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30 Teams in 30 Days - Arizona Diamondbacks

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Myworld is on our way home with a stop in Savannah, Georgia to wait out the East Coast Blizzard. For the NL West we got the top two teams correct with the Dodgers winning the division and the Giants finishing in second. We had the Rockies at the bottom but they surprised and finished in third, a position we thought the Diamondbacks would have occupied. That did not pan out with the collapse of their starting pitching.

Overview - Dave Stewart thought he had all the answers. He traded away a fairly stout farm system to acquire veterans with what he thought was going to be a playoff run. He also traded a promising prospect to rid his team of salary obligations. The big loser of all the trades was giving away Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 draft, Ender Inciarte, a starting centerfielder and Aaron Blair for Shelby Miller, who finished the season 3-12 with an ERA of 6.15. He also signed Zack Greinke to a six year $206 million contract. That did not work out so well but Zack was able to put up a winning record (13-7) after a slow start to the season, putting his ERA at a troubling 4.37. He still has five years on the contract to make amends for the poor season. Despite being a pitcher in his career as a major leaguer and claiming to know a major league pitcher when he sees one, the Diamondbacks were last of the 30 teams in ERA (5.09). The Diamondbacks fired Stewart and now are going into a rebuilding mode with a paucity of prospects in their system.

Strengths - The starting pitching could still be good if Zack Greinke bounces back and Shelby Miller finds his 2015 form. Taijuan Walker was acquired from the Mariners to squeeze into the rotation. He was once a top prospect for the Mariners but he also had a rough year. Robby Ray can pick up a lot of strikeouts (218) but he also gives up a lot of hits and a 4.90 ERA is only good for the back end of the rotation. If those four pitchers have bounce back seasons Arizona can surprise. They also have one of the better offensive players in the game in Paul Goldschmidt at first base. Last year was a bit of an off year for him with only 24 homeruns and a .297 average. He had gone three years in a row slugging over .500 or better but last year he fell short.

Weaknesses - Myworld would not be confident having Fernando Rodney as a closer. He bombed in that role as a Marlin and at 40 years old he is way past his prime. Not a lot of proven alternatives should Rodney fail, though they could convert Archie Bradley to a closer if he continues to struggle as a starting pitcher. They traded for Ketel Marte to compete at the shortstop position with two other players, Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings, who also struggle to put together consistent offensive numbers. The one with the best bat wins. Behind the plate they are empty on offense with Jeff Mathis behind the plate, though he is a good defensive catcher. Chris Ianetta may be able to provide better offense but not enough to make this position a strength. Brandon Drury could provide a power bat at second but sacrificing a little defense in return. If he does not hit his below average defense would force the Diamondbacks to turn to Chris Owings. Yasmany Tomas hit 30 homeruns last year but his best position could be DH. He is another one that needs to hit to justify throwing him into the outfield mix.

Non-Roster Invitees - With their weakness at catcher Josh Thole could win a backup role with a good spring. Teams are looking for lefthanded pitching and if Brian Matusz has anything left in his arm he could be used as a lefthanded set up man. In 2015 lefties hit only .188 against him. There really is not a fourth outfielder on their roster, which means Gregor Blanco or Reymond Fuentes have a good opportunity of winning that role with a good spring. My money would be on Blanco.

Breakout Prospects - If not for the Miller trade Dansby Swanson would be a nice name to throw out there. Anthony Banda is perhaps their top prospect now. The lefthander started 13 games in AAA and the Diamondbacks lack a clear fifth starter. A good spring could earn him a rotation spot. Socrates Brito was injured much of the year last year keeping him on this prospect list. He will miss a good portion of the start of the season, but the centerfield job was his when he was healthy. Ildemaro Vargas could be asked to fill a utility role if Chris Owings wins a starting job. Vargas was an Independent League sign in 2015 who hit .354 in 200 plus at bats in AAA last year.

Prospects to Watch - Dawel Lugo and Domingo Leyba are two Dominican prospects who are also the Diamondbacks best position prospects. Both were acquired via trades, Lugo from the Blue Jays and Leyba from the Tigers. Lugo will have to show he can hit for some power with his move to third base from shortstop. Last year he hit 17 homeruns. Leyba may not have the arm for shortstop so a move to second may be in his future. Anfernee Grier was the Diamondbacks first round 2016 pick. A weak arm, but above average to average in other tools could result in a solid centerfielder. That is about all myworld can get excited about.

Expected Finish - If two of the pitchers have comeback seasons the Diamondbacks can rise to third place in this division. Miller is struggling in spring training and there are not a lot of choices on the depth chart should he fail. The poor defense at a couple positions will also hurt the starting pitchers. Extra base runners because of poor range can raise those ERAs and leave struggling pitchers demoralized. Myworld expects them to finish at the bottom of the division.

Breakout Prospects and Prospects to Watch NL West

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Myworld continues to look at prospects who will have a major league impact in 2017 and other prospects to watch to see if they will find themselves on the cusp of making the major league team in 2018. Some of these prospects to watch are veteran minor leaguers trying to over come surgery, former top prospects who have tripped in their minor league ascension or Cubans who have no history at the professional level in the United States but were stars in Cuba. Today myworld takes a look at the NL West.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Breakout Prospect (Socrates Brito OF) - He had his opportunity to make an impact last year but stumbled with a .179 average in 79 at bats. Above average speed and minimal power makes centerfield an ideal position for him, but his arm is suited for right. In AAA he showed the ability to hit for average (.294) but he needs to improve his patience (13/65 walk to whiff ratio). His lack of patience was even more pronounced in the major leagues (2/23). Despite his speed he does not seem to rack up a lot of stolen bases. If he can establish a little more power he could fit in the seventh or eighth spot in the batting order but a poor OBA makes it difficult for him to win a leadoff role. With very little in the outfield Brito has an opportunity to establish himself this year if he can improve on his ability to get on base.

Prospect to Watch (Andy Yerzy C) - Myworld was going to put Peter O’Brien on this list but the Diamondbacks traded him after putting him on waivers. So we will take a look at the Canadian Yerzy, who impressed at the high school homerun hitting contest at the 2015 All Star game in Cincinnati, making it to the finals. This upped his draft stock with the Diamondbacks selecting him in the second round of the 2016 draft. Teams are always looking for lefthanded hitting catchers and when one shows the power as Yerzy the eyes light up. He is a clone of O’Brien, needing a lot of work defensively and his plate discipline is below average (4/38 at two levels) but there are tools there that the Diamondbacks can work with. And he hits lefthanded.

