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  1. 24 points
    I know it’s small sample and meaningless, but that 162 game average 😍😍😍: .339/.431/1.002 114 runs /29 HR/76 RBI/ 10 SB (Side note my wife walked by and asked who I was typing heart eyes to. I told her it was a 19 year-old’s baseball stats. I think she wishes I was cheating on her).
  2. 24 points
    Acuna was one of the most talked about and anticipated players in the minors before his call-up, and somewhat strangely I haven’t heard a ton about him since. Thought I would give a quick update on what his numbers are looking like under the hood! He’s currently hitting .260/.324/.450 with 4 HRs and 2 SBs in 111 PAs. He’s supported that line with an 8.1% walk rate and a below average 27% K rate and overall he’s posted a 111 wRC+ to this point. The K rate stands out in a negative way, and I’ll go into more detail later but I just wanted to point out that his swinging-strike rate is actually about league-average so the high K rate isn’t a bat-to-ball skills issue. Taking a look at Acuna’s batted ball data, the first thing that stands out is that he’s hitting a very low amount of line-drives at just 11.3%. That’s odd because all last year over 3 levels in the minors, he hit line-drives at an above-average rate and that was good because line-drives are the least likely form of batted ball contact to be turned into an out. Among hitters with at least 100 PAs, that ranks 4th worst in the majors and that’s arguably holding his BAPIP and therefore batting average down somewhat despite posting a reasonable .328 BAPIP currently. His groundball rate is sitting at 47.9% right now which is the 63rd highest in the majors. His flyball rate is at 40.8% right now and that’s a good mark and should let him rack up HRs with his plus plus raw power. Acuna is fairly pull focused, but not overly with a decent 42.3% pull rate. What is interesting is that Acuna is posting by far the lowest opposite field contact rate of his career at 15.5% when he’s typically averaged between low-mid 30% opposite field contact in the minors. The lowered opposite field contact rate has resulted in a very high 42.3% centerfield contact rate which ranks as the 16th highest mark in the majors right now and tells me that he’s on time a lot at the plate and not late to fastballs. Looking at Acuna’s quality of contact stats, it’s where he really shines! His 43.7% Hard Contact rate ranks 35th in the majors among those with at least 100 PAs and ranks ahead of names like Yoan Moncada, Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant, and Gary Sanchez among others. He’s supporting that with a super impressive 93.8 MPH average exit velocity which ranks in a tie for 9th best in the majors with Giancarlo Stanton, Robinson Cano, and Matt Olson. According to Baseball Savant, his % of ball hit 95+ MPH is 52.1% and that ranks 14th best in the majors. He’s also barreling the ball at an above-average rate of 8.1% per PA which ranks 61st best in the majors. I also want to point out that his current 9.9% soft contact rate ranks as the 13th best in the majors right now. Essentially, when he makes contact, he hits it hard and that’s super impressive considering his lack of MLB experience and the fact that he can still add more strength as he matures more physically in the future. The power ceiling on him going forward is immense Let's take a look at Ronald Acuna’s plate discipline metrics: His out-of-zone swing% is 31.3% MLB average is 29.9% His zone swing % is 70.9% MLB average is 66.8% His overall swing % is 47.4% MLB average is 45.9% His out-of-zone contact % is 60.2% MLB average is 62.5% His zone contact% is 89.9% MLB average is 85.2% His overall contact rate is 78.3% MLB average is 76.8% His % of pitches seen inside the strike-zone is 40.7% MLB average is 43.2% His swinging-strike% is 10.3% MLB average is 10.6% As you can see, Acuna expands his zone slightly more than league average, and that’s not a great thing as his out-of-zone contact skills are about 2.3% worse than league average right now. The good news is he’s aggressive on strikes which tells me that he recognizes them, and is 89.9% zone contact rate is well above-average which shows that he doesn’t miss too many of them! I find it interesting that he’s seeing fewer strikes than league average, that tells me that either MLB pitchers are scared of him and showing respect, and/or they are trying to get him to chase and get himself out. Regardless, his swinging-strike rate is about average (actually 0.3 above-average) and that’s really impressive for a guy with that little MLB experience and for a guy with that sort of bat speed. That bat control combined with the very impressive quality of contact numbers is what makes him special IMO! If he can tighten his strike zone further in the future and force pitchers to come to him, he will hit a lot of HRs!!!! Honestly, there’s a ton to like about Acuna and I’m so excited to see how he does ROS and in his career. He’s got a special combination of crazy bat speed that generates really impressive quality of contact numbers, and bat control. Add in plus speed on the bases and he’s a 5 category player in fantasy with a huge ceiling! He doesn’t have any platoon issues or anything, and Statcast thinks he’s underperformed some with an xAVG of .269 and xSLG of .526 compared to his real-life numbers of .260 and .450. I think we’ll likely see some ups and downs over the course of this season, but the raw skills are undeniable and not many guys in fantasy have a higher upside.
