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2017 Top-100 Major League Baseball Prospects

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As the baseball season quickly approaches, it’s time to take a look at the top-100 prospects for 2017. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to follow and tweet me @dynasty_digest. You can also find more of my articles at www.dynastydigest.sportsblogs.com.

 

Rank Player Team Position
1 Alex Reyes STL SP
2 Yoan Moncada CHW 2B/3B
3 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
4 Brendan Rodgers COL SS
5 Gleyber Torres NYY SS
6 Victor Robles WSH OF
7 Dansby Swanson ATL SS
8 Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF
9 Rafael Devers BOS 3B
10 Lucas Giolito WSH SP
11 Eloy Jimenez CHC OF
12 Ozzie Albies ATL 2B/SS
13 Tyler Glasnow PIT SP
14 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF
15 J.P. Crawford PHI SS
16 Austin Meadows PIT OF
17 Amed Rosario NYM SS
18 Clint Frazier NYY OF
19 Josh Bell PIT 1B/OF
20 Joey Gallo TEX 3B/OF
21 Manuel Margot SD OF
22 Francis Martes HOU SP
23 Brent Honeywell TB SP
24 Nick Senzel CIN 3B
25 Michael Kopech CHW SP
26 Kevin Maitan ATL SS
27 Willy Adames TB SS
28 Bradley Zimmer CLE OF
29 Jason Groome BOS SP
30 Anderson Espinoza SD SP
31 Jorge Mateo NYY SS
32 Yadier Alvarez LAD SP
33 Kyle Lewis SEA OF
34 Franklin Barreto OAK SS
35 Riley Pint COL SP
36 Blake Rutherford NYY OF
37 Josh Hader MIL SP
38 Corey Ray MIL OF
39 Alex Verdugo LAD OF
40 Hunter Renfroe SD OF
41 Lewis Brinson MIL OF
42 Isan Diaz MIL 2B/SS
43 Mickey Moniak PHI OF
44 Jose De Leon LAD SP
45 Erick Fedde WSH SP
46 Reynaldo Lopez CHW SP
47 Jake Bauers TB 1B/OF
48 Aaron Judge NYY OF
49 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR SS
50 Willie Calhoun LAD 2B
51 Luke Weaver STL SP
52 Francisco Mejia CLE C
53 Raimel Tapia COL OF
54 James Kaprielian NYY SP
55 Harrison Bader STL OF
56 Braxton Garrett MIA SP
57 Kolby Allard ATL SP
58 Tyler Jay MIN SP
59 Rowdy Tellez TOR 1B
60 Kyle Tucker HOU OF
61 Tyler O’Neil SEA OF
62 Sean Newcomb ATL SP
63 David Paulino HOU SP
64 Derek Fisher HOU OF
65 Jeff Hoffman COL SP
66 Nick Gordon MIN SS
67 Nick Williams PHI OF
68 A.J. Puk OAK SP
69 Kevin Newman PIT SS
70 Luis Ortiz MIL SP
71 Mike Soroka ATL SP
72 Jesse Winker CIN OF
73 Zack Collins CHW C
74 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 3B
75 Amir Garrett CIN SP
76 Mitch Keller PIT SP
77 Jorge Alfaro PHI C
78 Dominic Smith NYM 1B
79 Ronald Acuna ATL OF
80 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B
81 Chance Sisco BAL C
82 Sean Reid-Foley TOR SP
83 Yusniel Diaz LAD OF
84 Matt Manning DET SP
85 Forrest Whitley HOU SP
86 Brady Aiken CLE SP
87 A.J. Reed HOU 1B
88 Brett Phillips MIL OF
89 Phil Bickford MIL SP
90 Walker Buehler LAD SP
91 Ian Anderson ATL SP
92 Tyler Beede SF SP
93 Richard Urena TOR SS
94 Sandy Alcantara STL SP
95 Max Schrock OAK 2B
96 Cal Quantrill SD SP
97 Triston McKenzie CLE SP
98 Carson Kelly STL C
99 Michael Gettys SD OF
100 Stephen Gonsalves MIN SP
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2016 MLB Playoff and Yearly Award Predictions

With only about a month left in the season, it’s time to take a look at playoff and yearly award predictions. These are obviously subject to change, but below are my predictions. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @dynasty_digest.

