Baseball league – NMS Baseball http://nmsbaseball.com/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:34:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://nmsbaseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-54-150x150.png Baseball league – NMS Baseball http://nmsbaseball.com/ 32 32 Trea Turner is the fastest free agent in MLB 2022-23 https://nmsbaseball.com/trea-turner-is-the-fastest-free-agent-in-mlb-2022-23/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:34:22 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/trea-turner-is-the-fastest-free-agent-in-mlb-2022-23/ It’s the right offseason for Trea Turner to be a free agent, because her game-changing speed is about to be more valuable than ever. Turner’s true elite speed already gives him a skill set that separates him from all the other top free agents in this year’s class, and especially the other top free agent […]]]>

It’s the right offseason for Trea Turner to be a free agent, because her game-changing speed is about to be more valuable than ever.

Turner’s true elite speed already gives him a skill set that separates him from all the other top free agents in this year’s class, and especially the other top free agent shortstops. And with rule changes coming to MLB in 2023 that should encourage more steals — larger bases that will reduce the distance between them, limits on the number of pick pitches — the team that gets Turner will get a competitive edge. even bigger at the top. from the range.

Notable free agents by 2022 sprint speed
Trea Turner – 30.3 ft/s
— Elite Speed ​​Threshold: 30+ ft/sec —
Brandon Nimmo – 28.7 ft/s
Dansby Swanson – 28.4 ft/s
Xander Bogaerts – 27.9 fps
Jean Segura — 27.7 ft/sec
Willson Contreras – 27.6 fps
Judge Aaron – 27.3 fps
Carlos Correa – 27.1 ft/s
— MLB Average Speed: 27 ft/sec —

The 29-year-old is by far the fastest free agent, and he’s in the best position of any free agent to take advantage of these rule changes next season. So let’s see how Turner’s velocity changes the game.

Turner, a two-time league leader in stolen bases, is an extremely successful base stealer. This season he was 27 for 30 steal attempts, a 90% success rate.

Turner’s ability to accelerate to elite top speed even when going base to base makes him extremely hard to catch. On nearly a third of his bases stolen in 2022, he hit the elite speed threshold of over 30 feet/sec. He had twice as many elite speed flights as anyone else.

Most SBs with a sprint speed over 30 ft/s, 2022
1. Treasure Turner: 8
2. Julio Rodríguez: 4
3. (tie) Bubba Thompson / Terrance Gore: 3
5. (tie) Byron Buxton / Tim Locastro / Jorge Mateo: 2

Now pitchers are going to be limited in how they hold him, and he’s going to have 4 1/2 inches less to run in, which seems small, but with stolen bases decided by split seconds, maybe those 4 1/2 inches is the difference for one of baseball’s fastest players. Turner might be even harder to catch than he was before.

Let’s look at plays where Turner had to rely on his speed to steal the sack – say, the top half of his stolen bases, so we’re not including those where he took a huge jump, or the catcher didn’t get a run, and he didn’t need to run full blast.

His average sprint speed on these “maximum effort” flights was even 30.0 ft/s. He was the only base stealer to reach average elite speed in the top half of his runs.

Avg. fastest SB sprint speed “maximum effort”, 2022
Min. 5 SB
1. Treasure Turner: 30.0 fps
2. (tie) Bubba Thompson / Tim Locastro: 29.9 fps
4. Julio Rodriguez: 29.8 fps
5. Garrett Mitchell: 29.7 fps
“Max effort”: Player’s top 50% SB

Turner is a top free agent because he’s established himself as an elite power-speed threat and one of the most consistent hitters around right now, with a career batting average of .302 and a batting title in 2021.

That batting average is really a product of his speed, not just his bat.

Turner uses his speed to get a lot more punches. The stat sheet doesn’t tell you that, but the Statcast data does. This season alone, Turner had 34 hits where he hit an elite sprint speed of over 30 fps, more than 1 1/2 times more than any other hitter.

Most shots with a sprint speed over 30 ft/s, 2022
1. Treasure Turner: 34
2. (tie) Bobby Witt Jr. / Jake McCarthy: 21
4. Amed Rosario: 20
5. (tie) Bubba Thompson / Jorge Mateo: 18

And Turner does it every year. Let’s look at the past three seasons, in which Turner leads the Majors with 467 hits. On 77 of those shots, he had a sprint speed of 30 feet/sec or faster. That’s more than double the number of hits at elite speed of any other player since the start of the 2020 season.

These shots can either be downfield shots where a player slower than Turner might get sent off, or a double or triple that a player slower than Turner might not be able to stretch – 13 of his shots with a sprint of more than 30 feet/sec speed are extra-basic strokes.

Most shots with a sprint speed over 30 fps, last 3 seasons
1. Trea Turner: 77 (13 XBH)
2. Amed Rosario: 35 (2XBH)
3. Jose Altuve: 31 (0 XBH)
4. Jorge Mateo: 30 (12 XBH)
5. Starling Marte: 29 (3XBH)

Either the hit comes from its speed, or the hit becomes a better hit because of its speed. The team that signs Turner doesn’t just sign a fast base stealer, they sign a fast hitter. It is important.

