MLB Salary Rank for 2019 Season

April 21st, 2019

Below myworld ranked the MLB salaries, as well as listing all the players making $20 million or more. Salary information was obtained from Sports Weekly.

1. Chicago Cubs ($211,546,714)

Jon Lester ($27,500,000)
Yu Darvish ($20,000,000)
Cole Hamels ($20,000,000)
Jasen Heyward ($20,000,000)

2. New York Yankees ($205,443,088)

Giancarlo Stanton ($26,000,000)
Masahiro Tanaka ($22,000,000)
Jacoby Ellsbury ($21,847,142)

3. Washington Nationals ($204,449,127)

Max Scherzer ($42,142,857)
Stephen Strasburg ($36,428,571)

4. Boston Red Sox ($204,335,019)

David Price ($31,000,000)
J.D. Martinez ($23,750,000)
Rick Porcello ($21,125,000)
Mookie Betts ($20,000,000)

5. San Francisco Giants ($199,729,652)

Johnny Cueto ($22,666,666)
Buster Posey ($22,511,111)

6. Los Angeles Angels ($177,328,583)

Mike Trout ($34,083,333)
Albert Pujols ($28,000,000)

7. Los Angeles Dodgers ($170,903,333)

Clayton Kershaw ($31,000,000)
Russell Martin ($20,000,000)

8. Houston Astros ($165,653,000)

Justin Verlander ($28,000,000)

9. St. Louis Cardinals ($165,253,599)

Yadier Molina ($20,000,000)

10. Seattle Mariners ($152,807,076)

Felix Hernandez ($27,857,143)
Edwin Encarnacion ($23,333,333)

11. Colorado Rockies ($150,805,164)

Nolan Arenado ($26,000,000)
Charlie Blackmon ($21,516,666)

12. New York Mets ($149,802,076)

Yoennis Cespedes ($29,000,000)
Robinson Cano ($24,000,000)

13. Philadelphia Phillies ($144,616,127)

Jake Arriata ($25,000,000)

14. Cincinnati Reds ($133,580,714)

Joey Votto ($25,000,000)
Matt Kemp ($21,500,000)

15. Milwaukee Brewers ($127,850,341)

None

16. Cleveland Indians ($122,875,033)

Carlos Santana ($20,500,000)

17. Atlanta Braves ($117,855,753)

Josh Donaldson ($23,000,000)
Freddie Freeman ($21,359,375)

18. Minnesota Twins ($114,901,933)

None

19. Arizona Diamondbacks ($107,485,650)

Zack Greinke ($32,421,884)

20. Texas Rangers ($106,969,999)

Shin-Soo Choo ($21,000,000)

21. Detroit Tigers ($102,242,200)

Miguel Cabrera ($30,000,000)
Jordan Zimmerman ($25,000,000)

22. Oakland Athletics ($101,985,000)

None

23. Kansas City Royals ($100,820,791)

Alex Gordon ($21,000,000)

24. Chicago White Sox ($90,652,000)

None

25. Baltimore Orioles ($80,012,045)

Chris Davis ($21,116,517)

26. Pittsburgh Pirates ($76,082,999)

None

27. San Diego Padres ($75,795,766)

Eric Hosmer ($21,625,000)

28. Toronto Blue Jays ($71,228,671)

None

29. Miami Marlins ($70,610,020)

None

30. Tampa Bay Rays ($53,500,799)

None

McGuire Tosses No Hitter in KBO

April 21st, 2019

It was not much of a game. Unless you wanted to watch a no hitter. The Samsung Lions eradicated the Hanwha Eagles 16-0. The highlight of the game was the no hitter thrown by Deck McGuire. He struck out 13 in the game, including striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth, finishing the game with 128 pitches.

The Eagles only had three baserunners. One reached on an error in the first but was later caught stealing. Deck walked a hitter in the fourth and hit a batter in the eighth.

The last no hitter myworld shows was by Michael Bowden in 2016. We could have missed one. It would be the 14th no hitter recorded in the KBO. At nohitters.com they have a list of no hitters in the KBO, but they fail to show the Bowden no-no in 2016 so it may not have been updated.

Ranking the Minor League Systems

April 20th, 2019

Below is myworld’s rankings of the major leagues minor league farm system.

