Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Minor League Free Agent All-Star Team

Every winter general managers around baseball scour the free agent pool for what they believe might be a diamond in the rough or just cheap organizational depth. I used Cot's Baseball Contracts to handpick a 25-man roster of players that were signed to minor league contracts for the 2013 season. I think they would have outscored the Marlins and outpitched the Astros. Check it out...

Catcher:
  • Yorvit Torrealba/COL .240/.580, 61 G, 10 R, 8 DBL, 16 RBI, -0.5 WAR
  • Humberto Quintero/PHI/SEA .237/.642, 46 G, 8 R, 5 DBL, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 0.6 WAR
Infield:
  • Lyle Overbay/NYY .240/.688, 142 G, 43 R, 24 DBL, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 0.2 WAR
  • Jeff Baker/TEX .279/.905, 74 G, 21 R, 8 DBL, 11 HR, 21 RBI, 0.7 WAR
  • Donnie Murphy/CHC .255/.849, 46 G, 23 R, 8 DBL, 11 HR, 23 RBI, 1.0 WAR
  • Josh Satin/NYM .279/.781, 75 G, 23 R, 15 DBL, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 1.2 WAR
  • Munenori Kawasaki/TOR .229/.634, 96 G, 27 R, 6 DBL, 5 TRPL, 24 RBI, 7 SB, 1.3 WAR
  • Ed Lucas/MIA .256/.647, 94 G, 43 R, 14 DBL, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 1.5 WAR
Outfield:
  • Marlon Byrd/NYM/PIT .291/.847, 147 G, 75 R, 35 DBL, 5 TRPL, 24 HR, 88 RBI, 5.0 WAR
  • Ryan Raburn/CLE .272/.901, 87 G, 40 R, 18 DBL, 16 HR, 55 RBI, 2.1 WAR
  • JB Shuck/LAA .293/.697, 129 G, 60 R, 20 DBL, 39 RBI, 8 SB, 0.9 WAR
  • Matt Tuiasosopo/DET .244/.765, 81 G, 26 R, 7 DBL, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 0.6 WAR
  • Ryan Sweeney/CHC .266/.772, 70 G, 19 R, 13 DBL, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 0.4 WAR
Starting Rotation:
  • Scott Kazmir/CLE 10-9, 29 GS, 158 IP, 162 K, 4.04/1.32, 1.1 WAR
  • Samuel Deduno/MIN 8-8, 18 GS, 108 IP, 67 K, 3.83/1.35, 1.5 WAR
  • Carlos Torres/NYM 4-6, 33 G, 9 GS, 86.1 IP, 75 K, 3.44/1.11, 0.9 WAR
  • Chad Gaudin/SFG 5-2, 30 G, 12 GS, 97 IP, 88 K, 3.06/1.25, 1.3 WAR
  • Erik Bedard/HOU 4-12, 32 G, 26 GS, 151 IP, 138 K, 4.59/1.48, 0.9 WAR
Bullpen:
  • Kevin Gregg/CHC 2-6, 62 G, 62 IP, 56 K, 33 SV, 3.48/1.37, 0.5 WAR
  • LaTroy Hawkins/NYM 3-2, 72 G, 70.2 IP, 55 K, 13 SV, 12 HLD, 2.93/1.15, 0.5 WAR
  • Neal Cotts/TEX 8-3, 58 G, 57 IP, 65 K, 11 HLD, 1.11/0.95, 2.6 WAR
  • Chad Qualls/MIN 5-2, 66 G, 62 IP, 49 K, 15 HLD, 2.61/1.23, 1.8 WAR
  • Blake Parker/CHC 1-2, 49 G, 46.1 IP, 55 K, 7 HLD, 2.72/1.17, 0.7 WAR
  • Jamey Wright/TBR 2-2, 66 G, 70 IP, 65 K, 6 HLD, 3.09/1.20, 0.9 WAR
  • Francisco Rodriguez/MIL/BAL 3-2, 48 G, 46.2 IP, 54 K, 10 SV, 5 HLD, 2.70/1.20, 1.2 WAR
Lineup:
1. JB Shuck/CF
2. Josh Satin/1B
3. Marlon Byrd/RF
4. Ryan Raburn/LF
5. Jeff Baker/DH
6. Donnie Murphy/3B
7. Ed Lucas/2B
8. Munenori Kawasaki/SS
9. Humberto Quintero/C

Notes:
This team is extremely versatile, with almost every infielder being able to play multiple positions (Overbay being the exception).  The bullpen would have been one of the best in MLB in 2013.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Perfect Season

A handful of pitchers finished out the 2013 season with unblemished earned run averages (ERA).