Playoff Prediction

AL East: Boston Red Sox

AL Central: Cleveland Indians

AL West: Texas Rangers

Wild Card: Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers

 

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/30/16

P – Zach Davies (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers): $8,000. Davies has been spectacular this month. In five starts in June, he owns a 1.64 ERA, 0.788 WHIP, 36 strikeouts, and six walks in 33 innings pitched. One of those five starts came against the Dodgers, in which he threw seven innings, giving up five hits, one run, and he struck out six. The Dodgers offense has really struggled over the past seven days, which is a good sign for the young right-hander.

P – Carlos Rodon (vs. Minnesota Twins): $8,500. Rodon is coming off a very good start against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last start. Over his last 12 innings pitched, he has struck out 16 batters, which is a great sign for daily fantasy. The Minnesota Twins rank in the bottom of the major leagues against left-handed pitching in 2016, so this should be a great matchup for Rodon. Rodon faced the Twins on April 13th, going six innings, giving up three hits, zero runs, and he struck out six. Rodon can be a very high risk, high reward pitcher, so this could be a risky play.

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/17/16

P- Matt Harvey (vs. Atlanta Braves): $10,300. Harvey finally looks like he has turned it around. In his last three starts, he has only allowed two runs in 20 innings while striking out 17. He is facing a very bad Atlanta Brave offense, so he should continue his recent success. There are lots of other elite options for pitching today, but I think Harvey provides to most value at his price.

 

P- Julio Urias (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $7,600. Milwaukee has struggled against left-handed pitching this year, so this is great for Urias. Urias struggled in his first few starts, but he has gotten better every start. He will be pitching in his home stadium, against a pretty bad lineup, so this should be a favorable matchup for Urias. Urias is currently sporting an 11.1 strikeout rate per nine innings pitched, which should net some good points on DraftKings.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/15/16

P- Corey Kluber (vs. Kansas City Royals): $13,100. This matchup almost looks too good to be true. Kluber has been very successful as of late. He is coming off his second complete game of the season, in which he gave up only three hits, with eight strikeouts against the Angels. He has gone at least six innings in his last six starts. He has also dominated the Royals throughout his career. In 240 career at bats against Kluber, the Royals’ offense is batting .204, with 60 strikeouts, and a .235 OBP.

 

P- Sonny Gray (vs. Texas Rangers): $7,100. Gray has really excelled in his first two starts since returning from the disabled list. In his first start, he threw five innings against the Astros giving up five hits, one run, and five strikeouts. In his second outing, he faced the Reds, in which he gave up five hits, two runs, and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched. Gray does face a tough offense, but he is pitching at his home park, which is always a good sign. In 176 career at bats against Gray, the Rangers’ lineup is batting .210, with 34 strikeouts, and a .291 OBP.

 

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I Give The Captain More Accolades: Jeter To Play Last Game In The Bronx + Last Series In Boston

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Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead/Analyst – with assist to Jonathan Hacohen, Website Founder) 

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I understand the “Jeter Fatigue” that has gone on all year, and half of me just wishes that he never mentioned that he was done after the 2014 campaign.  I just hate giving any ammunition to the ‘hater’s’, and definitely when I have agreed it was overkill at some points.  

But then I would have missed his brilliant series at Safeco Field, that was worth the price of admission, if I hadn’t known it was his last year.

While he has struggled for some of this season, he had hits in his 1st AB, all three games of that series I attended, and reached base 9 times in 3 straight Yankee wins, giving me yet more memories for my favorite current Pinstriper.

I was there in person for that, and bought my only t-shirt of the year from a street vendor afterwards.

While everyone is not a Yankees fan. and are growing tired of the talk, this is the greatest Yankees player in my years of watching the sport. So, because I have a forum to write about him, Damnit I will!!

Sure I had grown up on Don Mattingly  (the last captain of the team prior to #2).. Heck…he is still my favorite player of ALL – Time, but Jeter came into the mix about the same time I graduated from high school.

I am sure I can say this about a lot of “Bronx Bombers’ fans my age.  I wanted to be a New York Yankee while playing organized baseball.  It was my dream.

