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Tyson Ross: Calculated Risk for Texas Rangers


Despite winning the AL West by 9 games and winning 95 games in 2016, the Texas Rangers finished 22 out of the 30 MLB clubs in overall pitching with a 4.37 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. The Ranger’s pitching staff allowed a .260 batting average against to opposing hitters and a .424 slugging percentage. Texas finished in the middle of the pack (16 out of 30) in starting pitching with a 4.38 ERA. The Rangers may have won a lot of games in 2016, but their run differential was only +7. They didn’t beat their competition by much throughout the season and below average pitching could be contributed as a big factor.


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Ranking the 2017 National League Managers

It has become an annual tradition around these parts for me to offer up my thoughts on each and every manager in the MLB. First, this started as a ranking and became one of our most popular posts. Since then, the manager reporting has morphed into a grading system on an A-F scale, with A reserved for only the cream of the managerial crop and F standing in for ‘Should be Fired.’

As usual with my mid-winter grades, I won’t offer any score for first time managers, but if a guy has managed elsewhere in the majors he’s fair game, even if this will be his first season with his current team.

Let’s get to it!

National League East

Dusty Baker, Washington Nationals: The first yer of the Dusty Baker era in DC went pretty well all things considered. Dusty did some Dusty things when it came to bullpen management and managing his pitchers’ workload but he handled that Trea Turner situation well. The Nats won 95 games and walked to the AL East crown but the team still couldn’t get over that NLDS hump. Until Baker does that, his job in Washington is incomplete. Grade: B

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 18, 2017


While sitting listening to 1970’s songs at the airport, I honor Curt Flood, who basically sacrificed his career to usher in the Free Agency era.

Waiting at the gate on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Blue Jays Top Prospect Interviews

Jays From the Couch sits down with two of the Toronto Blue Jays’ top prospects, Conner Greene and Rowdy Tellez




This past weekend the Toronto Blue Jays organization put together a wonderful treat for their fans in Buffalo, NY. In a joint effort with the Buffalo Bisons the event on January 24th, was held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. Luckily, we here at Jays From the Couch were granted access to the event, and able to secure some excellent interviews with a few players.


Our first interview features a conversation with pitching stud, Conner Greene. With Greene finishing each of the last two seasons with Double-A New Hampshire, it is not unreasonable to determine he could start the 2017 season with the Fisher Cats. Should his progression remain steady a trip to Triple-A Buffalo, and perhaps a Toronto September call-up could be warranted. Greene discussed his progress and his new mentor.



In our second interview, Rowdy Tellez talks to our Catherine Stem about his approach to hitting, coaching and much more! The addition of Rowdy Tellez to the Buffalo Bisons roster has some Blue Jays fans celebrating the talent coming up through the minor league system. Shaun Doyle wrote about his impressive season in New Hampshire with the AA Fisher Cats and The Toronto Blue Jays have certainly been keeping an eye on him. That has bred the hope that he could, sometime in the future, be a replacement of sorts for the power bat of Edwin Encarnacion, a point made by Ryan Mueller HERE.




Robinson Cano’s 2016 Season Was a Flashback to His Yankee Days

Handing out a lucrative, multi-year contract to a player is always risky for an MLB organization, no matter how much of a no-brainer it appears to be. That risk factor goes through the roof when it’s a 10-year, $240 million deal, like the one Robinson Cano signed prior to the 2014 season.

Outside of a dip in power, his first season in Seattle was a success. He hit .314/.382/.454 with 14 home runs and 82 RBI, producing a wRC+ of 137 and a 5.2 fWAR – the fifth consecutive year he surpassed 5.0.

It was the first half of 2015 when people likely started to freak out, to a degree.

He limped into the All-Star break with a lackluster triple slash of .251/.290/.370, accompanied by just 6 home runs, 30 RBI and an wRC+ of 86. Providing power as a second baseman had always been one of his best attributes, but a .118 first-half ISO showed that the only thing his power was doing was continuing to deteriorate.

Cano did start to look like himself again following the midsummer classic — he hit .331/.387/.540 with 15 home runs, 40 RBI, a wRC+ of 157, and most importantly, his ISO jumped back up to .209.

That second-half performance ended up being a sign of what was to come.

Were there any similarities between 2016 and his prime years in the Bronx from 2010-12 when Cano’s ISO never dipped below .214 while posting a .311/.370/.539 line with a combined 90 homers and 321 RBI?

Yes, but there are also some interesting differences showing how his game has transformed over the years.


Top 5 Projected Holds Leaders For The MLB In 2017

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It is one of the harder stats to predict every year, and we are talking about the category of Holds.  Last season the New York Yankees disrupted the flow of the entire landscape.

Since the New York club traded both Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, this affected the chances of Dellin Betances winning the year, with him moving to Closer.

Miller himself finished 2nd in the Majors having worked setup for Chapman – and then predominantly clearing the deck for Indians Closer Cody Allen.

