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Braves and Astros Draft Rosters

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The two teams spring training complexes were in Orlando in 2016. The Astros will be moving east for 2017 but myworld decided to lump them in the same pool. The Braves have a pretty solid lineup, especially if they move Brandon Belt and Brandon Drury to the outfield. The starting pitching falls short. The Astros early drafts are pretty weak. In 2007 the only players to make the major leagues are the three players they could not sign early in the top ten portion of the draft. Below are the rosters from the two teams if they only relied on players drafted from 2005 to present.

Atlanta Braves

2005 - Yunel Escobar (2) SS, Jordan Schafer (3) OF, Andrew Cashner (20 - DNS) RHP, Tyler Flowers (33) C

2006 - Corey Rasmus (1) RHP, Jeff Locke (2) LHP, Kris Medlen (10) RHP, Deunte Heath (19) RHP

2007 - Jason Heyward (1) OF, Josh Fields (2 - DNS) RHP, Freddie Freeman (2) 1B, Corey Gearrin (4) RHP, Brandon Belt (11 - DNS) 1B, Mitch Harris (24 - DNS) RHP, Craig Kimbrel (33- DNS) RHP

2008 - Zeke Spruill (2) RHP, Craig Kimbrel (3) RHP, Brett Oberholtzer (8) LHP, J.J. Hoover (10) RHP, Billy Burns (16 - DNS) OF, Anthony Rendon (27 - DNS) 3B

2009 - David Hale (3) RHP, Ryan Weber (22) RHP, Buck Farmer (46 - DNS) RHP, Josh Edgin (50 - DNS) LHP

2010 - Todd Cunningham (2) OF, Andrelton Simmons (3) SS, Phil Gosselin (5) 3B/2B, Brandon Drury (13) UTL, Evan Gattis (23) C/OF

2011 - Sean Gilmartin (1) LHP, Nick Ahmad (2) SS, Kyle Kubitza (3) 3B, J.R. Graham (4) RHP, Tommy LaStella (8) 2B

2012 - Alex Wood (2) LHP

2013 - Matt Marksberry (15) LHP

Atlanta Braves Roster

C - Evan Gattis, Tyler Flowers

1B - Freddie Freeman, Brandon Belt

2B - Tommy LaStella, Phil Gosselin

3B - Anthony Rendon, Brandon Drury, Kyle Kubitza

SS - Andrelton Simmons, Yunel Escobar, Nick Ahmed

OF - Jason Heyward, Jordan Schafer, Billy Burns, Todd Cunningham

SP - Andrew Cashner, Alex Wood, Kris Medlen, Brett Oberholtzer, David Hale

RP - Craig Kimbrel, Josh Fields, Corey Rasmus, Jeff Locke, Deunte Heath, Cory Gearrin, Mitch Harris, Zeke Spruill, J.J. Hoover, Ryan Weber, Buck Farmer, Josh Edgin, Sean Gil Martin, J.R. Graham, Matt Marksberry

Houston Astros

2005 - Brian Bogusevic (1) OF, Brandon Barnes (6) OF

2006 - Chris Johnson (4) 3B/1B, Bud Norris (6) RHP, Nate Karns (10 - DNS) RHP

2007 - Derek Dietrich (3 - DNS) 2B, Brett Eibner (4 - DNS) OF, Chad Bettis (8 - DNS)

2008 - Jason Castro (1) C, Jordan Lyles (1) RHP, J.B. Shuck (6) OF

2009 - Enrique Hernandez (6) SS, Dallas Keuchel (7) LHP, J.D. Martinez (20) OF, Paco Rodriguez (48 - DNS) LHP

2010 - Delino Deshields (3) OF, Mike Foltynewicz (1) RHP, Vince Velasquez (2) RHP, Jake Buchanan (8) RHP, Jacoby Jones (19 - DNS) 3B, Aaron Blair (21 - DNS) RHP

2011 - George Springer (1) OF, Adrian Houser (2) RHP, Nick Tropeano (5) RHP, Matt Duffy (20) 3B

