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Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

Who Owned Baseball April 14, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Clayton Kershaw took a shutout into the 9th, finishing with 8 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 run and struck out 8 Arizona batters to earn the 7-1 decision for the Dodgers.

Dallas Keuchel struck out 7 A’s in 7 innings, allowing 1 run and 4 hits as the Astros rolled, 7-2.

David Freese collected 3 hits including an RBI single and an RBI double to help the Pirates win against the Cubs, 4-2.

Brad Miller reached base 4 times, homered and scored 3 times to lead the Rays past the Red Sox, 10-5..

They all owned baseball on April 14, 2017 

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Prospects of the Day: Kolby Allard Impresses In Double-A

Thursday saw some very good pitching performances by some top pitching prospects in the minor league. Youngster Kolby Allard showed what he is made of at Double-A and Josh Staumont, Erick Fedde, and Tyler Eppler all had outstanding outings. Cody Bellinger went deep for the second time this season.

Players Of The Day

Kolby Allard

5 Innings Pitched- 2 Walks- 3 Strikeouts- 3 Hits Allowed

Kolby Allard and his teammate Mike Soroka are two of the youngest players in the Southern League, both skipping over High-A. That label has not slowed either one down and Allard proved it further yesterday.

Allard did not allow a run in his start against the Tennessee Smokies and lasted 5 innings in the effort. He could have gone farther in the game, but there are restrictions in place on Allard due to an innings limit and the such. He did not strikeout many in the game, only 3, but was still very effective pitching to contact. He made it a focus of his to work on his changeup this year and today and from the early looks of it so far this year it is effective. Besides the changeup, Allard has a low-90s fastball with movement and a devastating 12-6 curve. The low strikeout total yesterday should be of no concern as it is clear he was working on the changeup and not trying to be too fine with his other pitches.

Allard is only 19 years old, but is already in Double-A. Allard keeps impressing with every start and it will be interesting to see how he does next time out to see if he can keep up this success. He could be one of the key pieces in the Braves’ rebuild. He isn’t the top prospect of the day due to the outcome of his performance but rather the magnitude of his performance.

Top Prospects Of The Day

Is Francisco Lindor Adding Legit Power to His Arsenal?

The first two seasons of Francisco Lindor’s MLB career couldn’t have gone much better – especially when specifically talking about his individual performance. He’s paired Gold Glove defense with more-than-adequate production at the plate, but if we had to nitpick, his offense did take a slight step back last year compared to his rookie campaign.

Despite getting over 200 more plate appearances to work with, his wRC+, Isolated Power (ISO), wOBA and OPS all dropped.

But still, it’s not like any club wouldn’t take a 6.3-fWAR player that posted a .301/.358/.435 triple slash with 15 homers, 78 RBI, 99 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and Gold Glove defense at shortstop.

Entering his age-23 campaign, we know there’s room for growth as he continues approaching his physical prime. Could we be seeing that already with an early-season power binge?

Through 42 plate appearances, Lindor has hit 4 home runs and produced a .441 ISO. It took him until May 27th (201 plate appearances) to reach 4 homers last year.

Some could obviously look at this hot start and call it just that – we’re dealing with a small sample size, after all. And they’re not wrong – we’ll indeed have to wait a bit to see how sustainable his current performance is.

But what have been the reasons behind his fast start in the power department this year? Is it just a hot streak or could it be a sign of growth from the young shortstop?

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Who Owned Baseball April 13, 2017 (Daily #MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2017 #WOB Standings

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Travis d’Arnaud reached base 5 times, drove in 4 including a 16th inning homer that was the difference in the Mets 9-8 win in Miami.

Jimmy Nelson gave the Brewers 7 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run and earned the 5-1 victory over the Reds.

Aaron Hicks homered twice as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 3-2.

Jason Vargas pitched shutout ball into the 8th, finishing with 7 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 8 A’s batters to get the 3-1 decision for the Royals.

They all owned baseball on April 13, 2017 

To view the Yearly Leaders for Who Owned Baseball Standings, plus see who gained 1/2 WOB’s – Click the READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY ICON OR SCROLL DOWN.

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