10/20/17

10/19/2017 Winter League Results | Thompson Homers, Kaczmarksi and Guillorme Both Collect 2 Hits in Arizona Slugfest, Pobereyko Opening Eyes

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Arizona Fall League


Salt River Rafters 1 - 5 Glendale Desert Dogs
Mesa Solar Sox 6 - 4 Surprise Saguaros
Scottsdale Scorpions 13 - 7 Peoria Javelinas
  • LF Kevin Kaczmarski: 2 for 4, 3 R, 2 RBI(4), BB
  • C Tomas Nido: 0 for 5, BB, K
  • 2B Luis Guillorme: 2 for 6, 2B, RBI(2)
  • DH David Thompson: 3 for 4, 3 R, 2B, HR(1), 2 RBI(3), BB, K
  • RHP Matt Pobereyko: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Mexican Pacific League
- Charros de Jalisco 5 - 6 Caneros de los Mochis
- Mayos de Navojoa 3 - 6 Yaquis de Obregon
- Venados de Mazatlan 4 - 0 Naranjeros de Hermosillo
- Tomateros de Culiacan 4 - 5 Aguilas de Mexicali
  • C Xorge Carrillo: 2 for 4, RBI(2), K, Error(1)

Venezuelan Winter League
- Aguilas del Zulia 6 - 4 Bravos de Margarita
- Caribes de Anzoategui 3 - 8 Cardenales de Lara
- Tigres de Aragua 0 - 1 Tiburones de La Guaira
Leones del Caracas 3 - 9 Navegantes del Magallanes
  • PH Walter Rasquin: 0 for 1

Dominican Winter League
- No Games Scheduled

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican League
Side Note: Regular Season will start January 8th, 2018.
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Tom Brennan - MY METS PROSPECTS: #30 TIM TEBOW

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Tom Brennan - MY METS PROSPECTS: #30 TIM TEBOW 


Anyone who faithfully read my articles all season (you two or three folks out there know exactly who you are) had to be wondering if I would add a frequent topic of Brennan interest, Tim Tebow, to my Top 30 Prospects List.


WONDER NO MORE - HE MADE IT! 

#30 AND TRYING HARDER.


Yeah, I know his overall season numbers were mediocre: .226/.309/.347 in 126 games.

But I also know that no other prospect in the Mets minors in his first season played more than a handful of games above rookie ball - Tebow played half his season at Full A and the other half at High A St Lucie.

He actually hit like gangbusters for St Lucie too, for a month after his promotion, then went into a deep swoon in August.  My guess is, like a marathoner, he hit the wall late in what was a very long season for him.

He, however, stopped his plane's death spiral and went 9 for his last 35.

I believe he will:

Start out in AA Binghamton in 2018; 

Hit much better than his 2017 results, with more power; 

Get a mid season promotion to Las Vegas and hit there too; 

Get called up by September 2018 with the Mets.

He will lead the minors in drawing fans as he does so, and (Sandy is smiling as I type this) draw thousands of extra fans to Citifield too.  

So see you next September, Timmy my Boy. 

God willing I will be there for your call up game.

I thought my article was done, but a reliable source and erudite fellow  from El Paso forwarded a Fangraphs article to me that I wish to excerpt a bit from:


Tim Tebow will almost certainly get at least a cup of coffee at the major league level; his enormous impact on attendance in the minor leagues, coupled with the attention he got while he was in the NFL, all point toward him having a substantial marketing impact for whichever major league team (likely the Mets) brings him up.


The financial incentive to play Tebow at the major leagues, especially for a team that isn’t risking losing a playoff spot, will largely outweigh the potential negative impact, even if Tebow were to strike out in every at-bat. Surprisingly, if we treat him as if he were a prospect straight out of high school, his first professional season was actually quite respectable.

Further, his approach and underlying metrics all point to a player who looks and feels like a legitimate ball player, the only question being whether he can continue to look like a legitimate ball player as the level of competition increases.

If Tebow keeps improving as a baseball player, there is no question in my mind he’ll get at least 100 plate appearances in the majors.


Sounds like me, don't it??  We're out there, people!

