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Prospectus Hit List for August 13



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.

Hit town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting Listy and Hitty

RkTmWLW1W2W3HLF AHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

73

46

78.3

76.0

75.4

.636

.654

73.2%

26.7%

100.0%

0.1%

0.1%

Cute attempt at a beard, Eric Sogard. Now go finish Derek Norris's social studies essay.
2

69

49

68.0

72.9

72.6

.599

.618

26.5%

72.5%

99.0%

0.9%

-0.8%

Brennan Boesch better bash baseballs, because batting's basically Brennan's best bonus. Or it's back to the Bees.
3

64

55

70.1

69.0

68.8

.571

.591

0.3%

45.9%

46.2%

8.0%

22.8%

In his last 16 starts (mid-May), Felix Hernandez has not gone fewer than seven innings or allowed more than two runs. If you are reading this you are also hitless against him.
4

68

50

65.2

63.2

64.0

.552

.571

86.5%

5.2%

91.7%

-0.6%

4.3%

Six times this year they've scored at least 10 runs, and three of those are in the last four games. The other three times were in April.
5

63

54

62.4

63.2

62.0

.535

.555

55.1%

11.5%

66.6%

-2.9%

-24.7%

Buck Farmer will make his pitching debut tonight, making him the first descendant of Dollar General to appear in the big leagues.
6

64

53

68.4

67.5

66.6

.569

.549

90.4%

3.0%

93.4%

2.8%

6.2%

It's not that Bryce Harper likes covering up letters on baseball fields; he's just diametrically opposed to the career work of Vanna White.
7

69

52

67.2

70.2

68.6

.568

.549

93.6%

5.7%

99.3%

0.6%

2.6%

That awkward moment when you start an infield of Scott Van Slyke, Darwin Barney, Justin Turner and Juan Uribe, and you forget what team you are.
8

58

61

60.5

65.3

65.5

.524

.544

1.5%

2.5%

4.0%

-1.9%

-0.2%

They gave up a lot to get him (some analysts would say too much) but Drew Smyly just might be the pitcher they need to make a postseason run.
9

63

58

62.2

63.0

62.6

.518

.538

7.2%

10.5%

17.7%

-2.2%

-14.7%

The most common pinch-runner used by the Jays has been Marcus Stroman three times. Marcus Stroman is a pitcher, but pitchers have legs too, allegedly.
10

59

59

60.0

59.6

59.0

.503

.523

6.1%

4.1%

10.1%

1.6%

-6.1%

David Murphy saw his MRI results, which means it's six more weeks of Ryan Raburn.
11

64

54

61.1

55.4

56.9

.503

.523

38.4%

14.4%

52.8%

-3.0%

28.2%

Josh Willingham is a decent pickup, but he needs to gain about 30 pounds and convert to DH before he fits right in.
12

64

55

61.3

63.7

64.2

.532

.512

28.4%

38.3%

66.7%

10.8%

22.5%

You had two options: move Pedro Alvarez to first base or look up the record for errors by a third baseman. Research is hard, so here we are.
13

66

54

63.6

62.2

61.8

.528

.508

43.4%

35.8%

79.1%

-1.9%

10.2%

The freshness date on Lyle Overbay has clearly expired, but everybody who notices it is pretty sure the next guy will discard him.
14

62

57

62.6

63.3

62.7

.523

.503

6.3%

50.0%

56.2%

-5.9%

-20.0%

"Hunter Pence Signs" is not some new alternative language being taught at deaf schools, but maybe it should be?
15

61

57

55.3

54.9

55.7

.481

.501

4.8%

6.4%

11.2%

-0.1%

-7.8%

Joke about the "Re2pect" campaign all you want, but it is a stronger password than regular "respect."
16

60

59

63.0

59.9

60.2

.511

.491

5.1%

17.5%

22.6%

-1.4%

0.7%

The last time a Red stole as many bases as Billy Hamilton in a season was Deion Sanders in 1997. Billy Hamilton was six years old at the time, and could only steal ice cream in small amounts.
17

62

56

57.7

60.6

60.6

.510

.490

23.2%

27.9%

51.1%

-4.6%

-18.5%

Because sometimes you just want to start Mark Ellis at first base and see what happens.
18

53

65

54.9

54.9

54.7

.461

.481

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

-0.2%

Byron Buxton finally moved up a level! Someone remind him to save his progress or write down the password, else will have to go back to Short-Season A.
19

57

63

54.4

54.4

54.0

.458

.478

0.3%

0.2%

0.6%

0.2%

-0.9%

Since the All-Star Break, Dayan Viciedo leads the team in home runs yet Jose Abreu still exists, at least we think so.
20

60

59

59.1

57.9

57.5

.493

.473

6.7%

14.1%

20.9%

-3.2%

-6.4%

Emilio Bonifacio: 0-for-4, caught stealing and a fielding error. What did you learn about deadline deals with the Cubs?
21

53

65

52.7

53.2

53.8

.450

.470

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

The last time a Red Sox pitcher stole a base, before Joe Kelly last night, was Bill Landis in 1969. Both games took place in Ohio.
22

59

60

56.1

56.2

55.8

.477

.457

2.1%

5.3%

7.4%

2.7%

2.7%

From now on, prior to each Marlins game we must notify all households within 10 miles that a Giancarlo Stanton home run ball may damage your roof, windows or rhododendrons.
23

57

63

59.5

56.0

55.4

.475

.455

0.7%

1.1%

1.9%

-0.5%

-0.9%

They couldn't buy a hit with runners in scoring position last night, usually because such posts on Craigslist are scams.
24

51

67

53.8

58.2

58.1

.468

.449

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

It's been over a week and Javier Baez still hasn't cured lupus. Overrated prospect?
25

56

62

57.4

53.3

53.3

.466

.446

0.1%

1.3%

1.3%

0.5%

1.0%

Everth Cabrera is hurt again. He's gone back to the disabled list for what seems like the everth time.
26

50

70

50.4

50.3

52.5

.423

.443

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Chris Carter should be the official mascot of the Hit List. We take big rips at jokes, and occasionally they are tremendous.
27

53

67

51.8

52.2

52.7

.437

.417

0.0%

0.1%

0.1%

0.0%

0.0%

You could turn the Phillies from the oldest team to a median team by signing a toddler. They wouldn't get better but it would be adorable.
28

47

72

47.0

45.2

46.9

.391

.410

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Here's some advice: be sure not to eat meals three hours before you go to sleep. (Would you rather have a good health tip or know more about this Rangers season?)
29

51

67

50.2

51.0

50.5

.430

.410

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Boy was the team bummed when they learned you can't actually hit a rain delay with a pitch.
30

46

73

52.6

54.0

52.0

.427

.408

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Yohan Flande? You don't mess with the Yohan. (Exception: most major-league batters.)

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

I totally love this feature. Laughed out loud several times and shared the Buck Farmer joke with friends in Detroit. Buck Farmer, Dollar General LOL.

Aug 13, 2014 12:25 PM
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Sharky

Seriously Matt... I'm still repeating the Brennan Boesch bit. High-larious. Or perhaps I should say "beautiful bit of buffoonery!"

Aug 13, 2014 20:29 PM
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therealn0d

The first thing that came to my mind when reading the Boesch comment was a line from Broadcast News:
"That's a lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts."

Aug 14, 2014 01:48 AM
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