  3. 20 points
    I don't think there 's a whole lot to see here on this injury. Tim Riordan, a producer on SiriusXM Fantasy, attended the game NH game yesterday and said that Vlad Jr was in the dugout and moving around good. At one point, he dropped a ball over the dug out rail and hoped over the rail to grab it. That said, because he dropped the ball, the Blue Jays have sufficient rationale to hold him back till 2019.
  4. 19 points
    More than 500 Major League Baseball players served in the military during WWII. Something most of us can’t really comprehend. We’ve heard the stories of Ted Williams and DiMaggio. But two actually died in battle. Elmer Gedeon and Harry O’Neill. A great day to remember them, and all who served and died for this great country. Happy Memorial Day.
  5. 18 points
    Seems about right. 61% of people in this country are idiots. Us Smith owners are the minority!
  6. 18 points
  7. 16 points
    Apparently the BoSox can.
  8. 16 points
    Here’s your nightly Soto-watch update: Ab #1: four pitch walk. Pretty terrible pitching really as three of the four pitches weren’t close. Then he got picked off first by a decent amount although it was a borderline balk Ab #2: another four pitch walk, this time more impressive as the first three pitches were just beneath the zone. That’s pretty impressive patience from the kid Ab #3: finally gets a strike from Lauer (first pitch curveball). Next a cutter on the inside corner that he turns on and smacks a hard grounder to right for a single (101 mph exit velocity) Ab #4: yet another at bat vs a lefty (Strahm) and yet ANOTHER four pitch walk, the last pitch of which was so close it might have been a strike. Again in the bottom of the ninth tie game it was nice to see him lay off some pitches with that whipping left to right action instead of being amped up. Ultimately like the first walk this pitch sequence was one the average MLBer should walk on. Then he scores the walk-off run
  9. 15 points
  10. 15 points
    Traded for Maeda... let's see if he can do something similar to last week. Also I'm a parent now, RW users... First kid. He's amazing and the whole thing is wild. I'm going to put him on my lap and watch a game tonight and get him started with enjoying baseball early.
  11. 14 points
  12. 14 points
    Why does everyone need to be so over dramatic about everything? He's not the second coming any more than he is the guy that struck out 3 times last night. If the worst case scenario is that he is "the player is was before the hot streak" then he's a .260 hitter with a 15% walk rate with 15-20 HR power, will swipe a few bags, and hits at the top of the order. Basically Adam Eaton without the injuries, in a less awesome lineup, that you got off the WW. Also baseball is just a series of streaks and slumps - no reasonable person is expecting 5 HR a week, just the same as no reasonable person should expect 0-for-12/whatever every week. There will be peaks and valleys, but if his new peaks are higher than his previous ones, then it's likely the sum of everything at the end of the season will be better than in the past.
  13. 14 points
    Bring back Rivero. Vazquez sucks.
