Carp Leads Japan Series 2-0.

October 23rd, 2016

They were both 5-1 games. The Hiroshima Carp came out on top. The Carp offense mauled Fighter ace Shohei Otani for three runs in six innings. Brad Eldred and Ryuhei Matsuyama each hit solo shots in the fourth to get the Carp offense started. Otani still had his swing and miss pitch working with 11 whiffs. The Fighters only run was a solo shot from Brandon Laird in the seventh to creep to within two, 3-1. Kris Johnson worked into the seventh inning, departing after giving up three hits and the homerun in the seventh. In the bottom frame the Carp iced the game with two runs.

The Carp scored four runs in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie in the second game. Brad Eldred hit a solo shot in the inning, his second in two games. Yusuke Nomura gave up one unearned run in his six innings of work to get the win.

Brothers Win First Two Over Rhinos in Taiwan Series

October 23rd, 2016

The Brothers have won the first two games in their championship best of seven series with the EDA Rhinos. In the first game Chih-Sheng Lin drove in three runs with a bases clearing double to lead the Brothers to an 8-7 win. Mike Loree started for the EDA Rhinos but gave up five runs in the fourth, including the Lin double to put his team down 6-1. After upping the lead to 8-1 the Rhinos finally found their bats and scored six runs in the 8th to close the lead to one. Yi-Chuan Lin slugged a two run homer in the inning. Brothers closer Hung-Wei Chen was able to leave the Rhinos scoreless in the ninth to earn the save.

The Brothers blasted the Rhinos in the second game 9-2. There was no come back in the bats of the Rhinos as there was the previous game. Cheng-Min Peng slugged a three run homer off Jared Lansford in the third inning to make it 4-1. Nathan Long only gave up one run in seven innings of work to pick up the victory.

A sold out crowd of 20,000 showed up at each game.

Zac Stewart Leads NC Dinos

October 22nd, 2016

Zac Stewart pitched one out into the seventh inning without giving up a run to lead the NC Dinos to a 2-0 win over the LG Twins. The Twins managed only two hits off Stewart.

Suk Min Park hit a two run homer off Twin pitcher David Huff in the 7th inning, the last inning of work for Huff to give the Twins a brief lead. Jong-Hyun Won and Min-Ho Lee combined for three innings of shutout ball.

Taiwan Series to Start Tomorrow

October 21st, 2016

The Taiwan Series between the EDA Rhinos and the Brothers Baseball Club will begin their best of seven series tomorrow. Mike Loree will start for the Rhinos. The Brothers will trot out Bryan Woodall.

The Brothers led the league in homeruns during the season but the Rhinos were the only team to have an ERA under 6.00 in the pitching department. Both teams have the capability to hit homeruns, with the top three homerun hitters expected to be in each team’s lineup. The Rhinos won the second half title to qualify for the playoffs while the Brothers won the first half title.

Dinos Rally to Stun Twins

October 21st, 2016

The NC Dinos have waited a long time for the Twins to win their wild card contest and one playoff series. They also waited a long time to score their runs, waiting until the ninth inning to score all three of their runs in a 3-2 win in the opening series with the LG Twins. Jung-Woo Im, who had 28 saves but eight losses during the regular season, was closer to his eight loss performance yesterday, giving up three hits to all three hitters he faced.

Suk-Hoon Ji drove in the first run with his RBI single. Ji-Yong Kim struck out the first hitter he faced in relief but gave up a game tying RBI single to Ho-Jun Lee. After an intentional walk loaded the bases Duk-Han Yong ended the game with his RBI single. He had come into the game as a defensive replacement after the starting catcher had to leave the game after he was pinch hit for.

Henry Sosa pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball for the Twins. Erick Hacker gave up only three hits in his seven innings of work for the Dinos but two of them were solo shots by Luis Jimenez and Sang-Ho Chung in the 7th and 8th innings.

