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Prospectus Hit List for August 18



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.

Goofus is witless. Gallant is His List.

RkTmWLW1 W2W3HLFAHLFWin Div%Win WC%Playoff%1-Day7-Day
1

73

51

79.4

77.6

76.9

.619

.638

47.5%

51.6%

99.2%

0.1%

-0.7%

Nate Freiman sure is a tall drink a water, but do you really know everything that's in your water? Film at 11.
2

72

50

70.3

75.5

74.7

.599

.618

50.7%

48.5%

99.2%

-0.3%

0.8%

Huston Street can blow a save too? I was wrong about the trade; he'll fit in perfectly with the Angels bullpen.
3

70

56

68.8

72.5

71.0

.560

.540

84.4%

13.1%

97.5%

-0.9%

-0.9%

Three words: Yasiel Puig, shortstop. Boom, I just solved every issue on this roster.
4

67

56

73.6

71.7

71.4

.577

.596

1.8%

52.3%

54.1%

8.0%

23.9%

The worst pitching performance of the weekend for Seattle (and their only loss) was naturally the Felix Hernandez start.
5

69

53

71.7

71.1

70.3

.578

.558

94.6%

3.1%

97.7%

-0.3%

6.8%

They did it. They found the tamest way to win an extra-inning game: a Scott Hairston walkoff sacrifice fly.
6

61

63

64.7

68.9

68.8

.531

.551

1.7%

1.6%

3.3%

-2.0%

-1.7%

Jose Molina has a .197 slugging percentage but frames it well so it appears to be over .200.
7

66

56

64.6

66.0

65.0

.536

.556

44.3%

15.4%

59.6%

-9.0%

-17.1%

It was Austin Jackson's first game in Comerica Park since being traded away, and he had more hits than David Price, so consider the trade lost.
8

65

58

65.6

65.7

64.9

.528

.508

15.5%

47.2%

62.7%

3.0%

1.6%

Business proposal: Hunter Pence should buy the company that makes poster board then sue all his customers for defamation.
9

70

52

67.0

65.5

66.2

.551

.571

90.2%

2.8%

93.0%

2.4%

4.6%

Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop have more home runs this month than four teams combined, including the Blue Jays.
10

70

55

67.4

65.5

65.3

.536

.516

64.1%

27.9%

92.0%

3.7%

15.5%

The world waits on bated breath for Carlos Gomez to start a dispute with another team by claiming a hot dog is not a sandwich.
11

64

60

62.7

64.9

65.9

.519

.499

7.2%

29.7%

36.9%

-6.7%

-14.6%

Raise the Jolly Roger! Seriously, raise it, somehow Pedro Alvarez threw a baseball under it.
12

64

61

63.5

64.7

64.2

.513

.533

3.2%

3.8%

7.0%

-3.5%

-21.8%

What are the odds Alex Anthopoulos signs Dan Uggla if we all text "SIGN DAN UGGLA" to him simultaneously? If it's higher than zero, let's organize this.
13

66

57

60.6

63.3

63.2

.514

.494

28.2%

36.8%

65.0%

3.9%

2.3%

Kevin Siegrist's ERA last year was 0.45, and this year it's 6.11. If you look at his baseball card you immediately suffer from the bends.
14

62

61

62.9

62.4

61.8

.506

.526

3.4%

3.5%

6.9%

-4.2%

-1.7%

"Big deal, Corey Kluber won three Cy Youngs in my baseball video game franchise mode," says a suddenly less weird kid from Cleveland.
15

61

63

64.3

61.2

61.7

.500

.480

0.5%

6.7%

7.3%

-7.9%

-17.6%

It's the same story we've heard a million times. Team has outfielder. Team trades outfielder. Outfielder gets traded to yet another team and hits a walkoff home run against original team. Drew Stubbs, you are a cliche.
16

53

70

55.6

60.7

60.5

.467

.447

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

-0.0%

Good news, Cubs! Another prospect has been called up. Bad news: you're up to 51 players on the active roster; that is against the rules.
17

64

60

62.4

60.6

60.7

.499

.479

4.8%

28.8%

33.6%

4.7%

5.0%

Why not bat B.J. Upton ninth behind the pitcher? Because if the pitcher reaches base, you want to create a chance for him to score.
18

62

62

59.1

59.2

58.6

.482

.462

0.6%

5.2%

5.9%

1.1%

2.7%

Giancarlo Stanton has hit 149 home runs and he's still 24. At his age Raul Ibaņez hadn't hit a single home run yet.
19

68

55

64.8

58.8

60.4

.512

.532

52.2%

15.5%

67.8%

6.4%

20.0%

The division is theirs to lose, provided they continue to sacrifice one pine-tarred baseball bat a night to Mediocritus, the AL Central Baseball Deity.
20

49

75

55.8

57.7

55.2

.436

.416

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Modeling your franchise after the A's is a tremendous concept, but perhaps don't begin with "stadium plumbing issue."
21

59

66

62.0

57.6

57.2

.472

.452

0.0%

0.6%

0.6%

-0.4%

-0.9%

There's not much left to do in Queens but see how voluminous Jenrry Mejia can grow his hair.
22

63

59

56.9

56.9

57.7

.481

.501

4.9%

4.8%

9.7%

2.2%

-6.3%

That awkward moment when Brett Gardner leads the team in slugging and a quiet voice is heard: "how about batting him cleanup?"
23

55

67

56.6

56.9

56.7

.462

.482

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

-0.0%

For the second time in a week the Twins hit three home runs and lost. Never again shall they exert such force.
24

58

65

60.2

56.5

56.5

.470

.450

0.1%

0.8%

0.8%

-0.2%

0.3%

Now that Jedd Gyorko has the franchise record for home runs by a second baseman, the sky's the limit for him. 40 career home runs? Possibly 50?
25

59

65

56.3

56.4

56.0

.459

.479

0.1%

0.1%

0.2%

0.1%

-0.0%

When does Jose Abreu start hitting home runs again? Or is that it--no more dingers?
26

56

67

55.3

55.0

55.3

.450

.470

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.0%

-0.0%

David Ortiz is now the third Red Sock with 400 career home runs with the team, but remains tied for 42nd with Matt LeCroy on the Twins all-time list.
27

54

70

53.4

54.2

54.8

.436

.417

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

-0.1%

For a brief minute yesterday, children held hands and sang for world peace, and Ben Revere's slugging percentage was identical to Ryan Howard's.
28

52

73

52.9

52.9

54.7

.425

.445

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Not only is Chris Carter's power starting to show itself, he finally recorded his first career 0-for-5 with no strikeouts.
29

53

71

52.3

52.6

52.0

.423

.404

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

The Diamondbacks had four errors on Saturday: Jake Lamb (throw), Wade Miley (throw), Ender Inciarte (throw), and Mark Trumbo (catch). It's funnier if you picture Trumbo having three baseballs thrown to him simultaneously.
30

48

76

48.1

46.0

48.0

.383

.402

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Quick, trade Adam Rosales for something while he still has trade value! But not to the A's, they'll just give him back to you.

Matt Sussman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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carltondavis

Perfect intro!!

Aug 18, 2014 13:44 PM
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