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2012 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2012-articles/july/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:07:36 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb A Closer Look at the Diamondbacks' New 3B, Chris Johnson http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/a-closer-look-at-the-diamondbacks-new-3b-chris-johnson.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/a-closer-look-at-the-diamondbacks-new-3b-chris-johnson.html On Sunday, the Diamondbacks traded a pair of players at AA Mobile, Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering, to the Houston Astros for 3B Chris Johnson. Krauss and Borchering are two players who profile as potential power hitters, but poor fielders, so they might be better fits with the Astros, who will be shifting to the American League (with the DH) in 2013. Krauss, in particular, has had a very good season with the bat, and might compete for a Major League roster spot next year. Borchering is still struggling at the AA level, and probably needs at least two more years in the Minors. While both still have potential, the Diamondbacks were willing to risk trading them to upgrade at Third Base with Johnson.

Third Base has been a weak spot for the Diamondbacks all season, as the team's 3B have combined to hit only .227/.282/.342 (.624 OPS), which is more than 100 pts lower in OPS than every other position on the team. Johnson was batting .279/.329/.428 for the Astros, with 8 HR and 41 RBI, and is expected to be the primary 3B for the Diamondbacks over the final two months of the season, replacing the combination of recent call-up Ryan Wheeler and Willie Bloomquist. Based on his play this year, Johnson should be an offensive improvement for the team, but his defense could be a concern. The basic summary for Johnson is this - a decent batting average with a lot of line drives, low walks, high strikeouts, decent power, odd platoon splits, and he's a below-average defender despite a strong throwing arm.  Let's take a closer look at Johnson.

Year Age Tm G AB R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS+ wRC
2009 24 HOU 11 22 1 2 0 1 1 6 .091 .130 .091 -39 -50
2010 25 HOU 94 341 40 105 11 52 15 91 .308 .337 .481 121 120
2011 26 HOU 107 378 32 95 7 42 16 97 .251 .291 .378 85 80
2012 27 HOU 92 341 36 95 8 41 23 92 .279 .329 .428 105 107
TOT 304 1082 109 297 26 136 55 286 .274 .314 .421 100 99
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:21:40 +0000
Who Were the Best MLB Free Agent Signings for 2012? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/who-were-the-best-mlb-free-agent-signings-for-2012.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/who-were-the-best-mlb-free-agent-signings-for-2012.html In 2012, 100 position players were signed as free agents in Major League Baseball, ranging in cost from $250M over 10 years for Albert Pujols down to several players signed to minimum salary or minor league deals.  Here are my selections for the best and worst free agent signings of the year, based on the season so far. The Diamondbacks have two of the top three signings, and the Rays have two of the worst. A list of all 100 free agent signings, along with their fWAR and bWAR for 2012 (fWAR is Wins Above Replacement from Fangraphs, bWAR is Wins Above Replacement from Baseball-Reference), is posted at the end of this article.

Best Free Agent Signings (Position Players)

(Stats are through games of July 25)

1. Aaron Hill, ARI - 2Yrs/11M; .304/.359/.503, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 3.5 fWAR, 2.5 bWAR
Hill was signed to a two year deal for just $5.5M/year, and currently leads all NL Second Basemen in HR, OBP, SLG, and fWAR, while playing excellent defense at 2B. Hill also has the distinction of being the first player to hit for the cycle twice in one season since Babe Herman in 1931.

2. Josh Willingham, MIN - 3 Yrs/$21M; .271/.384/.563, 25 HR, 72 RBI, 3.7 fWAR, 2.8 bWAR
Willingham leads all 2012 free agents in the WAR calculations; his 72 RBI are tied for 3rd in the Majors, and his 25 HR rank 8th.

3. Jason Kubel, ARI - 2Yrs/$15M; .298/.367/.583, 22 HR, 72 RBI, 2.6 fWAR, 2.2 bWAR
Kubel was probably one of the most criticized signings of the year, but he is leading the NL in RBI (3rd in MLB) with 72. The hitting from Kubel and Hill have helped offset the disappointing offensive seasons from Justin Upton and Chris Young. Defensively, Kubel's 11 Outfield Assists lead the NL, which has helped make up for his lack of range in the outfield.

