Friday, July 31, 2015

Mike Leake traded to Giants

Mike Leake was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the San Francisco Giants on July 30, 2015. The Reds in exchange received Adam Duvall and Keury Mella. 

RHP Leake was 9-5, 3.56 ERA, 90 K, 1.15 WHIP, .240 BAA in 136.2 IP over 21 games with the Reds in 2015. Over six MLB seasons with the Reds he was 62-47, 3.87 ERA, 701 K, 1.28 WHIP, .266 BAA in 1028.1 IP over 168 games. He was originally drafted by the Reds with the eighth pick of the first round in 2009. Leake turned 27 on November 12.

Duvall is a first baseman who played at Triple A Sacramento where he hit .281/.325/.547 with 26 HR, 80 RBI, 60 R, 4 SB in 100 games. He did have some MLB experience with the Giants in 2014 hitting .192/.234/.342 with 3 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB in 28 games. He was originally drafted by the Giants in the 11th round in 2010. Duvall will be 27 on September 4th.

RHP Mella pitches at Class A Advanced San Jose where he was 5-3, 3.31 ERA, 83 K, 1.13 WHIP, .216 BAA in 81.2 IP over 16 games in 2015. He originally signed with the Giants in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Mella will be 22 on August 2nd. 

Carlos Gomez traded to Astros

Carlos Gomez was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Houston Astros on July 30, 2015 along with Mike Fiers and an international bonus slot. The Brewers in return received Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana and Josh Hader.

Gomez is an outfielder who hit .262/.328/.423 with 8 HR, 43 RBI, 42 R, 7 SB in 74 games with the Brewers in 2015. Over nine MLB seasons with the Brewers, Twins and Mets he hit .260/.315/.420 with 99 HR, 387 RBI, 508 R, 211 SB in 1045 games. He originally signed with the Mets in 2002 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Gomez turned 29 on December 4th.

RHP Fiers was 5-9, 3.89 ERA, 121 K, 1.36 WHIP, .259 BAA in 118.0 IP over 21 games with the Brewers in 2015. Over five MLB seasons with the Brewers he was 21-28, 3.66 ERA, 349 K, 1.24 WHIP, .245 BAA in 341.2 IP over 71 games with 56 GS. He was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 22nd round in 2009. Fiers turned 30 on June 15.

RHP Houser had split 2015 between Class A Advanced Lancaster and Double A Corpus Christi. He was 2-2, 4.35 ERA, 55 K, 1.37 WHIP, .254 BAA in 49.2 IP over 12 games at Lancaster with 8 GS and 1-2, 6.21 ERA, 23 K, 1.62 WHIP, .293 BAA in 33.1 IP over 7 games at Corpus Christi with 5 GS. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the second round in 2011. Houser turned 22 on February 2nd.

Phillips is an outfielder who had split 2015 between Lancaster and Corpus Christi. He hit .320/.379/.588 with 15 HR, 53 RBI, 68 R, 8 SB in 66 games at Lancaster and .321/.372/.463 with 1 HR, 18 RBI, 22 R, 7 SB in 31 games at Corpus Christi. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the sixth round in 2012. Phillips turned 21 on May 30.

Santana is an outfielder who had split 2015 between Triple A Fresno and the Astros. He hit .320/.426/.582 with 16 HR, 59 RBI, 62 R, 1 SB in 75 games at Fresno and .256/.310/.462 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB in 14 games with the Astros. Over two MLB seasons with the Astros he hit .179/.233/.321 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 2 SB in 20 games. He originally signed with the Phillies in 2009 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic and was traded to the Astros in 2011. Santana will be 23 on August 5th.

LHP Hader pitched at Corpus Christi where he was 3-3, 3.17 ERA, 69 K, 1.29 WHIP, .237 BAA, 1 SV in 65.1 IP over 17 games with 10 GS. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 19th round in 2012 and was traded to the Astros in 2013. Hader turned 21 on April 7th.

Joakim Soria traded to Pirates

Joakim Soria was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30, 2015. The Tigers in exchange received JaCoby Jones.

RHP Soria was 3-1, 2.85 ERA, 36 K, 1.05 WHIP, .212 BAA, 23 SV in 41.0 IP over 43 games with the Tigers in 2015. Over eight seasons with the Tigers, Rangers and Royals he was 19-20, 2.61 ERA, 453 K, 1.06 WHIP, .211 BAA, 201 SV in 424.1 IP over 415 games. He originally signed with the Dodgers in 2001 as an amateur free agent out of Mexico. Soria turned 31 on May 18.

Jones is a shortstop who had split 2015 between Class A Advanced Bradenton and Double A Altoona. He hit .253/.313/.396 with 10 HR, 58 RBI, 48 R, 14 SB in 93 games at Bradenton and .500/.545/.500 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB in 3 games at Altoona. He was originally drafted by the Pirates in the third round in 2013. Jones turned 23 on May 10.


Justin Sellers traded to White Sox

Justin Sellers was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago White Sox on July 30, 2015 for a PTBNL or cash. The shortstop had split 2015 between Rookie Gulf Coast, Class A Advanced Bradenton, Triple A Indianapolis and the DL which an Achilles tendon injury. He hit .348/.375/.348 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB in 7 games at Gulf Coast, .316/.350/.368 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB in 5 games at Bradenton and .100/.250/.100 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB in 4 games at Indianapolis. He does have four seasons MLB experience with the Indians and Dodgers hitting .198/.280/.294 with 3 HR, 17 RBI, 33 R, 1 SB in 99 games. He was originally drafted by the Athletics in the sixth round in 2005. Sellers turned 29 on February 1st.

Dustin Ackley traded to Yankees

Dustin Ackley was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees on July 30, 2015. The Mariners in exchange received Jose Ramirez and Ramon Flores.

Ackley is a 2B\Of who hit .215/.270/.366 with 6 HR, 19 RBI, 22 R, 2 SB in 85 games with the Mariners in 2015. Over five MLB seasons with the Mariners he hit .243/.306/.366 with 42 HR, 201 RBI, 249 R, 31 SB in 584 games. He was originally drafted by the Mariners with the second pick of the first round in 2009. Ackley turned 27 on February 26.

RHP Ramirez had split 2015 between Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Yankees. He was 3-0, 2.90 ERA, 56 K, 1.27 WHIP, .217 BAA, 10 SV in 49.2 IP over 32 games at SWB and 0-0, 15.00 ERA, 2 K, 3.33 WHIP, .400 BAA in 3.0 Ip over 3 games with the Yankees. Over two MLB seasons with the Yankees he was 0-2, 7.62 ERA, 12 K, 2.15 WHIP, .309 BAA in 13.0 IP over 11 games. He originally signed with the Yankees in 2007 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Ramirez turned 25 on January 21.

Flores is an outfielder who had split 2015 between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Yankees. He hit .286/.377/.417 with 7 HR, 34 RBI, 43 R, 3 SB in 73 games at SWB and .219/.219/.250 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB in 12 games with the Yankees. He originally signed with the Yankees in 2008 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Flores turned 23 on March 26.

Mat Latos traded to Dodgers in 3 team 13 player deal

Mat Latos was traded by the Miami Marlins to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 30, 2015 along with Michael Morse and cash. The Marlins in exchange received Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo, Kevin Guzman and cash from the Dodgers. The Atlanta Braves were also involved and they received Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez and Zack Bird from the Dodgers and the Marlins' 2016 competive balance draft pick. The Braves also sent the Dodgers Alex Wood, Bronson Aroyo, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Jose Peraza.

RHP Latos had split 2015 between Triple A New Orleans and the Marlins. He was 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 4 K, 1.71 WHIP, .176 BAA in 4.2 IP in 1 game at New Orleans and 4-7, 4.48 ERA, 79 K, 1.25 WHIP, .251 BAA in 88.1 IP over 16 games with the Marlins. Over seven MLB seasons with the Marlins, Red and Padres he is 64-52, 3.43 ERA, 938 K, 1.18 WHIP, .235 BAA in 1040.1 IP over 169 games. He was originally drafted by the Padres in the 11th round in 2006 was traded to the Reds in 2011 and traded to the Marlins in February 2015. Latos turned 27 on December 9th.

Morse is an OF/1B who had split 2015 between Class A Advance Jupiter, Double A Jacksonville and Triple A New Orleans while rehabbing and with the Marlins. He hit .250/.571/.250 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 2 games at Jupiter, .284/.400/.529 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 5 games at Jacksonville, .235/.263/.235 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 5 games at New Orleans and .213/.276/.313 with 4 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB in 53 games with the Marlins. Over 11 MLB seasons with the Marlins, Giants, Orioles, Mariners and Nationals he has hit .276/.331/.463 with 103 HR, 345 RBI, 289 R, 6 SB in 757 games. He was originally drafted by the White Sox in the third round in 2000. Morse turned 33 on March 22.

RHP Brigham had split 2015 between Class A Great Lakes and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. He was 2-0, 1.29 ERA, 11 K, 0.71 WHIP, .125 BAA in 7.0 IP over 2 games at Great Lakes and 4-5, 5.96 ERA, 64 K, 1.68 WHIP, .286 BAA in 68.0 IP over 17 games at Rancho Cucamonga with 14 GS. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round in 2014. Brigham turned 23 on February 16.

RHP Araujo pitched at Rancho Cucamonga where he was 3-3, 5.40 ERA, 55 K, 1.28 WHIP, .255 BAA in 50.0 IP over 32 games. He originally signed with the Dodgers in 2009 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Araujo turned 22 on November 9th.

RHP Guzamn pitched at Great Lakes where he was 5-7, 3.90 ERA, 62 K, 1.48 WHIP, .294 BAA in 83.0 IP over 17 games with 15 GS. He originally signed with the Dodgers in 2013 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Guzman turned 20 on November 6th.