Derek Jeter has lived the life all of us would have wanted as a Yankee Stadium ‘hero’. Read the rest of this entry

Interview with Houston Astros Prospect and 2011 Draftee: Brandon Meredith

Friday August 5, 2011

 

MLB reports:  On the Reports we love discussing baseball prospects and looking towards the next up-and-coming MLB stars.  We especially enjoy talking to the players directly and bringing them to you on the Reports.  Today, we are very fortunate to be c0nversing with Brandon Meredith of the Houston Astros.  A 6th round selection in this year’s MLB draft, Brandon is in A-ball, currently playing outfield for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League.  With a .379 OBP and 6 stolen bases in only 34 games played, Brandon has certainly hit the ground running.   A native of California, Brandon attended San Diego State and played under hall-of-famer Tony Gwynn before getting drafted.  One of the nicest young men you will ever meet, Brandon’s future is very bright as a top prospect that will be playing one day for the Houston Astros.  Playing in his first professional baseball season, MLB reports is proud to present Brandon Meredith, outfielder for the Houston Astros:

 

MLB reports:  Welcome to MLB reports Brandon.  We are very glad that you have been able to join us today.  Let’s the hit ground running.  Firstly, as a youngster, who was your favorite baseball player growing up, that you most idolized and patterned your game after?

Brandon Meredith:  I idolized guys like my coach Tony Gwynn at SDSU (San Diego State) and I loved watching Frank Thomas play the game growing up.  But I most pattern my game and like to play like Charlie Hustle (Pete Rose).  All hustle, all the time.
 

 

MLB reports:  You certainly were lucky to learn from Tony Gwynn, considered one of the best hitters that the game has ever seen.  From the the current crop of players, which MLB star do you most admire and why?

Brandon Meredith:  I like a number of guys, I can’t say that I can pick just one.  The players that I most look up to have the same qualities.  They bring it every night.  They hustle and play the game to win.  Those are the guys that I work hard to play like and mold my game around.

 

 

MLB reports:  What are your proudest accomplishments in baseball thus far Brandon?

Brandon Meredith:  My proudest accomplishment is getting drafted and having the chance to play professional baseball.  To get to this point and be a part of a major league baseball organization, I have made it much farther already than many players.  I truly feel blessed to be able to have this opportunity.

 

 

MLB reports:  What were your goals going into the 2011 season?

Brandon Meredith:  I was excited to get on the field and get into games fairly quickly.  I want to learn and grow as an individual, as well as a baseball player.  I want to learn the pro-style game of baseball and become strong in every facet of the game.  At the end of the day,  I want to be able to look back on this season and my career and know that I always gave everything I had and to have no regrets.

 

 

MLB reports:  When you first found out you were drafted, what were your reactions?  Did those reactions change over time?  What was the process like being drafted originally by the Rays in 2008 and what were the factors in not signing with Tampa Bay and Houston originally?

Brandon Meredith:  When I was drafted this year, my first reaction was to reflect on the time I had at San Diego State.  It felt weird to know I was going to sign and not be a part of SDSU any longer.  The process was a good one in high school.   I learned a lot from being drafted at a young age and being a part of the draft process so early in my life.  I learned that a person should not expect too much from the draft process.   Let it come from you.  The factors that led to me not signing was partially the amount of money involved, but also the fact that I felt that I was not physically and mentally prepared to take on pro-ball before.  I wanted to develop as a player and person at the college level and become a professional baseball when the time was right.  2011 turned out to be the right time for me.

 

 

MLB reports:  What do you consider your greatest baseball skill(s)?

Brandon Meredith:  I feel like  I am a good and patient hitter.  I know the strike zone and have a strong understanding of my swing.  Overall, I feel that my biggest skill is my knowledge of the game and the fact that I love to play the game hard, every inning of every game that I am on the field. 
 

 

MLB reports:  What facets of your game do you most wish to improve upon?

Brandon Meredith:  No matter how long I play this game, there will always be areas of improvement to bring my game to the next level.  I need to improve on arm strength and quickness.  I want to be an all-around baseball player, as both defense and offense are important to me.  I  also work hard on the ability to hit for power, without sacrificing  getting on base and stealing bases.
 

 

MLB reports:  How do strikeouts and walks figure into your game? 

Brandon Meredith:  I hate striking out first of all.  I love to walk more than strikeout and walks will always be a very important part of my game.  I like getting on base and making things happen.   I am working hard on pitch recognition and knowing my strike zone so that I can cut down on strikeouts, which I look to improving upon as much as I can as I continue to play the game.

 

 

MLB reports:  Long term what position do you see yourself playing?  How do you see defense as part of your overall game?

Brandon Meredith:  I can see myself staying in the outfield and playing left field.  Defense is a big part of my game.  I feel that I am a good outfielder.  While I recognize that there are areas that I have to work on, overall I pride myself on being solid defensively.  I put a great deal of work on the defensive part of my game and while I can’t promise that a gold glove is in my future, I am definitely working towards being the best outfielder that I can be.
 

