April 25, 2014

Game 22: Can Phillies win rare road series vs. L.A.?

The Phillies haven't been so great on the road recently, but they'll have a chance to take three of four at Dodger Stadium with Kyle Kendrick on the mound tonight. The Phillies are just 14-30 in their last 44 road games. They had a chance to win Wednesday night in Cole Hamels' season debut, but Zack Greinke was just too good (and the bullpen was what we've come to expect it to be). They still have a chance to win...

April 24, 2014

Indians Usher Says He Was Fired for Refusing to Wear Pro-Sin Tax Sticker

Edward Loomis, a former usher for the Cleveland Indians, says that the team’s campaign to get voters on its side also includes mandatory pro-Issue 7 stickers that must be worn by employees and that his refusal to wear the pro-sin tax gear led to his dismissal from his job.

Connie Marrero, oldest Major Leaguer, dies at 102

Connie Marrero, the Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Senators in the 1950s and was the oldest living Major Leaguer, died this week just two days shy of his 103rd birthday, the Associated Press reported. Only Red Hoff, who died at 107, played in an MLB game and lived longer than Marrero. They called Marrero “the Cuban cutie,” a “muscle-bound little gnome,” “the ageless Cuban,” “a real pixie,” and Chico — coined “by sportswriters who had trouble spelling Corrado [sic],” according to one newspaper account. They often quoted him phonetically in an exaggerated cartoon-like dialect (“Me peetch gude”) and seemed infatuated with the big cigar, thick accent and unusual physique. Shirley Povich, the Washington Post columnist, compared him with a fire hydrant — “as easy to step over as step around.” Mike Sandlock, you’re on deck.

Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, April 24

Joey Gallo is capable of scary things.

Hey prospect watchers. What a day yesterday for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. If you want to get specific, Joey Gallo had a monster performance, reaching base in six of seven plate appearances with three walks, four runs scored, six runs batted in and THREE home runs. Gallo now has nine bombs this year and is sporting a 359/458/891/1348 line with 15 walks to 21 strike outs. He's kicked in three doubles, two triples, 21 runs scored and has knocked in 22. He's absolutely Bonds-ian on the road, hitting 480/605/1480/2085 (yes, a road OPS over 2.000) over an admittedly short sample size of 25 at bats. In those 25 at bats though, he's recorded 12 hits with eight of them (75%) leaving the yard, one double and three singles. He's also walked 11 times to just six strike outs with 15 runs scored and 17 RBI.

On the mound, Alex Meyer and Jesse Biddle grabbed their paint brushes and were strikeout artists for the night. Meyer sent 11 men back to the dugout while walking three and allowing three hits in 6.2 scoreless frames. He filled the zone with 63 strikes (63%) to 37 balls and induced six ground outs to two fly outs. Biddle was equally as impressive, going seven scoreless with 10 punch outs, just one walk and two hits allowed. He earned his second win with 67 strikes (63%) to 39 balls along with six ground outs and four fly outs.

Beofre I go I want to leave you with this amazing play by San Antonio center fielder Travis Jankowski made on Frisco second baseman Rougned Odor.

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Check out the rest of the Top 100 below, as well as the probable starters for today, the running injury list and the Duel of the Day. Enjoy!

The Top 100

Position Players

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
1 (1) A+ Byron Buxton, CF MIN - - - - - - Left wrist sprain
2 (2) MLB Xander Bogaerts, SS BOS 4 1 1 0 0 0
3 (3) AAA Oscar Taveras, RF STL - - - - - - Left ankle injury
4 (5) AAA Javier Baez, SS CHC





DNP
6 (7) A+ Carlos Correa, SS HOU 4 1 1 1 0 2 2 SB (4), 2 BB, 2 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
7 (8) AA Kris Bryant, 3B CHC 5 1 1 0 0 0 BB, 2 K
8 (10) AAA Gregory Polanco, CF PIT 3 0 0 0 0 0 K
9 (13) AA Francisco Lindor, SS CLE





DNP
10 (14) AA Addison Russell, SS OAK - - - - - - Torn right hamstring
11 (17) AAA Maikel Franco, 1B PHI 5 0 2 0 0 0 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
12 (18) MLB George Springer, CF HOU 3 0 0 0 0 0 BB
13 (25) MLB Nick Castellanos, 3B DET 4 0 0 0 0 0
14 (27) AA Austin Hedges, C SD





DNP
15 (29) MLB Jose Abreu, 1B CWS 4 1 1 2 1 0 HR (7), 3 K
16 (34) AAA Joc Pederson, CF LAD





DNP
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
17 (35) AA Gary Sanchez, C NYY





DNP
18 (36) A+ Albert Almora, CF CHC 5 0 1 0 0 0
19 (37) A+ Corey Seager, SS LAD 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 K, E (3 – F)
20 (38) MLB Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM 3 0 1 0 0 0 BB, K
21 (41) AA Jorge Soler, RF CHC - - - - - - Leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
22 (42) AA Rougned Odor, 2B TEX 5 0 2 0 0 0
23 (43) MLB Billy Hamilton, CF CIN 5 1 2 1 0 1 SB (9), 2 K
24 (47) A+ Raul Mondesi, SS KC 4 3 3 1 1 1 HR (1), SB (5), K, E (3 – F)
25 (48) A Clint Frazier, CF CLE 4 1 2 0 0 0 BB
26 (49) A Austin Meadows, CF PIT - - - - - - Right hamstring strain
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
27 (50) MLB Jackie Bradley, CF BOS 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
28 (54) A+ Jorge Alfaro, C TEX 7 2 3 0 0 0 2B (4), K
29 (58) MLB Kolten Wong, 2B STL 1 0 0 0 0 0 K
30 (60) A+ Joey Gallo, 3B TEX 4 4 3 6 3 0 3 HR (9), 3 BB
31 (61) A Colin Moran, 3B MIA 4 0 2 0 0 0 Season Debut
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
32 (66) MLB Chris Owings, SS AZ 3 1 0 1 0 0 BB
33 (69) AAA Christian Bethancourt, C ATL 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 BB, K
34 (70) AAA Stephen Piscotty, RF STL





DNP
35 (72) AAA Matt Davidson, 3B CWS





DNP
36 (73) AA Blake Swihart, C BOS





PPD
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
37 (74) AAA Garin Cecchini, 3B BOS 1 1 1 2 0 0 2B (3)
38 (75) AA Mookie Betts, 2B BOS





PPD
39 (76) AA Alen Hanson, SS PIT 5 2 2 0 0 1 SB (6),
40 (78) A JP Crawford, SS PHI 2 1 1 0 0 0 3 BB, CS
41 (79) AAA Jake Marisnick, CF MIA





DNP
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
42 (80) A+ Hunter Renfroe, RF SD 4 0 1 2 0 0 2B (5), 3 K
43 (81) A Reese McGuire, C PIT 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
44 (82) AAA Jon Singleton, 1B HOU





DNP
45 (84) AA Devon Travis, 2B DET - - - - - - Right oblique strain
46 (85) A+ DJ Peterson, 3B SEA





DNP
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
47 (86) A+ Rosell Herrera, 3B COL





DNP
48 (90) AA Jorge Bonifacio, RF KC 2 2 1 0 0 1 SB (2), 2B (4), 2 BB
49 (91) MLB Marcus Semien, 2B CWS 4 1 1 4 1 0 HR (3)
50 (92) A Dominic Smith, 1B NYM 3 0 0 1 0 0 SF
51 (93) AAA Taylor Lindsey, 2B LAA





DNP
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
52 (94) A David Dahl, CF COL 4 0 1 0 0 1 SB (4), 2B (3)
53 (97) A+ Nick Williams, LF TEX 7 2 2 2 1 0 HR (2), K, E (1 – F)
54 (98) MLB Michael Choice, CF TEX 4 1 1 1 0 0 BB, K
55 (100) AAA Arismendy Alcantara, 2B CHC





DNP

Pitchers

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (4) MLB Masahiro Tanaka, RHP NYY






2 (9) AAA Archie Bradley, RHP AZ






3 (11) MLB Taijuan Walker, RHP SEA






4 (12) AA Jon Gray, RHP COL 6 3 1 1 0 8 66 S, 26 B, 5 GO, 1 FO, L (1-2)
5 (15) MLB Dylan Bundy, RHP BAL - - - - - - Right elbow – recovering from TJS
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
6 (16) AAA Noah Syndergaard, RHP NYM






7 (19) AA Robert Stephenson, RHP CIN






8 (20) AAA Kevin Gausman, RHP BAL






9 (21) A Lucas Giolito, RHP WAS






10 (22) EST Jameson Taillon, RHP PIT - - - - - - Right elbow – recovering from TJS
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
11 (23) AA Kyle Zimmer, RHP KC - - - - - - No injury, will begin 5/20
12 (24) AA Eddie Butler, RHP COL






13 (26) MLB Yordano Ventura, RHP KC






14 (28) AA CJ Edwards, RHP CHC






15 (30) AA Andrew Heaney, LHP MIA






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
16 (31) MLB Carlos Martinez, RHP STL






17 (32) AA Aaron Sanchez, RHP TOR 4 5 4 2 3 3 50 S, 35 B, 9 GO, 1 FO
18 (33) AA Kyle Crick, RHP SF






19 (39) A+ Mark Appel, RHP HOU 2.1 6 3 3 1 2 30 S, 13 B, 2 GO,2 FO
20 (40) AA Henry Owens, LHP BOS






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
21 (44) AA Matt Wisler, RHP SD






22 (45) AAA Alex Meyer, RHP MIN 6.2 3 0 0 3 11 63 S, 37 B, 6 GO, 2 FO
23 (46) A+ Tyler Glasnow, RHP PIT - - - - - - Back stiffness
24 (51) A+ Julio Urias, LHP LAD






25 (52) A Kohl Stewart, RHP MIN






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
26 (53) EST Max Fried, LHP SD - - - - - - Left forarm soreness
27 (55) AAA Marcus Stroman, RHP TOR






28 (56) AAA Edwin Escobar, LHP SF






29 (57) A+ Lucas Sims, RHP ATL






30 (59) AAA Mike Foltynewicz, RHP HOU






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
31 (62) A Braden Shipley, RHP AZ






32 (63) MLB Erik Johnson RHP CWS






33 (64) AA Nick Kingham, RHP PIT 5.1 7 4 3 1 6 63 S, 23 B, 4 GO, 7 FO / 1-2, 2B (1), R
34 (65) AA Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP BAL






35 (67) MLB Jake Odorizzi, RHP TB






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
36 (68) AAA Rafael Montero, RHP NYM






37 (71) AA Jesse Biddle, LHP PHI 7 2 0 0 1 10 WP, 67 S, 39 B, 6 GO, 4 FO, W (2-2)
38 (77) A+ Lance McCullers, RHP HOU






39 (83) AAA Trevor Bauer, RHP CLE






40 (87) EST Pierce Johnson, RHP CHC






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
41 (88) AAA Allen Webster, RHP BOS 6.1 5 1 1 1 5 64 S, 33 B, 6 GO, 4 FO
42 (89) EST Trey Ball, LHP BOS - - - - - - No injury, awaiting assignment
43 (95) AAA Zach Lee, RHP LAD






44 (96) AAA Jimmy Nelson, RHP MIL






45 (99) MLB James Paxton, LHP SEA - - - - - - Left lat strain

Duels of the Day

Org Rank BA (JS) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
3 (4) AAA Alex Meyer, RHP MIN 6.2 3 0 0 3 11 63 S, 37 B, 6 GO, 2 FO
4 (8) AAA Allen Webster, RHP BOS 6.1 5 1 1 1 5 64 S, 33 B, 6 GO, 4 FO
Org Rank BA (JS) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
10 (6) AA Clayton Blackburn, RHP SF 4.2 6 1 1 1 4 54 S, 37 B, 6 GO, 3 FO
2 (3) AA Jesse Biddle, LHP PHI 7 2 0 0 1 10 WP, 67 S, 39 B, 6 GO, 4 FO, W (2-2)

