APBA Developments and the
By Commissioner Jim Reid
The release of APBA 5.75 came this summer to update the BBW 5.5 that will not work
on today's operating systems. The re-work seems to have been largely successful in two senses... it does allow people to continue
playing APBA baseball, and it has rekindled hope for the future.
In the CBL the release was anticipated with some apprehension,
but that dissipated quickly when Statman Mike tested out the files produced by 5.75 and reported that the .BXS files produced
in the new version of the game can be converted into the DOS Statmaster program Mike uses (and will continue to use in order
to be able to add data manually as needed). Life can continue, and the league can even handle a mix of 5.5 and 5.75 users.
As a way of helping to support APBA, it would be preferable to have everyone purchase the new game... it is priced at a ridiculously
low $20, compared to $75 for the previous version. The next stage of development will be a 6.0 version that will actually
improve the game in a variety of possible ways. How and when that will occur is anyone's guess, but the APBA community is
clearly re-energized by the release of 5.75.
One of the upgrades included in 5.75 is a repair of the
functioning of ball park effects. The old game had these effects included but they worked in seriously flawed ways rather
than in the way they were intended. The programmers for the new edition fixed these effects so that they operate as intended.
Some managers in the CBL are very interested in having us consider adopting this option of park effects, so I am in the process
of looking into them to see if there is feasibility. If they can work, then we will have a proposal brought forward by one
or more managers to change the constitution in order to allow for the use of them. It is certainly appealing to consider building
a team to compete in the setting you select, just like the Red Sox look for hitters whose swings suit Fenway, and the Mariners
and Padres look for speed and defense.
The name "park effects" is a bit of a misnomer, since
they really are "home run effects". They do not apply to any other aspect except turning some fly balls into home runs, and
vice versa. For those of you who understand the numbers on APBA cards, the effects impact the play numbers 31, 32 and 33 (fly
balls to the three outfield positions). They also can apply only to someone with a first-column 1 on his card (someone who
hits a homer at least once every 36 plate appearances). Other conditions apply as well to determine whether a change is eligible
to happen. If all the conditions are met, then the computer rolls the dice to decide whether a change will be made on that
particular turn. The parks are rated between -36 and +36 based on their home run tendencies, and if a park is +7, for example,
the computer has a 7 in 36 chance to roll a number that turns the fly ball into a homer. Part of the park effects is also
wind... parks are given a wind factor (in or out) at the start of a game, and then changes in strength between 0 (no wind)
and 4 (extremely strong wind) from batter to batter during the game and can add or subtract up to 4 points to the calculation.
So far I have found that there may be a problem trying
to use park effects in the CBL because I was told by someone familiar with the functioning of these effects (on the APBA listserv)
that each park has a file (fe-xxxx.ini) that covers a specific set of years for that stadium's ratings. When you select the
park effects, the game looks to match the stadium to the schedule you are playing through the League Manager utility, so that
the stadium rating and the schedule have matching seasons. If they do not match, the park effects simply do not function.
In the CBL we do not use a schedule through League Manager. I think that means we cannot get the park effects to work, but
I am not yet certain of that.
Another issue we would need to consider is that if we
are going to use real stadium ratings, we will have to have those stadiums. While many are available on the internet, I do
not know how many, and how current. To play a season using 2012 park ratings, someone has to make sure we have those ratings
built into the parks.
We all have a general understanding that some parks (e.g.
Coors Field in Denver; the Ball Park at Arlington) are considered "hitters' parks" while others (like Petco Park in San Diego, and Safeco Field in Seattle) are pitchers' parks. But the park ratings that lead to those impressions
are complex and ever-changing. Parks are generally rated on five offensive factors: runs, homers, hits, doubles, triples and
walks. The factors compare the rate of stats at home vs the rate of stats on the road. The following link gives you a page
of comparisons of the park ratings in 2012: http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor
Since APBA's effects focus solely on homers, we should
look specifically at that factor. You can click on HR at the top of the second column and that will rank the parks from most
to least favorable to the hitter. It is interesting in two respects... first, you will see that Miller Park in Milwaukee was
the most favorable home run park in the majors in 2012... the Great American Ball Park in Cinci was #2. Coors came in at #3,
while Arlington was #7. On the other end, AT&T in San Fran was #30... the toughest place to hit dingers, and Safeco and
Petco were #29 and #28.