Colorado Rockies

Breakout Prospect (Jeff Hoffman RHP) - It is always tough for pitchers to succeed in Colorado. The 2014 first round pick got six starts at the major league level last year and fared well finishing with a 4.88 ERA. The opposition tagged him at a .287 clip and his 17/22 walk to whiff ratio was disappointing. Those numbers will have to improve if he is going to have success in 2017. He throws three very good pitches in a fastball, curveball and change, though his fastball has not gained the high 90s it had prior to his Tommy John surgery. Jeff was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round and the Rockies acquired him in the Troy Tulowitski trade. All Hoffman has to do is pull ERAs just above 4.00 and win games when Rockie bats score more runs than the opposition. After all, the altitude is not friendly to visiting pitchers either.

Prospect to Watch (Forest Wall 2B) - The Rockies drafted him in the first round supplemental draft in 2014. The defensive work at second base is below average but the bat is supposed to be good. There was some talk about moving him to centerfield but that has not come to fruition. If Wall is going to play his bat will be his ticket to the major leagues. Last year he hit .264 with a .355 slugging. That is not going to cut it with a below average glove at second base. In 2015 he slugged .438 at Low A with a better strikeout to walk ratio. He needs to bounce back to be a viable player for the Rockies in the future.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Breakout Prospect (Jose Deleon RHP) - The Twins want Deleon included in any trade for Brian Dozier. The Dodgers are reluctant to trade Jose. The 24th round pick out of Puerto Rico has given the Dodgers a number of reasons to want to keep him. His mid-90s fastball and excellent changeup give the Dodgers at least two reasons. There was a bit of a struggle in his major league callup (6.35 ERA and .288 opposition average) but his minor league numbers were dominant (2.61 ERA and .194 opposition average). Coming into the 2016 season he averaged 12.3 whiffs per nine innings. In AAA he struck out 111 in just 86.1 innings.

Prospect to Watch (Willie Calhoun 2B) - He is a small second baseman, standing just 5′8″, a little taller than Jose Altuve. The quick lefthanded bat managed to drive 27 balls over the fence in AA. This was a breakout season for him when you consider in 2015 he hit just 11 homeruns. He did show power in junior college with 31 homeruns in 61 games. It will be interesting to see if his small, powerful frame can continue to send balls over the fence. His defense is not exemplary and the fact he did not steal any bases last year says a lot about his foot speed. The Dodgers have yet to acquire Brian Dozier so second base is still an open spot for Willie.

San Diego Padres

Breakout Prospect (Manuel Margot OF and Hunter Renfroe OF) - It is tough for teams to compete for a playoff when they have two rookies patrolling their outfield. The Padres know they are in rebuilding mode and it is time to see what these two talented players can do. Margot has the greater set of tools with the speed and athleticism to play center field. His power is good enough to split the gaps. Last year in a September callup he hit .243 in 37 at bats. Five of his nine hits went for extra bases (four doubles and one triple), but he failed to draw a walk, giving him a low OBA. Renfroe is the slugger who mashed four homeruns in a brief 35 at bat September callup. He is a little more plodding than Margot, but he has enough speed to cover the outfield. His arm is one of his best attributes so right field appears to be the perfect position for him. The Padres have to hope this duo reminds them of when the Red Sox brought up Fred Lynn and Jim Rice as rookies.

Prospects to Watch (Josh Naylor 1B and Javier Guerra SS) - Josh Naylor was drafted in the first round by the Marlins. They traded him to the Padres shortly after he cut Stone Garrett with a knife that was classified as horse play but some reports have stated was a little more serious than that. Not a lot of players are packed with the power that Naylor possesses but there is also a lot of swing and miss to his game. Last year could be classified as a disappointing season for him with his 12 homeruns resulting in a ugly .407 slugging percentage. That is a little south of .500 that teams want to see from their first baseman. Slow foot speed would make a move to the outfield not wise. Guerra had an off season where his average dropped more than 100 points to a .202 clip. His OPS also fell below .600 and his walk to whiff ratio (34/141) was ugly. All of the tools exist for him to play a quality defensive shortstop, but the bat has to work to get him in the lineup.

San Francisco Giants

Breakout Prospects (Christian Arroyo SS. Clayton Blackburn RHP) - We can’t get really too excited about any Giant making an impact this year. Arroyo is more suited for a utility role. With Brandon Crawford staffing short his only opportunity to get a full time gig in the lineup will be at third base. Myworld doesn’t think he has the power for that position. A move to the outfield would not be to his advantage because of below average foot speed. He did have a career minor league average of .303 coming into 2016 but hit just .274 at AA, so he can hit. A more likely player to make an impact is Blackburn. The problem with Blackburn is his stuff is more back of the rotation starter. His fastball is in the low 90s with average breaking balls and change. What he does have is command with the ability to locate the pitches and miss the barrel of bats.

Prospect to Watch (Chris Shaw 1B) - We like his power bat, which could eventually move Brandon Belt to left field. The 2015 first round pick hit 12 homeruns in his rookie season in 2015. He slugged 21 homeruns last year, but struggled in he AA Eastern League only slugging .414. There is not any speed to his game so a move to the outfield is out of the question and his defense is a little stiff at first. Expect him to repeat AA. If he has some success first base may be his position in 2018, or he could become trade bait for another team to allow the Giants to stock up on veteran players in a playoff run.

Diamondbacks and Rockies Roster Based on Domestic Drafts

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Both are relatively new teams that quickly made the playoffs for being expansion teams. Both have struggled to get to the playoffs after their early success. Both signed an ace for the rotation. The Diamondbacks signed theirs but traded him away. The Rockeis could not sign theirs. The Rockies drafted some pretty stellar shortstops, though both the Rockies and Diamondbacks drafted a future star shortstop. Again, the Diamondbacks traded him away while the Rockies never signed him. The Diamondbacks got a bargain on a first baseman with their ninth round pick. Myworld takes a look at what these two teams rosters would be like if they relied only on the domestic draft to fill their rosters, looking at the drafts from 2005 to present.

