Archive for April, 2016

Hot Prospects for April 21

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Not a lot of names to include here. A couple first baseman blocked by others are looking for a place to play.

Trey Mancini 1B (Orioles) - Trey Mancini hit his sixth homerun to put his name among the Eastern league leaders with David Dahl for homeruns. The two run homerun came in the seventh inning with the Bay Sox down 4-3 and gave them a 5-4 lead. The Bowie Bay Sox went on to win 6-4 and Mancini finished the day 3 for 4 to improve his average to .353. Chris Davis is blocking him at first base but neither he or DH Pedro Alvarez are lighting it up in Baltimore.

Jon Singleton 1B (Astros) - Singleton was only hitting .139 in this game. A 4 for 4 day with two homeruns and three RBIs with three runs scored may have given him some confidence. The last time Singleton had homered was the second game of the season when he went 3 for 4. He has gone 3 for 32 in those games he has not homered. Singleton will have to do more if he hopes to get called up by the Astros.

David Thompson 3B (Mets) - David Thompson ripped four singles in a 4 for 5 day to drive in three runs and score three runs. Colombia outslugged Greenville 13-9. Thompson has driven in 16 runs in 15 games.

Pitchers

Jose Berrios RHP (Twins) - The clock is ticking for Jose to be called up. The 2012 supplemental first round pick threw seven innings of two hit shutout ball to lead Rochester to a 5-0 win over Pawtucket. In three starts Jose has a 1.06 ERA with 20 whiffs in 18 innings and only eight hits given up.

Gabriel Ynoa RHP (Mets) - The Mets Dominican connection for their pitching staff carries on with Gabriel throwing 6.1 inning of two hit shutout ball. The control pitcher does not have overpowering stuff, striking out just 8 hitters in 17.2 innings of work, but he gets the job done.

Sandy Alcantara RHP (Cardinals) - Sandy does have overpowering stuff, sneaking his fastball to the plate consistently in the triple digits. The Cardinals always seem to surprise with their Dominican fireballers. His control could have been better with five walks, but no one scored in his six innings of work and he struck out eight and allowed just four hits.

Jacob Turner RHP (White Sox) - Turner is way past his prospect days, trying to rediscover his stuff in the minor leagues. He never made it to the major leagues last year. He hopes to change that this year with seven innings of four hit shutout ball leading Charlotte to a 2-1 win over Gwinnett. Turner has only given up two runs in three starts to see his ERA shine at 1.06. His numbers are similar to Alcantara with 18 whiffs in 17 innings with only nine hits allowed.

Ranfi Casimiro RHP (Phillies) - The 6′8″ Dominican has started the season 3-0, tossing six innings of three hit shutout ball to pick up his third victory. The six shutout innings has also extended his scoreless streak to 15 innings. Clearwater was able to hold on against Daytona 1-0. This is the sixth year Ranfi has been with the Phillies but early season results indicate it could be his break out season.

Top 20 Cuban Prospects

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Myworld thought about breaking out the top 10 Cuban prospects in the American League and the National League. As we were breaking out the list the American League seemed a bit short forcing me to put players like Dariel Alvarez on the list. This would also leave out a number of unsigned players, many of whom are waiting for the July 2 date to sign with teams. So we thought we would just put together the top 20 of players from the American and National Leagues, and those who are waiting to sign that have left Cuba in pursuit of the lottery ticket they call major league baseball.

The top ten list from last year had the number two pick lefthander Carlos Rodon make it to the major leagues. Three outfielders also made it, number three Jorge Soler (Cubs), number four Rusney Castillo (Red Sox), though the crowded Red Sox outfield has forced Castillo back down to the minor leagues, and number five Yasmany Tomas (Diamondbacks). Righthander and number six prospect Raisel Iglesias made the starting rotation of the Reds. Another outfielder, Hector Olivera made it for the Braves, but he has been suspended because of a domestic abuse issue. He is still on this list because he has not lost his rookie of the year eligibility. The departure of so many players leaves a lot of room for new players to make the list. The number one prospect from last year remains number one this year despite the arrival of the Gurriel brothers.

1. Yoan Moncada 2B (Red Sox) - The Red Sox paid $63 million to sign him, $31.5 million to Yoan and the other $31.5 million going to major league baseball. He got off to a slow start to begin his first professional season but came on strong to finish with a .278 average with 49 stolen bases. The power should come where he should hit 20 plus homeruns. With Byron Buxton and Corey Seager in the major leagues Yoan is now the best prospect in minor league baseball. His arm makes him better suited for second than shortstop.