Probable Starters

AAA - IL

  • Matt Andriese (RHP - TB) vs Scott Carroll (RHP - CWS)
  • Mike Wright (RHP - BAL) vs Sean O'Sullivan (RHP - PHI)
  • Gavin Floyd (RHP - ATL) vs Tyler Cloyd (RHP - CLE)
  • Aaron Laffey (LHP - WAS) vs Jeff Francis (LHP - CIN)
  • Kris Johnson (LHP - MIN) vs Anthony Ranaudo (RHP - BOS)
  • TBD (TOR) vs Shane Greene (RHP - NYY)
  • Adam Wilk (LHP - PIT) vs Derek Hankins (RHP - DET)


AAA - PCL

  • Ariel Pena (RHP - MIL) vs Mike Foltynewicz (RHP - HOU)
  • Chance Ruffin (RHP - SEA) vs Rafael Montero (RHP - NYM)
  • Red Patterson (RHP - LAD) vs Mike Kickham (LHP - SF)
  • Brett Tomko (RHP - KC) vs Brian Flynn (LHP - MIA)
  • Tsuyoshi Wada (LHP - CHC) vs Jhoulys Chacin (RHP - COL)
  • Wade LeBlanc (LHP - LAA) vs Randy Wolf (LHP - AZ)
  • Branch Kloess (RHP - SD) vs Josh Lindblom (RHP - OAK)
  • Boone Whiting (RHP - STL) vs Justin Germano (RHP - TEX)


AA - EL

  • Deck McGuire (RHP - TOR) vs TBD (MIN)
  • Kyle Davies (RHP - KC) vs TBD (NYY)
  • Matt Purke (LHP - WAS) vs Tyler Sample (RHP - PIT)
  • Keith Couch (RHP - BOS) vs Greg Peavey (RHP - NYM)
  • Wilsen Palacios (RHP - DET) vs Jake Pettit (LHP - BAL)


AA - SL

  • David Bromberg (RHP - ATL) vs Carlos Contreras (RHP - CIN)
  • Tyler Cravy (RHP - MIL) vs Ivan Pineyro (RHP - CHC)
  • Nick McCully (RHP - CWS) vs Carlos Frias (RHP - LAD)
  • Victor Mateo (RHP - TB) vs Anthony DeSclafani (RHP - MIA)
  • James Gillheeney (LHP - SEA) vs AJ Schugel (RHP - AZ)


AA - TL

  • Andrew Werner (LHP - OAK) vs Thomas Shirley (LHP - HOU)
  • Tyler Anderson (LHP - COL) vs Yeiper Castillo (RHP - LAA)
  • James Needy (RHP - NYY) vs TBD (TEX)
  • Jonathan Cornelius (LHP - STL) vs Andy Ferguson (RHP - KC)


A+ - CAL

  • Brandon Sinnery (RHP - AZ) vs Martin Agosta (RHP - SF)
  • Joe Ross (RHP - SD) vs Tim Atherton (RHP - OAK)
  • Chris Anderson (RHP - LAD) vs Scott DeCecco (LHP - SEA)
  • TBD (CIN) vs Ben Alsup (RHP - COL)
  • TBD (HOU) vs Nate Smith (LHP - LAA)


A+ - CAR

  • TBD (CLE) vs Jonathan Dziedzic (LHP - KC)
  • Luis Parra (LHP - TEX) vs Branden Kline (RHP - BAL)
  • Braulio Ortiz (RHP - CWS) vs Nick Lee (LHP - WAS)
  • Andrew Waszak (RHP - ATL) vs TBD (BOS)


A+ - FSL

  • Ethan Stewart (LHP - PHI) vs Daniel Norris (LHP - TOR) *****DotD*****
  • Austin Brice (RHP - MIA) vs Brett Lee (LHP - MIN)
  • Jason Creasy (RHP - PIT) vs Austin Pruitt (RHP -TB)
  • Steven Matz (LHP - NYM) vs Joe Cuda (RHP - STL)
  • Yao-Lin Wang (RHP - CHC) vs Hobbs Johnson (LHP - MIL)
  • TBD (NYY) vs Edgar De La Rosa (RHP - DET)


A - MWL

  • Kohl Stewart (RHP - MIN) vs TBD (STL)
  • Amir Garrett (LHP - CIN) vs Braden Shipley (RHP - AZ)
  • Ronald Herrera (RHP - OAK) vs Daury Torrez (RHP - CHC)
  • Mitch Brown (RHP - CLE) vs Kendall Graveman (RHP - TOR)
  • Jordan Harrison (LHP - TB) vs Jonathon Crawford (RHP - DET)
  • Kent Emanuel (LHP - HOU) vs Jake Zokan (LHP - SEA)
  • Pete Kelich (RHP - SD) vs Luis Chirinos (RHP - LAD)
  • Tristan Archer (RHP - MIL) vs Michael Clevinger (RHP - LAA)


A - SAL

  • Dixon Anderson (RHP - WAS) vs Cody Dickson (LHP - PIT)
  • Robert Whalen (RHP - NYM) vs TBD (PHI)
  • TBD (NYY) vs Mitch Horacek (LHP - BAL)
  • TBD (KC) vs Teddy Stankiewicz (RHP - BOS)
  • Matt Millroy (RHP - MIA) vs David Ledbetter (RHP - TEX)
  • Robinson Leyer (RHP - CWS) vs Andry Ubiera (RHP - ATL)
  • TBD (COL) vs TBD (SF)

Duel of the Day

LHP Ethan Stewart (PHI - A+) vs LHP Daniel Norris (TOR - A+)

Injuries

  • Cardinals RF Oscar Taveras (day-to-day; left ankle injury) - 4/22
  • Orioles LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7 day DL; left knee sprain) - 4/21
  • Tigers 2B Devon Travis (7 day DL; right oblique strain) - 4/10
  • Mariners LHP James Paxton (15 day DL; left lat strain) - 4/8
  • Athletics SS Addison Russell (7 day DL; torn right hamstring) - 4/6
  • Cubs RF Jorge Soler (7 day DL; leg injury) - 4/4
  • Pirates CF Austin Meadows (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (60 day DL; TJS recovery) - 4/3
  • Padres LHP Max Fried (7 day DL; left forearm soreness) - 4/3
  • Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee (three to four weeks; left calf strain) - 3/24
  • Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (7 day DL; tight lower back) - 3/23
  • Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (15 day DL; right shoulder impingement) - 3/21
  • Twins CF Byron Buxton ("a couple of weeks"; left wrist sprain) - 3/16
  • Rays 2B Tim Beckham (season; torn right ACL) - 3/30
  • Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/23
  • Tigers RHP Bruce Rondon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/21
  • Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/14
  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/12

Previous Gameday Threads -

2013 Community Mock Draft Update - NL West

A quick recap of the 2013 stat lines from the Community Mock Draft last year.

Two divisions down, four to go as we finish off the recap of the National League. Give the NL Central and the NL East a peek and check back soon for the AL East. Let's get down to it, shall we?

Arizona Diamondbacks - Rockyburgher

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 15 Ryne Stanek RHP 1 29 TB INJ Did Not Play
1S 36 Billy McKinney CF 1 24 OAK R/A- 326/387/437/824, 70-215, 9 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 36 R, 26 RBI, 8-9 SB, 20-33 BB-K, 136 wRC+
2 52 Matt Krook LHP 1S 35 MIA - Went to Oregon
3 88 Buck Farmer RHP 5 156 DET A- 3.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 32 IP, 32 H (9.0/9), 7 BB (2.0/9), 33 K (9.3/9), 4.71 K/BB, 2.10 FIP
4 120 Chris Rivera 2B 7 215 STL R 195/255/353/609, 26-133, 6 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 18 R, 19 RBI, 1-2 SB, 9-33 BB-K, 81 wRC+

Colorado Rockies - Since 1993

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 3 Kris Bryant 3B 1 2 CHC R/A-/A+ 336/390/688/1078, 43-128, 14 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 22 R, 32 RBI, 1-1 SB, 11-35 BB-K
2 42 Bobby Wahl RHP 5 161 OAK R/A- 4.15 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 21.2 IP, 20 H (8.3/9), 8 BB (3.3/9), 28 K (11.6/9), 3.50 K/BB, 3.46 FIP
2 70 Kevin Ziomek LHP 2 58 DET A- 4.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8 IP, 5 H (5.7/9), 5 BB (5.7/9), 3 K (3.4/9), 0.60 K/BB, 4.97 FIP
3 77 Rowdy Tellez 1B 30 895 TOR R 234/319/371/690, 10-124, 5 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 10 R, 20 RBI, 1-1 SB, 15-26 BB-K, 105 wRC+
4 109 Brandon Bixler LHP 16 470 MIN R+/A 2.45 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 22 IP, 19 H (7.8/9), 12 BB (4.9/9), 30 K (12.3/9), 2.50 K/BB, 2.44 FIP

Los Angeles Dodgers - Thinkblue

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 18 Hunter Harvey RHP 1 22 BAL R/A- 1.78 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 25.1 IP, 21 H (7.5/9), 6 BB (2.1/9), 33 K (11.7/9), 5.50 K/BB, 1.39 FIP
2 56 Cavan Biggio 2B 29 871 PHI - Went to Notre Dame
3 92 Andrew Knapp C 2 53 PHI A- 253/340/401/741, 55-217, 20 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 30 R, 23 RBI, 7-12 SB, 22-57 BB-K, 128 wRC+
4 124 Cal Quantrill RHP 26 794 NYY - Went to Stanford

San Diego Padres - mrkupe

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 13 Trey Ball LHP 1 7 BOS R 6.43 ERA, 2.29 WHIP, 7 IP, 10 H (12.9/9), 6 BB (7.7/9), 5 K (6.4/9), 0.83 K/BB, 6.46 FIP
2 50 Devin Williams RHP 2 54 MIL R 3.38 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 34.2 IP, 28 H (7.3/9), 22 BB (5.7/9), 39 K (10.1/9), 1.77 K/BB, 4.01 FIP
2 69 Ryan McMahon 3B 2 42 COL R+ 321/402/583/984, 70-218, 18 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 42 R, 52 RBI, 4-10 SB, 28-59 BB-K, 147 wRC+
3 86 Carlos Salazar RHP 3 102 ATL R 6.92 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, 13 IP, 18 H (12.5/9), 5 BB (3.5/9), 14 K (9.7/9), 2.80 K/BB, 2.69 FIP
4 118 JaCoby Jones 2B 3 87 PIT A- 311/358/459/817, 19-61, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 14 R, 10 RBI, 3-5 SB, 3-14 BB-K, 146 wRC+

San Francisco Giants - free f.p. #14

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 25 Rob Kaminsky LHP 1 28 STL R 3.68 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 22 IP, 23 H (9.4/9), 9 BB (3.7/9), 28 K (11.5/9), 3.11 K/BB, 2.87 FIP
2 64 Trey Masek RHP 5 138 CHC R/A- 3.79 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 19 IP, 15 H (7.1/9), 10 BB (4.7/9), 21 K (10.0/9), 2.10 K/BB, 3.09 FIP
3 101 Mason Smith OF 4 118 SD R 209/297/326/622, 27-129, 11 2B, 2 3B 0 HR, 13 R, 11 RBI, 3-4 SB, 14-45 BB-K, 80 wRC+
4 132 Daniel Palka LF/1B 3 88 AZ R+/A- 310/392/516/908, 78-252, 21 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 46 R, 48 RBI, 3-5 SB, 36-61 BB-K, 136 wRC+

Prospect of the Day: George Springer, OF, Houston Astros

Earlier this week, we profiled Houston Astros first base prospect Jonathan Singleton, currently playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City. A few members of the Minor League Ball community asked for a complementary article on outfielder George Springer, which seems very approrpiate given that Springer is a top prospect actually on the big league roster. We aim to please, so here it is.

