Monday, August 31, 2015

Fernando Rodney traded to Cubs

Fernando Rodney was traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Chicago Cubs on August 27, 2015 for a PTBNL or cash. This season the RHP was 5-5, 5.68 ERA, 43 K, 1.50 WHIP, .262 BAA, 16 SV in 50.2 IP over 54 games with the Mariners. Over 13 MLB seasons with the Cubs, Mariners, Rays, Angels and Tigers he is 35-55, 3.76 ERA, 670 K, 1.37 WHIP, .234 BAA, 236 SV in 689.1 IP over 687 games. He originally signed with the Tigers in 1997 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Rodney turned 38 on March 18.

Jake Arrieta NL Player of Week 082415 to 083015

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs was selected the National League Player of the Week for the span of August 24, 2015 through August 30, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 15.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 20 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. He also threw a no hitter in a 2-0 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 30, 2015. This season the RHP is 17-6, 2.11 ERA, 190 K, 0.94 WHIP, .195 BAA in 183.0 IP over 27 games. Over six MLB seasons with the Cubs and Orioles he is 51-38, 3.90 ERA, 671 K, 1.22 WHIP, .231 BAA in 749.1 IP over 130 games with 124 GS. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the fifth round in 2007 and was traded to the Cubs in 2013. Arrieta turned 29 on March 6th.

Edwin Encarnacion AL Player of Week 082415 to 083015

Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays was selected the American League Player of the Week for the span of August 24, 2015 through August 30, 2015. For the week he hit 9 for 23, .391/.462/1.261 with 2 2B, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 6 games. This season the 1B\DH is hitting .270/.360/.543 with 30 HR, 91 RBI, 74 R, 1 SB in 119 games. Over 11 MLB seasons with the Blue Jays and Reds he has hit .266/.350/.492 with 259 HR, 795 RBI, 710 R, 52 SB in 1325 games. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the ninth round in 2000, was traded to the Reds in 2001 and traded to the Blue Jays in 2009. Encaracion turned 32 on January 7th.

Jake Arrieta pitches no hitter vs Dodgers 083015

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs pitched a no hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 30, 2015. His line for the game was 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB and 12 K in 116 pitches. Kris Bryant hit a home run in the first inning with Chris Denorfia on base. Enrique Hernandez did reach base for the Dodgers in the third on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro. This season RHP Arrieta is 17-6, 2.11 ERA, 190 K, 0.94 WHIP, .195 BAA in 183.0 IP over 27 games. Over six MLB seasons with the Cubs and Orioles he is 51-38, 3.90 ERA, 671 K, 1.22 WHIP, .231 BAA in 749.1 IP over 130 games with 124 GS. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the fifth round in 2007 and was traded to the Cubs in 2013. Arrieta turned 29 on March sixth.

Justin Verlander pitches one hitter vs Angels 082615

Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers pitched a one hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on August 26, 2015. His line for the game was 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB and 9 K in 112 pitches. All the runs came off home runs as Nick Castellanos hit a solo in the second inning, Miguel Cabrera homered in the fifth with Rajai Davis aboard and J.D. Martinez also homered in the fifth with Victor Martinez on base. This season the RHP is 2-6, 3.45 ERA, 71 K, 1.07 WHIP, .229 BAA in 86.0 IP over 13 games. Over 11 MLB seasons with the Tigers he is 154-95, 3.52 ERA, 1901 K, 1.21 WHIP, .239 BAA in 2064.0 IP over 311 games. He was originally drafted by the Tigers with the second pick of the first round in 2004. Verlander turned 32 on February 20.

Ghost of 62 083115

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, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers.

The Phillies are 52-79 and 20.5 games back. That projects to 64-98. The team is hitting .253/.305/.386 and have scored 501 which is 3.8 per game. Their team ERA is 4.75 and have given up 678 runs or 5.2 per game.

The Marlins are 52-79 and 20.5 games back. That projects to 64-98. . The team is hitting .253/.305/.375 and have scored 481 which is 3.7 per game. Their team ERA is 4.01 and have given up 548 runs or 4.2 per game.

The Rockies are 52-76 and 19.5 games back. That projects to 66-96. The team is hitting .266/.317/.435 and have scored 573 which is 4.5 per game. Their team ERA is 5.11 and have given up 678 runs or 5.3 per game. The hitting is holding up their side.

The Reds are 53-76 and 25.5 games back. That projects to 66-96. The team is hitting .249/.314/.396 and have scored 505 which is 3.9 per game. Their team ERA is 4.14 and have given up 574 runs or 4.4 per game.

The Athletics are 57-74 and 15.0 games back. That projects to 70-92. The team is hitting .253/.311/.389 and have scored 538 which is 4.1 per game. Their team ERA is 3.62 and have given up 526 runs or 4.0 per game. 

The Red Sox are 60-70 and 14.0 games back. That projects to 74-88. The team is hitting .264/.324/.411 and have scored 589 which is 4.5 per game. Their team ERA is 4.50 and have given up 627 runs or 4.8 per game.

The Tigers are 60-70 and 20.0 games back. That projects to 74-88. The team is hitting .272/.328/.428 and have scored 567 which is 4.4 per game. Their team ERA is 4.61 and have given up 640 runs or 4.9 per game.

Chasing 50-50 083115

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. On August 31 adding Curtis Granderson of the Mets and Rizzo's teammate Kris Bryant. This is week 20 of the chase.

Matt Kemp

Kemp's added a tally to each category as he hit  3 for 16 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R and 1 SB in 4 games, For the season he is hitting .265/.312/.424 with 16 HR, 80 RBI, 63 R, 10 SB in 127 games


Games Padres played: 130

Home Runs: 16  --- Projected Home Runs: 20

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 12


Justin Upton

Upton made all swings count hitting 4 for 24 with 4 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB in 6 games.  This season he is hitting .253/.337/.460 with 24 HR, 72 RBI, 70 R, 18 SB in 123 games


Games Padres played: 130

Home Runs: 24  --- Projected Home Runs: 30

Steals: 18 --- Projected Steals: 22


Mike Trout

Trout halted his slump as he hit 6 for 19 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB in 6 games. For the season he is hitting .298/.397/.581 with 33 HR, 74 RBI, 81 R, 10 SB in 112 games


Games Angels played: 130

Home Runs: 33 --- Projected Home Runs: 41

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 12


Carlos Gonzalez

Gonzalez cooled but still had one good swing as he hit 4 for 18 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 5 games. For the season he is hitting .271/.330/.538 with 31 HR, 72 RBI, 70 R, 2 SB in 120 games


Games Rockies played: 128

Home Runs: 31 --- Projected Home Runs: 39

Steals: 2 --- Projected Steals: 3


Charlie Blackmon

Blackmon continued to boost both categories hitting 6 for 25 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB in 6 games. For the season he is hitting .288/.350/.456 with 15 HR, 51 RBI, 72 R, 35 SB in 127 games


Games Rockies played: 128

Home Runs: 15 --- Projected Home Runs: 19

Steals: 33 --- Projected Steals: 42


Carlos Gomez

Gomez had on eof his better weeks since the trade as he hit 7 for 25 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB in 6 games. This season he hit season .262/.328/.423 with 8 HR, 43 RBI, 42 R, 7 SB in 74 games with the Brewers and .210/.245/.305 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 10 R, 6 SB in 13 games with the Astros.


