- Sunday Notes: Olmos, Omar, Desmond, Marte, Mazara, more
over 3,400 games at positions other than shortstop. That leaves Luis Aparicio, Barry Larkin, and Ozzie Smith as the only career-long shortstops over the last 50-plus years with a plaque in Cooperstown
- Luis Valbuena to Take Flight in LA
farm system to provide depth.
That brings us to Luis Valbuena, who officially signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Angels on Tuesday. For a player who has averaged 2.1 WAR during the last
- Luis Valbuena a potential asset in 2017
I've written about Luis Valbuena a couple of different times this winter: once in regard to the third basemen available on the free agent market and then again as a comparison against Chase Headley
- Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte Have Died
Andy Marte died in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 33 years old. Yordano Ventura died in a separate car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 25 years old. Those
- Luis Valbuena: Future New York Yankee?
ago. Justin Turner is obviously the only true prize of the bunch, but I did also note that Luis Valbuena could be an intriguing option for a number of teams, due to the pop and approach that he brings
- Deep League Waiver Wire - Cotton and Marte
Jefry Marte (3% Yahoo, 8% ESPN, 8% CBS) – so, about those three Angels I mentioned above with a wRC+ over 100. One of them happens to be Marte. The 25-year old native of the Dominican Republic has
- Hernan Perez's Best Starling Marte Impression
and preconceived notions. Alas, Starling Marte and, of all people, Hernan Perez make for excellent comparisons when prorating their 2016 stat lines. Per usual, I won't tell you who's who:
- Scouting Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz
be the first to compare Luis Ortiz's build to that of Rich Garces, and I won't be the last, for it is apt. Ortiz is 6-foot-3 and pushing 250 and obviously lacks any modicum of physical projection
- A One-Man Marte Partay Between the Bases
This article originally appeared on the Pirates blog Bucco's Cove.
“Speed kills.” –Al Davis
Starling Marte is having a hell of a season stealing bases and this is one of the things that should have
- Scouting Cuban OFs Luis Moiran Robert, Julio Pablo Martinez
as a supplement to this week's July 2 content, as both of them would fall under the J2 bonus guidelines were they to leave Cuba.
Luis Moiran Robert, OF, 6'2, 180, R/R
Robert (the second syllable
- A Luis Severino Update
After his first nine Major League starts, Luis Severino has somehow failed to excite any of us RotoGraphers enough to convince us to write an article about him. So here it is, finally. Before
- Starling Marte Has One Home Run in Two Months
On June 9th, Starling Marte blasted his 12th home run of the season, leaving him just two shy of setting a new a career-high with 105 games left in the season. Marte has just one home run since June
- Ketel Marte Continues to Fly Under the Radar
Although he was perpetually young for his level, Ketel Marte more than held his own at every stop as he ascended through the Mariners system. In 2013, he posted a 91 wRC+ as a 19-year-old between Low
- Luis Severino and Defining the Debut Adrenaline Effect
league debut was full of butterflies for Owens. And so it was for Luis Severino. Just in a different way than most.
We don't have the debut date for every pitcher in the PITCHf/x era, but we do
- Yankees Bolster Their Rotation with Luis Severino
of top prospect Luis Severino may have been the primary reason for the Yankees' inaction. Minutes after the non-waiver trade deadline had passed, Brian Cashman revealed the 21-year-old's next start
- Ketel Marte & Richie Shaffer: Deep League Wire
the playing time of disappointing veterans and giving the youngsters a shot.
Ketel Marte | SS SEA | CBS 10% Owned
Let's just discuss the elephant in the room first. Yes, Ketel is an awesome
- Prospect Stock Watch: Brinson, Marte, Nimmo, Starling
) and then hope Brinson, 21, is ready for The Show in 2017. [Value Up]
Ketel Marte, SS, Mariners: Marte caught my attention while playing in Low-A ball in 2013 and I ranked him as the 15th best prospect
- Injury-Dependent Baseball: Contemplating Jefry Marte
sympathy. What makes your misfortune interesting for present purposes is that it has called our attention, for the first time ever, to Jefry Marte, whom the Tigers have just promoted from Toledo and who’s
- Catching Up With Starling Marte and Joey Votto
Half of Starling Marte’s fly balls have gone for home runs. That’s 10 fly balls, five of which have left the park. A HR/FB sitting at a round 50 percent, more than triple his career rate
- Gregory Polanco, Also Known as Starling Marte
have his teammate Starling Marte as a keeper in the 18th. It was interesting that I was able to have both of them, because if I am looking at someone as a comparison I actually think statistically
- Starling Marte and the Quest for the Perfect Batted Ball Profile
, for those unable to listen to the embedded audio for whatever reason:
Carson Cistulli: Starling Marte is really -- uh, is so good.
Kiley McDaniel: How good is he?! (sarcastically)
CC: Well, he's
- FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate
Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks
- Cubs Swap Luis Valbuena for Dexter Fowler
surprised that the Cubs shipped Luis Valbuena to the Astros in exchange for Dexter Fowler and Dan Straily.
Valbuena and Fowler are somewhat similar players, as both draw a lot of walks and have average
- Starling Marte and Dealing with Personal Bias
I was wrong about Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte. Last December, I wrote up Marte, and determined he "may be in for a precipitous fall next season." Boy, was I wrong on that. Marte had
- Luis Valbuena: Bueno, or No?
