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May 10, 2013

BP Announcements

TrackMan Seeks Web Developer of Baseball Applications

TrackMan Inc. is seeking a qualified web developer with a passion for sports and an entrepreneurial spirit to join our team as a Developer of Baseball Applications.

Our good friends at TrackMan are looking for help. Check out the job description below, and if you're interested and qualified, email your resume in Word format with sample work to kp@trackman.dk.  Sample work should detail your contribution if not solely developed by you. Let the guys know Baseball Prospectus sent you!

TrackMan Inc. is seeking a qualified web developer with a passion for sports and an entrepreneurial spirit to join our team as a Developer of Baseball Applications.  This is a ground floor opportunity in an established nimble company working at the intersection of sports and technology.    

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May 3, 2013

BP Unfiltered

The Flimsy Case Against Clay Buchholz

Why Jack Morris' accusation doesn't stand up to the evidence.

As you’ve probably heard, pitcher-turned-commentator Jack Morris has accused Red Sox hurler Clay Buchholz of throwing pitches with illegal substances on his hand during his start on Wednesday against Toronto. Buchholz, his manager, and his catchers have taken turns explaining that that’s a ridiculous proposition.

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Fantasy Beat

Weekly #streameroftheday Update

Bret takes a look through this past week's streamer picks and looks at where he went right (and wrong).

For those of you unfamiliar with the #streameroftheday process, I recommend one starting pitcher per day who is owned in fewer than 10% of leagues (lower than your typical standards) and post it on Twitter at @dynastyguru. And this Friday post is where I stand in front of the firing squad, fully accountable for these recommendations. I ran a longer introduction in my first post of the season, explaining why my ownership limit is much lower than most others out there, but essentially it's to be helpful in deeper mixed leagues. If you want to read the whole thing, the link is here. With the pleasantries out of the way, let's jump into the action.

Here were the details for the last seven days:

Date Pitcher Opp IP ER H BB K Dec
4/26/13 Andrew Cashner SF 6 1 5 1 5 Win
4/27/13 Felix Doubront HOU 6 2/3 3 4 4 8 Win
4/28/13 Ricky Nolasco CHC 7 3 4 2 2 Win
4/29/13 Wade Davis CLE 4 2/3 8 12 3 3 Loss
4/30/13 Kevin Slowey NYM 8 1 4 0 8 ND
5/1/13 Dillon Gee MIA 5 4 9 2 1 Win
5/2/13 Rick Porcello HOU 7 3 5 0 7 ND

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 195: Bad Body Language/Upgrading Bullpens/Steroids and the Children/BABIP and Bad Luck

Ben and Sam discuss whether a pitcher's body language can cost him strikes, whether it's worth trading for relievers early in the season, a study about perceptions of steroid use, and whether a low BABIP is always unlucky.


Ben and Sam discuss whether a pitcher's body language can cost him strikes, whether it's worth trading for relievers early in the season, a study about perceptions of steroid use, and whether a low BABIP is always unlucky.

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May 2, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Dissecting the Draft: Clint Frazier (Player Report)

Player report supplementing the 2013 Dissecting the Draft series.

Clint Frazier | OF | Loganville HS (Loganville, GA)
Ht/Wt: 5-11/190 | B/T: R/R | Age at Draft: 18y 9m | Commit: Univ. of Georgia

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 194: Outlawing Endless Games/Would Baseball Be Better Without Playoffs?

Ben and Sam discuss whether the league will ever take steps to prevent extremely long games, then talk about what baseball would be like without playoffs.



Ben and Sam discuss whether the league will ever take steps to prevent extremely long games, then talk about what baseball would be like without playoffs.

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Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, May 1

Cardinals keystoner Jacob Wilson showcased his power on Tuesday, but will need to prove himself at every minor-league stop.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K; potential plus-plus fastball; curveball with plus potential; changeup will be at least average. I’ve never been the leader on the Barnes bandwagon; I think he is a very nice pitcher, but not a top-of-the-line stud.