Games Astros played: 131

Home Runs: 10 --- Projected Home Runs: 12

Steals: 13 --- Projected Steals: 16


Ryan Braun

Braun again added double dingers as he hit 6 for 18 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB in 5 games. This season he is hitting .278/.347/.504 with 24 HR, 77 RBI, 75 R, 18 SB in 123 games


Games Brewers played: 130

Home Runs: 24 --- Projected Home Runs: 30

Steals: 18 --- Projected Steals: 22


George Springer

Springer was on the DL this week and not expected back before mid August. For the season he is hitting .264/.365/.457 with  13 HR, 29 RBI, 43 R, 14 SB in 75 games


Games Astros played: 131

Home Runs: 13 --- Projected Home Runs: 16

Steals: 14 --- Projected Steals: 17


Jose Altuve

Altuve again owned the plate hitting  9 for 24 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, 2 SB in 6 games. This season he is hitting .313/.357/.431 with 11 HR, 54 RBI, 65 R, 34 SB in 123 games. 


Games Astros played: 131

Home Runs: 11--- Projected Home Runs: 14

Steals: 34 --- Projected Steals: 42


Joc Pederson

Pederson was sent to the bench because his Post All-Star slump as he hit 0 for 6 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB in 2 games. For the season the rookie is hitting .211/.354/.435 with 23 HR, 47 RBI, 58 R, 3 SB in 122 games


Games Dodgers played: 129

Home Runs: 23 --- Projected Home Runs: 29

Steals: 3 --- Projected Steals: 4


Paul Goldscmidt

Goldscmidt continues to cool but again added to the power category hitting 6 for 24 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB in 7 games. He was the first to join the 20/20 club this season. This season he is hitting .325/.442/.565 with 26 HR, 96 RBI, 83 R, 20 SB in 129 games. 


Games Diamondbacks played: 130

Home Runs: 26 --- Projected Home Runs: 32

Steals: 20 --- Projected Steals: 25


AJ Pollock

Pollock hit the brakes on his torrid pace hitting 6 for 26 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 7 games. . This season he is hitting .319/.371/.483 with 13 HR, 56 RBI, 90 R, 33 SB in 125 games. 


Games Diamondbacks played: 130

Home Runs: 13 --- Projected Home Runs: 16

Steals: 33 --- Projected Steals: 41


Anthony Rizzo

Rizzo continues to slump hitting 5 for 28 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .284/.391/.528 with 26 HR, 78 RBI, 73 R, 15 SB in 128 games. 


Games Cubs played: 129

Home Runs: 26 --- Projected Home Runs: 33

Steals: 15 --- Projected Steals: 19


Kris Bryant

Bryant is now the second rookie on the list but has handled the All-Star speed bump much better This season he is hitting .262/.364/.478 with 21 HR, 79 RBI, 73 R, 12 SB in 120 games. 


Games Cubs played: 129

Home Runs: 21 --- Projected Home Runs: 26

Steals: 12 --- Projected Steals: 15


Todd Frazier

Frazier had a monster week to put the slump in the rear-view mirror as he hit 10 for 25 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .266/.315/.524 with 30 HR, 77 RBI, 72 R, 11 SB in 127 games. 


Games Reds played: 129

Home Runs: 30 --- Projected Home Runs: 38

Steals: 11 --- Projected Steals: 14


Starling Marte

Marte was sucked back into the slump vortex hitting 2 for 25 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .280/.331/.438 with 15 HR, 63 RBI, 73 R, 25 SB in 122 games. 


Games Reds played: 129

Home Runs: 15 --- Projected Home Runs: 19

Steals: 25 --- Projected Steals: 31


Manny Machado

Machado had one good swing in an off week as he hit 5 for 29 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .289/.355/496 with 26 HR, 66 RBI, 78 R, 16 SB in 130 games

Games Orioles played: 130

Home Runs: 26 --- Projected Home Runs: 32

Steals: 16 --- Projected Steals: 20



Steven Souza Jr

Souza was on the DL after a HBP . This season he is hitting .214/.303/.403 with 15 HR, 34 RBI, 47 R, 10 SB in 89 games.

Games Rays played: 130

Home Runs: 15 --- Projected Home Runs: 19

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 12


Brian Dozier

Dozier found his power stroke again hitting 6 for 24 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB in 6 games. This season he is hitting .245/.316/.480 with 26 HR, 66 RBI, 90 R, 10 SB in 127 games. 

Games Twins played: 130

Home Runs: 26 --- Projected Home Runs: 32

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 12



Curtis Granderson

Grandserson has shown glimpses of being a former 20/20 member as he joins the chase with a month to go. This season he is hitting .260/.354/.458 with 22 HR, 56 RBI, 75 R, 11 SB in 129 games. 

Games Mets played: 130

Home Runs: 22 --- Projected Home Runs: 37

Steals: 11 --- Projected Steals: 14

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jacob Constante Pioneer League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Jacob Constante of the Billings Mustangs was selected the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 2 BB and 6 K. This season the LHP is 3-2, 3.92 ERA, 50 K, 1.34 WHIP, .221 BAA in 57.1 IP over 12 games. Billings is a Rookie team of the Cincinnati Reds. He originally signed with the Reds in 2013 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Constante turned 21 on March 22.

Jhonatan Escudero Appalachian League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Jhonatan Escudero of the Johnson City Cardinals was selected the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 5.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 6 K, and 1 SV. This season the RHP is 2-2, 2.81 ERA, 34 K, 1.06 WHIP, .179 BAA, 1 SV in 32.0 IP over 14 games at Johnson City with 2 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 K, 1.00 WHIP, .250 BAA, 1 SV in 2.0 IP over 2 games at Rookie Gulf Coast, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 5 K, 1.67 WHIP, .308 BAA in 3.0 IP in 1 game at Class A short season State College and 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 3 K, 1.80 WHIP, .286 BAA in 1.2 IP in 1 game at Class A Advanced Palm Beach. Johnson City is a Rookie team of the St Louis Cardinals. He originally signed with the Cardinals in 2010 as an amateur free agent out of Columbia. Escudero turned 22 on July 7th.

Joseph Pistorese Northwest League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Joseph Pistorese of the Everett AquaSox was selected the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2019. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB and 9 K. This season the LHP is 6-0, 1.38 ERA, 43 K, 0.87 WHIP, .196 BAA, 2 SV in 39.0 IP over 15 games. Everett is the Class A short season team of the Seattle Mariners. He was originally drafted by the Mariners in the 17th round in 2015. Pistorese will be 23 on October 15.

Domingo Acevedo New York-Penn League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Domingo Acevedo of the Staten Island Yankees was selected the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB and 10 K. This season the RHP is 2-0, 1.93 ERA, 45 K, 1.14 WHIP, .220 BAA in 42.0 IP over 10 games at Staten Island and 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 1 K, 1.80 WHIP, .286 BAA in 1.2 IP over 1 game at Class A Charleston. Staten Island is the Class A short season team of the New York Yankees. He originally signed with the Yankees in 2013 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Acevedo turned 21 on March 6th.

Chris Flexen South Atlantic League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Chris Flexen of the Savannah Sand Gnats was selected the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB and 10 K. This season the RHP is 3-0, 1.42 ERA, 23 K, 0.95 WHIP, .226 BAA in 25.1 IP over 4 games at Savannah, 0-2, 5.11 ERA, 13 K, 1.86 WHIP, .300 BAA in 12.1 IP over 3 games at Class A short season Brooklyn and 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 K, 0.50 WHIP, .100 BAA in 6.0 IP over 3 games at Rookie Gulf Coast. Savannah is the Class A team of the New York Mets. He was originally drafted by the Mets in the 14th round in 2012. Flexen turned 21 on July 1st.

