Weekly Roster Update 04/26/19
April 26, 2019
Some of the biggest story lines so far of the 2019 season have come thanks to some great performances from the games youngest stars. Michael Chavis kicked off his MLB debut with a double and followed that up three days later with his first career tater. Cole Tucker’s first MLB hit came in his big league debut (oh, by the way it was a monster HR to center field). Chris Paddack has been striking out batters left and right and now we get a chance to see what the best prospect in all of Major League Baseball can do as he makes his debut tonight against the Oakland Athletics.
What a time to be a baseball fan.
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 the players we’ve tuned this past week:
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The wait is finally over. Tonight, the best prospect in baseball, and arguably one of the most touted prospects of all time, is going to make his Major League debut. After a minor oblique strain derailed Vlad’s spring training campaign, Guerrero Jr. returned to AAA where he slashed .367/.424/.700 with 3 HR over 33 PA. The lowest batting average Vlad Jr. ever had in the minors (min 200 PA) was .271 in rookie ball in 2016. Every other appearance he made in the minors, he hit over .310. No wonder he has a 70 grade Hit tool. I hope you cancelled your plans because tonight is must-watch TV.
The Padres rookie is having a fantastic 2019 season so far. Over his first 5 starts he’s amassed 27 IP with a 10.00 K/9, a 2.67 BB/9 and 1.67 ERA that’s good enough to be the 7th best ERA in all of baseball! While many of MLB’s aces have a filthy breaking pitch to dominate hitters, Paddack takes a different approach. He uses his impeccable FB command to set up his change-up to get a lot of swing and misses. So far this year, batters are hitting .118 off of his fourseamer and .107 against his changeup. We’ve boosted Paddack’s Drop and Stamina ratings.
Matt Chapman has picked up right where he left on 2018: making lots of contact and hitting lots of dingers. So far this year, the web-gem-waiting-to-happen has slashed .311/.407/.633 with an elite. 428 wOBA. More impressively, he’s already hit 8 HR and it isn’t even May yet. That means Chapman is on pace to hit 48 taters in 2019! While we’d be surprised he kept that pace up, we certainly wouldn’t be if Chapman set a new career high in HR by the end of the year. We’ve boosted Chapman’s Contact and Power ratings.
Keeping with the theme of young players making a positive impact for their team: Pablo Lopez just twirled a gem against the Cleveland Indians. 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB and 6 K’s. What the line isn’t telling you is he had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning! Much like Chris Paddack, Lopez has been giving hitters fits with his changeup. It has a lowly .125 batting average against with a very impressive 29% swinging strike rate. We’ve boosted Lopez’s Curve, Drop and Stamina rating.
The Royals utility infielder had himself a week as he slashed .417.563/.1.042 before taking a small break to nurse some minor back spasms. Dozier’s torrential seven day output has raised his 2019 slash line to .324/.430/.676 with 7 HR and 12 RBI. So far on the year, Dozier is swinging much less frequently at pitches out of the zone and taking a more patient overall approach to his plate appearances. He’s also putting the ball in the air more as he’s cut his ground ball rate by 11% from last year. We’ve boosted Dozier’s Contact and Power ratings.
In Sonny Gray’s last 12 IP he has racked up an impressive 31 K’s including two 9 K performances against the Dodgers and Braves. The 31% overall K rate that Gray currently has is the highest of his career while the 6.1% walk rate his the lowest of his career. Gray has decided to eschew his sinker and focus much more on throwing his fourseamer and the results are proving that to be a good decision. The fastball’s K rate has gone up 9% from last year as it has generated it’s fair share of swing and misses. We’ve boosted Gray’s Curve and Stamina ratings.
|TOR||Guerrero Jr., Vladimir|
|Chris Paddack- Boosted Drop and Stamina|
|Pablo Lopez- Boosted Curve, Drop and Stamina|
|Sonny Gray- Boosted Curve and Stamina|
|Luke Weaver- Boosted Drop|
|Zack Wheeler- Boosted Curve, Drop and Stamina|
|John Means- Boosted Drop|
|Domingo German- Boosted Curve and Drop|
|Stephen Strasburg- Boosted Curve|
|Kyle Hendricks- Boosted Drop and Stamina|
|Andrew Cashner- Boosted Curve and Drop|
|Felix Pena- Boosted Drop|
|Tyler Mahle- Boosted Fast and Curve|
|Miles Mikolas- Boosted Curve and Drop|
|Mike Soroka- Boosted Fast, Curve, Drop, Stamina and Speed Diff|
|Julio Urias- Boosted Fast, Curve, Stamina and Speed Diff|
|Raisel Iglesias- Boosted Speed Diff|
|Marcus Walden- Boosted|
|Hector Neris- Boosted Drop|
|Shane Greene- Boosted Drop and Stamina|
|Taylor Rogers- Boosted Curve and Speed Diff|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr- Contact, Power, Speed, Arm and Fielding|
|Matt Chapman- Contact and Power|
|Hunter Dozier- Contact and Power|
|Yandy Diaz- Contact and Power|
|Eddie Rosario- Power|
|Eduardo Escobar- Contact, Power, Arm and Fielding|
|Alex Bregman- Power and Fielding|
|Josh Reddick- Contact and Power|
|Tommy Pham- Contact|
|Charlie Blackmon- Power and Contact|
|Omar Narvaez- Fielding, Contact and Power|
|Joey Gallo- Contact and Power|
|Christian Walker- Contact, Power and Arm|
|Billy Hamilton- Speed and Stealing|
|Fernando Tatis Jr- Contact, Speed, Fielding and Stealing|
|Jonathan Villar- Contact, Speed and Stealing|
|J.T. Realmuto- Contact, Fielding and Power|
|Christian Vazquez- Power and Fielding|
|Martin Maldonado- Fielding|
|Xander Bogaerts- Power and Fielding|