Falling into the same atmosphere was perennial winner Tony Watson coming into the 9th inning role once Mark Melancon was dealt to the Washington Nationals. Read the rest of this entry

An Inside Look At Brent Honeywell

Drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft, Honeywell didn’t come with the eye-catching fastball-curve or fastball-slider combo of other top pitching prospects. Instead, he comes with a well-rounded game; a four pitch mix, of which three project above average to plus, and quality command in an athletic delivery. And, of course, a screwball. Who doesn’t like screwballs?

Brent Honeywell Scouting Report

The Chicago Cubs Visit The White House: A Firsthand Account

The official moment for the country to pinch itself came today, as the Chicago Cubs visited the White House.  The Cubs arrived at the personal request of President Obama, the Chicagoan at the end of his presidency. 


In fact, Obama today said to the team, “It took you long enough.  I mean, I only have four days left. You’re just making it under the wire.”

The Cubs may have waited 108 years to win the World Series, but it was a rush to visit the White House.  Major League Baseball champions typically wait until the subsequent regular season to go to the White House, but this time was unique. 

Unlike Game 7 of the World Series, there was no rain delay in today’s event, as it was held inside the historic East Room.  The chandelier-adorned room was originally designed by George Washington and James Hoban as a “public audience room” and it has been home to historic events such as the signing of the Civil Rights Act.  The tradition of baseball champions visiting the White House can be traced back as far as the 1860s. 

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Bearing the Glory: Jackie Robinson’s 1949 MVP Award


Jackie Robinson was just named National League Most Valuable PLayer for 1949. Asked how he felt about the honor, how he felt on this, the greatest day of his professional life, Robinson said: “The sooner I can get out of baseball, the better.”

Imagine having the best day of your life taken from you like that. (READ THE FULL STORY ON PLATE COVERAGE)

The Greatest Detroit Tiger By Position: Left Field

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Pushing forward, we move out to the outfield where I believe there will be some challenging calls at each position.  To recap however, we had an easy decision at shortstop, an ugly decision at third, and some very intriguing calls at second, first, and catcher.

If you’re reading one of these entries for the first time, the only stipulation that I look at is that the player be in a Tiger uniform for a minimum of 5 years and play a majority of his games at that position during that timeframe.  I will make a slight change however and evaluate all of a players outfield stats, as they are a little more likely to move to another position to cover an injury, etc.  Qualifying for consideration in left is Willie Horton, Bobby Veach, Matty McIntyre, Charlie Maxwell, Larry Herndon, Bobby Higginson, Steve Kemp, and Dick Wakefield.  To keep this readable, I am going to cut Dick Wakefield, Steve Kemp, Larry Herndon, and Matty McIntyre.

Moving on…

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 17, 2017

The Rangers need to shore up their team to win a title this decade. But forget hitters. You can get hitters any time. They need to make offers to EVERY available free agent pitcher.

It is a lo this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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2017 Top-400 Dynasty League Fantasy Baseball Rankings


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Below you will find my personal top-400 dynasty league baseball rankings. In order to be eligible for this list, a player must have over 200 career MLB at bats or 50 innings pitched.