Sam Gibbons Midwest League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Sam Gibbons of the Cedar Rapids Kernels was selected the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB and 12 K. This season the RHP is 7-3, 2.72 ERA, 63 K, 1.11 WHIP, .229 BAA in 79.1 IP over 13 games. He also won the award for the week of July 27Cedar Rapids is the Class A team of the Minnesota Twins. He originally signed with the Twins in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of Australia. Gibbons turned 21 on December 12.

Chaz Hebert Florida State League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Chaz Hebert of the Tampa Yankees was selected the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 BB, 17 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. This season the LHP is 7-6, 2.95 ERA, 82 K, 1.16 WHIP, .249 BAA in 106.2 IP over 21 games at Tampa with 15 GS, 1-1, 0.87 ERA, 14 K, 0.77 WHIP, .158 BAA in 10.1 IP over 2 GS at Class A Charleston and 2-0, 0.75 ERA, 8 K, 0.92 WHIP, .213 BAA in 12.0 IP over 2 GS at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tampa is the Class A Advanced team of the New York Yankees. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 27th round in 2011. Hebert will be 23 on September 4th.

Mikey O'Brien Carolina League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Mikey O'Brien of the Frederick Keys was selected the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. He threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats on August 20, 2015 in the second game of a double header. This season the RHP is 3-5, 1.94 ERA, 44 K, 1.13 WHIP, .216 BAA in 55.2 IP over 11 games at Frederick with 10 GS, 2-1, 4.88 ERA, 17 K, 1.46 WHIP, .284 BAA in 24.0 IP over 6 games at Double A Bowie with 4 GS and 1-2, 5.68 ERA, 17 K, 1.50 WHIP, .317 BAA in 25.1 IP over 10 games at Double A Montgomery with 1 GS. Frederick is the Class A Advanced team of the Baltimore Orioles. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round in 2008, went to the Reds in the 2013 Rule 5 draft, went to the Rays in the 2014 Rule 5 draft, released by the Rays in May 2015 and signed by the Orioles a few days later. O'Brien turned 25 on March 3rd.

Francis Martes California League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Francis Martes of the Lancaster JetHawks was selected the California League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB and 12 K, This season the RHP is 4-1, 2.31 ERA, 37 K, 1.11 WHIP, .230 BAA in 35.0 IP over 6 games at Lancaster with 5 GS, 3-2, 1.04 ERA, 45 K, 0.88 WHIP, .181 BAA, 2 SV in 52.0 IP over 10 games at Class A Quad Cities with 8 GS and 0-0, 11.57 ERA, 3 K, 2.14 WHIP, .333 BAA in 4.2 IP in 1 GS at Double A Corpus Christi. Lancaster is the Class A Advanced team of the Houston Astros. He originally signed with the Marlins in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic and was traded to the Astros in 2014. Martes will be 20 on November 24.

Ronald Herrera Texas League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Ronald Herrera of the San Antonio Missions was selected the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 11.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. This season the RHP is 3-0, 3.55 ERA, 27 K, 1.27 WHIP, .248 BAA in 33.0 IP over 6 games at San Antonio and 5-6, 3.88 ERA, 69 K, 1.25 WHIP, .258 BAA in 102.0 IP over 18 games at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. San Antonio is the Double A team of the San Diego Padres. He originally signed with the Athletics in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela and was traded to the Padres in 2014 as the PTBNL. Herrera turned 20 on May 3rd.

Lucas Sims Southern League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Lucas Sims of the Mississippi Braves was selected the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.79 ERA, 2 GS, 11.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 6 BB and 15 K. This season the RHP is 4-2, 3.54 ERA, 49 K, 1.33 WHIP, .186 BAA in 40.2 IP over 8 games at Mississippi, 3-4, 5.18 ERA, 5.18 ERA, 37 K, 1.55 WHIP, .260 BAA in 40.0 IP over 9 games at Class A Advanced Carolina and 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 7 K, 1.80 WHIP, .333 BAA in 5.0 IP over 2 games at Rookie Gulf Coast. Mississippi is the Double A team of  the Atlanta Braves. He was originally drafted by the Braves with the 21st pick of the first round in 2012. Sims turned 21 on May 10.

Aaron Wilkerson Eastern League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Aaron Wilkerson of the Portland Sea Dogs was selected the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB and 11 K. This season the RHP is 3-1, 3.03 ERA, 27 K, 0.91 WHIP, .181 BAA in 29.2 IP over 5 games at Portland with 5 GS, 7-2, 2.96 ERA, 85 K, 1.05 WHIP, .218 BAA in 79.0 IP over 17 games at Class A Advanced Salem with 12 GS and 0-0, 4.76 ERA, 17 K, 1.29 WHIP, .266 BAA in 17.0 IP over 5 games at Class A Greenville with 1 GS. Portland is the Double A team of the Boston Red Sox. He originally signed with the Red Sox in 2014 after playing in the Independent Leagues. Wilkerson turned 26 on May 24.

Ty Blach Pacific Coast League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Ty Blach of the Sacramento River Cats was selected the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.53 ERA, 2 GS, 17.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. This season the LHP is 11-10, 4.05 ERA, 91 K, 1.25 WHIP, .280 BAA in 155.2 IP over 25 games. Sacramento is the Triple A team of the San Francisco Giants. He was originally drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2012. Blach will be 25 on October 20.

Pat Dean International League PiOW 081715 to 082315

Pat Dean of the Rochester Red Wings was selected the International League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. This season the LHP is 10-11, 3.06 ERA, 94 K, 1.20 WHIP, .262 BAA in 162.0 IP over 25 games. He also won the award for the week of April 13. Rochester is the Triple A team of the Minnesota Twins. He was originally drafted by the Twins in the third round in 2010. Dean turned 26 on May 25.

Carlos Belonis Pioneer League POW 081715 to 082315

Carlos Belonis of the Helena Brewers was selected the Pioneer League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 11 for 22, .500/.560/1.000 with 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB and 3 BB in 6 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .258/.340/.430 with 7 HR, 26 RBI, 37 R, 17 SB in 53 games. Helena is a Rookie team of the Milwaukee Brewers. He originally signed with the Brewers in 2011 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Belonis turned 21 on August 19.

Xavier Fernandez Appalachian League POW 081715 to 082315

Xavier Fernandez of the Burlington Royals was selected the Appalachian League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 8 for 17, .471/.550/.882 with 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 5 games. This season the catcher is hitting .336/.400/.511 with 4 HR, 27 RBI, 21 R, 0 SB in 41 games. Burlington is a Rookie team of the Kansas City Royals. He was originally drafted by the Royals in the 11th round in 2013. Fernandez turned 20 on July 15.

Braden Bishop Northwest League POW 081715 to 082315

Braden Bishop of the Everett AquaSox was selected the Northwest League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 26, .385/.429/.692 with 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 3 SB and 1 BB in 6 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .322/.368/.397 with 2 HR, 22 RBI, 34 R, 12 SB in 54 games. Everett is the Class A short season team of the Seattle Mariners. He was originally drafted by the Mariners in the third round in 2015. Bishop turned 22 on August 22.

Trey Amburgey New York-Penn League POW 081715 to 082315

Trey Amburgey of the Staten Island Yankees was selected the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 6 for 11, .545/.583/1.182 with 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 2BI, 4 R, 1 SB and 0 BB in 3 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .442/.458/.860 with 3 HR, 12 RBI, 11 R, 4 SB in 12 games at Staten Island and .333/.404/.430 with 0 HR, 12 RBI, 28 R, 14 SB in 37 games at Rookie Gulf Coast. Staten Island is the Class A short season team of the New York Yankees. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 13th round in 2015. Amburgey will be 21 on October 24.