AFL Review

October 21st, 2016

The Arizona Fall League has finished their first week and it’s time for myworld to take a look at some of the key players doing well and not so well. This is the premium winter league to watch if your goal is to identify the prospects of the future.

Salt River Rafters (5-3-1)

At 6′6″ Grayson Greiner may be a little tall for catcher but his bat is forcing eyes to take notice. He does not hit for a lot of power but he makes good contact, rarely striking out even with his large strike zone. He is hitting .556 with one homerun and three doubles, one for each game he has played. He has yet to strike out in his 11 at bats. Jacoby Jones may not hit for the power necessary for a corner infielder but he leads the team with 5 RBIs with his .381 average. Despite this lack of power in his bat he does have one homerun. JaCoby leads the team in stolen bases with three.

Another tall drink of water is lefthanded pitcher Jared Miller at 6′7″. AFL hitters have been having trouble making contact off him as he has struck out four hitters in each of his three relief appearances, without allowing a walk. This in only 5.1 innings of work where hitters are batting .111 against him. Jared has yet to give up a hit to a right handed batter and has struck out 8 of the 11 right handed hitters he has faced.

Mesa Solar Sox (5-5)

This team has been lighting up the AFL base paths with their stolen bases. Bradley Zimmer leads the team with six stolen bases in six attempts. His 9 walks and .300 average has ensured he has been on base with great frequency. Yefri Perez has five stolen bases in six attempts and Greg Allen has four in five attempts. Greg has been one of their hottest hitters in the AFL with his .350 average. The big run producer on the team has been Ryan McBroom, who has two homeruns and 10 runs driven in.

Frankie Montas has been mowing AFL hitters down in relief with a 0.67 WHIP and six whiffs in six innings of work. He has yet to give up a run in his two relief appearances.

Scottsdale Scorpions (3-7)

The player to watch is Yankees recent acquisition Gleyber Torres who is hitting .429 with two homeruns. The only down side for the shortstop is his two caught stealings in four attempts. His OPS is up at 1.330. Greg Bird is getting tuned up for the 2017 season after missing all of 2016 because of injury. He is hitting a quiet .261 with four of his six hits doubles. The first base position is his with the Yankees if he has a good spring. Tim Tebow is a publicity draw that is hitting .100 with two singles and seven whiffs in 22 at bats.

The starting pitching has been solid with Chris Stratton (1.00 ERA), James Kaprielian (1.50 ERA) and Marcos Molina (1.80) deserving wins in each of their two starts. The bullpen has been a sieve with Dillon Tate (9.00 ERA) being taken deep twice in just four innings of work.

Peoria Javelinas (7-1-2)

Tyler O’Neil has bombed three balls over the fence for the top team in the AFL resulting in seven runs driven in. Tyler is hitting .250 but five of his eight hits have been for extra bases, leading to a .908 OPS. Hitting was supposed to be the weak part of the game for Guillermo Heredia but he is hitting .400 with two doubles and one triple. The Cuban defector is better known for his center field glove than for his bat. Michael Gettys has struck out in nearly half his at bats (14). The speed is there to steal bases and the power exists to blast balls over the fence, but if he continues to struggle with his inability to recognize pitches he may never see the major leagues.

Luz Gohara has been feast or famine with 10 whiffs but nine hits given up in just 5.2 innings of work. One of those hits was a four bagger. Brent Honeywell has struggled (16.62 ERA) in his two starts, giving up three homeruns.

Surprise Saguaros (4-4-1)

Yoan Moncada has been the player to watch. The top prospect in baseball last year has struggled to make contact with 9 whiffs, but when contact is made he barrels the ball, hitting .333 with one homerun. Another Red Sox prospect to keep an eye on is Panamanian shortstop Maurice Dubon, who is hitting .318. He won’t hit for a lot of power but his defense at short is superb. Andy Ibanez is another Cuban showing a good bat with his .381 average. He makes contact with only one whiff and no walks in his 21 at bats.