1. San Diego Padres (46.6) - Pitching seems to be their strength with Chris Paddock impressing at the major league level and MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patino, Michel Baez, Adrian Morejon, Logan Allen and Ryan Weathers waiting in the wings at various levels. Baez and Morejon were Cuban signings and Gore may be the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues. The biggest impact player could be Fernando Tatis Jr., who is the favorite to win rookie of the year honors after his hot start. Josh Naylor has a big bat but the National League may have to adopt the DH to get his bat in the lineup. Francisco Mejia is sharing the catching duties with Austin Hedges. Luis Urias was recently called up to cover second base. In a couple years the Padres will have to find room for Xavier Edwards. Watch out for Ty France, Hudson Potts and Tirso Ornelas. Buddy Reed, Anderson Espinoza and Cal Quantril were once highly rated but have seen their stock drop.

2. Atlanta Braves (43.91) - Their pitching is stronger than the Padres but they lack the position depth. Mike Soroka, Touki Touissaint, Ian Anderson, Kyle Wright, Luz Gohara and Bryse Wilson can all see the rotation by the end of the year. Kolby Allard lacks velocity but could fit in the bullpen. The Braves top position player is Austin Riley and he will see time after the Josh Donaldson one year contract is complete. In the outfield Drew Waters and Cristian Pache are ready to join Ronald Acuna in the outfield. The brother of Wilson Contreras, William is one of the better catchers in the minor leagues. Kyle Muller and Joey Wentz are two other pitchers to watch in the Braves assembly line.

3. Tampa Bay Rays (37.62) - The Rays strength is up the middle. Jesus Sanchez is a five tool outfielder. Many expect shortstop Wander Franco to be the next superstar prospect in the minor leagues. Lucius Fox was one of the first major wave signed out of the Bahamas, but beating out Franco may be difficult. Brandon Lowe is already making a major league impact at second base. Vidal Brujan plays the same position in the minor leagues and may have better tools, except for power. Nat Lowe is a big power bat for first base. Brendan McKay can also play first base but his strength may be as a left handed arm. Brent Honeywell is recovering from Tommy John surgery and may be ready for the Rays rotation by mid season. Matthew Liberatore and Shane Baz are other pitchers to watch. Ronaldo Hernandez has a big, power bat for a catcher. Watch out for Moises Gomez to make his mark next year.

4. Chicago White Sox (37.6) - Eloy Jimenez was recently rewarded with a multi year contract and a promotion to the major leagues. Luis Robert is tearing up the minor leagues and is screaming for a promotion from High A. Blake Rutherford made his mark with the United States team but needs to show more power. Nick Madrigal can play either short or second but it will be his bat that will get him promoted. On the pitching front they have had bad luck with Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning sidelined by Tommy John surgery. Kopech should be ready by mid-season. Dylan Cease is close to a promotion. Watch out for the next wave in Micker Adolfo, who is recovering from Tommy John and spending his 2019 season as a DH. Zack Collins has a power bat but some question his defense from behind the plate. Alec Hansen had a rough season last year trying to find the plate, but myworld believes he will recover. Zach Burdi is the White Sox closer of the future and Jake Burger is a big bat that should be available soon after his recover from his Achilles heel injury.

5. Houston Astros (28.72) - Forest Whitley could be the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues next year. Josh James is already making an impact in the Astros pen. J.B. Bukauskas is struggling in the minors and may be better suited for the pen as well. Cionel Perez does not throw hard but is a crafty lefty. Corbin Martin and Rogelio Armenteros are two other pitchers gearing toward making an impact in the starting rotation. Kyle Tucker is a superstar ready to happen, but he must solve major league pitching. Yordan Alvarez has a power bat but poor defensively. Seth Beer is another power bat without a defensive position. Next wave to watch is shortstop Freudis Nova who is a middle infielder with power and Myles Straw, whose big tool is his speed.

6. Cincinnati Reds (27.8) - Nick Senzel is moving to centerfield but it is his bat the Reds want in the lineup. Staying healthy has been his biggest challenge. Taylor Trammell has all five tools and comes off winning the MVP of the Future’s Game last year. Jonathan India plays third but may have to move to get his bat in the lineup. Tyler Stephenson is the Reds future catcher. On the mound Hunter Greene is out for the year with elbow issues and Tommy John. Tony Santillan is ready to make an impact this year. On the cusp is Jose Siri, a multi tooled outfielder and Ibandel Isabel, who hit 35 homeruns in the Florida State league.