Olivera is a second baseman who had split 2015 between Rookie Arizona, Double A Tulsa and Triple A Oklahoma City. He hit .313/.389/.375 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB in 6 games at Arizona, .318/.400/.455 with 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R and 0 SB in 6 games at Tulsa and .387/.387/.581 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB in 7 games at Oklahoma City. He originally signed with the Dodgers in May 2015 as a free agent out of Cuba. Olivera turned 30 on April 5th.

LHP Rodriguez had split 2015 between Rancho Cucamonga, Oklahoma City and the Dodgers. He was 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 K, 1.00 WHIP, .250 BAA in 2.0 IP over 2 games at Rancho Cucamonga, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 1.00 WHIP, .143 BAA in 2.0 IP over 2 games at Oklahoma City and 0-0, 2.61 ERA, 8 K, 1.26 WHIP, .263 BAA in 10.1 IP over 18 games with the Dodgers. Over four MLB seasons with the Dodgers he was 4-5, 2.53 ERA, 91 K, 1.00 WHIP, .189 BAA, 2 SV in 85.1 IP over 124 games. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the second round in 2012. Rodriguez turned 24 on April 16.

RHP Bird pitched at Rancho Cucamonga where he was 5-7, 4.75 ERA, 95 K, 1.37 WHIP, .226 BAA in 89.0 IP over 19 games with 17 GS. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the ninth round in 2012. Bird turned 21 on July 14.

LHP Wood pitched with the Braves where he was 7-6, 3.54 ERA, 90 K, 1.41 WHIP, .288 BAA in 119.1 IP over 20 games in 2015. Over three MLB seasons with the Braves he was 21-20, 3.10 ERA, 337 K, 1.27 WHIP, .260 BAA in 368.2 IP over 86 games with 55 GS. He was originally drafted by the Braves in the second round in 2012. Wood turned 24 on January 12.

RHP Arroyo has not pitched in 2015 and was traded to the Braves on June 20.

LHP Avilan pitched with the Braves where he was 2-4, 3.58 ERA, 31 K, 1.19 WHIP, .245 BAA in 37.2 IP over 50 games in 2015. Over four MLB seasons with the Braves he was 12-5, 2.77 ERA, 127 K, 1.17 WHIP, .225 BAA in 182.0 IP over 218 games. He originally signed with the Braves in 2005 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Avilan turned 26 on July 19.

RHP Johnson ptiched with the Braves where he was 2-3, 2.25 ERA, 33 K, 1.23 WHIP, .256 BAA, 9 SV in 48.0 IP over 49 games. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Braves, Tigers, Athletics and Orioles he was 25-31, 3.45 ERA, 340 K, 1.31 WHIP, .260 BAA, 133 SV in 501.1 IP over 463 games. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the fifth round in 2001. Johnson turned 32 on June 27.

Peraza is a 2B\SS\OF who played at Triple A Gwinnett where he hit .294/.318/.379 with 3 HR, 37 RBI, 52 R, 26 SB in 96 games in 2015. He originally signed with the Braves in 2010 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Peraza turned 21 on April 30.

David Price traded to Blue Jays

David Price was traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 30, 2015. The Tigers in exchange received Daniel Norris and Jairo Labourt.

LHP Price was 9-4, 2.53 ERA, 138 K, 1.11 WHIP, .241 BAA in 146.0 IP over 21 games with Detroit in 2015. Over eight MLB seasons with the Tigers and Rays he is 95-55, 3.13 ERA, 1285 K, 1.14 WHIP, .235 BAA in 1367.1 IP over 207 games. He was originally drafted by the Rays with the first over all pick in 2007. Price will be 30 on August 26. 

LHP Norris had split 2015 between Triple A Buffalo and the Blue Jays. He was 3-10, 4.27 ERA, 78 K, 1.51 WHIP, .270 BAA in 90.2 IP over 16 games at Buffalo and 1-1, 3.86 ERA, 18 K, 1.50 WHIP, .267 BAA in 23.1 IP over 5 games with the Blue Jays. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round in 2011. Norris turned 22 on April 25.

LHP Labourt had pitched at Class A Advanced Dunedin where he was 2-7, 4.59 ERA, 70 K, 1.58 WHIP, .263 BAA in 80.1 IP over 18 games. He originally signed with the Blue Jays in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Labourt turned 22 on March 7th.

Brandon Moss traded to Cardinals

Brandon Moss was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the St Louis Cardinals on July 30, 2015. The Indians in exchange received Rob Kaminsky.

Moss is an OF\1B who hit .217/.288/.407 with 15 HR, 50 RBI, 36 R, 0 SB in 94 games with the Indians in 2015. Over nine MLB seasons with the Cardinals, Indians, Athletics, Phillies, Pirates and Red Sox he has hit .243/.320/.452 with 106 HR, 348 RBI, 301 R, 8 SB in 720 games. He was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the eighth round in 2002. Moss will be 32 on September 16.

LHP Kaminsky had pitched at Class A Advanced Palm Beach where he was 6-5, 2.09 ERA, 79 K, 1.16 WHIP, .228 BAA in 94.2 IP over 17 games. He was originally drafted by the Cardinals with the 28th pick of the first round in 2013. Kaminsky will be 21 on September 2nd.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jayson Aquino traded to Indians

Jayson Aquino was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Cleveland Indians on July 29, 2015 for cash. The LHP was 2-2, 2.81 ERA, 16 K, 1.29 WHIP, .270 BAA in 25.2 IP over 5 games at Class A Advanced Dunedin of the Blue Jays, was traded to the Pirates on May 10 and was 2-6, 3.78 ERA, 50 K, 1.22 WHIP, .252 BAA in 78.2 IP over 13 games at Class A Advanced Bradenton. He originally signed with the Rockies in 2009 as an amatuer free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Aquino turned 22 on November 22.

Joe Blanton traded to Pirates

Joe Blanton was traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 29, 2015 in exchange for cash. The RHP had split 2015 between Triple A Omaha and the Royals. He was 3-2, 3.89 ERA, 30 K, 1.12 WHIP, .227 BAA in 39.1 IP over 7 games at Omaha and 2-2, 3.89 ERA, 40 K, 1.20 WHIP, .265 BAA, 2 SV in 41.2 IP over 15 games with the Royals with 4 GS. Over 11 MLB seasons with the Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Athletics he was 87-91, 4.50 ERA, 1126 K, 1.36 WHIP, .278 BAA, 2 SV in 1609.0 IP over 280 games with 252 GS. He was originally drafted by the Athletics with the 24th pick of the first round in 2002. Blanton turned 34 on December 11.

Anfernee Benitez Pioneer League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Anfernee Benitez of the Missoula Osprey was selected the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.82 ERA, 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB and 18 K. This season the RHP is 2-2, 4.41 ERA, 38 K, 1.35 WHIP, .256 BAA in 33.2 IP over 7 games. Missoula is a Rookie team of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He originally signed with the Diamondbacks in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of Panama. Benitez turned 20 on July 24.

Ryan Deemes Appalachian League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Ryan Deemes of the Greenville Astros was selected the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 20, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB and 6 K. This season the RHP is 2-0, 0.75 ERA, 16 K, 0.71 WHIP, .188 BAA, 1 SV in 24.0 IP over 7 games with 2 GS. Greenville is a Rookie team of the Houston Astros. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the 36th round in 2015. Deemes turned 22 on June 11.

Luke Lanphere Northwest League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Luke Lanphere of the Spokane Indians was selected the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2019. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB and 6 K. This season the RHP is 2-0, 3.00 ERA, 26 K, 1.00 WHIP, .218 BAA in 36.0 IP over 7 games. Spokane is the Class A short season team of the Texas Rangers. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 21st round in 2013. Lanphere will be 20 on September 30.

Jonathan Brubaker New York-Penn League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Jonathan Brubaker of the West Virginia Black Bears was selected the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB and 9 K. This season the RHP is 3-3, 4.31 ERA, 20 K, 1.02 WHIP, .237 BAA in 31.1 IP over 7 games. West Virginia is the Class A short season team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was originally drafted by the Pirates in the sixth round in 2015. Brubaker turned 21 on November 17.

Samuel Coonrod South Atlantic League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Samuel Coonrod of the Augusta GreenJackets was selected the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB and 6 K. This season the RHP is 6-4, 2.91 ERA, 90 K, 1.20 WHIP, .240 BAA in 89.2 IP over 17 games. Augusta is the Class A team of the San Francisco Giants. He was originally drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2014. Coonrod will be 23 on September 22. 

Shane Dawson Midwest League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Shane Dawson of the Lansing Lugnuts was selected the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB and 10 K. This season the LHP is 12-4, 2.85 ERA, 91 K, 1.15 WHIP, .247 BAA in 94.2 IP over 17 games with 15 GS. Lansing is the Class A team of the Toronto Blue Jays. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 17th round in 2012. Dawson will be 22 on September 9th. 

Sal Romano Florida State League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Sal Romano of the Daytona Tortugas was selected the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB and 6 K. This season the RHP is 6-5, 3.46 ERA, 79 K, 1.31 WHIP, .261 BAA in 104.0 IP over 19 games. Daytona is the Class A Advanced team of the Cincinnati Reds. He was originally drafted by the Reds in the 23rd round in 2011. Romano will be 22 on October 12.

John Simms Carolina League PiOW 072015 to 072615

John Simms of the Potomac Nationals was selected the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB and 10 K. This season the RHP is 6-6, 2.74 ERA, 48 K, 1.07 WHIP, .219 BAA in 88.2 IP over 15 games at Potomac which earned a promotion to Double A Harrisburg where his is 0-1, 7.50 ERA, 5 K, 2.00 WHIP, .391 BAA in 6.0 IP in 1 game. Potomac is the Class A Advanced team of the Washington Nationals. He was originally drafted by the Nationals in the 11th round in 2013. Simms turned 23 on January 17.