George Springer was Houston's first round pick in 2011, 11th overall, from the University of Connecticut. He was the last first round pick of the Ed Wade era but his combination of tools and skills would interest any baseball scout or executive of any background. Springer put up outstanding numbers in college, hitting .358//.454/.679 with 12 steals as a freshman, .337/.492/.658 with 33 steals in 35 attempts as a sophomore, and .350/.458/.624 with 31 steals in 38 attempts as a junior. There were some questions about his ability to make contact and maintain such batting averages against pro pitching, but his combination of power and speed was special.

Springer opened 2012 with Lancaster in the High-A California League, hitting .316/.398/.557 with 28 steals, 56 walks, and 131 strikeouts in 433 at-bats. That's a great hitting environment however, and he didn't perform as well after being promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting .219/.288/.342 in 22 games with 25 strikeouts in 73 at-bats. Of course, the issue there was sample size and even advanced college players can require some adjustment time when they reach Double-A.

Returned to Corpus Cristi to open '13, he hit .297/.399/.579 in 273 at-bats, with 19 homers, 42 walks, 23 steals, and 96 strikeouts. Promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, he remained hot with a .311/.425/.626 mark, 18 more home runs, 41 walks, 22 steals, and 65 strikeouts in 219 at-bats. He began '14 with Oklahoma again but clearly had nothing left to learn down there, hitting .353/.459/.647 in 13 games.



Springer is a 6-3, 200 pound right-handed hitter and thrower, born September 19, 1989. Even if he has problems against big league pitching, there's no point in sending him back to Triple-A: what he needs to learn he can only learn in the Show. His bat speed is simply too good for the minor leagues, which masks the problematic aspects in his game even against advanced Triple-A pitching.

Unlike some young players with contact issues, Springer makes an effort to work counts and will show the patience to draw walks. However, he can still get flummoxed by breaking stuff and I still doubt he will hit anywhere close to .300 against major league pitching, at least in the short run. That said, he has excellent power when he does make contact. He is also very fast and is adept at using that speed on the bases and in the outfield. He has a strong arm, too, running and throwing well enough to be a fine center fielder, although he 's playing right field in the majors so far.

Fantasy-wise, Springer should be a prime property contributing in multiple categories. Even if his batting average is erratic or disappointing, his broad base of skills will make him a long-term regular and a potential All-Star.

Calcaterra: Blogger Murray Chass attacks me for bad reporting, ignores quotes, evidence in doing so

Castellammare del Blogo. Murray, you’re a Hall of Famer, and for all the work that put you there, I respect you. But you have no more business being out there engaging in media criticism than 83-year-old Ernie Banks has being in the Cubs’ lineup against the Diamondbacks this afternoon. Less so, actually. Because while neither Banks nor you are likely to be able to catch up to a fastball these days, at least Banks isn’t blinded by bitterness and rage about not being active anymore. *I suppose there are many definitions of “blogger,” but the original and in my mind truest definition of the term is one who reads and synthesizes news and opinion on the Internet, forms his or her own opinions about it, links said news and opinions on his or her “web log” — which is where the word “blog” comes from — and talks about what he or she thinks about the matter. While, today, bloggers such as myself may work for large media organizations like NBC, the original promise of blogging was that it gave people not affiliated with the mainstream media a chance to write and opine about the issues of the day. In what way Murray Chass does not fit this definition is beyond me. He is a blogger in the purest and truest meaning of the word. In form — he writes a blog from his home in his free time — and in practice — he is using it to attack a writer from a large media organization — Chass is, in fact, the Platonic ideal of a blogger. He is keeping it so real as a blogger, he makes a guy like me — who considers himself a pretty decent blogger — look like some sort of sellout. A piker. Frankly, I’m a tad embarrassed at how much more of a legit blogger Chass is than me sometimes. So I shall no longer call him The Blogger Murray Chass.” I shall call him “King Blogger Murray Chass, O.G. Pimp Daddy Blogger Par Excellence.”

NY Times: The Upshot: Up Close on Baseball’s Borders

Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line. Mr. Rushin came up with the name — in honor of the late Yankee catcher Thurman Munson and the retired Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon — in 2003, and he had to guess where the line ran: “north of New Haven but south of Hartford, running the breadth of central Connecticut.” We don’t have to guess anymore. Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes. We can now clearly see that both Hartford and New Haven are in fact Yankee outposts. We can also determine the precise Chicago neighborhoods where White Sox jerseys stop being welcome and the central California town where the Dodgers cede fan favorite status to the Giants.

Toronto Star: Blue Jays pave way for grass at the Rogers Centre

A look at some of the challenges involved with installing natural grass at Rogers Centre. If only it were as simple as heading to Home Depot and picking up 143,000 square feet of sod. The four-year timeline before grass can be installed inside the Rogers Centre is based on a year of research and testing, followed by three years to produce the sod and grow the grass. “For grass in the spring of 2018, you’ve got to sow the seed in 2015,” said Eric Lyons, an associate professor of turfgrass sciences and physiology at the University of Guelph.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-24-2014

The lesser-known subplot of Wrigley Field’s first game, in the Toledo News-Bee, April 24, 1914:Court Officers Yank Pitcher Johnson, Late of Reds, From Chicago Federal League Game Chief Johnson, Indian twirler who jumped from the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Federals, expressed confidence on Friday that the court order restraining him from playing with the Packers will be dismissed… ... Papers were served on Johnson after he had pitched two innings at the Chifed opener. At the same time President Madison of the Kansas City club was enjoined from tampering with Cincinnati players now at the Cub park. Not really terribly well done by the KC Feds, allowing someone to get close enough to Johnson during a game to serve him a court order. Anyway, Johnson was in legal limbo for months and didn’t play again until July 25, when he threw a complete game for the Packers. When the Federal League died after the 1915 season, so did the Chief’s major league career. Shouldn’t really be much of a surprise that a decent but unspectacular pitcher who fought organized baseball in court didn’t have much of a career afterwards.

Matt Williams: No problem with Harper’s two-strike bunting

NATITUDE FLEX PACKS NO PUNCH! A strange play occurred in the sixth inning during the Nationals’ 5-4 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night. After Adam LaRoche singled off right-hander Jared Weaver to lead off, Bryce Harper tried to bunt for a hit on a 2-2 count, but he fouled out to catcher Chris Iannetta. Manager Matt Williams defended Harper, saying the Angels gave him the opportunity to bunt. “I’m not opposed to him laying a bunt down with two strikes. We’ve seen guys do it before,” Williams said. “If he gets that bunt down, it’s a base hit. I’m not concerned about that. He is trying to do things to help us win.” Two innings later, Harper hit a routine ground ball to first baseman Albert Pujols, who bobbled the ball. At first, Harper didn’t run hard to first base, but once he saw that Pujols couldn’t handle the grounder, Harper ran hard and was safe on the play. Pujols was charged with an error on the play. ...“He was safe at first base. That’s all I care about,” Williams said. “We are not asking him to go 100 percent all the time—as fast as he could possibly go, every single moment. Not everybody does. But what we expect is for him to give us a chance, and he gave us a chance on that play. The ball was mishandled by Albert and [Harper] kicked it in gear and got on first base. That’s all I care about.”

BU: Take Me Out to the MOOC Game

Now if they could only get Joe Moock to do the intro… Baseball’s opening day is behind us, but if you can’t get enough of this spring ritual, you can savor another opening day of sorts May 29, when a baseball-centered class debuts as BU’s first MOOC. Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics kicks off what ultimately will be five MOOCs (massive open online courses) BU will offer via edX, the online platform spearheaded by Harvard and MIT. MOOCs allow students around the world to take university classes free, for no credit. For sabermetrician Andy Andres, the MOOC is a chance to put online a course he taught for a decade in a traditional classroom setting at Tufts before coming to BU in 2000. It will be the first time he’s rolled out the course here in any form, and the prospect that a student with a laptop in Bora Bora could access it thrills him. “In the previous years that I have taught this course, there were many students who were not on campus and wanted to take it,” says Andres, a College of General Studies senior lecturer in natural sciences and mathematics. “The wonderful edX platform allows those students to take the class and learn something they want to learn.” Since MOOCs enable students to take the course at their own pace and at times convenient for them, Andres says, he can “focus so much more on content and student learning” rather than meeting a schedule.

Pelicans’ patient Gallo hits three homers | MiLB.com News

This guy could be scary good.A year ago, Gallo became the first teenager to hit 40 home runs in the Minors in over 50 years. His raw power—touted highly before he arrived in Class A Hickory—was on full display throughout the summer, but his plate approach was also often questioned. Gallo struck out in 37 percent of his plate appearances and batted just .245. He’s hitting .359 right now in large part because he’s drastically cut down on the strikeouts. His strikeout rate is 25.3 percent and his walk rate is up to 18.1 percent “I’m laying off pitches and deciding which pitch to hit and which not to hit,” he said. “That’s helped a lot so far. I’m laying off pitches in the dirt, laying off high pitches. Going up there with a plan of what they’re going to do to you.”

Full Count » Red Sox to call up right-hander Alex Wilson, option Daniel Nava

Nava had a great year in 2013. This year he has looked just awful on both sides of the ball. Still, I’m surprised they sent him down. Having options left is not good.

OMNICHATTER for 4-24-2014

The OMNICHATTER has never been ejected for having a foreign substance on it’s neck.

Keri: Slump City: Why Does the 2014 MLB Season Suddenly Feel Like 1968?

The first culprit is rising strikeout totals, as hitters have been whiffing more often than ever over the past few seasons. Through this many games in 2006, batters were striking out 18.7 percent of the time while netting a .265 batting average. That first figure has soared to 23.3 percent in 2014, an all-time high for this point in the season. In an attempt to figure out why hitters are striking out more than ever, Grantland contributor Ben Lindbergh hosted a panel discussion on Baseball Prospectus’s Effectively Wild podcast with Fox Sports writer Rob Neyer, Brooks Baseball and Baseball Prospectus contributor Harry Pavlidis, former major league pitcher Brian Bannister, and physics professor/baseball researcher Dr. Alan Nathan. Each of the panelists had a somewhat different theory. Pavlidis noted the introduction of PITCHf/x to umpires’ training programs in 2009, a move he says prompted umpires to start calling a larger and more standardized strike zone. Pavlidis found that 57 percent of the pitches that hitters take now get called as strikes, compared to 50 percent right before PITCHf/x supplanted QuesTec for umpire reviews. Nathan noted that pitchers are throwing harder than ever. Teams are drafting and developing bigger and stronger pitchers, and the net effect has been faster average pitch speeds, including more fastballs touching triple digits. According to ESPN Stats & Info research, the average velocity for all pitch types this season is 87.3 mph, while the average pitcher’s maximum pitch velocity is 94.1 mph. Compare that to April 2011, when those averages were 86.7 and 93.7, respectively. While those differences might seem negligible, Nathan pointed out that batters only have a fraction of a second to react to pitches. That means hitters’ muscle memory has been conditioned toward a certain pitch speed over thousands of repetitions, and even the slightest change can throw off their timing. Bannister noted that PED testing has hurt hitter performance and thus offensive results, though that topic’s a bit of a puzzler, since more stringent testing would presumably affect pitcher PED usage rates as well, and thus possibly deaden overall pitch speeds. Lindbergh suggested that one of the mantras of the analytical age — that high-strikeout pitchers are highly desirable, but high-strikeout hitters aren’t necessarily a problem — could be affecting personnel decisions. Neyer, meanwhile, subscribed to an all-of-the-ab theory, claiming that the rise in strikeouts has been somewhat organic. ...Trends don’t last forever in baseball. It took just one generation for the Year of the Pitcher to evolve into one of the highest-offense eras in the sport’s history, a shift brought on by everything from rule changes like lowering the mound, to more offense-friendly ballparks, to bats with thinner handles, to juiced balls, to juiced ball players. One way or another, the batting average decline will likely stop as well. It might take a while, though. Even if the rising strikeout rates are organic and thus subject to leveling off, teams have discovered run prevention gold with shifts. Clubs like the Astros will probably shift even more as long as doing so yields results, and teams that almost never shift, like the Rockies, will likely start once they’re forced to acknowledge how well the tack is working for the competition. There are ways to beat the shift, like shooting for the opposite field or bunting, but we’ve yet to reach the tipping point where a power hitter who sees a lot of shifts, like David Ortiz, decides to sacrifice home runs for singles. We might not even be close. This season probably won’t produce another ’68 Yaz situation. But the 73-year streak without a .400 hitter looks pretty damn safe, too. Thanks to Butch.