7. Toronto Blue Jays (26.3) - Good genes here. Vladimir Guerrero is the minor league player of the year. Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio also have good bloodlines and cover the middle infield. Biggio is being considered for centerfield. Danny Jansen is contributing behind the plate this year for the Jays. Kevin Smith does not overwhelm you with tools but could be a solid utility player. Jordan Groshans was the Blue Jays first round pick last year but plays the same position as Guerrero. The pitching is not as strong but Nate Pearson is one of the hardest throwers in the minor leagues, but needs to stay healthy. Eric Pardinho is small in stature but throws hard with a variety of pitches. Next wave to watch is shortstop Miguel Hiraldo who has good power for a middle infielder. He may have to move to second base. Elvis Luciano was taken as a Rule V as a teenager. Demi Orimoloye has tremendous tools but must improve his ability to make contact.

8. Minnesota Twins (23.21) - Royce Lewis is a top ten prospect playing a critical position (shortstop). Alex Kirilloff has a big bat and despite his surgery we like his arm in right field. Nick Gordon may have to settle for a utility role. Trevor Larnach was a big bat for NCAA champion Oregon State and will be a corner outfielder for the Twins. Brusdar Graterol has a blazing fastball that may eventually be moved to the pen. Brent Rooker is a bat in search of a position. The next wave will include Wander Javier at shortstop once he gets healthy. Akil Baddoo is a bat that appears to be finding his power.

9. Washington Nationals (19.65) - They have traded most of the prospects but have a trio of position players that will make an impact. Victor Robles will cover a lot of ground in center and all he needs is to find his power. Carter Kieboom will be at second base next year for the Nationals. Luis Garcia is ready to fill a utility role but his best position is as a middle infielder. The next wave could include Mason Denaburg, there number one pick last year who has a power arm. Seth Romero has all the talent but character issues could get in the way. The lefthander had Tommy John surgery so he has a year to reflect. Tres Barrera is their catcher of the future. Rhett Wiseman is one of the hottest hitters in the minors this year with 8 homeruns in 13 games. Currently the Nationals do not need outfielders.

10.Los Angeles Dodgers (19.52) - Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith make catching the strongest position for the Dodgers. Alex Verdugo is contributing to the outfield. Gavin Lux finally broke out last year and could see himself in a utility role in the middle infield. Justin Dunn is ready to make a contribution in the starting rotation. The next wave could see Dennis Santana become their closer of the future. DJ Peters is a lesser version of Aaron Judge at 6′6″ but needs to improve his contact. Jeren Kendall has all the tools to make an impact.

11. Oakland Athletics (18.85) - Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk are two of the best lefthanders in the minors. Puk is coming off Tommy John and Luzardo is on the disabled list with arm issues. Sean Murphy is a talented defensive catcher who could provide enough bat to be an All Star. Lazaro Armenteros came with a lot of hype but shows some talent. His defense, especially his arm is less than expected but he has speed and an impact bat. Jorge Mateo just needs an opportunity. The toolsy athlete needs to find a position to get his bat in the lineup. The next wave could include James Kaprielian if he can get healthy. The number one pick of the Yankees in 2015 has not pitched in two years.

12. Pittsburgh Pirates (16.7) - Mitch Keller has been one of the top righthanders in the minor leagues but the Pirates have been slow to promote him. 2019 should be his year. At 6′6″ O’Neil Cruz could be too big for shortstop but his bat will make a move to the outfield a mute point. Ke’Bryan Hayes is the son of Charlie and plays a mean third base. He needs to find a little more pop in his bat to play the corner infield. Travis Swaggerty has a lot of swag as the Pirates first round pick last year. Calvin Mitchell is a power bat with defensive limitations in the outfield. Eventually Cole Tucker will be the shortstop for the Pirates before the year is out.

13. St. Louis Cardinals (14.29) - The Cardinals are crowded at third base with Nolan Gorman and Elehuris Montero. Tyler O’Neil is making a contribution with the Cardinals this year. Alex Reyes has had trouble staying healthy and may be best used out of the bullpen. The Cardinals are using him in the minors in the rotation to strengthen his arm. Dakota Hudson is ready for the rotation. Andrew Knizner is now the Cardinals catcher of the future now that Carson Kelly has now been traded. On the cusp is Malcom Nunez, signed out of Cuba who also plays third base. His power is impressive.