Chase De Jong California League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Chase De Jong of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes was selected the California League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB and 9 K. His performance was a long relief appearance entering the game in the third inning. This season the RHP is 1-1, 4.11 ERA, 21 K, 0.98 WHIP, .182 BAA in 15.1 IP over 4 games at Rancho Cucamonga with 3 GS and 7-4, 3.13 ERA, 77 K, 1.08 WHIP, .231 BAA in 86.1 IP over 14 GS at Class A Lansing. Rancho Cucamonga is the Class A Advanced team of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round in 2012 and was traded to the Dodgers on July 2nd. De Jong turned 21 on December 29.

Chase De Jong traded to Dodgers

Chase De Jong was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 2, 2015 along with Tim Locastro. The Blue Jays in exchange received three international signing bonus slots. 

RHP De Jong was at Class A Lansing where he was 7-4, 3.13 ERA, 77 K, 1.08 WHIP, .231 BAA in 86.1 IP over 14 games. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the second round in 2012. De Jong turned 21 on December 29.

Locastro is a 2B\SS\OF who was also at Lansing where he hit .310/.409/.421 with 5 HR, 25 RBI, 48 R, 30 SB in 70 games. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 13th round in 2013. Locastro turned 23 on July 14.

Cody Reed Texas League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Cody Reed of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals was selected the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB and 7 K. This season the LHP is 2-2, 3.45 ERA, 19 K, 1.19 WHIP, .239 BAA in 28.2 IP over 5 games at NW Arkansas and 5-5, 2.14 ERA, 65 K, 1.19 WHIP, .243 BAA, 1 SV in 67.1 IP over 13 games at Class A Advanced Wilmington. NW Arkansas is the Double A team of the Kansas City Royals. He was originally drafted by the Royals in the second round in 2013. Reed turned 22 on April 15.

He has since been traded to the Cincinnati Reds

Andrew Barbosa Southern League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Andrew Barbosa of the Mississippi Braves was selected the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 2 BB and 10 K. This season the LHP is 3-0, 3.20 ERA, 22 K, 1.12 WHIP, .243 BAA in 19.2 IP over 4 games at Mississippi and 0-1, 12.27 ERA, 5 K, 2.45 WHIP, .308 BAA in 3.2 IP over 3 games at Double A Mobile with 1 GS. Mississippi is the Double A team of the Atlanta Braves. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 36th round in 2012, they released him April 23 and the Braves signed him on July 10. Barbosa turned 27 on November 18.

Seth Lugo Eastern League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Seth Lugo of the Binghamton Mets was selected the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 4 BB and 16 K. This season the RHP is 6-4, 3.20 ERA, 89 K, 1.17 WHIP, .241 BAA in 98.1 IP over 17 games. Binghamton is the Double A team of the New York Mets. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the 34th round in 2011. Lugo turned 25 on November 17.

Matt Bowman Pacific Coast League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Matt Bowman of the Las Vegas 51's was selected the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 3.65 ERA, 2 GS, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 CG, and 1 SHO. This season the RHP is 7-10, 5.32 ERA, 57 K, 1.58 WHIP, .307 BAA in 106.2 IP over 20 games. Las Vegas is the Triple A team of the New York Mets. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the 13th round in 2012. Bowman turned 24 on May 31.

Randy Wolf International League PiOW 072015 to 072615

Randy Wolf of the Buffalo Bisons was selected the International League Pitcher of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 13.2 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB and 12 K. This season the LHP is 7-1, 2.57 ERA, 81 K, 1.33 WHIP, .279 BAA in 112.0 IP over 19 games. He does have 15 seasons MLB experience with the Marlins, Orioles, Brewers, Dodgers, Astros, Padres, and Phillies going 133-120, 4.21 ERA, 1786 K, 1.34 WHIP, .259 BAA, 1 SV in 2293.2 IP in 382 games with 372 GS. Buffalo is the Triple A team of the Toronto Blue Jays. He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the second round in 1997. Wolf will be 39 on August 22.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ben Zobrist traded to Royals

Ben Zobrist was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Kansas City Royals on July 28, 2015 along with cash. The Athletics in exchange received Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea.

Zobrist is a 2B\SS\OF who had split 2015 between Class A Advanced Stockton, Triple A Nashville and the Athletics. He hit .333/.333/.333 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB in 2 games at Stockton, .300/.385/.300 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB in 3 games at Nashville and .268/.354/.447 with 6 HR, 33 RBI, 39 R, 1 SB in 67 games with the Athletics. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Athletics and Rays he has hit .264/.354/.430 with 120 HR, 544 RBI, 604 R, 103 SB in 1131 games. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the sixth round in 2004. Zobrist turned 34 on May 26.

RHP Brooks had split 2015 between Triple A Omaha and the Royals. He was 6-5, 3.71 ERA, 92 K, 1.30 WHIP, .282 BAA in 106.2 IP over 18 games at Omaha and 0-0, 6.23 ERA, 3 K, 1.38 WHIP, .333 BAA in 4.1 IP over 2 games with the Royals. Over two MLB seasons with the Royals he was 0-1, 20.57 ERA, 5 K, 3.00 WHIP, .500 BAA in 7.0 IP over 4 games. He was originally drafted by the Royals in the ninth round in 2011. Brooks turned 25 on April 27.

LHP Manaea had split 2015 between Rookie Arizona, Class A Advanced Wilmington and Double A NW Arkansas. He was 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 6 K, 0.60 WHIP, .118 BAA in 5.0 IP in 1 game at Arizona, 1-0, 3.66 ERA, 22 K, 1.32 WHIP, .297 BAA in 19.2 IP over 4 games at Wilmington and 0-1, 5.14 ERA, 11 K, 2.14 WHIP, .310 BAA in 7.0 IP over 2 games at NW Arkansas. He was originally drafted by the Royals with the 34th pick of the first round in 2013. Manaea turned 23 on Febraury 1st.




Jonathan Papelbon traded to Nationals

Jonathan Papelbon was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Nationals on July 28, 2015 along with Cash. The Phillies in exchange received Nick Pivetta.

RHP Papelbon was 2-1, 1.59 ERA, 40 K, 0.98 WHIP, .211 BAA, 17 SV in 39.2 IP over 37 games with the Phillies in 2015. Over 11 MLB seasons with the Phillies and Red Sox he is 37-30, 2.32 ERA, 761 K, 1.02 WHIP, .209 BAA, 342 SV in 667.0 IP over 630 games. He was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the fourth round in 2003. Papelbon turned 34 on November 23.

RHP Pivetta had split 2015 between Class A Advanced Potomac and Double A Harrisburg. He was 7-4, 2.29 ERA, 72 K, 1.15 WHIP, .225 BAA in 86.1 IP over 15 games at Potomac and 0-2, 7.20 ERA, 6 K, 1.87 WHIP, .311 BAA in 15.0 IP over 3 games at Harrisburg. He was originally drafted by the Nationals in the fourth round in 2013. Pivetta turned 22 on February 14.


David DeJesus traded to Angels

David DeJesus was traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Los Angeles Angels on July 28, 2015. The Rays in exchange received Eduar Lopez.

DeJesus is an outfielder who hit .259/.323/.375 with 5 HR, 26 RBI, 24 R, 3 SB in 82 games in 2015. Over 13 MLB seasons with the Rays, Nationals, Cubs, Athletics and Royals he has hit .276/.351/.415 with 99 HR, 569 RBI, 737 R, 66 SB in 1442 games. He was originally drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 2000. DeJesus turned 35 on December 20.

RHP Lopez pitched at Rookie Orem where he was 2-2, 4.32 ERA, 33 K, 1.65 WHIP, .295 BAA in 33.1 IP over 8 games. He originally signed with the Angels in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Lopez turned 20 on February 21.

Troy Tulowitzki traded to Blue Jays

Troy Tulowitzki was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28, 2015 along with LaTroy Hawkins. The Rockies in exchange received Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco. 

Tulowitzki is a shortstop who was hitting .300/.348/.471 with 12 HR, 53 RBI, 46 R, 0 SB in 87 games with the Rockies in 2015. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Rockies he hit .299/.371/.513 with 188 HR, 657 RBI, 660 R, 55 SB in 1048 games. He was originally drafted by the Rockies with the seventh pick of the first round in 2005. Tulowitzki will be 31 on October 10.

RHP Hawkins had split 2015 between Triple A Albuquerque and the Rockies. He was 0-0, 7.71 ERA, 4 K, 1.93 WHIP, .348 BAA in 4.2 IP over 5 games at Albuquerque and 2-1, 3.63 ERA, 20 K, 1.16 WHIP, .259 BAA, 2 SV in 22.1 IP over 24 games with the Rockies. Over 21 MLB seasons with the Rockies, Mets, Angels, Astros, Yankees, Orioles, Giants, Cubs and Twins he is 74-94, 4.32 ERA, 969 K, 1.41 WHIP, .279 BAA, 126 SV in 1451.0 IP over 1024 games with 98 GS. He was originally drafted by the Twins in the seventh round in 1991. Hawkins turned 42 on December 21.

Reyes is a shortstop had split 2015 between Triple A Buffalo and the Blue Jays. He hit .364/.462/.364 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 3 games at Buffalo and .285/.322/.385 with 4 HR, 34 RBI, 36 R, 16 SB in 69 games with the Blue Jays. Over 13 MLB seasons with the Blue Jays, Marlins and Mets he has hit .291/.340/.433 with 115 HR, 602 RBI, 1009 R, 471 SB in 1515 games..He originally signed with the Mets as an amateur free agent in 1999 out of the Dominican Republic, signed as a free agent with the Marlins in 2011 and was traded to the Blue Jays in 2012. Reyes turned 32 on June 11.

