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The 69 appearances [Kimbrel] made last year (combined majors and minors) are a career high (though his career is relatively short), and he’s on pace to blow that out of the water. Furthermore, Jonny Venters (the obvious candidate to vulture saves) in on pace for 89 appearances, so it’s likely the Braves will scale back his usage as well. All bets are off if the Braves are fighting for a playoff spot right down to the bitter end, but look for them to ease off the gas with their two stud relievers in July and August.
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In the last two weeks, Lee has hit .286 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI, with both home runs coming in the last four games, and he’s looking more and more comfortable at the plate again. Of course, at his age, you have to account for some decline, but if we’re talking regression to the means, then you’re still looking at an uptick in his BABIP and walk rate as well as his ISO. Lee is not finished just yet and as we enter the summer months, he will take more advantage of the favorable dimensions of Camden Yards.
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There really isn’t a single specific skill that you can hang your hat on with Moscoso. He has a putrid 4.6 K/9 which is supported by a bad swinging strike rate (5.4%). He’s had good control in the minor leagues, but his 3.56 BB/9 right now is below-average (hey! not terrible!). He has yet to show his minor league walk rate (2.5 BB/9 in MiLB) in the major leagues (3.90 BB/9). Last, but not least, he’s an extreme fly ball pitcher. His ground-ball rate this year is is 24.6%, and even with his other 14 2/3 major league innings added in, it only ‘jumps’ to 26.5%.
In the past, if the pitch was not inside, Justin had trouble hitting it. He knew to swing, the swings just failed. Now, he's handling the high and low outside pitches better, and fouling them off or putting the ball in play more. He's playing this season as a 23 year old, and it appears he's learning to adjust, a good sign as he approaches his peak years.
Of Boesch's ten home runs this year, six have been classified as "no doubt" home runs. Ahead of him on that list? Jose Bautista and Justin Upton, with seven each. Boesch is tied at six with Paul Konerko, Curtis Granderson, Carlos Quentin, Nelson Cruz, and Mike Stanton. That's pretty good company.
Against Boston, Lee threw 68 of his 112 pitches within the strike zone, or 61 percent. Even by Lee's standards -- he has thrown a major league-leading 56.7 percent percent of his offerings within the zone this season -- that's a lot of pitches over the plate. But what makes Lee's performance remarkable isn't the quantity of strikes, but the quality.
Using K/9 instead of raw strikeouts, we can see that Beachy ranks second in the NL, behind only the magnificent Zack Greinke. You read that right, America, Beachy ranks ahead of aces like Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw, and the Braves’ own Tommy Hanson.
One of the reasons that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel might turn to Bastardo in the ninth is that the little lefty can handle batters of both hands. During his big league career, Bastardo has a .206/.302/.343 line against lefties and a .219/.308/.344 slash versus right-handers. His control could give Manuel occasional heartburn, but Bastardo is well-equipped for a high-leverage role in the Phillies' pen.
Scouts point to strong contact hitting skills and plenty of bat speed that results in gap power and occasional home runs. He doesn't draw tons of walks, but he keeps his strikeouts under control. He has above average running speed, but is not yet an effective stealer, swiping 80 bases but being caught 46 times in his career.
On that front, the 2008 first-rounder doesn’t have prototypical power for a third baseman, but he’s a solid 6’1″, 200, so there’s room for growth there, and he did manage 22 homers across High- and Double-A in 2009. For now, though, his swing is more geared toward gap power (i.e. doubles) than homers. While his respectable, if unspectacular, walk rate (just under 10%) and ability to make contact (17% K rate) show he has an idea at the plate, the lefty-hitting Chisenhall, has always had issues against southpaws, and his slash stats vs. lefties in his first year at Triple-A look like this: .200/.282/.360. While he’s young enough to overcome this flaw — his solid swing path will help, too — it’s still something that will likely limit him as he adjusts to big-league pitchers who will exploit any and all shortcomings.
Even though he might not compete for the A.L. Rookie of the Year award right away, don't let Chisenhall's potential early struggles cloud your judgment of him in future years. Considering his young age, blue chip talent and solid track record, Chisenhall projects as an above-average third baseman, and his best years may come in the future as a post-hype sleeper.
With stellar command, he throws an 88 to 95 MPH sinking fastball and is able to maintains velocity deep into games. Although all his breaking pitches show good movement, none rank as a plus pitch and will need continued development. Often times, Odorizzi was able to ride his fastball without using many off-speed pitches. Scouts like his curveball best, slider is more of a cutter and changeup shows potential if he quits tipping the pitch with slower arm movement. Physically, he’s built for durability, mentally is poised and confident. Projects as a number two or three starter.
Minor League Notes, June 30th, 2011 | Minor League Ball
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