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Deep League starting pitchers (Peterson, Matz, Syndergaard and Quintana) https://nmsbaseball.com/deep-league-starting-pitchers-peterson-matz-syndergaard-and-quintana/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:28:22 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/deep-league-starting-pitchers-peterson-matz-syndergaard-and-quintana/ Eric Hartline – USA TODAY Sports I am looking at newbies going later than pick 300 in the latest ADP NFBC. Here are the previous editions: Eflin, Garrett, Carrasco and Gore Wesneski, Clevinger, Quantrill and Steele Walker, Perez, Manaea and Bello Megill, Stripling, Jameson and Civale Whitlock, Houck, Gray and Maeda David Peterson (364 ADP) […]]]>
Eric Hartline – USA TODAY Sports

I am looking at newbies going later than pick 300 in the latest ADP NFBC. Here are the previous editions:

David Peterson (364 ADP)

The 27-year-old southpaw has a ton going for him. A 94 mph fastball. His ERA and ERA estimators were all below 4.00 last season. He had a 10.7 K/9 which was 14th best among all starters with at least 100 IP. He mixed up his pitches, throwing four of them more than 12% of the time. His slider is his limit elite with a 25% SwStr%. He gets a ton of drops on his pitches and had a 49% GB% leading to a 0.9 HR/9.

The only thing stopping it from being one of the elite weapons in the game is a lack of control.

Season: BB/9
2020: 4.4
2021: 3.9
2022: 4.1

Of the same 140 starters with 100 IP, his walk rate was the ninth highest. It’s way above my Limit of 3.5 BB/9 I like to put with pitchers.

There are no signs of improvement. A 3.5 BB/9 in AAA last year. It was 4.1 BB/9 in the second half and 4.5 BB/9 in September.

At this ADP, I think it’s worth taking a chance on him to see if he can cut that walk rate in half. If he is able and keeps everything else, he jumps to the Corbin Burnes/Brandon Woodruff range of talents. Nice upside down choice.

steven matz (366 ADP)

Matz posted a 21.3% K%-BB% last season, which would rank him 16th (min 40 IP) among starters and ahead Yu Darvish, Zac Gallenand Zack Wheeler. A 10.1 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 will play in any league.

He took a step forward by following the simple rule of throwing his bad pitches, fastball (52% to 48%0 and slider (8% to 2%), less times, and his good pitches, change (23% to 29%) and curved (17% to 20%), plus.

I expect the K%-BB% down since he posted a 19% K%-BB% in 3-2 with the league average at -3%. Still, I find his projections of 8.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 Steamer reasonable.

With a decent base, its fantasy value is removed for two reasons.

First, he had an ERA of 5.25 with his ERA estimators in the middle of 3.00. I don’t care about his ERA at all because it’s the least repeatable throwing skill. Hopefully this continues to remove its cost.

The biggest problem for him last season was his health which limited him to 48 IP. In May, he spent more than a month at IL for a shoulder injury. In July, he left IL, made a start and returned to IL with a torn ligament in his knee. He returned in mid-September and made five relief appearances.

He did the same on his return. In a combined AAA IP of 14, he posted an ERA of 1.84, 11.7 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9. In those five appearances, his fastball speed increased slightly and he used the same pitch mix.

I’m all for it at this price and would blast him if he went to spring training and had no limits.

Noah Syndergaard (368 ADP)

There’s nothing left of the majestic Thor and while he doesn’t stare at it, his production is closer to Fat Thor.

His average fastball speed dropped from a high of 98.3 mph to just 93.8 mph last season. Its K%-BB% is down to 11%, comparable to Adam Wainwright, Jordan Lylesand Cal Quantrill. He didn’t just throw a few innings to get to this sad state, but he actually threw 134 IPs with 24 starts. He’s just a shell of himself.

And digging deep, every metric points down. His K%-BB% went from 12% to 10% from the first to the second half. His speed continued to drop:

And of all his pitches, his change (14% SwStr%, 45% GB%) is his best pitch.

I would draft Jordan Lyles before Syndergaard and Lyles gets drafted 200 picks later.

Jose Quintana (369 ADP)

The 33-year-old southpaw started throwing shots again and had a decent season (2.93 ERA, 3.72 xFIP, 7.4 K/9s and 1.21 WHIP). His strikeout rate was not elite, but in making 32 starts he had the 64th-highest total (137). It’s not a game-changer, but it’s good for the fifth starter of a fantastic team.

He was able to continue focusing only on his best shots, which meant less fastballs and more curves and changes.

Jose Quintana pitch mix

Ground Use 2021 Use 2022 SwStr% GB %
fastball 42% 36% 11% 42%
Curve 27% 28% 14% 44%
To change 15% 20% 11% 63%
Lead 17% 16% 4% 43%

Boring but useful profile.

