Weekly Roster Update: 04/11/19

April 12, 2019

Weekly Roster Update: 04/11/19

What a week for baseball. We saw Jorge Polanco hit the cycle (how could we not boost him!), Matthew Boyd continue to mow down his opponents and one MVP rob a HR from another MVP. This upcoming weekend features premiere match-ups as the Mets and Braves vie for 1st place in the NL East while the Detroit Tigers bring their top 3 pitching staff to Minnesota to take on the Twins.

As will be the case every Friday of the 2019 season, we’ve updated all 30 teams rosters. We’ve given significant boosts to this past week’s top performers and changed the lineups to best reflect the ones being put on the field each day by MLB clubs.

Let’s take a look at baseball’s best for the week of April 7th.

Jorge Polanco

The first cycle of the 2019 season came from Jorge Polanco. The Minnesota Twins shortstop got arguably the most difficult aspect – the triple – out of the way with his first hit of the game before recording a single in the 3rd, a tater in the 5th and a double in the 7th. Just to make doubly sure he had the cycle, Polanco ended the night with a single in the 9th going 5-5 on the day. Polanco is off to great start in the 2019 campaign as he’s slashing .375/.432/.750 with 2 HR and 6 R. We’ve boosted Polanco’s Contact (+2), Power (+6), Speed (+2) and Fielding (+4) ratings.

Luis Castillo

While the Cincinnati Reds ace has long been known for his elite velocity, it’s been Luis Castillo’s change-up and slider that have taken center stage to begin the 2019 season. Castillo’s change-up currently has an elite 32% swinging strike rate, with a whopping 60% K rate. His slider isn’t too far behind as batters are yet to record a single hit off of the pitch. No wonder he has a top 5 ERA in the NL. We’ve boosted Castillo’s Curve (+3) and Drop (+8) ratings.

Yasmani Grandal

The Milwaukee Brewers off-season acquisition is paying off in a very big way. Grandal is slugging .343/.400/.629 to start the year with 3 HR, 9 RBI and a stolen base to his name. While the sample size for the season is incredibly small, Grandal’s exit velocity is up almost 7 degrees from last year to 95.6 degrees. Although that will likely regress as the season progresses, that’s a very encouraging number to see for Grandal as it implies he could be hitting a lot more homers as the season progresses. We’ve boosted Grandal’s Contact (+5) and Power (+3) ratings.

Joe Musgrove

Joe Musgrove kicked off the year by twirling an absolute gem against the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates righty went 7 IP with 0 ER, just 3 H, 1 BB and 9 K’s. Musgrove spent a majority of the game going to either his fastball and slider, both of which had a lot of success for him. The slider recorded 12 swing and misses while the fastball only gave up one hit on the day. We’ve boosted Musgrove’s Curve (+5) and Drop (+2) ratings.

Cody Bellinger

The Los Angeles Dodgers 1B is off to an absolutely torrid start to the 2019 season. Of the 13 games Bellinger has played in so far, he’s failed to record a hit in just one of them. He’s recorded two or more hits in 54% of his games played as well. He’s slashing .426/.483/.907 with a 10% K rate that is currently 14% below his career average. While many of these numbers will regress as the season approaches, it appears Bellinger has made changes to his approach to the plate could lead to him having fewer strikeouts. We’ve boosted Bellinger’s Contact (+4) and Power (+5) rankings.

Cody Allen

As of this writing, the Los Angeles Angels are currently on a six-game winning streak. There are a lot of people to attribute that to: Mike Trout’s always stellar performances, the Angels starting pitchers and Cody Allen. In the past week Allen has converted all 3 of his save opportunities. The closer is yet to give up a run and hasn’t walked a batter in his last four appearances (4 IP of work). Allen’s being keeping hitters off balance with his curveball and four-seam fastball; neither of which have given up a hit. We’ve boosted Allen’s Curve rating (+2).

New Players

TEAMPLAYER NAME
ATL
Alex Jackson
BALDan Straily
CHCAllen Webster
KCHomer Bailey
KCScott Barlow
KCRichard Lovelady
MINChase De Jong
NYYJake Barrett
NYYGio Urshela
PITJason Martin
SDChris Rowley
SEABrandon Brennan
SEAMatt Festa
TEXKyle Bird

All Updated Players

See below for all players updated in the most recent roster update:

Batters:

Jorge Polanco: Boosted Contact, Power, Speed and Fielding
Yasmani Grandal: Boosted Contact and Power
Cody Bellinger: Boosted Contact and Power
Daniel Vogelbach: Boosted Power and Contact
Paul DeJong: Boosted Contact and Fielding
Tim Anderson: Boosted Contact, Power, Speed and Stealing
Jose Altuve: Boosted Power and Fielding
Jason Heyward: Boosted Contact, Power, Speed and Stealing
Austin Meadows: Boosted Contact, Power, Speed and Stealing
Dee Gordon: Boosted Contact, power, Speed and Stealing
Edwin Encarnacion: Boosted Contact and Power
Mallex Smith: Boosted Speed
Tommy Pham: Boosted Power and Speed
Harrison Bader: Boosted Fielding
Ramon Laureano: Boosted Arm and Fielding
Lorenzo Cain: Boosted Speed, Arm, Fielding and Stealing
Marcus Semien: Boosted Contact, Power and Fielding
Freddy Galvis: Boosted Contact, Power and Speed
Orlando Arcia: Boosted Contact and Power
Mitch Moreland: Boosted Power

Pitchers:

Luis Castillo: Boosted Curve and Drop
Cody Allen: Boosted Curve
Joe Musgrove: Boosted Drop and Curve
Tyler Glasnow: Boosted Curve
Jack Flaherty: Boosted Fast and Curve
Zack Greinke: Boosted Drop
Lance Lynn: Boosted Drop and Stamina
Sonny Gray: Boosted Drop and Stamina
Tyson Ross: Boosted Drop
Collin McHugh: Boosted Drop and Stamina
John Brebbia: Boosted Curve
Marcus Stroman: Boosted Drop
Max Fried: Boosted Fast
Jordan Lyles: Boosted Curve and Speed Diff
Domingo German: Boosted Curve and Drop
Felipe Vazquez: Boosted Drop and Stamina
Craig Stammen: Boosted Stamina
Diego Castillo: Boosted Drop
Adam Ottavino: Boosted Curve