 

MLB reports:   Has pro ball been everything you expected it to be thus far?  Tell us about your experiences thus far Brandon.

Brandon Meredith:  I truly love being a part of professional baseball.  It is the most fun that I have had in my life.  Interestingly, it feels so much easier than the college game.  I feel more relaxed, both mentally and physically.  Now I only have baseball to focus on.  The best part is that I have baseball and that’s it.  I get to play everyday and love my job.   The only downside so far is the cities that we are traveling to are new to me and experiences that take time to get used to.   But overall it has been  a great experience and ride so far.  
 

 

MLB reports:  With working so hard on the field, chill and down time off the field is very important I’m sure.  Who do you most hang out with on the ValleyCats Brandon and what do you do for fun?

Brandon Meredith:  I love to be competitive with my teammates.  We play everything from call of duty to ping-pong.  I hang out with Neiko Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Jacke Healey, Nicholas Tropeano, John Hinson, and Andrew Muren the most.

 

 

MLB reports:  If you had to look into a crystal ball, when do you see your expected time of arrival in the big leagues and what do you think you need to do most to get there?

Brandon Meredith:   I feel that I could potentially be there in three to five years.  Playing in Houston for the Astros is what I am working towards and will do everything that I can to make my dream come true.  For that to happen long-term, I will to need to hit for more power and work hard on my defense and quickness. 

 

MLB reports:  A big thank you to Brandon Meredith on joining us today on the Reports.  We wish you the best of luck on your baseball journey to the big leagues. We definitely encourage all our readers to feel free to contact Brandon with your comments and questions on his twitter handle.  Brandon loves interacting with the fans and is a must follow!

 

 

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Derek Jeter: New York Yankees Captain Joins the 3000 Hit Club

Saturday  July 9, 2011

 

 

MLB reports:   Only in New York.  Derek Jeter entered today’s play with 2,998 career hits.  Only two hits short of the magical 3,000 mark.  Up against tough lefty pitcher David Price of the Rays, there was no certainty that Jeter would achieve the mark today.  But this being Jeter, playing in New York in front of the Yankees faithful, you knew that the captain would not disappoint.  Jeter ended up putting on a show for the ages today that few will ever forget and cementing his place in history as one of the best Yankees of all time.

Jeter started off the afternoon with a lead-off single.  Coming up in the 3rd inning, one hit away from 3,000, Jeter took David Price deep for a home run.  The captain hit out of the park in every sense of the word.  After celebrating the accomplishment, Jeter proceeded to have three more hits and finish the day a perfect 5 for 5.  Jeter is only the second player ever to get five hits in getting to 3,000, Craig Biggio being the other in 2007.

 

To put this into perspective, let’s take a look at the exclusive 3,000 Hit Club that Derek Jeter has just joined:

Player

Hits

Average

Date

Team

 

 

 

Pete Rose

4,256

.303

May 5, 1978

Cincinnati Reds

 

 

 

Ty Cobb

4,191

.366

August 19, 1921

Detroit Tigers

 

 

 

Hank Aaron

3,771

.305

May 17, 1970

Atlanta Braves

 

 

 

Stan Musial

3,630

.331

May 13, 1958

St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

 

Tris Speaker

3,514

.345

May 17, 1925

Cleveland Indians

 

 

 

Carl Yastrzemski

3,419

.285

September 12, 1979

Boston Red Sox

 

 

 

Cap Anson

3,012

.334

July 18, 1897

Chicago Colts

 

 

 

Honus Wagner

3,415

.328

June 9, 1914

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

 

 

Paul Molitor

3,319

.306

September 16, 1996

Minnesota Twins

 

 

 

Eddie Collins

3,315

.333

June 6, 1925

Chicago White Sox

 

 

 

Willie Mays

3,283

.302

July 18, 1970

San Francisco Giants

 

 

 

Eddie Murray

3,255

.287

June 30, 1995

Cleveland Indians

 

 

 

Nap Lajoie

3,242

.338

September 27, 1914

Cleveland Naps

 

 

 

Cal Ripken, Jr.

