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Colin Poche Tampa Bay Rays

The aftermath 6.63 ERA 0.95 WHIP values drop to $1/$2.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nomar Mazara Texas Rangers

Especially since his overall numbers were really hurt by a slow start.  Since May 12 he's batted .281/.327/.443 in 50 starts.  The again, that still makes him a corner OF with an OPS <.800

The Rangers have a lot of OF ... Gallo, DeShields, Choo, Pence ... who have more value than Mazara this year (DeShields because he can play CF).  And they have Danny Santana doing a great job, and it would be nice to give Willie Calhoun an extended look.

I think that's the difference - in the past they didn't have as many options.  And perhaps the difference is that he's now a 4th year player who doesn't look any different from the replacement level 21 year old when he came up ... except now he's a replacement level 24 year old.  At a certain point you evolve from having promise ... to being WYSWYG.

And when WYSWYG is 1.1 WAR over 2000+ MLB PAs ... maybe you go "meh".

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jim Bouton Atlanta Braves
Tyler O'Neill St. Louis Cardinals

So so BA/OBP at AAA, thanks to a horrendous 32% SO rate.  OTOH, a righteous .270 ISO.

And suddenly he has the highest OPS+ in the underperforming Cards lineup.

7 months younger than Alonso.  Bob-in-Tx thinks he reminds him a lot of this year's likely NL ROTY (although Soroka is making a helluva case).

I like hearing that, having bought him for $6 in our home league this year.

Stroked an outside slider to right field for a line drive single to drive in the Cards first run today with two outs.  If he keeps up this performance for another couple weeks he won't need to worry about where to dine in Memphis anymore.


Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

A friend of mine just sent me this email ...

Shohei Ohtani has now played 162 games as a hitter in his career.

 

Here are his stats:

 

157-for-541

30 doubles

3 triples

36 home runs

101 RBI, 90 runs

57 walks

16 stolen bases

.290/.358/.556

 

He’s also made 10
starts, posting a 3.31 ERA & 11 K/9.


Is he the most talented player in baseball?


... which makes me wonder ... how/why are his 2018 stats here in disagreement with what's at B-R.com?

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nomar Mazara Texas Rangers

Rumor is the Rangers may option Mazara to AAA.  He's having the exact same season he had in 2018, 2017, and 2016.  They didn't option him those years.  I can't quite figure out what's different other than to gain some service time on him as he heads into arbitration.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jim Bouton Atlanta Braves

What happened to Keith Cromer? I seem to have missed something important.

GEOFF CRESAP SydThrift
Colin Poche Tampa Bay Rays

Everything was going so well.  Then, Yankee Stadium happened.  27 Ks in his first 17 1/3 with a 4.15 ERA and 0.69 WHIP.  $4 in both formats before Yankee Stadium happened.  Let's see how it looks tomorrow.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dennis Eckersley Boston Red Sox
Mike Montgomery Kansas City Royals

Traded to the Royals for Martin Maldonado and looks to be slotting into the starting rotation.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants

He had some fun last night in Coors.

Before we get today's stat feed...

Slashing .226/.297/.357

BABIP .284

G/L/F 48/25/28

$4x4 4

$5x5 5

Alex Patton Alex
Travis d'Arnaud Los Angeles Dodgers

Holy smokes. First the Red Sox, now the Yankees.

He's had an oil change.

Alex Patton Alex
Sean Newcomb Atlanta Braves

I am rebuilding.  Need some input on who to drop of the following:

Newcomb $1

Alcantara $5

Quantrill $6

Lester $6


I am leading toward dropping Alcantara given how low his K rate is and how bad the Marlins will still be next year.  On the other hand, if Newcomb isn't going to start or close, his value is limited.

joel schreier jschri
Yusniel Diaz Baltimore Orioles

After some injuries in the first half, Diaz is finally hitting for the AA Baysox.  255/336/485 with 9 HR and 12 doubles, 3 triples.  

Austin Hays is back at AAA Norfolk too after a few weeks on the shelf.  he too has 9 HR and 12 doubles, but worse stats across the board: 234/283/467.  

Ryan Mountcastle has moved to 1B and his power seems to be to the point that he can hold down the position.  As a 22 year old at AAA, he's hitting 300/322/499 with 16 HR and 18 doubles, walks be damned.

DL Hall came in as the Orioles top pitching prospect and he's doing okay.  His walks are a little out of control. High-A 3.57 ERA with 87 Ks and 44 Walks in 58 IP.  

But, they've all been jumped.  Not only is Adley Rutschman #1 on the Orioles' list, but their 1st round pick from last year has jumped too.  At age 19, Grayson Rodriguez is carving up low-A with a 2.15 ERA, 87 Ks and 22 Walks in 67 IP, after throwing a 1.40 ERA in limited action in Rookie Ball last year.  DJ Stewart is hitting 303/410/576 at Norfolk.  He's had a couple tastes of coffee (I wouldn't call them cups yet).  He looks like a legit DH candidate.  Second round pick Gunnar Henderson probably is ahead of the guys from the top of the list this spring too.

Rebuilding takes a while.  The guys in the high minors aren't the future of the Orioles.  They are the next couple of years.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Andres Munoz San Diego Padres

18 BBs in 37 minor league innings this year ... 

Yeah.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Miguel Diaz San Diego Padres

The right-hander underwent major knee surgery this month after tearing multiple ligaments in his knee running out a grounder while with Triple-A El Paso.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Andres Munoz San Diego Padres

Others in pursuit: Choes Balin ($5), Brubaker's Yeast ($4) and Power Hungry Redux ($4).

Alex Patton Alex
Bubba Starling Kansas City Royals
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Andres Munoz San Diego Padres

Not chased hard enough, now he's part of the Gang ... who presumably can wait for Kirby Yates to get traded, etc ... Munoz not yet on closermonkey's radar.

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Andres Munoz, chased by the Mob last night ($3) but caught by the Gashouse Gang ($7).

Alex Patton Alex

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