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Patriot League continues to rank among NCAA leaders in graduation rate report https://nmsbaseball.com/patriot-league-continues-to-rank-among-ncaa-leaders-in-graduation-rate-report/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:24:51 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/patriot-league-continues-to-rank-among-ncaa-leaders-in-graduation-rate-report/ History links Patriot League Graduation Report Numbers at a Glance (.PDF) BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania. –The Patriot League recorded a 96% pass-through-graduation rate (GSR) and an 88% federal graduate rate (FGR) in data released by the NCAA on Tuesday. The League ranked in the top two NCAA Division I conferences in both measures […]]]>

Patriot League Graduation Report Numbers at a Glance (.PDF)

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania. –The Patriot League recorded a 96% pass-through-graduation rate (GSR) and an 88% federal graduate rate (FGR) in data released by the NCAA on Tuesday. The League ranked in the top two NCAA Division I conferences in both measures of student-athlete academic achievement.

The Patriot League’s FGR of 88% is the nation’s highest mark for the 10th straight year and two points higher than last year’s numbers. The League’s 96% GSR is the second highest rating in the country. The Patriot League has been among the top three NCAA Division I conferences in GSR every year since the rankings were introduced in 2013.

Graduation rates are the most recent graduating class on record that started school in 2015. In the four-year average of classes entering from 2012-2015, each Patriot League school recorded an overall GSR of 91% or more. Bucknell led the way at 99%, Holy Cross and Lafayette trailed at 98%, Colgate and Loyola Maryland finishing at 97%. Boston University (95), Lehigh (95), Navy (95), American (94) and West Point Army (91) all surpassed the national student-athlete pass rate of 89 .

Bucknell posted the League’s highest FGR score of 91%, with Colgate and Holy Cross tied at 90%. Lehigh (89), Boston University (87), Lafayette (85), Loyola Maryland (78) and American (69) all met or finished above the national average of 69%. Army West Point and Navy do not report federal graduation rates because they do not offer athletic assistance.

The Patriot League also finished among the top conferences in the nation in the latest GSR and FGR results for individual sports released by the NCAA, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and soccer.

The League’s seven football programs recorded the second-highest GSR score (92) and the highest FGR score (87) in NCAA Division I. Bucknell and Georgetown are tied for a best GSR score of 96%, with Colgate (95), Holy Cross (94), Lafayette (94) and Fordham (93) posting scores of 90 or higher. Georgetown recorded the highest FGR score at 94%, with Colgate (89), Holy Cross (87), Lehigh (85), Fordham (83), Lafayette (82) and Bucknell (79) all finishing above the national average.

All six Patriot League baseball programs finished seventh in the NCAA DI in GSR (95) and first in FGR (75). Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Lehigh all posted perfect GSR scores, with Navy (98) and Army West Point (95) posting scores in the 90s. Lehigh posted a perfect FGR score.

The 10 Patriot League women’s basketball programs finished with the nation’s highest FGR score (92), with Colgate and Lehigh posting perfect scores of 100, and Holy Cross (92), Bucknell (86), Lafayette (85 ), Boston University (80), American (79) and Loyola Maryland (71) all finishing above the national average. Women’s basketball programs ranked seventh in GSR with a 97% score, while Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Loyola Maryland all recorded perfect scores.

The League’s men’s basketball programs ranked 10th in GSR at 89% and eighth-highest FGR at 56%. Army West Point, Boston University, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Loyola Maryland recorded perfect GSR scores. Bucknell (92) and Boston University (91) finished with the league’s best FGR scores.

Overall, 112 Patriot League sponsored teams reported 100% perfect GSR. Thirty-eight teams recorded perfect FGR scores, five more than last year.

The Division I Board of Trustees created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected college student mobility than the federal graduation rate. The federal rate counts any student who leaves a school as an academic failure, regardless of whether they enroll in another school. The GSR formula removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation provides a more complete and accurate picture of student-athlete success. The federal graduation rate remains the only measure that allows student-athletes to be compared to all students.

For the NCAA report, as well as data for all schools, conferences, sports and years, please CLICK HERE.

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
The Patriots League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that the student-athlete can excel both academically and athletically without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved as its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is considered an important part of a well-rounded education.

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2022 Arizona Fall League Championship Game https://nmsbaseball.com/2022-arizona-fall-league-championship-game/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 06:14:48 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/2022-arizona-fall-league-championship-game/ PEORIA, Ariz. — After six weeks of scorching competition across the Valley of the Sun, one game will decide Arizona’s 2022 Fall League champion. With a new playoff format in tow, Glendale beat Peoria Friday night to advance to the title stage on Saturday. Waiting are the Saguaros Surprise, who finished with a league best […]]]>

PEORIA, Ariz. — After six weeks of scorching competition across the Valley of the Sun, one game will decide Arizona’s 2022 Fall League champion.

With a new playoff format in tow, Glendale beat Peoria Friday night to advance to the title stage on Saturday. Waiting are the Saguaros Surprise, who finished with a league best of 19-10 during the regular season; Surprise holds a clear head-to-head advantage over Glendale, having won five of six contests this year.

The championship game will air live from Scottsdale Stadium on the MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. local time) with Scott Braun, Jim Callis and Dan O’Dowd on the call. Surprise is aiming for its first league crown since 2013, while Glendale is looking to crack the title column for the first time since becoming an AFL host city. (The Desert Dogs — then in Phoenix — last won gold in 2008, capping a dominant five-game championship streak.)