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Rank Player Position Team
1 Mike Trout CF,UT LAA
2 Mookie Betts RF,UT BOS
3 Kris Bryant 3B,LF,RF,UT CHC
4 Manny Machado 3B,SS,UT BAL
5 Bryce Harper RF,UT WAS
6 Nolan Arenado 3B,UT COL
7 Clayton Kershaw SP LAD
8 Jose Altuve 2B,UT HOU
9 Paul Goldschmidt 1B,UT ARI
10 Carlos Correa SS,UT HOU
11 Anthony Rizzo 1B,UT CHC
12 Corey Seager SS,UT LAD
13 Trea Turner 2B,CF,UT WAS
14 Francisco Lindor SS,UT CLE
15 Josh Donaldson 3B,UT TOR
16 Madison Bumgarner SP SF
17 Xander Bogaerts SS,UT BOS
18 Noah Syndergaard SP,RP NYM
19 George Springer RF,UT HOU
20 Chris Sale SP BOS
21 Starling Marte LF,CF,UT PIT
22 Max Scherzer SP WAS
23 Freddie Freeman 1B,UT ATL
24 Christian Yelich LF,CF,UT MIA
25 Giancarlo Stanton RF,UT MIA
26 Gregory Polanco LF,RF,UT PIT
27 Charlie Blackmon CF,UT COL
28 Miguel Cabrera 1B,UT DET
29 Corey Kluber SP CLE
30 Jake Arrieta SP CHC
31 Alex Bregman 3B,UT HOU
32 Rougned Odor 2B,UT TEX
33 J.D. Martinez RF,UT DET
34 A.J. Pollock CF,UT ARI
35 Brian Dozier 2B,UT MIN
36 Wil Myers 1B,UT SD
37 Miguel Sano 3B,RF,UT MIN
38 Joey Votto 1B,UT CIN
39 Daniel Murphy 1B,2B,UT WAS
40 Carlos Martinez SP STL
41 Ryan Braun LF,UT MIL
42 Jose Abreu 1B,UT CHW
43 Andrew McCutchen CF,UT PIT
44 Edwin Encarnacion 1B,UT CLE
45 Kyle Schwarber LF,UT CHC
46 Addison Russell SS,UT CHC
47 Jacob deGrom SP NYM
48 Yu Darvish SP TEX
49 Stephen Strasburg SP WAS
50 Robinson Cano 2B,UT SEA
51 Anthony Rendon 3B,UT WAS
52 Jonathan Villar 2B,3B,SS,UT MIL
53 Chris Archer SP TB
54 Yoenis Cespedes LF,CF,UT NYM
55 Buster Posey C,1B,UT SF
56 Carlos Gonzalez RF,UT COL
57 Eric Hosmer 1B,UT KC
58 David Price SP BOS
59 Carlos Carrasco SP CLE
60 Julio Urias SP,RP LAD
61 Jason Kipnis 2B,UT CLE
62 Johnny Cueto SP SF
63 David Dahl LF,UT COL
64 Jonathan Lucroy C,UT TEX
65 Trevor Story SS,UT COL
66 Stephen Piscotty CF,RF,UT STL
67 Kyle Seager 3B,UT SEA
68 Jon Lester SP CHC
69 Hanley Ramirez 1B,UT BOS
70 Justin Upton LF,UT DET
71 Matt Carpenter 1B,2B,3B,UT STL
72 Justin Verlander SP DET
73 Jose Quintana SP CHW
74 Chris Davis 1B,UT BAL
75 Danny Salazar SP CLE
76 Gerrit Cole SP PIT
77 Kyle Hendricks SP,RP CHC
78 Byron Buxton CF,UT MIN
79 Masahiro Tanaka SP NYY
80 Maikel Franco 3B,UT PHI
81 Julio Teheran SP ATL
82 Zach Britton RP BAL
83 Aaron Sanchez SP TOR
84 Gary Sanchez C,UT NYY
85 Michael Brantley LF,UT CLE
86 Jackie Bradley Jr. CF BOS
87 Jean Segura 2B,SS,UT SEA
88 Billy Hamilton CF,UT CIN
89 Kevin Gausman SP BAL
90 Rick Porcello SP BOS
91 Aaron Nola SP PHI
92 Aroldis Chapman RP NYY
93 Jameson Taillon SP PIT
94 Todd Frazier 3B,UT CHW
95 Ian Desmond LF,CF,UT COL
96 Kenley Jansen RP LAD
97 Matt Harvey SP NYM
98 Willson Contreras C,LF,UT CHC
99 J.T. Realmuto C,UT MIA
100 Dee Gordon 2B,UT MIA
101 Lance McCullers Jr. SP HOU
102 Roberto Osuna RP TOR
103 Evan Longoria 3B,UT TB
104 Nelson Cruz RF,UT SEA
105 Craig Kimbrel RP BOS
106 Nomar Mazara LF,RF,UT TEX
107 Khris Davis LF,UT OAK
108 Lorenzo Cain CF,RF,UT KC
109 Carlos Santana 1B,UT CLE
110 Edwin Diaz RP SEA
111 Michael Fulmer SP DET
112 Wade Davis RP CHC
113 Marcell Ozuna LF,CF,UT MIA
114 Ian Kinsler 2B,UT DET
115 Cole Hamels SP TEX
116 Andrew Miller RP CLE
117 Dellin Betances RP NYY
118 DJ LeMahieu 2B,UT COL
119 Kenta Maeda SP LAD
120 Jon Gray SP COL
121 Orlando Arcia SS,UT MIL
122 Felix Hernandez SP SEA
123 Brandon Belt 1B,UT SF
124 Adam Jones CF,UT BAL
125 Albert Pujols 1B,UT LAA
126 Danny Duffy SP,RP KC
127 Joe Ross SP WAS
128 Yasiel Puig RF,UT LAD
129 Mark Trumbo RF,UT (N/A)
130 Justin Turner 3B,UT LAD
131 Mark Melancon RP SF
132 Javier Baez 2B,3B,SS,UT CHC
133 Sonny Gray SP OAK
134 Odubel Herrera CF,UT PHI
135 Ken Giles RP HOU