4. Yoenis Cespedes, OAK - 4 Yrs/$36M; .302/.361/.533, 13 HR, 50 RBI, 1.3 fWAR, 1.0 bWAR
Cespedes has hit much better than expected in his first Major League season. The A's are 41-24 (.631) when Cespedes is in the lineup, compared to 12-20 without him. His poor defense in CF and lack of experience in LF have pulled down his WAR totals, but he has been a big factor in the A's improvement this year.

5. Carlos Beltran, STL - 2 Yrs/$26M; .287/.364/.526, 22 HR, 71 RBI, 2.6 fWAR, 2.5 bWAR
Beltran has picked up the offensive slack from the departed Albert Pujols, leading the Cardinals in HR with 22 and RBI with 71. His defense has slipped a little, but he's helped keep the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race.

Worst Free Agent Signings

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:30:38 +0000
Diamondbacks Acquire 2B Tyler Bortnick (25) for Ryan Roberts http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/diamondbacks-acquire-2b-tyler-bortnick-25-for-ryan-roberts.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/diamondbacks-acquire-2b-tyler-bortnick-25-for-ryan-roberts.html The Diamondbacks have acquired 2B Tyler Bortnick from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Ryan Roberts. Bortnick, who just turned 25 on July 3, was a 16th Round draft pick of the Rays in 2009. He was playing for AA Montgomery this season, with a batting line of .253/.352/.385, with 4 HR, 48 RBI, and 22 Stolen Bases in 25 Attempts. His strengths are his plate discipline and his speed, and he could develop into a useful Major League utility infielder. 

Tyler Bortnick, Born July 3, 1987, 5-11, 185 (Coastal Carolina)

Age Tm Lg PA R H HR RBI SB/CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
21 Hudson Valley NYPL (A-) 255 37 65 4 26 24/8 27 38 .300 .386 .470
22 Bowling Green MIDW (A) 485 72 123 8 45 39/14 63 67 .303 .408 .451
22 Charlotte FLOR (A+) 41 4 7 1 9 2/0 5 10 .206 .300 .382
23 Charlotte FLOR (A+) 588 96 145 4 70 43/4 79 67 .306 .428 .432
24 Montgomery SOUL (AA) 404 46 88 4 48 23/3 46 61 .253 .352 .385
TOTAL 1773 255 428 21 198 131/29 220 243 .289 .396 .431

Bortnick doesn't have great tools, but is a hustler and has always been a fan and coach's favorite. He has outstanding plate discipline, and actually had more walks than strikeouts in 2011. He is an excellent bunter and baserunner, and was rated by Baseball America as the best baserunner in the Florida State League in 2011. Defensively, Bortnick has a strong arm (college shortstop) and good range, and turns the double play well. The main drawback for him is the lack of power.

Bortnick was ranked as the Rays' #18 Prospect by John Sickels' MinorLeagueBall.com, and #29 by Baseball America. The Diamondbacks have said that he will report to AAA Reno, where he will compete for playing time with infielders Jake Elmore and Taylor Harbin for playing time.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Wed, 25 Jul 2012 04:09:09 +0000
Diamondbacks DFA Ryan Roberts; Option Bryan Shaw http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/diamondbacks-dfa-ryan-roberts-option-bryan-shaw.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/diamondbacks-dfa-ryan-roberts-option-bryan-shaw.html The Diamondbacks have made a couple of moves this week that no one could have predicted on Opening Day, as 3B Ryan Roberts and RHP Bryan Shaw are no longer on the Major League roster. Roberts was Designated for Assignment on Tuesday, after hitting just .250/.306/.357 this year.  The team will have 10 days to try to work out a trade for Roberts, or they could place him on Waivers. Roberts has apparently been told that a trade is very close.  Some teams that have been looking for help at 3B include the Rays and the Athletics. Roberts was a big surprise in 2011, batting .249/.341/.427, but the power and walks have been way down this year.