It is interesting to look at volatility. Go to the top
of the page where it says "Year" and change the 2012 to 2011... you will find that Miller Park was #11, and Safeco was a lofty
#13. These changes make one wonder about the reliability of the data.
I am continuing to look into this aspect of park effects
and once I have a sufficient understanding I will let the league know about my findings.
Finally, I want to comment on another recent announcement
by APBA... the imminent introduction of "online game features for APBA baseball". Details are very sketchy, but the announcement
mentions Trade Wizard, Commissioner Tools, Real Time Draft Application, League Standings and Stats, and a Ranking of Managers
across APBA leagues. It does not mention online play. The notice says these features are coming soon... Winter 2013... I assume
that means between January and March 2013. There may be some utility to some of these features for us.
The game company is obviously being
as aggressive as it can within budget constraints, and it is nice to see them striving to become relevant again after so many
years of treading water. How successful they will be is yet to be determined, but now the element of hope is once again present.
Playoff Results, CBL 2012
Provided by Jim Reid
Gnitecki Divisional Series A
Chicago Cubs 86-76 (Matthew Lassman) vs Tampa Bay Rays 107-55 (Dwight Dishaw)
1: Chicago 3 at Tampa
2: Chicago 2 at Tampa
3: Tampa 11 at Chicago
4: Tampa 9 at Chicago
Tampa Bay wins series 4 games to 0
Gnitecki Divisional Series B
Philadelphia Phillies 100-62 (Jim Hardy) vs Seattle Mariners 104-58 (David Speed)
1: Philadelphia 6
at Seattle 2
2: Philadelphia 3
at Seattle 2
3: Seattle 8 at
4: Seattle 1 at
5: Seattle 6 at
6: Philadelphia 10
at Seattle 2
Philadelphia wins series 4 games to 2 (road team wins every game)
Wesenberg Divisional Series A
Arizona Diamondbacks 92-70 (Barry Abrams) vs Toronto Blue Jays 115-47 (Ken Kuryliw)
1: Arizona 3 at Toronto
2: Arizona 2 at Toronto
3: Toronto 7 at
4: Toronto 1 at Arizona
2 (12 innings)
5: Toronto 8 at
Toronto wins series 4 games to 1
Wesenberg Divisional Series B
Boston Red Sox 99-63 (Eddie Hand) vs Anaheim Angels 112-50 (Barry Hand)
1: Boston 2 at Anaheim
2: Boston 4 at Anaheim
5 (11 innings)
3: Anaheim 1 at Boston
4: Anaheim 4 at
Boston 2 (11 innings)
5: Anaheim 1 at Boston
6: Boston 5 at Anaheim
7: Boston 3 at Anaheim
Anaheim wins series 4 games to 3
Gnitecki Championship Series
Philadelphia Phillies 100-62 (Jim Hardy) vs Tampa Bay Rays 107-55 (Dwight Dishaw)
1: Philadelphia 6
at Tampa 1
2: Philadelphia 11
at Tampa 5
3: Tampa 1 at Philadelphia
4: Tampa 1 at Philadelphia
Philadelphia wins series 4 games to 0
Wesenberg Championship Series
Anaheim Angels 112-50 (Barry Hand) vs Toronto Blue Jays 115-47 (Ken Kuryliw)
1: Anaheim 2 at Toronto 3
2: Anaheim 5 at Toronto 3
3: Toronto 5 at Anaheim 7
4: Toronto 5 at Anaheim 0
5: Toronto 13 at Anaheim 2
6: Anaheim 12 at Toronto 3
7: Anaheim 1 at Toronto 6
Toronto wins series 4 games to 3
Round 3 - Canada Series
Philadelphia Phillies 100-62 (Jim Hardy) vs Toronto Blue Jays 115-47 (Ken Kuryliw)
1: Toronto 8 at Philadelphia 3
2: Toronto 11 at Philadelphia 10
3: Philadelphia 9 at Toronto 5
4: Philadelphia 3 at Toronto 1
Remainder of the series pending...