3,184

.276

April 15, 2000

Baltimore Orioles

 

 

 

George Brett

3,154

.305

September 30, 1992

Kansas City Royals

 

 

 

Paul Waner

3,152

.333

June 19, 1942

Boston Braves

 

 

 

Robin Yount

3,142

.285

September 9, 1992

Milwaukee Brewers

 

 

 

Tony Gwynn

3,141

.338

August 6, 1999

San Diego Padres

 

 

 

Dave Winfield

3,110

.283

September 16, 1993

Minnesota Twins

 

 

 

Craig Biggio

3,060

.281

June 28, 2007

Houston Astros

 

 

 

Rickey Henderson

3,055

.279

October 7, 2001

San Diego Padres

 

 

 

Rod Carew

3,053

.328

August 4, 1985

California Angels

 

 

 

Lou Brock

3,023

.293

August 13, 1979

St. Louis Cardinals

 

 

 

Rafael Palmeiro

3,020

.288

July 15, 2005

Baltimore Orioles

 

 

 

Wade Boggs

3,010

.328

August 7, 1999

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

 

 

 

Al Kaline

3,007

.297

September 24, 1974

Detroit Tigers

 

 

 

Derek Jeter

3,003

.312

July 9, 2011

New York Yankees

 

 

 

Roberto Clemente

3,000

.317

September 30, 1972

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

 

 

 

Derek Jeter is only the 28th player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits.  An incredible feat indeed.  To put it further into perspective, every member of the 3,000 Hit Club is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, with the exception of Biggio (not yet eligible), Jeter (active), and Palmeiro/Rose (steroids, gambling).  With 3,000 hits, a player almost guarantees his entrance to the Hall.  With the exception of Rose and Palmeiro, every member of the 3,000 Hit Club has been a first ballot HOFer since 1962.  Jeter certainly deserves all the attention that he is receiving today.  Not only did he reach the mark, but he did it on baseball’s stage in the true style of a superstar.

 

Looking at Derek Jeter’s career numbers, the man has definitely proven to be one of the game’s greats:

Year AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1995 48 5 12 0 7 3 11 .250 .294 .375 .669
1996 582 104 183 10 78 48 102 .314 .370 .430 .800
1997 654 116 190 10 70 74 125 .291 .370 .405 .775
1998 626 127 203 19 84 57 119 .324 .384 .481 .864
1999 627 134 219 24 102 91 116 .349 .438 .552 .989
2000 593 119 201 15 73 68 99 .339 .416 .481 .896
2001 614 110 191 21 74 56 99 .311 .377 .480 .858
2002 644 124 191 18 75 73 114 .297 .373 .421 .794
2003 482 87 156 10 52 43 88 .324 .393 .450 .844
2004 643 111 188 23 78 46 99 .292 .352 .471 .823
2005 654 122 202 19 70 77 117 .309 .389 .450 .839
2006 623 118 214 14 97 69 102 .343 .417 .483 .900
2007 639 102 206 12 73 56 100 .322 .388 .452 .840
2008 596 88 179 11 69 52 85 .300 .363 .408 .771
2009 634 107 212 18 66 72 90 .334 .406 .465 .871
2010 663 111 179 10 67 63 106 .270 .340 .370 .710
2011 280 40 72 2 22 24 33 .257 .321 .329 .649
17 Seasons 9602 1725 2998 236 1157 972 1605 .312 .383 .449 .832
162 Game Avg. 659 118 206 16 79 67 110 .312 .383 .449 .832
  AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
 

Derek Jeter, also known as Mr. November or Captain Clutch, has enjoyed a storybook career.  AL ROY in 1996, five gold gloves, 11 All-Star game appearances, a World Series MVP and All-Star game MVP,  4 Silver Slugger awards, 4 World Series rings…the list goes on and on.  For a man who grew up cheering for the Yankees, Jeter will one day have his plaque in Cooperstown and jersey retired in Yankee Stadium.  Although clearly on the decline at age 37, which started to show rapidly last year, Jeter proved today that he still has some big hits left in his bat.  Congrats to Yankee captain Derek Jeter, or as he will be known from now on, Mr. 3000. 

 

 

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Andre Ethier: Chasing Joe DiMaggio and #56

MLB reports: In the history of baseball, 53 players have been able to achieve a streak of 30+ consecutive games with at least one hit.  Andre Ethier, the 29-year-old outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers is ironically sitting as of today on a 29 game hitting streak.  Ethier missed yesterday’s game with elbow inflammation and his team has a day off today.  On Friday, assuming reports are correct that Ethier will play, he will attempt to become player #54 of this exclusive major league club.