2012 - Carlos Correa (1) SS, Lance McCullers (1) RHP, Preston Tucker (7) OF

2013 - Tony Kemp (5) 2B

2014 - A.J. Reed (2) 1B, Daniel Mengden (4) RHP

2015 - Alex Bregman (1) SS/3B

Astros Roster

C - Jason Castro

1B - Chris Johnson, A.J. Reed

2B - Derek Dietrich, Enrique Hernandez, Tony Kemp

3B - Matt Duffy, Jacoby Jones

SS - Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman

OF - George Springer, J.D. Martinez, Brett Eibner, Brian Bogusevic, Brandon Barnes, J.B. Schuck, Delino DeShields, Preson Tucker

SP - Dallas Keuchel, Mike Foltynewicz, Lance MuCullers, Nate Karns, Jordan Lyles, Bud Norris, Vince Velasquez

RP - Chad Bettis, Paco Rodriguez, Jake Buchanan, Aaron Blair, Adrian Houser, Nick Tropeano, Daniel Mengden

Brazil Wins South American Baseball Championship

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Brazil defeated Argentina 10-4, the second time they had defeated them to win the South American baseball championship. Brazil finished the tournament 7-0. Argentina had upset the defending champions Colombia 12-9 to get into the championship. Brazil was able to waltz over Peru 12-0. Venezuela did not appear in the tournament.

The final standings for the tournament:

1) Brazil, 2) Argentina, 3) Colombia, 4) Chile, 5) Peru, 6) Bolivia

2016 Post Season Arizona Fall League All Stars

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Myworld has selected our Arizona Fall League All Stars based on current production plus future production. So if a talented prospect did not put up good numbers he will be absent from this All Star team. If a Tim Tebow type had put up good numbers he would not be considered because we don’t consider him a viable prospect. Below is the AFL All Star team by position.

C - Carson Kelly (Cardinals) - There were some good catching prospects in the AFL. The 2016 number one pick by the White Sox Zach Collins just did not get enough at bats. Carson was tied for second in the AFL in RBIs and hit a solid .286 with a slugging average of .455. With Yadier Molina aging and becoming injury prone Carson is ripe to take the catching job away from Yadier, first handling the back up responsibilities before taking over the starting role in 2018.

1B - Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) - You have to pick a player who provides some power. The three homeruns hit by Cody were just two away from the league leader and his 17 RBIs were just one down from Carson. Cody also showed he could hit for average with a .314 average to go along with his .557 slugging. Greg Bird could have the most future potential but his .216 average showed a bit of a struggle as he tried to return from his injury.

2B - Travis Demeritte (Braves) - He still strikes out too much, but he has shown potential to be a high octane offensive performer at second base. The former shortstop had a .855 OPS, which will make most managers forgive his swing and miss transgressions. He did hit four doubles, four triples and four homeruns with 14 RBIs. Brandon Dixon had a higher average (.333) than Travis but we feel Travis has the higher upside.

3B - Brian Anderson (Marlins) - We would have liked to have given it to Miguel Andujar because myworld feels he will make more of a future impact, but Miguel did not bring his A game to Arizona, which is power. He hit nary a ball over the fence while Brian parked 5 over the fence to lead the AFL in homeruns. Anderson hit .273 while Andujar was up to .284. Anderson won the RBI race 12 to 5. Myworld is still not sure of the impact Anderson will make in the future.

SS - Gleyber Torres (Yankees) - There were a lot of good shortstops in the league. Three of the top four hitters for batting average played shortstop. But Gleyber easily won this award with his AFL leading .408 average. He also showed pop with three homeruns and a .645 slugging. Tagging along with the pop was incredible patience at the plate with a 14/8 walk to whiff ratio resulting in a .513 OBA. Dee Gordon put up some good numbers with a .346 average, but his numbers pale in comparison to Torres. He also does not have as much upside.