136 Jose Bautista RF,UT (N/A)
137 Jonathan Schoop 2B,UT BAL
138 Michael Conforto LF,UT NYM
139 Nick Castellanos 3B,UT DET
140 Steven Matz SP NYM
141 Aledmys Diaz SS,UT STL
142 Dallas Keuchel SP HOU
143 Jerad Eickhoff SP PHI
144 Yasmany Tomas LF,RF,UT ARI
145 Devon Travis 2B,UT TOR
146 Blake Snell SP TB
147 Jake Lamb 3B,UT ARI
148 Yordano Ventura SP KC
149 Anthony DeSclafani SP CIN
150 Troy Tulowitzki SS,UT TOR
151 Adam Eaton CF,RF,UT WAS
152 Jeurys Familia RP NYM
153 Yasmani Grandal C,UT LAD
154 Cody Allen RP CLE
155 Dustin Pedroia 2B,UT BOS
156 Zack Greinke SP ARI
157 Jurickson Profar 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,UT TEX
158 Tony Watson RP PIT
159 Sam Dyson RP TEX
160 Taijuan Walker SP ARI
161 Marcus Stroman SP TOR
162 Kelvin Herrera RP KC
163 Salvador Perez C,UT KC
164 Joc Pederson CF,UT LAD
165 Ben Zobrist 2B,LF,RF,UT CHC
166 Kevin Kiermaier CF,UT TB
167 Adrian Gonzalez 1B,UT LAD
168 Drew Pomeranz SP,RP BOS
169 Carlos Rodon SP CHW
170 Evan Gattis C,UT HOU
171 James Paxton SP SEA
172 Drew Smyly SP SEA
173 Jay Bruce RF,UT NYM
174 Matt Kemp LF,RF,UT ATL
175 Jake Odorizzi SP TB
176 David Peralta RF,UT ARI
177 Kole Calhoun RF,UT LAA
178 Brad Miller 1B,SS,UT TB
179 Jose Ramirez 3B,LF,UT CLE
180 Victor Martinez UT DET
181 Mike Moustakas 3B,UT KC
182 Sean Manaea SP,RP OAK
183 Elvis Andrus SS,UT TEX
184 Jorge Soler LF,UT KC
185 Dexter Fowler CF,UT STL
186 Justin Bour 1B,UT MIA
187 Garrett Richards SP LAA
188 Neil Walker 2B,UT NYM
189 Ender Inciarte LF,CF,UT ATL
190 Jung-Ho Kang 3B PIT
191 Jose Berrios SP MIN
192 Tanner Roark SP,RP WAS
193 Jordan Zimmermann SP,RP DET
194 Vincent Velasquez SP PHI
195 Randal Grichuk CF,UT STL
196 Seung-Hwan Oh RP STL
197 Raisel Iglesias SP,RP CIN
198 Marco Estrada SP TOR
199 J.A. Happ SP TOR
200 Adrian Beltre 3B,UT TEX
201 Jeff Samardzija SP SF
202 Brandon Kintzler RP MIN
203 Matt Moore SP SF
204 Joe Musgrove SP,RP HOU
205 Trevor Bauer SP,RP CLE
206 Max Kepler RF,UT MIN
207 Ryon Healy 3B,UT OAK
208 Domingo Santana RF,UT MIL
209 Corey Dickerson LF,UT TB
210 Adam Duvall LF,UT CIN
211 Collin McHugh SP HOU
212 Starlin Castro 2B,UT NYY
213 Jason Heyward CF,RF,UT CHC
214 Brandon Crawford SS,UT SF
215 Eric Thames 1B,UT MIL
216 Russell Martin C,UT TOR
217 Rich Hill SP LAD
218 Brandon Maurer RP SD
219 Micahel Pineda SP NYY
220 Hunter Pence RF,UT SF
221 Daniel Norris SP,RP DET
222 Tommy Joseph 1B,UT PHI
223 Alex Colome RP TB
224 A.J. Ramos RP MIA
225 Kendrys Morales UT TOR
226 Dylan Bundy SP,RP BAL
227 Eduardo Rodriguez SP BOS
228 Chris Carter 1B,UT (N/A)
229 Matt Wieters C,UT (N/A)
230 Brian McCann C,UT HOU
231 Shelby Miller SP ARI
232 Jose Peraza 2B,SS,CF,UT CIN
233 David Robertson RP CHW
234 Robbie Ray SP ARI
235 Jacoby Ellsbury CF,UT NYY
236 Josh Harrison 2B,UT PIT
237 Matt Shoemaker SP LAA
238 Carlos Gomez LF,CF,UT TEX
239 Tyler Skaggs SP LAA
240 Marcus Semien SS,UT OAK
241 Tim Anderson SS,UT CHW
242 Chris Tillman SP BAL
243 Jaime Garcia SP,RP ATL
244 Archie Bradley SP ARI
245 Didi Gregorius SS,UT NYY
246 Aaron Blair SP ATL
247 Josh Reddick RF,UT HOU
248 Matt Wisler SP,RP ATL
249 Adam Conley SP MIA
250 Brandon Drury 2B,3B,LF,RF,UT ARI
251 Stephen Vogt C,UT OAK
252 Mike Napoli 1B,UT (N/A)
253 Tyson Ross SP TEX
254 Logan Forsythe 2B,UT TB
255 Gio Gonzalez SP WAS
256 Hector Neris RP PHI
257 Mike Fiers SP,RP HOU
258 Eduardo Nunez 3B,SS,UT SF
259 Danny Velancia 1B, 3B, RF, UT OAK
260 Cam Bedrosian RP LAA
261 Kyle Barraclough RP MIA
262 Ervin Santana SP MIN
263 C.J. Cron 1B,UT LAA
264 Eugenio Suarez 3B,UT CIN
265 Travis Shaw 1B,3B,UT MIL
266 Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD
267 Cameron Maybin CF,UT LAA