14. Los Angeles Angels (13.36) - Jo Adell and Jordyn Adams are outfielders who could be flanking Mike Trout in a couple years. Adell is a five tool athlete while Adams has sprinter speed. Brandon Marsh has a big bat but not the tools of Adell and Adams. Jahmai Jones was an outfielder who moved to second base. He struggled last year with the change in positions but the bat is strong. Kevin Maitan has had a big drop in prospect stock but he is still a player to watch because of his bat. Griffin Canning from the right side and Jose Suarez from the left are two arms the Angels see contributing sometime this year. The next wave could include Matt Thaiss, who was a catcher but has moved to first base where his bat has started to show some power. Livan Soto and Luis Rengifo are middle infielders to watch.

15. Seattle Mariners (12.72) - The Mariners have traded for prospects. Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn are two ex-New Yorkers, one from the Mets and the other from the Yankees, who have lots of talent. Justus needs to find his control to make an impact this year. Yusei Kikuchi was a signing out of Japan this year that is already making an impact on the mound. Jarred Kelenic is an outfielder also acquired from the Mets who has five tool potential. Evan White is a first baseman drafted in the first round in 2017 who must find more power. Waiting in the wings is Julio Rodriguez, who will see his first games stateside. He has plenty of tools to show off in the outfield and at the plate. Kyle Lewis is finally getting healthy from a gruesome knee injury. Logan Gilbert is a first round pick last year who did not get to pitch.

16. New York Mets (12.65) - Peter Alonso has taken over the first base position for the Mets. The shortstop position still shows some strength with Andre Gimenez and Ronny Mauricio waiting in the wings. Third baseman Mark Vientos has a power bat that could make an impact soon. The next wave could include Shervyen Newton, who lacks the range to stay at short but the bat has the pop to move to third. Luis Guillorme may have the best glove of the shortstops, but his bat is lacking. Pitching is short, but the Mets have high hopes for two first rounders Anthony Kay and David Peterson, both lefthanders.

17. Detroit Tigers (12.36) - The Tigers have a starting rotation already in the minors in Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Alex Faedo, Franklin Perez and Beau Burrows. The trick is to keep them all healthy. Christin Stewart is already making an impact for the Tigers in left field. Isaac Paredes has already been moved to third but his future may be at second. The next wave could be outfielders Daz Cameron and Parker Meadows. Daz is the son of Mike and Parker is the brother of Austin. Kody Clemens, the son of Roger could make an impact with his bat. Sergio Alcantara could be the Tigers shortstop of the future if he can find his bat.

18. Miami Marlins (11.13) - Sandy Alcantara has a big fastball and is making a contribution to the Marlins rotation now. Sixto Sanchez was the Phillies top prospect and acquired in the J.T. Realmuto trade. He could be ready for the rotation by the end of the year. Victor Victor Mesa was a star in Cuba, whose father was a legend on the international scene. Mesa covers a lot of ground in center and should carry an impact bat. Monte Harrison has a lot of swing and miss but can hit for pop and covers a lot of ground in the outfield. The next wave could include Jorge Guzman, who is one of the hardest throwers in the minors, but has difficulty finding the plate. Isan Diaz comes with a lot of hype but has not produced to justify the hype. Jose Devers is the younger brother of Rafael and plays shortstop.

19. Colorado Rockies (11.08) - Garrett Hampson is contributing already for the Rockies at second base. Brendan Rodgers plays the same position as Trevor Story, but has a bat that needs to fill the lineup. Colton Welker plays third base but has power and no position. Tyler Nevin is the son of Phil and plays the corner infields. If his bat connects for more pop he could be an impact player. Pitching is short, but the Rockies have hope that Peter Lambert develops with his breaking pitches. The next wave could include Riley Pint a first round pick in 2016 with an impressive fastball. Roberto Ramos hit 32 homeruns last year and has the power for first base.

20. Milwaukee Brewers (9.63) - Corbin Burnes worked well for the Brewers in the pen last year, but struggled in the starting rotation this year and was recently sent down. Keston Hiura has batting titles in his future and will slide into second base. Tristen Lutz is a toolsy corner outfielder who carries some pop. Ready to make an impact are Corey Ray, a first round pick in 2016 who finally flashed his potential last year with 27 homeruns. Brice Turang is a first round pick in 2018 who plays shortstop. Mauricio Dubon is a middle infielder who hit .343 last year before a knee injury ended his season after 27 games.