LF - Tyler O’Neil (Mariners) - This Canadian will hit for 20 plus homers a year once he reaches the major leagues. In the AFL he mashed three with 14 RBIs, hitting a respectable .292. The Mariners would like to see him cut down on his whiffs, but he has shown the patience to take walks (12). Christin Stewart could be an impact player for the Tigers, but his power bat was absent in the AFL with just one dinger.

CF - Andrew Stevenson (Nationals) - A nice breakout AFL for this first round pick. He was second in the AFL in batting with a .353 average and he showed some pop with his two homeruns and .518 slugging percentage. He also showed blazing speed with nine steals in just 11 attempts. Only three other players had more stolen bases. The most intriguing of the three is Greg Allen, who hit one more homer than Andrew, but his batting average was at .269

RF - Bradley Zimmer (Indians) - It was a toss up between Anthony Alford, who has more physical tools, but they have yet to be displayed in on the field production. Zimmer hit .257 to the .253 for Alford with Zimmer clocked in one more RBI (16 to 15) than Alford. The big separator was in OPS where Zimmer won out .935 to .789. Most of Zimmer’s power resulted in gap doubles, his seven being just one behind the AFL leader. Zimmer was also 8 for 9 in stolen bases. Alford equaled him in stolen bases, but was caught three more times.

DH - Anthony Alford (Blue Jays) - This is where we would like to put someone like Eric Wood here to reward him for his AFL leading 20 RBIs, but we are not convinced he will be an impact player. Alford just decided to focus on baseball after trying to establish a football career. The more he plays the better he gets, with five tool potential starting to gestate. See Bradley Zimmer for his numbers comparisons.

Starting pitcher - Francis Martes (Astros) - Francis throws hard with his 25 whiffs in 22.1 innings a testament to that. Some believe his three digit heat and lack of command to be ideal for the bullpen. In the AFL he had a 3.22 ERA, not allowing a runner to score in two of his last three starts. Michael Kopech also throws six digit heat. His ERA (2.01) was better than Martes but character flaws may prevent him from achieving his potential.

Six Korean Free Agents

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

One or more major league baseball team has placed status checks on six Korean players who are free agents. Status checks with the KBO are required before a major league club can negotiate with a professional or amateur player in Korea. The KBO has four business days to respond to this status check. The identity of the major league team requesting the status check must be kept confidential. This information courtesy of Yonhap.

The six Korean free agents:

1) Kwang-hyun Kim (SK Wyverns) - The lefthander was posted in 2014 but Kim and the Padres could not agree on a contract. Now Kim is free to negotiate with any team in Japan, the KBO or the Major Leagues. Elbow problems limited Kim to just 137 inningsin 2016. The last two years his inning count had exceeded 170 innings. Prior to 2014 injuries limited his innings. When he could pitch he was effective finishing with a 11-8 record with a 3.88 ERA, excellent in the offensive minded KBO. Kim is not overpowering, sitting in the low 90s with his fastball, but he does throw left handed, a prized commodity in the major leagues.

2) Jae-gyun Hwang (Lotte Giants) - Hwang was posted last year, the Lotte Giants hoping to get some money for the third baseman before they lost him to free agency the following year. No team put a fee for Hwang, despite his .290, 26 and 97 production for average, homeruns and RBIs. This year those numbers improved to .335, 27, 113. He also stole 25 bases last year, 14 more than he had stolen the previous year. Hwang is currently in the United States holding work outs for major league teams interested in signing him. This year the Giants will get nothing for him.

3) Hyoung-Woo Choi (Samsung Lions) - The leftfielder was second in the MVP voting this year, despite his team missing the playoffs. He won the batting title with a .376 average with 31 homeruns and 144 RBIs. Those offensive numbers have to be taken into context in the offensive oriented KBO. Choi has hit 30 or more homeruns his last three seasons and has batted over .300 for four years in a row. At 32 years of age he may have to settle for a two or three year contract.