Arizona Diamondbacks

2005 - Justin Upton (1) OF
2006 - Max Scherzer (1) RHP, Brooks Brown (1) RHP, Brett Anderson (2) LHP, Tony Barnette (10) RHP
2007 - Rey Navarro (3) SS, Bobby LaFromboise (14 - DNS) LHP, Josh Collmenter (15) RHP, Sammy Solis (18 - DNS) LHP, Tommy Layne (26) LHP, Evan Scribner (28) RHP
2008 - Wade Miley (1) LHP, Bryan Shaw (2) RHP, Collin Cowgill (5) OF, Daniel Webb (12 - DNS) RHP, Ryan Cook (27) RHP, Jake Elmore (34)2B
2009 - A.J. Pollock (1) OF, Matt Davidson (1) 3B, Chris Owings (1) SS, Marc Krauss (2) OF, Keon Broxton (3) OF, Paul Goldschmidt (8) 1B, Chase Anderson (9) RHP
2010 - Zach Walters (9) SS, Mike Bolsinger (15) RHP, Adam Eaton (19) OF
2011 - Trevor Bauer (1) RHP, Archie Bradley (1) RHP, Andrew Chafin (1) LHP, Evan Marshall (4) RHP
2012 - Jake Lamb (6) 3B
2013 - Braden Shipley (1) RHP, Aaron Blair (1) RHP
2015 - Dansby Swanson (1) SS

Roster

C - None
1B - Paul Goldschmidt
2B - Jake Elmore, Zack Walters
3B - Jake Lamb, Matt Davidson
SS - Chris Owings, Dansby Swanson, Rey Navorro
OF - Justin Upton, Adam Eaton, Collin Cwogill, Marc Krauss, Keon Broxton, A.J. Pollock
SP - Max Scherzer, Wade Miley, Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley, Braden Shilpey, Aaron Blair
RP - Sammy Solis, Josh Collmenter, Tony Barnette, Brooks Brown, Brett Anderson, Bobby LaFromboise, Tommy Layne, Evan Scribner, Bryan Shaw, Daniel Webb, Ryan Cook, Chase Anderson, Mike Bolsinger, Andrew Chafin, Evan Marshall

Colorado Rockies

2005 - Troy Tulowitski (1) SS, Chaz Roe (1) RHP, Chris Martin (21 - DNS) RHP
2006 - Michael McHenry (7) C, Will Harris (9) RHP, Andrew Cashner (18 - DNS) RHP, Justin Miller (47 - DNS) RHP
2007 - Jordan Pacheco (9) C, Matt Reynolds (20) LHP, Chris Sale (21 - DNS) LHP, Logan Shafer (47 - DNS) OF
2008 - Christian Friedrich (1) LHP, Charlie Blackmon (2) OF, Chris Dominguez (5 - DNS) 3B, Thomas Field (24) SS
2009 - Tyler Matzek (1) LHP, Rex Brothers (1) LHP, Nolan Arenado (2) 3B, Ben Paulson (3) 1B, Rob Scahill (8) RHP, Dustin Garneau (19) C, Corey Dickerson (29 - DNS) OF
2010 - Kyle Parker (1) OF, Chad Bettis (2) RHP, Josh Ruttledge (3) SS, Corey Dickerson (8) OF, Christian Bergman (24) RHP, Marco Gonzalez (29 - DNS) LHP
2011 - Trevor Story (1) SS, Peter O’Brien (3 - DNS) 1B, Preston Tucker (16 - DNS) OF
2012 - David Dahl (1) OF, Eddie Butler (1) RHP, Tom Murphy (3) C, Scott Oberg (15) RHP, Dansby Swanson (38 - DNS) SS
2013 - Jon Gray (1) RHP

Roster

C - Michael McHenry, Jordan Pacheco, Tom Murphy, Dustin Garneau
1B - Ben Paulsen, Peter O’Brien
2B - Josh Ruttledge, Thomas Field
3B - Nolan Arenado, Chris Dominguez
SS - Troy Tulowitski, Trevor Story, Dansby Swanson
OF - David Dahl, Logan Shafer, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Kyle Parker, Preston Tucker
SP - Chris Sale, Andrew Cashner, Jon Gray, Eddie Butler, Marco Gonzalez, Chad Bettis
RP - Chaz Roe, Chris Martin, Will Harris, Justin Miller, Matt Reynolds, Christian Friedrich, Tyler Matzek, Rex Brothers, Rob Scahill

Second Base Prospects Review

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Myworld is taking a look at each of the positions in which Baseball America identified as the top ten players in the minor leagues. Today we will take a look at second base.

1. Yoan Moncada (Red Sox) - He is considered the best prospect in baseball, but the position of need for the Red Sox appears to be third base. That is the position he is playing since his callup to the Red Sox. His speed is his best tool (45 stolen bases) but Yoan has a thunderous bat that is potent enough to play third. He has the potential to become a 30/30 player if his power develops. He makes contact to consistently hit .300.

2. Jose Peraza (Reds) - He had been playing utility for the Reds, riding the roller coaster ride from the minors to majors. In his recent callup he collected a series of multihit games that raised his average from .250 to .350. The Reds are now looking at him as a permanent solution to shortstop. Their hope was to trade Brandon Phillips and move Peraza to second base, but Phillips rejected a trade to the Nationals. So Pereza was stuck in a utility role, playing centerfield, shortstop and second base. When his at bats were limited he was demoted to the minors to get at bats. The Reds have talked about trading the injury plagued Cosart after the season.

3. Ian Happ (Cubs) - The Cubs have bounced him around from second base to the outfield. The position for this year is second base. He shows a little power with 15 homeruns and a .445 slugging percentage. His strikeout numbers are high and his defense is not gold glove so there are still things he needs to work on in the minor leagues.

4. Brandon Drury (Diamondbacks) - He was originally a third baseman, but with Jake Lamb taking over the position the Dbacks moved him to second. He showed power for the position, but his defense was suspect. He has seen more time in the outfield this year because of injuries to the Dbacks outfielders where he is hitting .263 with 10 homeruns. Once the outfield finds its health the Dbacks will have to find another position for him. His power is probably a little short for a corner spot and he lacks the speed and range to play center.