268 Wilmer Flores 1B,2B,3B,UT NYM
269 Matt Duffy 3B,SS,UT TB
270 Adam Ottavino RP COL
271 Luis Severino SP,RP NYY
272 Addison Reed RP NYM
273 Denard Span CF,UT SF
274 Jeremy Hellickson SP PHI
275 Zach Davies SP MIL
276 Matt Bush RP TEX
277 Carlos Beltran RF,UT HOU
278 Nathan Karns SP,RP KC
279 Jarrod Dyson LF,CF,RF,UT SEA
280 Shawn Kelley RP WAS
281 Rajai Davis LF,CF,UT OAK
282 Zack Wheeler SP NYM
283 Mike Leake SP STL
284 Gerardo Parra 1B,LF,CF,RF,UT COL
285 Jason Hammel SP (N/A)
286 Wei-Yin Chen SP MIA
287 Luis Valbuena 3B,UT (N/A)
288 Lucas Duda 1B,UT NYM
289 Kevin Pillar CF,UT TOR
290 Nate Jones RP CHW
291 Braden Shipley SP,RP ARI
292 Kolten Wong 2B,UT STL
293 Leonys Martin CF,UT SEA
294 Chris Devenski SP,RP HOU
295 Tyler Thornburg RP BOS
296 Tyler Naquin CF,UT CLE
297 Lance Lynn SP STL
298 Hunter Strickland RP SF
299 Mitch Moreland 1B,UT BOS
300 Yunel Escobar 3B,UT LAA
301 Ryan Dull RP OAK
302 Alex Cobb SP TB
303 Arodys Vizcaino RP ATL
304 Asdrubal Cabrera SS,UT NYM
305 Derek Law RP SF
306 Francisco Rodriguez RP DET
307 Michael Lorenzen RP CIN
308 Jose Reyes 3B,SS,UT NYM
309 Huston Street RP LAA
310 Mike Foltynewicz SP ATL
311 Byung Ho Park 1B,UT MIN
312 Brett Gardner LF,UT NYY
313 Patrick Corbin SP,RP ARI
314 Jeanmar Gomez RP PHI
315 Will Harris RP HOU
316 Trevor Plouffe 1B,3B,UT OAK
317 Corey Knebel RP MIL
318 Jeremy Jeffress RP TEX
319 Zack Cozart SS,UT CIN
320 Wilson Ramos C,UT TB
321 Joe Panik 2B,UT SF
322 Darren O’Day RP BAL
323 Angel Pagan LF,CF,UT (N/A)
324 Curtis Granderson CF,RF,UT NYM
325 Brandon Phillips 2B,UT CIN
326 Mike Montgomery SP,RP CHC
327 Brad Boxberger RP TB
328 Adam Wainwright SP STL
329 Ian Kennedy SP KC
330 Marwin Gonzalez 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,UT HOU
331 Fernando Rodney RP ARI
332 Alcides Escobar SS,UT KC
333 Dan Straily SP,RP CIN
334 Yadier Molina C,UT STL
335 Brandon Finnegan SP CIN
336 Ketel Marte SS,UT ARI
337 Wellington Castillo C BAL
338 Steven Souza Jr. RF, UT TB
339 Blake Treinen RP WAS
340 Scott Kazmir SP LAD
341 J.J. Hardy SS,UT BAL
342 Jim Johnson RP ATL
343 Hector Santiago SS,UT SF
344 Sandy Leon C,UT BOS
345 Steve Cishek RP SEA
346 Micahel Feliz RP HOU
347 Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA
348 Martin Prado 3B,UT MIA
349 Trevor Rosenthal RP STL
350 Michael Wacha SP,RP STL
351 Hyun Soo Kim LF,UT BAL
352 Clay Buchholz SP,RP PHI
353 Jhonny Peralta 3B,SS,UT STL
354 Brett Lawrie 2B,UT CHW
355 Matt Adams 1B,UT STL
356 Michael Saunders LF,RF,UT PHI
357 Mychal Givens RP BAL
358 Melky Cabrera LF,UT CHW
359 Mike Zunino C,UT SEA
360 Pablo Sandoval 3B,UT BOS
361 Ivan Nova SP,RP PIT
362 Carson Smith RP BOS
363 Derek Dietrich 1B,2B,3B,UT MIA
364 Kendall Graveman SP OAK
365 Travis d’Arnaud C,UT NYM
366 Justin Wilson RP DET
367 Drew Storen RP CIN
368 Brock Holt 3B,LF,UT BOS
369 Freddy Galvis SS,UT PHI
370 Yovanni Gallardo SP BAL
371 Ryan Madson RP OAK
372 Sean Doolittle RP OAK
373 Keon Broxton CF,UT MIL
374 Brad Hand RP SD
375 Hector Rondon RP CHC
376 Jordy Mercer SS,UT PIT
377 Francisco Cervelli C,UT PIT
378 Tyler Chatwood SP COL
379 Blake Swihart C,LF,UT BOS
380 Alex Wood SP,RP LAD
381 Jayson Werth LF,UT WAS
382 Yan Gomes C,UT CLE
383 Chad Kukl RP OAK
384 Brandon Moss 1B,LF,RF,UT (N/A)
385 Derek Norris C,UT WAS
386 Shin-Soo Choo RF,UT TEX
387 Brad Ziegler RP MIA
388 Henry Owens RP MIA
389 Andrelton Simmons SS,UT LAA
390 Cameron Rupp C,UT PHI
391 Luke Gregorson RP HOU
392 Ryan Schimpf 2B,3B,UT SD
393 Kevin Siegrist RP STL
394 Brad Brach RP BAL
395 Steven Wright SP BOS
396 Steve Pearce 1B,2B,UT TOR
397 Devin Mesoraco C,UT CIN
398 Daniel Hudson RP PIT
399 Tony Cingrani RP CIN
400 Ryan Zimmerman 1B,UT WAS