4) Hyun-Jong Yang (Kia Tigers) - The Tigers posted him in 2015 but did not like the offer they got for him and turned it down. Now Yang is free from the posting requirement. Yang won the ERA title in 2015 with an ERA of 2.44. This past year it was quite a bit higher at 3.68. That still falls below his career ERA of 3.95. Yang did pitch a career high 200 innings but his strikeout numbers were down while his hit numbers were up. At 28 years of age he would be an attractive gamble for a major league team in a weak free agent market for starting pitchers.

5) Woo-Chan Cha (Sansung Lions) - Cha gives up a lot of hits which results in ERAs over 4.50. In 2015 he gave up 28 homeruns but was able to reduce that to 16 in 2016. His ERA still only improved by .06 despite the reduction in homeruns. His strikeout numbers dropped but at 29 he could be worth a risk.

6) Kyu-min Woo (LG Twins) - The righthander saw his ERA rise from 3.42 to 4.91. His hits and homeruns went up with his walk number more than doubling despite pitching 20 less innings than the previous year. At 31 years of age he appears to be on the down side of his career.

Happ Powers Mesa Over Surprise in AFL Championship

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Ian Happ blasted two homeruns to lead the Mesa Solar Sox to a 6-1 win over the Surprise Saguaros in the AFL championship game. Happ finished the game 4 for 4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Both teams had won their division by a half a game because of either a tie in their record (Surprise) or because they had played one more game than the second place team (Mesa).

The big hit of the game was by Brian Anderson when he powered a three run homerun in the first inning, scoring Happ with his first of three runs scored to give the Solar Sox an early 3-0 lead. Happ finished off the scoring with a two run homer in the third and a solo shot in the seventh.

Dylan Covey silenced the Saguaros bats to just one hit and one run in his five innings of work. He gave up his run in the fifth inning after a lead off walk, single and wild pitch put runners at third and second with no outs. The runner scored from third on a ground out double play that first went to first and then to third to complete the double play.

Jose Trevino got the only two hits for Surprise in the game, the first hit not coming until the fifth inning. Frankie Montas followed Covey and pitched three shutout innings, allowing the second Trevino hit. For Mesa it is their first AFL championship since 2003. During that time all five other AFL teams had won championships during the Mesa drought.

Puerto Rican Winter League Update

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The Puerto Rican Winter League added one team, the Tiburones de Aguadilla. They are not doing so good, winning one of their first 14 games. As an expansion team this is to be expected as the pool they had to choose players from was very weak. Still no team in San Juan. That is a waste of a large stadium in Puerto Rico.

Cangrejeros de Santurce (9-3)

Ivan de Jesus Jr. is showing some pop in his bat with two homeruns and a team leading 9 RBIs. Slugger Neftali Soto only has one homerun and five RBIs but his .388 average gives him a team leading 7 runs scored. Hector Olivera is looking for a place to play after his domestic violence incident resulted in the Braves trading him to San Diego and San Diego releasing him. His bat still looks a bit light with a .250 average, but 5 of his six hits have gone for doubles. He is back to playing the infield (third base).

Adalberto Flores has yet to give up a run in his four starts covering 20.2 innings. He is 3-0 with a 3/14 walk to whiff ratio. Righthanded hitters are hitting only .097 against him. Corey Black has picked up five saves in his eight appearances, allowing just one run for a 1.00 ERA. Andres Santiago has only given up a hit in just one of his six appearance, one of those a four inning start in which he did not give up a hit. In 12.2 innings the opposition is hitting .049 against him with righthanded hitters looking for their first hit.

Criollos de Caguas (8-4)

Phillip Evans (.318) has been their top RBI man with 10. He has done that without hitting a homerun, but gapping four doubles and one triple. His walk to whiff ratio is an impressive 7/4. Andrew Velasquez (.304) has crossed the plate 10 times. His primary weapon is speed with six stolen bases in eight attempts.

Ricardo Gomez has picked up 6 saves in his 8 appearances. He has yet to give up a run in those 8.2 innings of work, racking up a 3/13 walk to whiff ratio.

Indios de Mayaguez (8-5)

If Jonathan Davis got on base more (.238) he would have more than six steals in seven attempts. His 15 whiffs in 12 games does not bode well for future success. Danny Ortiz (.380) is hitting with two triples and one homerun.