There are six Top 100 Prospects between the two lists, but the win-win scenarios portend the emergence of heroes of all shapes and sizes. Prospects’ individual statuses — and accomplishments throughout the season — disappear, and the instinctive desire to earn a ring emerges. (Yes, there will be jewelry for the winners.)

Surprise’s roster contains prospects from both 2022 World Series entrants, the Astros and Phillies, as well as the Pirates, Rangers and Royals. Glendale boasts talent from the Reds, Dodgers, Twins, Brewers and White Sox. Here’s a prospect from each affiliate to watch out for in the last contest of the season.

Pirates: Nick Gonzales, INF (No. 5, MLB No. 93)
Gonzales is a rare two-time Fall Star selection who continued his development and reduced .279 / .351 / .500 with the Saguaros. Plantar fasciitis kept the infielder away from the diamond for more than two months over the summer, facilitating another trip back to his home state in the AFL. The No Surprise hitter will come in hotter than Gonzales, the seventh overall pick in the 2020 draft, who clipped four hits in Thursday’s regular-season finale, tying his professional career record for hits in an outing.

Rangers: Luisangel Acuña, SS (No. 7)
The younger brother of Braves All-Star Ronald, Luisangel has shown offensive power in his own right over the past six weeks. At just 20 years old, Acuña smashed a pair of home runs and added nine interceptions to cap a year that saw him climb as high as Double-A Frisco, where he averaged more than four years younger than his competitors. After earning a Texas League title ring, the Venezuela native’s experience and power/speed mix could be the driving force behind a victory.

Royal Family: Samad Taylor, 2B/OF (No. 25)
Acquired by Kansas City at the July trade deadline as part of Whit Merrifield’s return package, Taylor was added to the Royals. list of 40 men earlier this week. He didn’t show many striking tools during his time in the Fall League, but his speed was on show in spades with nine interceptions in 10 attempts. Taylor has already shown his flair for the dramatic, smashing a resounding home run earlier in the fall when the club played at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. In a win-win scenario, his aggressiveness on the base paths could be a game-changer.

Astros: Will Wagner, 3B (unranked on Houston’s Top 30)
Wagner was an extra-base machine throughout the Fall League, with 11 of his 18 hits scoring at least two sacks. The southpaw finished first in the AFL in isolated power (.365) and second in OPS (1.145) during the regular season, collecting 15 RBIs in just 14 games. Selected in the 18th round in Liberty’s 2021 draft, Wagner climbed as high as Double-A Corpus Christi in his first full season after compiling a 124 wRC+ in his time with High-A Asheville.

Phillies: Cristian Hernandez, RHP (not ranked on Philadelphia’s Top 30)
The 22-year-old Venezuelan was named to the Fall Stars Game last week, continuing a linear progression of success since his acclimatization to humanitarian work. He peppered the strike zone with a mid-90s lead, posting just one step to his register in 11 frames for Surprise. Scheduled to serve as an opener, Hernandez allowed just one earned run in eight appearances. The Saguaros posted a league-best 4.33 team ERA during the regular season and if they are to win their first league title in nearly a decade, putting in zeros will be imperative.

Reds: Noelvi Marte, 3B/SS (No. 2, MLB No. 17)
Leading Glendale’s semi-final victory with a home run and a pair of RBIs, the 21-year-old was the centerpiece of Reds’ Trade Deadline acquisitions last season. The top-ranked prospect dealt in 2022, Marte posted an .829 OPS on two High-A saves between the Seattle and Cincinnati organizations. He nearly led the Spanish national team to the World Baseball Classic with an impressive four-game performance before heading to Arizona. With the franchise offering a plethora of talented shortstops, Marte began his transition to the hot corner during his time with Glendale.

Dodgers: Andy Pages, DE (No. 5, MLB No. 66)
Much like Marte, Pages brings percolating wood into the league’s latest contest. After a slow start after arriving in Arizona, the 21-year-old settled in to deliver eight multihit performances. The Cuban slugger smashed a home run on the final day of the regular season, tying him to lead the team with five homers. Power has been the name of the game for Pages since moving to the United States, hitting 26 jacks last year for Double-A Tulsa. This pop will make him a threat every time he enters the box.

Twins: Edouard Julien, 2B (No. 14)
Fall League breakout sensation Julien has plenty of helium after a monstrous AFL campaign that saw him cut .400/.563/.686 across 21 regular season competitions. The native of Quebec, Canada, led the league in average, field goal percentage, walks (23) and OPS, while finishing third in hits (28) and total bases (48). The Glendale catalyst at the top of the command spent the entirety of the 2022 season with Double-A Wichita, where he compiled a whopping .422 wOBA and 145 wRC+ over 113 games.

Brewers: Zavier Warren, 1B/3B (not ranked on Milwaukee’s Top 30)
Warren’s home plate discipline has only been beaten by Julien in the past six weeks. A left-handed swinger with a gifted eye, the 2020 third-round draft pick finished eighth in on-base percentage (.443), walking (22) more than he struck out (16). On October 28, the 23-year-old had a multi-hit outing against Surprise in which he had the AFL’s best four RBIs.