21. Baltimore Orioles (8.36) - Yusniel Diaz is loaded with tools to be the O’s future rightfielder. Ryan Mountcastle has an impressive bat but no defensive position. D.L. Hall is one of the best lefthanders in the minor leagues. On the rebuilding front the next wave would include Grayson Rodriguez, who at 6′5″ has an impressive fastball and solid secondary pitches. Austin Hays needs to find his mojo after hitting 33 homeruns in 2017. Injuries have limited his playing time. Hunter Harvey has an impressive arm that has not stayed healthy. Cadyn Grenier has an impressive glove that moved Nick Madrigal to second base, but his bat may not play.

22. Texas Rangers (7.28) - The Rangers used to always fill the top of the prospect lists but the well started running dry in 2016. The outfield has a solid corp with Julio Pablo Martinez. Leody Taveras and Bubba Thompson. Leody is a gold glove caliber outfielder who has not found his bat yet. Anderson Tejeda is a shortstop who carries some pop with the bat. On the mound Hans Crouse has a fastball that can do some damage and Cole Winn was a first round pick last year who will make his debut in 2019.

23. Cleveland Indians (7.25) - Triston McKenzie is a talented arm who is spending is second straight season on the Disabled List to start the year. Luis Oviedo has a large frame (6′4″) with a big fastball. Bobby Bradley shows big time pop at first base, but lacks a glove and hits for a low average. Nolan Jones and Yu Chang have power bats who will fight for third base. The next wave could include Bo Naylor, a catcher who was the Indians first round pick last year. George Valera and Will Benson are two impact outfielders. Valera signed out of the Dominican for big time dough has all five tools. Will Benson recently hit four homeruns in one game and could be ready for a break out season. Daniel Johnson was acquired from the Nationals and has some pop to play a corner outfield.

24. San Francisco Giants (7.17) - Their high rankings are the result of two players. The Giants have been waiting for an outfielder since the retirement of Barry Bonds and Heliot Ramos could be that player. Joey Bart will be ready at catcher once Buster Posey makes his move to first base. The next wave could include shortstop Marco Luciano, who recently signed a contract in 2018 for $2.16 million. Melvin Adon and Ray Black are two power arms who could fill the Giants bullpen.

25. Philadelphia Phillies (6.9) - The Phillies have traded the bulk of their prospects for a pennant run this year. Luis Garcia is a shortstop still a length away from making a contribution. Alec Bohm was drafted in the first round last year and has the power to play third. Adonis Medina is the one arm they have kept. He is still a couple years away from making a contribution. Spencer Howard is another arm the Phillies are high on. The next wave could include Adam Haseley who the Phillies hope will have a break out year next year. Dylan Cozens has big time pop and could fit in right field if Bryce did not already occupy that spot.

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (5.73) - Jon Duplantier is a talented arm the D-backs have yet to trade. His big issue is staying healthy. Taylor Widener has gotten notice with his high strikeout rate (11.5/nine innings). Jazz Chisholm will play short and Kristian Robinson could play center. Both players were signed out of Bahamas and will bring big time pop to a lineup. Daulton Varsho will try to replicate the numbers of his namesake, Darren Daulton. His arm could be a little shallow for catcher. The next wave could include Pavin Smith, a first baseman who needs to show more pop to fit at the position.

27. New York Yankees (5.25) - The Yankees have fallen far. They still have some arms in Jonathan Loaisiga and Albert Albreu. Estevan Florial is a multi tooled outfielder who had a down year last year. The Yankees do have talent on the horizon. Everson Pereira and Antonio Cabello are two outfielders from Venezuela who have the potential to be five tool players. Luis Medina and Luis Gil are young pitchers who can hit triple digits with their fastball. Anthony Siegler is a solid defensive catcher drafted in the first round last year.

28. Kansas City Royals (3.5) - Brady Singer was the Royals first round pick in 2018 and should be the ace in the rotation by 2020. MJ Melendez is a solid defensive catcher who should be calling his pitches by that time. Khalil Lee has all the tools to play center and become an All Star. Seuly Matias had the power in his bat to hit 31 homeruns last year and has the arm for right field. The future wave could include Daniel Lynch and Jackson Kowar, two more pitchers drafted in the first round last year. Meibrys Viloria is another catcher who has not replicated his 2016 performance when he hit .376.