Jorge Lopez had a bummer of a 2016 season but the home cooking is doing him well in Puerto Rico. In three starts (0.66) he has given up just one run, going five innings in his second start without giving up a hit or a walk. Hiram Burgos (0.82) has only given up one run in his three starts. He has also yet to walk a batter in his 11 innings of work. The two starters have yet to find themselves in the win column with Burgos taking a loss.

Gigantes de Carolina (7-8)

Carlos Corporan (.343) and Yasiel Balaguert (.319) are the only two players hitting over .300. The next player closest to that mark is 41 points away.

Takagi Hayato walked six in his first outing, but limited the free passes to just two in his next two outings. Opponents are only hitting .140 against him.

Tiburones de Aguadilla (1-12)

Reymond Fuentes hit over .300 in the major leagues in 2016 but it did not prevent the Royals from releasing him. He continues to hit with a .327 average with four doubles, a triple and a homerun in Perto Rico. Ruben Gotay (.300, 3, 10) leads the league in homeruns with three, but that has produced but one win for the Tiburones.

Efrain Nieves has captured the only Tiburones win. His 3.95 ERA and .386 opposition average will not give the manager a lot of confidence in throwing him out there if he struggles to get hitters out..

Young Cuban Players Manning Up

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

With the defection of a number of Cuban players to the major leagues an opportunity opens up for young Cuban players to earn a spot in the starting lineup or in the rotation. Below are some players in Cuba 24 years of age or younger who are excelling in the Nacional Series. Myworld does not know a lot about these players but their numbers seem to show the ability to play this game. Camaguey seems to have the top talent when it comes to younger players.

Position Players

Luis Robert Moiren (Ciego de Avila) - At 19 years of age he leads all players in homeruns with 12. There was a time a couple years ago when 20 homeruns was common in a Cuban season, but most of those players are on U.S. soil now trying to find a major league team to sign them. Luis is hitting .393 with 39 RBIs and a .519 OBA. He is currently one of the most impressive hitters in the league, even at this young age.

Victor Mesa Rios (Matanzas - CF) - His dad was a star who played in a number of international tournaments. Don’t be surprised if he is not the centerfielder for Cuba in the WBC. He is only 20 years old and leads the Nacional Series in stolen bases with 22 in 28 attempts. He is also hitting .329 with 4 homeruns and 31 RBIs. Better plate discipline would make him a better lead off hitter.

Julio Martinez Sanchez (Camaguay - CF) - Another speedster to patrol centerfield. He is also 20 with a higher .435 OBA, with 39 walks in 50 games. He is hitting .327 with five homeruns and 24 RBIs. Julio is 19 for 22 in stolen base attempts, a better percentage than Mesa, but even though he gets on base more he is more selective in stealing bases.

Ariel Martinez Marrer (Matanzas - C) - A 20 year old catcher for the top team in the league. He shows he has a bat with a .326 average with 3 homeruns and 25 RBIs. He shows some patience at the plate with a .423 OBA.

Leonel Segura Morales (Camaguay - 1B) - The 22 year old needs to show more power for his position. His .341 average is impressive but only two dingers is not what major league scouts look for at this position.

Norel Gonzalez Beltran (Matanzas - LF) - A third Matanzas player under the age of 25, the 22 year old shows some power with 8 homeruns and carries a .326 average.

Rafael Vinales Alvarez (Camaguay - C) - The oldest prospect on this list at 24 Rafael is hitting .306 with 9 homeruns and 33 RBIs.


All of the pitchers below throw right handed. None of them have a particularly impressive whiff to walk ratio as was the case with Aroldis Chapman when he was pitching in Cuba. So there does not appear to be any young power arms in Cuba at the moment for scouts to salivate at.

Yariel Rodriguez Yordi (Camaguey) - At 19 the youngest pitcher on this list. At 5-3 he has a winning record with a solid 3.07 ERA.