Michael Kopech and his three digit fastball made one start with three hitless innings. He struck out five in his perfect outing. Josh Staumont has yet to give up a run in his two starts covering seven innings. The opposition is hitting only .125 against him.

Glendale Desert Dogs (3-7)

Ramon Laureano has opened some eyes with his .400 average. Of his 10 hits four have been doubles and two he has stretched for triples. Ramon is also 4 for 4 in stolen bases.

Ryan Brinley has not give up a hit or walked a batter in his three perfect relief outings covering four innings.

Orioles and Nationals Drafts from 2005

October 19th, 2016

Myworld took a look at the drafts of the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles since 2005 to see what team they would have for 2017 of major league players if their roster was exclusively limited to drafted players. Myworld chose 2005 because that was the year the Montreal Expos move to D.C.

Washington Nationals

2005 - Ryan Zimmerman (1) 1B, Justin Maxwell (4) OF, Marco Estrada (6) RHP, Scott Barnes (43 - DNS) RHP

2006 - Khris Davis (29 - DNS) OF, Brad Peacock (41) RHP

2007 - Ross Detwiler (1) LHP, Josh Smoker (1) LHP, Jordan Zimmerman (2) RHP, Steven Souza (3) OF, Derek Norris (4) C

2008 - Destin Hood (2) OF, Danny Espinosa (3) SS, Tommy Milone (10) LHP, Alex Dickerson (48 - DNS) OF

2009 - Stephen Strasburg (1) RHP, Drew Storen (1) RHP, Michael Taylor (6) OF, Nate Karns (12) RHP, Marcus Stroman (10 - DNS) RHP

2010 - Bryce Harper (1) OF, Sammy Solis (2) LHP, A.J. Cole (4) RHP, Robbie Ray (12) LHP

2011 - Anthony Rendon (1) 3B, Alex Meyer (1) RHP, Billy Burns (32) OF, Brian Goodwin (1) OF

2012 - Lucas Giolito (1) RHP

2015 - Koda Glover (8) RHP

Baltimore Orioles

2005 - Nolan Reimold (2) OF, David Hernandez (16) RHP

2006 - Pedro Beato (1) RHP, Zach Britton (3) LHP, Tony Watson (17 - DNS) LHP

2007 - Matt Wieters (1) C, Jake Arrieta (5) RHP, Russell Wilson (41 - DNS) QB

2008 - Brian Matusz (1) LHP, Caleb Joseph (7) C, Chris Hermann (10 - DNS) C, Oliver Drake (43) RHP

2009 - Mychal Givens (2) RHP, Tyler Naquin (33 - DNS) OF, Mike Flacco (31) Brother of Joe QB

2010 - Manny Machado (1) 3B/SS

2011 - Dylan Bundy (1) RHP, Mike Wright (3) RHP, Tyler Wilson (10) RHP, Zach Davies (26) RHP

2012 - Kevin Gausman (1) RHP, Christian Walker (4) 1B/OF

2013 - Trey Mancini (8) 1B, Donnie Hart (27) RHP

Washington Nationals Lineup/Roster

C - Derek Norris

1B - Ryan Zimmerman

2B - empty, but lots of outfielders who could try second base

SS - Danny Espinosa

3B - Anthony Rendon

OF - Khris Davis, Bryce Harper, Steven Souza, Justin Maxwell, Michael Taylor, Billy Burns, Brian Goodwin and Destin Hood

SP - Marco Estrada, Jordan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Marcus Stroman, Robbie Ray, Scott Barnes and Lucas Giolito

RP - Brad Peacock, Ross Detwiler, Tommy Milone, Alex Meyer, Drew Storen, Nate Karns, Sammy Solis, A.J. Cole and Koda Glover

