Weekly Roster Update: 04/11/19
April 12, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
|MIN||Chase De Jong|
All Updated Players
See below for all players updated in the most recent roster update:
|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|
|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|