RHP Castro had split 2015 between Class A Advanced Dunedin, Triple A Buffalo and the Blue Jays, He was 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, 0.20 WHIP, .000 BAA in 5.0 IP over 3 games at Dunedin, 1-3, 4.58 ERA, 21 K, 1.93 WHIP, .313 BAA in 19.2 IP over 13 games at Buffalo with 5 GS and 0-2, 4.38 ERA, 12 K, 1.70 WHIP, .306 BAA, 4 SV in 12.1 IP over 13 games with the Blue Jays. He originally signed with the Blue Jays in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Castro turned 20 on December 24.

RHP Hoffman had split 2015 between Dunedin and Double A New Hampshire. He was 3-3, 3.21 ERA, 38 K, 1.32 WHIP, .284 BAA in 56.0 IP over 11 games at Dunedin and 0-0, 1.54 ERA, 8 K, 0.94 WHIP, 214 BAA in 11.2 IP over 2 games at New Hampshire. He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays with the ninth pick of the first round in 2014. Hoffman turned 22 on January 8th.

RHP Tinoco pitched at Class A Lansing where he was 2-6, 3.54 ERA, 68 K, 1.35 WHIP, .270 BAA in 81.1 IP over 15 games. He originally signed with the Blue Jays in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Tinoco turned 20 on April 30.

David Murphy traded to Angels

David Murphy was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Los Angeles Angels on July 28, 2015. The Indians in exchange received Eric Stamets.

Murphy is an outfielder who hit .296/.344/.437 with 5 HR, 27 RBI, 22 R, 0 SB in 84 games with the Indians in 2015. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Indians, Rangers and Red Sox he has hit .274/.335/.433 with 99 HR, 449 RBI, 424 R, 54 SB in 1062 games. He was originally drafted by the Red Sox with the 17th pick of the first round in 2003. Murphy will be 34 on October 18.

Stamets is a shortstop who played at Double A Arkansas where he hit .248/306/.360 with 3 HR, 23 RBI, 17 R, 5 SB in 62 games. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the sixth round in 2012. Stamets will be 24 on September 25.



Tyler Clippard traded to Mets

Tyler Clippard was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the New York Mets on July 27, 2015 along with cash. The Athletics in exchange received Casey Meisner. 

RHP Clippard was 1-3, 2.79 ERA, 38 K, 1.19 WHIP, .175 BAA, 17 SV in 38.2 IP over 37 games with the Athletics in 2015. Over nine MLB seasons with the Athletics, Nationals and Yankees he is 38-28, 2.87 ERA, 586 K, 1.09 WHIP, .190 BAA, 51 SV in 529.2 IP over 457 games with 8 GS. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round in 2003. Clippard turned 30 on February 14.

RHP Meisner had split 2015 between Class A Savannah and Class A Advanced St Lucie. He was 7-2, 2.13 ERA, 66 K, 1.03 WHIP, .213 BAA in 76.0 IP over 12 games at Savannah and 3-2, 2.83 ERA, 23 K, 1.40 WHIP, .259 BAA in 35.0 IP over 6 games at St Lucie. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the third round in 2013. Meisner turned 20 on May 22.


Shane Victorino trade to Angels

Shane Victorino was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Angels on July 27, 2015 along with cash. The Red Sox in exchange received Josh Rutledge.

Victorino is an outfielder who had split 2015 between Double A Portland, Triple A Pawtucket, the Red Sox and the DL. He hit .154/.214/.231 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB in 4 games at Portland, .308/.308/.385 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB in 4 games at Pawtucket and .245/.324/.298 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 10 R, 5 SB in 33 games with the Red Sox. Over 12 MLB seasons with the Red Sox, Dodgers, Phillies and Padres he has hit .276/.341/.428 with 108 HR, 486 RBI, 722 R, 229 SB in 1261 games. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round in 1999. Victorino turned 34 on November 30.

Rutledge is a 2B\SS who had split 2015 between Rookie Arizona and Triple A Salt Lake. He hit .583/.643/1.167 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB in 3 games at Arizona and .274/.323/.403 with 5 HR, 32 RBI, 45 R, 2 SB in 78 games at Salt Lake. He does have three seasons MLB experience with the Colorado Rockies hitting .259/.308/.403 with 19 HR, 89 RBI, 126 R, 21 SB in 266 games. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the third round in 2010. Rutledge turned 26 on April 21.

Johnny Cueto traded to Royals

Johnny Cueto was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Royals on July 26, 2015 along with cash. The Reds in exchange received Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.

RHP Cueto was 7-6, 2.62 ERA, 120 K, 0.93 WHIP, .196 BAA in 130.2 IP over 19 games with the Reds. Over eight MLB seasons with the Reds he was 92-63, 3.21 ERA, 1115 K, 1.17 WHIP, .235 BAA in 1339.0 IP over 213 games. He originally signed with the Reds in 2004 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Cueto turned 29 on February 15.

LHP Finnegan had split 2015 between Double A NW Arkansas, Triple A Omaha and the Royals. He was 0-1, 2.77 ERA, 13 K, 1.69 WHIP, .204 BAA, 1 SV in 13.0 IP over 5 games at NW Arkansas with 3 GS, 0-2, 7.07 ERA, 19 K, 1.71 WHIP, .293 BAA in 14.0 IP over 6 games at Omaha with 4 GS and 3-0, 2.96 ERA, 21 K, 1.19 WHIP, .193 BAA in 24.1 IP over 14 games with the Royals. Over two MLB seasons with the Royals he was 3-1, 2.59 ERA, 31 K, 1.15 WHIP, .200 BAA in 31.1 IP over 21 games. He was originally drafted by the Royals with the 17th pick of the first round in 2014. Finnegan turned 22 on April 14.

LHP Lamb pitched at Triple A Omaha where he was 9-1, 2.67 ERA, 96 K, 1.16 WHIP, .233 BAA in 94.1 IP over 17 games. He was originally drafted by the Royals in the fifth round in 2008. Lamb turned 25 on July 10.

LHP Reed had split 2015 between Class A Advanced Wilmington and NW Arkansas. He was 5-5, 2.14 ERA, 65 K, 1.19 WHIP, .243 BAA, 1 SV in 67.1 IP over 13 games at Wilmington with 10 GS and 2-2, 3.45 ERA, 19 K, 1.19 WHIP, .239 BAA in 28.2 IP over 5 games at NW Arkansas. He was originally drafted by the Royals in the second round in 2013. Reed turned 22 on April 15.

Isan Diaz Pioneer League POW 072015 to 072615

Isan Diaz of the Missoula Osprey was selected the Pioneer League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 12 for 27, .444/.516/.741 with 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 1 SB and 4 BB in 7 games. This season the shortstop is hitting .386/.457/.636 with 5 HR, 25 RBI, 29 R, 6 SB in 32 games. Missoula is a Rookie team of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the second round in 2014. Diaz turned 19 on May 27.

Carlos Munoz Appalachian League POW 072015 to 072615

Carlos Munoz of the Bristol Pirates was selected the Appalachian League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 15 for 28, .536/.563/1.071 with 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 10 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 6 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .385/.465/.679 with 7 HR, 23 RBI, 20 R, 1 SB in 28 games. Bristol is a Rookie team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He originally signed with the Pirates in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of Mexico. Munoz turned 21 on June 29.

Drew Jackson Northwest League POW 072015 to 072615

Drew Jackson of the Everett Aquasox was selected the Northwest League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 15 for 26, .577/.607/.769 with 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 8 R, 5 SB and 2 BB in 6 games. This season the shortstop is hitting .368/.419/.453 with 1 HR, 14 RBI, 33 R, 24 SB in 30 games. Everett is the Class A short season team of the Seattle Mariners. He was originally drafted by the Mariners in the fifth round in 2015. Jackson turned 22 on July 28.

Victor Robles New York-Penn League POW 072015 to 072615

Victor Robles of the Auburn Doubledays was selected the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 29, .345/.394/.655 with 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB and 2 BB in 7 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .382/.421/.706 with 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB in 8 games at Auburn and .370/.484/.562 with 2 HR, 11 RBI, 19 R, 12 SB in 23 games at Rookie Gulf Coast. Auburn is the Class A short season team of the Washington Nationals. He originally signed with the Nationals in 2013 as an amatur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Robles turned 18 on May 19.

John Mora South Atlantic League POW 072015 to 072615

John Mora of the Savannah Sand Gnats was selected the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 12 for 23, .522/.571/.913 with 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 3 SB and 4 BB in 6 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .278/.367/.444 with 5 HR, 52 RBI, 54 R, 9 SB in 92 games. Savannah is the Class A team of the New York Mets. He originally signed with the Mets in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Mora turned 22 on May 31.

Jason Leblebijian Midwest League POW 072015 to 072615

Jason Leblebijian of the Lansing Lugnuts was selected the Midwest League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 12 for 30, .400/.438/.633 with 4 2B, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB and 2 BB in 7 games. This season the second baseman is hitting .288/.345/.497 with 7 HR, 32 RBI, 29 R, 7 SB in 44 games at Lansing and .171/.227/.186 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB in 20 games at Class A Advanced Dunedin. Lansing is the Class A team of the Toronto Blue Jays. He also won the award for the week of June 15He was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 25th round in 2012. Leblebijian turned 24 on May 13.

