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June 19, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Zack Wheeler and First-Start Jitters

Do rookie starters struggle to find the strike zone in their first career starts?

Zack Wheeler’s big-league debut on Tuesday night went well. He held the Braves scoreless over six innings, allowing four hits, striking out seven batters, and showing impressive stuff. The only cause for complaint was that he walked five.

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BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 227: Julio Urias and Young Pitchers/Prospects Switching Positions/Jose Iglesias and High BABIPs/Goodbye Base Coaches

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about young pitchers, prospects switching positions, Jose Iglesias' high BABIP, and base coaches.


Ben and Sam answer listener emails about young pitchers, prospects switching positions, Jose Iglesias' high BABIP, and base coaches.

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June 18, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 226: Predictions About Zack Wheeler/The Story of Signing Puig

Ben and Sam discuss their expectations for Zack Wheeler and other young pitchers, then talk about the true story behind the Dodgers signing Yasiel Puig.


Ben and Sam discuss their expectations for Zack Wheeler and other young pitchers, then talk about the true story behind the Dodgers signing Yasiel Puig.

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June 17, 2013

BP Daily Podcast

Effectively Wild Episode 225: Missing Out on Mariano Rivera/Scouting Scouts

Ben and Sam discuss what Mariano Rivera's retirement might cost us, then talk about whether it's possible to evaluate scouts statistically.


Ben and Sam discuss what Mariano Rivera's retirement might cost us, then talk about whether it's possible to evaluate scouts statistically.

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June 15, 2013

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
6/7/13 Jordan Lyles KC 7 2 6 1 3 ND
6/8/13 Joe Saunders NYY 6 1/3 3 7 2 4 Loss
6/9/13 David Phelps SEA 6 1 3 3 6 ND
6/10/13 Ricky Nolasco MLW 5 1/3 4 10 2 5 Loss
6/11/13 Andrew Cashner ATL 8 2 6 1 5 Win
6/12/13 Jordan Lyles SEA 7 0 3 2 10 ND
6/13/13 David Robertson OAK 1 0 2 0 3 ND

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June 14, 2013

BP Unfiltered

Gonzalez Germen and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Inning

The history of allowing four home runs in an inning.

Last night in Las Vegas, Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler made his final Triple-A tune-up before his big-league debut. It was a good one. Pitching against the Tacoma Rainiers, Wheeler went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one hit—a home run by Carlos Peguero—two walks, and striking out seven. The Rainiers’ starter, Erasmo Ramirez, was even better, going eight scoreless with seven strikeouts and no walks. And this was in Cashman Field, one of the best offensive environments in Minor League Baseball, where 2.22 home runs were hit per game from 2010-12—more than in any other PCL park except Albuquerque. As a team, the 51s have slugged over 50 points higher at home this season.

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BP Unfiltered

Scouting the Draft: 2013 PG National Notes

Quick notes on five loud performances from Day 1 of the 2013 Perfect Game National Showcase.

With the 2013 MLB Draft a week in our rearview, the 2014 draft class is already under industry surveillance, as the 2013 summer circuit kicks off this weekend with the Perfect Game National Showcase. Joe Hamrahi and I are taking in the event along with our partners at Perfect Game, and will be bringing you more detailed write-ups early next week. For now, here are five loud performances from Day 1 you should know about.

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Minor League Update

Games of June 12-13

Notes from the past two days of prospect action, highlighted by Maikel Franco and Anthony Ranaudo.

Games of Wednesday, June 12

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Matthew Koch, RHP, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K; potential plus fastball; potential plus changeup; average slider; may be better utilized in a relief role.

Position Prospect of the Day: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K. Franco impressed me this spring. He has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order bat. Some question his defensive ability, but scouts I have spoken with think that he will be able to stick at third without question; .342/.390/.711 with 2 2B and 4 HR in last 38 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on June 12:

“The Good

  • Cito Culver, SS, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K; a glimmer of hope out of this former first-round selection.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K; A good quote I got recently from a scout, “If he (Gallo) gets it… watch the (expletive) out"; .245/.337/.585 with 15 2B, 2 3B, 21 HR, and 7 SB.
  • Austin Hedges, C, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, K. Hedges is regarded as the best prep catcher in recent memory; some scouts believed he was good enough to catch in the majors from day one. He is not a zero offensively, and is showing that he will provide more than enough on that side of the ball, too; .400/.472/.700 with 6 2B and 1 HR in last 30 at-bats.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. May was the main prospect in the Ben Revere trade made this offseason; plus-plus fastball; potential plus curveball; average changeup. The issue with May is that his command is below average at best.
  • Peter O'Brien, C, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, K. O’Brien shows raw power and the ability to square up mistakes, but most feel he will never be good enough behind the plate to play there everyday; .331/.401/.641 with 21 2B and 11 HR in 181 at-bats.
  • Lex Rutledge, LHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; potential plus fastball; plus curveball; power relief profile.
  • Joseph Wendle, 2B, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI. When I talk about a player who has natural hitting ability, I think of a player like Joe Wendle. He has natural bat-to-ball abilities. He lacks high end tools, but I do believe the hit tool will be enough to get him to the major leagues in a bench role; .302/.392/.535 with 11 2B, 2 3B, and 5 HR in 129 at-bats.

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