2. Lourdes Gurriel OF/3B (None) - Myworld likes the potential of Lourdes better than the present of Yulieski. At 6′5″ Lourdes should develop into a power bat. He had a break out season with his bat in the Cuban league prior to his defection. His defense in the infield is very brittle so my world believes his future is in the outfield, despite what others think. Don’t expect him to sign with a team until he turns 23 in October. That is when he will have his maximum negotiating power (won’t be subject to the international cap). With the residency requirements and the long wait it takes major league baseball to declare a player a free agent he will probably not be available to play at any point this season.

3. Vladimir Gutierrez RHP (None) - He made the list last year as the number nine Cuban prospect. Teams shied away from him when they measured his fastball and found a significant drop in its velocity from the mid-90s to the high 80s and low 90s. His curve ball had also lost a lot of its break. Mechanics were said to be the issue and when he got that fastball humming into the mid-90s again interest in him perked up. At 19 years of age he may have to wait until July 2 because many teams already have big financial commitments to other international prospects, unless he signs with a team that has already exceeded its cap.

4. Yulieski Gurriel 3B/2B (None) - His last year in the Nacional Series he hit .500 in 224 plate appearances, slugging 15 homeruns and driving in 51 runs in 49 games. His best defensive position is third base, though he has played second base on the national team. Despite his reputation as a good defensive infielder myworld is concerned with the number of errors he makes. Many attribute his lack of motivation with the drop in competition in the Cuban league to his lackluster play. There was talk that he was more motivated this year to draw the interest of major league scouts. He also reneged on his contract with the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan claiming injury and fatigue. The concern would be whether he can stay motivated after he signs a big contract with major league baseball. Some people just get too comfortable after a lot of success and Yulieski may be one of those.

5. Yadier Alvarez RHP (Dodgers) - The Dodgers are using their resources to sign many of the more talented Cuban players. The Dodgers shelled out $32 million to sign Yadier, with $16 million of that a penalty going to major league baseball. His fastball hits 98 and sits in the mid 90s but his command is poor. At 20 years of age it will be a couple years before the Dodgers will see him in the rotation. Don’t expect to see him on the mound until July when he opens up for a rookie league team. The Dodgers will work on his mechanics in extended spring training to get a more consistent, fluid delivery.

6. Lazaro Armentaros OF (None) - He would like to be referred to as Lazarito, but he has yet to accomplish anything to get that kind of respect. The tools are there to become an offensive force like Yasiel Puig but the personality could be similar creating chaos in the locker room. He was a star on his 15 and under national team and has the power to fit in a corner outfield. He has had camps where he has shown the tools but he has had others where scouts were disappointed. Not a lot of people have really seen him perform in game like situations where pitchers can mix it up a bit and he needs to recognize what is being thrown at him.

7. Alberto Almora OF (Cubs) - One of the better defensive centerfielders in minor league baseball. The bat needs to progress before he sees the major leagues. Last year the 2012 first round pick hit .272 with six homeruns and a .727 OPS. Despite his Cuban background he starred on the United States national team. If his bat does not improve his defensive ability could make him a fourth outfielder.

8. Jose Fernandez 2B (None) - An excellent contact hitter who may not provide enough defense to justify his offensive game. The speed is not there to steal a lot of bases and his power is lacking. So he could end up being a Rob Refsnyder or Forest Wall, a second baseman with a bat but very little defensive contribution. At 27 he will have more game experience than the younger prospects.

9. Adrian Morejon LHP (None) - He was the top pitcher in the under 15 World Cup tournament that Cuba won. Many of the pitchers on the United States team will be first round picks in 2017. If he was a Dominican he would be a prized international prospect being peppered with million dollar offers. As a 15 year old his fastball was zipping to the plate in the low 90s. As he matures that fastball will increase in velocity. He also has two above average pitches in a curveball and change that only need to be refined. If he was an international free agent he would be one of the top prospects at 17 years of age.

10. Jorge Ona OF (None) - Another young Cuban at 19 subject to the international cap. He showed above average power and an arm that will fit in right field at the 18 and under Pan American championships. He hit four homeruns in eight games and batted .636, numbers equivalent to a first round pick on the United States 18 and under national team. He lacks the speed to fit in centerfield but he should have more than enough power and arm to fit in right field.