The current members of the 30+ consecutive games hitting streak club are as follows:

Hitting Streaks: Players With At Least 1 Hit in At Least 30 Consecutive Games
Rank Year Name Team League Games

1.

1941

Joe DiMaggio (AL Record)

New York

AL 56

2.

1896-1897

Willie Keeler (NL Record)

Baltimore

NL 45

3.

1978

Pete Rose

Cincinnati

NL 44

4.

1894

Bill Dahlen

Chicago

NL 42

5.

1922

George Sisler

St. Louis

AL 41

6.

1911

Ty Cobb

Detroit

AL 40

7.

1987

Paul Molitor

Milwaukee

AL 39

8.

2005-2006

Jimmy Rollins

Philadelphia NL 38

9.

1945

Tommy Holmes

Boston

NL 37
10. 1896-1897 Gene DeMontreville Washington NL 36

11.

1895

Fred Clarke

Louisville

NL 35

 

1917

Ty Cobb

Detroit

AL 35
  1924-1925 George Sisler St. Louis AL 35

 

2002

Luis Castillo

Florida

NL 35
  2006 Chase Utley Philadelphia NL 35

 16.

1938

George McQuinn

St. Louis

AL 34

 

1949

Dom DiMaggio

Boston

AL 34

 

1987

Benito Santiago

San Diego

NL 34

19.

1893

George Davis

New York

NL 33

 

1907

Hal Chase

New York

AL 33

 

1922

Rogers Hornsby

St. Louis

NL 33

 

1933

Heinie Manush

Washington

AL 33
23. 1922-1923 Harry Heilmann Detroit AL 32
  1996-1997 Hal Morris Cincinnati NL 32
25. 1885-1886 Jimmy Wolf Louisville AA 31
  1899

Ed Delahanty

Philadelphia

NL 31

 

1906

Nap Lajoie

Cleveland

AL 31

 

1924

Sam Rice

Washington

AL 31
  1965-1966 Vada Pinson Cincinnati NL 31

 

1969

Willie Davis

Los Angeles

NL 31

 

1970

Rico Carty

Atlanta

NL 31
  1975-1976 Ron LeFlore Detroit AL 31

 

1980

Ken Landreaux

Minnesota

AL 31

 

1999

Vladimir Guerrero

Montreal

NL 31

35.

1876

Cal McVey

Chicago

NL 30
  1895-1896 Dusty Miller Cincinnati NL 30

 

1898

Elmer Smith

Cincinnati

NL 30

 

1912

Tris Speaker

Boston

AL 30
  1922-1923 Charlie Grimm Chicago NL 30
  1927-1928 Lance Richbourg Boston NL 30
  1929-1930 Sam Rice Washington AL 30

 

1934

Goose Goslin

Detroit

AL 30

 

1950

Stan Musial

St. Louis

NL 30

 

1980

George Brett

Kansas City

AL 30

 

1989

Jerome Walton

Chicago

NL 30

 

1997

Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Cleveland

AL 30

 

1997

Nomar Garciaparra

Boston

AL 30

 

1998

Eric Davis

Baltimore

AL 30

 

1999

Luis Gonzalez

Arizona

NL 30

 

2003

Albert Pujols

St. Louis

NL 30
 

2006

Willy Taveras

Houston

NL 30

 

2007

Moises Alou

New York

NL

30

  2009 Ryan Zimmerman Washington NL 30

Rank

Yearn

Name

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30+ Game Hitting Streaks | Hitting Streaks Records

Quite the list of the who’s who in baseball.  Pete Rose at 44 and Paul Molitor at 39 are two of the most recent players in recent memory that attempted to break “the record”.  One of the most, if not the most holy records in all of sports, is Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak in 1941.  Many players have tried but few have come close to DiMaggio’s magic number.  Consider that six players EVER have hit for 40+ consecutive games and only two have achieved the feat since 1922.  Pete Rose with a 44 game streak back in 1978 and DiMaggio with the record 56 games in 1941.  That’s it.  It’s not like DiMaggio has the record by a short margin either.  Sitting at #2 is Willie Keeler with 45 games between 1896-1897.  A full 11 game difference.  To put the record in another context:  Keeler has the record for 44 years until DiMaggio breaks it.  Now DiMaggio has been the holder for 69 years and counting.  The consecutive games hitting streak record is one that does not fall very often.  Given the pace of DiMaggio’s record, we may never see anyone break it.  Ever.