Position Prospect of the Day: Jacob Wilson, 2B, Cardinals (Low-A Peoria): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 R, 5 RBI; four-year college player; limited room for progression; right-side-of-the-infield player; forced to prove himself step by step; .280/.340/.610 with 4 2B, 3B, and 7 HR in 82 Low-A at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances from May 1: 

“The Good”

  • Miguel Almonte, RHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K; fastball up to 95; changeup comes in at 82-85 and is thrown with really good arm speed and fade, which gives it easy plus potential; well-below-average curveball which may end up getting scrapped; slider at 81-83 has small break and is more of a weak-contact-creator than a bat-misser.
  • Tyler Collins, OF, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K; advanced hitter; short swing; loud contact; gap power; average runner; high baseball IQ; tough to profile him as an everyday player.
  • Edwin Escobar, LHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; fastball can touch plus velocity; changeup with solid-average potential; developing breaking ball; shoving in the California league thus far; 25.0 IP, 14 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 37 K in five starts.
  • Drew Gagnon, RHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; fastball sits in the low 90s; curveball has average potential; changeup has solid-average potential; plus pitchability.
  • Eric Haase, C, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 3-5, HR, 3 R, RBI, K; work in progress defensively; solid-average raw power; bat speed only average; will be forced to prove himself at every level.
  • Bruce Maxwell, C, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 4-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB; plus power potential; compact swing; raw defensively; wait-and-see type of prospect; .284/.369/.419 with 7 2B and 1 HR in 74 Low-A at-bats.
  • Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 3-5, 3 2B, R, RBI, K; polished; excellent bat-to-ball skills; solid-average power potential; defense still a work in progress; .402/.462/.696 with 15 2B and 4 HR in 92 Low-A at-bats.
  • Jose Ramirez, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; plus-plus fastball; easy plus slider; solid-average changeup potential; injury history; will need to prove he can handle the rigor of starting.
  • Chad Rogers, RHP, Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; low-90s fastball with sink; short-breaking slider; fringy changeup; small frame; may be better served as a reliever long term.
  • Seth Streich, RHP, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; four-pitch mix (fastball/changeup/curveball/cutter); fastball can touch plus velocity; changeup has plus potential; curveball and slider are currently works in progress.
  • Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; plus-plus fastball; cutter with plus-plus potential; curveball with plus potential; may eventually have to develop a splitter; front-line potential; 35.0 IP, 18 H, 6 ER, 20 BB, 39 K in six starts this season.
  • Mason Williams, CF, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 2-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB; toolsy outfielder; plus-plus speed; plus defender; hit tool has solid-average potential; below-average power; major makeup questions; not a blue-chip prospect for me.
  • Julian Yan, OF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 4-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI, SB; plus raw power; good bat speed; has a tendency to speed the game up unnecessarily; plus arm; toolsy; very far from a finished product.

“The Bad”

  • Adrian Marin, SS, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 0-4, 2 K, throwing error; unimpressive at the plate and in the field on the first night of the series that I’m watching.
  • Gregory Polanco, CF, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 0-3, 3 K; working to shorten load in swing; plenty of natural ability; gaining polish with every at-bat.

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May 1, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, April 30

Royals righty Yordano Ventura showcased his electric stuff with 10 strikeouts in five innings of work.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K; elite fastball; curveball has easy plus potential; changeup has made real strides and will be at least average; small frame; electric arm; has taken major steps forward in 2013 according to a scout I spoke with; number-two starter ceiling; 23.1 IP, 17 H, 6 ER, 9 BB, 33 K in five starts.

Position Prospect of the Day:  Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, K, 2 SB; plus power potential; tracks the ball well; body is physically mature; supreme baseball instincts; fringy runner; stole third easily off of instincts alone; .392/.478/.709 with 8 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 13 BB, 13 K, 10 SB in 79 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances for April 30:

“The Good”