Michael Pineda ejected from Red Sox game after pine tar discovered on neck

No pine tar barren episode here. Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from his start against the Red Sox Wednesday night after umpires checked him for a foreign substance at the request of Boston manager John Farrell. Pineda could face a suspension from Major League Baseball, especially since Joe Torre, MLB’s VP of baseball operations, talked to Yankee GM Brian Cashman after Pineda was spotted with a similar substance on his palm during his last start against the Red Sox on April 10. Pineda obviously had a brown goop on his neck at the start of the second inning Wednesday. In his previous start against Boston, Pineda had a similar substance on his right palm, but the Red Sox never protested.

April 23, 2014

Game 21: Hamels makes season debut vs. L.A.

The long-awaited return of Cole Hamels comes Wednesday night against Zack Greinke and the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Beerleaguer is back -- and just in time for Hamels' season debut. The lefty has dominated the Dodgers in his career, going 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in seven starts. He's also beaten them three times in the playoffs. But this bunch isn't those Dodgers. Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner are batting...

Coliseum Authority accuses Athletics of not paying rent

Here’s A’s president Mike Crowley response to the Coliseum Authority’s accustaions below: “First, we owe no back rent or any other amounts. We did deduct rent payments in the past for items that we are allowed under our lease, but that was our negotiated right. Second, there is absolutely nothing in either our lease offer to them or their counter proposal to us that mentions any kind of subsidy. In fact, under our final offer we would immediately invest no less than $10 million in the facility and our rent would rise from the amounts that we have paid over the last decade. We have nothing additional to offer and as a result there will be no further negotiations.”

Doyel: How was Gerrit Cole not suspended? He basically started the brawl

Doy-El…still trying to convince his colleagues that doom awaits! Let me get this straight. Baseball has suspended four people because of the brawl on Sunday between the Brewers and Pirates—but didn’t suspend the guy who started the damn thing? That would be Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, and don’t look at me like that. If you’re here to argue with me, I know both your issues already: One, you say Gerrit Cole never threw a punch, never fought with anyone, therefore he can’t be suspended for his role in a brawl. Two, you say Gerrit Cole didn’t start this thing anyway; Carlos Gomez started it by pimping his home run triple. If you’re saying either (or both) of those things, then you have a third issue: You’re wrong. Here’s why: Cole started that fight just as surely as the slowest driver on the Interstate started the 12-car pileup behind him. That guy scooting along at 52 miles an hour avoided the crash, doesn’t even know it happened, but it’s his fault. He’s the one screwing up, causing a chain reaction that resulted in 12 cars piling up while he goes about his business, blissfully unaware of his role in the whole thing. That’s Cole, minus the unaware part. He knows he started this fight. And if you don’t know that, you’re either (A) a Pirates fan, which is understandable because we support our own and I support that, or (B) you’re so mad at Gomez for Disrespecting The Game that you failed to see what Cole did to turn a run-of-the-mi baseball code violation into a five-alarm fire. ...Cole just made a small event a monster one, because Major League players don’t like being cursed at by an opponent on the field. Do they like being shown up by a batter? No, they don’t like that either. Gomez played his role in this fight by doing that, but Gerrit Cole absolutely escalated things by cursing out Gomez. After that, the fight was on. Gomez barked back, the benches emptied, and testosterone took over. Gomez himself went ballistic, and that’s on him. He’s not an innocent bystander in this, not some poor guy who doesn’t deserve the three-game ban he got. He deserves every inning of his suspension, and should probably get another game or two tacked on for having the audacity to appeal it. But Cole deserves a suspension, too. This fight doesn’t happen without him. There are no winners in what happened Sunday at PNC Park, only losers. But Gerrit Cole didn’t lose, somehow. Baseball let him slink off down the road, laughing in his rear-view mirror at the carnage he helped cause.

Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 23

Gregory Polanco keeps annihilating AAA while Masahiro Tanaka continues to be allergic to walking people.

Hey folks, welcome back to the Gameday. I'm pressed for time today so no recaps, but all the juicy details I usually go over can be found below in the Top 100. We have a pair of Top 100 pitching match ups, leading to a tasty pair of Duels of the Day and we also have the rest of the probable starters for today. Enjoy!

The Top 100

Position Players

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
1 (1) A+ Byron Buxton, CF MIN - - - - - - Left wrist sprain
2 (2) MLB Xander Bogaerts, SS BOS 4 0 1 1 0 0 2B (3), K
3 (3) AAA Oscar Taveras, RF STL - - - - - - Left ankle injury
4 (5) AAA Javier Baez, SS CHC 5 1 2 3 0 0 3B (1), 2 K
6 (7) A+ Carlos Correa, SS HOU 4 0 2 0 0 0 2B (3), K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
7 (8) AA Kris Bryant, 3B CHC 5 1 3 0 0 0 2B (5), K, E (4 – F)
8 (10) AAA Gregory Polanco, CF PIT 5 3 3 4 1 1 HR (3), SB (3), 2 K
9 (13) AA Francisco Lindor, SS CLE 3 0 1 1 0 0 BB, 2 K
10 (14) AA Addison Russell, SS OAK - - - - - - Torn right hamstring
11 (17) AAA Maikel Franco, 3B PHI 4 0 0 0 0 0
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
12 (18) MLB George Springer, CF HOU 4 0 0 0 0 0 BB, 3 K
13 (25) MLB Nick Castellanos, 3B DET 3 0 1 1 0 0 2B (3), SF, K
14 (27) AA Austin Hedges, C SD 3 0 1 0 0 0 HBP, K, E (2 – T), PO
15 (29) MLB Jose Abreu, 1B CWS 3 2 2 1 1 0 HR (6), K
16 (34) AAA Joc Pederson, CF LAD 4 0 1 1 0 0 BB, K, PO
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
17 (35) AA Gary Sanchez, C NYY 3 1 0 0 0 0 BB, 2 K
18 (36) A+ Albert Almora, CF CHC 5 0 1 1 0 0 2B (5), K, SF
19 (37) A+ Corey Seager, SS LAD 5 1 1 4 0 0 3B (2), K
20 (38) MLB Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM 3 0 0 0 0 0
21 (41) AA Jorge Soler, RF CHC - - - - - - Leg injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
22 (42) AA Rougned Odor, 2B TEX 4 1 1 0 0 0 K
23 (43) MLB Billy Hamilton, CF CIN 5 1 2 0 0 1 SB (8), 2 K
24 (47) A+ Raul Mondesi, SS KC





DNP
25 (48) A Clint Frazier, CF CLE 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 K
26 (49) A Austin Meadows, CF PIT - - - - - - Right hamstring strain
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
27 (50) MLB Jackie Bradley, CF BOS 3 0 1 0 0 0
28 (54) A+ Jorge Alfaro, C TEX





DNP
29 (58) MLB Kolten Wong, 2B STL 4 0 0 0 0 0
30 (60) A+ Joey Gallo, 3B TEX





DNP
31 (61) A Colin Moran, 3B MIA - - - - - - Minor knee injury
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
32 (66) MLB Chris Owings, SS AZ 3 0 1 0


33 (69) AAA Christian Bethancourt, C ATL 3 0 0 0 0 0 E (1 – T), PB
34 (70) AAA Stephen Piscotty, RF STL 4 0 3 2 0 0 2B (5)
35 (72) AAA Matt Davidson, 3B CWS 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
36 (73) AA Blake Swihart, C BOS 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 K
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
37 (74) AAA Garin Cecchini, 3B BOS 4 1 1 0 0 1 SB (1), 3 K
38 (75) AA Mookie Betts, 2B BOS 4 2 2 0 0 2 2 SB (7), 2 BB
39 (76) AA Alen Hanson, SS PIT 5 3 3 1 0 0 3B (3), K
40 (78) A JP Crawford, SS PHI 4 2 2 0 0 1 SB (5), K
41 (79) AAA Jake Marisnick, CF MIA 3 0 1 0 0 0 BB, SAC, OF Assist (Home)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
42 (80) A+ Hunter Renfroe, RF SD 2 1 1 2 1 0 HR (6), BB
43 (81) A Reese McGuire, C PIT





DNP
44 (82) AAA Jon Singleton, 1B HOU 4 1 1 2 1 0 HR (8), SF, K
45 (84) AA Devon Travis, 2B DET - - - - - - Right oblique strain
46 (85) A+ DJ Peterson, 3B SEA





DNP
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
47 (86) A+ Rosell Herrera, 3B COL 3 0 0 0 0 0
48 (90) AA Jorge Bonifacio, RF KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 K
49 (91) MLB Marcus Semien, 2B CWS 5 1 2 0 0 0 2B (4), 2 K, E (3 – F)
50 (92) A Dominic Smith, 1B NYM 2 0 0 0 0 1 SB (1), BB
51 (93) AAA Taylor Lindsey, 2B LAA 4 1 1 0 0 0
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
52 (94) A David Dahl, CF COL 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
53 (97) A+ Nick Williams, LF TEX





DNP
54 (98) MLB Michael Choice, CF TEX 3 1 2 1 0 0 2 BB
55 (100) AAA Arismendy Alcantara, 2B CHC 5 2 2 2 1 0 HR (2), 2B (7), 2 K

Pitchers

Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (4) MLB Masahiro Tanaka, RHP NYY 7.1 7 2 2 0 7 73 S, 32 B, 9 GO, 6 FO, W (3-0)
2 (9) AAA Archie Bradley, RHP AZ






3 (11) MLB Taijuan Walker, RHP SEA






4 (12) AA Jon Gray, RHP COL






5 (15) MLB Dylan Bundy, RHP BAL - - - - - - Right elbow – recovering from TJS
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
6 (16) AAA Noah Syndergaard, RHP NYM






7 (19) AA Robert Stephenson, RHP CIN






8 (20) AAA Kevin Gausman, RHP BAL






9 (21) A Lucas Giolito, RHP WAS 4 3 3 2 3 5 HBP, 4 GO, 3 FO
10 (22) EST Jameson Taillon, RHP PIT - - - - - - Right elbow – recovering from TJS
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
11 (23) AA Kyle Zimmer, RHP KC - - - - - - No injury, will begin 5/20
12 (24) AA Eddie Butler, RHP COL