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast Archives Dec 1, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016 (Episodes 1500 – 1530)

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Royals Get Great Value in Danny Duffy Extension, Probably

The Kansas City Royals announced a contract extension today with their young left-handed starting pitcher, Danny Duffy, that ensures Duffy will wear the Royal blue for another 5 years. Duffy is coming off of a fantastic campaign, in which he finally displayed the results that matched his talent. He was worth about 4 WAR and solidified his role as a starting pitcher. The Royals signed him for 5 years and $65Million in what should be a decidedly team-friendly deal.

He’s been something of a favorite of mine for the last 12 months. I did a deep dive on his success back in June, but the basic key to success for Duffy, as with most other pitchers, was his ability to locate his fastball and cut down on his walks. He also made an appearance in my Golden Age of the Lefty Fastball piece as guy who averages 95 on his fastball. That deep dive piece published just as I was moving and shaking in my fantasy league, with the goal to pick Duffy off of the waiver wire. A certain OTBB editor saw that piece and pounced on Duffy, leaving my squad a starting pitcher short and all I could do was follow his summertime dominance longingly. The Royals, having likely learned from my fantasy squad, will not be watching Duffy dominate for another squad. They know how good he is.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 16, 2017


It is Dr. King Day. And on this day, I am saluting Hamtramck Stadium, one of the last remaining former Negro League parks and a monument for what is good and what is wrong with our country.

Remembering and learning from the past on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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2017 Mock Draft

This year’s class is notable for the dearth of college pitching, which serves as a direct contrast to the relative scarcity of college position players. As far as the high school talent goes, there seem to be more position players than there are pitchers. However, this particular class is notable for its dearth of two-way players.

The Minnesota Twins “earned” the first overall selection after a miserable 2016 season, one that saw their pitching staff and offense underperform under renewed expectations. Minnesota hadn’t occupied the top spot in the draft since 2001 when they took an in-state product and current first baseman Joe Mauer out of Cretin-Durham Hall High School. In a year that has no consensus top prospect, much like 2016, anything is possible. The Twins could go after a prep product, like San Diego prepster Hunter Greene or they could go for a major league ready collegian, like Jeren Kendall or Kyle Wright.

2017 MLB Mock Draft – January Edition

I’m Fascinated By Sacrifice Flies: A Review

Baseball has an ability like no other to provide infinite anecdotes and recollections. Tim Kurkjian’s I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love (2016; St. Martin’s Press) captures that unique proclivity. The renowned ESPN personality/journalist has accumulated some of the best stories and oddities that he has collected during his decades of close involvement and observation of the game and turned them over to the fans for their own enjoyment.


Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 14, 2017


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Wil Myers looks like he is sticking around in San Diego. The Padres might play in a pitchers park but some hitters found their mojo in Petco Park.

Hit it off the warehouse on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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It has been a rather emotional offseason for many fans of the Toronto Blue Jays. As of right now, we seem to have lost out on Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Brett Cecil and not landed Dexter Fowler and others. People are livid. Earlier today, our James Dailey wrote that everyone really needs to calm down and take a step back for a second. James did a good job of using numbers to show how the Blue Jays actually aren’t as bad as we might think. It was a refreshing piece, honestly.


