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MASH Report (8/1/13)

Not much injury news with the trade deadline taking all the headlines, bylines and small print. I looked at a few players (Moore, Beachy and Butler) and ran an updated SLOW ranking.

Matt Moore was placed on the DL with elbow soreness. A 2-mph drop in his average fastball velocity from last season was a big red flag to go along with some command issues. Last off season I was able to identify his high walk rate as an injury red flag.

Moore looked to have a bright future a couple season ago, but it is getting dimmer and dimmer by the day.

Just over a month ago, I identified Billy Butler as hitter playing through an injury, but couldn’t find any reports of an ailment. His power, contact and speed were all down (and still are). He now states he is dealing with a neck injury. He didn’t state how long it has been affecting him, but it may be behind his decline.

Brandon Beachy returned from the DL with disastrous results (7 Runs, 8 hits, 2 HRs, 5 Ks, 1 BB). On the injury front, some good and bad news to report. First, the 26-year-old’s average fastball velocity was similar to his 2012 value.

OK. Also he was able to throw a good number of strikes with a 49% Zone%. The problem I noticed was a inconsistent release point.

Over a 1 foot difference in the horizontal direction and half a foot in the vertical direction. This issue may not cause problems in what is left of the 2013 season, but it may limit his long term health.

SLOW (Swinging Late or Whiffing) Hitters (2013 with a min 40 pitches in the heart of the strike zone)

2013 SLOWest Bats

Name 2013 SLOW
Tim Lincecum 81
B.J. Upton 80
Justin Upton 76
J.P. Arencibia 73
Henry Blanco 68
Mike Morse 67
Adeiny Hechavarria 66
John Buck 64
Jeff Francoeur 63
Dayan Viciedo 63
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 63
Yoenis Cespedes 63
Martin Maldonado 61
Jeff Mathis 61
Drew Stubbs 61
Tyler Moore 61
Ian Desmond 60
Will Middlebrooks 60
Delmon Young 60
Rick Ankiel 59
Wilin Rosario 58
Hector Gimenez 58
Tyler Colvin 58
Josh Donaldson 57
Carlos Corporan 55

Hitters who got SLOWer from 2012 to 2013

Name Increase in SLOW from 2012 to 2013
Greg Dobbs 96
Carlos Corporan 60
Henry Blanco 55
Justin Upton 46
Chris Herrmann 45
Will Middlebrooks 41
Jordan Danks 40
Devaris Gordon 38
Wilin Rosario 35
Ramiro Pena 35
Charlie Blackmon 33
Adeiny Hechavarria 32
Clayton Kershaw 32
Marlon Byrd 31
Rick Ankiel 31
Dan Uggla 30
Freddy Galvis 29
Martin Maldonado 28
Brett Gardner 26
Nick Markakis 25
Nate McLouth 25
Nate Schierholtz 25
Garrett Jones 25
Matt Dominguez 24
Evan Longoria 24

Will Middlebrooks name sticks out on both lists. His fastball pitch values agree with his bat slowing down. I would stay away from Middlebrooks now and in the future. A hitter, who already has plate discipline issues (career .17 BB/K), needs to at least be able to hit fastballs down the middle of the plate.

Players on the DL

(*) 15 Day Disabled List
(**) 60 Day Disabled List
(***) 7 Day Concussion List
Red colored entries are updates since last report.