Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
Stirring Hyperlink: BA’s Midseason Top-50 Prospects
Regarding What Happened Yesterday
The thing that happened yesterday is, is Baseball America made available to Navigators of the Internet its midseason top-50 prospect list.
The Reader’s Likely Reaction to That
Rendered in video form, here’s how the reader is likely reacting to that sort of information:
In Terms of Navigating to the Aforementioned Prospect List
In terms of navigating to BA’s midseason prospect list, it’s necessary to follow this hyperlink.
Regarding Whether It’s Dangerous to Do So
Very, one assumes.
Regarding Whether It Requires Courage
Of course, is the only possible answer.
What the Reader Is Likely to Find There
The reader will find, among other things, the following players ranked one through ten (accompanied, in this case, by preseason top-100 ranks):
The author actually saw the previously unranked Fernandez pitch this spring in Jupiter, even capturing very poor video of the right-hander in game action on the backfields.
Notable MLB Games
Minnesota at Texas | 20:05 ET
Rangers left-hander Martin Perez, 21, with (a) what is widely considered an advanced repertoire and (b) decidedly underwhelming minor-league numbers. Thus it was with some anticipation that the Baseballing Public awaited his start, which, on the whole, was a success. To wit: 5.1 IP, 23 TBF, 5 K, 1 BB, 7 GB on 17 batted-balls (41.2%), 3.13 xFIP. Here’s what Perez threw, according to Texas Leaguers’ PITCHf/x data (usage and velocity in parentheses): two-seam fastball (35.0%, 92.3), changeup (27.2%, 81.8), four-seam fastball (24.3%, 92.7), curve (12.6%, 75.1).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas Radio.
Miami at St. Louis | 20:15 ET ***MLB.TV Free Game***
The Cardinals continue to have the highest WAR winning percentage (.570) in the their division by kinda a lot (the Reds are next, at .526) and continue not to be in first place in said division (currently 2.5 games behind NL Central-leading Pittsburgh).
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: St. Louis 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 4.7.
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.
|Tim Hudson||ATL||6||8||5||5||2||PHI||Kyle Kendrick||19:05|
|Drew Pomeranz||COL||2||10||5||6||10||WAS||Stephen Strasburg||19:05|
|Jonathan Sanchez||KC||0||5||3||4||6||DET||Drew Smyly||19:05|
|Barry Zito||SF||0||4||3||4||4||PIT||Erik Bedard||19:05|
|Alex Cobb||TB||7||4||7||5||5||CLE||Justin Masterson||19:05|
|Travis Wood||CHN||3||1||3||2||6||NYN||Johan Santana||19:10|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYA||5||6||6||5||6||BOS||Josh Beckett||19:10|
|Yovani Gallardo||MIL||5||7||4||5||5||HOU||J.A. Happ||20:05|
|Francisco Liriano||MIN||5||4||8||10||15||TEX||Martin Perez*||20:05|
|Aaron Laffey*||TOR||5||7||6||6||6||CHA||Jake Peavy||20:10|
|Ricky Nolasco||MIA||4||3||5||10||6||STL||Jake Westbrook||20:15|
|Clayton Kershaw||LAN||9||2||7||6||7||AZ||Josh Collmenter||21:40|
|Bronson Arroyo||CIN||4||3||3||5||3||SD||Kip Wells*||22:05|
|Kevin Millwood||SEA||3||3||3||4||5||OAK||Tommy Milone||22:05|