The author,  Eli Ben-Porat, did a very detailed analysis on this.  If interests, here's the link:

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10/19/17

10/18/2017 Winter League Results | Kaczmarski Stays Hot in Arizona, 1st Hold for Peterson, Ramos Continues to Struggle

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Arizona Fall League

Salt River Rafters 6 - 5 Mesa Solar Sox
Peoria Javelinas 6 - 4 Surprise Saguaros
Glendale Desert Dogs 5 - 9 Scottsdale Scorpions
  • LF Kevin Kaczmarski: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, RBI(2), BB, K
  • DH Luis Guillorme: 1 for 4
  • 3B David Thompson: 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI(1) 
  • RHP Tim Peterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K, Hold(1)

Mexican Pacific League
- Charros de Jalisco 5 - 6 Caneros de los Mochis
- Mayos de Navojoa 6 - 2 Yaquis de Obregon
- Venados de Mazatlan 2 - 4 Naranjeros de Hermosillo
- Tomateros de Culiacan 1 - 2 Aguilas de Mexicali
  • C Xorge Carrillo: 0 for 4, K

Venezuelan Winter League
- Aguilas del Zulia 4 - 3 Bravos de Margarita
- Caribes de Anzoategui 1 - 4 Cardenales de Lara
- Tiburones de La Guaira 6 - 2 Leones del Caracas [11 innings]
  • PR Walter Rasquin: (no stats)
- Navegantes del Magallanes 7 - 11 Tigres de Aragua
  • RHP Darwin Ramos: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR allowed, Loss(0-2)

Dominican Winter League
- Gigantes del Cibao 2 - 4 Tigres del Licey
- Toros del Este 1 - 2 Aguilas Cibaenas
- Leones del Escogido 4 - 5 Estrellas Orientales
  • PR/DH Gustavo Nunez: Run Scored

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican League
Side Note: Regular Season will start January 8th, 2018.
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Mack's Applies - 10-19-17 - Mets Cuts,Miami Cuts, Blake Holiday, Spectator Injury, Daniel Webb

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Good morning.


I took a second look at what’s left in the minor league pipeline after the Mets released around 27 Latin players. I did find it a little strange that all the players spoke Spanish as a primary language. But ‘no problemo’.

Based on my original projections earlier this month –

1B – got an opening in Binghamton, so I’m going to move Dash Winningham up there from St. Lucie and I’m going to move Matt Winaker up from Brooklyn.

3B – Going to move Colby Woodmansee to fill the hole in Binghamton and replace him in St. Lucie with Reed Gamache.

SP – I need a fifth starter in Brooklyn and I’m bumping up prospect Jaison Viera from a projected Kingsport slot… got a similar problem in St. Lucie, so I will add Jose Carlos Medina from my projected Columbia rotation.



The new Miami Marlins plan on cutting payroll to $90mil.





If the current roster was left unchanged, next year’s payroll would approach $140 million, meaning ownership would need to eliminate about $50 million to get to the $90 million target figure they presented to owners. The owners could always choose to exceed or fall below $90 million.

            Current salaried players in 2018 are - 



                        OF Giancarlo Stanton      -           $25mil (a zillion thru 2028)
                        3B Martin Prado                -           $13.5mil ($15mil-2019)
                        RHSP Edinson Volguez     -           $13mil
                        2B Dee Gordon                   -           $10mil (2019-20: $13.8/yr)
                        LHSP Wei-Yin Chen            -           $10mil ($42mil-2019-20)
                        RHP Brad Zeigler               -           $9mil
                        RHP Junichi Tazawa          -           $7mil
                        OF Christian Yelich            -     $7mil ($34mil+ more thru 2012)
                                  
                                   (God, I would kill for Gordon here…)

An opening day payroll of $90 million would have ranked 26th of 30 teams in the majors last season, ahead of only the Oakland A’s ($82 million), San Diego Padres ($71 million), Tampa Bay Rays ($70 million) and Milwaukee Brewers ($63 million).



        
    A former Clemson baseball player is in critical condition following a four-wheeler accident Thursday afternoon, a Greenville Memorial Hospital spokesperson confirmed Saturday.

Blake Holliday, a pitcher on the Clemson baseball team in 2017, was airlifted to the hospital following an accident on Major and Rube Ashely roads in Belton, according to Dudley Brown, spokesperson for the hospital, and Anderson County dispatch.

Holiday left the Clemson baseball team after red-shirting for the 2017 season...  an update... he died yesterday morning.


Spectator injury lawsuits -

           
The risks of being hit by an errant ball or broken bat are low, according to lawsuits filed against other major-league teams over injuries. But the injuries they cause can be catastrophic, especially to children. A 7-year-old Cubs fan attending his first baseball game at Wrigley Field in 2008 was left with a fractured skull and swelling around his brain after being hit in the head by a line drive, the Tribune reported. There are no records indicating the family ever filed a lawsuit.

We’re getting to the point that, you not only are going to have to go through a metal detector to get to your seat, but you’re going to have to sign a release form before you sit down.