White Sox: Sammy Peralta, LHP (not ranked on Chicago’s Top 30)
A deceptive arm lunge makes the southpaw a candidate to make a significant impact during the title match. With Surprise offering powerhouse left-handed bats like Wagner and Trevor Hauver (Rangers), the Queens, NY native will give the Desert Dogs a neutralizing presence outside the bullpen. Selected in the 18th round in the 2019 University of Tampa draft, the 24-year-old sniffed out 14 batters out of 14 frames during the Fall Tour regular season. Peralta kicked out of the big leagues with his performance after compiling 11 K/9s in 62 innings between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

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Could Shohei Ohtani be even better in 2023? https://nmsbaseball.com/could-shohei-ohtani-be-even-better-in-2023/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:14:00 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/could-shohei-ohtani-be-even-better-in-2023/ This story is from Rhett Bollinger’s Angels Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, Click here. And subscribe to receive it regularly in your inbox. Ohtani won the AL MVP award in 2021, but Yankees judge Aaron is the frontrunner for the award this year. Justin Verlander of the Astros is considered the point guard […]]]>

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Ohtani won the AL MVP award in 2021, but Yankees judge Aaron is the frontrunner for the award this year. Justin Verlander of the Astros is considered the point guard to win the AL Cy Young. But it’s yet another amazing feat for Ohtani, who slashed .273/.356/.519 with 34 home runs and 95 RBIs in 157 games and also went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 166 innings.

Ohtani was somehow even better than he was in 2021. He improved as a pitcher by limiting his walk rate and striking out more batters with the addition of a double-seam and d a second slider. But the question now: is it even possible to do better next season?

The answer might lie in how the angels decide to use it. They wondered if Ohtani could withstand the rigors of throwing in a traditional five-man rotation instead of the six-man rotation he’s been on since joining the club in 2018. That would be a tough task for Ohtani, this is why the angels pay attention to the decision. Switching to a five-man rotation could give him 3-5 more starts in his 28 outings in 2022, but it would also come at the cost of more fatigue and a change in his routine.

“I wouldn’t rule it out, but there’s also the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said. “There’s a balance there. Is the risk worth the reward? And that’s something we need to talk about through the whole offseason and a game plan. We’ll have those discussions. I think he can do whatever he wants.”

Pitching coach Matt Wise wouldn’t rule it out either, but he said it’s something he hasn’t told Ohtani yet. He noted that he believed the six-man rotation helped young starters such as Patrick Sandoval, Reid Detmer and Jose Suarez. Right-handed only Michael Lorenzen lost a lot of time due to injury, as he missed two months with a sprained right shoulder.

“I never really talked to him about it, but I’m sure we can challenge him to do anything,” Wise said. “But we were in a good position with our starters. We stayed healthy.”

Minasian, however, added that he gave Ohtani permission to launch into the World Baseball Classic next year, which could also affect his ability to be ready for the start of next season. There is a chance Ohtani could be used as the closest to the Japan team instead of a starting pitcher, but none of that has been decided yet, as he has yet to officially announce that he will be playing in the Classic.

Angels pitchers and receivers will report for spring training on Feb. 13. Team Japan will begin play in Pool B in Tokyo on March 9.

“I don’t bother anyone,” Minasian said. “Shohei has earned the right if he wants to go play, go play.”

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Quinn Priester ends the AFL strong https://nmsbaseball.com/quinn-priester-ends-the-afl-strong/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 23:57:06 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/quinn-priester-ends-the-afl-strong/ SURPRISE, Arizona — A few hours before Quinn Priest hit the rubber for his sixth start with Surprise, he was named to the Fall Stars Game roster. Highest rated pitcher available for the fall circuit by MLB Pipeline (No. 44 overall), the feat is the icing on the cake of a season that saw the […]]]>

SURPRISE, Arizona — A few hours before Quinn Priest hit the rubber for his sixth start with Surprise, he was named to the Fall Stars Game roster. Highest rated pitcher available for the fall circuit by MLB Pipeline (No. 44 overall), the feat is the icing on the cake of a season that saw the first round of 2019 climb all the way to Triple-A, leaving him knocking on the doors of PNC Park.

“I was pretty excited,” said Priester, the Pirates Lead #3, said after finding out. “It was definitely something I was working towards, just trying to be the best player I could be. And earning that honor is definitely proof that some things work and keep pushing hard.

Priester picked up his first Fall League victory in a 5-3 win over Salt River at Surprise Stadium on Friday, even as his afternoon got off to a bad start. A notoriously difficult solar field on the left led to a tough brace, but the 22-year-old – pitched in November for the first time – held on by getting the Cardinals’ two top prospects, Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn. , to leave a man stuck in scoring position.

Priester had the start of his year sidetracked by an oblique problem that cropped up at the end of spring training. His debut was delayed until June 9, when he made a rehab debut each for Single-A Bradenton and High-A Greensboro, before settling at the top of the Double-A Altoona rotation. On 15 starts at the level, he posted a 2.87 ERA, and bolstered by a sink on his mid-’90s heater, he limited opposing hitters to just 17.6 percent drive rate in line.