11. Hector Olivera OF (Braves) - Assault charges have put a question mark on his long term viability. Myworld was also not impressed by his defense in left field. He has the bat to hit line drives and will pepper the gaps, but his power appears to be lacking to hit balls over the fence. At 31 years of age there is just not a lot of upside to his game. Now you have to wonder about his character. After he left Cuba many were concerned about his injuries (possible ligament damage in elbow) but he appears to have lessoned those worries. Myworld would prefer him in the infield at his natural position second base.

12. Yasiel Sierra RHP (Dodgers) - Another pitcher who can rock the fastball towards the plate in the mid-90s. His major problem is a lack of control to command the fastball to fly over the plate. His slider can miss bats and he needs to develop a change to counter the hard stuff. The Dodgers signed him to a six year $30 million contract. Because he was older than 23 and had played for five years in Cuba the Dodgers did not have to pay a penalty for signing him. The last year he pitched for Holquin in Cuba in 2014 his ERA was 6.10 with 31 walks in 62 innings, not an impressive result. United States batters will be a little more discerning with his lack of command off the plate so the walk rate may rise.

13. Yoann Lopez RHP (Diamondbacks) - Yoann signed for $8.25 million in 2015. He pitched a little bit last year in AA for Mobile. His results were not impressive with a 1-6, 4.69 ERA with a 24/32 walk to whiff ratio in 46 innings. His fastball has tripped across the plate at 98 miles per hour but usually sits in the low 90s. His secondary pitches (curve and change) still need a lot of work. If he fails to develop three pitches and continues to struggle with his control he may end up in the bullpen. The Diamondbacks still have some time with youth on his side to work with his mechanics.

14. Alfredo Rodriguez SS (None) - Originally signed with Reds for about $6 million but then the contract was voided. It is rumored the Reds have asked Alfredo to wait until after July 2 to sign so they would not be hit by the international cap penalty for 2016, limiting their ability to sign committed free agents after July 2 for more than $300,000. He won the rookie of the year award in Cuba after the 2015 season then fled for the United States. Some question whether he will have enough bat to play in the major leagues. His glove falls short of other Cuban national team players for shortstop who also failed to hit such as Barbaro Arruebarrena.

15. Andy Ibanez 2B (Rangers) - He is tearing it up in the Low A minor leagues hitting .456. Expect him to get promoted to High A shortly. He has always been highly regarded in Cuba, making the 2013 World Baseball Classic team as a 20 year old. Not a fast player and limited to gap power he relies more on his defense at second base and his baseball instincts to make the smart play. His fast start to the minor league season shows there may be some potential in his bat.

16. Aledmys Diaz SS (Cardinals) - The injury to Jhonny Peralta has given Diaz a chance to play shortstop with the Cardinals. He lacks the bat to hit for high average and his glove is just a bit short to make him a starter at short. His best bet may be as a utility player who can roam around the infield. He did hit .380 in minimal at bats at Memphis but he has also struggled to reach .250. There is some over the fence pop in his bat, but expect more doubles power than souvenirs to the fans in the stands.

17. Yusniel Diaz OF (Dodgers) - Another Dodger signing for $15.5 million last year he has gotten hot in the minors hitting homers in three consecutive games. His batting average is still a little low (.220) and his long swing could keep it there. At 20 years of age his power is still to the gaps but as he gets older the balls could start flying over the fence with greater regularity as they have been doing the last three days. There is enough speed in his legs to fit in centerfield but his ultimate spot may be as a corner outfielder with a strong enough arm to fit in right field.

18. Rangel Ravelo 1B (Athletics) - Some question whether he will carry enough power to play first. The White Sox drafted him in the sixth round of the 2010 draft and then traded him to the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija deal. He does have the ability to hit the gaps for extra bases and bat over .300. He has a good arm but lacks the foot speed to play the outfield so first base appears to be his best position. The key for his advancement is whether his strength can develop to the point where his bat can carry balls over the fence.

19. Luis Yander La O 3B/2B (None) - He played third base for the Cuban Series del Caribe team in 2015, moving Yulieski Gurriel to second base. The power in his bat is lacking for third base but he plays a superb defense. His defense is not as good at second base but his bat seems to be a better fit there. His best role may end up as a utility player. There is very little power in his bat so spraying the gaps will be the best teams can hope for.