Baltimore Orioles Lineup/Roster

C - Matt Wieters, Caleb Joseph, Chris Hermann

1B - Trey Mancini

2B - empty

3B - empty

SS - Manny Machado

OF - Nolan Reimold, Tyler Naquin, Christian Walker

SP - Jake Arriata, Dylan Bundy, Zach Davies, Kevin Gausman, Mike Wright

RP - David Hernandez, Pedro Beato, Zach Britton, Tony Watson, Brian Matusz, Oliver Drake, Mychal Givens, Tyler Wilson, Donnie Hart

QBs - Russell Wilson, Mike Flacco

Twins Advance to Next Round

October 17th, 2016

The LG Twins defeated the Nexen Heroes 5-4 to advance to the next round of the KBO playoffs where they will play the second place NC Dinos. The Heroes had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, pouncing on Jae-Kuk Ryu with a four spot in the second inning. Seo Keon-Chang got the big hit for the Heroes with a two run single to drive in the last two runs of the inning.

The Twins fought back. They halved the lead in the third with two runs, Oh Ji-Hwan slapping an RBI single up the middle. The second run scored on an error after an infield single by Chae Eun-Sung.

In the fifth inning the Twins tied the game with a bases loaded hit by pitch and grounder force out. In the eighth a couple walks to lead off the inning set the stage for the one out RBI single from Oh Ji-Wan that gave the Twins a 5-4 lead. Im Jung-Woo got the last two outs to get the save.

Right Handed Starting Pitcher Prospect Review

October 16th, 2016

Just like shortstops there were a number of right handed starting pitchers to review so myworld extended it to the top 20 prospects in this category. The below list was the top 20 prospects as rated by myworld.

1. Lucas Giolito (Nationals) - The top pitching prospect struggled with his command. He dominated minor league hitters splitting time between AA and AAA but when promoted to the Nationals struggled, walking more hitters than he struck out (11/10). When the Nationals picked a starter to pitch in the bullpen in relief it was Reynaldo Lopez, who myworld had rated 28th. Gio Gonzalez will probably be gone (the Nationals not picking up his option) so it will be a battle between Reynaldo and Lucas for the fifth spot, leaving the Nationals without a lefty in the rotation. Both throw in the mid-90s so it becomes a luxury of riches with the loser getting an opportunity to prove himself by mid-season, when Strasburg is due to go on the DL.

2. Alex Reyes (Cardinals) - A 50 game drug of abuse suspension delayed his appearance in the starting rotation for the Cardinals. If they had him in the rotation at the beginning of the year they may have made the playoffs. He was pretty dominating, first in relief and then in the rotation when he was promoted to the Cardinals. Command issues were a problem with a walk every two innings. Expect him to be in the rotation next season.

3. Tyler Glasnow (Pirates) - Another pitcher with command issues which prevented him from making the rotation at the beginning of the season. He had success in AAA (1.87 ERA) despite walking 62 hitters in just 111 innings. The opposition hit only .148 against him and he struck out 133. Those command issues did not do so well when promoted to the Pirates (4.91 ERA with more hits than innings pitched and not as great a whiff rate). In spring training he will compete for a spot in the rotation and the improvement he shows with his command will determine whether he makes the rotation. He has swing and miss stuff if he can improve the location of his pitches.

4. Anderson Espinoza (Padres) - The Red Sox best prospect pitcher was traded to the Padres for Drew Pomeranz. Drew was more damaged than the Padres medical records showed and A.J. Preller was suspended for not disclosing the complete medical history of Pomeranz. The Red Sox still chose not to nullify the trade and Espinoza is still a Padre. The Red Sox may have been troubled by the struggles of Espinosa in Low A (4.38 ERA). He was not better in his seven starts with the Padres (4.78). He stands only 6′0″ so there is some durability concerns but at 18 years of age he still has a lot of time to mature. Because of his short stature and his triple digit fastballs there are a lot of comparisons to Pedro Martinez.