Jose Ramon Rodriguez (Isla de la Juventud) - At 24 years of age he is the oldest pitcher on this list. His 7-3 record and 2.37 ERA tops the other prospects.

Luis Manuel Castro (Mayabeque) - 22 years old, 5-3, 2.68 ERA.

Arbelo Quiroz Martinez (Camaguey) - At 21 he is two years older than his rotation mate Yariel. He is 5-6, 2.83.

Dayron Rivera Ramirez (Holquin) - Another 24 year old, he is 8-6 with a 3.82 ERA.

Angels and Dodgers Roster by the Draft

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Myworld has been going back to the 2005 draft to the present to see what kind of rosters major league teams would have if they were reliant on only domestic players for their roster. Today we look at the Dodgers and Angels, who both have a better roster when you consider players they drafted late but did not sign. Both teams have drafted the same players on two occasions. The Dodgers have had some horrendous drafts when the only players who made a major league roster were players they did not sign.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

2005 - Sean O’Sullivan (3) RHP, Brian Matusz (4 - DNS) LHP, Peter Bourjos (12) OF, Deunte Heath (23 - DNS) RHP, Chris Davis (35 - DNS) 1B, Buster Posey (50 - DNS) C

2006 - Hank Conger (1) C, Jordan Walden (12) RHP

2007 - Matt Harvey (3 - DNS) RHP, Andrew Romine (5) UTL, Efren Navarro (50) 1B

2008 - Tyler Chatwood (2) RHP, Will Smith (7) LHP, Taylor Jungman (24 - DNS) RHP, John Hicks (31 - DNS) C, Kyle Hendricks (39 - DNS) RHP

2009 - Randall Grichuck (1) OF, Mike Trout (1) OF, Tyler Skaggs (1) LHP, Garrett Richards (1) RHP, Pat Corbin (2) LHP, David Carpenter (9) RHP

2010 - Kaleb Cowart (1) 3B, Cam Bedrosian (1) RHP, Josh Osich (7 - DNS) LHP, Kole Calhoun (8) OF, A.J. Schugel (25) UTL

2011 - C.J. Cron (1) 1B, Jett Bandy (31) C

2012 - R.J. Alvarez (3) RHP, Michael Roth (9) LHP

2013 - NONE

2014 - Sean Newcomb (1) LHP


C - Buster Posey, Hank Conger, John Hicks, Jett Bandy

1B - Chris Davis, C.J. Cron, Efren Navarro

2B - A.J. Schugel

3B - Kaleb Cowart

SS - Andrew Romine

OF - Mike Trout, Randal Grichuck, Kole Calhoun, Peter Bourgos

SP - Kyle Hendricks, Matt Harvey, Garrett Richards, Pat Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, Sean Newcomb

RP - Cam Bedrosian, Sean O’Sullivan, Brian Matusz, Deunte Heath, Jordan Walden, Tyler Chatwood, Will Smith, Taylor Jungmann, David Carpenter, Josh Osich, R.J. Alvarez, Michael Roth

Los Angeles Dodgers

2005 - Luke Hochevar (1 - DNS) RHP, Jody Mercer (26 - DNS), Justin Wilson (37 - DNS), Tony Cruz (42 - DNS) C, Chase d’Arnaud (44 - DNS) SS

2006 - Clayton Kershaw (1) LHP, Bryan Morris (1) RHP, Roberto Perez (29 - DNS) C, Aaron Barrett (44 - DNS) RHP, Paul Goldschmidt (49 - DNS) 1B

2007 - Rob Rasmussen (27 - DNS), Matt Szczur (38 - DNS) OF

2008 - Dee Gordon (4) 2B, Nathan Eovoldi (11) RHP, Danny Coulombe (17 - DNS) LHP, Allen Webster (18) RHP, Jett Bandy (41 - DNS) C

2009 - Richie Shaffer (25 - DNS) 3B, Stephen Piscotty (45 - DNS) OF/1B, Christian Walker (49 - DNS) OF/1B

