Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Actual Transaction News: Yesterday’s Three Promotions
Three notable players were promoted to the majors yesterday: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Dodgers outfielder Alex Castellanos, and Cardinals right-hander Maikel Cleto.
For More Information on Cleto
For more information on Cleto, regard these three bullet points.
• Has a fastball that sits — in relief, at least — at around 98 mph.
• Control was an issue (13.8% BB in 71.1 IP) following promotion to Triple-A last season, but less so in lower minors (ca. 8% BB in 63.1 IP) before that.
• Has pitched very well at Triple-A Memphis this season. Line: 26.0 IP, 11.77 K/9, 3.12 BB/9, 0.69 HR/9, 2.85 FIP.
Cleto will pitch in relief for the Cardinals.
Featured Game: New York Americans at Detroit, 19:05 ET
The Notable Thing That’s Happening
The notable thing that’s happening in this game is that 23-year-old left-handed pitching prospect Casey Crosby is making his major-league debut for Detroit.
Regarding Who Is Casey Crosby
Crosby is a pitcher who was ranked fourth overall among Detroit prospects by our Marc Hulet before for the season. And third by John Sickels. And fourth by Baseball America, in their preseason Prospect Handbook.
Notes on Crosby, Courtesy Marc Hulet
“Crosby has three promising pitches in a 90-95 mph fastball, curveball, and changeup but he needs to improve his command of all three. His control has also suffered from his aggressive timetable and missed development.”
Notes on Crosby, Courtesy John Sickels
“High ceiling, could develop into a number two starter if he can resolve control/command problems. Needs a good dose of Triple-A.”
Notes on Crosby, Courtesy Baseball America
“Crosby throws two- and four-seam fastballs, working at 92-94 mph with the ability to hit 96. His size helps him get good downhill plane, which leads to swings and misses and ground outs. His curveball flashes plus potential with sharp bite and depth, though at times it can get slurvy. He throws his changeup with good arm speed and sink. Crosby still needs to make significant strides with throwing strikes.”
Regarding What I Added to Hulet’s Notes Above
An Oxford comma, is what, between the words curveball and and — because, all things being equal, I endeavor to use punctuation named after important world universities.
Like What Else
Like the noted Bologna ellipsis and equally noted Sorbonne guillemets.
Like What Not Else
Like not the Mercer County dash.
Here are Crosby’s numbers at Triple-A this season (through nine starts, it would seem): 50.2 IP, 10.13 K/9, 4.62 BB/9, 0.71 HR/9, 3.52 FIP.
Other Notable Games
Atlanta at Washington | 19:05 ET
Stephen Strasburg — scientifically proven by science to be baseball’s most interesting pitcher — starts for Washington. Some of Strasburg’s numbers so far this season: 58.0 IP, 29.9% K, 7.3% BB, 45.4% GB, 2.61 SIERA, 72 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR. Some other of his numbers, too: 96.0 mph average four-seam fastball, 11.2% swinging-strike rate, 23 years old.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Washington Radio.
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 5.1.
Note: the following Game Scores include the poorly conceived playoff-odds adjustment discussed in a recent edition of Daily Notes. Also note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Mike Minor||ATL||5||7||8||5||10||WAS||St. Strasburg||19:05|
|Mark Buehrle||MIA||3||4||5||4||3||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||19:05|
|Carl Pavano||MIN||4||2||2||4||1||CLE||Derek Lowe||19:05|
|CC Sabathia||NYA||8||5||9||4||10||DET||Casey Crosby*||19:05|
|Clay Buchholz||BOS||2||4||5||6||4||TOR||Hend. Alvarez||19:07|
|Wei-Yin Chen||BAL||3||5||7||5||8||TB||David Price||19:10|
|Adam Wainwright||STL||7||10||7||1||7||NYN||Johan Santana||19:10|
|Mike Leake||CIN||6||3||5||5||6||HOU||J.A. Happ||20:05|
|Bartolo Colon||OAK||4||2||4||6||7||KC||Felipe Paulino||20:10|
|Kevin Correia||PIT||0||1||0||6||0||MIL||Randy Wolf||20:10|
|Felix Hernandez||SEA||7||6||6||6||6||CHA||Jake Peavy||20:10|
|Chris Capuano||LAN||6||5||6||8||7||COL||Josh Outman*||20:40|
|Wade Miley||AZ||3||4||4||5||4||SD||Clayton Richard||22:05|
|Colby Lewis||TEX||5||10||5||3||4||LAA||Jerome Williams||22:05|
|Paul Maholm||CHN||2||4||4||5||7||SF||Mad. Bumgarner||22:15|