5. Alen Hanson (Pirates) - Next year he may find a role as a utility player. Alen has speed but his bat could be a question mark. He has nothing more to prove in the minors. Josh Harrison seems to have second base covered for the Pirates but he will soon be eligible to ask for the big bucks, which could give Hanson an opportunity. The Pirates called him up for some September appearances to see if he can help them next year. He has at least been suspended by two different managers for his surly attitude.

6. Alex Blandino (Reds) - Alex is not having the kind of year that will get him promoted to the Reds. A .232 average will guarantee at least one more season in AA. In a brief callup last year to AA he only hit .235 in limited at bats. His gap power of previous years has also been muted, with only a career low .337 slugging percentage. Jose Peraza will get the major league opportunity next year while Alex will see at least one more season in the minors.

7. Rob Refsnyder (Yankees) - His defense at second is suspect and Starlin Castro also owns the position. Rob does not appear to have the power to play third or a corner outfield on a more permanent basis. He does have the potential to hit for a high average, but that will only give him a utility role for the Yankees.

8. Forrest Wall (Rockies) - The Rockies first round pick has an electric bat but suspect defense. The bat has failed to reach the .300 neighborhood after his first year, but that is where many think he will reside. Playing in Colorado will enhance that possibility. His power has not really developed with a career .408 slugging percentage. With his struggles on defense Wall will need to improve on that to get a major league opportunity.

9. Scott Kingery (Phillies) - A second round pick of the Phillies last year, Kingery has not shown a thunderous bat. Playing in the band box of Reading his slugging average has dropped to .333. His walk to whiff has also worsened to 5/36. He needs to improve on those if he expects to be an offensive oriented second baseman. His defense is not that stellar to support a weak bat.

10. Willie Calhoun (Dodgers) - The Dodgers have to be pleasantly surprised by the power he has shown in AA (27 homeruns). At only 5′8″ that kind of power was a little unexpected. If his defense does not pan out at second base the Dodgers will find a position for him to accommodate his 30 homeruns bat. Myworld would like to see him replicate those numbers next year before we get too excited.

NL West Predictions and Looking Forward

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Myworld was not so predictive in the NL West, but the race is not over yet. The Diamondbacks seem to have self destructed and the loss of Clayton Kershaw to back problems seems to have derailed their hopes. Myworld’s predictions are in parenthesis.

San Francisco Giants (2) - The Giants continue to rely on the magic of Bruce Bochy and the even numbered years. Hunter Pence has been injured most of the year but who would have suspected the big RBI producer for this team would be shortstop Brandon Crawford. The starting pitching continues to be strong with the duo of Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto leading the charge. They hope that recent acquisition of Matt Moore will add a third piece to this rotation, but Matt needs to find his old ways of dominance prior to the Tommy John surgery.

The farm system is not a strength. 1) Chris Shaw displays a power bat but a recent promotion to AA has found him struggling. He plays the same position as Brandon Belt so something will have to give. Belt has the better defensive tools to move to the outfield. 2) Christian Arroyo has the same problem as Shaw, with Brandon Crawford playing his position at the major league shortstop level. Arroyo may have to settle for second base or a utility role. His bat is more gap oriented. 3) Tyler Beede throws in the mid-90s with a good changeup and curve ball. 4) Tyler Beede is not as overpowering but has command of multiple pitches with his best being a changeup. 5) Joan Gregorio is a whopping 6′7″ with a big fastball. With his height his hand appears to be right in the hitters face as he releases the ball.

Los Angeles Dodgers (1) - The injury to Clayton Kershaw could derail the Dodgers. Without him the starting pitching is only left with Kenta Maeda and a bunch of average. Rich Hill becomes an important new acquisition to add a quality arm to the rotation. Yasiel Puig continues to digress and has been replaced by the bat of Josh Reddick in right field. The lineup appears to be filled with low average hitters who can hit for a lot of power. Corey Seager is the one star on this team. As the season progresses Kenley Jansen may find his save opportunities limited.

The Dodgers seem to be focusing on the Cuban market despite their lack of success there. Julio Urias would be their top prospect but he may get too many major league appearances to qualify next year. That leaves the big bat of 1) Cody Bellinger. He doesn’t have big time power but at this point it may be equal to Adrian Gonzalez. Cody is also a quality defender. 2) Jose Deleon is a quality pitcher who will be the next man up after Julio Urias. He mixes in a quality fastball with a good change. 3) Alex Verdugo could be the next outfielder in a bevy of players the Dodgers have trotted out there. He doesn’t have any one outstanding tool, but a number of above average tools creating a poor man’s five tool player. 4) Willie Calhoun has shown some surprising pop (22 homeruns) for his 5′8″ frame. He doesn’t have the speed of Jose Altuve and his defense at second base still needs a lot of work, but his bat is electric. 5) Walker Buehler had a mid-90s fastball but Tommy John surgery has prevented him from having a 2016 season. He was the Dodgers first round pick in 2015.

Colorado Rockies (5) - Losing Trevor Story for the year hurts their finish to the season. He was on pace to break the rookie record for homeruns in a season in the National League. Carlos Gonzalez is still around hitting for average and power. Despite all the trade talks he remains on a team in the rebuilding mode. Nolan Arenado is the player the team needs to build around. Pitching is always a problem with the high altitude they play in. Pitchers need to be content with won loss record instead of ERA. Jonathan Gray gives them some glimmer of hope for the future.

David Dahl was recently called up and appears to be having so much success he will have too many at bats to qualify as a prospect next year. 1) Brendan Rodgers may be one of the best prospects in baseball now. The 2016 number one pick may have to find another position with Trevor Story cementing himself at short but he has a good power bat that will hit for average. 2) Jeff Hoffman was a first round pick of the Blue Jays in 2014 who the Rockies acquired for Troy Tulowitski. He has a mid-90s fastball with quality secondary pitches in a curveball and change. 3) Raimel Tapia may not have a big frame that can hit for power, but he hits .300 wherever he goes. 4) Ryan McMahon has the pop in his bat but plays the same position as Arenado. His lack of speed would make him a liability in the outfield so he may have to move to first base. 5) Riley Pint is the Rockies 2016 first round pick who can hit triple digits with his fastball. His biggest challenge will be finding the plate with more consistency.

San Diego Padres (4) - The Padres constructed a poor house last year with the acquisition of a number of high priced veterans who could not produce. They have now torn down the house and starting the construction with younger materials. Wil Myers has shown that his acquisition has been worthwhile, hitting 20 homeruns. Trading away Matt Kemp will make more room in the outfield for the callup of younger players in September. They have traded away their closer and most of the rotation to start the season so the pitching will struggle with young arms.

