Weekly Roster Update 04/19/19
April 19, 2019
Welcome to the 4th consecutive R.B.I. Baseball ’19 roster update! It’s been an historic week for MLB as we’ve seen one of the more impressive streaks in the games history come to an end. After 13 years, 1,591 games and over 6,800 plate appearances, Joey Votto has finally popped out to the first baseman. That’s right. The Reds first baseman had never popped out to the first baseman in his entire, illustrious career. Don’t fret though, Votto’s streak of not popping out to the catcher or pitcher is still alive and well.
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 12th
9 innings pitched. 9 strikeouts. 0 ER. 1 complete game shutout. German Marquez came into Oracle Park and was absolutely dominant. Not only did he rack up 9 K’s, he didn’t walk a single batter and gave up only 1 hit. That masterful performance brought his ERA down to an even 2.00 on the 2019 campaign. So far, Marquez has picked up right where he left off in terms of his slider as batters are only hitting .120 off of the pitch. Even more impressive? Batters are hitting .045 off of his curveball! The pitch has already tallied 14 K’s and looks unhittable. We’ve boosted Marquez’s Drop (+7) rating.
The Rangers DH/OF is off to a torrential start to the ’19 campaign and this week was no different. In his past 6 games, Choo has put up a .450/.542/.800 slash line with two doubles, a triple and a home run to his name. He’s currently batting a whopping .345 with a 181 wRC+ one month into the season. He’s dropped his K% by about two points and is posting career high hard-hit rate numbers. We’ve boosted Choo’s Contact (+3) and Power (+3) ratings.
Quintana has made two starts in the past week and both of them have been gems. 14 IP with a combined 18 K’s, 1 BB, 0 ER and just 10 hits for a 0.00 ERA and a very impressive 0.79 WHIP. So far, Quintana’s sinker has been absolutely fantastic as batters are just hitting .167 against the pitch. The pitch is inducing a lot of weak contact which is forcing batters to ground out (often into double plays). Quintana’s ERA is the lowest it has been since the 2016 season. We’ve boosted Quintana’s Drop (+8) and Stamina (+4) ratings.
The Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman has been tearing the cover off the ball recently as he’s posted a .318/.444/.636 slash line in the past week. There is a Statcast metric called barrel rate which measures the rate in which a hitter is barreling the ball (the best kind of contact a hitter can get). Walker’s 24.3 barrel rate is currently in the top 1% of the league. His 95.3 mph exit velocity is good enough to be in the top 2% of the league. He’s not all power though as he picked up a stolen base this week as well. We’ve boosted Walker’s Contact (+6), Power (+3), and Speed (+2) ratings.
After a slower start to the 2019 season, David Price looks like he’s right back on track. This past week he went 7 innings strong against the Orioles, with 0 BB, 7 K and just 3 H. Price had every one of his pitches working in that outing: his fastball and change-up totaled 10 swing and missed, his cutter looked fantastic as did his two-seamer. Batters are only hitting .160 off of Price’s sinker to begin the year. We’ve boosted Price’s Curve (+5) and Drop (+4) rating.
Dwight Smith Jr.
Dwight Smith Jr. has never had a 20/20 season (20 homers and 20 stolen bases). If he keeps up the pace he’s established for himself in 2019 however, he very well could have his first. So far on the season, Smith Jr has stolen 3 bases and mashed 3 taters the latter of which all came in this past week. In large part thanks to those taters, Smith Jr. also put up 8 RBI and 6 R. We’ve boosted Smith Jr.’s Contact (+7), Power (+5) and Speed (+3) ratings.
All Updated Players
See below for all players updated in the most recent roster update:
|Austin Meadows- Boosted Contact, Speed and Power|
|Javier Baez- Boosted Contact, Fielding and Power|
|Marcell Ozuna- Boosted Power|
|Scott Kingery- Boosted Contact and Power|
|Hunter Dozier- Boosted Contact and Power|
|Eddie Rosario- Boosted Power and Contact|
|Christian Yelich- Boosted Power|
|Eloy Jimenez- Boosted Power|
|Brandon Lowe- Boosted Contact, Power, Speed and Stealing|
|Trevor Story- Boosted Speed and Contact|
|Tim Anderson- Boosted Power, Speed and Stealing|
|Delino DeShields- Boosted Speed and Stealing|
|J.T. Realmuto- Boosted Power and Contact|
|Buster Posey- Boosted Fielding|
|Kevin Kiermaier- Boosted Speed and Fielding|
|Evan Longoria- Boosted Fielding|
|Austin Barnes- Boosted Fielding|
|Chris Paddack- Boosted Fast, Drop, Stamina and Speed Diff|
|Shane Bieber- Boosted Curve and Drop|
|Cole Hamels- Boosted Drop|
|Sandy Alcantara- Boosted Drop|
|James Paxton- Boosted Curve|
|Walker Buehler- Boosted Drop|
|Pablo Lopez- Boosted Drop and Stamina|
|Jorge Lopez- Boosted Drop|
|Mike Minor- Boosted Curve|
|Jake Arrieta- Boosted Curve and Drop|
|Homer Bailey- Boosted Drop and Stamina|
|Carlos Rodon- Boosted Curve|
|CC Sabathia- Boosted Drop|
|Kirby Yates- Boosted Drop|
|Trevor Hildenberger- Boosted Curve|
|Nick Burdi- Boosted Fast and Drop|
|Touki Toussaint- Boosted Drop|