Zero ERA Club:
*Minimum 4 IP
Francisely Bueno/KCR - 8.1 IP
Heath Hembree/SFG - 7.2 IP
Stephen Pryor/SEA - 7.1 IP
Matt Daley/NYY - 6 IP
Donnie Joseph/KCR - 5.2 IP
Rafael Dolis/CHC - 5 IP
Matt Shoemaker/LAA - 5 IP
Neftali Feliz/TEX - 4.2 IP
Enny Romero/TBR - 4.2 IP

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Last Place Teams Collective Super Squad

It was a long season for some teams, especially the ones that finished in last place in their divisions.  The Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, and Colorado Rockies all found themselves dwelling in the basement.  However, take bits and pieces from each and a super squad 25-man roster could be built that would likely be World Series bound.
Catcher:
Jason Castro/Astros .276/.835, 63 R, 35 DBL, 18 HR, 56 RBI, 4.5 WAR
Wilin Rosario/Rockies .292/.801, 63 R, 22 DBL, 21 HR, 79 RBI, 2.3 WAR

First Base:
Edwin Encarnacion/Blue Jays .272/.904, 90 R, 29 DBL, 36 HR, 104 RBI, 7 SB, 4.0 WAR
Adam Lind/Blue Jays .288/.854, 67 R, 26 DBL, 23 HR, 67 RBI, 1.9 WAR

Second Base:
Jose Altuve/Astros .283/.678, 64 R, 31 DBL, 5 HR, 52 RBI, 35 SB, 1.0 WAR

Short Stop:
Troy Tulowitzki/Rockies .312/.931, 72 R, 27 DBL, 25 HR, 82 RBI, 5.3 WAR
Jose Reyes/Blue Jays .296/.780, 58 R, 20 DBL, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 15 SB, 2.5 WAR

Third Base:
Nolan Arenado/Rockies .267/.706, 49 R, 29 DBL, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 3.9 WAR

Outfield:
Carlos Gonzalez/Rockies .302/.958, 72 R, 23 DBL, 26 HR, 70 RBI, 21 SB, 4.9 WAR
Giancarlo Stanton/Marlins .249/.845, 62 R, 26 DBL, 24 HR, 62 RBI, 2.4 WAR
Jose Bautista/Blue Jays .259/.856, 82 R, 24 DBL, 28 HR, 73 RBI, 7 SB, 4.1 WAR
Michael Cuddyer/Rockies .331/.919, 74 R, 31 DBL, 20 HR, 84 RBI, 10 SB, 2.0 WAR
Colby Rasmus/Blue Jays .276/.840, 57 R, 26 DBL, 22 HR, 66 RBI, 4.8 WAR

Rotation:
Jose Fernandez/Marlins 12-6, 172.2 IP, 187 K, 2.19/0.98, 6.3 WAR
Chris Sale/White Sox 11-14, 214.1 IP, 226 K, 3.07/.1.07, 6.9 WAR
Travis Wood/ Cubs 9-12, 200 IP, 144 K, 3.11/1.15, 4.4 WAR
Jhoylys Chacin/Rockies 14-10, 197.1 IP, 126 K, 3.47/1.26, 5.8 WAR
Jose Quintana/White Sox 9-7, 200 IP, 164 K, 3.51/1.22, 5.4 WAR

Bullpen:
Casey Janssen/Blue Jays 4-1, 56 G, 52.2 IP, 50 K, 34 SV, 2.56/0.99, 1.4 WAR
Rex Brothers/Rockies 2-1, 72 G, 67.1 IP, 76 K, 19 SV, 1.74/1.29, 3.1 WAR
Addison Reed/White Sox 5-4, 68 G, 71.1 IP, 72 K, 40 SV, 3.79/1.11, 1.2 WAR
Steve Cishek/Marlins 4-6, 69 G, 69.2 IP, 74 K, 34 SV, 2.33/1.08, 2.1 WAR
Mike Dunn/Marlins 3-4, 75 G, 67.2 IP, 72 K, 2.66/1.20, 1.6 WAR
Adam Ottavino/Rockies 1-3, 51 G, 78.1 IP, 78 K, 2.64/1.33, 2.2 WAR
Aaron Loup/Blue Jays 4-6, 64 G, 69.1 IP, 53 K, 2.47/1.14, 1.5 WAR

Lineup:
1. Carlos Gonzalez/CF
2. Troy Tulowitzki/SS
3. Michael Cuddyer/DH
4. Edwin Encarnancion/1B
5. Jose Bautista/LF
6. Giancarlo Stanton/RF
7. Jason Castro/C
8. Nolan Arenado/3B
9. Jose Altuve/2B