!) Anderson Espinoza has a quality arm that they needed to trade All Star Drew Pomeranz to acquire. He has a small frame but his fastball can hit triple digits with quality secondary pitches. If he can not hold up in the rotation he could work out as a closer. 2) Manuel Margot is another ex-Red Sox who the Padres acquired last year for Craig Kimbrel. He is a four tool player with excellent center field defense, whose power is a little short. His speed will get him 30 plus stolen bases per year. 3) Hunter Renfroe is an RBI machine with big time power. His speed is adequate for the outfield, with a strong arm to fit in right. 4) Javier Guerra is another ex-Red Sox acquired in the same Craig Kimbrel trade. He has the tools to be a quality shortstop with the potential for a power bat. This year has been a struggle (.196) with his inability to make consistent contact the reason for his low average. 5) Josh Naylor was one of the players snagged in the Andrew Cashner trade. He has big time pop but is slow afoot and will be restricted to first base on defense.

Arizona Diamondbacks (3) - This season has been a disaster for the snakes. They gave up a lot to get Shelby Miller and he has flopped. They paid out some big bucks for Zack Greinke and he has been a disappointment who has had trouble staying healthy. Archie Bradley was the Lucas Giolito of his time but he may never get it and Robbie Ray is a strikeout machine but gives up runs in bunches. The offense is just not strong enough to make up for the bushel of runs the starting pitching coughs up. Jake Lamb has had a nice season, outpacing Paul Goldschmidt as the best hitter on the team. Jean Segura has had a nice bounce back season playing second base.

The farm system does not look pretty after they traded most of their future pieces to the Braves. It would be much richer if they could get back the players they traded to the Braves. 1) Branden Shipley is being a given an opportunity in the rotation and may pitch too much to make the prospect list next year. He has a good fastball with sold secondary pitches and good command. 2) Socrates Brito may not have enough power to play a corner outfield but he has the defensive chops to play centerfield, with the arm to fit in right. An injury has slowed his 2016 season. 3) Peter O’Brien will not be a major league catcher and his defense is lacking in the outfield. He has shown big time pop in the minors, but he has failed to hit when give major league opportunities. A struggle to make contact may make him a low average 30 plus homerun type. 4) Vicente Campos was a recent pickup for Tyler Clippard. Campos was originally acquired from the Mariners by the Yankees when he had a triple digit fastball. That fastball is now mid-90s but with improved command and better secondary pitches. 5) Anfernee Grier runs well to cover a lot of ground in centerfield. His bat is a little suspect and his arm is better suited for left field.

Reds Sign Cuban Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez; Athletics Ink Lazarito

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

A number of July 2 foreign signings but the big one is the Reds signing Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez. They signed him for $7 million, which puts the Reds over their $5.1 million international salary bonus. The Reds were rumored to have signed Alfredo a number of months ago, but they made it official July 2 because they did not want to go over their salary bonus for last year and be prevented from signing other international prospects for this international signing period. They can still sign other players, but they will be subject to penalties. Alfredo is a solid defensive shortstop who has a questionable bat.

The Athletics were the team to shell out a big $3 million bonus to Lazaro “Lazarito” Armentaros. Lazarito may be more hype than substance at this point but time on the ball field will determine that. He has speed, shows power and the ability to make contact and exhibits a strong arm, all tools to make him a five tool player, but there is little game experience.

There have been a number of international signings but myworld will let them flesh out to see which team shells out the big bucks for the top rated players. Most of these international signings are mysteries with little game experience exhibited by the players to show whether these skills can be called upon in situations other than drills.

The Diamondbacks poured out $8 million for Yoan Lopez, but he has had a hard time staying with the team. Twice he has left the Diamondbacks because of issues troubling him after his departure from Cuba. Home sickness and a loss of confidence because of his lack of success may be bigger issues than his inability to pitch.

Five Games, Five Days, Five Parks - Day Two Phillies Slide Continues

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

It is only a three hour drive north but myworld has never been to the Phillies new park. Back when the team was winning and the Phillies had sellouts every day there was no motivation. The last couple years there just has not been time on the schedule. We went, we saw the park and we were not impressed.

It is off 95 taking exit 17 or 19, like a box put in the middle of some ex-industrial zone with the Eagles football park and the 76ers and Flyers sports arena next door along with a number of warehouse facilities. They have no downtown activity and there is one building with a collection of restaurants where you can eat at. That is not myworld’s idea of a festive atmosphere. So it gets an F for its location, kind of like the team it puts on the field now.

Inside the park the biggest noise was created by the singing lemon chill gal who did a pretty good business along the third base line. She seemed to have a perky smile on her face throughout the game, despite the murky demeanor surrounding the team. There is not a lot to cheer for if you are a Phillies fan. They had a small flirtation at the top of the standings to begin the season, but they have settled to the bottom like a rock now that the season is close to the All Star break. Only the hot Braves sit below them in the standings.

When you are batting utility infielder Andres Blanco as your cleanup hitter you are not going to score a lot of runs. That was the task for Shelby Miller as he faced this punch and judy offense his first day off the disabled list with his ERA above 7. He allowed a run in the second inning after giving up a leadoff double to Andres Blanco, proving his cleanup spot was deserved, and a two out double to Tyler Goeddel that went over the head of the late breaking Socrates Brito in center field. After the second double Miller did not give up another hit until the seventh inning. The manager is frustrated with the lack of professional at bats.

Jeremy Hellickson got the start for the Phillies and he looked as if he was heading for an early exit after almost giving up the cycle to the first four hitters he faced. Jean Segura opened the inning with a double down the left field line. Phil Gosselin drove him in with a single past a diving Freddy Galvis at short. Jake Lamb pumped one deep into the right field bleachers for a two run homerun to make it 3-0. Rickie Weeks could not complete the cycle, doubling down the left field line, his wide girth preventing him from scrambling to third, something he may have been able to do earlier in his career when he had some speed.

Hellickson settled down after that. He retired the next three hitters and then gave up just two hits in the next six innings, retiring the last 10 hitters he faced. Of course, the Diamondback lineup lacked a bit of explosiveness with Rickie Weeks as their cleanup hitter. Paul Goldschmidt was taking the day off.