But, the problem is that fans DO have a right to be upset about how this offseason has gone and how management has gone about setting themselves up to repeat the success of the last two seasons…

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 13, 2017


It is Friday the 13th, a day that brings up issues of luck and good fortune. Some players had horrible luck. Others had obscenely good luck.

Avoid guys in hockey masks on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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This and That, Odds and Ends: Hall of Fame Edition


Curt Schilling’s legend was built on blood and guts and grit – but he seems intent on undoing it with bile and bigotry.

The HOF is populated by cheaters, gamblers, racists, drunks, and abusers of women. It’s also filled with kind, decent, generous men. One’s view on where Schilling lands on this character spectrum is irrelevant when assessing his qualifications as a player (well… unless of course you invoke the character clause).


Who Were the Top-Performing Hitters at Each Lineup Spot During the 2016 MLB Season?

All baseball players – whether they’re amateurs or professionals – are creatures of habit. When you have a game to play every day, routines form (some on purpose, some by accident) and once a player notices those routines, they typically like to keep them as they are.

Advanced statistics have helped organizations and coaching staffs justify tinkering lineups on a daily basis, but one thing is for certain – most hitters like coming to the ballpark knowing exactly where their name will be penciled into the order.

It makes mentally preparing a lot easier, and they don’t have to wonder when they’ll get their first plate appearance of the night.

With that in mind, I was curious as to which hitters performed the best in 2016 at each particular lineup spot. The only criteria was sample size – 1-5 hitters needed at least 400 plate appearances to qualify, but it dropped to 250-plus for the six-hole and 200-plus for the bottom-third to generate players to choose from.

Here are your most dominant hitters at each lineup spot from 2016, ranked by wRC+.








So, the Toronto Blue Jays look to be close to doing “something” soon, according to Stephen Brunt, who was on Sportsnet 960 The Fan in Calgary on Tuesday. All of this, of course passed on by Ian Hunter over at Blue Jay Hunter, so a hearty “Thank you” to him for the relay. And, what that something is could be anyone’s guess. But, one idea that has been floated before, and doesn’t seem to want to go away is the idea of trading for Pirates OF, Andrew McCutchen. But, it won’t come cheap: Vladimir Guerrero Jr!

In any trade talks this winter, we knew that it would cost a rather significant chunk of Toronto’s prospect capital. Names like Anthony Alford, Sean Reid-Foley, Conner Greene, and even Rowdy Tellez were among the names we knew would have to be included in any deal of substance. And, some folks would be willing to part with a couple of those names if it means winning in 2017. But this one is a bit jarring.

TAKE THE POLL at Jays From the Couch

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 12, 2017


Spent a great few days with my dad, but we both wished there was a baseball game on.

Baseball acts as a constant friend who is reliable. For me, it is an indicator that things are going to be ok.

Fill the gaps in life on this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 11, 2017


The city of San Diego is now a one team city. The Padres have the city to themselves. Fans need to support them like never before.

It is a Gaslamp episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

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Top Blue Jays Prospects For 2017

The Blue Jays system is mostly made up of high upside hitters but, like always, the Jays have been stockpiling pitching in the draft to compensate. With these new draftees, the organization is trending up compared to how barren it was after the Jays first postseason run. There is tremendous upside in picks like T.J. Zeuch, J.B. Woodman, and Joshua Palacios just in the 2016 MLB Draft. Vlad Jr. and Bo Bichette are two young talents that look like they could shine in the spotlight as stars. They also have bloodlines of former greats, which has proven to be a characteristic the Jays tend to take a chance on. The pitching doesn’t have the same talent as it did when “The Lansing Three” were storming their way up the system, but pitchers like Justin Maese and Angel Perdomo could develop into a top of the rotation starters. Overall, the system has enough upside talent to use as trade bait and still have an upper half ranking system.

Toronto Blue Jays Top 25 Prospects 2017

MLB Reports State Of The Union For 2017: 6 Year Anniversary For Us!!


It has been an incredible 6 years run for the MLB Reports but 2017 is going to redefine us as a major entity in the blogging landscape.  We are heading to a new platform pretty soon to better serve our readers, and to also enable us to expand to the content we need to post on a daily basis. 

Coming off the heels of our greatest ever season in 2016, we are ramping up production to new levels.

Our track record has been quite impressive since the inception, and we are hoping to keep up the momentum for our readers in the upcoming seasons.  We have no filters, extremely strong opinions, and if we aren’t pissing plenty of people off at any given time – then we are not doing our jobs correctly.

Our Motto ‘The Truth Stings Like A Cactus! Baseball Is Our Religion, Come for worship anytime.”