29. Chicago Cubs (1.6) - Nico Hoerner was the Cubs first round pick last year who could have an impact bat at shortstop. The only tool he lacks is power. Miguel Amaya is a solid defensive catcher who brings a bat to the game. The next wave will include Brailyn Marquez, a lefthander who saw his fastball rise to the mid to high 90s.

30. Boston Red Sox (1.45) - Michael Chavis was the Red Sox third baseman of the future who became their third baseman of the present with his recent callup. Bobby Dalbec plays the same position but has the pop to move to first base. The next arrivals include Darwinzon Hernandez, a lefthander who has a mean fastball destined to fill the Red Sox bullpen before the year ends. Jay Groome was a first round pick in 2016 and missed last year for Tommy John surgery. His fastball is impressive coming from the left side. Triston Casas was the Red Sox first round pick last year. He has an impressive bat that will start at the corners in the infield and may move to the outfield.

Corbin Leads Nats to Series Win Over Giants

April 19th, 2019

With only Doolittle effective in the Nationals bullpen, getting eight innings from Patrick Corbin was critical. He gave them one out short of eight and the Nationals bullpen was able to hold off the Giants for the last four outs to preserve a 4-2 win. Even Sean Doolittle gave up a run in the last inning to make the game interesting. For Patrick Corbin it was his first win as a National.

The Nationals scored off Drew Pomeranz in each inning, except the second. A two out walk to Juan Soto in the first was followed by a Ryan Zimmerman blast over the right fielder’s head. Steven Duggar tried to make a diving catch but came up short. Soto was able to easily score from first.

Pomeranz retired the Nats in order in the second. In the third he retired the first two hitters but Anthony Rendon lined a double off the left field wall, just a couple feet short of finding the bleachers. Juan Soto went opposite field, hitting another ball over the head of Brandon Belt to one hop the wall, scoring Rendon.

Wilmer Difo blasted a two out homer in the fourth, a ball that carried at least into the 15th row in left field. The Nationals scored their last run in the fifth on a bases loaded walk to Yan Gomes. That finished the day for Pomeranz.

Myworld was gone after the fifth. We saw seven of his nine whiffs. There were also stellar defensive plays by Wilmer Difo at short and Ryan Zimmerman at first.

Nats Notes: Interesting Brandon Belt was playing left field and Tyler Austin was at first base. Austin was an outfielder in the minor leagues. Belt has spent most of his time at first base and lacks the speed to really cover the outfield. Austin had just returned from the disabled list after a sore left elbow and is not ready yet for the long throws from the outfield. Belt had two balls travel over his head for doubles and threw to third, allowing Victor Robles to advance to second base. In defense of Belt, Crawford was in front of third acting as the cutoff…It was spring break and with a day game there were a lot of kids at the ball park. Attendance was 26,085…Again, the Nats took a lot of called third strikes, including Ryan Zimmerman with the bases loaded and one out. Myworld would prefer they take a more aggressive approach at the plate, rather than glare at the umpire when the strike call does not go their way…Bruce Bochy was tossed in the fifth for arguing a third strike call against Brandon Belt. It was pretty automatic since he went out immediately to argue the call. Two manager ejections for arguing balls and strikes, though Martinez was tossed from the dugout. For Bochy it was his first ejection after 25 years as manager…Brandon Belt was later tossed in the seventh inning for arguing strikes.

New Ball Stifling KBO Offense

April 19th, 2019

The KBO went to a newer, heavier ball and the offense has dropped. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in the KBO. What has really fallen off is the number of homeruns that are hit, especially when compared to last year. Last year the KBO hit a record 1,756 homeruns, including five players hitting more than 40 homeruns.

After the first 100 games this year there were 159 homeruns according to Yonhap News Agency. Compared to last year, after 102 games there were 244 homeruns. To address the explosive offense issue the KBO went with a new ball that is larger with less bounce to it than the one used last year and the results have been noticeable.