2012 -- Yanks and Nats --
Heredity vs. Environment
By Steve Klatsky
This year for the first time since I started following baseball -- and my earliest
vivid memory is 1956, I've been a Yankee fan -- growing up in The Bronx and with a mother and father who were Yankee fans
-- there was never a doubt.
Those 50+ years had several differing eras:
* Through the great years of 1956-1964:
beginning with Mantle's Triple Crown and ending with the phenomenal pennant race in 1964
* The lean year drought of
1965-1975 (including last place in 1966)
* The 1976-1981 three pennants in a row and a disappointing loss in the 1981
World Series (no forgiving you George Frazier and your 3 losses).
The King George Years of 1982-1995 and the awful trades: Willie McGee traded for Bob Sykes; Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps and
Crimedog McGriff Tom Dodd/Dale Murray.
* The Core Four Years of 1996-2001 4 World Champs and a Luis Gonzalez broken bat hit
away from 4 straight.
* The making the playoffs every season but winning it all only in 2009.
Often I had to say "If I did not love the Yanks I would hate them" as they stood for
so much that generally in life I dislike.
And then the Nats came to town. No problem --a different league. No conflict. Right?
Well from June 15-17, 2006 the Yanks came to DC for the first time. I wore a Cooperstown T Shirt --neutral. Outside RFK a
vendor sold a NY-Nats T Shirt with the series dates. A great solution.
The Nats took 2 of 3 --even beat Mo Rivera one game. I rooted for the Yanks but not
out loud --and got somewhat caught up with the Nats crowd --though there were far more rooting for the Yanks.
And, then there was 2012. My grandson Aaron (named after Aaron Boone for you know
what pennant clinching HR -- and against whom) and I attended the Yanks -Nationals series at Nats Town. He is now
8 -- old enough to ask, "Pop Pop, when the Yanks and Nats play who will you root for?"
Well, it is hard not to love these Nats --a young team
that tries hard, managed by Davey Johnson -- using Earl of Baltimore Weaver fundamentals (Earl --my favorite manager to watch
manage a game).
Over a Father's Day weekend the Yanks played better, almost mistake-free as the Nats
made a bunch of miscues and errors. The Yanks swept 3 -- scoring 16, yielding 6.
Again, I found myself caught up with the young Nats but that 50 year history is a
strong, deep bond.
I reverted back to my youth and wore a Mickey Mantle No 7 T-Shirt. Aaron had his Nats
We both could smile.
Duct Tape Red Sox
By Eddie Hand
The last two years I have had to deal with rebuilding my rotation from borderline scraps,
restocking my offense and going into the draft absolutely needing to perform. And somehow, I've managed to duct-tape my team
into the playoffs the last 2 years with fixes ranging from Johnny Damon to Bill Hall.
This year looks no different.
In a few places, I'm stronger. AJ Pierzynski decided to have a career year at age 35 and
his 27 homers will look great next to my big offseason pick up, Cory Hart who I unloaded my top reliever (Junichi Tazawa)
and a couple other nice things to get early in the offseason. Will Middlebrooks is a great addition too, though his at bats
are limited. Ben Revere and Rajai Davis, while similar, spell a huge defensive upgrade and are probably an improvement over
Greg Dobbs and Vlad Guererro. Marco Scutaro, who was supposed to be a 1 year fix ended up having an awesome year and takes
the reigns at shortstop. I am considering using him as the number 3 hitter.