  14. 14 points
    To be clear, this thread is very specifically for one purpose. To announce call-ups or very specific, credible rumors of an IMMINENT call-up (not my friend says). If you want to ask about the potential of a player or ask whether people think a player is close, do so in their player thread, not here. Feel like I am just gonna have to police this hourly until people get the hint.
  15. 14 points
    Yes, it’s very likely that Eloy Jimenez will strikeout more and walk less once he reaches the majors, but that happens to pretty much all players as the quality of pitching and control of pitchers is simply that much better in the majors. I’m really not very concerned that it will impact Eloy Jimenez too much because he’s already established a strong floor to work from. For reference, Steamer projections for the rest of the season if he were to be promoted now to the majors have Eloy with a .273/.317/.468 line with a 5.8% walk rate and a 21.6% K rate for a 107 wRC+. In AA this year, Jimenez is currently striking out at a 15.6% rate and he’s supporting that with an 11.1% swinging-strike rate (MLB average right now is 10.6%) which are both very solid. What makes both that much more interesting is that he’s accomplishing both while possessing arguably the most power in the minors with 80-grade raw power. Guys with that kind of power just don’t show the sort of contact skills that Eloy is showing pretty much at all. Here are some examples: Note that these are MLB career averages* Name K% Swinging-strike% Joey Gallo 38.6% 19.6% Aaron Judge 31.6% 13.4% J.D. Martinez 25.2% 13.8% Giancarlo Stanton 27.8% 14% Miguel Sano 36.1% 16% Khris Davis 26.5% 15% Nelson Cruz 22.5% 13.2% Bryce Harper 20.2% 11.3% Those are guys with elite elite power, and Eloy’s contact skills closest resemble Nelson Cruz, Bryce Harper, and Aaron Judge who are all elite fantasy options. Nelson Cruz might be a very good comparable for Eloy Jimenez! Also, I put together a quick list of the top wRC+ performers in the Southern League (the league that Jimenez is currently playing in) for an age 21-year-old season (minimum 110 PAs) since Fangraphs has data: Matt Kemp – 168 (2006) Eloy Jimenez – 166 (2018) Evan Longoria – 155 (2007) Joc Pederson – 155 (2013) Christian Yelich – 154 (2013) Tyler O’Neill – 152 (2016) Nick Franklin – 151 (2012) Logan Morrison – 142 (2009)
  16. 13 points
  17. 12 points
    Kelvin Herrera - Alex Colome Owners Support Group
  18. 12 points
  19. 12 points
    The lock is over, here is the game summary for you: ab 1: first pitch crushed opposite field that jumped off the bat (106 mph) and smashed off the decking 422 feet away ab 2: rolled over on a pitch to shortstop. Nothing notable ab 3: flight off a pitch on the inner half nicely and grounded it hard up the middle for a single. Seemed fast rounding the bases on an ensuing triple. Ab 4: worked the count to 3-2 and showed his good plate discipline. Could have walked (chased a pitch slightly high that could have been ball 4 and he seemed slightly ticked at himself). Then turned on a breaking pitch down and in and lined it into left right at the defender. Impressive
  20. 11 points
    **Dwight Schrute voice** False. He has not raked in AAA. Because he did not play there. Which is superior, a black bear or Juan Soto? Well, there are two schools of thought on that.
  21. 11 points
    This is the laziness that frustrates many of us, and just adds to a thread that is already difficult for many people to read through. It’s only 2 pages, and question was asked and answered one page before. Don’t be lazy. We need to be better about reading and contributing, not just asking questions and expecting answers.
  22. 11 points
    Padres players are getting a lot of hype players because the obstacles to playing time are minimal on a team with so few big salary commitments and almost no star power, especially with Myers out. Under these conditions, even mediocre to poor players who can get everyday reps can develop into players that are useful during stretches. The fact that none of them have reached a level of success that you deem worthy of rostering doesn't mean they're not worth talking about. If you'd prefer not to talk about them or see people talk about them, you're free to pass by these threads.
