Weekly Roster Update 04/26/19

April 26, 2019

Weekly Roster Update 04/26/19

#LetTheKidsPlay

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.

Chris Paddack

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

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.

Pablo Lopez

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.

Hunter Dozier

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.

Sonny Gray

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.

New Players

ARIKelly, Merrill
ARISwihart, Blake
BALWilkerson, Stevie
BALYnoa, Gabriel
BOSChavis, Michael
BOSHernandez, Darwinzon
DETSoto, Gregory
LAAFreeman, Sam
MIABerti, Jon
PHIGosselin, Phil
PITReynolds, Bryan
PITTucker, Cole
SDMargevicius, Nick
SDRowley, Chris
SFBergen, Travis
TBSadler, Casey
TORGuerrero Jr., Vladimir

Updated Players

Pitchers

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

Hitters

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