The league wide batting average has also dropped from .276 last year to .259 this year. This has also created a lower ERA from 4.87 to 4.06. Looking at the ERA leader board has shown some results that you never would have expected in the KBO. The top five leader board for the KBO after 23 games:

Tyler Wilson (Twins) 0.26
Cha Woo-chan (Twins) 0.75
Josh Lindblom (Bears) 1.65
Park Jin-Woo (Dinos) 2.05
Kim Won Joong (Giants) 2.05

It used to be that if you could have an ERA under 4.00 you were accomplishing something. Currently there are 17 pitchers who qualify for the league leader boards who have ERAs under 4.

Seawolves Down Bay Sox

April 18th, 2019

Myworld went to our first minor league game. Matt Manning was the attraction. He went 4.2 solid innings, being taken out in the fifth because of his pitch count. He has plenty of swing and miss with his pitches, striking out eight. The Erie Seawolves romped over the last place Bowie Bay Sox 8-3.

Veteran minor leaguer Ademar Rifaela was the biggest nemesis for Manning. After Manning walked Yusniel Diaz, Ademar ripped a double down the first base line. Diaz was able to motor home from first. In the fourth Ademar blasted one into right center for a double. He scored on a Jesmeul Velentin single.

Marcus Molina got the start for the Bay Sox. He was at one time a top ten prospect for the Mets. They let him go midway through the 2018 season. A couple weeks later he was suspended for the remainder of the season for a performance enhancing drug violation. He retired the first six hitters he faced, three of them on whiffs. The Seawolves raked him in the third with a walk, three singles and a sacrifice fly to score two.

A four hit inning in the sixth to score three broke a 2-2 tie and put the game out of reach. Chance Numata led the Seawolves with three RBIs. He hit a two run single in the sixth and contributed a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Myworld is impressed with the quick bat of Yusniel Diaz. He also showed some speed on the bases and a strong arm in right field. Sergio Alcantara showed a smooth glove at short. There is some question whether he will hit, but there is no doubt of his defensive qualities. He forced Isaac Paredes to move to third. Matt Manning shoed the ability to get a lot of swings and misses. Didn’t really see too much of his curveball.

Benson Slugs Four Homeruns

April 18th, 2019

Minor League baseball has not seen a four homerun game since 2014. That was a accomplished by current Yankee Mike Ford. Will Benson ended that drought with a four homerun day yesterday, including a grand slam in the Lake County Captains 12-6 win over South Bend. Benson drove in eight of the 12 runs.

The homer barrage started in the first inning with a two run blast off starter Eury Ramos. In the third inning he mashed a solo job off Ramos into the right centerfield seats. His grand slam came in the fourth inning off Zach Mort. So three homeruns in four innings is pretty impressive. His next at bat in the sixth he led off the inning with a mash to get to four.

He got his fifth at bat in the eighth. He struck out against Dalton Geekie. The four homeruns give him six for the season. Last year Benson slugged 22 homeruns for Lake County.

Giants Pounce on Listless Nats

April 17th, 2019

Perception means a lot. The Nationals are noted for their less than inspiring play on the field. They took a lot of called strikes, gave the umpire disapproving glares but continued to take too many pitches. Davey Martinez finally said something from the dugout that the umpire did not like and was tossed. He went out to say his peace, perhaps in an effort to motivate his troops. It failed. The Giants crushed the Nationals 7-3, their bullpen failing to hold the score to give the Nationals offense an opportunity to come back.

The Nationals struck first in the second inning. Wilmer Difo hustled a hit into left centerfield into a double. With one out Stephen Strasburg was given permission to swing the bat and he lined a pitch into right center that rolled to the wall to score Difo for a 1-0 lead. Dereck Rodriguez was too much for the Nationals after that, not getting a runner to second base in his five innings of work. Two tried, but Brian Dozier was caught stealing in the third and Victor Robles was caught in the fifth. A replay seemed to show Dozier had beaten his throw to second but the umpire watching the video did not agree.

Strasburg had a two hit shutout through four, striking out four. The wheels came off for him in the fifth. Evan Longoria led off the inning with a homerun into the right field bleachers. Steven Duggar deposited a Strasburg fastball into the left field bullpen for a two run shot to give the Giants a 3-1 lead. They tacked on another run in the sixth on a line drive from Brandon Belt into the Nationals bullpen in right field. Strasburg left after that inning, his ERA rising to 5.56.