Arturo Rodriguez South Atlantic League POW 081715 to 082315

Arturo Rodriguez of the Greensboro Grasshoppers was selected the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 7 for 19, .368/.429/.895 with 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 5 games. This season the catcher is hitting .281/.333/.442 with 18 HR, 65 RBI, 49 R, 0 SB in 115 games. Greensboro is the Class A team of the Miami Marlins. He originally signed with the Marlins in January 2015 a free agent out of Mexico. Rodriguez will be 24 on October 3rd.

Nick Thompson Midwest League POW 081715 to 082315

Nick Thompson of the Peoria Chiefs was selected the Midwest League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 11 for 24, .458/.480/.792 with 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB and 1 BB in 6 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .245/.340/.394 with 11 HR, 54 RBI, 45 R, 0 SB in 108 games. Peoria is the Class A team of the St Louis Cardinals. He was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the eighth round in 2014. Thompson turned 22 on November 13.

Rhys Hoskins Florida State League POW 081715 to 082315

Rhys Hoskins of the Clearwater Threshers was selected the Florida State League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 9 for 28, .321/.367/.750 with 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 7 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .307/.386/.509 with 7 HR, 34 RBI, 44 R, 2 SB in 60 games at Clearwater and .322/.397/.525 with 9 HR, 51 RBI, 39 R, 2 SB in 68 games at Class A Lakewood. Clearwater is the Class A Advanced team of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round in 2014. Hoskins turned 22 on March 17.

Ben Carhart Carolina League POW 081715 to 082315

Ben Carhart of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans was selected the Carolina League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 7 for 14, .500/.529/1.143 with 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 4 games. This season the catcher is hitting .252/.324/.449 with 6 HR, 20 RBI, 22 R, 0 SB in 37 games at Myrtle Beach and .333/.333/.467 with 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 4 games at Rookie Arizona. Myrtle Beach is the CLass A Advanced team of the Chicago Cubs. He was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 35th round in 2012. Carhart turned 25 on January 21.

Brandon Bayardi California League POW 081715 to 082315

Brandon Bayardi of the Inland Empire 66ers was selected the California League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 14 for 32, .438/.486/1.063 with 2 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R, 0 SB and 3 BB in 8 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .315/.397/.532 with 9 HR, 36 RBI, 38 R, 2 SB in 60 games at Inland Empire and .158/.298/.316 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB in 11 games at Rookie Arizona. Inland Empire is the Class A Advanced team of the Los Angeles Angels. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the 36th round in 2013. Bayardi turned 24 on November 27.

Ryon Healy Texas League POW 081715 to 082315

Ryon Healy of the Midland RockHounds was selected the Texas League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 15 for 32, .469/.485/.719 with 5 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB and 1 BB in 6 games. This season the third baseman is hitting .302/.339/.432 with 10 HR, 61 RBI, 59 R, 0 SB in 117 games. He also won the award for the week of July 27. Midland is the Double A team of the Oakland Athletics. He was originally drafted by the Athletics in the third round in 2013. Healy turned 23 on January 10.

Cameron Seitzer Southern League POW 081715 to 082315

Cameron Seitzer of the Montgomery Biscuits was selected the Southern League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 9 for 22, .409/.500/.909 with 5 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB and 4 BB in 6 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .304/.378/.468 with 11 HR, 56 RBI, 53 R, 0 SB in 99 games. Montgomery is the Double A team of the Tampa Bay Rays. He was originally drafted by the Rays in the 11th round in 2011. Seitzer turned 25 on Janaury 11.

Dominic Ficociello Eastern League POW 081715 to 082315

Dominic Ficociello of the Erie SeaWolves was selected the Eastern League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 12 for 20, .600/.600/.950 with 3 2B, 2 3B, 10 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB and 0 BB in 6 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .299/.323/.488 with 3 HR, 27 RBI, 19 R, 0 SB in 34 games at Erie and .297/.364/.401 with 5 HR, 30 RBI, 41 R, 2 SB in 85 games at Class A Advanced Lakeland. Erie is the Double A team of the Detroit Tigers. He was originally drafted by the Tigers in the 12th round in 2013. Ficociello turned 23 on April 10.

Jose Martinez Pacific Coast League POW 081715 to 082315

Jose Martinez of the Omaha Storm Chasers was selected the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 16 for 29, .552/.606/1.034 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 0 SB and 4 BB in 7 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .387/.457/.575 with 10 HR, 55 RBI, 55 R, 8 SB in 90 games at Omaha and .333/.353/.467 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 4 games at Rookie Arizona. Omaha is the Triple A team of the Kansas City Royals. He originally signed with the White Sox in 2006 as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela. Martinez turned 27 on July 25.

Richie Shaffer International League POW 081715 to 082315

Richie Shaffer of the Durham Bulls was selected the International League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 12 for 31, .387/.429/.774 with 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB and 3 BB in 7 games. This season the third baseman has hit .276/.363/.603 with 19 HR, 43 RBI, 41 R, 1 SB in 66 games at Durham, .262/.362/.470 with 7 HR, 27 RBI, 22 R, 3 SB in 39 games at Double A Montgomery and .263/.391/.579 with 2 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB in 8 games with the Rays. Durham is the Triple A team of the Tampa Bay Rays. He was originally drafted by the Rays with the 25th pick of the first round in 2012. Shaffer turned 24 on March 15.

Monday, August 24, 2015

AJ Pollock NL Player of Week 081715 to 082315

A.J Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks was selected the National League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he hit 14 for 29, .483/.516/.759 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 4 SB and 2 BB in 6 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .324/.376/.495 with 13 HR, 54 RBI, 88 R, 33 SB in 118 games. Over four MLB seasons with the Diamondbacks he has hit .295/.348/.458 with 30 HR, 124 RBI, 201 R, 60 SB in 361 games. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks with the 17th pick of the first round in 2009. Pollock turned 27 on December 5th.

Mike Fiers AL Player of Week 081715 to 082315

Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros was selected the American League Player of the Week for the span of August 17, 2015 through August 23, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. He threw a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-0 victory on August 21, 2015. This season the RHP is 1-0, 2.42 ERA, 25 K, .181 BAA in 26.0 IP over 4 games with the Astros after being traded from the Brewers where he was 5-9, 3.89 ERA, 121 K, 1.36 WHIP, .259 BAA in 118.0 IP over 21 games. Over five MLB seasons with the Astros and Brewers he is 22-28, 3.57 ERA, 374 K, 1.22 WHIP, .240 BAA in 367.2 IP over 75 games with 59 GS. He was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 22nd round in 2009. Fiers turned 30 on June 15.

MiLB Players and Pitchers of the Week 081015 to 081615

League Player of the Week Pitcher of the Week
Triple A
International League Byron Buxton Chris Jones
Pacific Coast League Luis Sardinas Chien-Ming Wang
Double A
Eastern League Bradley Zimmer Lucas Giolito
Southern League Jesse Winker Ryan Williams
Texas League Aledmys Diaz Alex Reyes
Class A Advanced
California League Tripp Martin Alex Balog
Carolina League Ryan O'Hearn Reynaldo Lopez
Florida State League Jorge Mateo Nick Travieso
Class A
Midwest League Bobby Bradley Wyatt Strahan
South Atlantic League Vicente Conde Stephen Tarpley
A Short Season
New York-Penn League Andrew Benintendi Brett Lilek
Northwest League CJ Hinojosa Brett Shankin
Rookie
Appalachian League Hyo-Jun Park Onesimo Hernandez
Pioneer League Jason Morozowski Michael Boyle

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Eric Young Jr traded to Mets

Eric Young Jr was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the New York Mets on August 22, 2015 for cash. The outfielder had split 2015 between Triple A Gwinnett and the Braves. He hit .248/.349/.312 with 1 HR, 27 RBI, 36 R, 23 SB in 67 games at Gwinnett and.169/.229/.273 with 0 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB in 35 games with the Mets. Over seven MLB seasons with the Braves, Mets and Rockies he has hit .248/.316/.329 with 8 HR, 88 RBI, 228 R, 141 SB in 539 games. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the 30th round in 2003. Young turned 30 on May 25.