Fortifying Priester’s full pitching arsenal was paramount during his time with Surprise. He recently perfected a slider to complement his curve ball plus, as well as the deft deployment of a change. His last line Friday — five hits, two runs, two walks, four strikeouts — belied what the right-hander considers a significant step forward.

“I’m going to be completely honest: I thought today was like the best day I ever launched a slider,” Priester said. “There was definitely a couple hanging out, but as far as when I was throwing my good ones, I felt like I was really feeling what I needed to feel and going through it.

“The vouchers that I launched today, I will take them with me; the bad ones, I’m just gonna leave them here and keep working on that.

Arguably the best pitch thrown all day was a slider the right-hander broke in the first against Winn, which left MLB’s No. 51 overall prospect flailing, scoring the first punch of Priest of the day.

The other half of the Saguaro starter battery was ranked at the top Hackers Perspective Henry Davis. The duo worked together three times during the 2022 regular season, establishing a camaraderie that shows tantalizing promise of things to come.

“It’s been a really cool opportunity to work with Henry,” Priester said. “We’re up against this Salt River team and Jordan Walker, these guys I’ll probably play with a lot later. Just a bit of our first little look at the competition now, and hopefully it’s going to be a long and fun major league competition.

Overall Fall League numbers for Priester (6.26 ERA) didn’t jump off the page, but his time spent in the wilderness was to ensure he’s a potential frontline starter when the Pirates call it. Working alongside Davis and the infielder Nick Gonzales (PIT #5) – the other two Fall Stars – gives Bucs fans a glimpse of the talented future on the horizon.

“It was a lot of fun, and obviously it wasn’t the cleanest round, but I really feel like I learned a lot and improved a lot from the competition here and from my teammates” , said Priester. “It’s been really helpful and exciting.”

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MLB Playoffs – Which pitchers dominate the World Series https://nmsbaseball.com/mlb-playoffs-which-pitchers-dominate-the-world-series/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 12:33:33 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/mlb-playoffs-which-pitchers-dominate-the-world-series/ 7:30 a.m. ET Jeff PassanESPN close ESPN MLB InsiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” PHILADELPHIA – In the fifth inning of Game 1 of this World Series, a left-handed barrel-chested reliever named Jose Alvarado jogged out of the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen, stepped onto the mound to […]]]>

PHILADELPHIA – In the fifth inning of Game 1 of this World Series, a left-handed barrel-chested reliever named Jose Alvarado jogged out of the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen, stepped onto the mound to face the middle of the Houston Astros’ lineup, and had three outs on seven pitches. The first was a pellet that took to 99.4 mph, the next another at 99. It was just an appetizer: three other pellets hit 100.6, 100.8 and 101.2 mph before Alvarado only launches his version with a step off speed, a 95 mph cut. He ended his scoreless outing with a final lead at 99.9 mph and scampered off for the bench, job done.

Teammate Brad’s hand marveling from the bullpen, not only at what Alvarado has done, but also at how triple-digit fastballs are no longer the domain of a select few. This post-season, backed by Alvarado and 13 other pitchers who broke the 100 mph threshold, the average speed increased to 95.3 mph. In the first two games of the World Series, it’s 95.6 mph, a number that was once unimaginable for Hand and David Robertsonhis veteran teammate in the Phillies bullpen.

“Me and D-Rob joked about having to have two different plates,” Hand said. “One if you throw over 95, and another a little closer if you don’t, just to make it fair.”

Welcome to Major League Baseball, 2022 style, where if you’re not pitching hard, you’re probably not pitching much at all. Gone, with few exceptions, are the nibblers and softball launchers, relics of an era when only the best fastballs kissed 90 mph, replaced by live arms that reliably throw bolts. In 2008, the first year MLB tracked all field data, pitchers threw three fastballs 100 mph or more in the playoffs. This year, there have already been 164. And with Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park postponed due to rain in Philadelphia, the teams’ rested bullpens will only add to the list.

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World Series 2022: Phillies’ JT Realmuto showed why he’s the best receiver in MLB https://nmsbaseball.com/world-series-2022-phillies-jt-realmuto-showed-why-hes-the-best-receiver-in-mlb/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 08:04:21 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/world-series-2022-phillies-jt-realmuto-showed-why-hes-the-best-receiver-in-mlb/ Jake Mintz FOX Sports MLB Analyst HOUSTON — Between the two biggest swings of his life, JT Realmuto was pierced in the face. Fortunately, the Phillies the receiver wore, you know, a mask at the time. But when that sixth-inning foul ball ricocheted Chas McCormickit punched Realmuto in the jaw so squarely that the front […]]]>

HOUSTON — Between the two biggest swings of his life, JT Realmuto was pierced in the face.

Fortunately, the Phillies the receiver wore, you know, a mask at the time. But when that sixth-inning foul ball ricocheted Chas McCormickit punched Realmuto in the jaw so squarely that the front part of his two-piece helmet came off and fell into the dirt behind home plate.

Realmuto, whose two-running RBI brace in the fifth inning had just tied the game, completing Philly’s boisterous five-run comeback, took a moment to pull itself together. As he cocked his head to his chest to catch his breath, the ref walked to the mound to give Realmuto a break. But almost immediately skipper Rob Thomson and the club’s athletic trainer came out of the visitor’s dugout to check their safety net. At that point bench coach Mike Calitri yelled at the reserve receiver Garrett Stubbsletting Stubbs know that he might need to prepare.