My bullpen is also pretty solid. Matt Albers paid off using my last roster spot on and
Casey Janssen, Johnathon Papelbon and Ernesto Frieri are as consistently good as ever.
My rotation. Jake Peavy finally went a season without getting hurt and trades for Jake
Westbrook and Joe Saunders give me viable number 3 and 4 starters. I'm gambling on getting a high C-low B level starter in
the draft. If not, I'll have to find someone in the market which will not be good. My other starters are Justin Masterson,
Ervin Santana and John Lester all of whom were very disappointing and at multiple times made me throw things at the TV. Lester
might be a passable number 5 guy.
After that I run into some trouble. Chase Utley, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury were
all frequently hurt and didn't do very much when they were healthy. Mark Texteria did not live up to his usual success and
even got hurt which marks the first time I will actually have to watch his at bat. As previously mentioned, a lot of my starting
pitchers were tremendously disappointing.
While a good draft is going to be important, I'm pretty excited for the challenge.
Predicted Batting Order
Predicted Rotation + Bullpen
1.Ben Revere- CF
1. Jake Peavy
2.Rajai Davis- LF
2. Joe Saunders
3.Marco Scutaro- SS
3. Jake Westbrook
4. John Lester
5.AJ Pierzynski- C
5. Justin Masterson
6.Mark Texteria- 1B
7.Will Middlebrooks- DH Closer-
8.Kevin Youkilis- 3B
Set Up- Johnathon Papelbon, Ernesto Frieri
9.Chase Utley- 2B
The Rest- Matt Albers, Matt Thornton, Chris Resop
Miami Marlins Musings
By Mike Lassman
The Miami Marlins’ season
was an abject failure as the Marlins stumbled to one of their worst seasons in their history as they went 65-97. In particular, Miami’s offense did not have any potency, and the pitchers were inconsistent.
There were some highlights from the Marlins’
position players, although, not many. Miguel Cabrera won the Gnitecki batting
title with a sterling .346 mark. And, Miguel also led the Association with a
.436 on-base percentage. Cabrera also led the Association with a spectacular
60 doubles. Surprisingly, Cabrera only had 16 homers and the Marlins’ lackluster
offense caused Cabrera to only record 75 RBIs.
The other offensive highlights
for the Marlins were Dan Uggla with 31 homers and 94 homers, although, he only batted .246.
Mike Stanton jacked 27 homers with 76 RBIs, but batted .220. There were
not many other offensive highlights, just lowlights. The team batting average
ended the season with a .239 clip.
On the mound, Cliff Lee struggled
with run support. Lee finished with a 13-10 mark and a 3.13 ERA. Other starters for the Marlins included Chad Billingsley, 5-16, Rick Porcello, 6-17, and, Gavin Floyd 6-14. The Marlins did trade Josh Beckett to the Philadelphia Phillies in a deal that included
Max Scherzer. Max had a nice 9-5 record for Miami as he found a new home.
The Marlins head into the 2013
draft with the 3rd draft pick overall. The Marlins are set in the
infield with Cabrera at 3b and Uggla at 2b. But, Miami is due to bring back a
weak hitting James Loney at 1b and a combination of characters playing shortstop including Sean Rodriguez and Everth Cabrera. The Marlins don’t have a solid catcher, but there outfield appears competent
with Dayan Viciedo, Carlos Beltran, and Mike Stanton.
Miami’s starting staff will
be decent with Josh Johnson, Adam Wainwright, Max Scherzer, Cliff Lee, and Chad Billingsley.
The best pitcher out of the pen is Pedro Strop.
For the first time in a while,
Miami will really have to find some talent in the draft in order to have some chance of improving last season’s record.
By Barry Hand
Janus, the Roman God of Gates is seen looking backward
to the past and forward into the future.
Regular season 112-50 Lost to Toronto(117-45) in 7 games in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
Defeated Boston (99-63) in 7 games in the first round.