13 (26) MLB Yordano Ventura, RHP KC






14 (28) AA CJ Edwards, RHP CHC






15 (30) AA Andrew Heaney, LHP MIA






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
16 (31) MLB Carlos Martinez, RHP STL






17 (32) AA Aaron Sanchez, RHP TOR






18 (33) AA Kyle Crick, RHP SF






19 (39) A+ Mark Appel, RHP HOU






20 (40) AA Henry Owens, LHP BOS






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
21 (44) AA Matt Wisler, RHP SD






22 (45) AAA Alex Meyer, RHP MIN






23 (46) A+ Tyler Glasnow, RHP PIT - - - - - - Back stiffness
24 (51) A+ Julio Urias, LHP LAD






25 (52) A Kohl Stewart, RHP MIN






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
26 (53) EST Max Fried, LHP SD - - - - - - Left forarm soreness
27 (55) AAA Marcus Stroman, RHP TOR






28 (56) AAA Edwin Escobar, LHP SF






29 (57) A+ Lucas Sims, RHP ATL






30 (59) AAA Mike Foltynewicz, RHP HOU






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
31 (62) A Braden Shipley, RHP AZ






32 (63) MLB Erik Johnson RHP CWS






33 (64) AA Nick Kingham, RHP PIT






34 (65) AA Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP BAL






35 (67) MLB Jake Odorizzi, RHP TB






Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
36 (68) AAA Rafael Montero, RHP NYM






37 (71) AA Jesse Biddle, LHP PHI






38 (77) A+ Lance McCullers, RHP HOU






39 (83) AAA Trevor Bauer, RHP CLE 6.2 6 1 1 3 3 63 S, 37 B, 7 GO, 5 FO, W (2-0)
40 (87) AA Pierce Johnson, RHP CHC 4 4 3 3 4 5 44 S, 34 B, 0 GO, 3 FO, L (0-1)
Rank (Ovr) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
41 (88) AAA Allen Webster, RHP BOS






42 (89) EST Trey Ball, LHP BOS - - - - - - No injury, awaiting assignment
43 (95) AAA Zach Lee, RHP LAD






44 (96) AAA Jimmy Nelson, RHP MIL






45 (99) MLB James Paxton, LHP SEA - - - - - - Left lat strain

Duels of the Day

Org Rank BA (JS) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
23 (10) AA Jon Moscot, RHP CIN 6 6 4 3 4 3 65 S, 36 B, 8 GO, 4 FO
4 (3) AA Justin Nicolino, LHP MIA 4.2 7 4 4 2 1 WP, HBP, 61 S, 31 B, 8 GO, 3 FO, E (1 – F)
Org Rank BA (JS) Level Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (1) A Lucas Giolito, RHP WAS 4 3 3 2 3 5 HBP, 4 GO, 3 FO
25 (X) A Chase Johnson, RHP SF 5 3 0 0 2 6 7 GO, 0 FO

Probable Starters

AAA - IL

  • Alex Meyer (RHP - MIN) vs Allen Webster (RHP - BOS) *****Co DotD*****
  • Nate Karns (RHP - TB) vs Deunte Heath (RHP - CWS)
  • TBD (PIT) vs Robbie Ray (LHP - DET)
  • Suk-min Yoon (RHP - BAL) vs Barry Enright (RHP - PHI)
  • Blake Treinen (RHP - WAS) vs TBD (CIN)
  • Mitch Atkins (RHP - ATL) vs TJ House (LHP - CLE)
  • Kyle Drabek (RHP - TOR) vs Chase Whitley (RHP - NYY)


AAA - PCL

  • League-wide off day


AA - EL

  • Clayton Blackburn (RHP - SF) vs Jesse Biddle (LHP - PHI) *****Co DotD*****
  • Aaron Sanchez (RHP - TOR) vs DJ Baxendale (RHP - MIN)
  • Robert Gilliam (RHP - WAS) vs Nick Kingham (RHP - PIT)
  • Will Roberts (RHP - CLE) vs Zach Nuding (RHP-  NYY)
  • Kyle Ryan (LHP - DET) vs Zach Davies (RHP - BAL)
  • Keith Couch (RHP - BOS) vs Greg Peavey (RHP - NYM)


AA - SL

  • Michael Lorenzen (RHP - CIN) vs Jose Urena (RHP - MIA)
  • JR Graham (RHP - ATL) vs Grayson Garvin (LHP - TB)
  • Byan Woodall (RHP - AZ) vs Brent Suter (LHP - MIL)
  • Corey Black (RHP - CHC) vs Terry Doyle (RHP - CWS)
  • Garrett Gould (RHP - LAD) vs Cam Hobson (LHP - SEA)


AA - TL

  • Jon Gray (RHP - COL) vs Kramer Sneed (LHP - LAA)
  • Chris Jensen (RHP - OAK) vs Luis Cruz (LHP - HOU)
  • Sam Gaviglio (RHP - STL) vs Sam Selman (LHP - KC)
  • Devin Jones (RHP - SD) vs Alec Asher (RHP - TEX)


A+ - CAL

  • Mark Appel (RHP - HOU) vs Tyler DeLoach (LHP - LAA)
  • Jesse Darrah (RHP - AZ) vs Joan Gregorio (RHP - SF)
  • TBD (CIN) vs Jayson Aquino (LHP - COL)
  • Bryan Rodriguez (RHP - SD) vs Josh Bowman (RHP - OAK)
  • Fabio Martinez (RHP - LAD) v Tyler Olson (LHP - SEA)


A+ - CAR

  • Sam Wolff (RHP - TEX) vs Brady Wager (RHP - BAL)
  • Tony Bucciferro (RHP - CWS) vs Pedro Encarnacion (RHP - WAS)
  • Jarrett Miller (RHP - ATL) vs TBD (BOS)
  • DJ Brown (RHP - CLE) vs Yender Caramo (RHP - KC)


A+ - FSL

  • Rob Zastryzny (LHP - CHC) vs Jeb Stefan (RHP - PHI)
  • Gabriel Ynoa (RHP - NYM) vs Mike Mayers (RHP - STL)
  • Orlando Castro (LHP - PIT) vs Breudlin Suero (LHP - TB)
  • Jorge Lopez (RHP - MIL) vs Dan Camarena (LHP - NYY)
  • Jesse Hernandez (RHP - TOR) vs Yorfrank Lopez (RHP - DET)
  • TBD (MIA) vs Tyler Duffey (RHP - MIN)


A - MWL

  • Dylan Covey (RHP - OAK) vs Tyler Skulina (RHP - CHC)
  • Adam Plutko (RHP - CLE) vs Adonys Cardona (RHP - TOR)
  • Jacob Faria (RHP - TB) vs Chad Green (RHP - DET)
  • Payton Baskette (LHP - SD) vs James Campbell (RHP - LAD)
  • Ismael Guillon (LHP - CIN) vs Adam Miller (RHP - AZ)
  • Ethan Mildren (RHP - MIN) vs Arturo Reyes (RHP - STL)
  • Chris Lee (LHP - HOU) vs Carlos Misell (RHP - SEA)
  • Anthony Banda (LHP - MIL) vs Clint Sharp (RHP - LAA)


A - SAL

  • Tyler Danish (RHP - CWS) vs Buddy Borden (RHP - PIT)
  • Zach Jemiola (RHP - COL) vs Jamie Callahan (RHP - BOS)
  • Luis Santos (RHP - KC) vs Akeem Bostick (RHP - TEX)
  • Austin Voth (RHP - WAS) vs Luis Ysla (LHP - SF)
  • Brady Lail (RHP - NYY) vs Alejandro Arteaga (RHP - PHI)
  • Domingo German (RHP - MIA) vs Jared Dettmann (LHP - ATL)
  • Ricky Knapp (RHP - NYM) vs Steven Brault (LHP - BAL)


Duel of the Day

RHP Alex Meyer (MIN - AAA) vs RHP Allen Webster (BOS - AAA)

RHP Clayton Blackburn (SF - AA) vs LHP Jesse Biddle (PHI - AA)

Injuries

  • Cardinals RF Oscar Taveras (day-to-day; left ankle injury) - 4/22
  • Orioles LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (7 day DL; left knee sprain) - 4/21
  • Tigers 2B Devon Travis (7 day DL; right oblique strain) - 4/10
  • Mariners LHP James Paxton (15 day DL; left lat strain) - 4/8
  • Athletics SS Addison Russell (7 day DL; torn right hamstring) - 4/6
  • Cubs RF Jorge Soler (7 day DL; leg injury) - 4/4
  • Pirates CF Austin Meadows (7 day DL; right hamstring strain) - 4/3
  • Marlins 3B Colin Moran (7 day DL: minor knee injury) - 4/3
  • Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (60 day DL; TJS recovery) - 4/3
  • Padres LHP Max Fried (7 day DL; left forearm soreness) - 4/3
  • Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee (three to four weeks; left calf strain) - 3/24
  • Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (7 day DL; tight lower back) - 3/23
  • Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (15 day DL; right shoulder impingement) - 3/21
  • Twins CF Byron Buxton ("a couple of weeks"; left wrist sprain) - 3/16
  • Rays 2B Tim Beckham (season; torn right ACL) - 3/30
  • Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/23
  • Tigers RHP Bruce Rondon (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/21
  • Dodgers RHP Ross Stripling (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/14
  • Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; right elbow - TJS) - 3/12

Previous Gameday threads -

April 21
April 22

Reds prospect Ben Lively mows down California League

Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Ben Lively is making mincemeat of the High-A California League. Last night he threw six shutout innings against Modesto, allowing one hit and one walk, fanning ten. The walk was the first free pass he's given up all year: through 23 innings over four starts, Lively has a 33/1 K/BB ratio. He's allowed eight hits total in those four starts, holding Cal League hitters to a .105 average.

I suggest you check Lively's availability if you are in a fantasy league with deep farm systems and long-term keepers.

Lively was a fourth round pick last June from the University of Central Florida. He was quite successful in college (2.04 ERA, 101/28 K/BB in 106 innings last spring) but lasted until the fourth round because his delivery is a bit unconventional. It adds deception though and helps his stuff (89-95 MPH fastball, solid curveball, slider, changeup) play up. He throws strikes obviously and has a good feel for changing speeds.

Here are two views of his delivery. The first was taken last week by Prospect Notes:

The second was taken a couple of years ago in the Cape Cod League and gives you the view behind home plate.


It looks to me like Lively has picked up a little size since the Cape Cod League; he was listed at 6-3, 180 then and is 6-4, 190 now.

He was too good for the Pioneer League after being drafted last year and looks too good for the Cal League right now. His current minor league career stats: 64 innings, 0.70 ERA, 89/14 K/BB ratio, one homer allowed, 39 hits allowed, 12.52 K/9, 1.97 BB/9.

While it is not unusual for college pitchers to dominate the low minors, few do it to this extent, and I'd have to expect that a promotion to Double-A could happen very quickly. Lively is not a smoke-and-mirrors guy; he has legitimate stuff and could be a number three starter at the big league level if he maintains this sort of command.

Don't sleep on this guy.

Prospect of the Day: Luis Sardinas, INF, Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers promoted infielder Luis Sardinas to the major league roster this week. Although Jurickson Profar and Rounged Odor receive more attention when Rangers infield prospects are discussed, Sardinas is an intriguing player in his own right and is our subject for today's Prospect of the Day.

Sardinas was a big-dollar signing, earning $1,200,000 out of Venezuela in 2009 (Profar got $1,550,000 at the same time). He was considered a very advanced defensive player for his age with a chance to hit once he matured physically. Injuries struck almost immediately: a broken finger limited him to just 26 games in the Arizona Rookie League in 2010, and a more severe shoulder dislocation kept him to just 14 more contests in '11. He hit well both years (.311/.363/.350 and .308/.367/.385), showing contact hitting skills and good speed with 10 steals combined, but obviously needing to prove his durability.