20. Eddy Martinez OF (Cubs) - Originally he agreed to a contact with the Giants but saw more money ($3 million) with the Cubs when the Giants delayed in sealing the contract. He has the speed to play center field but lacks the power to play a corner. His arm is strong enough to play centerfield. Expect the Cubs to keep him in extended spring to work on his game and allow him to achieve success when he begins to play the games when the rookie leagues begin in July.

Bonus player Norge Ruiz RHP (None) - We think he lacks the stuff and the height as a right hander to make it as a major league. We liked what we saw of Yunesky Maya more than we did of Ruiz. His fastball is not overpowering but he does have a deep repertoire. Myworld just doesn’t think there is a lot there. That could be enough to make him a star.

Hot Prospects for April 20

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

A couple Cubans appear on this list and appear ready for a promotion.

Yusniel Diaz OF (Dodgers) - Diaz went deep for his third game in a row going 2 for 4 with a solo homerun. He is only hitting .220 with six of his nine hits going for extra bases (3 triples and three homeruns). Yusniel has also driven in runs in four consecutive games with nine in his last four games. A .375 average in his last four games shows signs of breaking out of a slump.

Jack Reinheimer SS (Diamondbacks) - Pitchers are having a hard time retiring Reinheimer as evidence by his .426 average. A six game hitting streak with three three hit games in that streak has kept that average in the Ted Williams territory.

Andy Ibanez 2B (Rangers) - Another hot hitter is Cuban Ibanez, whose fifth hit was the game winner in the Hickory Crawdads 5-4 win over Greenville. Ibanez finished the game 5 for 7 with three runs driven in with a double and his second homerun. Andy is 8 for 12 in his last two games to put his average at .456.

Jose Peraza 2B (Reds) - An injury and poor play by Billy Hamilton may give Peraza to get a callup to play centerfield. He had a 4 for 6 day with three runs scored to raise his average to .326. The four hit game broke a 0 for 7 streak after two games. One cause for concern for the speedy Peraza is his 0 for 3 success rate in stolen bases.

Pitchers

Kevin Guzman RHP (Marlins) - The Venezuelan pitched five innings of perfect ball, retiring all 15 hitters he faced with five whiffs.

Greg Harris RHP (Rays) - Greg threw seven innings of three hit ball to lead Charlotte over St. Lucie 4-0. His shutout streak has extended to 13 innings.

Austin Gomber LHP (Cardinals) - Another shutout streak is being held by Austin Gomber, who threw 6.2 innings of six hit ball to extend his shutout innings streak to 11.2 innings. Palm Beach shut out Bradenton 3-0.

Teddy Stankiewicz RHP (Red Sox) - In his three starts Teddy has not given up more than one run. His six innings of four hit shutout ball lowered his ERA to 1.00.

Garcia Signs Contract with Yomiuri Giants

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Jose Adolis Garcia becomes the second Cuban player to sign a contract to play for the Yomiuri Giants. Relief pitcher Hector Mendoza is the first. Mendoza has yet to pitch for the major league team, but he has made 10 appearances for the Giants minor league equivalent, picking up two saves with a 1.64 ERA. The Giants would like to see him improve his control before they promote him as he has walked six hitters in just 11 innings.

Jose Adolis Garcia is the brother of Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia. In the Nacional Series Garcia hit .314 with 14 homeruns and 71 RBIs for Ciego de Avila. The 71 RBIs led the Cuban League and also helped Ciego to win the championship over Pinar. Garcia is only 23 and may start the season in the minor leagues.

Hot Prospects for April 19

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Below are the hot prospects for April 19.

Sam Travis (1B) Red Sox - Like Travis Shaw, Sam does not appear to have a position to play on the Red Sox. The Red Sox chose to move Hanly Ramirez to first base rather than wait for Sam, despite his .311 minor league career average. The big thing lacking is the over the fence power for his position. He went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBIs, but his only extra base hit was a double. Of his 17 hits two are homeruns and one is a double. He does have three consecutive multi hit games to raise his average to .327.

Luis Alexander Basabe CF (Red Sox) - The Venezuelan hit his second homerun and stole his first two bases in a 4 for 6 day. In the last two days he has gone 7 for 11 with four RBIs. The hot streak has raised his average to .289.

Brendan Rodgers SS (Rockies) - Despite hitting two homeruns with four RBIs his Ashville team lost to Lexington 11-9. A seven game hitting streak has raised the 2015 first round pick for the Rockies to .298. The two homeruns has given him four for the year.