Sounds like a good time for Netflix to cut a deal with the league.



         
   Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb passed away due to an ATV accident last night, according to a report from wpsdlocal6.com. Chris Davis, Sheriff of Humphreys County, confirmed the news via telephone.

The Blue Jays selected Webb in the 18th round of the 2009 June amateur draft, but the Kentucky native spent most of his career in the White Sox organization. During his time at the MLB level, he compiled 110 relief innings at the major league level, including 67 2/3 innings in 2014 with a 3.99 ERA. Webb showed promise with a fastball that averaged 96 MPH, but hadn’t pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2016.


            R.I. P. Daniel
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10/18/17

BREAKING NEWS - Mets Release 9 More Minor Leaguers

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LHP Placido Torres RHP Keaton Aldridge RHP Cameron Griffin LHP Martin Anderson OF Enmanuel Zabala
INF Leon Byrd LHP Gunnar Kines RHP Gregorix Estevez. LHP Kurtis Horne
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Tom Brennan - MY METS PROSPECTS: # 29 NABIL CRISMATT

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Tom Brennan - MY METS PROSPECTS: # 29 NABIL CRISMATT

I had Nabil Crismatt, one of the Mets' more unique names, higher-ranked in early 2017.

He had a bad luck season, so he is well prepared for a Mets career, how's I sees it.  It's how Anthony Young saw it.  Anyway, Crismatt in 2017?  6-13, ERA of 3.95.  

Besides luck, I think he got worn out a bit.  He had an ERA for St Lucie of 1.18 in May and 1.95 in June....WOW...but then disintegrated, allowed an astounding and, to me, completely unexpected 49 runs in 54 innings in July and August!  DOUBLE WOW!

My guess? Pitching in the dreaded WBC Classic for Colombia (the country, dummy, not the Fireflies) this spring, making for a LONG haul that wore him out.

His last 4 starts, though, he got his second wind and was back to normal, finishing STRONG.

He fans a lot of guys, walks relatively few, and I think this 22 year old has a big season in AA next year.  

Friday is not a fireballer, but has decent velocity, sitting in the low 90s with his heater. Maybe next year's Corey Oswalt? We can hope. Seems a 4/5 starter or future reliever in the bigs is his ceiling.
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10/17/2017 Winter League Results | Nido Collects 2 Doubles, Boscan and Albaladejo Both Take Losses in Venezuela

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Arizona Fall League

Mesa Solar Sox 8 - 5 Salt River Rafters
Surprise Saguaros 10 - 3 Peoria Javelinas
Scottsdale Scorpions 10 - 1 Glendale Desert Dogs
  • C Tomas Nido: 2 for 4, R, 2 2B, RBI(2), BB

Mexican Pacific League
- Charros de Jalisco 2 - 11 Caneros de los Mochis
- Mayos de Navojoa 8 - 3 Yaquis de Obregon
- Venados de Mazatlan 1 - 3 Naranjeros de Hermosillo
- Tomateros de Culiacan 7 - 8 Aguilas de Mexicali [10 innings]
  • C Xorge Carrillo: 1 for 3, R, K, HBP

Venezuelan Winter League
- Cardenales de Lara 3 - 4 Tigres de Aragua
- Aguilas del Zulia 1 - 7 Bravos de Margarita
  • RHP Wilfredo Boscan: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, Loss(0-1)
- Navegantes del Magallanes 5 - 1 Tiburones de La Guaira
  • RHP Jonathan Albaladejo: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, Loss(0-2)

Dominican Winter League
- Leones del Escogido 0 - 7 Gigantes del Cibao
- Toros del Este 0 - 5 Estrellas Orientales
  • 2B Gustavo Nunez: 2 for 3, SB(1)

Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican League
Side Note: Regular Season will start January 8th, 2018.
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Reese Kaplan -- Managerial Wannabe Meanderings

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Apparently neither Brad Ausmus nor Robin Ventura want anything to do with the Mets (well, in Ventura's case he claims he's not interested in managing PERIOD.  Ausmus, however, most definitely dissed the guys in Queens).  On both fronts I’m not shedding any tears as neither has been able to deliver much during their managerial careers.  Ausmus appears to be banking on the Boston job which, if reports are accurate, is a bit of a long shot with him behind Alex Cora in the pecking order of desirability.  

Cora, interestingly, took time from his schedule preparing his team to beat the Yankees to interview not only with the Red Sox but also with our Mets.  Is it a coincidence that the Astros got manhandled on Monday night and then got victimized with a series-tying come-from-behind rally by the Yankees?Cora may be the hot name right now, but if his priority is securing his future rather than propelling his current team to the World Series, well, maybe that speaks volumes about a me-first vs. a team-first attitude. 