Neal Cotts traded to Twins

Neal Cotts was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Minnesota Twins on August 21, 2015 for a PTBNL. The LHP was 1-0, 3.26 ERA, 49 K, 1.23 WHIP, .239 BAA in 49.2 IP over 51 games with the Brewers in 2015. Over 10 MLB seasons with the Twins, Brewers, Rangers, Cubs and White Sox he was 21-24, 3.95 ERA, 413 K, 1.35 WHIP, .241 BAA, 4 SV in 431.0 IP over 467 games with 5 GS. He was originally drafted by the Athletics in the second round in 2001. Cotts turned 35 on March 25.

Michael Choice traded to Indians

Michael Choice was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Cleveland Indians on August 21, 2015 for cash. The outfielder had split 2015 between Triple A Round Rock and the Rangers. He hit .244/.309/.399 with 12 HR, 60 RBI, 53 R, 2 SB in 110 games at Round Rock and was 0 for 1 in 1 game with the Rangers. Over three MLB seasons with the Rangers and Athletics he hit .188/.253/.320 with 9 HR, 36 RBI, 22 R, 1 SB in 96 games. He was originally drafted by the Athletics with the 10th pick of the first round in 2010 and was traded to the Rangers in 2013. Choice will be 26 on November 10.

Jon Edwards traded to Padres

Jon Edwards was traded by the Texas Rangers to the San Diego Padres on August 21, 2015 to complete an earlier deal. RHP Edwards had split 2015 between Triple A Round Rock and the Rangers. He was 2-1, 1.42 ERA, 44 K, 0.82 WHIP, .165 BAA, 20 SV in 31.2 IP over 32 games at Round Rock and 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 6 K, 2.33 WHIP, .273 BAA in 6.0 IP over 11 games with the Rangers. Over two MLB seasons with the Rangers he was 0-0, 5.02 ERA, 15 K, 2.23 WHIP, .322 BAA in 14.1 IP over 20 games. He was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 14th round in 2006. Edwards turned 27 on January 8th.

Randy Wolf traded to Tigers

Randy Wolf was traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigers on August 20, 2015 for cash. The LHP had pitched in 2015 at Triple A Buffalo where he was 9-2, 2.58 ERA, 106 K, 1.28 WHIP, .270 BAA in 139.2 IP over 23 games. He does have 16 seasons MLB experience with the Tigers, Marlins, Orioles, Brewers, Dodgers, Astros, Padres and Phillies going 133-121, 4.21 ERA, 1791 K, 1.34 WHIP, .260 BAA, 1 SV in 2300.2 IP over 383 games with 373 GS. He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the second round in 1997. Wolf turned 39 on August 22.

Marlon Byrd traded to Giants

Marlon Byrd was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the San Francisco Giants on August 20, 2015 along with cash. The Reds in exchange received Stephen Johnson.

Byrd is an outfielder who had split 2015 between Double A Pensacola while rehabbing and the Reds. He hit .286/.286/.857 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, 0 SB in 2 games at Pensacola and .237/.286/.448 with 19 HR, 42 RBI, 46 R, 2 SB in 96 games with the Reds. Over 14 MLB seasons with the Giants, Reds, Phillies, Pirates, Mets. Red Sox, Cubs, Rangers and Nationals he has hit .275/.330/.429 with 151 HR, 662 RBI, 718 R, 56 SB in 1502 games. He was originally drafted by the Phillies in the 10th round in 1999. Byrd will be 38 on August 30.

RHP Johnson pitched at Double A Richmond where he was 3-0, 3.41 ERA, 68 K, 1.28 WHIP, .214 BAA in 59.0 IP over 44 games. He was originally drafted by the Giants in the sixth round in 2012. Johnson turned 24 on February 21.

Chase Utley traded to Dodgers

Chase Utley was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 19, 2015 along with cash. The Phillies in exchange received John Richy and Darnell Sweeney.

Utley is a second baseman who hit .217/.284/.333 with 5 HR, 30 RBI, 23 R, 3 SB in 73 games with the Phillies in 2015. Over 13 MLV seasons with the Dodgers and Phillies has has hit .282/366/.481 with 233 HR, 916 RBI, 949 R, 142 SB in 1553 games. He was originally drafted by the Phillies with the 15th pick of the first round in 2000. Utley turned 36 on December 17.

RHP Richy pitched at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga where he was 10-5, 4.20 ERA, 105 K, 1.42 WHIP, .288 BAA in 124.1 IP over 22 games with 18 GS. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the third round in 2014. Richy turned 23 on July 28.

Sweeney is a second baseman who played at Triple A Oklahoma City where he hit .271/.332/.409 with 9 HR, 49 RBI, 69 R, 32 SB in 116 games. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 13th round in 2012. Sweeney turned 24 on February 1st.

Will Venable traded to Rangers

Will Venable was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Texas Rangers on August 18, 2015. The Padres in exchange received Marcus Greene Jr and a PTBNL. 

Venable is an outfielder who hit .258/.318/.378 with 6 HR, 30 RBI, 34 R, 11 SB in 98 games with the Padres in 2015. Over eight MLB seasons with the Rangers and Padres he hit .252/.316/.410 with 81 HR, 305 RBI, 370 R, 130 SB in 920 games. He was originally drafted by the Padres in the seventh round in 2005. Venable will be 33 on October 29.

Greene is a catcher who played at Class A Hickory where he hit .218/.365/.500 with 5 HR, 9 RBI, 17 R, 2 SB in 25 games. His minor league caught stealing rate is 24%. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 16th round in 2013. Greene turned 21 on August 19.

Ghost of 62 082315

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 its a crowded cellar as those teams are the Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians.

The Phillies are 49-74 and 17.5 games back. That projects to 64-98. The team is hitting .254/.304/.385 and have scored 463 which is 3.8 per game. Their team ERA is 4.70 and have given up 655 runs or 5.0 per game.

The Rockies are 49-72 and 17.5 games back. That projects to 66-96. The team is hitting .270/.320/.440 and have scored 547 which is 4.5 per game. Their team ERA is 5.21 and have given up 655 runs or 5.4 per game. The hitting is holding up their side.

The Marlins are 50-73 and 16.5 games back. That projects to 66-96. The team is hitting .255/.309/.376 and have scored 462 which is 3.8 per game. Their team ERA is 3.99 and have given up 515 runs or 4.2 per game.

The Reds are 51-70 and 25.5 games back. That projects to 68-94. The team is hitting .249/.314/.398 and have scored 475 which is 3.9 per game. Their team ERA is 4.10 and have given up 534 runs or 4.4 per game.

The Brewers are 53-71 and 25.0 games back. That projects to 69-93. The team is hitting .250/.305/.391 and have scored 490 which is 4.0 per game. Their team ERA is 4.16 and have given up 552 runs or 4.5 per game.

The Athletics are 53-71 and 15.0 games back. That projects to 69-93. The team is hitting .250/.309/.384 and have scored 498 which is 4.0 per game. Their team ERA is 3.59 and have given up 493 runs or 4.0 per game. 

The Red Sox are 56-67 and 12.5 games back. That projects to 74-88. The team is hitting .265/.326/.412 and have scored 558 which is 4.5 per game. Their team ERA is 4.58 and have given up 600 runs or 4.9 per game.