The Phillies did put up a little rally with back to back two out singles by Cameron Rupp and Tyler Goeddel off Shelby Miller in the seventh. The D-backs went to Tyler Clippard and the Phillies responded with pinchhitter Jimmy Paredes, who flied out to centerfield to end the threat.

The Phillies again tried to rally in the ninth, getting a leadoff single from Odubel Herrera and an error by Nick Ahmed put runners on first and second with no one out off Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler. Tommy Joseph, who was clobbering homeruns early in the season, spoiled the mood by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play and Cameron Rupp struck out to end the game.

The Diamondbacks offense sputtered through the rest of the game, satisfied with their three runs and four hits in the first inning. They collected three hits the rest of the day, one of them being erased on a double play and the other on a caught stealing when Segura tried to steal but found himself too far from second base when the ball was caught by the second baseman and tried to return to first.

Game Notes/Stadium Thoughts: Myworld had a tasty cheese steak at Tony Lukes, which is located in left centerfield. Not a lot of different choices of food selections at the park with only two Philly cheese steak offerings. If Mexican is your thing they have a Mexican stand near the left field foul pole, otherwise it is hot dogs and chicken tenders…Parking is $18 at the stadium. Myworld parked at the Holiday Inn location for $15 but there was $10 parking at Pattison and Darien…There was a statue of Joe Frazier in front of the collection of restaurants. Smokin Joe lived his early years in Philly, ironic since the movie Rocky was based on a young white boxer going against Apollo Creed, the Ali of his time. There is also a statue of Robin Roberts in his sparkling white uniform by the ticket window and a bronze statue of Mike Schmidt…The bullpen has two layers, with the visiting team taking the upper layer and the Phillies taking the lower layer. I’m assuming the visiting team has to travel up and down the stairs to get to the field. The bullpen is located in the centerfield area…The scoreboard with the huge video screen is on the left field side of the field. You are blocked from seeing the full video screen if you sit on the third base side, but that is also the shady side if you are going to an afternoon game. There is a smaller video screen in right field above the scoreboard fence that mimes the large scoreboard. There were no games being played so the scoreboard only listed the night games for what was not a complete schedule…There is ivy growing up the brick wall in centerfield near the bullpen area, along with green bushes, a little contrast to the brick and mortar of the stadium environment…The centerfield area has a cracked bell, which probably looks more illuminated in the evening and probably does something if the Phillies hit a homerun, but myworld did not see any of that today. Underneath the bell are some bleacher seats, but no one was sitting in them on this warm afternoon game…The attendance was announced as 22,218 but it appeared smaller…The Diamondbacks wear these ugly gray uniforms, with some players wearing the teal colored cleats. The uniform color appears like a light gray which has turned dark gray because of the sweat that has accumulated from the day. The dark gray uniforms looked even darker after the sweating from the players in the high 80 degree heat…Socrates Brito was called up today and broke late on a ball hit over his head in centerfield. He went 0 for 3 with two whiffs…Peter O’Brien has hit a couple homeruns, but with a batting average of .138 he does not look ready. He struck out on three pitches in the ninth inning…The Philly Phanatic drove out in his dune buggy and shot out hot dogs to fans in the lower level of the stands in the sixth inning. If you are in the upper levels don’t expect to see any flying dogs coming your way…Traffic getting to Reading was a challenge. A one hour 30 minute drive turned to four because of heavy traffic and rush hour trying to get through Philly. Myworld is now in Reading and will see a night game tonight.

NL West Review of Number One Picks

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

The Diamondbacks have a habit of trading their number ones and the Braves have taken advantage of their generosity. The Rockies keep drafting pitchers and like the search for Nemo they hope to find ‘the one” who will lead them to the playoffs. The Padres are starting fresh after trading most of their prospects the previous season. The Giants seem to have a fascination with right handed pitchers who lack overpowering stuff.

Arizona Diamondbacks

2015 - Dansby Swanson SS - He was packaged to the Braves in the trade for Shelby Miller, who has struggled in the starting rotation for the Diamondbacks. The Braves are trying to figure out whether Ozzie Albies or Swanson is their shortstop of the future. Swanson is only hitting .250 in AA with a .396 slugging after having some success in High A earlier in the season (.333/.526). Swanson has the bat to move to third.

2014 - Touki Toussaint RHP - Another pitcher traded to the Braves to eliminate them of the draining contract of Bronson Arroyo. Dave Stewart believes his command will always be lacking to make a starting rotation. That assessment has rung true his first two years with a 48/67 walk to whiff ratio in 2015 and an even worse 31/33 ratio this year. His three year career minor league ERA is 5.66.

2013 - Braden Shipley RHP - Somehow the Diamondbacks have found the patience not to trade Shpley. At 6′1 he is slight of frame and his strikeout numbers do not give evidence of overpowering stuff. Expect him to start in the middle of the rotation if he does make it.

2012 - Stryker Trahan C/OF - He is no longer a catcher and has disappeared from the prospect lists. Still in High A, but with only seven games played and a .167 average in 2016. A propensity for the strikeout has left his career minor league average at .222. He does have some pop with three seasons of double digit homeruns.

2011 - Trevor Bauer RHP - They had some issues with his independence and traded him to the Indians in a three team trade that included the Reds and Didi Gregorius. Trevor is now a main staple of the Indians rotation and Didi a shortstop with the Yankees.

Archie Bradley RHP - Early in his career the Diamondbacks envisioned him as the ace of their future rotation. Now they just hope at some point in his career he makes their rotation. He has had his opportunities to start in the major leagues but has struggled and been demoted for more minor league work. He will not make a long career on his minor league success.

2010 - Barrett Loux RHP - He did not sign was granted free agency and signed with the Texas Rangers, who later traded him to the Cubs. Health has been an issue with only three starts since 2013.

Colorado Rockies

2015 - Brendan Rodgers SS - Trevor Story seems to have captured the shortstop job, but his swing and miss issues could still open the door to Rodgers. Brendan has the bat to play third with 8 homeruns and a .492 slugging percentage in his full season Low A debut.

Mike Nikorak RHP - Nikorak needs to find the strike zone after walking 32 in just 17 innings last season. His fastball whips across (or away from the plate) at 95 plus but he is still a major work in progress.