  23. 11 points
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  26. 11 points
    Team name idea: sotoworld forums
  27. 11 points
  28. 10 points
    Can't spell it without "dominance", "commanding", "magic", "romance", "gamer", and "MerMan" either. If that's not a sign from the devil, then idk what is. All aboard!
  29. 10 points
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  31. 10 points
    Well, he should undoubtedly dominate all the Dominicans and Puerto Ricans.
  32. 10 points
    Yeah this guy needs a middle name because there can only be one Jose Fernandez.
  33. 10 points
    Somebody get Tom Brady to Atlanta ASAP.
  34. 10 points
    JD is going to become the next Mac Williamson. I slotted Mac right next to Jose Martinez in my lineup so they can talk about swing changes and launch angle.
  35. 10 points
    I hope he has a 12-6 curveball, because I got from 6-12 after reading this
  36. 10 points
    https://itter.com/MarkZuckerman/status/999120507831291904 This kid's going to get along real well with the good umpires; probably not so great with some of the bad ones.
  37. 10 points
    3/17? Really? Dear God... people on here.
  38. 10 points
  39. 9 points
  40. 9 points
    Juan Soto reached a milestone tonight - he now has accumulated more plate appearances at the major league level this year than any other level. A: 74 plate appearances (.373/.486/.814, 14 BB, 13 K) A+: 73 plate appearances (.371/.466/.790, 11 BB, 8 K) AA: 35 plate appearances (.323/.400 /.581, 4 BB, 7 K) MLB: 76 plate appearances (.344/.447/.641, 12 BB, 11 K) Grand Total (258 plate appearances): .358/.461/.722, 41 BB, 39 K Not to mention - 19 dingers, 64 RBI
  41. 9 points
    Fun bringing these up every once in a while.....
  42. 9 points
    I've been watching this guy for a bit and thought it was worth starting up a new thread. His name is Caleb Ferguson, and his game is making hitters look foolish. He began last year in the notoriously hitter-friendly High-A California League and led the league in most categories (probably should've won pitcher of the year), including ERA where he had a 2.87 ERA and 10.3 Ks / 9 (the next closest qualifying pitcher in terms of ERA had like a 3.5 ERA, which gives you a sense of Ferguson's performance relative to the league). This year, he crushed AA to the tune of a 1.38 ERA over 39 IPs with 40 Ks, and he's now in AAA at age 21 and K'd 10 over 5 scoreless IPs in his first game yesterday. He's not in the CBS player universe, which is odd, and he has no Rotoworld thread, so I figured I'd fire one up. Fangraphs player page here. Minor League Ball scouting report here. Baseball Census scouting report here. His arsenal includes a 90-92 MPH fastball (coming from a high arm slot as a lefty). He compliments that with a 12-6 curve running in at ~75 MPH, and a mid-80s change. While the fastball velocity is fine / average for a Lefty, he excels in command, and is able to drop all 3 pitches into any portion of the zone (or out of zone) as he pleases. It's that last comment that gets me really excited about him, along with his rapid progression through the Dodgers' system. At age 21 in AAA, if he continues to dominate as he's done for the past 3 years, he should become a top SP prospect across the board. As an FYI, he's flown under the radar thus far primarily because he required TJ surgery out of HS, which caused his draft and prospect stock to drop. Now a few years removed from surgery, that doesnt seem to be an issue any longer and could lead to a market inefficiency in terms of how people are valuing him as a player and prospect (hence the non-inclusion in the CBS player universe). The Dodgers seem to be well-stocked in terms of Major League SPs, especially with Buehler getting the call and looking to be a future mainstay in the rotation, but Ferguson could force the issue sooner rather than later if he keeps up the performance he's shown since 2016.