But as Calitri and thousands of Philadelphians feared the worst, Stubbs didn’t budge an inch.

“Yeah, I knew JT wouldn’t get out of this game.” Stubbs said post-game. “This guy’s arms would have to drop to get him out of this game”

Luckily, it turned out that Realmuto’s stinger was “just” a hard blow to the chin and not a potential concussion situation. After being evaluated by the medical staff, he remained in the game.

Two hours later, he homered an opposing field laser beam homer in the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 lead and perhaps the most notable victory of their unlikely October run.

“That ball put me right in the jaw.” Realmuto admitted post-match. “It will probably not be very easy for me to have dinner tonight.”

“That’s a Phillies win right there.”

"That's a Phillies win right there."

Phillies catcher JT Realmuto breaks down his game-winning home run in the 10th inning of Game 1 of the World Series.

While those bumps, bruises and knocks to the chin are normal for any backstop, what’s not normal is Realmuto’s ability to the plate. No other receiver that does good defensive bops like Realmuto’s bops. And Game 1 showcased the range of his talents – 10 innings caught, three runs driven, a revolving door of relievers handled expertly.

Such is the life of the best receiver on earth.

Just minutes after the last outing on Friday night, Realmuto hit up the visitors’ weight room at Minute Maid Park. And as is the case after every game he plays, home or away, won or lost, in April or October, Realmuto trained. Three sets of three different exercises. About 15-20 minutes total. Sometimes upper body, sometimes lower body, but always something, no exceptions.

While his teammates open cold drinks or talk to the media or take showers, the 31-year-old catcher is in the gym, making sure his body can handle nine more rounds of squats the next day.

The post-game scene after Game 1 was no different. Those four and a half hours of very stressful and grueling baseball were in the rearview mirror, old news. The preparation for match 2 had to start, and start right away.

The glory of a moment like his go-ahead in Game 1 begins hours, weeks, months earlier. Long before the lights came on and the cameras rolled.

“He’s an absolute specimen.” Stubbs said of his compatriot. “But he’s in the weight room every day, in the training room getting treatment every day, making sure he’s ready to go.”

Realmuto itself offers a much more humble and realistic assessment of its situation.

“I’m running with so much adrenaline right now that I feel pretty good every night.”

Catching is strange work; it’s part coach, part advanced scout, part therapist, part three hour yoga class, oh and you gotta knock too. But for Realmuto, who so far this postseason has caught every inning for the Phils, it’s even more important.

As a group, big league catchers reached 0.226/0.295/0.367 in 2022.

Realmuto, on the other hand, hit .276/.342/.478 while leading all catchers in games started and innings behind the flat. Man is a unicorn, an anomaly, an athletic specimen. He squats for three hours then hits like an All-Star. That’s why he’s such a crucial and unsung part of this Phillies team. This is why they have become so dependent on its reliability.

David Robertson, right, and JT Realmuto of the Phillies celebrate after their Game 1 win at Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

And even though he hadn’t collected a signature moment before his performance in Game 1, Realmuto lurked in the shadows. If not for her first single in NLCS Game 5, Harper’s historic home run would have been of the solo variety. But sooner or later the October spotlight arrives for everyone, and on Friday night Realmuto was the reluctant star.

And in the early hours of Saturday morning, while his peers joked around listening to crude music in the locker room, Realmuto was back where he felt most comfortable, the weight room, preparing for the eventual tomorrow’s discomfort.

It’s a receiver’s life, and none, as he proved in Game 1, is better than Realmuto.

Jake Mintz, the louder half of @CespedesBBQ is a baseball writer for FOX Sports. He is an Orioles fan living in New York and as a result leads a lonely existence most of October. If he doesn’t watch baseball, he almost certainly rides a bike. Follow him on Twitter @Jake_Mintz.


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Will Aaron Judge re-sign with the Yankees in free agency? https://nmsbaseball.com/will-aaron-judge-re-sign-with-the-yankees-in-free-agency/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:42:08 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/will-aaron-judge-re-sign-with-the-yankees-in-free-agency/ NEW YORK — It was about Judge Aaron once again, a situation the Yankees found themselves in all summer. Assuming the familiar and commanding position that cracked an American League record 62 homers during the regular season, the game’s most recognizable slugger was the team’s last hope to stave off winter for another night. But […]]]>

NEW YORK — It was about Judge Aaron once again, a situation the Yankees found themselves in all summer. Assuming the familiar and commanding position that cracked an American League record 62 homers during the regular season, the game’s most recognizable slugger was the team’s last hope to stave off winter for another night.

But the clock had already struck midnight in New York, and soon it would be for the 2022 Yankees too. the ball to first base with a sneaky flip, the Astros’ last out. Victory 6-5 on the Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

Judge ran along the baseline, planted his right foot on first base, then glanced over his left shoulder as the Astros began to celebrate on the field — his home turf. Though technically that’s not the case anymore: for the first time in his pro career, Judge will be free, testing the waters of free agency, and there’s a chance that marked his last at bat in a Yankees uniform. .

