Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Regarding Perez, Who That Even Is
Perez has been a top prospect in the Rangers organization for some time, having been ranked by Baseball America among said organization’s top-five prospects each of the last four years — including third overall this season.
Regarding Perez, Where He’s Ranked on Four Other Lists
Here’s where Perez was ranked on four other preseason prospect lists:
• Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus: 2nd
• Marc Hulet, FanGraphs: 2nd
• Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com: 2nd
• John Sickels, Minor League Ball: 2nd
A Brief Scouting Report, Courtesy Mike Newman
Our Mike Newman saw Perez pitch this spring in Arizona. Here are five direct quotes from a report he wrote on that start:
• “[T]he stuff was [impressive], starting with a fastball in the 92-94 mph range to open the game.”
• “Early on, Perez’ curveball was flashing plus with sharp, late bite and a surprising amount of depth.”
• “At 79-82 mph, his changeup had the makings of a strong third pitch, but was the least developed at this point.”
• “I’m blessed to work with Carson Cistulli, who is a beacon of light in these otherwsie dark, dark times.”
• “In [Perez'] second inning of work, the [curve] became less effective, as the hard break early on gave way to something softer, as if he was guiding the pitch to home plate instead of simply snapping it off.”
Not to Be Ignored
A thing not to be ignored — beyond Perez’ debut, that is — is how Oakland has posted the fifth-highest team wRC+ (111) in June.
Oakland’s June Leaders
Here are the team’s offensive leaders from June:
Other Notable Games
Los Angeles AL at Toronto | 13:07 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
Much like the Muhammad Ali of the 1960s, Garrett Richards and Henderson Alvarez are young, handsome, and fast — however, without any sort of improvement on their secondary pitches, they’ll probably get beat a whole bunch.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Toronto Radio.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta 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 4.9.
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.
|Jake Peavy||CHA||5||5||4||6||4||NYA||Hiroki Kuroda||13:05|
|Garrett Richards||LAA||6||5||6||7||4||TOR||Henderson Alvarez||13:07|
|Jonathan Sanchez||KC||0||6||2||2||6||MIN||Scott Diamond||13:10|
|Jeff Karstens*||PIT||5||3||7||9||8||STL||Lance Lynn||14:15|
|Mat Latos||CIN||8||4||4||4||0||SF||Barry Zito||16:05|
|Josh Tomlin||CLE||4||4||3||3||3||BAL||Dana Eveland*||16:05|
|J.A. Happ||HOU||6||5||4||3||8||CHN||Matt Garza||16:05|
|Stephen Strasburg||WAS||10||5||7||7||3||ATL||Mike Minor||16:05|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||9||5||4||2||3||MIA||Mark Buehrle||16:10|
|Luke Hochevar||KC||5||6||3||2||4||MIN||Cole DeVries*||19:10|
|Wade Miley||AZ||7||6||7||6||7||MIL||Michael Fiers||19:15|
|Rick Porcello||DET||6||3||4||4||2||TB||Jeremy Hellickson||19:15|
|Johan Santana||NYN||6||2||6||2||6||LAN||Nathan Eovaldi||19:15|
|Tommy Milone||OAK||4||4||7||10||12||TEX||Martin Perez*||19:15|
|Edinson Volquez||SD||3||5||4||10||7||COL||Christian Friedrich||19:15|
|Josh Beckett||BOS||6||6||6||4||7||SEA||Erasmo Ramirez*||22:10|