5. Francis Martes (Astros) - Another pitcher short of stature (6′1″) who throws a fastball in the triple digits. He pitched well in AA (3.30 ERA) striking out more than a batter per inning. He should start the 2017 season in AAA but it should not take him long to reach the Astros rotation by mid-season.

6. Jose Deleon (Dodgers) - Julio Urias was our top rated lefthanded starter. With all the injuries to the Dodgers rotation this season both got opportunities to start for the Dodgers. Urias had a little more success so this could leave Deleon with another season in AAA or starting the season in the Dodgers bullpen. He dominated in AAA (2.92 ERA with a .181 opposition average) so he has nothing to prove by repeating AAA. A lot will depend on his performance in spring training and the Dodgers needs.

7. Jose Berrios (Twins) - His starts in AAA showed the makings of an ace (2.51 ERA and .171 opposition average) but his major league opportunities were a disaster. He had trouble throwing strikes, walking almost a batter per inning and baseballs left the park with great regularity, coughing up a homerun every four innings of pitching. A good spring could earn him another opportunity in the rotation but expect him to begin the 2017 season in AAA. Success or injury in the rotation will give him another big league opportunity.

8. Robert Stephenson (Reds) - Another pitcher who can hit triple digits with his fastball. The Reds are in rebuilding mode so despite his struggles when called up he could still make the rotation with a good spring. He also had trouble keeping the ball in the park, giving up more than a homerun for each four innings of work. The Reds would have liked to see more minor league success (4.41 ERA in AAA) but 71 walks in just 137 innings spells command issues.

9. Jon Gray (Rockies) - The third pick in the 2013 draft started 28 games for the Rockies. His 4.5 plus ERA is credible considering the hitters atmosphere in Colorado. He should be a foundation for the Rockies rotation, perhaps inserting himself in the ace role in 2017.

10. Michael Fulmer (Tigers) - He almost saved the Tigers season, becoming the ace in the rotation. He tired a bit towards the end of the season as his innings pitched increased. Expect him to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award for 2016. Fulmer will also be a foundation in the Tigers rotation for the 2017 season.

11. Kenta Maeda (Dodgers) - Not really a rookie because of his success in Japan. He pitched well early in the season but the length of the major league season may have caught up with him. He averaged just over 5 innings per start but was the one Dodger that got over 30 starts. He was the number two starter behind Kershaw until the Dodgers acquired Rich Hill. He will be an important cog in the Dodgers rotation for 2017 despite a fastball that barely breaks 90.

12. Jorge Lopez (Brewers) - Jorge had a season to forget in AAA (6.81). He walked a lot of hitters and gave up more hits than innings pitched. With a good season he could have been promoted to the Brewers by mid-season. Instead, he saw more time in AA to build up his confidence with a little more success. The 2017 season will probably see him begin it in AAA and with success he could see a mid-season promotion.

13. Aaron Blair (Braves) - Another pitcher who struggled in his 14 starts with the Braves. Blair was one of the players the Diamondbacks gave up for Shelby Miller. As hard as it was Blair had a worst season than Miller. His AAA numbers were not impressive and myworld saw a back end of the rotation pitcher when we watched him pitch in the spring. With all the talented young pitchers the Braves have in their farm system it would not surprise myworld to see the Braves attempt to trade him.

14. Luis Ortiz (Brewers) - One of the players the Brewers acquired in the Jonathan Lucroy trade. He pitched in AA and seemed to be pretty easy to hit (.290 opposition average) with less than impressive whiffs per innings pitched. He starred for the United States 18 and under team, winning the MVP award at the World Cup in 2014. Poor conditioning and weight issues could prevent him from achieving success as he gets older.

15. Brent Honeywell (Rays) - A screwball gives him a different pitch than other pitchers. He was the Rays 2015 version of Blake Snell without the shutout innings. Blake was rated as out second best lefthanded starter. Honeywell had success splitting his time between High A and AA, limiting the opposition to an average of just over .200. Expect him to join Snell in the Rays rotation by mid-season in 2017.