Pete Rose and Paul Molitor were two of the recent athletes that were approaching “the streak”.  Jimmy Rollins had a 38 game streak between 2005-2006.  From there, Luis Castillo and Chase Utley had 35 games each respectively and Benito Santiago had a 34 game streak back in 1987 (the juiced ball year, as often described by baseball experts).  If you throw out 1987, you would be left with very few modern-day players at the top of the game hitting streaks leaderboard.  23 out of the top 30 streaks occurred before 1970 and the majority were in the early 1900s.  For all the talk of steroids and “cheaters” shattering hitting records, I do not see any of the accused or suspected hitters from recent times on the list.  Barry Bonds as a prime example of a hitter that was considered with a near perfect batting eye in his hey-day…not on the list.  But aside from Bonds, think of Ichiro Suzuki competing for batting titles year-in and year-out.  Not on the list.  John Olerud batting close to .400 for much of 1993…not on the list.  From there, let’s point to some of the greatest hitters of all time.  Stan Musial had a 30 game streak in 1950.  Ty Cobb had a 40 game streak as well as a 35 gamer back in the day.  But…no Ruth.  No Williams.  No Mantle.  No Ripken.  No Puckett.  No Rickey.  For all the accomplishments of so many of these great hitters, hitting the consecutive games leaderboard was not in the cards.  This really starts to put into perspective the difficulty of achieving Dimaggio’s record and how amazing his accomplishment really was back in 1941.

Fast forward to 2011:  Andre Ethier going into Friday’s action is at 29 games.  He is just over halfway the mark to beating DiMaggio’s record.  I have long been an admirer of Ethier’s capabilities on the baseball field and it does not come as a surprise to me that he would reach this point. Ethier has a .295 lifetime AVG with a .367 OBP.  This man knows how to get base hits and to take walks, as he has a great eye at the plate.  A couple of years with 160+ hits is nothing to sneeze at.  With Matt Kemp hitting behind him and still under 30 years of age, the sky is the limit for Ethier.  The talent and tools have always been there and now it is just a matter of putting it together.

With a hit on Friday, Ethier will become only the 54th baseball player EVER to reach at least 30 consecutive games.  If his streak was to end at that point, a pat on the back will be well deserved for a job well done.  In my estimation, anything beyond 30 games will be gravy and good luck to Ethier to try to climb as high up the leaderboard as he can.  But as far as breaking DiMaggio’s record?  Forget it.  Don’t write me off as being pessimistic or anti-Ethier.  Far from it.  I want to paint a realistic picture of what the record means and the hill that Ethier would have to climb.  As already discussed, throughout the history of time, the MLB record books show that few players in our generation have come even remotely close to making a dent in this record book…and for good reason.  As time goes by and the years continue, it will become even more impossible for a hitter to break DiMaggio’s record.  I could shoot out a million reasons, but let me give you my top factors behind Ethier being unable to surpass DiMaggio:

1)  Injuries:  Ethier would need to keep perfect health or close to it, in order to hit in 28 more consecutive games.  Consider that Ethier missed Wednesday’s game with elbow inflammation.  While being fairly durable for most of his career, like most players, Ethier will miss the occasional game to rest his broken down body during a long baseball season.  Few players can play as many consecutive games as Cal Ripken and few would want to.  When Ethier misses a game, the streak stays intact.  But if he ever has to come out of a game after receiving an at-bat, the streak would be broken.  Considering the ailments that he could suffer during a game (including the current elbow issue), the chances of being able to play nine innings in every game and produce at least a hit per game is nearly impossible.

2)  Lineup protection:  Right now the Dodgers offense is based on Kemp, Ethier and hope.  With very little solid hitters surrounding him in the lineup, there is a strong chance that teams will be tempted to pitch around both Kemp and Ethier throughout some games.  We are not looking at a Yankees type lineup where nearly every hitter is an all-star.  Loney, Barajas, Carroll, Uribe and Gwynn are not names that will strike fear into the heart of any opposing pitcher.  With so many opportunities to be pitched around, Ethier will have some games where he will be lucky to see maybe a handful of fastballs.  As the streak would lengthen and with games on the line near the 8th and 9th inning, I would not count on Ethier receiving quality pitches.  If Ethier walks an entire game, the streak remains alive until the next day.  But if Ethier is out at least once or has a sacrifice fly with no hit, the streak would die.  Unless some of his teammates have rebirths at the plate, the odds are against Ethier having enough pitches to hit every game in order to keep his streak alive.

