Episode 8 of the ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast features Joel Henard and I breaking down the Jason Heyward/Shelby Miller trade from both the Cardinals and Braves perspective. Also, was the Russell Martin signing going to take the Blue Jays pitching staff to the next level? Can the Mets swing a deal for Starlin Castro? We even find time for a little craft beer talk. No interviews this week, but it allowed us to record back-to-back episodes and make up for lost time. Enjoy our 5-star rated podcast and share with a friend or 10.
Today, the Braves traded once franchise player Jason Heyward to the Cardinals for former first round pick Shelby Miller. Reliever Jordan Walden and volatile pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins also changed hands and helps frame the argument. Atlanta made a deal out of desperation while the Cardinals traded in an attempt to win the World Series in 2015.
An early season match-up between the Marlins and Braves saw a Major League-record for total strikeouts without a walk (28) and helped to launch our Solo Home Run Situations study. Miami ace Jose Fernandez struck out 14 in eight innings, while his counterpart, Alex Wood, whiffed 11. Though Fernandez succumbed to Tommy John surgery less than a month later, Wood logged 171.2 innings and 2.5 WAR in his first full season in the bigs. The young lefty possesses the stuff and the stats of a budding ace, but are his notorious mechanics ready for 200 innings?
Ep. 5 of the ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast is live hosted by an under the weather Joel Henard and I. This week, we talk playoffs and Braves, but Tory Hernandez (former baseball operations employee with the Rangers, Dodgers, Angels and Boras Corp.) stole the show with an extended interview with insight into drafting Mike Trout, the inner working of the Boras Corporation and an introduction to Reality Fantasy Baseball, his fantasy baseball product.
Ep. 4 of the ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast is live and features Joel Henard and I talking Yankees (mostly) with a segment on the Braves’ firing of Frank Wren. Contributor Fabian McNally joins us to discuss Double-A Yankees prospects including Mason Williams, Greg Bird, Jake Cave and a host of others. We also talk about his experience working the 2008 MLB draft and teaching Bud Selig how to pronounce the names of players before the commissioner took to the podium. Subscribe to the Podcast on ITunes and never miss an episode. If not an ITunes user, listen here. Thanks for making us a five star rated baseball podcast, but we need even more reviews!
With the Atlanta Braves on the verge of their first losing season in the last six years and just the third since 1990, word of a front office shake up leaked over the weekend. On Monday morning, rumors became reality with the announcement General Manager Frank Wren was let go, marking the first time in almost a quarter century one of MLB’s most stable organizations has fired a GM or manager. How did it come to this?
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects scouted includes a pair of starters to bet on as future closers, two catching prospects who have nothing in common other than position played and an outfielder with speed, power and gaping holes in his swing. At ROTOscouting, our motto is, “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant.
The 2014 season was a successful one in terms of baseball prospects scouted. Today’s players include a pair of young Phillies, a Red Sox third baseman hoping to establish himself in MLB and two, 25-year old’s working to rebound from injury-induced struggles at the upper levels. Add these players to watch lists and monitor their progress closely. Each has strengths and the ability to “click” if things break right, although none are a finished product.
Buying into sudden prospect hype is dangerous. Case in point, JR Graham. Two seasons ago, Graham was the talk of the Atlanta Braves farm system. Taken in the 4th round of 2011 draft, the former Santa Clara Bronco enjoyed a 12-2 record with a 1.061 WHIP between High-A Lynchburg and Double-A Mississippi. A top-100 prospect., he battled Julio Teheran for the top spot in the Braves farm system. Expected to wreak havoc in the National League East, a shoulder injury in May 2013 changed everything.
Triple digit velocity is rare. In six seasons at the ballpark, only one pitcher has hit triple digits. Not a household name, former Dodgers and Braves farmhand Luis Vasquez’s top fastballstouched 100 mph several times as a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2012. An elite, 80 grade fastball is clocked at 97 MPH or higher. And while the Aroldis Chapman’s of the world make velocity look easy, few pitchers are able to push triple digits with top fastballs.
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