Shoulder problems continued to nag him in '12 but he played 96 games for Low-A Hickory, hitting .291/.346/.356 with 32 steals, 29 walks, and 52 strikeouts in 374 at-bats. He finally played a full season in '13, seeing 128 games between High-A Myrtle Beach (.298/.358/.360 in 383 at-bats) and Double-A Frisco (.258/.286/.311 in 135 at-bats). He stole 32 bases on the year.

Sardinas opened '14 back with Frisco, hitting .226/.255/.264 in 13 games before his promotion. Odor is outhitting him slightly (.243/.286/.386) but Sardinas was already on the 40-man roster and Odor isn't, so when the Rangers needed an infielder he was the more logical one to promote.

Listed at 6-1, 170, Sardinas is a switch-hitter born May 16, 1993. As you likely assume from his Double-A performance, he isn't a refined hitter at this point and is not going to provide a big hitting boost for your fantasy team. His best offensive tool is speed: he could steal 20 or more bases per season if he gets on base enough. Alas, that could be a problem, at least in the short run. Although he was an effective contact hitter at lower levels, his complete lack of power has been a serious issue in Double-A and his production at that level has been inadequate. He is young enough to gain some strength and improve a great deal, but it hasn't happened yet.

His defense is well ahead of his offense at this point. His arm is very strong, his range is above average, and he has quick hands. He'll botch routine plays occasionally but he also reaches balls most infielders can't touch. With more experience he should be an excellent defender.

It is likely that Sardinas will have a long major league career, but the shape of that career is uncertain. If he maxes out his hitting skills, he could be an All-Star. If his hitting improves somewhat but not to the maximal projection, he could still be a long-term regular due to his glovework and speed contributions. If the bat remains inadequate, he could still be a useful utility player.

In all cases, Sardinas needs more time in the high minors and a short-term fantasy impact should not be anticipated. He is a long-term investment with an unclear (though potentially special) payoff.

Matt Harvey of New York Mets deletes Twitter account after controversial tweet

Please report to the Amway office for personality removal. #davidwrightMatt Harvey’s Twitter account is outta here. Harvey’s final tweet Tuesday created a stir. On the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John procedure, the rehabbing New York Mets ace tweeted “I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already.#tommyjohn” and attached a photo of himself from his hospital bed in October, with his middle finger raised. Shortly thereafter, the tweet disappeared. Then Harvey’s entire Twitter account was deleted. He had amassed more than 100,000 followers. The Mets confirmed requesting that the tweet be deleted because it contained a photo with a potentially offensive gesture, but added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey. Harvey confirmed that sequence of events….He said his mother took the photo as he was heading into surgery on Oct. 22. “I think I looked up at the calendar and realized it’s been six months. And I was kind of surprised,” Harvey said. “So I went back and looked at some of the pictures that my mother was taking before surgery, and kind of got a good chuckle at that one. ... That was how I felt going into surgery, realizing it was going to be a pretty long process ahead of me. It was all fun and games. It was me showing a little bit of my personality before surgery. “I’m not going to apologize for being myself and having a good laugh at a funny little picture. I’ve kind of had enough with Twitter and, I guess, not being able to show your personal side. I’ll keep those pictures to myself.”

The Five “Acts” of Ike Davis’s Career, and Why Trading Ike Was a Mistake

Let’s recap Acts 1 through V: Act I, 2010 and 2011: .271/.357/.460 over 750 plate appearances, 26 HR, 123 OPS+ Act II, early 2012: .202/.276/.404 in 344 plate appearances Act III, late 2012: .256/.354/.551 in 240 plate appearances Act IV, early 2013: .161/.242/.258 in 207 plate appearances Act V, late 2013: .267/.429/.443 in 170 plate appearances When I look at the various ups and downs in Ike’s career, I don’t see a player who cratered without explanation from a potential wunderkind in 2009-2011 to a dud thereafter.  I see a player who has been overall working his way toward a successful major league career, but who had two incredibly long and deep troughs.  You don’t luck your way into being that good, and you don’t luck your way into being that bad.  Other things are at play.

4 balls, you’re out!

I have an idea: steroids for the replay guys.

Morosi: Diamondbacks’ growing gloom might mean doom for manager or GM

Grit ain’t grocery Eggs ain’t poultry And Kirk Gibson ain’t the man The Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to lead the league in grit. Purportedly, that was the rationale behind the Justin Upton trade two offseasons ago. The swashbuckling leadership team of Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson wanted their guys to play hard, drill opposing hitters when necessary and teach Yasiel Puig a few lessons in major league decorum. Now they have the worst record in baseball, 5-18. With a 9-2 loss to the nearly-as-woeful Cubs on Tuesday, Arizona dropped to 1-4 on a road trip that could determine the fates of Towers and/or Gibson. And if the Diamondbacks are resolved to save their bosses’ jobs, they aren’t playing—or even talking—like it. ...McCarthy, a nine-year veteran, said he had played on bad teams before. Each seemed to have some positivity and “rays of hope,” he said. As for the ‘14 Diamondbacks . . . “This is different,” McCarthy said somberly. Chavez’s statements were perhaps even more damning. “I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest with you,” Chavez said. “I’ve been on teams that weren’t very good, but at least I felt like we were competitive. So, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. “It definitely wasn’t what we anticipated. We had a couple pitchers [ace Patrick Corbin and reliever David Hernandez] go down early, which was disheartening. But everybody’s had injuries. This is about as bad of a start as anybody could imagine.” We would expect a “gritty” team to come from behind and win. The Diamondbacks haven’t. They’ve won only two games this season in which they trailed—and one was way back on April 1. In fact, the Diamondbacks are 1-15 when the opposition scores first. What happened to the steadfastness they displayed last year, when, according to STATS LLC, they ranked fifth in all of baseball with 42 comeback wins?

2013 Community Mock Draft Update - NL Central

A quick update on how every team's picks fared last year.

The Community Mock Draft we held last year was a really fun event that I know I'm looking forward to this year. Part of the fun is looking back to see how the picks played out. Check out the NL East here after you check out how the NL Central picks fared.

Chicago Cubs - vivafakethirdtofirst?

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 2 Jon Gray RHP 1 3 COL R+/A+ 1.93 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 37.1 IP, 25 H (6.0/9), 8 BB (1.9/9), 51 K (12.3/9), 6.38 K/BB, 1.88 FIP
2 41 Chris Okey C 31 928 SD - Went to Clemson
3 75 Casey Shane RHP 6 171 CLE R 6.52 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 29 IP, 33 H (10.2/9), 16 BB (5.0/9), 22 K (6.8/9), 1.38 K/BB, 4.70 FIP
4 108 Kyle Crockett LHP 4 111 CLE A-/A/AA 0.36 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 24.2 IP, 16 H (5.8/9), 5 BB (1.8/9), 32 K (11.7/9), 6.40 K/BB, 1.86 FIP

Cincinatti Reds - LyreFire

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 27 Aaron Judge OF 1 32 NYY - Did Not Play - Injury
1S 38 Oscar Mercado SS 2 57 STL R 209/290/307/597, 34-163, 5 2B, 4 3B, 1 HR, 18 R, 14 RBI, 12-16 SB, 17-39 BB-K, 81 wRC+
2 67 Teddy Stankiewicz RHP 2 45 BOS A- 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 19.2 IP, 17 H (7.8/9), 2 BB (0.9/9), 15 K (6.9/9), 7.50 K/BB, 2.69 FIP
3 104 Sam Moll LHP 3 77 COL A- 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 30 IP, 20 H (6.0/9), 10 BB (3.0/9), 29 K (8.7/9), 2.90 K/BB, 2.38 FIP
4 135 Matt McPhearson OF 4 120 AZ R 200/311/238/550, 26-130, 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 20 R, 7 RBI, 15-18 SB, 21-45 BB-K, 68 wRC+

Milwaukee Brewers - mlbprospectpulse

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
2 54 Blake Taylor LHP 2 51 PIT R 2.57 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 21 IP, 7 H (3.0/9), 9 BB (3.9/9), 13 K (5.6/9), 1.44 K/BB, 3.65 FIP
2 72 Michael Lorenzen RHP 1S 38 CIN R/A/A+/AA 3.00 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 21 IP, 20 H (8.6/9), 13 BB (5.6/9), 19 K (8.1/9), 1.46 K/BB
3 90 Michael O'Neill OF 3 103 NYY A- 219/282/293/575, 56-256, 17 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 26 R, 14 RBI, 9-16 SB, 14-93 BB-K, 78 wRC+
4 122 Christian Arroyo SS 1 25 SF R 326/388/511/898, 60-184, 18 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 47 R, 39 RBI, 3-5 SB, 19-32 BB-K, 145 wRC+

Pittsburgh Pirates - backtocali

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 9 Reese McGuire C 1 14 PIT R/A- 323/380/380/760, 62-190, 11 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 33 R, 21 RBI, 6-7 SB, 16-19 BB-K, 127 wRC+
1 14 Chris Anderson RHP 1 18 LAD A 1.96 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 46 IP, 32 H (6.3/9), 24 BB (4.7/9), 50 K (9.8/9), 2.08 K/BB, 2.79 FIP
2 51 Connor Jones RHP 21 628 SD - Went to Virginia
3 87 Ryon Healy 1B 3 100 OAK R/A- 230/255/402/658, 40-174, 10 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 16 R, 29 RBI, 2-3 SB, 5-28 BB-K, 91 wRC+
4 119 Akeem Bostick RHP 2 62 TEX R 2.83 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 41.1 IP, 42 H (9.1/9), 12 BB (2.6/9), 33 K (7.2/9), 2.75 K/BB, 3.35 FIP

St. Louis Cardinals - kicker31

Rd Pick Name Position Actual Round Acutal Pick Actual Team 2013 Level 2013 Stats
1 19 Phil Bickford RHP 1 10 TOR - Went to Cal State Fullerton
1 28 Alex Gonzalez RHP 1 23 TEX A-/A+ 3.80 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 42.2 IP, 45 H (9.5/9), 16 BB (3.4/9), 35 K (7.4/9), 2.19 K/BB, 3.50 FIP
2 57 Ryan Boldt OF 22 653 BOS - Went to Nebraska
3 93 Myles Smith RHP 4 113 BOS
1.69 ERA, 0.47 WHIP, 10.2 IP, 5 H (4.2/9), 0 BB (0.0/9), 12 K (10.1/9), 12.0 K/BB, 1.40 FIP
4 125 Stephen Tarpley LHP 3 98 BAL R 2.14 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 21 IP, 20 H (8.6/9), 3 BB (1.3/9), 25 K (10.7/9), 8.33 K/BB, 1.79 FIP

MLB takes a swing at the video game business

MLB Advanced Media, the league’s digital arm, has released a baseball video game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Apple mobile devices. The game itself, RBI Baseball ‘14, is fairly conventional, but its release is not: It marks the first time a major professional sports league has developed its own console game. “MLBAM has done some games before, but online mobile games,” said Samit Sarkar, reporter for the video game news site Polygon. “It’s something new for a league to do a bigger console title like this.”

The rise and fall of Ike Davis’ New York Mets | Capital New York

I like Ike. I’ve been sitting on him for a few years in various fantasy leagues. At this point, I’m just happy he’s out of New York, so I can finally find out if my belief in him is misguided or not.