  • Jeff Ames, RHP, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; fastball has plus potential; varies the fastball; potential plus slider; developing changeup; 25.0 IP, 13 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 22 K in five starts.
  • Austin Barnes, C, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 2-6, 2 2B, 2 R; contact-oriented swing; line drives to all fields; not a base-clogger; may not be able to physically handle the rigor of catching every day; big-time gamer profile; .367/.414/.468 with 5 2B and 1 HR in 79 at-bats this season.
  • Jorge Bonifacio, RF, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 2-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB; power to all fields; swing is nice and compact as long as he stays within himself; easy plus arm; 65-grade power ceiling; hit tool will be good enough (average) to tap into power; average runner, which is very good for a player of his size; high-maintenance body; first home run after seven doubles in 91 High-A at-bats at the age of 19.    
  • Zach Cates, RHP, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; fastball can touch plus velocities; developing slider; developing changeup; stuff is good, but delivery can get away from him and hinder his command; 22.2 IP, 17 H, 8 ER, 11 BB, 23 K in 5 starts this season.
  • Brandon Drury, 3B, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 5-6, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, K; plus power potential; improving contact rates; improving plate discipline; .351/.378/.532 with 10 2B, 2 3B, and HR in 94 at-bats.
  • Slade Heathcott, CF, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 2-3, HR, R, 3 RBI; “plays like his hair is on fire”; plus-plus runner; easy plus defensive profile; plenty of bat speed; aggressive at the plate; tendency to get himself out; struggling in Double-A thus far .191/.282/.294 with four extra-base hits and 20 strikeouts in 68 at-bats this season.
  • Austin Hedges, C, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, K; best defensive catcher in the minor leagues; elite defensive ceiling; both hit tool and power have potential to be average.
  • Tommy La Stella, 2B, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 2-2, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB; excellent bat-to-ball skills; solid-average hit tool; solid-average glove; will have to play on right side of the infield; often injured.
  • John Lamb, LHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; excellent pitchability; fastball 84-86 with arm-side run; curveball is a big breaker at 65-69; changeup comes in at 70-73 with good arm speed and fade. It is about a year and a half after Tommy John surgery, and the velocity has not come back, offering more evidence that the procedure isn’t foolproof.
  • Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; sort of an “oh yeah, you think I’m not a fantasy prospect! I’ll show you!” type night for Lindor. He can really hit and the power will develop. The role of the power, gap or over-the-fence, will determine his overall fantasy value; .341/.406/.505 in 91 at-bats this season.
  • Luke Maile, C, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 3-5, 2 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI; offensive-minded catcher; plus raw power; bat speed only average; needs to prove he can catch and make enough solid contact before he is mentioned on prospect lists.
  • Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 K; power potential; swing is ultra-violent; defense is still a major work in progress; will need to prove his swing works against higher-level pitching; .310/.380/.592 with 5 2B and 5 HR in 71 at-bats this season.
  • Guillermo Pimentel, OF, Mariners (Low-A Clinton): 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; solid-average power potential; quick bat; a bit of a free-swinger; minimal defensive profile with a future in left field; .269/.367/.436 with 4 2B,3 HR, and 29 strikeouts in 78 at-bats this season.
  • Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Low-A Kane County): 4-6, HR, R, 2 RBI; can really hit; hit tool has plus potential; easy plus-plus power potential; the yin to my yang; .315/.354/.494 with 5 HR in 89 at-bats.
  • Zack Wheeler, RHP, Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; mature four-pitch mix (fastball/curveball/slider changeup); fastball has plus-plus potential; curveball has plus potential; slider has solid-average potential; changeup will be a usable major-league pitch at worst; one of the few minor-league pitchers currently worthy of the “ace” label.
  • Brandon Workman, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; four-pitch mix (fastball/cutter/curveball/changeup); fastball sits 91-93 and can touch higher; cutter is 89-90 with good life, profiling as a plus pitch; curveball has solid-average potential; changeup is 83-85 and has potential to improve; 29.2 IP, 15 H, 9 ER, 6 BB, 34 K in five Double-A outings this year.

 “The Bad”

  • Ramon Flores, OF, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 0-4, 3 K; known for his contact rates, most scouts believe that a lack of power potential will be the thing that scares off most teams from giving Flores an everyday job.
  • Gabriel Guerrero, OF, Mariners (Low-A Clinton): 0-5, RBI, 2 K; his uncle is Vlad, so, needless to free-swinging is in his genes.
  • Adam Brett Walker, OF, Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 0-3, 3 K; Walker has tools, but he also has plenty of swing and miss in his offensive profile.

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