Archive for August, 2016

Great Britain WBC Qualifying Roster

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

This is the roster for the Great Britain team playing in the WBC qualifying game September 22-25. There are some journeymen minor leaguers on this team (Mike Roth and Chris Reed). Another roster player Jacob Esch was recently promoted to the major leagues by the Miami Marlins so his roster position is in question. The major leagues does not allow any player on a 40-man roster to participate in international tournaments. Below is the roster for Great Britain:

Right Handed Pitchers

Nolan Bond, Cody Chartrand, Daniel Cooper, Steven Encarnacion, Barry Enright, Jacob Esch, Paul Kirkpatrick, Spencer Kreisberg, Rei Martinez

Left Handed Pitchers

Gregory Hendrix, Ali Knowles, Chris Reed, Michael Roth, Blake Taylor

Catchers

Chris Berset, Mitch Evans

Infielders

Maikel Azcuy, Albert Cartwright, Jasrado Chisholm, Richard Kiljn, Jordan Serena, Kyle Simmons

Outfield

Jordan Edmonds, Todd Isaacs, Reshard Munroe, Byron Murray, Antoan Richardson, Champ Stuart

Jose Adolis Garcia Leaves Cuba for Major Leagues

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

The younger brother of Adonis Garcia, who plays for the Braves Jose Adolis Garcia has left Cuba for the major leagues. The younger brother is a couple inches taller than his older brother and accomplished more with the bat in the Nacional Series. He led the Ciego de Avila Tigres to the championship last season with a .319 average, 14 homeruns and 71 RBIs in 81 games, leading the league in RBIs. Those numbers were good enough to win the MVP of the league last year.

Like his brother Adonis when he played in Cuba Jose Adolis Garcia plays centerfield. The Yankees signed Adonis as a 26 year old and he never made an impression. After he was traded to the Atlanta Braves they have moved him to third base and he made his major league debut last year. Jose Adolis has a strong enough arm to string together 15 assists in the outfield last year.

In the Cubans quest to make money off their players and have their players earn a little extra cash, the Cuban Baseball Federation contracted out Jose Adolis to Japan to play for the Yomiuri Giants. Despite the numbers he put up in Cuba the Giants were not enamored with Jose Adolis and released him before the season was complete. He got 7 at bats in the professional league and failed to get a hit, striking out three times. In their minor leagues he only hit .234 with a .670 OPS, hitting four homeruns and driving in 12 in 28 games. He also struck out 37 times.

It will probably be a year before the major leagues declares him a free agent. He first must establish residency in a third country unless he wants to stay in the United States and be eligible for the major league draft next year. At 23 he would not be subject to the international bonus rules once he is declared to be a free agent.

Reds Sign Cuban Vladimir Gutierrez

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The Reds have signed Cuban 20 year old righthanded pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez to a $4.75 million bonus. The Reds went over their international bonus this year after signing Alfredo Rodriguez to a large bonus putting the Reds over the 100 percent luxury penalty tax. This means they will have to pay major league baseball a $4.75 million luxury tax.

Gutierrez had been declared a free agent more than a year ago. Writers had conjectured he would sign with the Dodgers, but that appears not to be the case. He throws a fastball in the low 90s that occasionally hits the mi-90s. His curve is a pretty good complementary pitch. A lack of a third pitch could leave him in the bullpen.

Major League Hitters with Top Exit Velocities

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

One stat myworld never liked but is constantly referenced by analysts in the baseball statistical world is the BABIP, or batting average on balls in play. It takes away homeruns, strikeouts, walks and any other result by a hitter that does not put the ball in play and then figures out their batting average. The philosophy is that a hitter’s average is random or produced by chance and there is a general overall average that they will settle at over time, since balls missing fielders gloves is relatively equal. The problem I have with this stat is that some hitters just hit the ball so much harder than others and those balls have less chance of being caught. So myworld does not take too much stock in BABIP, unless you are looking at the historical numbers of the player in question and determining whether they are up or down.

The interesting stat that measures those players who hit the ball hard is the exit velocities of balls that travel off the bat. Those players should have higher BABIP in general because harder hit balls are less likely to be caught. According to an article in Sports Illustrated that was just a little dated (August 22) the top 12 players in the major leagues in exit velocity based on the average of all their balls hit off the bat are:

Nelson Cruz (Mariners) 95.6
Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins) 95.2
Matt Holiday (Cardinals) 94.8
Mark Trumbo (Orioles) 94.7
Christian Yelich (Marlins) 94
Eric Hosmer (Royals) 93.8
David Ortiz (Red Sox) 93.8
Kendrys Morales (Royals) 93.7
Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) 93.7
Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) 93.6
Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) 93.4
Jake Lamb (Diamondbacks) 93.4

What is interesting about this list is that many of the players are older. You don’t see some of the young superstar hitters such as Bryce Harper, Mike Trout or Manny Machado on this list. As you get older you tend to gain more weight so perhaps the ball travels off your bat faster when the bat makes contact with the ball. The amount of homeruns you hit is a measure of the average launch angle of the ball as it leaves the bat. Ryan Zimmerman may average 93.7 miles per hour off the bat, but too many of his balls leaving the bat are ground balls hit to infielders.