Harold Ramirez Florida State League POW 072015 to 072615

Harold Ramirez of the Bradenton Marauders was selected the Florida State League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 9 for 20, .450/.500/800 with 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB and 2 BB in 5 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .366/.413/.512 with 3 HR, 32 RBI, 27 R, 14 SB in 43 games. Bradenton is the Class A Advanced team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He originally signed with the Pirates in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of Columbia. Ramirez will be 21 on September 6th.

Ivan Castillo Carolina League POW 072015 to 072615

Ivan Castillo of the Lynchburg Hillcats was selected the Carolina League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 11 for 21, .524/.583/1.000 with 5 3B, 5 RBI, 6 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 6 games. This season the shortstop is hitting .251/.302/.366 with 0 HR, 27 RBI, 39 R, 14 SB in 86 games. Lynchburg is the Class A Advanced team of the Cleveland Indians. He originally signed with the Indians in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Castillo turned 20 on May 30.

Lewis Brinson California League POW 072015 to 072615

Lewis Brinson of the High Desert Mavericks was selected the California League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 13 for 25, .520/.567/.920 with 5 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R, 3 SB and 3 BB in 7 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .336/.417/.608 with 11 HR, 37 RBI, 49 R, 13 SB in 62 games. High Desert is the Class A Advanced team of the Texas Rangers. He was originally drafted by the Rangers with the 29th pick of the first round in 2012. Brinson turned 21 on May 8th.

Nick Williams Texas League POW 072015 to 072615

Nick Williams of the Frisco RoughRiders was selected the Texas League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 12 for 30, .400/.455/.733 with 4 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB and 3 BB in 7 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .301/.359/.484 with 13 HR, 45 RBI, 55 R, 10 SB in 95 games. Frisco is the Double A team of the Texas Rangers. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the second round in 2012. Williams will be 22 on September 8th.

Victor Roache Southern League POW 072015 to 072615

Victor Roache of the Biloxi Shuckers was selected the Southern League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 25, .400/.464/.840 with 5 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB and 3 BB in 7 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .267/.348/.525 with 5 HR, 17 RBI, 14 R, 1 SB in 29 games at Biloxi and .259/.326/.448 with 10 HR, 36 RBI, 23 R, 3 SB in 63 games at Class A Advanced Brevard County. Biloxi is the Double A team of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was originally drafted by the Brewers with the 28th pick of the first round in 2012. Roache will be 24 on September 17.

Corban Joseph Eastern League POW 072015 to 072615

Corban Joseph of the Bowie Baysox was selected the Eastern League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 24, .417/.481/1.167 with 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB and 3 BB in 6 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .315/.353/.523 with 5 HR, 14 RBI, 15 R, 0 SB in 30 games at Bowie and .268/.333/.301 with 0 HR, 20 RBI, 11 R, 1 SB in 40 games at Double A Mississippi. Bowie is the Double A team of the Baltimore Orioles. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the fourth round in 2008, was release by the Yankees in August 2014 and signed with the Braves in January 2015 who released him on June 3. Joseph will be 27 on October 28.

Trevor Story Pacific Coast League POW 072015 to 072615

Trevor Story of the Albuquerque Isotopes was selected the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 13 for 26, .500/.536/1.192 with 6 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 6 games. This season the shortstop is hitting .281/.312/.618 with 6 HR, 16 RBI, 14 R, 0 SB in 21 games at Albuquerque and .281/.373/.523 with 10 HR, 40 RBI, 46 R, 15 SB in 69 games at Double A New Britain. Albuquerque is the Triple A team of the Colorado Rockies. He was originally drafted by the Rockies with the 45th pick of the first round in 2011. Story turned 22 on November 15.

Christian Walker International League POW 072015 to 072615

Christian Walker of the Norfolk Tides was selected the International League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 12 for 29, .414/.414/.862 with 4 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 0 SB and 0 BB in 7 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .267/.321/.416 with 10 HR, 45 RBI, 50 R, 0 SB in 95 games at Norkfolk plus 1 for 2 with a walk in 1 game with the Orioles. Norfolk is the Triple A team of the Baltimore Orioles. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round in 2012. Walker turned 24 on March 28.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Carlos Gonzalez n Cole Hamels NL Players of Week 072015 to 072615

Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies and Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies were selected the National League Co-Players of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015.

This week Gonzalez hit 10 for 21, .476/.522/1.190 with 5 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 5 games. This season the outfielder has hit .270/.326/.497 with 18 HR, 47 RBI, 47 R, 2 SB in 89 games. Over eight MLB seasons with the Rockies he has hit .291/.349/.518 with 154 HR, 504 RBI, 530 R, 112 SB in 850 games. He originally signed with the Diamondbacks in 2002 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Gonzalez will be 30 on October 17.

This week Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs as he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 13 K, 1 CG, and 1 SHO. This season the LHP is 6-7, 3.64 ERA, 137 K, 1.18 WHIP, .233 BAA in 128.2 IP over 20 games. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Phillies he is 114-90, 3.30 ERA, 1844 K, 1.15 WHIP, .238 BAA in 1930.0 IP over 295 games. He was originally drafted by the Phillies with the 17th pick of the first round in 2002. Hamels turned 31 on December 27.

Rougned Odor AL Player of Week 072015 to 072615

Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers was selected the American League Player of the Week for the span of July 20, 2015 through July 26, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 26, .385/.414/.923 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 0 SB and 1 BB in 6 games. This season the second baseman has hit .352/.426/.639 with 5 HR, 19 RBI, 26 R, 3 SB in 30 games at Triple A Round Rock and .271/.339/.486 with 8 HR, 34 RBI, 27 R, 5 SB in 61 games with the Rangers. Over two MLB seasons with the Rangers he has hit .263/.312/.431 with 17 HR, 82 RBI, 66 R, 9 SB in 175 games. He originally signed with the Rangers in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Odor turned 21 on February 3rd.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

John Smoltz MLB Hall of Fame 2015

John Smoltz was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame class of 2015 along with Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez. Smoltz was a RHP with 21 season MLB experience playing with the Atlanta Braves (1988-2008), Boston Red Sox (2009) and St Louis Cardinals (2009). For his MLB career he was 213-155, 3.33 ERA, 3084 K, 1.18 WHIP, 154 SV, 53 complete games, 16 shut outs in 3473.0 IP over 723 games with 481 starts. He had an interesting career arc as he was an elite starter who became an elite closer once returning from injury and then transitioned back to starter.

I believe his three best seasons were 1996 when he was 24-8, 2.94 ERA, 276 K, 1.00 WHIP, 6 complete games, 2 shut outs in 253.2 IP over 35 games, 1998 when he was 17-3, 2.90 ERA, 173 K, 1.13 WHIP, 2 complete games, 2 shut outs in 167.2 IP over 26 games and 2002 when he was 3-2, 3.25 ERA, 85 K, 1.03 WHIP, 55 SV in 80.1 IP over 75 games. 

Smoltz won the National League Cy Young Award in 1996. 

Smoltz led the National League in wins in 1996 and 2006 (16). He led the NL in strike outs in 1992 (215) and 1996. He led the NL in saves in 2002. 

He was an All-Star eight times (1989, 1992-1993, 1996, 2002-2003, 2005, 2007). He won the Silver Slugger Award in 1997. He won the NL Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2002. He won the World Series in 1995 with the Braves.

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Pedro Martinez MLB Hall of Fame 2015

Pedro Martinez was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame class of 2015 along with Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz. Martinez was a RHP with 18 seasons MLB experience playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-1993), Montreal Expos (1994-1997), Boston Red Sox (1998-2004), New York Mets (2005-2008) and Philadelphia Phillies (2009). For his MLB career he was 219-100, 2.93 ERA, 3154 K, 1.05 WHIP, 3 SV, 46 complete games, 17 shut outs in 2871.1 IP over 476 games with 409 starts. 

I believe his three best seasons were 1999 when he was 23-4, 2.07 ERA, 313 K, 0.92 WHIP, 5 complete games, 1 shut out in 213.1 IP over 31 games, 2000 when he was 18-6, 1.74 ERA, 284 K, 0.74 WHIP, 7 complete games, 4 shut outs in 217.0 IP over 29 games and 1997 when he was 17-8, 1.90 ERA, 305 K, 0.93 WHIP, 13 complete games, 4 shut outs in 241.1 IP over 31 games. 

Martinez won the National League Cy Young Award in 1997 and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1999 and 2000. He finished second in AL Cy Young voting in 1998 and 2002.

Martinez led the American League in wins in 1999. He led the NL in ERA in 1997 and led the AL in ERA in 1999, 2000, 2002 (2.76) and 2003 (2.22). He led the AL in strike outs in 1999, 2000 and 2002 (239). He led the NL in complete games in 1997. He led the AL in shut outs in 2000.

He was an All-Star eight times (1996-2000, 2002, 2005-2006). Martinez won the World Series in 1999 with the Red Sox.

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Randy Johnson MLB Hall of Fame 2015

Randy Johnson was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame class of 2015 along with Craig Biggio, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Johnson was a LHP with 22 seasons MLB experience playing with the Montreal Expos (1988-1989), Seattle Mariners (1989-1998), Houston Astros (1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999-2004, 2007-2008), New York Yankees (2005-2006) and San Francisco Giants (2009). For his MLB career he was 303-166, 3.29 ERA, 4875 K, 1.17 WHIP, 2 SV, 100 complete games, 37 shut outs in 4135.1 IP over 618 games. 

I believe his three best seasons were 2002 when he was 24-5, 2.32 ERA, 334 K, 1.03 WHIP, 8 complete games, 4 shut outs in 260.0 IP over 35 games, 2001 when he was 21-6, 2.49 ERA, 372 K, 1.01 WHIP, 3 complete games, 2 shut outs in 249.2 IP over 35 games and 1995 when he was 18-2, 2.48 ERA, 294 K, 1.05 WHIP, 6 complete games, 3 shut outs in 214.1 IP over 30 games. 