16.Jeff Hoffman (Rockies) - The first round pick of the Blue Jays, the Rockies acquired Hoffman last year for Troy Tulowitski. He made his major league debut late in the season but struggled, giving up lots of homeruns, lots of hits with a walk to whiff ratio of 1/1. Not a promising debut to see him start the 2017 season in the Rockies rotation. His minor league numbers were not impressive (4.02 ERA) so expect him to repeat AAA and get a major league callup upon the Rockies need and his success.

17. Dillon Tate (Yankees) - The Yankees picked him up in the Carlos Beltran trade. Tate was the Rangers first round pick in 2015. The Yankees used him in the bullpen to decrease his innings count. He struggled in the Rangers Low A rotation (5.12 ERA) but did better with the Yankees (3.12 ERA). Combined the opposition hit over .300 against him. He could repeat Low A, but expect the Yankees to promote him to High A. Don’t expect to see him in the Yankee rotation until 2018.

18. Carson Fulmer (White Sox) - The White Sox called him up early in the season to use him in the bullpen. His ERA neighbored a run per inning pitched so he was sent back down to AAA to finish his year in the minors as a starter. Expect him to spend the 2017 season in AAA until he can address his command issues. In AA he walked 51 hitters in his 87 innings of work. That will have to improve if he hopes to make the White Sox rotation.

19. Grant Holmes (Athletics) - The Dodgers traded their 2014 number one pick to the Athletics in the Rich Hill trade. At 6′1″ he is small in stature and his success in the minor leagues has been limited. After the Athletics acquired him they shifted him to the High A California League where the opposition tagged him for a .355 average. The Athletics could promote him to AA in 2017 but he is still a couple years away from making the Athletics rotation.

20. Jake Thompson (Phillies) - The Phillies are rebuilding and Jake could be part of their rotation next year. His numbers for the Phillies last year were poor with a 5.70 ERA and a 28/32 walk to whiff ratio. He also gave up one homerun for each five innings he pitched. Those kind of numbers will not keep him in a major league rotation. Expect him to start the season in AAA where he had success. His strikeout numbers are not impressive but he is not an over powering pitcher.

Carp and Fighters to Play in Japan Series

October 16th, 2016

The Hiroshima Carp scored six runs in the first inning, three of them scoring on a Brad Eldred homerun and then hung on to beat the Yokohama Bay Stars 8-7 winning the Central League 4-1 to advance to the Japan Series. The Bay Stars battled back with a 2-run homer from Takayuki Kajitani and a solo shot from Jose Lopez but fell one run short. Their big bat Yoshitomo Tsutsugo went 0 for 5 and hit .063 for the playoffs. Jay Jackson retired the Bay Stars in order in the eighth and Shota Nakazaki picked up his second save of the playoffs with a scoreless ninth.

The defending champ Softbank Hawks battled back in game four to win 5-2 to run the series to 3-2. Yuya Hasagawa, Nobuhiro Matsuda and Kenta Imamiye each hit homeruns to help with the win. Rick VandenHurk got the start and the win for the Hawks, working six innings and allowing a two run double to Shohei Otani in the sixth for the Fighters only runs. By then the Hawks were up 5-0.

The next day the Hawks scored four runs in the opening frame, three of them scoring on a Nobuhiro Matsuda homerun, his third in these playoffs. The Fighters battled back with a solo shot from Sho Nakata and two run doubles from Kensuke Kondo and Hiromi Oka to win the game 7-4 and take the series 4-2 to win the Pacific Conference. Shohei Otani, who shut out the Hawks in the opener, pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two to pick up the save. Otani broke his own velocity record with a 165 KM fastball (102.5 miles per hour), hitting that speed twice. All his fastballs in the ninth inning went over the 100 mile per hour reading, but he got two swings and misses for whiffs with his slider.

The Hiroshima Carp will play the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japan Series.