Highlights- 18 game winning streak at the start of segment 2
Over the hill Michel Young ties? For Wesenberg batting title with a 332 average
Cargo leads the team in homers and ribbies for the 2nd straight year
Catchers Ramon Hernandez and Russell Martin combine for 32 hr and 106 ribbies
2 straight years of catching stability-a
new franchise record
Mark Trumbo Rookie of the year? 281/24/86
Or is it Hosmer..301/21/82
Tim Hudson goes 21-7 with a 2.40
Betancourt saves 50 with a 1.28 era, reinforcing my belief that you don’t
need anything more than a 13*XZ to be your closer
The back end of the rotation, Nolasco(4Z) and Jimenez (5x) go a combined 22-8
with an era around 3.00 as starters.
Michael Trout makes debut and hits 211 with 2 homers
And most important of all…for the first time in my franchise ownership,
we did not into the grey zone for player use!!!
Overview- The team will be worst then last year overall. Some players, Trout,
McCutchen and Reddick took big steps forward, but others, namely Young, Hosmer and Martin had large falloffs. In addition,
pitching will be much worst with a rash of arm injuries putting both presumed starters, Luebke and Stauffer, as well as prospects
out of action for most of the season. In the bullpen, only Kimbrel and Breslow got better. But others were at such a high
level that they should still be useful.
My prediction-100 wins and the division title in a closer race
The farm system- Two new rookies were produced- Jean Segura(SS) and Garrett Richards(SP).
Segura, traded to Milwaukee where he was their starting shortstop, was protected before the trade. Michael Young will be the
starting SS for most of year while Segura transitions to a full season (hopefully).
Richards was spotty in his rookie season, but has good stuff, and the way the
Angels have been behaving, seems to have the #4 spot in the rotation his to lose.
Both will be protected.
Further down on the farm, in high A ball are three prospects worth protecting…Caleb
Cowart, a 20 y/o 3rd baseman with good power and a discerning batting eye, C.J. Cron…a behemoth 22 year old
first baseman who hammered 27 homers while hitting 297, and 20 y/o Outfielder Randal Grichuk. Grichuk was the Angel’s first
round pick drafted BEFORE Trout.
He seems to have turned the corner this year hitting 297 with 18 homers and 16 stolen bases.
Barring a trade all three will be protected in May.
Here’s what the 2013 Angels will look like-
C-Russell Martin, 1B-Eric Hosmer,2B-Howie Kendrick, SS-Michael Young ,3B-Mike
Trumbo ,OF-Michael Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez DH/4th OF- Andre Ethier/Josh Reddick
Starting rotation- Jared Weaver, Tim Hudson, ?,?,?
Trading strategy- very little trading until after the draft. In the past I think
I’ve overtraded and over reacted to perceived shortcomings. As a result I got the short end of the stick. I’ll
try another tack.
Upcoming draft- #8 pick overall, 2 x 2nd rounders (mine and Oakland’s),
and one each in every round except 2 in the all-important 7th round. This should be enough to try to fill any holes
(except starting pitching) and then some.
Farm Finally Producing
By Jack Brown
Once again the Yankees should be on the outside looking in as they continue to rebuild, something that they have been
doing, it appears, year-in and year-out. However, it appears that their farm
system is beginning to provide some very promising youngsters with many more on the near horizon. One of these youngsters is Manny Machado who arrived from the Baltimore organization in the trade involving
Victor Martinez. Machado looked to be 2 or 3 years away at the time but the general
feeling is he could help as early as this year as an opening has come up at 3rd base even though he is considered
the shortstop of the future. That spot will have to wait as Jhonny Peralta has
a foothold there after having a tremendous season in 2012.
Jesus Montero is another good talent and he
is expected to man the DH spot for years to come and provide backup at the catching position.
