.2

.458

.478

0.3%

0.4%

0.7%

-0.1%

-3.2%

Maybe Adam Eaton wouldn't have been embarrassed by running into the fence had Bill Veeck gotten the Cardboard Outfield Boundary Night promotion like he wanted.
28

55

59

56.9

62.5

62.9

.521

.540

2.2%

3.7%

5.8%

0.4%

-4.3%

Even Sean Rodriguez is probably concerned that he is second on the team in home runs.
29

58

56

57.4

55.6

54.8

.495

.475

9.1%

11.7%

20.7%

-3.7%

-30.2%

There's probably a metric somewhere that rates Andrelton Simmons' defense negatively; perhaps a poll of everyone who has hit a ball toward Andrelton Simmons.
30

61

55

61.0

61.5

61.0

.527

.547

11.6%

15.2%

26.8%

-9.8%

-33.2%

Anthony Gose doesn't hit home runs very often, possibly to limit the number of "Anthony Gose Yard" lines uttered by broadcasters and joke bloggers.

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

Remember those debates you had with your baseball friends about who'll end up having more all-star appearances: Andy Marte or Andy LaRoche?
*hangs head in shame*

Aug 08, 2014 10:26 AM
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MikeJordan23

Is the list not coming up for anyone else?

Aug 08, 2014 13:14 PM
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D1Johnson

i too am not seeing the list

Aug 08, 2014 13:23 PM
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BP staff member Sam Miller

Something just broke; looking into it.

Aug 08, 2014 13:58 PM
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walbeck

This is just BP telling us to pause, reflect a bit on life, maybe even get back to work...

Aug 08, 2014 14:18 PM
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