Brian Wilson Apologist, tattoo artist and Professional Gambling Handicapper Hunter Stokes was awesome in his best picks of the year and best value bets on the World Series. Can he do it again?

Brian Wilson Apologist, FanDuel Master, tattoo artist and Professional Gambling Handicapper – Hunter Stokes has been awesome in his best picks of the year from 2014 – 2016 and best value bets on the World Series. Can he do it again in 2017?

Hunter Stokes (our Chief Writer and Gambling Expert) has pledged to work for us full time.  He will be doing Daily Fantasy Rosters for FanDuel all year based on his successful indoctrination to the world last year.  In addition to that, he will continue his outstanding best value picks for Sports Handicapping.

This means Player Prop Bets, Odds to Win the World Series, MLB Divisions, Pennants and Home Run Derby posts. His track record has been elite to say the least, and we have all profited off his blogs.

Hunter will also be in charge of all the MLB Team Power Rankings and many more posts.

Chuck Nooth with Larry Lucchino in the Fenway RF Nation area..

Chuck Booth with Larry Lucchino in the Fenway RF Nation area..

I, Chuck Booth. will also be able to write full time this next year – which means I am going to be in charge of updating all of our mainstay pages:  MLB Interleague, Tommy John Surgery, and I am coming back strong with a new emphasis on MLB Team Payrolls that is unique to the industry.  Before the year is over, no one will have finer coverage of MLB Team Salary Analysis than we will. 

Trey Rose with Justin Verlander

Trey Rose with Justin Verlander

Our Lead Baseball Analyst (Trey Rose) is going to contribute daily (DFS) MLB Draft Kings rosters during the regular seasons. along with a ton of baseball rankings when it comes to fantasy baseball.  Trey is an uprising writing talent that will not be denied.


Sully Baseball has continued his streak of running a podcast every day since Oct. 24/2012 – and 2017 he will not be slowing down anytime soon.   We are pleased to have Sully back for another year of his 20 minute a day show!!

In March, we are coming back with our award winning (MLB Team Appreciation Days, where we preview your clubs, and also hammer out the payroll for each team).

The BBBA is a growing collection of baseball bloggers with the general purpose of collaborating on projects or being a reference for each other - and especially in terms of promoting in social media like Twitter, Facebook and Podcasting. Click the Contact Us Page If You wish to join.

The BBBA is a growing collection of baseball bloggers with the general purpose of collaborating on projects or being a reference for each other – and especially in terms of promoting in social media like Twitter, Facebook and Podcasting.

This is not all….We have several many other BBBA (Baseball Bloggers Alliance) contributors to the site that will be posting their great work with our site to show the public as well.

250 writers have posted at least one article with us.. We are in the Millions of views now in our 6000+ Blogs.  Many thanks to all of the people who have contributed to our little place on the web.  Here is to many more years of baseball coverage!

MLB reports

Chuck Booth (MLB Reports Owner)

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of and their partners***

I am happy to be back at the helm of the MLB Reports, after completing my record 224 Games in the MLB Trip in 2015.  It was the 4th time I have seen all 30 MLB Parks since 2008. During that time away I was fortunate to do 100 Media Interviews

Interview on CSN Philly during the month of July.

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Ranking the 2017 American League Managers

As usual with my mid-winter grades, I won’t offer any score for first time managers, but if a guy has managed elsewhere in the majors he’s fair game, even if this will be the first season with his current team.

Let’s get to it!

American League East

John Farrell, Boston Red Sox: First to worst and back again. And again. And again. Farrell’s Boston teams seem to be either really good or really bad, and that doesn’t reflect too well on the manger. Seems to me, a well run team filled with talented veterans should be able to do a better job of consistently competing. 2017 will be a big challenge for Farrell for many reasons. First, he’ll be trying to string together back to back good seasons, but beyond that, the Red Sox are now so loaded with talent that expectations are going to be sky high. As we’ve seen in baseball many times before (e.g. 2012 Miami Marlins) super teams on paper don’t always pan out. Let’s see if Farrell can get all the parts to mesh. Grade: B

To continue reading the definitive rankings of 2017 American League Managers, click on over to our mostly baseball blog at Off The Bench.

The Greatest Detroit Tiger By Position: Shortstop

Tigers shortstops.jpg

After the ugliness of what is the history of Tigers playing third base, we move to what I am guessing is an easier decision with the Shortstop position.  If you missed the greatest Tigers catcher, first baseman, second baseman, or third base, you can catch up at any point by clicking on the hyperlinks.

Again, the only qualifier in my process for determining the best positional Detroit Tiger is that they played at least five years as a Tiger with a majority of their games at that position.  Qualifying for shortstop is Alan Trammell, Donie Bush, Billy Rogell, Harvey Kuenn, and (ahem) Deivi Cruz.  We boot Deivi to start with his 6.0 WAR as a Tiger.

Here we go in chronological order of when the player was in Detroit…

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