Daily Notes: Watch Ben Sheets with Your Real Eyes

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

1. Introduction to This Edition of the Notes
2. Notable Minor-League Games on MiLB.TV
3. Stirring Hyperlink: John Sickels’ Midseason Top-120 Prospects

Introduction to This Edition of the Notes
A Note to the Reader
The reader will note — if he has not done so already — that, owing to how the All-Star break has begun, there’s what one might call a “dearth” of major-league baseball today.

A Second Note to the Reader
The reader will also note that there’s a decided lack of coverage — in this edition of the Notes — a decided lack of coverage of baseball’s Home Run Derby Exhibition Grand Slam Show, Good Job, which is happening tonight.

Regarding the Lack of Home Run Derby Coverage
The lack of Home Run Derby coverage in this edition of the Notes — and, in fact, likely at this entire baseball internet site today — is not a commentary on the sort of entertainment value which the citizenry might derive from said Exhibition.

Regarding the Lack of Home Run Derby Coverage, Part II
The lack of Home Run Derby coverage in this edition of the Notes is a commentary on the lack of worthy analysis one might reasonably provide on same event.

With That Said
With that said, allow me to submit Mickey Tettleton as my Stone Cold, Iron Sheik Lock to win the 2012 Home Run Smash Explosion Derby Exhibition.

Notable Minor-League Games on MiLB.TV
A Note on How Minor-League Baseball Exists
While there is one might call a “dearth” of major-league baseball games, there is almost something like a full schedule of minor-league games today, many of which are available via MiLB.TV (link). Below are some notable those types of games (with parent club noted in parentheses).

Kane County (KC) at Wisconsin (MIL) | 13:05 ET
Kansas City right-handed pitching prospect and 19-year-old Kyle Smith, drafted out of a Florida high school in the fourth round of last year’s draft, is pitching professionally for the first time in 2012. His line so far between two levels: 18.2 IP, 75 TBF, 29 K, 6 BB, 0 HR, 14 H.

Great Lakes (LAN) at Dayton (CIN) | 19:00 ET
This is a Class A Midwest League game most notable for how, pitching for Great Lakes, is right-hander Dalton von Schamann, known to most as “Duke.” Von Schamann, 21, was taken in the 15th round by the Dodgers in the most recent draft. Here’s his line so far between four appearances at two levels: 12.2 IP, 46 TBF, 5 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 10 H. Both Minor League Central and StatCorner suggest that his ground-ball rate has been around 60% through his four minor-league appearances.

Birmingham (CHA) at Mississippi (ATL) | 20:00 ET
Right-hander Ben Sheets, recently signed by the Braves, makes his second start for Double-A Mississippi. Here’s his line from that first start, against Seattle Double-A affiliate Jackson: 5.0 IP, 21 K TBF, 6 K, 1 BB, 0 HR, 5 H.

Stirring Hyperlink: John Sickels’ Midseason Top-120 Prospects
Regarding a Thing That Happened
A thing that happened, on Friday, is the author supplied a hyperlink to the readership that provided easy navigation to Baseball America’s midseason top-50 prospect list.

A Thing That’s Happening Now
A think that’s happening now is that the author is supplying a hyperlink to very similar sort of list — in this case, one curated by noted prospect analyst John Sickels.

Regarding the Location of the Aforementioned Hyperlink
Here is the location of that hyperlink.

Sickels’ Top-10 Prospects
Here — presented in the form of an internet table and with hyperlinks to all relevant FanGraphs player pages — are John Sickels’ top-10 prospects at the midway point of the 2012 season (accompanied, in this case, by Sickels’ preseason top-120 ranks):

Rank Name Pos Team Prev
1 Jurickson Profar SS Rangers 5
2 Wil Myers OF Royals 14
3 Trevor Bauer RHP Diamondbacks 7
4 Dylan Bundy RHP Orioles 19
5 Taijuan Walker RHP Mariners 15
6 Gerrit Cole RHP Pirates 11
7 Danny Hultzen LHP Mariners 25
8 Manny Machado SS Orioles 8
9 Oscar Taveras OF Cardinals 62
10 Jameson Taillon RHP PIrates 16

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  1. JohnChoiniere says:

    Ben Sheets: 21 total batters faced, not 21 strikeouts (and then six more), in five innings.

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  2. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    Dr Caligari, in case you’re reading this, I just had company arrive bearing large quantities of beers from Illinois’ Big Muddy Brewing – a dunkel, pale ale, vanilla stout, “India-style brown.” Any thoughts?

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    • Brazen Reader says:

      Does Lost Coast Brewing get distributed out there? I believe you mentioned Old Rasputin earlier, so some if it does. Everything they make is great, but they do a poor job branding “Lost Coast Brewing” (compare to Sierra Nevada, which lists the brewery at 5x the size of the beer on all its labels). Once you tie all their beers to the same brewery, you will be impressed.