“To have the chance to wear the stripes and play on the right field at Yankee Stadium is an incredible honor,” Judge said. “I certainly didn’t take it for granted at any time. I always controlled myself before the game when I said a little prayer, looked around the stadium and pinched myself. There are very few individuals who have the chance to run on this ground and play in front of the fans.

It was, as general manager Brian Cashman said, “the best bet ever.” The judge denied a seven-year, $213.5 million extension from the Yankees on Opening Day, responding with a season for the ages. In 157 games, Judge batted .311/.425/.686, leading the Majors in home runs, runs (133), RBIs (131), slugging percentage, on-base percentage, OPS+ (211) and total bases (391).

His pursuit to break Roger Maris’ 61-year-old AL record for single-season homers captivated the sports world, culminating in a 62nd homer in Game 1 of an Oct. 4 doubleheader in Texas.

Still, the playoffs didn’t go so well for Judge, perhaps gassed by the grueling run for the brand, though he never admitted it. In nine postseason games, Judge went .139 (5 ​​for 36) with two homers and three RBIs, hitless with a walk in the ALCS Finals.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Judge’s 2022 season was “incredible,” adding that Judge is “someone I’ve grown close to and look up to and respect and hopefully we’ll see. scratched for a long time. I don’t even want to think about the alternative right now.

It’s not immediately clear what Judge will be looking for in free agency, although it should be noted that Gerrit Cole is currently the club’s highest-paid player at $36 million a year; Judge will certainly be looking north of that (Mike Trout is the highest-paid position player by average annual value at $35.5 million), and Judge could potentially be looking to surpass Max Scherzer’s AAV record of 43.3. millions of dollars.

“Anything he gets will be astronomical, and he deserves it,” Anthony Rizzo said. “He bet on himself on the biggest stage, in the biggest market and did it with ease. He should be rewarded as the highest paid player in the game. He’s the new gold standard, at My opinion.

Judge said he plans to take some time to discuss his pending free agency with his agent, Page Odle, and his family. The judge said he spoke with Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole about their respective contract lawsuits.

“I haven’t even thought about the next step yet,” Judge said. “We have time to understand. I have never been to this place before.

“It was a special moment,” Judge said. “I’m just kicking myself for not bringing this championship home.”

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MLB Post-Season, 2022 World Series Schedule https://nmsbaseball.com/mlb-post-season-2022-world-series-schedule/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 03:20:26 +0000 https://nmsbaseball.com/mlb-post-season-2022-world-series-schedule/ Mark your calendars. The race to crown the next World Series champion is on. The National League Championship Series presented by loanDepot kicked off Tuesday, October 18 in San Diego and will air on FOX and/or FS1. The American League Championship Series presented by loanDepot kicks off in Houston on Wednesday, October 19 on TBS. […]]]>

Mark your calendars. The race to crown the next World Series champion is on.

The National League Championship Series presented by loanDepot kicked off Tuesday, October 18 in San Diego and will air on FOX and/or FS1. The American League Championship Series presented by loanDepot kicks off in Houston on Wednesday, October 19 on TBS. If necessary, NLCS Game 7 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, while ALCS Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26.

The winners of the NLCS and ALCS will meet in the 2022 World Series presented by Capital One and broadcast on FOX, with the Fall Classic set to run through Saturday, Nov. 5, if seven games are needed.

All games are available in the US on MLB.TV (authentication with a participating pay-TV provider is required). Live games are also available in select countries outside of the United States. For more information, click here.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Wednesday October 19
NLCS Game 2, PHI @ SD 4:30 p.m., FOX/FS1
ALCS Game 1, NYY @ HOU 7:30 PM, TBS

Thursday, October 20
ALCS Game 2, NYY @ HOU 7:30 PM, TBS

Friday October 21
NLCS Game 3, SD @ PHI 7:30 p.m., FS1

Saturday October 22
ALCS Game 3, HOU @ NYY 5 p.m., TBS
NLCS Game 4, SD @ PHI 7:45 p.m., FOX

Sunday October 23
NLCS Game 5, SD @ PHI 2:30 p.m., FS1 (if needed)
ALCS Game 4, HOU @ NYY 7 p.m., TBS

Monday October 24
ALCS Game 5, HOU @ NYY 4 p.m., TBS (if needed)
NLCS Game 6, PHI @ SD 8 p.m., FS1 (if needed)

Tuesday, October 25
ALCS Game 6, NYY @ HOU 6 p.m., TBS (if needed)
NLCS Game 7, PHI @ SD 8 p.m., FOX and FS1 (if needed)

Wednesday October 26
ALCS Game 7, NYY @ HOU 7:30 p.m., TBS (if needed)

Friday, October 28
Game 1 (with better record), FOX

Saturday October 29
Game 2 (with better record), FOX

Monday October 31
Game 3, FOX

Tuesday, November 1
Game 4, FOX

Wednesday November 2
Game 5, FOX (if needed)

Friday, November 4
Game 6, FOX (if necessary, best record)

Saturday November 5
Game 7, FOX (if necessary, best record)

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