Daily Notes: A Maybe Useful Preview of Today’s Futures Game

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. A Maybe Useful Preview of Today’s Futures Game
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

A Maybe Useful Preview of Today’s Futures Game
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is to alert the reader to how the Futures Game — which features (more or less) the best prospects from the United States playing against (more or less) the best prospects born abroad — is scheduled for today (Sunday) at 2pm ET.

Nerd-Type Stats for Every Prospect
The author, for the better enjoyment of the readership, has utilized the custom-leaderboard utility at the present site to craft a full leaderboard featuring every player on either Futures Game roster. Click this hyperlinked text to view the batting statistics (sorted by weighted runs above average), and this other hyperlinked text for all relevant pitching stats (sorted by FIP).

Leaderboard: Top Futures Game Hitters
Here are the top-10 hitters, by weighted runs above average, likely to appear in today’s Futures Game.

Name Team Age PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ wRAA
George Springer Astros 23 392 .315 .418 .624 .450 186 40.1
Garin Cecchini Red Sox 22 348 .353 .468 .535 .456 180 34.3
Byron Buxton Twins 19 386 .333 .418 .533 .429 165 30.5
Miguel Sano Twins 20 348 .293 .388 .609 .436 174 29.3
Maikel Franco Phillies 20 368 .321 .359 .598 .422 165 27.5
Ji-Man Choi Mariners 22 326 .301 .396 .570 .419 159 24.5
Joc Pederson Dodgers 21 353 .296 .386 .516 .407 161 23.5
Henry Urrutia Orioles 26 288 .365 .427 .531 .429 165 22.5
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 20 378 .294 .390 .489 .396 143 19.5
Carlos Correa Astros 18 324 .324 .421 .455 .404 148 19.1

Leaderboard: Top Futures Game Pitchers
Here are the top-10 pitchers, by Fielding Independent Pitching, likely to appear in today’s Futures Game.

Name Team Age G GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP ERA FIP
Rafael Montero Mets 22 18 18 99.2 9.12 1.81 0.36 .312 3.07 2.30
Jose De Paula Yankees 22 16 15 79.0 12.30 3.19 0.57 .316 3.65 2.54
Noah Syndergaard Mets 20 16 16 83.2 9.68 2.15 0.54 .335 2.69 2.58
Kyle Crick Giants 20 7 7 29.2 13.35 5.76 0.30 .328 1.21 2.59
C.C. Lee Indians 26 16 0 16.1 13.78 4.41 0.55 .200 2.76 2.59
Archie Bradley D-backs 20 18 18 104.2 9.89 3.78 0.34 .298 2.15 2.90
Yordano Ventura Royals 22 18 17 92.1 10.72 3.61 0.49 .300 3.41 2.92
Taijuan Walker Mariners 20 17 17 100.0 10.08 3.15 0.63 .255 2.16 3.10
Anthony Ranaudo Red Sox 23 16 16 91.0 9.30 3.16 0.59 .251 2.67 3.15
Miguel Almonte Royals 20 17 17 87.2 8.93 2.98 0.51 .318 3.70 3.15

Further, Probably Better, Reading
Recently, in these pages, actual prospect analyst Marc Hulet wrote posts both on the hitting and also the pitching prospects likely to appear in the Futures Games.

Broadcast Information
Provided MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo isn’t lying, the Futures Game will be available both on MLB.com and ESPN2.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Los Angeles AL at Seattle | 16:10 ET
Joe Blanton (108.1 IP, 91 xFIP-, 0.3 WAR) faces Hisashi Iwakuma (124.1 IP, 82 xFIP-, 2.0 WAR). Of note regarding Seattle and that club’s above-average Team NERD score: the Mariners presently have recorded the third-highest home-run total (114) in the majors and highest park-adjusted home-run rate in the league (albeit, using park factors which won’t yet reflect their home stadium’s offseason redesign). The club’s top home-run hitters are as follows: Raul Ibanez (24), Kyle Seager (15), Kendrys Morales (14). Young second-baseman Nick Franklin, promoted in late May, has hit six in 165 plate appearances.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Seattle Radio, Perhaps.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.5.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.


Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
James Shields KC 6 6 5 7 4 CLE Ubaldo Jimenez 13:05
Kyle Gibson* MIN 8 3 6 3 7 NYA CC Sabathia 13:05
Martin Perez TEX 8 3 7 7 7 DET Justin Verlander 13:08
Taylor Jordan* WAS 7 2 5 2 6 MIA Hen. Alvarez* 13:10
Jose Quintana CHA 5 2 5 1 8 PHI Cole Hamels 13:35
Tony Cingrani CIN 8 3 7 7 8 ATL Julio Teheran 13:35
Dillon Gee NYN 5 6 7 6 9 PIT Gerrit Cole 13:35
Josh Johnson TOR 7 6 6 8 3 BAL Scott Feldman 13:35
Erik Bedard HOU 0 2 3 10 4 TB Chris Archer 13:40
Bran. Workman* BOS 9 8 7 6 5 OAK Bartolo Colon 16:05
Joe Blanton LAA 7 6 7 6 7 SEA Hisashi Iwakuma 16:10
Jhoulys Chacin COL 4 8 5 2 6 LAN Ricky Nolasco 16:10
Wily Peralta MIL 5 4 4 2 3 AZ Ian Kennedy 16:10
Barry Zito SF 1 6 3 6 4 SD Eric Stults 16:10
Ad. Wainwright STL 9 4 6 4 4 CHN Travis Wood 20:05

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.




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  1. AC of DC says:

    Frankly, I try to make sure every one of my prospects was born a broad.

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