The Mariners are 56-67 and 11.5 games back. That projects to 74-88. The team is hitting .243/.303/.400 and have scored 466 which is 3.8 per game. Their team ERA is 4.27 and have given up 560 runs or 4.6 per game.

The Indians are 57-65 and 17.0 games back. That projects to 76-86. The team is hitting .254/.322/.388 and have scored 488 which is 4.0 per game. Their team ERA is 3.85 and have given up 513 runs or 4.2 per game. 

Chasing 50-50 082315

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 19 of the chase.

Matt Kemp

Kemp's bat helped fuel a hot streak for the Padres as he hit  9 for 24 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R and 0 SB in 6 games, For the season he is hitting .268/.315/.426 with 15 HR, 74 RBI, 60 R, 9 SB in 122 games


Games Padres played: 123

Home Runs: 15  --- Projected Home Runs: 20

Steals: 9 --- Projected Steals: 12


Justin Upton

Upton also help stoke the flames hitting 6 for 13 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB in 5 games.  This season he is hitting .257/.343/.447 with 20 HR, 67 RBI, 66 R, 18 SB in 116 games


Games Padres played: 123

Home Runs: 20  --- Projected Home Runs: 26

Steals: 18 --- Projected Steals: 24


Mike Trout

Trout swung a frosty bat as he hit 3 for 21 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB in 7 games. For the season he is hitting .293/.391/.580 with 33 HR, 72 RBI, 79 R, 10 SB in 112 games


Games Angels played: 123

Home Runs: 33 --- Projected Home Runs: 43

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 13


Carlos Gonzalez

Gonzalez continues to be a post All-Star juggernaut as he hit 7 for 21 with 3 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB in 6 games. For the season he is hitting .274/.333/.540 with 29 HR, 70 RBI, 67 R, 2 SB in 114 games


Games Rockies played: 121

Home Runs: 29 --- Projected Home Runs: 39

Steals: 2 --- Projected Steals: 3


Charlie Blackmon

Blackmon did well to boost both categories hitting 8 for 23 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB in 6 games. For the season he is hitting .290/.354/.462 with 14 HR, 48 RBI, 69 R, 33 SB in 113 games


Games Rockies played: 121

Home Runs: 14 --- Projected Home Runs: 19

Steals: 33 --- Projected Steals: 44


Carlos Gomez

Gomez continues to struggle in Houston as he hit 3 for 20 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB in 6 games. This season he hit season .262/.328/.423 with 8 HR, 43 RBI, 42 R, 7 SB in 74 games with the Brewers and .184/.225/.250 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 5 SB in 13 games with the Astros.


Games Astros played: 124

Home Runs: 9 --- Projected Home Runs: 12

Steals: 12 --- Projected Steals: 16


Ryan Braun

Braun swung a power bat as he hit 7 for 23 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB in 6 games. This season he is hitting .274/.342/.493 with 22 HR, 73 RBI, 72 R, 18 SB in 117 games


Games Brewers played: 124

Home Runs: 22 --- Projected Home Runs: 29

Steals: 18 --- Projected Steals: 24


George Springer

Springer was on the DL this week and not expected back before mid August. For the season he is hitting .264/.365/.457 with  13 HR, 29 RBI, 43 R, 14 SB in 75 games


Games Astros played: 124

Home Runs: 13 --- Projected Home Runs: 17

Steals: 14 --- Projected Steals: 18


Jose Altuve

Altuve had a bat en fuego hitting  13 for 31 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .307/.350/.420 with 10 HR, 51 RBI, 63 R, 32 SB in 108 games. 


Games Astros played: 124

Home Runs: 10--- Projected Home Runs: 13

Steals: 32 --- Projected Steals: 42


Joc Pederson

Pederson had one good swing during his slump hitting 1 for 10 with 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB in 5 games. For the season the rookie is hitting .214/.357/.441 with 23 HR, 47 RBI, 58 R, 3 SB in 119 games


Games Dodgers played: 122

Home Runs: 23 --- Projected Home Runs: 31

Steals: 3 --- Projected Steals: 4


Paul Goldscmidt

Goldscmidt cooled but added to the major categories hitting 6 for 30 with 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB in 7 games. He was the first to join the 20/20 club this season. This season he is hitting .331/.444/.568 with 24 HR, 93 RBI, 78 R, 20 SB in 113 games. 


Games Diamondbacks played: 122

Home Runs: 24 --- Projected Home Runs: 32

Steals: 20 --- Projected Steals: 27


AJ Pollock

Pollock had another monter week hitting 14 for 29 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 4 SB in 6 games. . This season he is hitting .324/.376/.495 with 13 HR, 54 RBI, 88 R, 33 SB in 118 games. 


Games Diamondbacks played: 122

Home Runs: 13 --- Projected Home Runs: 17

Steals: 33 --- Projected Steals: 44


Anthony Rizzo

Rizzo slumped but made half his swings count going 4 for 23 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB in 6 games. This season he is hitting .291/.401/.541 with 25 HR, 76 RBI, 69 R, 15 SB in 120 games. 


Games Cubs played: 121

Home Runs: 25 --- Projected Home Runs: 33

Steals: 15 --- Projected Steals: 20


Todd Frazier

Frazier continues to reverse course on his slump hitting 7 for 25 with 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 0 SB in 6 games. This season he is hitting .263/.315/.526 with 29 HR, 74 RBI, 67 R, 11 SB in 119 games. 


Games Reds played: 121

Home Runs: 29 --- Projected Home Runs: 39

Steals: 11 --- Projected Steals: 15


Starling Marte

Marte exploded out of his slump hitting 12 for 32 with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 2 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .290/.341/.459 with 15 HR, 61 RBI, 68 R, 24 SB in 106 games. 


Games Reds played: 121

Home Runs: 15 --- Projected Home Runs: 20

Steals: 24 --- Projected Steals: 32


Manny Machado

Machado swung well sans power hitting 9 for 28 with 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .297/.362/.510 with 25 HR, 62 RBI, 76 R, 16 SB in 122 games

Games Orioles played: 122

Home Runs: 25 --- Projected Home Runs: 33

Steals: 16 --- Projected Steals: 21



Steven Souza Jr

Souza was on the DL after a HBP . This season he is hitting .214/.303/.403 with 15 HR, 34 RBI, 47 R, 10 SB in 89 games.

Games Rays played: 123

Home Runs: 15 --- Projected Home Runs: 20

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 13


Brian Dozier

Dozier showed signs of breaking his slump as he hit 7 for 29 with 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB in 7 games. This season he is hitting .245/.316/.480 with 25 HR, 63 RBI, 84 R, 10 SB in 120 games. 

Games Twins played: 123

Home Runs: 25 --- Projected Home Runs: 33

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 13

Mike Fiers throws no hitter vs Dodgers 082115

Mike Fiers of the Houston Astros threw a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 3-0 victory on August 21, 2015. His line for the game was 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 3 BB, 10 K in 134 pitches. Jake Marisnick homered in the second with Chris Carter on and Evan Gattis added a solo shot in the sixth. This season the RHP is 1-0, 2.42 ERA, 25 K, .181 BAA in 26.0 IP over 4 games with the Astros after being traded from the Brewers where he was 5-9, 3.89 ERA, 121 K, 1.36 WHIP, .259 BAA in 118.0 IP over 21 games. Over five MLB seasons with the Astros and Brewers he is 22-28, 3.57 ERA, 374 K, 1.22 WHIP, .240 BAA in 367.2 IP over 75 games with 59 GS. He was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 22nd round in 2009. Fiers turned 30 on June 15.