Although much is expected from Montero the team does not want to put any pressure on him so they are telling their
fans not to expect too much. Also coming up this season is starting pitcher Zack
MacAlister and he is expected to join Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Daniel Hudson, who came over from St. Louis, and J. Chacin
in the rotation. Chacin has experienced arm trouble after coming over from Baltimore
and his status is up in the air. Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton are both coming
off a difficult season and are a mystery but owner Jack Brown does not appear ready to give up on them just yet.
With some good arms in the rotation the Yankees will hope to get some good results from
their bullpen. In the pen are the likes of Andrew Bailey, Mitchell Boggs, Huston
Street, and Jason Motte. Closer Brian Wilson is out for much of the season as
he tries to recover from Tommy John surgery and may not be protected in the draft.
The offense is expected to get a boost from Jarrod Saltalamacchia who had a fair season
in 2012 but more is expected from his bat. Adam Lind may be brought back at 1st
but Brown has informed him that nothing is certain, as he appears to have lost some bat speed.
Jamie Carroll is expected to win the job over Ryan Theriot at 2nd but he is getting up there in age. In the outfield Austin Jackson should rebound, as should Alex Rios. Jackson is a much better hitter than he showed last year and the same is true for Rios so expect a jump
in average and power from both. The off-injured Nolan Reimold and the perplexing
Jose Tabata should help but there are no guarantees.
The jury is still out on whether Eduardo Nunez, the super sub, and Joba Chamberlain will
be with the team when it breaks camp.
In conclusion, it will be another difficult season for the Yankees but the farm is beginning
to produce and the team feels its time is not that far off.
Louis Status Quo
Things in St Louis are quiet and Status
Quo for the team. Doubtful much will happen if anything even when the Free Agent list comes out. We tried to peddle
Melky Cabrera but only were offered a load of trash so it looks like he will play out the season here. He still will
hurt a lot of opposing pitchers even though his reputation is ruined but that's ok---Who cares? Our core team looks
pretty decent and all of last year's starters less one will retain his position again this year. The promoted guys worked
out perfect as all 5 of those were the guys we wanted up here. All 5 will be an integral part of the team and expect
to see extended playing time. With the starting pitching improved somewhat we don't anticipate that late season nose-dive
like last year after a decent first half. It is good to see the league with so many new faces coming on with the minor
league promotions. Also the addition of the new GM's and Mgr's in the league is really turning out great. A good
season to all and a great season to us.
On a semiannual basis, I like to throw together a Top Ten Draftables list, the last
time counterpointed by an equally valid list composed by David Speed. While I am not sure David is issuing any such
list this year, here is a quick look ahead to February and to the list Da Commish will be frantically assigning his Draft
Minions to write on the famous cardboard Draft List decorating the Reid household that day. It looks to be shortstops,
catchers and starting pitching dominating the early selections.
#1). Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
full time at bats and promising stats: 33-4-15 power in 600 PA. Cozart may be strongly challenged for this spot
#2). Willin Rosario, C, COL
You will see a number of good catchers available this
year. Willin shines being 426 PA, and by thumping 28 HR into the light air at Coors Field. He does come with some
concerns about his fielding, and as I write this before the disk is out, a possible Fielding 3 may make him a CBL DH candidate.
Lucas Harrel, SP, HOU
It is a deep field of starters and relievers this year, without adding unprotected
arms to the Draft List. Lucas is mature at 27, having pitched in the White Sox organization prior to Houston.
Next year he has to face all the AL West bats and no pitchers coming to bat but he looks like he will handle the job for the
doormat dwelling Astros.
#4). Yasmani Grandal, C, SDP
Another good looking young catcher
with a very nice pedigree. .297/.394/.469 batting over 226 PA. He is back up THIS year but next year, look out.
#5). Josh Rutledge, SS, COL
Who is this guy, really? Never heard of him
before this year but I am paying attention now. 20-5-8 pwr over 291 PA and 7-0 stealing will do that. Doesn't
draw walks and that hurts, but premium player at a premium position...