This is an article about Luis Valbuena. What follows might be rendered moot if Kris Bryant wins the Cubs' third base job out of spring training next year. Even if Bryant doesn't do so, he's probably
- Luis Valbuena Is Suddenly A Line-Drive Machine
Despite extremely low ownership rates (5% Yahoo, 3.5% ESPN, 14% CBS), Luis Valbuena has performed well enough so far this season to make himself mixed-league relevant. The 28-year-old currently owns
- Starling Marte Gives the Pirates a Long Term Gift
For the last few weeks, word has been circulating that the Pirates wanted to sign Starling Marte to a long term contract, but that he had rebuffed their first few offers over the off-season
- Starling Marte Trying to Beat BABIP
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte shattered expectations in 2013. The 24-year-old had a breakout season, hitting .280/.343/.441, and posting a .344 wOBA. Marte's contributions went beyond
- Starling Marte Gets on Base the Hard Way
On Tuesday, Starling Marte got his first start in more than a month. To no one's surprise — at least to those who follow the Pirates — he got hit by a pitch. It was his 22nd hit-by-pitch this season
- Daily Notes: In Which Andy Marte and Jake Fox Are Invoked
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. SCOUT Leaderboards for the Atlantic League
2. Unhelpful Video: Andy Marte Pitching Once
- Deep League Third Base: Luis Valbuena and Ed Lucas
One of those answers seemed to be waiver wire darling Luis Valbuena, who through April and May was hitting .264/.372/.464 with six home runs and 17 RBI. He was a player that seemed to have decent
- Belated Bat-Flip Coverage: Luis Valbuena Singles
For years, Luis Valbuena's minor-league resume seemed to suggest that he could develop into an entirely serviceable major-league infielder. For almost as many years, that didn't happen
- An Apology to Luis Valbuena and Dioner Navarro
Luis Valbuena struggles against fastballs, and is Michael-Jackson-bad against all other pitches. In an alternate world in which the Cubs actually cared about the difference between 61 and 65 wins
- Buy High on Starling Marte
Starling Marte is off to an incredible start, and nobody should be surprised about it. He does not have a great walk rate, his strikeout rate is a bit concerning given that fact, and he relies
- Historical GIF: Luis Tiant's Father, 1975
Some men smoke a cigarette after making love. Other, more virile men -- like Luis Tiant, Sr., for example -- smoke a cigarette while making love. It's a practice borne out of necessity, of course
- Daily Notes, Largely Concerning Luis Avilan's Curve
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Featured Pitch: Luis Avilan's Curve
2. Today's Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
- Luis Sardinas: Best SS You've Never Heard Of
In heading to Greenville, South Carolina for an early September pair to see the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers), no prospect interested me more than shortstop Luis Sardinas. A few days earlier, a contact
- Luis Cruz & Johnny Giavotella: Deep League WW
are a pair of middle infielders who might actually contribute.
Luis Cruz | LAD SS/3B | CBS 11% Owned
Cruz has been a career minor leaguer, racking up an astounding 4,891 plate appearances
- Starling Marte Is Off To A Strong Start
Starling Marte has already made an impact with the Pittsburgh Pirates. After being called up in late-July, Marte has proved why he was one of their top prospects entering the season. Marte has hit
- Starling Marte Lands in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Starling Marte came out swinging.
The rookie deposited the first MLB pitch he saw into the stands for a home run. It's a fitting introduction for the young outfielder
- FanGraphs Audio: In the Clubhouse with Luis Exposito
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks to catcher Luis Exposito, who recently made his major-league debut with Baltimore not long after being DFA'd by Boston.
- Pursue the Next Ayala, Not Luis Himself
Jim Bowden tweeted over the weekend that six teams were pursuing reliever Luis Ayala. The list of suitors included progressive teams like the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays and Blue Jays. Since these teams
- Luis Valbuena: Toronto's Starting 2B?
starting second baseman in Luis Valbuena. Valbuena, 26 this week, had no shot at meaningful playing time while stuck behind Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis, and he has done his best Juan Castro
- Trevor Plouffe and Luis Perez: Deep League Waiver Wire
average. He has a little bit of speed, so could swipe a couple of bases, but you're really just banking on some long balls from Plouffe.
Luis Perez, TOR SP | 3% Owned
After pitching as a starter
- Should the Phillies Sign Luis Castillo?
The news that the Mets had released Luis Castillo this morning was hardly a shock, as it has been speculated on for months now - neither side was particularly happy with the marriage, and the Mets
- Marte Gets Another Chance
here and here. Yesterday, the Pirates filled these roster spots with Fernando Nieve, Dusty Brown, and the most interesting player of the trio, Andy Marte.
Marte might not have been a "can't miss
- Luis Perdomo Dislikes Thrillers
Back in the early part of the summer I wrote about Padres’ long-man Luis Perdomo. To call him a mop-up man is being generous. His average leverage index is 0.26, which is almost half of the next
- Andy Marte: Prospect or Suspect?
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, Andy Marte was considered one of the best prospects in all the land. The Dominican third baseman signed with the Atlanta Braves back in 2000, and by the time
- Andy Marte Major League Chances
Andy Marte completed a backslide of epic proportions earlier in the year when he was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for a Juan Salas, a relief pitcher who the Tribe claimed off
- Luis Perdomo: The Ultimate Low-Leverage Reliever
Everyone suspected Luis Perdomo’s usage and the score of the game would have a relationship built upon by managerial artifice and desire to slowly transition Perdomo from Double-A to the majors. Thus
- Marte DFA'd
reliever if given a chance. However, I'm not here to write about Salas - I'm here to write about Andy Marte.
Marte was DFA'd to make room for Salas on the 40 man roster, which means the Indians
- Elias Rankings Screw Damaso Marte
This year, the glaring example of a guy who got hosed by the Elias Rankings is Damaso Marte.
Despite his struggles in the Bronx, Marte's a pretty lefty setup guy, able to get hitters from both