Alfredo Simon throws one hitter vs Rangers 082015

Alfredo Simon of the Detroit Tigers threw a one hitter against the Texas Rangers in a 4-0 victory on August 20, 2015. His line for the game was 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 5 K in 116 pitches. Nick Castellanos knocked in Miguel Cabrera for the first two runs with a single in the first and a sac fly in the third, Cabrera singled in In Kinsler in the fifth and Victor Martinez added a sac fly to knock in Rajai Davis in the seventh. This season the RHP is 11-7, 4.52 ERA, 91 K, 1.38 WHIP, .264 BAA in 137.1 IP over 23 games. Over eight MLB seasons with the Tigers, Reds and Orioles he is 43-35, 4.00 ERA, 464 K, 1.32 WHIP, .259 BAA, 19 SV in 666.2 IP over 232 games with 74 GS. He originally signed with the Phillies in 1999 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Simon turned 34 on May 8th.

Chris Archer thows one hitter vs Astros 082015

Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays threw a one hitter against the Houston Astros in a 1-0 victory on August 20, 2015. His line for the game was 9.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 11 K in 98 pitches. Desmond Jennings singled in Logan Forsythe in the fourth inning. This season the RHP is 11-9, 2.77 ERA, 205 K, 1.01 WHIP, .208 BAA in 169.0 IP over 26 games. Over four MLB seasons with the Rays he is 31-28, 3.19 ERA, 515 K, 1.15 WHIP, .226 BAA in 521.2 IP over 87 games. He was originally drafted by the Indians in the fifth round in 2006, traded to the Cubs in 2008 and traded to the Rays in 2011. Archer will be 27 on September 26.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Michael Boyle Pioneer League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Michael Boyle of the Ogden Raptors was selected the Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP. 0 BB and 6 K. This season the 2-1, 1.33 ERA, 27 K, 1.22 WHIP, .252 BAA, 1 SV in 27.0 IP over 9 games at Ogden with 6 GS, 0-1, 7.71 ERA, 3 K, 1.50 WHIP, .263 BAA in 4.2 IP in 1 game at Class A Great Lakes and 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 0.50 WHIP, .143 BAA in 2.0 IP in 2 games at Rookie Arizona. Ogden is a Rookie team of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 13th round in 2015. Boyle turned 21 on April 12.

Onesimo Hernandez Appalachian League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Onesimo Hernandez of the Elizabethton Twins was selected the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 BB and 8 K. This season the RHP is 5-0, 3.23 ERA, 29 K, 1.24 WHIP, .276 BAA, 1 SV in 30.2 IP over 12 games with 4 GS. Elizabethton is a Rookie team of the Minnesota Twins. He originally signed with the Twins in 2013 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Hernandez turned 23 on February 16.

Brett Shankin Northwest League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Brett Shankin of the Hillsboro Hops was selected the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2019. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB and 7 K. This season the RHP is 1-0, 0.60 ERA, 17 K, 0.67 WHIP, .122 BAA in 15.0 IP over 3 games at Hillsboro with 2 GS and 0-1, 1.80 ERA, 2 K, 1.20 WHIP, .278 BAA in 5.0 IP in 1 game at Class A Advanced Visalia. Hillsboro is the Class A short season team of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted by the Mariners in the 28th round in 2011. Shankin will be 26 on October 30.

Brett Lilek New York-Penn League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Brett Lilek of the Batavia Muckdogs was selected the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.90 ERA, 2 GS, 10.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB and 12 K. This season the LHP is 1-2, 3.58 ERA, 41 K, 1.01 WHIP, .230 BAA in 32.2 IP over 10 games. Batavia is the Class A short season team of the Miami Marlins. He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the second round in 2015. Lilek turned 22 on August 10.

Stephen Tarpley South Atlantic League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Stephen Tarpley of the West Virginia Power was selected the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 0 BB and 2 K. This season the LHP is 10-3, 2.57 ERA, 95 K, 1.14 WHIP, .243 BAA in 98.0 IP over 17 games. West Virginia is the Class A team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the third round in 2013 and traded to the Pirates in January 2015. Tarpley turned 22 on February 17.

Wyatt Strahan Midwest League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Wyatt Strahan of the Dayton Dragons was selected the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 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 4 K. This season the RHP is 8-9, 2.72 ERA, 114 K, 1.28 WHIP, .254 BAA in 145.2 IP over 25 games. Dayton is the Class A team of the Cincinnati Reds. He was originally drafted by the Reds in the third round in 2014. Strahan turned 22 on April 18.

Nick Travieso Florida State League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Nick Travieso of the Daytona Tortugas was selected the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 10.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 4 BB and 6 K. This season the RHP is 6-5, 2.55 ERA, 69 K, 1.23 WHIP, .237 BAA in 81.1 IP over 17 games. Daytona is the Class A Advanced team of the Cincinnati Reds. He was originally drafted by the Reds with the 14th pick of the first round in 2012. Travieso turned 21 on January 31.

Reynaldo Lopez Carolina League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Reynaldo Lopez of the Potomac Nationals was selected the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 BB and 11 K. This season the RHP is 6-7, 4.09 ERA, 94 K, 1.22 WHIP, .252 BAA in 99.0 IP over 19 games. Potomac is the Class A Advanced team of the Washington Nationals. He originally signed with the Nationals in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Lopez turned 21 on January 4th.

Alex Balog California League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Alex Balog of the Modesto Nuts was selected the California League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 3 BB and 7 K. This season the RHP is 2-6, 3.84 ERA, 56 K, 1.11 WHIP, .245 BAA in 77.1 IP over 13 games. Modesto is the Class A Advanced team of the Colorado Rockies. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the second round in 2013. Balog turned 23 on July 16.

Alex Reyes Texas League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Alex Reyes of the Springfield Cardinals was selected the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB and 10 K. This season the RHP is 1-2, 3.70 ERA, 39 K, 1.11 WHIP, .176 BAA in 24.1 IP over 6 games at Springfield. 2-5, 2.26 ERA, 96 K, 1.26 WHIP, .216 BAA in 63.2 IP over 13 games at Class A Advanced Palm Beach and 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 K, 0.00 WHIP, .000 BAA in 3.0 IP in 1 game at Rookie Gulf Coast. Springfield is the Double A team of the St Louis Cardinals. He originally signed with the Cardinals in 2012 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. He grew up near Elizabeth, NJ and his family is from the Dominican Republic and decided to move back there in 2011. The move allowed Reyes to work on his baseball year round before his signing. Reyes will be 21 on August 29.

Ryan Williams Southern League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Ryan Williams of the Tennessee Smokies was selected the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 0.75 ERA, 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB and 9 K. This season the RHP is 12-3, 2.31 ERA, 93 K, 0.90 WHIP, .214 BAA in 128.2 IP over 23 games with 21 GS. Tennessee is the Double A team of the Chicago Cubs. He was originally drafted by the Cubs in the 10th round in 2014. Williams will be 24 on November 1st.

Lucas Giolito Eastern League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Lucas Giolito of the Harrisburg Senators was selected the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 1 BB and 11 K. This season the RHP is 5-6, 3.02 ERA, 114 K, 1.27 WHIP, .243 BAA in 98.1 IP over 18 games with 16 GS. Harrisburg is the Double A team of the Washington Nationals. He was originally drafted by the Nationals with the 16th pick of the first round in 2012. Giolito turned 21 on July 14.