Johnson won the American League Cy Young Award in 1995 and won four consecutive Cy Young Awards in the National League in 1999 when he was 17-9, 2.48 ERA, 364 K, 1.02 WHIP, 12 complete games, 2 shut outs in 271.2 IP over 35 games, 2000 when he was 19-7, 2.64 ERA, 347 K, 1.12 WHIP, 8 complete games, 3 shut outs in 248.2 IP over 35 games, 2001 and 2002. He also finished second in the AL Cy Young voting in 1993 and 1997 and finished second in the NL Cy Young voting in 2004.

Johnson led the National League in wins in 2002. He led the AL in ERA in 1995 and led the NL in ERA in 1999, 2001 and 2002. He led the AL in strikeouts in 1992 (241), 1993 (308), 1994 (204) and 1995 and led the NL in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004 (290). He led the AL in WHIP in 1995 and led the NL in 2001 and 2004 (0.90). He led the AL in complete games in 1994 (9) and led the NL in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He led the AL in shut outs in 1994 (4) and the NL in 2000. 

He was an All-Star 10 times (1990, 1993-1995, 1997, 1999-2002 and 2004). He pitched a no hitter against the Tigers on June 2, 1990 and pitched a perfect game against the Braves on May 18, 2004. His career strikeout total currently ranks second all time. Johnson won a World Series in 2001 with the Diamondbacks and was named World Series MVP.

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Craig Biggio MLB Hall of Fame 2015

Craig Biggio was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame class of 2015 along with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Biggio was a 2B\C\OF with 20 seasons MLB experience with the Astros (1988-2007). For his MLB career he hit .281/.363/.433 with 291 HR, 1175 RBI, 1844 R, 414 SB in 2850 games. 

I believe his three best seasons were 1998 when he hit .325/.403/.503 with 20 HR, 88 RBI, 123 R, 50 SB in 160 games, 1997 when he hit .309/.415/.501 with 22 HR, 81 RBI, 146 R, 47 SB in 162 games and 1995 when he hit .302/.406/.483 with 22 HR, 77 RBI, 123 R, 33 SB in 141 games.  

Biggio led the National League in runs in 1995 and 1997. He led the NL in doubles in 1994 (44), 1998 (51) and 1999 (56). He led the NL in steals in 1994.

He was an All-Star seven times (1991-1992, 1994-1998). He won four Gold Glove (1994-1997) and five Silver Slugger Awards (1989, 1994-1995, 1997-1998). His 3060 career hits currently rank 21st all time. 

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Cole Hamels throws no hitter vs Cubs 072515

Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies threw a no hitter in a 5-0 complete game 5-0 shut out over the Chicago Cubs on July 25, 2015. His line for the game was 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 K in 129 pitches. First baseman Ryan Howard provided the main offensive support with his 17th home run in the third inning. This season the LHP is 6-7, 3.64 ERA, 137 K, 1.18 WHIP, .233 BAA in 128.2 IP over 20 games. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Phillies he is 114-90, 3.30 ERA, 1844 K, 1.15 WHIP, .238 BAA in 1930.0 IP over 295 games. He was originally drafted by the Phillies with the 17th pick of the first round in 2002. Hamels turned 31 on December 27.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Steve Cishek traded to Cardinals

Steve Cishek was traded by the Miami Marlins to the St Louis Cardinals on July 24, 2015. The Marlins in  exchange received Kyle Barraclough. 

RHP Cishek split 2015 between Double A Jacksonville and the Marlins. He was 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 0.83 WHIP, .217 BAA, 2 SV in 6.0 IP over 5 games at Jacksonville and 2-6, 4.50 ERA, 28 K, 1.59 WHIP, .291 BAA, 3 SV in 32.0 IP over 32 games with the Marlins. He had blown four saves in 2015 with the Marlins. Over six MLB seasons with the Marlins he was 17-20, 2.86 ERA, 312 K, 1.22 WHIP, .230 BAA, 94 SV in 289.2 IP over 284 games. He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the fifth round in 2007. Cishek turned 29 on June 18.

RHP Barraclough split 2015 between Class A Advanced Palm Beach and Double A Springfield. He was 1-0, 0.60 ERA, 23 K, 1.20 WHIP, .167 BAA, 4 SV in 15.0 IP over 11 games at Palm Beach and 2-0, 3.28 ERA, 28 K, 1.58 WHIP, .211 BAA, 8 SV in 24.2 IP over 23 games at Springfield. He was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the seventh round in 2012. Barraclough turned 25 on May 23.


Kelly Johnson traded to Mets

Kelly Johnson was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the New York Mets on July 24, 2015 along with Juan Uribe and cash. The Braves in exchange received John Gant and Rob Whalen.

Johnson is an OF\1B\3B who hit .275/.321/.451 with 9 HR, 34 RBI, 20 R, 1 SB in 62 games with the Braves. It had been his second stint with the Braves where he started his MLB career. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Braves, Orioles, Red Sox, Rays, Blue Jays and Diamondbacks he has hit .251/.332/.424 with 140 HR, 503 RBI, 589 R, 82 SB in 1219 games. He was originally drafted by the Braves with the 38th pick of the first round in 2000. Johnson turned 33 on February 22.

Uribe is a third baseman who hit .285/.353/.464 with 7 HR, 17 RBI, 17 R, 1 SB in 46 games with the Braves after being traded from the Dodgers in May 2015. Over 15 MLB seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Giants, White Sox and Rockies he has now hit .257/.303/.421 with 186 HR, 771 RBI, 688 R, 48 SB in 1709 games. He originally signed with the Rockies in 1997 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Uribe turned 36 on March 22.

RHP Gant split 2015 between Class A Advanced St Lucie and Double A Binghamton, He was 2-0, 1.79 ERA, 48 K, 0.92 WHIP, .180 BAA in 40.1 IP over 6 games at St Lucie and 4-5, 4.70 ERA, 43 K, 1.57 WHIP, .289 BAA in 59.1 IP over 11 games at Binghamton. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the 21st round in 2011. Gant will be 23 on August 6th.

RHP Whalen pitched at St Lucie where he was 4-5, 3.36 ERA, 61 K, 1.28 WHIP, .231 BAA in 83.0 IP over 15 games. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the 12th round in 2012. Whalen turned 21 on January 31.

Conor Gillaspie traded to Angels

Conor Gillaspie was traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Los Angeles Angels on July 24, 2015 for cash. The 3B\1B hit .237/.276/.364 with 3 HR, 15 RBI, 10 R, 0 SB in 58 games with the White Sox. Over six MLB seasons with the White Sox and Giants he hit .258/.312/.393 with 24 HR, 116 RBI, 111 R, 0 SB in 351 games. He was originally drafted by the Giants with the 37th pick of the first round in 2008 and was traded to the White Sox in 2013. Gillaspie turned 28 on July 18.

Aramis Ramirez traded to Pirates

Aramis Ramirez was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 23, 2015 along with cash. The Brewers in exchange received Yhonathan Barrios.

Ramirez is a third baseman who hit .247/.295/.430 with 11 HR, 42 RBI, 25 R, 1 SB in 81 games with the Brewers. He returns to the Pirates where he started his MLB career. Over 18 MLB seasons with the Brewers, Cubs and Pirates he has hit .284/.342/.494 with 380 HR, 1384 RBI, 1080 R, 29 SB in 2138 games. He originally signed with the Pirates in 1994 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Ramirez turned 37 on June 25.

RHP Barrios split 2015 between Double A Altoona and Triple A Indianapolis. He was 0-1, 1.46 ERA, 12 K, 1.05 WHIP, .193 BAA, 10 SV in 24.2 IP over 20 games at Altoona and 1-2, 4.60 ERA, 9 K, 1.72 WHIP, .302 BAA, 1 SV in 15.2 IP over 13 games at Indianapolis. He originally signed with the Pirates in 2008 as an amateur free agent out of Columbia. Barrios turned 23 on December 1st.

Scott Kazmir traded to Astros

Scott Kazmir was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Houston Astros on July 23, 2015. The Athletics in exchange received Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham.

LHP Kazmir was 5-5, 2.38 ERA, 101 K, 1.09 WHIP, .213 BAA in 109.2 IP over 18 games with the Athletics. Over 11 MLB seasons with the Astros, Athletics, Indians, Angels, and Rays he is 97-84, 3.93 ERA, 1423 K, 1.34 WHIP, .246 BAA in 1487.0 IP over 260 games. He was originally drafted by the Mets with the 15th pick of the first round in 2002. Kazmir turned 31 on January 24.

RHP Mengden split 2015 between Class A Quad Cities and Class A Advanced Lancaster. He was 4-1, 1.16 ERA, 36 K, 0.98 WHIP, .216 BAA in 38.2 IP over 8 games at Quad Cities with 6 GS and 2-1, 5.26 ERA, 48 K, 1.55 WHIP, .298 BAA, 1 SV in 49.2 IP over 10 games at Lancaster with 8 GS. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the fourth round in 2014. Mengden turned 22 on February 19.

Nottingham is a catcher who also split 2015 between Quad Cities and Lancaster. He hit .326/.387/.543 with 10 HR, 46 RBI, 34 R, 1 SB in 59 games at Quad Cities and .324/.368/.606 with 4 HR, 14 RBI, 14 R, 0 SB in 17 games at Lancaster. He was originally drafted by the Astros in the sixth round in 2013. Nottingham turned 20 on April 3rd.

Chris Reed traded to Marlins

Chris Reed was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Miami Marlins on July 15, 2015. The Dodgers in exchange received Grant Dayton.