3)  Schedule:  Take the month of May alone.  The Dodgers have games coming up against the Giants, Brewers and Marlins, plus the Phillies in early June.  Ethier may be going up against Lincecum, Cain, Greinke, Johnson, Halladay and Lee.  Some of the best pitchers in baseball, who tend to be very stingy with hits allowed.  Not only are the above named pitchers great, but they are also very proud.  Lincecum and Johnson would have no issue bringing their “A” game and shutting down Ethier for a night.  We are talking powerful pitchers with big egos, which is not the best combination for a hitter attempting to keep a hitting streak alive.  Friday brings Jon Niese and the Mets, which would be considered a good matchup for Ethier.  But not all games are created equally and with a tough schedule ahead and little lineup protection, the odds are against long-term success.

4)  Relief Pitching:  Once upon a time when starting pitchers used to stay out for 150+ pitches per game and pitch complete games, hitters like Ethier had easier chances for a consecutive games hitting streak.  Check again the timing on the above leaderboard and you will see since the dawn of specialized pitchers, the number of hitters that have achieved 30+ consecutive games hitting streaks is miniscule.  This is neither an accident or fluke.  We are in an era where starting pitchers go 5-6 innings per start on average, with specialized 7th and 9th inning relievers, right-handed and left-handed specialists and of course, the closer.  Take Kansas City, that can throw Collins, Crowe, Jeffress in the middle innings of a game and then turn the ball over to Soria.  The Braves have Kimbrel and Venters.  The Reds with Chapman and Cordero.  Keep in mind Ethier bats left.  All opponents will have no problem in throwing out a left-handed specialist in the late innings to get Ethier out in a tight game.  Check out the splits this year:  In 84 at-bats against right-handed pitchers, Ethier has a .429 batting average.  Contrast that to 35 at-bats against lefties and he is hitting to the tune of .229.  The lefty-on-lefty matchup will likely be Ethier’s downfall as he is susceptible to more frequent outs against lefties.  The game as it is set up today allows for fresh, hard-throwing pitchers to enter games in strategic times to neutralize hitters.  Chapman and his 105 mph fastball could end up making or break this streak for Ethier.

5)  Pressure and Luck:  With the turmoil surrounding the Dodgers team ownership, fans and media are clamouring for any feel good story to grab and hold onto.  Ethier is already starting to face a huge amount of pressure in this day and age of internet and instant access (yours truly included) to information and reports for fans.  As the streak continues, the amount of attention faced by Ethier will be mind-boggling and while professionals are supposed to block out distractions, the reality is that baseball players are human like you and I, not machines.  Ethier cannot help but think about the streak as it is brought to his attention and mental can make physical.  If the pressure gets to Ethier in some form, the streak is unlikely to stand a chance.  Combined with luck and chance, Ethier has the odds naturally against him.  Strong contact and well-timed hits can turn into outs based on the defenses that oppose the Dodgers on any given night.  For Ethier to sustain a hitting streak approach DiMaggio’s, he would need lady luck on his shoulders in addition to hard work and strong effort.  They say that some people can be lucky for some of the time. But nobody can be lucky all the time.  Ethier will need the luck with skill to thrive and the fortunes say that luck has to run out on at least one night during Ethier’s run.

My sincere congratulations to Andre Ethier for what he has accomplished to-date.  I will be watching every Dodgers game and Ethier at-bat with interest to see how far he gets.  Nobody would cheer for him louder than me if he could come close to Joe DiMaggio.  While wishful thinking is hopeful that there is a chance, logic and reason dictate that this is likely, if not impossible to happen.  Baseball today is not built the way it used to be and while there are exceptions to the rules, the law of averages tends to win out every time.  I cannot even begin to fathom that Andre Ethier would be able to accomplish what Williams and Ruth never could.  In our lifetime we have seen home run records shatter, baseball crown a new all-time hits king, no-hitters thrown on almost a monthly basis (including 2 by Halladay last year alone, the second in the playoffs nonetheless)…heck, even the saves record fell.  But the legend of Joe DiMaggio and #56 continue to live in the records.  Together with Cy Young and 511 wins, Cal Ripken with 2632 consecutive games played and Pete Rose with 4256 career hits are all records that are virtually impossible to break.  Until Andre Ethier reaches 40+ consecutive games with hits, let’s leave the legend of Joe DiMaggio apart from the equation.  Ethier is on a nice run but has ways to go before coming close to greatness.  Good luck Andre:  all the best from MLB reports! 

 

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