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-23-2014

[Keokuk, Iowa] Daily Gate City, April 23, 1914:Chilly atmosphere that threatened to cut the bleacher attendance, was dished up today for the opening of the new Chicago Federal park, when the Kansas City Packers meet [sic] the Chifeds. Despite interference by the weather man, Owner Weeghman predicted a crowd of 20,000, the reserve seat section having been sold out three weeks ago. Corporation Counsel Sexton was to hurl the first ball. Weeghman Park firsts: First batter: Chet Chadbourne First pitch in an actual game: Claude Hendrix First home run: Art Wilson, solo shot off of Ben Harris First world championship: (I’m an Indians fan. I kid because I acutely feel your pain, Cubs fans.)

OMNICHATTER for 4/23/2014

In which baseball players continue to play baseball…

April 22, 2014

College Baseball Weekend Roundup (Apr. 18-20)

Easter weekend of college baseball is in the books as we approach the month of May.

It's about that time that the bracketologists break out their tourney predictions with just month left in the regular season. Here's how the field is currently shaping up according to Kendall Rogers at PerfectGame.org. Virginia still holds down the fort as the number one team in the country but a surprise team out West is hot their heels if the Cavaliers are to slip up anytime soon.

We also now have an official list of those on the Golden Spikes Award watch list, kind of a "who's who" of college baseball right now. Potential 1st overall pick and high schooler Brady Aiken is also on the list for some reason. I guess stud high schoolers are eligible for the award too.

The complete 2014 preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List is as follows:

Name, Position, Class, School

- Brady Aiken, LHP, Senior, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS

- Brian Anderson, IF, Junior, Arkansas

- Brett Austin, C, Junior, NC State

- Tyler Beede, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt

- Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine

- Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville

- Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State

- Austin Cousino, OF, Junior, Kentucky

- J.D. Davis, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton

- Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington

- Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi

- Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara

- Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton

- Erick Fedde, RHP, Junior, UNLV

- Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU

- Blake Fox, LHP, Sophomore, Rice

- Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville

- Clinton Freeman, OF, Sophomore, East Tennessee State

- Jeff Gardner, OF, Senior, Louisville

- Aaron Garza, RHP, Junior, Houston

- Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State

- Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina

- Chris Haddeland, RHP, Junior, Linfield

- Ian Happ, IF, Sophomore, Cincinnati

- Seth Harrison, OF, Senior, Louisiana Lafayette

- Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly

- Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary

- Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia

- Ross Kivett, IF, Senior, Kansas State

- Ryan McBroom, OF, Senior, West Virginia

- Daniel Miles, IF, Junior, Tennessee Tech

- DJ Miller, IF, Senior, Delaware State

- Corey Miller, RHP, Senior, Pepperdine

- Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine

- Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast

- Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, LSU

- Mike Papi, OF, Junior, Virginia

- Mark Payton, OF, Senior, Texas

- Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State

- A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky

- Kyle Schwarber, C, Junior, Indiana

- Kade Scivicque, C, Junior, LSU

- Austen Smith, IF, Senior, Alabama

- D.J. Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State

- Ryan Thompson, RHP, Senior, Campbell

- Trent Thornton, RHP, Sophomore, North Carolina

- Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana

- Luke Weaver, RHP, Sophomore, Florida State

- Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State

- Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

On with the weekend highlights.......

(ACC Highlights)

No. 5 Florida State (30-9, 16-5 ACC) remains in 1st in the Atlantic division following a road series win at Wake Forest. Luke Weaver tossed a gem (9 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 7 K) in Game 1 while outfielder DJ Stewart set a new FSU record 58-game streak of reaching base.

No. 1 Virginia (33-7, 16-5 ACC) and No. 19 Miami (28-13, 16-5 ACC) are now tied for 1st place in the Coastal Division.

Stock Way Down: NC State (21-17, 7-14 ACC) continues to struggle, dropping a pair to..(Gasp!)..Boston College. But, top prospect Trea Turner, who's power tool has been questioned, did hit a pair of home runs in Saturday's game.

Sweeper Of The Week: Duke (24-17, 12-9 ACC) - The Blue Devils are rolling with a sweep at Virginia Tech and sit in 3rd place in the Coastal Division.

(American Highlights)

Making A Statement: Central Florida (25-16, 12-3 AAC) - The Knights proved they are the team to beat in the American with a huge series win over No. 13 Louisville. UCF is 18-5 in their last 23 games. Baseball America profile.

Control Artist: Aaron Garza - RHP - Houston - Garza headlines the stalwart No. 12 Cougars pitching staff and picked up a win with 6.2 scoreless innings without a walk allowed against South Florida. His 0.5 BB/9 is 5th lowest in college baseball.

(Big 12 Highlights)

Entering The Rankings: No. 29 TCU (26-13, ) - The Horned Frogs secured a big time road series win at No. 10 Texas and return to the polls. Top draft prospect LHP Branden Finnegan tossed a gem (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K) in Friday night's win and has a chance to go in the mid-1st round.

Stock Up: No. 9 Oklahoma State (29-11, 11-4 Big 12) - With a big sweep of Kansas, the Cowboys now take over 1st place in Big 12 play and have quietly cracked the top ten of the writers poll.

Pitcher Spotlight: RHP Jon Perrin tossed a CG shutout on Friday with 9 K's against Kansas.

Debut Of The Year: Ross Vance - LHP - West Virginia - In his first ever start for the Mountaineers, Vance only hurled a CG shutout with 14 strikeouts to win Big 12 and National pitcher of the week honors.

(Big West Highlights)

Best In The West: No. 2 Cal Poly (34-5, 11-1 Big West) - This is becoming arguably the best team in school history. The Mustangs knocked off perennial Big West powerhouse No. 19 Cal State Fullerton with a sweep and are now ranked N0. 2 in the country.

Cal Poly closer Reed Reilly, an Orioles unsigned 17th rounder in the 2013 draft, earned national pitcher of the week honors for his stellar work (9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 16 K) out of the bullpen lately.

Stock Down: No. 25 UC Santa Barbara (24-10, 5-7 Big West) dropped three spots in the poll after losing their weekend series to Long Beach State.

(Mid-Major Highlights)

Saint Louis (23-14, 11-3 A-10) regained the lead in the Atlantic 10 over the weekend after sweeping Richmond and top draft prospect James Norwood threw a two-hit shutout. Here's video from his recent Apr. 12 outing.

Mercer (31-10, 14-4 A-Sun) regained the lead in the Atlantic Sun as well and top prospect, infielder Chesny Young, went HAM this weekend (8-for-10, 8 RBI), earning national hitter of the week recognition.

Hoosier Daddy? No. 24 Indiana (25-11, 11-1 Big Ten) swept Michigan State to increase their 1st place lead as the Hoosiers attempt to make a late run at hosting a regional if they keep this up.

Draft Stock Rising: Kyle Freeland - LHP - Evansville - In a world without an impressive crop of collegiate lefties emerges this stud from the small school in Indiana. He tossed yet another double digit K outing this weekend and has emerged as a lock for the 1st round. His 87-to-4 strikeout/walk ratio and plus command of a plus fastball remind me of Cliff Lee.

College of Charleston (27-12, 10-2 CAA) paces the pack in the CAA at the moment and swept James Madison over the weekend.

No. 16 Rice (29-13, 16-5 C-USA) emerged with a sweep in a big weekend showdown with UAB. Impressive considering ace Zach Lemond has been shut down as of late.

Hitter Spotlight: John Clay Reeves - C - The Owls junior catcher had a big weekend (5-for-12, HR, 3 RBI) and earned C-USA hitter of the week honors.

MAC Hitter of the Week: Tyler Huntley - C - Central Michigan - The Chippewas (25-15, 12-3 MAC) have the best record in the MAC and Huntley played a big role (.450, HR, 8 RBI) in their series win at NIU.

Entering The Rankings: No. 30 New Mexico (30-11, 14-4 MWC) - The Lobos swept San Jose State and have staked their claim to 1st in the Mountain West.

We now have a three-way tie for 1st in the Southland conference: Southeastern Louisiana (where my brother played), Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and Nicholls State. I think you know who I'm pulling for.

Yes, the Ragin Cajuns (36-5, 16-2 Sun Belt) are still really, really damn good. They 'only' won two-of-three with UT-Arlington this weekend but still rank No. 3 in the country.

(Pac-12 Highlights)

Keep On Rollin: No. 11 Washington (27-8, 14-4 Pac-12) - Another week another series win for the Huskies, this time at California.

No. 4 Oregon State (27-7, 11-4 Pac-12) had a bye so LHP Ben Wetzler's microscopic 0.68 ERA is still best in the nation.

No. 7 Oregon (31-10, 10-5 Pac-12) has rattled off nine wins a row and swept Washington State over the weekend. The bad news: Young stud LHP Matt Krook has to have Tommy John surgery.

(SEC Highlights)

No. 14 Florida (27-13, 12-6 SEC) sits atop the SEC East while No. 17 Alabama (28-12, 12-6 SEC) sits utop the SEC West.

The Gators swept Georgia and are now No. 1 in the RPI's.

Other Sweepers: No. 21 Mississippi State (26-15, 10-8 SEC) - The Bulldogs pulled off the road sweep of Missouri to get back over .500 in conference play.

Arkansas (25-16, 9-9 SEC) pulled off a nice series win of No. 15 Vanderbilt at home. The Razorbacks rocked top draft prospect Tyler Beede on Friday for 6 earned runs in a 6-2 win.

SEC Hitter of the Week: Conner Hale - INF - LSU - Batted .587 in the Tigers series win at Ole Miss.

(Photo Courtesy Of: Wichita State Athletics)

Hitter Of The Week: Casey Gillaspie - 1B - Wichita State

I saw Gillaspie play back in late February and came away very impressed with his physicality and power potential as well his disciplined approach at the plate. Those two traits have continued as he is now batting .401/.506/.694 with 10 homers with a sick 31-to-16 BB/K ratio and looks like a potential 1st rounder. Why's he the hitter of the week? He batted 6-for-12 with two doubles, a homer, 5 RBI, and for the hell of it - two stolen bases - over the weekend versus Southern Illinois. Baseball America has video and a nice writeup on Gillaspie in today's three strikes column.

HM/ Austin Byler - 3B, Nevada, Caleb Adams - OF, Louisiana-Lafayette

(Photo: ECU Media Relations)

Pitcher Of The Week: Jeff Hoffman - RHP - East Carolina

Some weeks this award is made easy for me. Hoffman tossed a sensational outing that easily helped solidify his draft stock as a top ten talent. He went the distance against Middle Tennesse State, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out 16! According to Christopher Crawford, "If he pitches the way he did on Thursday against Middle Tennessee State the rest of the year, however, that No. 1 overall pick debate might just be back on." He ran his fastball up to 97 mph, flashed a plus-plus breaking ball, and showed plus command all night. Here's a nice story on his rise from undrafted high schooler to likely top ten pick.

HM/ Kyle Freeland - LHP, Evansville, Branden Finnegan - LHP, TCU

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April 21, 2014

Imagination Reclamation

We take our custom cards seriously around here. At one point we had a whole separate page of this blog dedicated to custom cards from around the Web. And while that page went the way of much on the Internet, our love of customs remains. Here are a few of our favorites we've created over the years, and don't forget to check out our new page presenting the 1978 Topps "Traded" set all in one place...

















