Archive for October 31, 2008

Prospect Watch: Tommy Hanson

Having been in the media a little bit recently, rumored to possibly be part of a trade for Jake Peavy, I wanted to take a look at the Atlanta Braves Tommy Hanson.  The 22-year old was originally drafted by the Braves back in 2005, but not until the 22nd round.

What has been impressive about him thus far in his career (the highest level he’s appeared in is Double A in ’08) is his strikeout rate, which was 10.63 during 2008 and is sitting at 10.42 over his 3-year career (322.2 innings).  He does it featuring a fastball in the low 90′s, along with a curveball and change-up.  His control is not tremendous, but it is not going to kill him either.  At Double A this season, he walked 41 batters in 98.0 innings, good for a BB/9 of 3.77.

In 2007, there appeared like there could be problems with the long ball for Hanson, who gave up a total of 16 HR in 133 innings at 2 levels of Single A.  He seemed to correct that last season, giving up just 9 over 138 innings (though they all came in his 98 innings at Double A).

Let’s take a look at his total numbers from ’08 (pitching at both Single & Double A):

11-5, 138.0 IP, 2.49 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 163 K, 85 H, 52 BB
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Jacobs traded to Royals (affect on Ka’aihue, Sanchez and more)

Well, the offseason is officially upon us with the World Series coming to an end (congratulations all you Phillies fans) and it didn’t take long for the first domino to fall.  According to Dick Karegel of mlb.com (click here for the article) the Kansas City Royals have acquired Mike Jacobs from the Florida Marlins in exchange for relief pitcher Leo Nunez.

Honestly, I have no clue why the Royals needed to add Jacobs to the mix.  Yes, he is coming off a season where he hit 32 HR and picked up 93 RBI, but with Kila Ka’aihue and Ryan Shealy already on the roster, is he that great of an upgrade?  Ka’aihue, in particular, showed a lot of potential at Triple A this season after hitting .314 with 37 HR and 100 RBI between Double & Triple A.  Jacobs, by the way, hit just .247 on the season. Read more

Is Ubaldo Jimenez worth the gamble?

Those who have been reading this site for the past year probably know by now that I am just not a very big fan of the Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez.  I have drawn the comparison to the Orioles Daniel Cabrera, with his constant struggles with his command.  The 2008 season was really no different, walking 103 batters over 198.2 innings (a BB/9 of 4.67).

In fact, that was even worse then his 2007 season at the major leagues, when he walked 37 over 82 innings (4.06 BB/9).  If he had shown better control in the minor leagues, maybe we’d have something to point to for hope, but finding his control has been a constant issue for the flamethrower over the past few seasons.

Here’s a quick look at his numbers:

34 Starts
12 Wins
3.99 ERA
1.43 WHIP
198.2 IP
172 K
103 BB
7.79 K/9
4.67 BB/9
.306 BABIP Read more

Hall of Fame Debate – Mark McGwire

For those of you who know me know that my love for baseball is not just focused on fantasy leagues, but for the history of the game itself.  With that said, Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends and I have decided to team up and debate Mark McGwire’s Hall of Fame worthiness.

Numbers
Played 1986-2001 (16 Seasons)
1874 Games
6187 At Bats
.263 Batting Average
.394 On-base % (77th All-time)
.588 Slugging % (9th All-time)
1167 Runs
1626 Hits
252 Doubles
6 Triples
583 Home Runs – (8th All-time)
1414 RBI – (65th All-time)
1317 Walks – (35th All-time)
12 Stolen Bases
3639 Total Bases Read more

Final 2008 Outfield Rankings

Today, let’s take a look how the Top 20 outfielders looked at the end of the 2008 season.  Needless to say, there are some surprising names on the list, as well as some bigger who fell just short of it.

  1. Manny Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Lance Berkman – Houston Astros
  3. Josh Hamilton – Texas Rangers
  4. Matt Holliday – Colorado Rockies
  5. Grady Sizemore – Cleveland Indians
  6. Carlos Beltran – New York Mets
  7. Ryan Ludwick – St. Louis Cardinals
  8. Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
  9. Jason Bay – Boston Red Sox
  10. Carlos Quentin – Chicago White Sox Read more

What if Kazmir Stayed?

I’m happy to announce that I am now a contributing writer for Gotham Baseball Magazine!  I’ll be writing original content for them every week or so, which I will be sure to post a link to here to check out, if you are interested.

My first article takes a look at if the Mets had not traded Scott Kazmir, would they still have acquired Johan Santana?  You can read the article by clicking here.

Needless to say, I’m very excited about this opportunity and want to thank the guys there for giving me this opportunity.  Not to worry, nothing is going to change here at Rotoprofessor in the least.