IF John McDonald was activated from the Disabled List to take Roberts' place. That means that 3B will be a combination of rookie Ryan Wheeler (left-handed) and Willie Bloomquist (right-handed), with McDonald also available to fill in. Stephen Drew will be the primary SS, with Bloomquist and McDonald also getting occasional starts at that position.

Earlier in the week, the Diamondbacks had added RHPs Takashi Saito and Brad Bergesen to the roster, and sent relievers Jonathan Albaladejo and Bryan Shaw to AAA. Shaw had been expected to be a key part of the bullpen, but his ERA had risen to 4.26, and he had walked 15 in 38 IP. Over his last six outings, he had allowed 10 Hits and 10 Runs (8 ER) in just 4.1 IP, while walking 4 and striking out only 3. 

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:43:07 +0000
Ryan Wheeler and Brad Bergesen replace Blum and Albaladejo on the Diamondbacks' Roster http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/ryan-wheeler-and-brad-bergesen-replace-blum-and-albaladejo-on-the-diamondbacks-roster.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/ryan-wheeler-and-brad-bergesen-replace-blum-and-albaladejo-on-the-diamondbacks-roster.html Two new additions to the Diamondbacks' roster on Friday - 3B Ryan Wheeler has been called up from AAA Reno, and RHP Brad Bergesen has been claimed off waivers from the Orioles. They will be taking the roster spots of 3B Geoff Blum, who will be released, and RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, who will go back to AAA. 

Edit: It looks like Bergesen won't be able to join the team for Friday's game, so Albaladejo will stay on the roster a little longer.

Third Base has been a problem for the Diamondbacks all year, with the team trying Ryan Roberts, Willie Bloomquist, Cody Ransom, John McDonald, Josh Bell, and Blum at the position.  As a group, the Diamondbacks' third basemen have hit .230/.281/.351, and their .632 OPS is 100 points lower than any other position on the team. Wheeler will get a chance to win the 3B job after hitting .351/.388/.572 at AAA Reno with 15 HR and a minor league-leading 90 RBI. He has hit very well in the hitter-friendly PCL, but it remains to be seen how well that translates to the Majors. One worry is Wheeler's low walk rate in the PCL - 26 BB in 399 Plate Appearances (6.5%), but he also has a fairly low strikeout rate (16.8%). He will make his Major League debut tonight against the Astros, batting 8th against Bud Norris.

Year Age Tm PA R H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 21 Visalia (A+) 506 62 132 9 57 35 98 .284 .340 .404 .744
2010 21 Mobile (AA) 73 8 17 3 10 5 16 .254 .315 .433 .748
2011 22 Mobile (AA) 531 69 141 16 89 45 102 .294 .358 .465 .822
2012 23 Reno (AAA) 399 56 127 15 90 26 67 .351 .388 .572 .960

With Josh Collmenter moving back to the starting rotation, Brad Bergesen will slide into the long relief role. He has started 59 games in the Majors, with a career 4.60 ERA as a starter, and an overall ERA of 4.68 in 394 IP. He doesn't strike out many batters (career 4.7 K/9), but he does get a lot of ground balls (47.3 GB%) and doesn't walk many (2.6 BB/9). He's the type of pitcher who needs his defense to make plays behind him.

Year Age Tm W L ERA FIP WHIP G GS IP HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2009 23 BAL 7 5 3.43 4.10 1.28 19 19 123.1 0.8 2.3 4.7
2010 24 BAL 8 12 4.98 5.14 1.44 30 28 170 1.4 2.7 4.3
2011 25 BAL 2 7 5.70 4.92 1.50 34 12 101 1.4 2.9 5.4
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:53:07 +0000
What is the MLB Competitive Balance Lottery? (Diamondbacks pick 3rd) http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/what-is-the-competitive-balance-lottery-diamondbacks-pick-3rd.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/what-is-the-competitive-balance-lottery-diamondbacks-pick-3rd.html Major League Baseball held its first competitive balance lottery on July 18th, which is designed to help smaller market/smaller revenue teams by giving them extra draft picks.  The lottery began with the 10 teams ranked smallest in market size, and the 10 teams that ranked smallest in revenue. Because of overlap between the two groups, this led to a list of 13 teams - Athletics, Brewers, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Indians, Marlins, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Rays, Reds, Royals, and Rockies.  These 13 teams were put into a weighted lottery, based on 2011 records, for 6 picks in Compensation Round A, which will take place at the end of the First Round in the June 2013 draft (Picks #32-37).  The results of the lottery were as follows:

Compensation Round A (after Round 1):
1. Royals (#32 Overall)
2. Pirates (#33 Overall)
3. Diamondbacks (#34 Overall)
4. Orioles (#35 Overall)
5. Reds (#36 Overall)
6. Marlins (#37 Overall)

The Orioles had the best chance for the first pick (12.4%), follwed by the Padres and Royals at 11.1%. The Diamondbacks actually had the fewest ping pong balls in the lottery (2.6%), but still acquired the 3rd pick. Round A picks are valued between $1.39M and $1.55M, and will add to those teams' draft pools.

The seven teams that did not win this lottery were placed in a second lottery for Compensation Round B, which will take place after the Second Round. The Tigers were added to the pool for Round B, as a team that receives revenue sharing money, but that did not meet the other two criteria.  The results for Round B were:

Compensation Round B (after Round 2):
1. Padres
2. Indians
3. Rockies
4. Athletics
5. Brewers
6. Tigers

The Round B picks are valued between $700K - $758K. Two teams, the Rays and the Cardinals, did not get a pick in either round.  One very interesting thing about Compensation Round picks is that they can be traded anytime during this season or next season until two hours before the draft.  Picks can only be traded by the team that originally acquired them, and they cannot be traded during the Winter Meetings. For teams that are in the playoff hunt, such as the Pirates and Reds (and the Diamondbacks?), these newly acquired picks could be used to acquire players to help during the stretch run.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:57:59 +0000
What's Wrong with Trevor Bauer? http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/whats-wrong-with-trevor-bauer.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/whats-wrong-with-trevor-bauer.html Trevor Bauer has made four starts for the Diamondbacks this year, and the results so far have not been very good. In those four starts, he has only been able to accumulate 16.1 Innings, while he has walked 13 batters and hit one more. He also has allowed two home runs and been charged with two wild pitches. The overall numbers show an ugly 6.06 ERA (5.15 FIP) and a 1.65 WHIP. There has been one obvious problem for Bauer so far - he has had very poor command of his breaking pitches.

Using Bauer's data from the Brooks Baseball PitchFX site,  we can see that Bauer has thrown his curve ball 42 times, out of 293 pitches (18.3%). Out of these 42 curves, 28 (66.7%) have been called balls. Of the remaining 14 curves. 4 were swung on and missed, 2 were fouled off, 6 were put into play, and only 2 were "called" strikes by the umpire.  As a point of comparison, here are the percentages of curves called for balls by other Diamondbacks' pitchers:

Pitcher Curve - Called Ball Curve Frequency
Wade Miley 40.7% 2.0%
David Hernandez 42.5% 25.0%
Ian Kennedy 44.8% 12.0%
Trevor Cahill 46.8% 9.0%
Joe Saunders 47.1% 13.0%
Josh Collmenter 52.9% 25.9%
Patrick Corbin 55.3% 14.0%
Trevor Bauer 66.7% 14.0%

Since Bauer has been unable to consistently throw his curve for strikes, batters have basically been able to ignore his curve and wait for a fastball or changeup. The table below shows how often batters swing at a pitch from each of the Diamondbacks' starters - Bauer has the lowest Swing % of the group, and his 39.8 Swing % makes him one of only 3 NL starters below 40% (YGallardo and VWorley are the two others).

Pitcher Swing %
Ian Kennedy 50.8%
Wade Miley 49.2%
Josh Collmenter 46.4%
Patrick Corbin 44.7%
Joe Saunders 43.7%
Trevor Cahill 40.4%
Trevor Bauer 39.8%

One factor to consider with Bauer is that he has been battling a minor groin injury for the last several weeks.  He has tweeted several times that his velocity, and perhaps his command as well, have been affected by this problem. But Bauer is still confident that he can get back on track, saying after Tuesday's game "I just couldn't throw the ball where I wanted to. I'll fix it. I'll be fine." He will probably get one more chance this Sunday at home against the Astros. Hopefully that start will go well for Bauer, but if it does not, the Diamondbacks may decide to bring back Patrick Corbin (AAA: 3-2, 3.57 ERA, 36 K/13 BB in 40.1 IP) or give Tyler Skaggs an opportunity (AAA: 2-0, 2.65 ERA, 12K/3BB in 17 IP). With the team 7 Games Behind the division leading Giants, they can't afford to wait for Bauer much longer.