Recent News

There are too many news and stories in your daily life. Truly you need all of those news in your daily life. You are able to know all headlines through many sources as internet, TV channel, media, newspaper and many more. You can gain knowledge from daily news around yourself.
But there have some problem to get all information, in one place, which are demandable to you.
So many news wanders in air. You have to know important news by various stapes or process. Different peoples like to see different types of news. Some of them are interested in play news, some of in political, some of in realistic, some of daily news/ all of them and many more
There are some Headlines:
I didnt kill her, says husband of slain Indian-origin woman you may find this type of news in some special crime news channel.
At least 349 die in stampede at Cambodian festival this type of news mainly you can find in social news channel.
Obama heads to Indonesia, finally this is a political news.
Somdev creates history with singles gold this type of news you can get in some sports based channel.
You may find all types of news in internet or other media. Different news channel presents good news in different topics. And for going with the time and gain constantly your knowledge you have to follow those all types of news daily. Everyone should want to know different types of news always. Some time you cant get all the news in one place. So for the time factor you may miss some news daily in your life. But if you get those all important news in one place, how would you feel? I know every one feel great. I have found some blogs in internet, which updates daily important news on their blogs. So you can follow those blogs also and dont miss the important news.
These are the list below:–
I think it would be you want to see all news in one specific place. Some blogs can help you in this matter which is provided several types of news daily. In our daily life we need to know all those news.
You have no need to search differently; you may find all your news in one blog. In your busy life you are not able to spend so many times for checking out all those channels.
In this situation these blogs help you to see all recent news together. You can see all recent news in these bloges which are enlisted below.

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April 20, 2014

Vegetarian News

Several hundreds million years ago, when human beings are created, we live on fruits, vegetables and plant. With the development of economic, our life has changed so much, many kinds of food available. So it becomes complex to determine a kind of healthy diet.
Vegetarians claim that their diet can increase energy. They have their reasons: Ross Murray, a swimmer who wins two Olympic Gold Medals in 1956; and runner John Randy who break six world records after being a loyal vegetarian.
Of course, some of these people may also lucky to achieve good results even if with poor diet. But if you would believe in the study result of vegetarian, you will come to know that they are not lucky ones. Their favorite study was conducted in 1907, and that research compared the fifteen meat eaters and thirty-four vegetarians. When they require meat eaters stretch arms as long as possible, they can continue only fifteen minutes. None of them can keep for 30 minutes. Among the vegetarians, there are twenty-two lasted fifteen minutes, with fifteen lasted thirty minutes or more. One person said to have maintained this position up to three hours.
And they reason of vegetarian is not only for energy reason, there are many other factors. Some of them seem to be quite persuasive.
For example; an argument put forward is based on physiology. Vegetarians said that human is born simply do not eat meat, so sometimes some people choke on the meat. People is different with wolves, wolves tore a large piece of meat with its teeth, and then bolted down. Human beings need open with his teeth and then chew the first bite, which is the best way for banana, pumpkin or carrots. But eating fried steak is completely inappropriate. Dr. Killen said on a medical conference recently. Herbivores teeth structure is sharp incisors, molars flat, round, for crushing and grinding food. This indicates people’s physiological structure is suitable for vegetables, leaves, roots of plants, nuts and grasses. The research on modern people shows that he has all the characteristics of pure herbivores. Vegetarians deem that we have such a poor ability to absorb cholesterol. Study report also revealed that very little strict vegetarian get heart disease. That is because out physiological structure does not allow take into so many cholesterol.
Vegetarians and many others say meat itself is not good way for people. It is high in fat, people are vulnerable to get heart disease. At lease to animals, it may cause cancer. The digest of bacteria of meat is not as easy as vegetarian food. Some people like bacon very much, in fact, part of them is bad. If you have enough time to read the books written by vegetarians, you will not touch these foods any more, and you will not doubt whether it is right.
The last thing I want to say is that the history of vegetation is as long as human beings history. So after so many centuries, it has proved to be completely true.

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April 19, 2014

Sports Opportunities Hidden Behind The Sports Marketing Ascertain

 

No doubt, in today’s society CKS sports play an increasingly important role. With the popularity of television and communication technology, breaking the limitations of space-time sports events, greatly enhanced the influence of sports on society. According to the survey, about 35 million people worldwide watched the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Will be broadcast. 1998 World Cup held in France is the world’s 4.0 billion viewers get the favor. 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea is the world’s attention. Smart businesses have already recognized the opportunities hidden behind sports, sporting events carried out with Marketing Activities not only to attract the attention of consumers, to increase Sell Volume and profit goals, more importantly, just the respect of sports and fair publicity, it enables manufacturers and Brand Value raised to a higher level.

Have information, the 1988 Olympic Games, Coca-Cola Company Promotions Activities cost about 600 million U.S. dollars, and in World Cup Investment Also more than 250 million U.S. dollars. During the Olympics, Coca-Cola’s sales volume increased by 18%, while the World Cup start on the eve of sales had increased by 326 percent, these are the tangible benefits, as the brand image is these intangible benefits can not be estimated. According to the survey show that the June 10, 1998 to July 12 for a period of 32 days is undoubtedly the French World Cup fans around the world carnival. According to the data before the forecast, the audience watching the World Cup will reach 4.0 billion people, while among the 40 million passengers, nearly l million fans and 64 games and common day and night.

Global sports events lurks opportunities. Face of repeated international sports competition, how to make the integration of the international market? How to use sporting events to Sports Marketing And shaping popular, brand? This is an enterprise are seriously thinking about the problem.

1, the charm of sports marketing

Sports marketing, mainly through sponsorship, naming and other means, through the sponsorship of sports to promote their brands. Many manufacturers now have the awareness of sports marketing, understanding what is behind the sports opportunities, recognizing that sports is the best brand Advertisement Carriers, investment companies sports industry also received excellent returns, famous. Sports marketing and promotion has become a star Public The highest recognition rate of the two marketing strategies. Can be said that the most concentrated expression of Sports Marketing has all the advantages of brand promotion tool, and thus the most attractive, most companies welcome separate ways.

First, the effect of sports sponsorship natural, easy to be accepted. Sports sponsorship is essentially a soft advertising, but because ads do not appear alone, commercial and utility and therefore not hard advertising so obvious. Secondly, communicate with a wide range of sports sponsorship large, targeted. Significant competition in the field, easily tens of thousands of spectators, media audiences are just countless. Even some local races, as long as Organization Well, the audience is very enthusiastic, so it is conducive to business and target audience to communicate effectively, to achieve a multiplier effect. Third, the biggest feature is the sports marketing public welfare. Can say that sports is a common cause of mankind, sponsorship of sports, the market for sports marketing Operation Its role is not achieved by ordinary advertising.

Second, sports marketing Comments

2002 Japan and South Korea World Cup history to participate in the largest number of Asian teams a game, is also the first Chinese team to participate in the World Cup finals. This is both for domestic or international business is a rare opportunity for the Chinese market is started, the performance in this World Cup, played a crucial role.

Look at the ads of foreign enterprises. Carlos Pepsi starring “bow” chapter ad: title sequence by the host Carlos small fans warmly welcomed in Japan, took the little boy handed him to the Pepsi, Carlos responded with a Japanese-style bow. Then the camera turns and, in Japan against Brazil in a penalty Carlos by Carlos on the wall again a bow Etiquette The state of the Japanese players all bowed politely of course, retaliate, even the goalkeeper is no exception. Trend of this time, Carlos kicked the ball launched into the other door. Pepsi World Cup players really, the host and the host of customs and products combine the creativity of this ad is not only humorous, novel and film shows also very place, people left a very deep impression.

Other is Hyundai. As the official sponsor of this World Cup, one of the modern automobile, in order to know every corner of the modern world to understand the modern, accepted modern enterprises worldwide organization called “goodwill ball road show & football worldchampionships” large-scale The football promotion campaign by the good will ball roadshow and the football world championships two parts. Good will ball roadshow tour is a huge football signature activities, Hyundai Motor Make A large diameter of 4.5 meters football. In this event, the football would be held in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Dalian, Beijing exhibition, and organized large-scale signature in the field. Chinese team in the World Cup in each of the games have emerged in this warm and full of Chinese fans expect football giant, with the goodwill ball roadshow activities, Hyundai Motor held in the country five mini-soccer Championship Division Select Paving the way race has been well. The cities of the four teams will gather in Beijing on May 11 to decide the winner of the championship in China, went to Korea to participate in world championship finals, and was free to watch World Cup matches. During the World Cup, Hyundai Motor ad is icing on the cake, the fan-site created using “human wave” form, skillfully demonstrating to the audience the typical glamorous models, advertising smooth and natural, very dynamic. With the “human wave” demands of modern cars run fast. Game, dynamic, stylish and passionate combination of these elements are very clever.

Event by modern cars, we can see multinational sports marketing is a mature Operate Mode. Sports sponsorship is no longer a simple PR Activities, sports sponsorship and sports marketing combination of a marketing company and establish an excellent corporate image Strategy .

However, the domestic situation is different. Industry has played such an analogy: Chinese sports products

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April 18, 2014

Best Sports Sunglasses

Athletes and people who actively participate in sports should invest in a good pair of sunglasses to keep eyes healthy and free from injuries. A number of eye injuries can occur without sufficient, protective eyewear. Over 90% of eye injuries can be prevented through wearing high-quality sunglasses.

Impact and blunt trauma eye injuries are the most common injuries suffered in sports. This occurs in contact sports when the eye is hit with force. Piercing injuries can occur during fishing when a fish hook accidentally pierces the eye. Radiation eye injuries can lead to cataracts, muscular degeneration and eventually the loss of vision. Eye injuries caused by radiation are most common among snowboarders, mountaineers and skiers, where the effects of reflected sun are intense.

Wearing fashion sunglasses during sports training are not recommended as they are not strong enough to withstand the stress of sports. However, there are a number of stylish, sports sunglasses made with impact-resistant lenses and high UV protection to protect your eyes from harm. Here are 5 recommended sports sunglasses:

1)  Bolle Sunglasses

Bolle sunglasses are favored by athletes for their lightweight, shatterproof lenses and virtually indestructible hydralon frames. Advanced lens technology is used by Bolle to create sunglasses perfect for playing tennis and golf. Bolle’s polarized sunglasses eliminate glare and reflected light, and are ideal for water sports.

2)   Nike Sunglasses

Nike has long been associated with sports. Nike sunglasses feature Nike Max Optics to ensure athletes have a clear, all-round vision. Special features such as interchangeable lenses are great for the multi-sportsman and woman, as well as a ventilated nose bridge allowing air to flow, reduce fogging and to ensure the frame stays in place. Various tints are used for different sports to guarantee you receive accurate vision. To enhance comfort, Nike sunglasses use flexon memory metal that is 25% lighter than standard metal frames. 

3)   Adidas Sunglasses

Adidas is synonymous with running, but Adidas sunglasses are also great for other outdoor sports including skiing and biking. If you normally wear contact lenses with sunglasses, Adidas eyewear makes your life easier as it is designed to help athletes needing optical correction. Adidas sunglasses are also made to be comfortable, pressure free, and to suit different head shapes.

4)   Arnette Sunglasses

Arnette sunglasses are great for those who enjoy alternative sports such as skateboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding and motorcycling. They come in a range of trendy, laid back styles, but also undergo rigorous laboratory testing to ensure they are impact-resistant, anti-corrosive, thermal stress

-resistant and offer precise vision.

5) Carrera Sunglasses

Carrera has over 50 years experience in the sports eye wear industry and focuses on creating sunglasses for skiing and cycling. Made for athletes, Carrera sunglasses are also tested by top athletes in order to refine lens and frame technology. Other features include interchangeable lenses that adapt to different weather conditions, a thermoplastic rubber that grips to the head, and customizable nose bridges and temple tips to give the wearer total comfort.

All these sunglasses brands are sleek and modern in style, but are carefully designed to reduce eye injuries and to optimize vision during active sports. With a huge array of sports sunglasses on the market, there’s no excuse not to find one that suits your taste.

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