#6). Norichika Aoki, OF, MIL
There is plenty of buzz on chat about Aoki. He is a good looking leadoff or #2 hitter so far. Brewers like him
a bunch and gave him 588 PA this year. Good average, good pop and nice speed...if his defensive rating is OK he is a
#7). Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL
The premium defensive free agent
infielder in this year’s draft. Gifted with the glove, gifted with the bat but more line drive hitter than thumper
and not a speedster but already loved in Atlanta.
#8). Scott Diamond, SP, MIN
has kicked around a bit but finally found a place to pitch in Minnesota. The lefty doesn't strike out many but sure
doesn't give up the base on balls, either. He has a sparkling 1.61 BB/9IP going for him and a pretty good pick off move
to hold runners. Like the Canadian a lot...plus he has a great name for a ball player.
#9). Jordan Pacheco,
Jeez, a full time .310 hitter here? Plays in Coors, more doubles hitter than
Blake Street Bomber. David Speed has a theory about doubles turning into HR as a player matures, so may be good things
to come here yet.
#10). AJ Griffin, SP, OAK
It is a small sample to be sure
but he pitches in a decent pitchers park and held the opposition to a .236 BA. He will get graded a B starter for half
a season, hates the walk almost as much as Diamond but strikes out 7/9IP to go with it.
OTHER GUYS BY POSITION:
Devin Mesoraco, Martin Moldonado, Josh Donaldson.
1B). Travis Ishikawa, Brett Pill
Solano, Scott Moore, Joaquin Arias
SS). Luis Cruz, Pedro Ciriaco
3B). Kevin Frandsen, Alex
OF). Brandon Moss, Justin Maxwell, Quintin Berry, Colin Cowgill, Elian Herrera, Charlie Blackmon
Wei-yin Chen, Mike Fiers, Jose Quintana, Joe Kelly, Hishasi Iwakuma, Miguel Gonzalez, Andy Pettite, David Phelps
Ryan Cook, Kelvin Herrera, Nate Jones, Robbie Ross, Ronald Bellisario, Brad Lincoln, Hector Santiago
Gentleman and lady,
we have a Draft!
Mr. Speed’s Draft Preview
By David Speed
My annual review of free agents leading up to the 2013 draft.
Thin pickings I think – words that come to mind are veterans, sleepers,
filler, and journeymen. No real blue chip, clear number one pick although decent
quality (particularly middle rotation starters) to about #15 in the draft. Catching
and middle rotation starters are where the strength is.
So my list in some kind of order (my interest).
1. Willin Rosario – 23 year
old catcher. Hit 28 homers for Colorado. On
flip side had 21 passed balls! #4 Rockies prospect
in 2012. Has solid arm – maybe +2.
2. Yasmani Grandal – 24
year old catcher for Padres who was a key pickup in the Latos deal. Saw him play
in spring training – nice line drive type bat. Only 220 plate appearances. Was Reds #4 prospect in 2012. Good offensive
3. Zack Cozart – 27 year
old shortstop who hit 15 homers but only .246 BA, .687 OPS for the Reds. 600
plate appearances so a regular. #5 Baseball America prospect for Reds in 2012. Reputation
is above average defensive shortstop.
4. Adam Eaton - 24 year old centerfielder
who sounds like he will be opening day centerfielder for Dbacks in 2013. Hit
.381 at AAA so can hit for average, add to that 38 steals. So a burner who gets
on base. Only 100 plate appearances in majors so you will have to wait a year. Some think he is destined to be a 4th outfielder.
5. AJ Griffin – 24 year
old Oakland A’s starter.
Could throw a dart about 8 starters who all look similar to me – will have to get a little lucky that any of
these guys becomes more than no-hit Phillip Humber. Griffin had 15 starts, should be solid B with a Z (so control). Didn’t start season on anyone’s top lists so ….