In the seventh the Nationals brought in the new guy Austen Williams to help with their bullpen woes. It did not work. He walked Kevin Pillar, who stole second and was driven in by Gerardo Parra on a double down the left field line. Williams left without retiring a batter and Matt Grace and his double digit ERA came in to pitch. After striking out the first hitter he booted a grounder to put runners on first and third. Joe Panik executed a safety squeeze, Ryan Zimmerman turned to throw to first, but Dozier was late covering the bag. That put the Giants up 6-1.

In the bottom of the seventh Matt Adams blasted the first pitch from Sam Dyson just inside the right field foul pole into the second deck to lead off the inning. The Nationals tacked on another run when Adam Eaton grounded one just underneath the glove of Brandon Belt for a double. He scored on a Anthony Rendon single up the middle. That brought in Tony Watson to retire Juan Soto on a grounder to short to end the inning.

The Nationals had Trevor Rosenthal warming up in the bullpen. When they started to rally another pitcher began warming up, sending the signal that if the game got too close Rosenthal was not to be trusted. The game did not get close enough. Trevor came in, threw a first pitch strike and then hit Brandon Belt. He walked Brandon Crawford and heard the boos. Even Longoria struck out too derisive cheers. Kevin Pillar ran the count to 2-2 and blooped a single into right center to score Belt with another run. Trevor was able to retire the last two hitters, the last out recorded on a over the shoulder catch by Difo on a blooper into right center that appeared to be destined to be another hit. The Nationals players slapped Rosenthal on the back for completing the inning, even though he gave up one run, lowering his ERA to 40.50.

The Nationals bats were retired easily by Mark Melancon and Will Smith in the last two innings. Watching them they do not appear to have the talent to be a playoff club. The bullpen is weak and does not appear to have the capability to protect leads. This could force Martinez to leave his starters in too long, tiring them as the season wears down. They make too many base running errors and sloppy fundamentals in the field. In April they have not been a pretty team to watch.

Nats Notes: It was Jackie Robinson day. All the players wore number 42. That can be a nightmare for a score keeper to keep track of the changes on the field…The Nationals trotted out four relievers. When their day was done the ERAs for the four were Austen Williams (infinity), Matt Grace (8.53), Trevor Rosenthal (40.50) and Tony Sipp (13.50)…Brian Dozier is not helping his cause to stay with the Nationals. Howie Kendrick pinch hit for him in seventh. Kendrick is hitting .471 while Dozier is hitting .152…The RBI single by Anthony Rendon in the seventh extended his hitting streak to a career best 14. He is hitting .397…Rosenthal threw mostly fastballs, hitting 96-100. He still had difficulty finding the plate, saddling himself with two ball counts to three hitters and walking another. Despite giving up a run National players congratulated him on finishing the inning, the first time he has been able to do that this season…Buster Posey is now 6 for 10 in throwing runners out trying to steal against him. His bat may be struggling (.192) but he is still playing solid defense.

Dutch Pitcher Tosses Perfect Game

April 15th, 2019

Pitching for the Netherlands powerhouse Curacao Neptunus, Misja Harcksen pitched a perfect game in a 4-0 win over his ex-mates Twins Oosterhout. Misja played for the Twins last year. He retired all 27 hitters he faced, striking out ten of them. This is just the third perfect game in the Dutch league (Dutch Hoofdklause) history. Craig McGinnis had a perfecto in 1989 and Eelco Jansen tossed one in 1997.

Luke Heimlich Approved to Play in Mexican League

April 15th, 2019

Luke Heimlich has been approved to play baseball in the Mexican League. Heimlich pitched Oregon State to the NCAA championships and was voted the 2018 NCAA pitcher of the year. In 2017 it was discovered he was a registered sex offender for an assault he made when he was 15 years old on his then six year old niece.

Despite his college accomplishments no major league team drafted him. The LaMiga Monkeys attempted to sign him to play in Taiwan but the league voided the contract because of his criminal history. The Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos signed him but the Mexican League debated whether they should honor the contract. After an investigation they eventually allowed Heimlich to play for the Dos Laredos ball club.

Heimlich has made two starts. In his first start he pitched five innings and gave up two runs, solo shots from Michael Crouse and Luis Perez. His second start was a little rougher as he gave up six runs in just 5.1 innings. After two starts his record is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. His next start is scheduled for Friday against Nuevo Laredo.