2014 - Kyle Freeland LHP - Injuries last season limited him to just 9 starts. He is not overpowering as his weak strikeout totals will advertise but lefthanded movement could make him a situational lefty if he does not make the rotation.

2013 - Jonathan Gray RHP - A hard thrower who could hit triple digits out of high school. His fastball has slowed down at the professional level as he focuses on command. He may have found a spot in the Rockie rotation in 2016 with 10 starts and a 4.85 ERA.

2012 - David Dahl OF - The man may lack a spleen but he has a bat that should get him to the major leagues. The ideal spot for him would be centerfield, but he can fit in all outfield positions. He has yet to match his rookie league .379 average but should find no trouble finding the .300 neighborhood in the major leagues.

2011 - Tyler Anderson LHP - The Rockies have recently called up a Tyler Anderson to pitch in their rotation. Injuries limited him to just three starts in the last two years. In three 2016 starts he has been effective, but as myworld looks at his innings it has to be another Tyler Anderson they are calling up. This Tyler has yet to pitch in June which would seem odd calling him up to pitch in the show.

2010 - Kyle Parker OF - Now with the Reds after the Rockies released him on April Fools 2016.

Los Angles Dodgers

2015 - Walker Buehler RHP - Elbow soreness prevented him from pitching in 2015. August Tommy John surgery will prevent him from pitching in 2016. He did pitch for Vanderbilt and led them to two College World Series finals.

Kyle Funkhouser RHP - Kyle did not sign preferring to return to Louisville. This year the Tigers made him their fourth round pick. Early season struggles dropped his stock in the draft from first rounder to fourth rounder.

2014 - Grant Holmes RHP - Despite his 6′1″ frame he strikes out a number of hitters with his mid -90s heat. In 2015 command was an issue with a walk every two innings. This year he is getting more pitches across the plate but giving up more hits. Expect him to fit in a mid-rotation starter role.

2013 - Chris Anderson RHP - A lack of command has dropped his prospect stock. This year his 27/20 walk to whiff ratio in six starts and 28 innings got him a demotion back to High A to work out of the bullpen on his delivery. In four appearances covering four innings he has yet to walk a hitter, striking out three.

2012 - Corey Seager 3B - He moved to shortstop though many still think his future is next store at third base. It will be hard to put up the numbers he generated last year but he should be an All Star performer for the Dodgers regardless of what position he plays. His bat will play at any position.

2011 - Chris Reed LHP - He pitched for Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic. The Dodgers traded him to the Marlins in 2015 for another lefthander Grant Dayton. The fact he throws lefthanded makes it a good bet he will find his way onto some teams bullpen.

2010 - Zach Lee RHP - No one expected the Dodgers to sign him since he had his sights sent on playing quarterback for LSU. Now that he has been signed the Dodgers are wondering when they will start getting some major league quality starts from him. His minor league numbers have not offered a lot of hope and in his one major league start last year he got bounced around for seven runs in less than five innings. With an ERA over 5 and hitters batting over .300 against him in the Pacific Coast League the 2016 season does not offer a lot of early promise.

San Diego Padres

2015 - no pick.

2014 - Trea Turner SS - They never really had him. He was the player to be named later in the trade that got them Wil Myers. Myworld feels he does not have the arm to play shortstop, especially when compared to Desmond or Espinosa.

2013 - Hunter Renfroe OF - One of the few prospects the Padres could not trade in their ill fated effort to acquire aging veterans that would give them a pennant. The Padres need to find room for him in the outfield. In 58 games he has slugged 13 homeruns and driven in 44. His defense will not be great but it would be an improvement over Matt Kemp.

2012 - Max Fried LHP - A high school teammate of Lucas Giolito. Scouts went out to watch Giolito but after his arm issues Fried was drafted before his teammate. The Padres packaged him in a deal to acquire Justin Upton. Ironic that he should miss the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery. The 2016 season finds him starting at Low A where he is struggling a bit with command (34 walks in 59 innings) but it is a rehab type of year for him.

2011 - Corey Spangenberg 2B - Drafting second baseman in the first round rarely leads to success. It is better to draft the more athletic shortstops who move to second base. Corey has reached the majors but his numbers are uninspiring. A lack of power and speed makes him a blah type of player.

Joe Ross RHP - He was included in the Trea Turner trade to the Nationals for Wil Myers. Now he is a key cog in the Nationals starting rotation. He will probably be no better than a back end of the rotation starter but teams need those type of player to make the playoffs.

2010 - Karsten Whitson RHP - did not sign. He had shoulder surgery in 2013 and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 11th round of 2014. An injury prevented him from playing in 2015.

San Francisco Giants

2015 - Phil Bickford RHP - A first rounder by the Blue Jays in 2013 he again became a first rounder of the Giants in 2015 and signed. A fastball/slider combination has gotten him more than 9 whiffs per 9 innings, but his fastball sits at a rather pedestrian low 90s.

Chris Shaw 1B - Brandon Belt stands in his way after signing an extension for the Giants. Outfield fences have not been much of an impediment for Shaw. In over 100 games covering two half seasons he has slugged 25 homeruns with 76 RBIs and a .911 OPS. He still has a couple years in the minor leagues before the Giants have to find a position for him.

2014 - Tyler Beede RHP - Another first rounder selected by the Blue Jays who they did not sign that the Giants pounced on. Beede is another pitcher who lacks overpowering stuff, with a strikeout rate of just over six per nine innings. He should find himself in the back end of a rotation.

2013 - Christian Arroyo SS - Currently blocked by Brandon Crawford, Christian can still fill a utility role for the Giants once he is ready. Not a lot of outstanding tools to stand out above other players at his position. The bat does generate a lot of line drives to the gaps.

2012 - Chris Stratton RHP - A fringe fastball and lack of overpowering stuff finds him as bullpen fodder. Chris made his major league debut with three relief appearances, but don’t expect much more.

2011 - Joe Panik SS - One of those players drafted as a shortstop who slid over to second base parlaying that into a solid major league player. He does not offer a lot of power, but plays a solid defense and sprays the gaps.

2010 - Gary Brown OF - The Giants finally released him a couple years ago and he is probably organizational fodder for some minor league team.

Weekend Hot Prospects May 20 - 23

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

It was a busy weekend for myworld so to catch up we will identify those minor league players who made an impact over the weekend.