Cornelius Randolph LF (Phillies) - Coming into this game the 2015 number one pick was only hitting .108. A 4 for 5 day with his first homerun has raised his average just shy of .200 (.190).

Pitchers

Yoan Lopez RHP (Diamondbacks) - The Cuban signed an $8.25 million bonus and hopes to work his way into the rotation quickly. He threw six innings of five hit shutout ball to lower his ERA to 1.50. Yoan does not get a lot of strikeouts, but he also does not give up a lot of hits (1.50 ERA).

Aaron Blair RHP (Braves) - Myworld was impressed with his size and girth, but his fastball hits only 92 despite his 6′5″ height. Blair picked up his third win throwing seven innings of no hit ball, striking out 10 and walking just one. The 2013 first round pick had a perfect game until the sixth when he issued his walk.

Yohander Mendez LHP (Rangers) - The Venezuelan extended his shutout streak to 11 with six innings of shutout ball to lead High Desert over Inland Empire 7-1.

South Korea Bidding for First Round WBC Game

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The KBO has put in a bid to host a first round WBC game. If South Korea is selected to host a first round qualifier they plan to play the games at the newly constructed Gocheok Skydome in Seoul. This is the home park of the Nexen Heroes. The stadium has a capacity to seat 16,000 for the games.

Taiwan also has a bid in for the games but feels it will lose to the Korean bid. MLB has not made an official selection for the host.

From Ballet to Baseball - Kepler’s Journey

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Jim Caple wrote a piece about Max Kepler an outfielder recently promoted by the Twins. His mother and father were both ballet dancers. His parents tried to get him interested in music and dance but his interests drifted to baseball. He even ignored a scholarship opportunity at a tennis school sponsored by Stefi Graf to pursue a sport many in Germany have never even watched. His father calls baseball the chess of sports. Read the article at the link below:

Max Kepler

Euro League Plays Opener

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The European League held its opener with the Czech team Draci Brno defeating the German team Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg 4-1. Adam Hajtmar was the hero with three runs scored despite only getting one hit and Martin Schneider drove him in twice (though the box score shows Hajtmar with two RBIs and Schneider with zero) to lead the offense.

Adam got on base via an error in the first inning and scored on a Martin Schneider single. After Regensburg tied the game Adam singled and scored on a Schneider double. Draci Brno added two insurance runs in the eighth to give the bullpen some room.

Jason Jarvis pitched seven innings of five hit one run ball to get the win. The one run he gave up was unearned. Petr Minarik closed out Regensburg in the eighth and batting hero Schneider moved from shortstop to the mound to finish the game in the ninth.

The league had started out with the hope of having 10 teams but they have dropped to a more realistic four teams to start their first season. A team from Munich and Amsterdam are the two other teams in the league who will begin their openers today.

You can follow the league from their website at the link below:

European League

Hot Prospects for April 18

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The minor leagues had their first three homerun game and Greg Allen reaches into double digits in stolen bases.

Kyle Garlick 1B (Dodgers) - Kyle banged out four hits, three of them sailing over the fence to drive in six runs in Rancho Cucamonga’s 12-5 pasting of Lancaster. The three homeruns were one third of what he hit in all of 2015.

Gabby Guerrero OF (Diamondbacks) - The son of Vladimir is starting to show his stick falling a homerun short of the cycle in a 3 for 5 day with four runs driven in to lead Mobile to an 11-6 win over Jacksonville. The three hits raised his average to a respectable .265.

Michael Chavis 3B (Red Sox) - The first round 2014 pick is repeating his time in Greenville and it is paying off with an improved bat. For the second day in a row Chavis had a three hit day, driving in four runs and hitting his second homerun. The four RBIs give him eight in his last three days and 12 for the year. The previous year Chavis hit 16 homeruns but only hit .223 with 144 whifss.

Ian Happ 2B (Cubs) - The Cubs 2015 first round pick is earning his reputation as the best college bat drafted with a four hit night to lead his Myrtle Beach team to a 6-4 win. For Happ two of his four hits went over the fence for his first two jacks of the year.

Greg Allen CF (Indians) - The sixth round 2014 pick is turning out to be quite the leadoff hitter with more runs scored (14) than hits (13). On this day he only had two hits but crossed the plate four times as Lynchburg pounded Potomac 9-6. He stole three bases to give him 12 for the year in 11 games without yet getting caught. Both of his hits were doubles, his first extra base hits of the season. For the season Greg has a 13/6 walk to whiff ratio.