Edit: Reports from Nick Piecoro on Wednesday morning say that reliever Jonathan Albaladejo is in the Diamondbacks' clubhouse, which probably means that Bauer is being sent down. This would put Josh Collmenter back in the rotation, unless the team calls up Corbin or Skaggs for Sunday's game.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:31:10 +0000
Diamondbacks 2nd Half Preview http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/diamondbacks-2nd-half-preview.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/diamondbacks-2nd-half-preview.html The Diamondbacks are coming out of the All Star Break with a record of 42-43, just 4 Games Behind the Dodgers and 3.5 Games Behind the Giants. Even though the team is still below .500, they are in much better shape than they were a few weeks ago - the D'Backs were 11.5 GB on May 22, and 7 GB just one week ago. The Diamondbacks rank 6th in the NL in Runs/Game, with 4.41 R/G, and rank 8th in Runs Allowed with 4.29 R/G.   Let's take a look at what to expect in the 2nd Half.
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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Fri, 13 Jul 2012 05:17:57 +0000
Marc Krauss Is Having a Fantastic Season for AA Mobile http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/marc-krauss-is-having-a-fantastic-season-for-aa-mobile.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/marc-krauss-is-having-a-fantastic-season-for-aa-mobile.html LF Marc Krauss slipped on most prospect lists after a so-so campaign with Mobile in 2011 (.779 OPS). But in 2012, Krauss has really elevated his level of play, and he may be the best hitter in the Southern League right now. With a batting line of .297/.421/.534, Krauss' OPS of .955 is second in the league, just two points behind teammate Alfredo Marte. Krauss leads the league in Runs Scored (66) and Walks (59), is 2nd in OBP (.421) and Doubles (27), 3rd in RBI (55), 4th in SLG (.534), 5th in HR (13), and 10th in Batting Average (.297). He has also drastically improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2012, with 74 K/59 BB this year compared to 123 K/64 BB last year. 

Krauss' offensive season puts him in some pretty select company. Over the last 10 years, only 18 Southern League players have achieved an OBP over .400 and a SLG over .500. The list includes 1B Paul Goldschmidt from last year, as well as current superstars Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera, and Evan Longoria. Of course, many of these players were significantly younger than Krauss, who is now 24, but the .400/.500 combo is still quite rare (Minimum 300 PA).

Year Player Age Tm Aff PA R HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 Marc Krauss 24 MOB ARI 369 66 13 55 .297 .421 .534 .955
2011 Paul Goldschmidt 23 MOB ARI 457 84 30 94 .306 .435 .626 1.061
2011 Scott Van Slyke 24 CNG LAD 529 81 20 92 .348 .427 .595 1.022
2010 Robin. Chirinos 26 KNX CHC 318 53 15 64 .318 .412 .580 .991
2010 Dave Sappelt 23 CAR CIN 372 53 9 62 .361 .416 .548 .964
2009 Chris Heisey 24 CAR CIN 314 54 13 40 .347 .426 .572 .998
2009 Tyler Flowers 23 BIR CHW 317 54 13 43 .302 .445 .548 .993
2008 Matt LaPorta 23 HVL MIL 366 56 20 66 .288 .402 .576 .978
2008 Angel Salome 22 HVL MIL 411 67 13 83 .360 .415 .559 .973
2008 Gaby Sanchez 24 CAR FLA 557 70 17 92 .314 .404 .513 .917
2008 Marsh. Hubbard 26 WTN SEA 379 54 12 52 .291 .407 .505 .912
2007 Matt Craig 26 KNX CHC 323 41 10 44 .326 .416 .514 .931
2007 Evan Longoria 21 MTG TBD 447 78 21 76 .307 .403 .528 .930
2006 Joey Votto 22 CNG CIN 590 85 22 77 .319 .408 .547 .956
2005 Jeremy Hermida 21 CAR FLA 507 77 18 63 .293 .457 .518 .975
2005 Brandon Sing 24 WTN CHC 508 74 26 71 .276 .404 .538 .941
2004 Josh Willingham 25 CAR FLA 455 81 24 76 .281 .449 .565 1.014
2003 Miguel Cabrera 20 CAR FLA 303 46 10 59 .365 .429 .609 1.038
2003 St. Smitherman 24 CNG CIN 430 60 19 73 .310 .402 .534 .937