Chien-Ming Wang Pacific Coast League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Chien-Ming Wang of the Tacoma Rainiers was selected the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 CG and 1 SHO. This season the RHP is 5-9, 5.51 ERA, 42 K, 1.66 WHIP, .333 BAA in 111.0 IP over 19 games with 17 GS. He has eight seasons MLB experience with the Blue Jays, Nationals and Yankees going 62-34, 4.37 ERA, 364 K, 1.38 WHIP, .280 BAA, 1 SV in 792.1 IP over 136 games with 126 GS. Tacoma is the Triple A team of the Seattle Mariners. He originally signed with the Yankees in 2000 as an amateur free agent out of Taiwan. Wang turned 35 on March 31.

Chris Jones International League PiOW 081015 to 081615

Chris Jones of the Norfolk Tides was selected the International League Pitcher of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he was 2-0, 1.20 ERA, 2 GS, 15.0 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 1 HBP, 0 BB and 7 K. This season the LHP is 8-6, 2.84 ERA, 86 K, 1.28 WHIP, .278 BAA in 130.0 IP over 27 games with 19 GS. Norfolk is the Triple A team of the Baltimore Orioles. He was originally drafted by the Indians in the 15th round in 2007. Jones will be 27 on September 19.

Jason Morozowski Pioneer League POW 081015 to 081615

Jason Morozowski of the Missoula Osprey was selected the Pioneer League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 9 for 22, .409/.435/.864 with 1 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB and 1 BB in 5 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .292/.374/.470 with 4 HR, 34 RBI, 28 R, 6 SB in 49 games. Missoula is a Rookie team of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 13th round in 2015. Morozowski turned 21 on June 10.

Hyo-Jun Park Appalachian League POW 081015 to 081615

Hyo-Jun Park of the Pulaski Yankees was selected the Appalachian League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 25, .400/.464/.840 with 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 1 SB and 2 BB in 6 games. This season the short stop is hitting .253/.361/.403 with 4 HR, 24 RBI, 39 R, 11 SB in 47 games. Pulaski is a Rookie team of the New York Yankees. He originally signed with the Yankees in 2014 as an amateur free agent out of South Korea. Park turned 19 on April 7th.

CJ Hinojosa Northwest League POW 081015 to 081615

C.J. Hinojosa of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was selected the Northwest League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 14 for 30, .467/.484/.933 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 0 SB an 1 BB in 7 games. This season the shortstop has hit .296/.328/.481 with 5 HR, 19 RBI, 24 R, 2 SB in 48 games. Salem-Keizer is the Class A short season team of the San Francisco Giants. He was originally drafted by the Giants in the 11th round in 2015. Hinijosa turned 21 on July 15.

Andrew Benintendi New York-Penn League POW 081015 to 081615

Andrew Benintendi of the Lowell Spinners was selected the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 11 for 27, .407/.515/.852 with 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 5 R, 2 SB and 6 BB in 7 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .290/.408/.540 with 7 HR, 15 RBI, 19 R, 7 SB in 35 games at Lowell and .400/.524/.800 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB in 4 games at Class A Greeneville. Lowell is the Class A short season team of the Boston Red Sox. He was originally drafted by the Red Sox with the seventh pick of the first round in 2015. Benintendi turned 21 on July 6th.

Vicente Conde South Atlantic League POW 081015 to 081615

Vicente Conde of the Charleston RiverDogs was selected the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 15 for 25, .600/.633/1.400 with 8 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 11 R, 1 SB and 4 BB in 6 games. This season the shortstop is hitting .277/.360/.439 with 6 HR, 30 RBI, 41 R, 8 SB in 74 games at Charleston, .080/.207/.140 with 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB in 17 games at Class A Advanced Tampa, .136/.208/.136 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB in 6 games at Double A Trenton and .167/.167/.167 with 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB in 2 games at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Charleston is the Class A team of the New York Yankees. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round in 2014. Conde will be 22 on October 13.

Bobby Bradley Midwest League POW 081015 to 081615

Bobby Bradley of the Lake County Captains was selected the Midwest League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 7 for 22, .318/.400/1.045 with 1 2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB and 3 BB in 6 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .267/.351/.536 with 26 HR, 84 RBI, 58 R, 2 SB in 95 games. He also won the award for the weeks of June 8 and July 27Lake County is the Class A team of the Cleveland Indians. He was originally drafted by the Indians in the third round in 2014. Bradley turned 19 on May 29.

Jorge Mateo Florida State League POW 081015 to 081615

Jorge Mateo of the Tampa Yankees was selected the Florida State League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 23, .435/.458/.652 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 3 SB and 1 BB in 5 games. This season the shortstop is hitting .333/.371/.500 with 0 HR, 6 RBI, 11 R, 7 SB om 16 games at Tampa and .268/.338/.378 with 2 HR, 33 RBI, 51 R, 71 SB in 96 games at Class A Charleston. Tampa is the Class A Advanced team of the New York Yankees. He originally signed with the Yankees in 2010 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Mateo turned 20 on June 23.

Ryan O'Hearn Carolina League POW 081015 to 081615

Ryan O'Hearn of the Wilmington Blue Rocks was selected the Carolina League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 9 for 24, .375/.464/.917 with 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB and 4 BB in 6 games. This season the first baseman is hitting .270/.347/.493 with 25 HR, 74 RBI, 53 R, 7 SB in 111 games. Wilmington is the Class A Advanced team of the Kansas City Royals. He was originally drafted by the Royals in the eighth round in 2014. O'Hearn turned 22 on July 26.

Tripp Martin California League POW 081015 to 081615

Tripp Martin of the High Desert Mavericks was selected the California League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 9 for 24, .375/.423/1.000 with 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 12 RBI, 10 R, 0 SB and 2 BB in 7 games. This season the third baseman is hitting .239/.297/.528 with 13 HR, 38 RBI, 42 R, 0 SB in 47 games at High Desert and .233/.308/.455 with 8 HR, 18 RBI, 31 R, 3 SB in 50 games at Class A Hickory. High Desert is the Class A Advanced team of the Texas Rangers. He was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 22nd round in 2014. Martin turned 23 on April 2nd. 

Aledmys Diaz Texas League POW 081015 to 081615

Aledmys Diaz of the Springfield Cardinals was selected the Texas League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 23, .435/.480/.652 with 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB and 2 BB in 5 games. This season the shortstop is hitting .265/.322/.424 with 10 HR, 46 RBI, 47 R, 6 SB in 101 games. Springfield is the Double A team of the St Louis Cardinals. He originally signed with the Cardinals in 2014 as a free agent out of Cuba. Diaz turned 25 on August 1st.

Jesse Winker Southern League POW 081015 to 081615

Jesse Winker of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos was selected the Southern League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 10 for 26, .385/.448/1.000 with 1 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB and 3 BB in 7 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .272/.371/.428 with 13 HR, 46 RBI, 56 R, 8 SB in 108 games. Pensacola is the Double A team of the Cincinnati Reds. He was originally drafted by the Reds with the 49th pick of the first round in 2012. Winker turned 22 on August 17.

Bradley Zimmer Eastern League POW 081015 to 081615

Bradley Zimmer of the Akron RubberDucks was selected the Eastern League Player of the Week for the span of August 10, 2015 through August 16, 2015. For the week he hit 8 for 20, .400/.500/.850 with 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB and 5 BB in 6 games. This season the outfielder is hitting .276/.379/.504 with 6 HR, 23 RBI, 22 R, 7 SB in 33 games at Akron and .308/.403/.493 with 10 HR, 39 RBI, 60 R, 32 SB in 78 games at Class A Advanced Lynchburg. Akron is the Double A team of the Cleveland Indians. He was originally drafted by the Indians with the 21st pick of the first round in 2014. Zimmer turned 22 on November 27.