      My preferred theory on Lost Coast’s excellence is that a gritty, working class town brewery blows the socks off fancy-schmancy Stone Brewery, Anderson Valley, Oskar Blues, et al. Please don’t disabuse me of this.

      Given the incredible heat (~70 fahrenheit, ~20 Cel) in L.A., I had a few Mules and recommend the same. The Mule is ginger beer (not ginger ale!) and fresh squeezed lime juice poured into your spirit of choice. I poured it into Elijah Craig and R+1, and did not regret a thing.

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      • Eminor3rd says:

        Rasputin is produced by North Coast, not Lost Coast.

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      • Brazen Reader says:

        You’re complicating my attempts to spread misinformation about Lost Coast. I won’t forget this, Eminor3rd.

        But you’re right and my entire spiel was for North Coast Brewery, not Lost Coast. Geographically they’re the same area, but I couldn’t name a Lost Coast beer.

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      • Well-Beered Englishman says:

        I was going to say I’ve never heard of Lost Coast!… that said, I prefer to imagine North Coast being a group of hardy, lumberjack-shirt-wearing seafarers with grandiose torsos, expansive and intimidating beards, and two or possibly one beady black eyes, who brew beers such as Old Rasputin during the nighttime hours after hauling in vast nets full of carnivorous fish with little more than their massive biceps. That is how I imagine the brewmasters of North Coast.

        I do miss a good UK ginger beer. Perhaps I shall be able to find Crabbie’s here in TX and replicate your recipe.

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    • Dr_Caligari says:

      Sorry I didn’t reply earlier, as I just got to Fangraphs after being out most of the day yesterday. I think I’ve only had the vanilla stout from Big Muddy. They definitely don’t get as much press as some of the other breweries in the area, and without having had a range of their beers, I can’t say that I have the ability to speak on their quality. I’ve ended up actually having more Michigan beers than Illinois ones, even though I am not as close geographically to those breweries.I think that part of it comes from the fact that most Chicago beer bars only have a couple of Illinois breweries and then put most of their focus on the best stuff from other areas.

      Did you get a chance to try the “India-style brown”? That sounds interesting, though I am unsure what comparable beers would be.

      I’ll be going for a little while to the Taste of Chicago this week because a friend wants to go, but then will use that as an excuse to get to one of the local beer bars, so I need ideas for new stuff to try. I also hope to get over to a small brewery in northwest Indiana that everyone in the area seems to love, so if that ends up being anything special, I will let you know to look out for their stuff.

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  3. rob says:

    Any word on Sheet’s velocity in that start? As a Braves fan I hope he doesn’t sheet the bed and if his velocity is strong he hopefully is 100% healthy. Or however healthy Ben Sheets can get (probably not very).

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    • carpengui says:

      Report on his second start (tonight) from talkingchop.com is 88-91 mph ‘all day’, topping out at 93. Seems to be exactly as hoped for/expected/etc.

      Details: “89 pitches over 5.2 innings. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, 1 hit batsmen, and no walks, while striking out 4.” Command said to be spotty on curve, though obviously not horrible if no walks issued.

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  4. Matt NW says:

    A master of not-saying-what-he-“means”… you are, good sir. An enjoyable rhetorical move, in a world that is painfully genuine.

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  5. Mr. Observant says:

    Umm, I’m not sure what sorts of credentials you have as to baseballing analysis, Mr. Cistulli, but if your Iron Sheik Lock is anyone but Hensley “Bam Bam” Muelens than you are deranged. DERANGED, I write you! BAM BAM!

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  6. Brazen Reader says:

    To Whom It Concerns:

    #1 The NERD scores today, they are perfect.
    #2 The imperfect construction of “A Thing That’s Happening Now” is curious; would not the pluperfect apply when an author has supplied a hyperlink? (This website has and continues supplying said hyperlink.)
    #3 More Mike Trout-bell.

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  7. Julian says:

    As much as I love the Daily Notes, whatever happened to the daily recap? I miss them

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  8. IronyMan says:

    I will do some analysis of the Home Run Derby: Matt Kemp is going to take part in it even though he is not on the active roster… that’s about all I got. It’s almost interesting, isn’t it? Maybe they should make the Dodgers do a roster move today instead of getting to wait til Friday.

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    • Brazen Reader says:

      You seem like you don’t care. To get you to care, Bud Selig should announce that the League winner of the HRD gets to pick the other League’s starting pitcher in Game 1 of the the World Series.

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  9. Shoeless_Mike says:

    Watch and listen to the booing of Robinson Cano this evening. It promises to be a spirited crowd…

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  10. BAM BAM says:



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