Just missing from the list were Justin Upton (Age 19), who had an OBP of .399, and Matt Kemp (21), Giancarlo Stanton (20), and Jason Heyward (19), who were promoted from AA before reaching 300 plate appearances. Of the 18 players listed above, more than half became Major Leaguers.

If we restrict the list to Southern League seasons at the age of 24 or later, and expand the Player list to include those with fewer plate appearances and a .380/.500 line, we can add some players who might be similar to Krauss.

Year Player Age Tm Aff PA R HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
2011 Ryan Flaherty 24 KNX CHC 344 52 14 66 .305 .384 .523 .907
2010 Brandon Guyer 24 KNX CHC 410 76 13 58 .344 .398 .588 .986
2008 Jake Fox 25 KNX CHC 459 76 25 79 .307 .397 .580 .976
2008 Mike Wilson 25 WTN SEA 485 76 27 84 .276 .388 .549 .938
2007 Josh Kroeger 24 KNX CHC 256 40 11 50 .382 .449 .609 1.058
2007 Adam Rosales 24 CNG CIN 302 51 13 31 .278 .377 .549 .926
2005 Nelson Cruz 24 HVL MIL 286 45 16 54 .306 .388 .577 .965
2005 Chris Denorfia 24 CNG CIN 209 40 7 26 .330 .391 .564 .955
2004 Kenny Kelly 25 CNG CIN 227 33 5 28 .356 .441 .545 .986
2003 Matt Diaz 25 ORL TBD 258 32 5 41 .383 .444 .542 .985

Combining this group of ten players with the nine older than 24 from the list above, we have a total of nineteen players who had an OBP > .380 and SLG > .500 at the age of 24 or older in the Southern League. Out of these, 6 out of 19 are solidly established Major Leaguers - Josh Willingham, Nelson Cruz, Matt Diaz, Gaby Sanchez, Chris Denorfia, and Chris Heisey. What these players have in common is that they all started in the Minors around the age of 20-21, like Krauss (all went to college except for NCruz). Others, such as Fox and Rosales, had some success in the Majors, while players like Guyer and Van Slyke are still trying to establish themselves.  So if Krauss can maintain his .400 OBP/.500 SLG marks in the Southern League, the chances of achieving some success at the Major League level look pretty good, much better than for most 24 year olds in AA ball.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) July Wed, 11 Jul 2012 04:00:34 +0000
Ranking the 2012 Diamondbacks at the All Star Break http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/ranking-the-2012-diamondbacks-at-the-all-star-break.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/july/ranking-the-2012-diamondbacks-at-the-all-star-break.html 35 Players have played for the Diamondbacks so far in 2012. Here is how I rank them, from #1 to #35, based on their performance this season. In the last players rankings back in May, Chris Young was #1, but he has slipped all the way to #13. At the other end, Joe Paterson, with 11 ER allowed in just 2.2 IP, still holds onto to the last spot. The final two columns show each player's Wins Above Replacement (WAR) based on calculations from Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs.

