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Rowdy Tellez Toronto Blue Jays

Rotowire is not so sanguine about his prospects:

 Tellez has been a solid hitter throughout his minor-league career, with above-average power and defensive limitations due to his size, but he stalled out a bit at Triple-A. Nobody could have predicted the small-sample offensive explosion he had last season with the big club (13 extra-base hits in 73 PA). Statcast did not support his September production, as his xwOBA was 80 points below his actual mark. In plain English -- the quality of his contact was not as good as the actual outcomes of his at-bats. Additionally, his 28.8 K% and 2.7 BB% in that tiny sample suggest major regression was coming. Tellez should head back to Triple-A with Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales on the big-league roster. He may get another chance in 2019, but should not be expected to recapture last year's brief success.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Hunter Green Cincinnati Reds

On MLB network, Reds were saying that they're intending to limit him to 120 innings this year.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Rowdy Tellez Toronto Blue Jays

CBS has a fairly rosy projection for 2019. Any thoughts?

jeff merk jeffamerk
Chance Sisco Baltimore Orioles

Only if he's a mine of friend.

jeff merk jeffamerk

I sure hope this guy’s nickname is “Kid”

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Devin Mesoraco New York Mets
Re-signed with the Metropolitans on a Minor League deal
GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Jean Segura Philadelphia Phillies

I agree that the shifts are probably a contributing factor but the Ks are clearly tied to the all or nothing batting approach.

jeff merk jeffamerk
Nick Vincent San Francisco Giants

Signed a MiLC with the Giants

Frank Smith Pancho
Jean Segura Philadelphia Phillies

Noted Jeff, but 7 points in one year? That seems extreme, but you may be right.

Here’s a link to a historical chart of MLB BA:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/hitting/hibavg4.shtml

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Yulieski Gurriel Houston Astros

Re the posts by Jeff and Syd under Segura... this is precisely why I'm seriously considering keeping Yuli at 20.

The uppercuts that are now in vogue (let's call the emphasis on "improved launch angel" what it is) have led to batting average scarcity.

Yuli's swing might even have a slight downward path. Which generates back spin. Which generates plenty of home runs with any kind of luck.

If he doesn't get any, he's still going to help my batting average.

Alex Patton Alex
Tyler Clippard Cleveland Indians

Even in 5x5 he's worth more than a MiLC.

Alex Patton Alex
Jean Segura Philadelphia Phillies

I would attribute the precipitous drop more to the new launch angle, swinging for the fences mentality.

jeff merk jeffamerk
Tyler Clippard Cleveland Indians

Signed a MiLC with Cleveland.

Frank Smith Pancho
Trevor Plouffe Philadelphia Phillies

MiLC with Phillies.

Frank Smith Pancho
Josh Harrison Detroit Tigers

One year deal with Detroit.

Frank Smith Pancho
Jean Segura Philadelphia Phillies

I have to wonder whether I need to reduce the bid price on players like Segura whose Batting Average creates a decent chunk of their value. 2018 saw a drop of 7 points in MLB average (from .255 to .248) which I believe may be an outlier. The prior 10 seasons saw the average fall in the range of .253 to .257 (2014 being an exception at .251). Can the shifts and strikeouts really cause such a precipitous drop in one year? I think I’ll be cutting a few bucks off the average guys for 2019 before I believe this drop is permanent.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Brandon Nimmo New York Mets

Brandon Nimmo (OF) NY-N - Feb. 20

Nimmo has a sore right shoulder, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Nimmo isn't particularly concerned about the issue, calling it "early-season soreness," but the discomfort was enough for him to avoid throwing during defensive drills Wednesday. The extent of the injury should become clear in the next few days.

Alex Patton Alex
Jed Lowrie New York Mets

Jed Lowrie (2B) NY-N - Feb. 20

Lowrie will get an MRI after being limited by left knee soreness Wednesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The second baseman reportedly started feeling the soreness when he first arrived in camp, so the team opted to ease him into spring workouts. Since the issue has yet to subside, the Mets will continue to play things cautiously with Opening Day still over a month away.

Alex Patton Alex
Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds

Maybe if his parents just hadn't called him Scooter...

Scooter Gennett (2B) CIN - Feb. 20Gennett and his agent have notified the Reds that they are interested in a contract extension, but the Reds haven't responded, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "We've definitely opened it up," Gennett said. "They know I want to play here. They

know I enjoy playing on this team. I enjoy the fans. I enjoy the coaching staff. I enjoy my teammates. They know all that. There's nothing else to tell them at this point. It's waiting for them to come back, which they have not."

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The Reds are in a bit of a tricky spot with Gennett. The two sides have done well by each other and he's popular in Cincinnati, but he's at an age where one might expect diminishing returns defensively, the Reds have prospects coming up that need places to play and they might want to allocate resources elsewhere in the long run.

Alex Patton Alex
Fernando Abad San Francisco Giants

Signed a minor league contract with the Giants. Hopefully that allows him to work out in spring training while he's suspended, not sure if it does.

Alex Patton Alex

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