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  1. This guy entered the 2019 season being mentioned in many prospect publications as possibly the best pure hitter in the minors behind Vlad Jr. He entered tonight with a .269/.330/.391 triple slash line in 294 at bats while displaying virtually no power. His .721 OPS is equal to an all-glove no-bat utility infielder. Granted he missed all of April with a wrist injury, which can often sap power, but these numbers are beyond weak and this has been a lost season for Kirilloff. Is he even a top-30 prospect after this dismal campaign?
  2. This guy looks like he's twice the player that is Miguel Andujar. I expect Andujar to be flipped for starting pitcher in the offseason.
  3. Bobby Higginson's 2000 season: .300/.377/.538, 30 HR, 102 RBI, 104 R, 15 SB, first in A.L. with 19 outfield assists. What a season! I think Castellanos, in a better environment, I think could match that triple slash line and HR and RBI totals.
  4. It was bad enough when he was sitting against every lefty, but sitting against Chase Anderson at Miller Park just one day after homering and going 2-for-3 ??? I had him plugged into the lineup with expectations of an even bigger day than yesterday. Reds need to trade Dietrich and Scooter. Perhaps they're showcasing them. Hopefully they don't think they're contenders because they're only 5 back in the Wild Card.
  5. After a 27-day layoff, Vidal finally was back in action today, batting leadoff and starting at 2B. Didn't do much though, only going 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base. The steal was his 22nd in 40 games this year.
  6. About as quiet as a breakout season can get. This isn't a prediction, but it is a current pace - 35 HR, 114 RBI, 90 runs, 16 SB, .270/.323/.509
  7. Over/Under on 25 HR by season's end? I'll take the over, assuming good health.
  8. 2019 might not happen, but he's almost definitely going to be up in 2020. The Rays are a contender and there is no reason to leave possibly the franchise's best hitter in the minors when they're in contention for a World Series title. I think a lot of people are stuck on the argument that the Rays are slow to promote their prospects. Wander, if he keeps hitting like he has in 2018-19, is not going to leave them any choice. No way this kid doesn't make it to the majors in 2020, and I'll go out on a limb and suggest it's by June 2020.
  9. Great stat I just discovered while looking at Wander's game logs. It took a 13-inning 7-at-bat game, but on April 18 Wander had the first 2-strikeout stat line of his MiLB career. It took 79 games (including postseason) and a 7-AB day for the youngest player in his league to be struck out twice in a single game.
  10. Judging by the HR video above, this kid has more speed getting around the bases on a home run trot than half the league does legging out a double.
  11. Quietly on pace for 28.5 home runs with a .373 OBP and an 11/10 BB/K rate. I'd hold.
  12. Funny, Jorge Soler has 4 HR and 13 RBI in 15 games and Voit has 4 HR and 14 RBI in 15 games. But if you show optimism for Soler you get railed. Yet Soler was drafted much, much later than Voit and plays in a pitcher's park compared to the bandbox that is Yankee Stadium. It's way early, but I'd like to think all of Voit's owners were expecting much more than he's delivering. For crying out loud, just give us a big game 2-hit performance.
  13. 15 games into the season, still looking for his first multi-hit performance. Snooze.........
  14. You have a problem with my approach, I have a problem with your timing in picking at a scab from 12 days ago. And I don't give a rip about what Soler did previous to this year. He's had his share of injuries and a change of scenery that may very well have disrupted his growth. He's healthy now and bats out of the cleanup slot. And I'll refrain from posting literally dozens of names of post-hype players whom over the last few years were presumed worthless only to go on to great success.
  15. He's a power-hitting cleanup hitter batting behind the likes of speedsters Whit Merrifield, Billy Hamilton and Adalberto Mondesi. Now, WTF is your problem with me?