So right now the Mets have interviewed or have scheduled interviews with Kevin Long, Alex Cora, Joe McEwing and Mickey Callaway.  The first three have connections to current or past Mets teams.  Given how many things went wrong this past season it’s surprising that Long would be considered by many to be the frontrunner.

Joe McEwing is remembered fondly by most Mets fans as a scrappy player who got the most of his abilities and had a knack for doing well against the seemingly unconquerable Randy Johnson.  He managed in the White Sox organization at the A ball level for four years during which time he was named top managerial prospect and manager of the year.  He then managed their AAA affiliate before getting promoted to coach with the big club. 

If Bull Durham was instead about a pitcher, it would have been Mickey Callaway who holds the Durham Bulls all-time record for wins.  He ended his career with a few stops in Asia and a record of 116-72.  He went straight into coaching at the A ball level for the Cleveland Indians in 2010 then moved up to High A for the 2011 season.  From 2012 until now he’s been the major league pitching coach for the Indians.  It’s somewhat unusual for a pitcher to become a manager and considering he has never been at the helm at any level I would consider him the longest of long shots.  Callaway is probably on the outside looking in if the team indeed wants to pander to its fanbase.  Now hiring him as a pitching coach is another matter…

Then again, Terry Collins had no connection to the past and they surprisingly gave him the job when no one else was clamoring for his services.  At that time Wally Backman, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale were all considered for the position.  Backman was likely deemed too confrontational, and Hale a carryover of what didn’t work under Jerry Manuel. I’m not sure why Bob Melvin was not chosen.  His record wasn’t anything to write home about, but then again neither was the guy who’d been out of baseball for ten years whose last stint with the Angels resulted in a 220-237 record.  At the time Paul DePodesta was in the Dodgers front office he wanted to hire Collins for his passion and fiery temperament.  By the time he got the chance with the Mets, all the emotion was seemingly gone and DePodesta learned why even Grady Little was considered more desirable by L.A. 

So there are others allegedly in the mix but they represent the second tier of choices.  Chip Hale and Bob Geren’s names keep surfacing like a bad remake of Jaws.  Just when you thought it was safe to enter the managerial waters, this pair appears with respective records of 148-176 and 334-376.  Yup, that’s the kind of losing tradition that the team has embraced in the past…

Sandy Alomar, Jr. has also been mentioned as a possible candidate.  His fill-in record of 3-3 doesn’t say much about his ability to handle a team (positive or negative) since it’s such a small sample size.  He has no real managerial experience but has worked as a catching instructor, first base coach and bench coach.  His apprenticeship under one of the game’s more respected managers, Terry Francona, probably weighs heavily in his favor. 

Of this list I’m leaning towards McEwing, not for his connection to the Mets past, but the fact that he’s managed successfully for a number of years and would bring a fresh attitude to the team.  Cora would be a good choice as well, but I am having misgivings about his priorities.  Callaway is a wildcard and gambling doesn’t seem to be in Sandy Alderson’s nature.  Alomar has something in common with Cora that is politically incorrect to talk about, but the team is filled with a great many Hispanic players who may relate better to someone with common heritage (and language).  I’m thinking if they are rebuffed by Cora and Girardi is not cut loose by the Yankees then Alomar may thrust himself into the mix. 
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10/17/17

Mack's Apple's - 10-17-17 - K-Port, My MLB Mock, Prowler Bat, Syracuse, Strasburg, Diamondbacks

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Good morning.


Justin Perline of Baseball America on the Kingsport Mets -  

The starting SS Hansel Moreno is a 55 runner with a 55 arm who could grow into more power as he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame. CF Anthony Dirocie has a bunch of tools that could play as major league average or above, but is lacking in his approach and overall hit tool. LF/RF Wagner LaGrange has similar issues as Dirocie but is limited to the corners because he gets poor reads and has just average speed. 3B Rigoberto Terrazas tore the cover off the ball as a switch-hitter with an above average plan at the plate. He doesn’t have flashy tools but could back up a few infield positions and sneak up on a major-league job. As one manager described him, “You don’t know he’s there, but he’s there.” Lastly, RHP Christian James has a sinking fastball from 90-93 mph that he pairs with a nice slider and a developing changeup as a consistent starter.

See, now I had Lagrange higher than this but, of course, I never seen him play. Love the words on James… need to keep an eye on him.