Rank May Player Comment bWAR fWAR
1 4 Aaron Hill .300/.355/.505 with excellent defense at 2B; should have made the NL All Star team 2.2 2.9
2 3 Jason Kubel Leads AZ with 15 HR and 60 RBI, and is 3rd in NL in RBI; .900 OPS is #13 in NL; leads NL with 11 Assists 1.7 1.7
3 7 Wade Miley Leads team with 3.04 ERA; Has cut walks down from 4.2 BB/9 in '11 to just 1.9, and HRA/9 from 1.4 to 0.8 2.1 2.0
4 21 Paul Goldschmidt .920 OPS is #9 in the NL; Hitting .400/.462/.822 vs LHP,  just .247/.315/.401 vs RHP 2.2 2.3
5 9 Miguel Montero Leads team with .378 OBP; nailed 47% of basestealers 1.7 2.4
6 10 Trevor Cahill 3.64 ERA compared to FIP of 4.10; career FIP - ERA = 0.58 1.1 1.5
7 5 Ian Kennedy 4.26 ERA with 3.58 FIP; high BABIP (.326) and low LOB% (72%) 0.6 2.1
8 18 Gerardo Parra .276/.345/.430 with 11/15 SB; still very good on defense 1.8 2.0
9 14 Justin Upton .353 OBP and 54 Runs Scored are fine, but only has .401 SLG 1.2 1.2
10 2 Joe Saunders 69% Quality Start Rate (9/13) leads AZ; career FIP-ERA=0.49 0.8 1.2
11 11 David Hernandez 2.89 ERA; walks (4.1 BB/9) and SO (13.7 K/9) up this year 0.6 0.8
12 13 J.J. Putz Has not given up a run in 12 of last 13, and 16 of 18 games -0.1 0.2
13 1 Chris Young Batting just .143/.235/.256 since return from injury 0.6 1.4
14 15 Brad Ziegler 2.45 ERA with 0 HR Allowed; leads NL with 71% GB rate 0.6 0.5
15 16 John McDonald .796 OPS is best of his career; still solid on defense 0.4 0.6
16 12 Lyle Overbay .317/.400/.500, but only 2 starts after June 15 0.4 0.4
17 17 Craig Breslow 2.92 ERA overall, but allowed 6 ER and 17H in 9.2 IP in June 0.5 0.2
18 6 Bryan Shaw 3.38 ERA; Has only allowed 4/25 Inherited Runners to score 0.4 0.2
19 25 Josh Collmenter after rough start, has 1.40 ERA with 36K/9 BB in last 38.2 IP 0.3 0.5
20 19 Patrick Corbin Has pitched well in relief; 1.69 ERA with 11K/4 BB in 10.2 IP 0.1 0.4
21 20 Willie Bloomquist .393 SLG and .717 are career highs; only 6 of 14 in SB attempts -0.5 0.6
22 8 Cody Ransom .922 OPS with Arizona, but only .610 OPS with MIL 0.5 0.4
23 27 Ryan Roberts .237/.285/.352; OPS down 130 pts from '11 0.0 0.2
24 - Trevor Bauer 3 Starts - 1 good, 1 so-so, and 1 bad; 13K/8 BB in 13.1 IP -0.1 0.2
25 26 Mike Zagurski Holding LHB to a .562 OPS; 21K/10 BB in 22 IP -0.1 -0.1
26 29 A.J. Pollock .245/.288/.340; went 10 for 28 after a 3 for 25 start 0.0 0.0
27 - Stephen Drew Just .179/.226/.214 in 31 PA, but looks healthy -0.2 -0.2
28 28 Henry Blanco .167/.196/.204 in just 56 PA; caught 3 of 6 basestealers -0.2 -0.2
29 23 Jonathan Albaladejo 2 ER in 2 IP; does have 14 Saves in AAA Reno -0.1 0.0
30 22 Daniel Hudson Allowed 9 HR in 45.1 IP (1.8 HR/9), after rate of 0.7 in '11 -0.9 0.3
31 30 Geoff Blum Just 3 for 20 for the year, 1 for 8 as a PH -0.1 -0.1
32 24 Joe Martinez Gave up 2 Hits and 1 ER in only inning; back in AAA 0.0 0.0
33 - Josh Bell Just .173/.232/.269; back in AAA -0.5 -0.5
34 - Konrad Schmidt 0 for 4 with a Run and a RBI -0.1 -0.1
35 31 Joe Paterson 37.13 ERA; 15 Hits and 11 ER in just 2.2 IP -0.7 -0.3

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