Jeimer Candelario 3B (Cubs) - In his last five games Jeimer has multiple hits in four of them to raise his average from .188 to .233. He was 11 for 21 over this five game streak with three doubles, one homerun and 10 RBIs. Seven of those RBIs came in a game on Friday.

J.D. Davis 3B (Astros) - J.D. had a big three homerun game on Thursday. That upped his total to seven on the year. J.D. is ripping along on an 11 game hitting streak that has upped his average to .271. He has hit five homeruns during that streak with 12 RBIs. The Astros will need some help at third and they have a number of alternatives, with J.D. putting himself on the map for the position.

Hunter Dozier 3B (Royals) - The first round draft pick for the Royals is also ripping with a 12 game hitting streak. He is 19 for 53 during that streak to put his average at .302. The streak started three games after his promotion to AAA when the injury to Mike Moustakas resulted in a promotion of AAA third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert. During that streak he had a RBI streak for five consecutive games resulting in 9 of his 13 AAA RBIs.

Adam Brett Walker OF (Twins) - Another player with a three homerun game. Adam has one of the big power bats in the minor leagues but was restricted to just two long balls into mid-May. He hit five in three days to up his season total to seven. The strikeouts are still a problem with 63 in just 36 games.

Chris Shaw 1B (Giants) - The Giants will have some roster problems in a couple years. Chris is tearing it up in High A, driving in at least one run in his last four consecutive games. His three homeruns and eight RBIs during that streak gives him 10 homeruns and 37 RBIs for the year.

Brandon Nimmo CF (Mets) - The Wyoming cowboy is in the middle of a nine game hitting streak going 7 for 10 with four doubles and a triple in his last two games. All four of his triples have come in his last six games.

Pitching

Jackson Stephens RHP (Reds) and Fernando Romero RHP (Twins) - Two pitchers who threw five innings of no hit ball. For Romero it was his first start of the 2016 season after missing all of last year because of injury. Romero faced the minimum 15 hitters. The bullpens of both teams could not complete the no hitters.

Julio Urias LHP (Dodgers) - Urias is dominating AAA with his fifth straight appearance covering 26 innings in which he has not give up a run. His ERA slithers at a 1.10 with right handed bats having the most trouble hitting against him (.167). It is only a matter of time before the Dodgers call him up.

Blake Snell LHP (Rays) - Snell made one major league start allowing just one run in five innings. He is bucking for another after throwing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits. He struck out 9 for the second consecutive game. His walk numbers still need to be reduced.

Archie Bradley RHP and Braden Shipley RHP (Diamondbacks) - Another pitcher trying to get back into the major leagues, but his two starts were not quite as effective, giving up nine runs in 10 innings. He threw eight innings of three hit shutout ball to lower his AAA ERA to 1.99. Throwing strikes has always been his big problem when pitching in the major leagues. AAA hitters are batting below .200 off him but major league hitters are hitting over .300. Two days later teammate Braden Shipley pitched six innings of three hit shutout ball. Shipley still needs to do a better job of retiring righthanded hitters (.295).

Alex Reyes RHP (Cardinals) - Coming off an 80 game suspension after almost being guaranteed a spot on the major league rotation Alex Reyes had a good opening start in AAA, tossing four shutout innings and striking out eight. It won’t be long before the Cardinals squeeze his triple digit fastball into their rotation.

Jon Harris RHP (Blue Jays) - Another dominating performance for Harris with back to back 11 K games. In his last five appearances he has not given up a run in 28 innings. Back to back seven inning games have allowed him to get two 11 K games.

Hot Prospects for May 18

Friday, May 20th, 2016

A couple Cubs and another Astros catcher makes this list.

Eloy Jimenez OF (Cubs) - He won’t turn 20 until November so the Cubs can show patience with him. Down in Low A Eloy has strung together a six game hitting streak which has put his average at .326. A 4 for 5 day on Wednesday with all his hits singles was followed by a 2 for 4 day in which both his hits cleared the fence. During this six game hitting streak Eloy is 13 for 26. The Dominican still must cut down on his 40 whiffs in just 36 games to keep from being exploited by higher ranked pitchers.

Mark Zagunis OF (Cubs) - Down at AA fellow Cub outfielder Zagunis had a quiet 4 for 4 day in which he did not cross the plate or drive in a run, but Tennessee was shutout by Birmingham 5-0. His power is beginning to show with doubles in three consecutive games and four doubles in five games.

Tyler Stephenson C (Reds) - The Reds are rebuilding and the 2015 number one pick will be part of that rebuilding process, especially after his 3 for 6 day in which he drove in five runs, one of those hits being his first homerun of the season. Coming into the game Tyler was struggling with a .148 average. The five RBIs eclipsed the amount he had accumulated during the first 18 games of the season (3) and his three hits elevated his average to .179.

Garrett Stubbs C (Astros) - Garrett blasted two homeruns on Wednesday and then followed with another homer the next day to give him four for the year. In a three game span he has driven in nine runs and the two game homer barrage extended his hitting streak to 16 games. The Astros selected Garrett in the eighth round of the 2015 draft.

Pitchers

Zach Eflin RHP (Phillies) - Zach improved his AAA record to 5-0 tossing seven innings of two hit shutout ball on Wednesday. Two stinker starts in which he gave up five runs keeps his ERA at a 2.36. In his five starts in which he has picked up a victory he has only given up two runs in 35.1 innings. Zach has an impressive 7/39 walk to whiff ratio.

Jon Harris RHP (Blue Jays) - The Blue Jays 2015 first round pick got a lot of swings and misses, with 11 strikeouts on the day in seven innings of shutout baseball. Jon has not given up a run in his last four outings covering 21 innings and has not given up an earned run in his last five outings covering 25 innings placing his ERA at 1.05. The 11 strikeout game almost equaled the amount he accumulated in his first five starts of the year (12).

Chase de Jong RHP (Dodgers) - Chase threw his second seven inning shutout game in three starts, this time giving up two hits. In his other seven inning shutout Chase only allowed one hit.

Brad Keller RHP (Diamondbacks) - The 2016 season has been a bit of a struggle for Brad. He came into the game with a 4.19 ERA but after 7.2 shutout innings that dropped to 3.55. His strikeout numbers for the month of May (20) have eclipsed what he produced in April (9) in the same amount of innings (25), giving the team hope his success will continue as the season progresses.