My MLB Draft updated their mock draft, effective Oct 2 –

1.     RHP          Brady Singer           Florida
2.     RHP          Kumar Rocker         N. Oconee HS (GA)
3.     2B             Nick Madrigal        Oregon State
4.     1B/OF     Seth Beer                  Clemson
5.     SS              Brice Turang           Santiago HS (CA)
6.     OF             Jarred Kelenic         Waukesha HS (WI)



Prowler Bat Co. brought their homemade bats to the Phillies –

Inside a two-car garage at his simple Chester County ranch home, Steve McCardell works a hand lathe hours each day, turning maple and ash billets into high-performing instruments — assuming their users make contact. His craft: baseball bats.

McCardell, 29, is the founder of Prowler Bat Co., a small business the former shortstop at Shippensburg and Pennsylvania State Universities has built from a sports passion nurtured since he was a young boy. It continued to whisper to McCardell after he left college in 2011, without graduating, to work on his father’s farm.
           


Could the Syracuse Chiefs become the Mets affiliate next season?

Under that arrangement, the Mets would take control of the franchise in 2018 and actually field its players in Syracuse in 2019. New York is scheduled to remain affiliated with Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League this upcoming season while Washington has a season left in its player development contract with Syracuse.

But International League president Randy Mobley said if the Nationals wanted to leave Syracuse before 2018, such a move is theoretically possible.

The Nats will not make this decision based on screwing the Mets out of moving their AAA team out of the west coast a year earlier. They will make this decision after figuring out who there new AAA affiliate will be and if it is advantageous for them to go there a year early.


The Nationals were all set to pitch him Wednesday in Game 4 at 4:08 p.m. ET (TBS) at Wrigley Field, trailing 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs, only for Strasburg to decline.

He told them he’s under the weather.

He informed the Nationals’ staff that he ran a half-mile Tuesday afternoon, was wheezing during his run and simply isn’t prepared to start Wednesday, even though he’d be on regular rest, according to a person with direct knowledge of the Nationals' pitching plans.

And then… low and behold. His manager lets loose the details of this story, the baseball rags run with it, and Straburg is ready to start on Wednesday night.

Can you imagine Nolan Ryan or Bob Gibson doing this? How about Don Drysdale? This game has changed so much. I’m starting to get convinced that overworking a pitching arm doesn’t lead to injuries. Maybe it’s the kind of ‘regiment’ that this pussy has come up with.


The  Arizona Diamondbacks look to the future –

The Diamondbacks will have some decisions to make on free agents in the offseason, most notably slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez, who arrived via trade with Detroit in July and hit .302 with 29 home runs and 65 runs batted in over 62 games with Arizona.

Martinez expressed a desire to remain in the desert and be part of a power-hitting lineup that includes MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt and young slugger Jake Lamb.

I’m not a big fan of 30-year old free agents, but Martinez may be the exception here.

For the record, he hit 45-HRs/104-RBIs last season for Detroit and Arizona. He also hit over .300.

Lastly, don’t tell me you can’t find a bat in the late rounds of the draft… 
2009: 20th Round by Houston.


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Winter Leagues Coverage | Update on La Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente

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(Photo Credit: Yamaira Muñiz via Twitter)

     Due to the significant damage sustained across the entirety of the island of Puerto Rico, the LBPRC Board of Directors have agreed to a an abbreviated itinerary for the 2017-2018 winter league season.

     According to league President Héctor Rivera Cruz during a press conference, the season will no longer begin on November 15th, 2017 as previously scheduled. Instead, league play will now begin on January 6th, 2018 as a 21 game schedule. Teams will play single games on Thursdays and Fridays at 1:30 PM, and 7 inning doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1:00 PM with the 2nd game starting twenty minutes after the first. Due to significant damage to Roberto Clemente Stadium, the Gigantes De Carolina will not play this season.

    The team that finishes in 1st place will gain an automatic spot into the championship game. The teams that finish 2nd and 3rd will participate in a one game sudden death with the winner moving on to play the 1st place team. All games will be played during the day in order to limit the amount of power draw that each game requires as to not interrupt recovery efforts. In addition, all games will be FREE to the public as a way to give back to the community. Under this abbreviated schedule, the league is expected to finish either January 30th or 31st, 2018.

     Due to the significant late start to the season and the fact that the other 3 Caribbean League regular seasons will already be completed, players committed to Puerto Rico based teams will be allowed to play in other Caribbean leagues, but will be required to return by January 1st. In addition, they will only be able to participate for Team Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series once it begins on February 2nd, 2018.

   Mets Players who will be affected by this situation include, but are not limited to, Chasen Bradford, Phillip Evans, Nabil Crismatt, T.J. Rivera, and Seth Lugo.
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