LHP Reed split 2015 between Double A Tulsa and Triple A Oklahoma City. He was 2-2, 7.23 ERA, 16 K, 1.69 WHIP, .250 BA, 1 SV in 23.2 IP over 16 games at Tulsa and 0-0, 3.27 ERA, 5 K, 1.36 WHIP, .289 BAA in 11.0 IP over 8 games at Oklahoma City. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers with the 16th pick of the first round in 2011. Reed turned 25 on May 20.

LHP Dayton was at Triple A New Orleans where he was 2-1, 2.83 ERA, 35 K, 0.86 WHIP, .207 BAA in 35.0 IP over 25 games. He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the 11th round in 2010. Dayton turned 27 on November 25.

Aaron Kurcz traded to Athletics

Aaron Kurcz was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Oakland Athletics on July 6, 2015 in exchange for an international bonus slot. The RHP pitched at Triple A Gwinnett where he was 4-3, 3.27 ERA, 38 K, 1.52 WHIP, .232 BAA, 7 SV in 33.0 IP over 31 games. He was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 10th round in 2010, traded to the Red Sox in 2012 and traded to the Braves in 2014. Kurcz will be 25 on August 8th.

Chris Oliver traded to Diamondbacks

Chris Oliver was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 5, 2015 along with Josh Taylor and the number nine international signing slot for the 2015-2016 signing period. In exchange the Phillies received the number one international signing slot for the 2015-2016 signing period. 

RHP Oliver pitched at Class A Lakewood where he was 4-5, 4.04 ERA, 27 K, 1.58 WHIP, .291 BAA in 69.0 IP over 13 games. He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the fourth round in 2014. Oliver turned 22 on July 8th. 

LHP Taylor pitched at Lass A Lakewood where he was 4-5, 4.61 ERA, 70 K, 1.39 WHIP, .265 BAA in 68.1 IP over 13 games. Taylor originally signed with the Phillies in 2014 as a non-drafted free agent. Taylor turned 22 on March 2nd.

Clayton Richard traded to Cubs

Clayton Richard was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago Cubs on July 3, 2015 for cash. The LHP had split 2015 between Class A Advanced Bradenton and Triple A Indianapolis. He was 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 5 K, 0.83 WHIP, .182 BAA in 6.0 IP in 1 game at Bradenton and 4-2, 2.09 ERA, 25 K, 1.18 WHIP, .244 BAA in 56.0 IP over 9 games at Indianapolis. He does have seven seasons MLB experience with the Cubs, Padres and White Sox going 47-47, 4.35 ERA, 486 K, 1.40 WHIP, .274 BAA in 788.1 IP over 150 games with 131 GS. He was originally drafted by the White Sox in the eighth round in 2005. Richard will be 32 on September 12.

Rafael Lopez traded to Angels

Rafael Lopez was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Los Angeles Angels on July 3, 2015. The Cubs in exchange received Manuel Rondon and an international bonus slot.

Lopez is a catcher who was at Triple A Iowa where he hit .276/.333/.340 with 0 HR, 17 RBI, 14 R, 3 SB in 46 games. He did have a brief stint with the MLB Cubs in 2014 where he hit .182/.286/.182 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB in 7 games. He was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 16th round in 2011. Lopez will be 28 on October 2nd.

LHP Rondon pitched at Rookie Arizona where he was 1-1, 8.64 ERA, 7 K, 2.04 WHIP, .342 BAA in 8.1 IP over 2 games. He originally signed with the Angels in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Rondon turned 20 on March 7th.

Garrett Fulenchek traded to Rays

Garrett Fulenchek was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 2, 2015 in exchange for international slot considerations. The RHP pitched at Rookie Danville where he was 0-1, 7.71 ERA, 4 K, 2.79 ERA, .278 BAA in 4.2 IP over 2 games. He was originally drafted by the Braves in the second round in 2014. Fulenchek turned 19 on June 7th.

Caleb Dirks traded to Dodgers

Caleb Dirks was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 2, 2015 along with Jordan Paroubeck in exchange for international slot considerations. 

RHP Dirks had split 2015 between Class A Rome and Class A Advanced Carolina. He was 1-2, 1.80 ERA, 11 K, 1.40 WHIP, .293 BAA, 1 SV in 10.0 IP over 6 games at Rome and 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 18 K, 1.20 WHIP, .148 BAA, 2 SV in 16.2 IP over 11 games at Carolina. He was originally drafted by the Braves in the 15th round in 2014. Dirks turned 22 on June 9th.

Paroubeck is an outfielder who had not played yet in 2015. He was originally drafted by the Padres in the second round in 2013 and was traded to the Braves in May 2015. Paroubeck turned 20 on November 2nd.


Cody Martin traded to Athletics

Cody Martin was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Oakland Athletics on July 2, 2015 in exchange for international slot considerations. The RHP had split 2015 between Triple A Gwinnett and the Braves. He was 1-3, 2.10 ERA, 33 K, 0.96 WHIP, .198 BAA, 1 SV in 34.1 IP over 7 games at Gwinnett and 2-3, 5.40 ERA, 24 K, 1.43 WHIP, .296 BAA in 21.2 IP over 21 games with the Braves. He had three blown saves with the Braves. He was originally drafted by the Braves in the seventh round in 2011. Martin will be 26 on September 25.

Marc Krauss traded to Rays

Marc Krauss was traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 25, 2015. The Angels in exchange received Kyle Winkler.

Krauss is a 1B\OF who had split 2015 between Triple A Salt Lake and the Angels. He hit .289/.415/.453 with 4 HR, 29 RBI, 23 R, 0 SB in 47 games at Salt Lake and .143/.211/.286 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 11 games with the Angels. Over three MLB seasons with the Tigers, Rays, Angels and Astros he has hit .188/.255/.324 with 12 HR, 42 RBI, 30 R, 2 SB in 146 games. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the second round in 2009. Krauss will be 28 on October 5th.

RHP Winkler had split 2015 between Double A Montgomery and Triple A Durham. He was 1-0, 0.96 ERA, 13 K, 0.75 WHIP, .200 BAA in 9.1 IP over 7 games at Montgomery and 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 2 K, 1.00 WHIP, .200 BAA in 3.0 IP over 3 games at Durham. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 10th round in 2011. Winkler turned 25 on June 18.

Bronson Arroyo traded to Braves

Bronson Arroyo was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Atlanta Braves on June 20, 2015 along with Touki Toussaint. The Diamondbacks in exchange received Phil Gosselin. 

RHP Arroyo has not pitched in 2015 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July 2014. Over 15 MLB seasons with the Diamondbacks, Reds, Red Sox and Pirates he is 145-131, 4.19 ERA, 1526 K, 1.29 WHIP, .264 BAA, 1 SV in 2364.2 IP over 405 games. He was originally drafted by the Pirates in the third round in 1995. Arroyo turned 38 on February 24.

RHP Toussaint pitched at Class A Kane County where he was 2-2, 3.69 ERA, 29 K, 1.18 WHIP, .218 BAA in 39.0 IP over 7 games. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks with the 16th pick of the first round in 2014. Toussaint turned 19 on June 20.

Gosselin is a 2B\3B who hit .325/.357/.425 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB in 20 games with the Braves. He went on the DL May 18 with a left thumb fracture. Over three MLB seasons with the Braves he hit .282/.321/.345 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 21 R, 4 SB in 70 games. He was originally drafted by the Braves in the fifth round in 2010. Gosselin will be 27 on October 3rd.


Trea Turner traded to Nationals

Trea Turner was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Washington Nationals on June 14, 2015 to officially complete an earlier deal. The shortstop was hitting .322/.385/.471 with 5 HR, 35 RBI, 31 R, 11 SB in 58 games at Double A San Antonio. He was originally drafted by the Padres with the 13th pick of the first round in 2014. Turner turned 22 on June 30.

Brad Wieck traded to Padres

Brad Wieck was traded by the New York Mets to the San Diego Padres on June 13, 2015 to complete an earlier deal. LHP Wieck was 3-5, 3.21 ERA, 74 K, 1.34 WHIP, .256 BAA in 56.0 IP over 10 games at Class A Savannah. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the seventh round in 2014. Wieck will be 24 on October 14.

Ronald Torreyes traded to Dodgers

Ronald Torreyes was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 12, 2015 for cash. The second baseman hit .140/.204/.180 with 0 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB in 16 games at Double A New Hampshire. He originally signed with the Reds in 2010 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Torreyes will be 23 on September 2nd.

David Carpenter traded to Nationals

David Carpenter was traded by the New York Yankees to the Washington Nationals on June 11, 2015. The Yankees in exchange received Joe Renda. 

RHP Carpenter was 0-1, 4.82 ERA, 11 K, 1.45 WHIP, .286 BAA in 18.2 IP over 22 games with the Yankees. Over five MLB seasons with the Nationals, Yankees, Braves, Blue Jays and Astros he is 11-11, 3.66 ERA, 216 K, 1.34 WHIP, .261 BAA, 4 SV in 211.1 IP over 218 games. He was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 12th round in 2006. Carpenter turned 30 on July 15.

Renda is a second baseman who hit .267/.333/.340 with 1 HR, 23 RBI, 31 R, 13 SB in 54 games at Double A Harrisburg, He was originally drafted by the Nationals in the second round in 2012. Renda turned 24 on January 24.

Ghost of 62 072515

The reference in the title is the 1962 Mets who are regarded as the worst of the Modern Era for all teams after 1900. The team finished 40-120 and 60.5 games back. For the season the team hit .240/.318/.361 and scored 617 runs which was 3.8 per game. The team ERA was 5.04 and they gave up 948 runs or 5.9 per game.