  43. 9 points
  44. 9 points
    Scooter Gennett's line over the past calendar year: 97-36-120-4, .313/.357/.554
  45. 9 points
    Here are the updated rest-of-season STEAMER projections for Juan Soto, prorated to 150 games played: .299 BA .363 OBP% .489 SLG% 25 HR 90 RBI 80 R 10 SB
  46. 9 points
    I just want to say thanks to tao and others in this thread for putting me and others on Caleb. Since I picked him up, he's had a 2.60 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 3 wins, 28 K in 27.2 IP. He may not be able to keep this up all season, but I've enjoyed him for the time being. Sorry if this is CSB...just trying to show my appreciation and give the evidence for my appreciation. He's been such an out-of-the-blue breath of fresh air.
  47. 9 points
    LOL!!!!! Everything is fine.....
  48. 9 points
    He should be owned in Fantasy Hockey, Football and Basketball leagues.
  49. 9 points
    Do you really believe this? Are you blinded by a poor average? Belt has been a much better player in real life than for fantasy. Yes, if you are judging solely on fantasy counting numbers, he will leave you disappointed. If you are judging on actual real world value, he's been a very valuable player. He is above average as a defender and as a hitter. He gets on base and gets a ton of extra-base hits. That doesn't help in fantasy a whole lot though. His value should be based on a great eye at the plate and balls that are doubles and triples instead of homers because of his home park. If you play in a league that has BB, OBP or (2+3) as a category though, this guy is hidden treasure. He has a career OBP of .361, almost 100 points higher than his career average and way higher than the league average. I'll take the higher OBP, EVERY SINGLE TIME over a guy that hits .290 with a .340 OBP. Fantasy players want the guy that hits .290. The average OBP across baseball last season was .324. His average SLG% is .468. League wide it was .406 last season. In almost every way, he is a well above average player in every single category, even for a first baseman. That is why he has accumulated 20 fWAR over his 8 seasons as a Giant. This was as a first basemen, so that tells you that he is very valuable, even at a premium hitting position. It would be much higher if he didn't miss so much time with the concussions. The major league average $ amount spent per 1 WAR last season was over $10 million dollars. So a player able to accumulate 20 WAR in his career is a pretty amazing player. The easy math on that is $200 million in value (no I don't want to figure out year by year, but it would still be exceptionally high). I know that some people don't like WAR. It's still the best measure we have for trying to gauge production across the league or across a position though. A guy like Belt is exactly why people use it. Using your "James Loney" example, Loney only accumulated 7.0 fWAR in 10 years in the bigs. Belt has been 3 times more valuable in less time in the bigs. Sorry that you don't see that. Even if you don't use WAR as a metric and look at other traditional metrics, he is above most of the league in everything except HR and average. That is the problem. Fantasy players and the casual fan use those two categories more than any other to measure a player and that shouldn't be how it's done. They are held captive by the traditional box score. This guy is so much better than that because he helps in ways that the casual fan doesn't see. His ability to get on base, his elite defense, his great arm, his extra base hits, and his ability to get 20-30 pitches out of a starter during most games. A lot of that stuff doesn't show up in the box score, but it helps teams win games. He has single-handedly destroyed some starters this season with his AB's, forcing 35-40 pitch innings because his at-bats always seem to go so long. Don't be the fan that doesn't notice this stuff. Belt gets enough crap from the casual Giants fans that have no idea what they are watching.
  50. 8 points
    Well he has a GN/FB ratio of 1.32. K/9 9.62. K% 25.6. Whiff 10.6% also solid. He has incorporated heavy sinker usage this year and it is a plus pitch value along with the still developing change and his 4 seamer. The curve is his calling card but is actually slightly negative value (this will be a positive pitch at season's end IMHO). He has 7-8 mph variance on his 4/2 seam offerings vis a vis the CH. Curve registers 10 mph slower than the change at 75. So basically you have a pitcher who can locate in all quadrants against both handed hitters. And his walk rate is 2.6ish per 9 FIP and Siera validate his ERA. STUD