Brazil WBC Qualifier Roster

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Below is the roster for Brazil in the WBC qualifier to be held in Brooklyn on September 22-25. The roster is dotted with minor league players and many players of Japanese descent whose parents or grand parents settled in Brazil and brought their baseball love with them. They are also managed by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, with LaTroy Hawkins as their pitching coach and Steve Finley as their hitting coach. With that kind of baseball pedigree they are a long shot to advance to the WBC in March.

Right Handed Pitchers

Rafael Fernandes, Felipe Fukuda, Murilo Gouvea, Felipe Natel, Ernesto Noris, Leonardo Oliveira, Eric Pardinho, Andre Rienzo, Romulo Shindo, Rodrigo Takahashi, Jean Tome, Thyago Vieira

Left Handed Pitchers

Edison Batiste, Hugo Kanabushi

Catchers

Luis Camargo, Angel Luis Cobas, Luis Paz

Infielders

Carlos Garmendia, Vito Ito, Christian Lopes, Tim Lopes, Leonardo Reginatto, Lucas Rojo, Reinaldo Sato

Outfielders

Irait Chirino, Fernando Luciano, Gabriel Maciel, Juan Muniz,

Rouen Huskies Wins the French Championship

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The Rouen Huskies won their 12th French baseball championship with a 6-1 win over Templiers Senart. The best of five championships only went four games with Senart splitting their first two games in Senart. Oscar Combes was named the MVP for the championship series.

The Huskies have won 10 of the last 11 French baseball championships, with Senart interrupting their streak in 2014.

New York Little League Champs

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The last time a United States team became Little League champs was in 2011. New York ended that drought with a 2-1 win over South Korea (Seoul). Ryan Harlost threw a complete game five hitter, one of those hits a solo shot from Yoo-Min Lee in the fifth, but the New York team hung on to salvage the victory. They scored two runs in the fourth, one of those driven in by Connor Rush.

Seong-Min Kim Drafted by the Wyverns

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

For those not familiar with Kim, he was the player the Orioles attempted to sign a couple years ago without getting permission from the KBO. The Orioles were penalized for the signing.

The KBO held their draft on August 22 and Kim was a first round pick for the SK Wyverns. Other names of note drafted in the first round according to myKBO.net were Jin-Young Kim who was a pitcher in the Cubs minor league system drafted by the Hanwha Eagles and Jin-Ho Shin who was a catcher in the Royals minor league system drafted by the NC Dinos.

Little League World Series Championship Games

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Asia Pacific (Korea) 7 Latin America (Panama) 2

A five run second inning turned the tide in the favor of Korea, allowing them to avenge an earlier loss to Panama to advance to the championship of the Little League World Series. Seum Kwon and Jae-Kyeong Kim each drove in two runs to lead the offense. For Kwon he hit a homerun in his third consecutive game. You-bin Choi was dominant from the mound striking out 14 in his six innings of work.

Mid Atlantic (New York) 4 Southeast (Tennessee) 2

The last time these two teams played New York beat Tennessee 3-1. Michael Mancini got the start and he struck out 13. He got the start again and struck out 11 in his 4.2 innings of shutout work. New York scored all their runs in the fourth inning, Billy Dundon driving in two of the four runs with a clutch pinch hit single. Tennessee did not score until the sixth inning with Zach McWilliams driving in both.

2017 WBC Pools Announced

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Below are the pools for the 2017 WBC held in March. The United States will have a tough haul to advance, placed in the same pool as the defending champion Dominican Republic.

Pool A (Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome March 7-10)

Australia, China, Cuba and Japan

Pool B (Seoul at Gocheok Skydome March 7-10)

Taiwan, South Korea, Netherlands (and winner of final WBC qualifier between Great Britain, Pakistan, Israel and Brazil)

Pool C (Miami at Marlins Park March 9-12)

Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States

Pool D (Guadalajara, Mexico at Estadio Charros de Jalisco March 9-12)

Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

Second Round

Pool E (March 12-15 in Tokyo at Tokyo Dome)

Pool A winner and runner up and Pool B winner and runner up

Pool F (March 14 - 18 in San Diego at Petco Park)

Pool C winner and runner up and Pool D winner and runner up

Semifinals (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 20-21)

Pool F winner versus Pool E runner up and Pool E winner versus Pool F runner up

Championship (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 22)

Semifinal 1 winner versus semifinal 2 winner