This is the third year of this series where each week I will check in on the MLB teams with the worst win-loss records and how they measure up to 1962. This is the first segment of the 2015 season as the cellar dwellers are establishing themselves after the All-Star break. This week those teams are the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox. 

The Phillies are 35-63 and 17.5 games back. That projects to 58-104. The team is hitting .247/.298/.366 and have scored 340 which is 3.5 per game. Their team ERA is 4.68 and have given up 490 runs or 5.0 per game.

The Rockies are 41-53 and 13.0 games back. That projects to 71-91. The team is hitting .272/.323/.463 and have scored 417 which is 4.4 per game. Their team ERA is 4.90 and have given up 483 runs or 5.1 per game. The hitting is holding up their side.

The Brewers are 43-54 and 19.5 games back. That projects to 72-90. The team is hitting .253/.307/.400 and have scored 396 which is 4.1 per game. Their team ERA is 4.13 and have given up 433 runs or 4.5 per game.

The Red Sox are 43-54 and 11.0 games back. That projects to 72-90. The team is hitting .253/.316/.388 and have scored 391 which is 4.0 per game. Their team ERA is 4.46 and have given up 459 runs or 4.7 per game.

The Athletics are 44-54 and 11.0 games back. That projects to 73-89. The team is hitting .255/.314/.390 and have scored 417 which is 4.3 per game. Their team ERA is 3.44 and have given up 378 runs or 3.9 per game. The pitching is holding up their side.

The White Sox are 44-50 and 12.5 games back. That projects to 76-86. The team is hitting .242/.295/.361 and have scored 324 which is 3.4 per game. Their team ERA is 3.83 and have given up 392 runs or 4.2 per game.

Chasing 50-50 072515

This is the fourth year of my Chasing 50-50 segment. It started three seasons ago as we followed Matt Kemp then of the Dodgers in his self proclaimed attempt to hit 50 home runs and 50 stolen bases. The 2015 season is under way and we are going to follow Kemp's efforts to see if he can make another run. As long as he is playing Kemp will always be part of this. Regulars Mike Trout of the Angels and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies are still in the mix because I think they also have the speed\power combo capable of reaching the mark some day. Plus we will also start with Carlos Gomez of the Brewers, George Springer of the Astros and Joc Pederson of the Dodgers. Others will be added throughout the season as their production warrants. 50/50 is a lofty goal but this is also a way to honor the guys that do possess the power and speed tools. On May 14 adding Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks and Justin Upton of the Padres. On May 21 adding Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs and Todd Frazier of the Reds. On June 13 adding Gomez's teammate Ryan Braun. On July 3 adding Starling Marte of the Pirates Gonzalez's teammate Charlie Blackmon and Goldschmidt's teammate AJ Pollock. On July 25 adding Manny Machado of the Orioles, Steven Souza Jr of the Rays, Brian Dozier of the Twins and Springer's teammate Jose Altuve. This is week 15 of the chase.

Matt Kemp

Kemp is finding life post All-Star break as he hit 6 for 20 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R and 0 SB in 6 games, . For the season he is hitting .256/.302/.415 with 11 HR, 53 RBI, 47 R, 8 SB in 96 games


Games Padres played: 97

Home Runs: 11  --- Projected Home Runs: 18

Steals: 8 --- Projected Steals: 13


Justin Upton

Upton was practically MIA going 0 for 8 in 3 games as he tagged Kemp on his way up.  This season he is hitting .248/.326/.420 with 15 HR, 49 RBI, 47 R, 17 SB in 91 games


Games Padres played: 97

Home Runs: 15  --- Projected Home Runs: 25

Steals: 17 --- Projected Steals: 28


Mike Trout

Trout was swinging hard hitting 5 for 22 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB in 6 games. For the season he is hitting .306/.398/.611 with 29 HR, 59 RBI, 72 R, 9 SB in 95 games


Games Angels played: 96

Home Runs: 29 --- Projected Home Runs: 48

Steals: 9 --- Projected Steals: 15


Carlos Gonzalez

Gonzalez has found his power stroke hitting 5 for 17 with 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB in 4 games. For the season he is hitting .261/.317/.475 with 16 HR, 41 RBI, 42 R, 2 SB in 87 games


Games Rockies played: 94

Home Runs: 16 --- Projected Home Runs: 28

Steals: 2 --- Projected Steals: 3


Charlie Blackmon

Blackmon contributed on the base paths going 6 for 16 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB in 5 games. For the season he is hitting .296/.366/.466 with 12 HR, 43 RBI, 56 R, 25 SB in 93 games


Games Rockies played: 94

Home Runs: 12 --- Projected Home Runs: 21

Steals: 25 --- Projected Steals: 43


Carlos Gomez

Gomez was missing more than he hit going 4 for 19 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB in 6 games. This season he is hitting season hitting .267/.333/.433 with 8 HR, 42 RBI, 41 R, 7 SB in 69 games.


Games Brewers played: 97

Home Runs: 8 --- Projected Home Runs: 15

Steals: 7 --- Projected Steals: 12


Ryan Braun

Braun was just swinging harder than his teammate as he hit 4 for 19 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB in 6 games. This season he is hitting .268/.337/.491 with 18 HR, 61 RBI, 57 R, 14 SB in 92 games


Games Brewers played: 97

Home Runs: 18 --- Projected Home Runs: 30

Steals: 14 --- Projected Steals: 23


George Springer

Springer was on the DL this week. For the season he is hitting .264/.365/.457 with  13 HR, 29 RBI, 43 R, 14 SB in 75 games


Games Astros played: 98

Home Runs: 13 --- Projected Home Runs: 21

Steals: 14 --- Projected Steals: 23


Jose Altuve

Altuve provides surprising pop for his size and scurries well around the base paths. This season he is hitting .302/.348/.431 with 9 HR, 43 RBI, 52 R, 28 SB in 90 games. 


Games Astros played: 98

Home Runs: 9 --- Projected Home Runs: 15

Steals: 28 --- Projected Steals: 46


Joc Pederson

Pederson is slowly rising out of his slump slump hitting 6 for 29 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB in 7 games. For the season the rookie is hitting .228/.356/.461 with 20 HR, 42 RBI, 50 R, 2 SB in 97 games


Games Dodgers played: 98

Home Runs: 20 --- Projected Home Runs: 33

Steals: 2 --- Projected Steals: 3


Paul Goldscmidt

Goldscmidt was productive without pop as he hit 8 for 21 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .345/.461/.605 with 21 HR, 73 RBI, 61 R, 17 SB in 95 games. 


Games Diamondbacks played: 95

Home Runs: 21 --- Projected Home Runs: 36

Steals: 17 --- Projected Steals: 29


AJ Pollock

Pollock kept pace with his teammate and slightly passed him while hitting 10 for 25 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB in 7 games. . This season he is hitting .307/.358/.471 with 11 HR, 44 RBI, 62 R, 21 SB in 83 games. 


Games Diamondbacks played: 95

Home Runs: 11 --- Projected Home Runs: 19

Steals: 21 --- Projected Steals: 36


Anthony Rizzo

Rizzo continues to try to break his slump hitting 6 for 30 with 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .287/.402/.510 with 16 HR, 51 RBI, 51 R, 13 SB in 94 games. 


Games Cubs played: 95

Home Runs: 16 --- Projected Home Runs: 27

Steals: 13 --- Projected Steals: 22


Todd Frazier

Frazier found his swing again hitting 7 for 26 with 1 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .279/.333/.571 with 26 HR, 64 RBI, 59 R, 10 SB in 93 games. 


Games Reds played: 94

Home Runs: 26 --- Projected Home Runs: 45

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 17


Starling Marte

Marte has risen like a Phoenix after the All-Star break hitting 13 for 29 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .291/.337/.462 with 13 HR, 51 RBI, 48 R, 19 SB in 90 games. 


Games Reds played: 96

Home Runs: 13 --- Projected Home Runs: 22

Steals: 19 --- Projected Steals: 35


Manny Machado

Machado keeps building on the numbers of the best season of his young career. This season he is hitting .301/.373/.536 with 21 HR, 51 RBI, 60 R, 14 SB in 95 games

Games Orioles played: 95

Home Runs: 21 --- Projected Home Runs: 36

Steals: 14 --- Projected Steals: 24



Steven Souza Jr

Souza is waging a strong Rookie campaign with good power and speed numbers. This season he is hitting .208/.298/.406 with 15 HR, 33 RBI, 41 R, 10 SB in 82 games.

Games Rays played: 98

Home Runs: 15 --- Projected Home Runs: 25

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 16


Brian Dozier

Dozier was part of the chase last season as a 20/20 guy and is putting up the numbers to make a return. This season he is hitting .255/.325/.513 with 21 HR, 55 RBI, 71 R, 9 SB in 94 games. 

Games Twins played: 96

Home Runs: 21 --- Projected Home Runs: 35

Steals: 9 --- Projected Steals: 15

Friday, July 24, 2015

MiLB Players and Pitchers of the Week 071315 to 071915

League Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week
Triple A
International League Micah Johnson Jesse Biddle
Pacific Coast League Christian Villanueva Hiram Burgos
Double A
Eastern League Michael Conforto Tyler Glasnow
Southern League Kyle Skipworth Frankie Montas
Texas League Yeison Asencio Chris Anderson
Class A Advanced
California League Tyler Horan Anthony Banda
Carolina League Clint Frazier Ariel Miranda
Florida State League Garrett Cooper Brent Honeywell
Class A
Midwest League Jeffery Baez Yonny Chirinos
South Atlantic League Aramis Garcia Pedro Fernandez
A Short Season
New York-Penn League Rhett Wiseman Juan Perez
Northwest League Justin Atkinson Cody Reed
Rookie
Appalachian League Kane Sweeney Nick Wells
Pioneer League Zach Fish Tanner Banks