6. Josh Rutledge – 23 year
old shortstop who benefited from Tulo injury to jump fro AA. He was #10 Rockies prospect. 226 plate appearance and hit solid .297
with 8 homers and 7 steals. If you believe you may take him higher – but
plan on him being a second baseman going forward.
7. Ryan Cook – 25 year old
XY, 20+ reliever for Oakland A’s. Came from Dbacks I presume in Parker deal. Best looking reliever
in the draft and someone always takes a reliever in the top 10.
8. Mike Fiers – 27 year
old starter. Story is he learned a cut fastball last year and turned his journeyman
career around. 22 starts, struck out more than 1 per inning. Plays for Brewers where he seems established in the rotation going into 2013 season.
9. Nori Aoki – there were
a number of solid performances from first year Asian players - Aoki was one and
will be valuable outfielder for someone. 30 years old. .289 with .787 OPS, 30 steals in 570 plate appearances. Solid
10. Wei Yin Chen – 27 year
old lefty had nice season for the Orioles. A bit homer prone but should improve
numbers in 2013. Guessing something like an 8Y.
11. Scott Diamond – 26 year
old lefty for Twins. Classic control freak lefty (although big guy is my recollection)
who will survive on location location location. 27 starts and probably something
like a 9Z.
12. Lucas Harrell – 27 year
old Astros starter. Got on waivers from White Sox, reputation was a swingman
type but actually made 32 starts, was 11-11 with 3.7 era for a bad Astros team. Another
middle of the rotation guy going forward.
13. Erasmo Ramirez – no
not that Erasmo and new and improved one. He is only 22 so might belong higher
on this list. Good control guy (was borderline protection for me last year). Likely get a B and future is as starter but only 59 innings for 2013 season. Patience needed as might be a year or two.
14. Joe Kelly – have watched
him pitch in playoffs. Nice stuff. 24
years old. Used as swingman by Cardinals in rookie season. Was top 15 prospect on Cards for 2012. 107 innings probably
grade 10 so nice early / middle reliever to pick up with good starter potential upside.
15. Andrelton Simmons –
23 year old shortstop for the Braves. #4 Braves prospect in 2012. All glove no bat reputation although hit .289 with .750 OPS in a 180 plate appearances. Has a ++ defensive reputation. Mongo – what do you think?
16. Devin Mesoraco – 24
year old catcher for the Reds. Has decent power bat could emerge into solid starting
catcher. Course Dusty doesn’t much like young guys, much less young catchers. Has good strong arm reputation. Even
takes some walks. Was the #24 overall prospect in Baseball Prospectus 2012 which
puts him ahead of Grandal and Rosario (and even Rendon Andrew) so don’t be surprised if he is gone by pick #10. Hit only .212 with 5 homers in 185 plate appearances.
17. Jose Quintana – 23 year
old starter for the Whitesox. Think they got him Rule 5 from the Yankees. Good control. Useful for 2013 –
looks like an 8Z with 22 starts.
18. Moises Sierra – 24 year
old toolsy outfielder for the Blue Jays. Looks like this year’s version
of Eric Thames. Good emerging power and could corner outfield arm. Imagine guy named Bautista will be playing right for Jays in 2013 though.
19. Josh Donaldson 3b / Brandon
Moss of – I loved Moneyball. Favourite baseball movie since Field of Dreams. A’s are still at it.
20. So the Mariners pick # 20
in the draft. I don’t want any of these guys … the guy I want is
Jordan Pacheco. Hit .310 with .762 OPS in 505 plate appearances. Okay he is 26 and has no defensive position and hits mostly singles but Edgar was mostly a career Dh and
didn’t get a regular job from Lou til he was 27. Jordan Pacheco –
if you say it really fast sort of sounds like Edgar Martinez.
That’s a wrap – 20 for the 2013 draft. I am sure Mongo will be publishing his list – and he always does a great job at finding some diamonds
that I missed – hmmm anyone seen Xavier Avery play, and how can you overlook the Marlin’s Gorkys?