I’m going to be totally upfront and honest here. I don’t know much about prospects. I’m a big league guy. I love going to minor league games and have the pleasure of living in an area where there is a NY-Penn League team, but I don’t know a lot of the guys in the minors. I know the big names, the Miller’s, the Bundy’s, the Taillon’s and d’Arnaud’s, but that is about it. I’m a numbers guy, despite my ill will towards math. I can get tons of big league statistics, can’t get them for the minors. If you want info on prospects talk to Josh or Charlie, or Mark. Not me.
I figure I need to get on this prospect band wagon if I’m going to succeed in this industry, so I’m looking into maybe joining a dynasty league. Take over a big league roster, each yearly draft is all minor league players. When looking at available teams in this league, and the prospects affiliated with each one, I had to do a fair bit of Googling to see how good my farm system was I may be inheriting. One name that popped up was Todd Frazier. I had never heard of him (this was a month ago). The point of all this is not only do I know who he is now, I’m sure everyone in Atlanta does too, because you see, Todd hit a walk off homer last night to cap a 2-1 victory against the Braves.
Frazier is a power bat at a power position, he has 64 AB’s this season, a .250 avg and 3 HR’s. A respectable rate of hitting a HR every 21 AB’s or so (math wins again!), or a HR every 4 or 5 days… or to broaden it out, a little more than 1 HR every week. Look at all that math! That’s currently a better pace than Alex Rodriguez, and similar pace to Kelly Johnson and Billy Butler. Not overly sexy names, but players more than useful to our game. The point is with regular playing time this guy is capable of helping out. If you have nothing better going for you, grab him and see what happens. He’s hitting HR’s at a better rate than Miguel Cabrera has been.
- Cole Hammels kicked butt, throwing 8 innings, fanning 8, no earned. I wonder how much money he is going to get this off season?
- Ernesto Frieri picked up his first save of the year for the halos. He worked around a walk (not uncomon) and K’d the side (also not uncomon). He may not keep the closer job all year, but his rediculous 16.38 K/9 deserves a spot on rosters of all shapes and sizes.
- Joe Saunders won last night pitching 7 giving up 4 earned. It wasn’t a great outing, but it wasn’t horrible. As long as he isn’t horrible we won’t be seeing Trevor Bauer in Arizona anytime soon, unless someone gets hurt.
Verlander @ Masterson
Delgado @ Bailey
Stults @ Hefner
Vogelsong @ Sanchez
De Vries @ Humber
Blanton @ Westbrook - Blanton has been good this year and St Louis has a good lineup, but their park is pitcher friendly, not a 1-for-1 washout, but it’s enough of a bonus to start him in an only league.
Haren @ Vargas