2010 - Zach Lee (1) RHP, Kevin Gausman (6 - DNS) RHP, Joc Pederson (11) OF, Scott Schebler (26) OF, Shawn Tolleson (30) RHP

2011 - Chris Reed (1) LHP

2012 - Corey Seager (1) SS, Paco Rodriguez (2) LHP, Ross Stripling (5) RHP, Jharel Cotton (20) RHP, Danny Coulombe (25) LHP

2013 - Jose Deleon (24) RHP

2014 - Brock Stewart (6) RHP


C - Tony Cruz, Roberto Perez, Jett Bandy

1B - Paul Goldschmidt, Christian Walker

2B - Dee Gordon

3B - Richie Shaffer, Chase d’Arnaud

SS - Corey Seager, Jody Mercer

OF - Joc Pederson, Stephen Piscotty, Scott Schebler, Matt Szczur

SP - Clayton Kershaw, Luke Hochevar, Nathan Eovaldi, Kevin Gausman, Jharel Cotton, Jose Deleon

RP - Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Aaron Barrett, Rob Rasmussen, Danny Coulombe, Allen Webster, Zach Lee, Shawn Tolleson, Chris Reed, Paco Rodriguez, Ross Stripling, Brock Stewart

Nippert Voted MVP of KBO

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Dustin Nippert became the fourth foreign player to win the KBO MVP. He finished ahead of the Samsung Lions Hyoung-Woo Choi. The Doosan Bears won the KBO while the Samsung Lions missed the playoffs.

This will be the second straight year a foreign player has won the MVP. The NC Dinos Eric Thames won the award last year. The two other foreign MVPs were Tyrone Woods (1998) and Daniel Rios (2007), both of whom played for the Bears when they won their awards.

Nippert led the league in wins with 22 and ERA at 2.95. At 35 years of age he became the oldest pitcher in the KBO to win 20 games. The ERA is impressive when you consider the offense dominates in the KBO and most pitchers have ERAs over 4.00. This was the sixth year Nippert has played in the KBO. During his first year in the KBO he achieved his best ERA and most wins (2.55, 15-6). He is 80-35 with a 3.38 ERA for his six year career.

The Nexon Heroes pitcher Jae-Young Shin was voted rookie of the year for his 15 wins and 3.90 ERA in 30 starts. The KT Wiz pitcher Ju Kwon finished in second place with a 6-8 record and a 5.10 ERA. While a number of foreign players were technically rookies in their first year in the KBO myworld would be surprised if they would be eligible to win the award, or at least they would have problems receiving votes.

Japan Sweeps Netherlands in Exhibition Play

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

In a second extra inning game Japan defeated Netherlands for a second time, this one 12-10. Pitching was again absent in this second game. Seiya Suzuki hit a grand slam homerun in the top of the tenth to give Japan the victory. With his two run double in the seventh he finished the game with six RBIs. Netherlands chipped in two runs in the bottom of the tenth but despite three wild pitches in the inning Kodai Senga struck out the last three hitters he faced.

Netherlands raced out to an early 4-1 lead with Yurendell de Caster leading the charge with an RBI single in the first and a two run double in the second. Ricardo Dashenko, who stroked an RBI single in the tenth added an RBI single in the first. The Netherlands left the bases loaded in the opening frame.

Japan got a solo shot from Nobuhiro Matsuda in the fourth but the Netherlands stormed back for four more runs to run their lead up to 8-2. A 3-run blast by Sharlon Schoop scored all their runs in the fifth.

Japan exploded for six runs in the seventh, four players hitting two baggers to ignite the inning. Wendall Floranus and Bayron Cornelisse could only retire one of the seven batters they faced. Other than the two run double from Suzuki, Tetsuto Yamada had a two run single for the other key hit. Shohei Otani started the rally with a two run double and then was intentionally walked the second time he came to bat in the inning. It appears the Europeans are aware of his batting prowess.

Japan loaded the bases in the eighth and put two runners on in the ninth but could not score. The Netherlands walked 11 hitters in the game, two intentionally.