Ke’Brayn Hayes 3B (Pirates) - The son of Charlie and the first round pick of the Pirates in 2015 had his first four hit game and his first homerun to lead West Virginia to an 8-7 16 inning marathon win over Kannapolis. Hayes slugged a three run homer in the fourth and delivered a two run single in the tenth to tie the game at 7-7.

Paul Blackburn RHP (Cubs) - Paul was a first round pick of the Cubs back in 2012. The Cubs have not developed their share of pitchers but Blackburn has had solid, vanilla outings his last three years. He went beyond vanilla in his seven innings of two hit ball to lead Tennessee past Montgomery 4-0. In three starts Blackburn has only given up one run for a 0.50 ERA.

Kyle McGowin RHP (Angels) - Kyle retired the first 19 hitters to give Arkansas a 3-0 win over Frisco. It was a complete game seven inning victory with the only hit being slapped through the infield in the seventh. Kyle struck out nine and walked one in the game.

Ben Lively RHP (Phillies) - The Reds traded Ben to the Phillies back in 2014 for Marlon Byrd. Ben has not really delivered as a starting pitcher but his seven inning two hitter led Reading to a 6-2 victory over Richmond.

20 at 20 Almost Doubled

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Last year myworld wrote about the twenty players who made over twenty million dollars in 2015. That figure has almost doubled to begin the 2016 season, with three players creeping over the $30 million mark and 35 going over the $20 million mark. You scratch your head and wonder what motivated some of these owners to give out $20 million contracts to C.J.Wilson and Rick Porcello, but at the time of their signing they put up some good numbers during their free agent year. The Cardinals probably breath a sigh of relief they did not sign Albert Pujols to the large contract the Angels offered. The Angels are struggling to make the playoffs while last year the Cardinals had the best record in baseball. The Royals won the World Series last year letting star pitcher James Shields leave via free agency and sign his $20 million contract with the Padres while their highest salaried player for 2016 will be Alex Gordon at $12 million.

Below are the names of the players making $20 million or more.

1. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) LHP - $33 million
2. Zach Greinke (Diamondbacks) RHP - $31.8
3. David Price (Rays) LHP - $30
4. Justin Verlander (Tigers) RHP - $28
5. Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) 1B - $28
6. Yoenis Cespedes (Mets) OF - $27.4
7. Felix Hernandez (Mariners) RHP - $25.9
8. Albert Pujols (Angels) 1B - $25
9. C.C. Sabathia (Yankees) LHP - $25
10. Jon Lester (Cubs) RHP - $25
11. Ryan Howard (Phillies) 1B - $25
12. Robinson Cano (Mariners) 2B - $25
13. Josh Hamilton (Rangers) OF - $24
14. Prince Fielder (Rangers) DH - $24
15. Mark Teixeira (Yankees) 1B - $23.1
16. Joe Mauer (Twins) 1B - $23
17. Hanly Ramirez (Red Sox) 1B - $22.8
18. Cole Hamels (Rangers) LHP - $22.5
19. Max Scherzer (Nationals) RHP - $22.1
20. Justin Upton (Tigers) OF - $22.1
21. Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees) RHP - $22
22. Jose Reyes (Rockies) SS - $22
23. Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers) 1B - $21.9
24. Jayson Werth (Nationals) OF - $21.7
25. Matt Kemp (Padres) OF - $21.5
26. Chris Davis (Orioles) 1B - $21.3
27. Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees) OF - $21.1
28. James Shields (Padres) RHP - $21
29. Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) DH - $21
30. Matt Cain (Giants) RHP - $20.8
31. Buster Posey (Giants) - $20.8
32. Carl Crawford (Dodgers) OF - $20.8
33. C.J. Wilson (Angels) RHP - $20.5
34. Jared Weaver (Angels) RHP - $20.2
35. Rick Porcello (Red Sox) RHP - $20.1
36. Shin-Soo Choo (Rangers) OF - $20
37. Troy Tulowitski (Blue Jays) SS - $20
38. Joey Votto (Reds) 1B - $20

There are 13 pitchers who made this list. The top four salaried players are pitchers. There are seven first basemen who made the list, with two players who play DH but can play first (Fielder) or third (Rodriguez). Outfielders have eight players who make $20 million or more, a mixture of left, center and right fielders. Alex Rodriguez could count as the only real third baseman on this list, but at this point in his career his primary defensive position is third base. Catcher (Buster Posey) and second base (Robinson Cano) were limited to one player each