Weekly Roster Update 05/10/19

May 10, 2019

Weekly Roster Update 05/10/19

Another week of baseball in the books and with it, plenty of memorable moments. Mike Fiers threw the 2nd no hitter of his career. Josh Bell became only the 4th person ever to hit a home run into the Allegheny River. Noah Syndergaard not only threw a complete game shutout, he also scored the games lone run with a tater. Oh yea, and some guy named Chris Sale threw an immaculate inning (3 batters. 3 strikeouts. 9 pitchers).

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 past week’s top performers.

Stephen Strasburg

For years now, Stephen Strasburg has been a strikeout king but so far in 2019 he’s taking it to the next level. He currently has an insane 33% K rate which is not only 3% higher than his career average, it’s also good enough to be in the top 10 for qualified starting pitchers. Though Strasburg has a 3.71 ERA on the year thus far, his other ERA indicators FIP and SIERA (explanations here and here) are 2.88 and 2.71. That essentially means he’s pitching much better than his ERA would indicate. We’ve boosted Strasburg’s Curve and Stamina rating.

Michael Brantley

Simply put, Michael Brantley is a contact machine. The lowest contact rate he’s ever put up in his career is 89% and this year he’s sporting a 92.1% contact rate, one of the highest of his career and the 2nd best in all of baseball. No wonder Brantley has the 6th best average (.340) in all of baseball! When you make contact, you’re not striking out which explains Brantley’s 11.1% K rate which is in the top 5% in all of baseball. We’ve boosted Brantley’s Contact and Power rating.

Kyle Hendricks

Since our last blog post came out on Friday the 3rd, Kyle Hendricks has made two starts. The first was a complete game shutout that he threw in 81 pitches. The second was this past Wednesday night where he went 8 IP with 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB and 7 K. So that’s a total of 17 IP with a 0.00 ERA. We’d say that’s pretty good. Hendricks, as usual, has been fantastic at utilizing his sinker to induce a lot of weak contact. That can often be dangerous as the more balls in play, the more reliant a pitcher is on his defense. When you have human vacuums like Javier Baez backing you up though? It’s no problem. We’ve boosted Hendricks’s Drop rating.

Paul DeJong

Cody Bellinger. Christian Yelich. Paul DeJong. If you look at the WAR leaderboards (explanation here) right now, that’s the order that you’ll see. DeJong is currently slashing .329/.404/.587 on the year with an above league average BB rate, below league average K rate, and a great ability to get on base. This week was no different for the Cardinals SS as he put up a .406 OBP with 2 HR and a stolen base to his name. We’ve boosted DeJong’s Contact, Power, Speed and Fielding rating.

Mike Minor

There’s been nothing minor about Minor’s recent performances. In his last two starts he has a spotless 0.60 EAR with 22 K’s and 3 BB’s. While a lot of the leagues starting pitchers are currently relying on their slider to get them their K’s, Mike Minor has been heavily relying on his change-up and for good reason. The pitch has a 15.5% SwSt rate, a .140 batting average against and a 31.3% K rate. We’ve boosted Minor’s Drop rating.

Max Muncy

After a slower start to the 2019 campaign, Max Muncy has been on fire. This past week he’s slashed .375/.464/.750 with 3 HR, 11 RBI and a stolen base to his name. Muncy now currently has 8 HR on the year with 28 RBI and a 138 wRC+ meaning he’s 38% better than a league average offensive player. While Muncy’s line drive rate has slightly dropped, he’s still sporting a fantastic 45.7% hard drive rate meaning when he makes contact with the ball, he’s usually punishing it. We’ve boosted Muncy’s Contact and Power ratings.

New Additions

ATLWebb, Jacob
BOSWeber, Ryan
CHCRussell, Addison
CINSenzel, Nick
CWSMinaya, Juan
CWSTilson, Charlie
DETJimenez, Eduardo
LADd’Arnaud, Travis
MIAAnderson, Nick
MILSmith, Burch
MINMorin, Mike
NYMHechavarria, Adeiny
NYMO’Rourke, Ryan
NYYEstrada, Thairo
PITLyons, Tyler
SDDickerson, Alex
SEAAdams, Austin
SFGerber, Mike
SFMoore, Andrew
SFVogt, Stephen
SFWilliamson, Mac
TORLaw, Derek

Updated Players

Pitchers

PitcherBoost
Stephen Strasburg
Curve and Stamina
Mike MinorDrop
Kyle HendricksDrop
Chris SaleCurve and Stamina
Yusei KikuchiFast, Curve, Stamina and Speed Diff
Brandon WoodruffFast, Curve and Speed Diff
Brad PeacockDrop
Tanner RoarkDrop and Stamina
Martin PerezCurve
Hyun-Jin RyuFast and Drop
Spencer TurnbullDrop
Kyle GibsonFast, Drop, Stamina and Speed Diff
Ivan NovaDrop
Amir GarrettCurve
Robert GsellmanSpeed and Drop
Felix PenaDrop
Seth LugoDrop
Scott BarlowFast, Curve and Drop
Heath HembreeSpeed Diff
Alex ColomeDrop

Batters

BatterBoost
Michael BrantleyContact and Power
Paul DeJongContact, Power, Speed and Fielding
Max MuncyContact and Power
Kris BryantContact and Power
George SpringerContact, Power, Speed and Stealing
Edwin EncarnacionContact and Power
Nick SenzelPower, Speed, Contact, Arm, Fielding and Stealing
Jorge PolancoPower, Contact and Fielding
David FletcherPower, Contact and Fielding
D.J. LeMahieuContact
Nolan ArenadoContact
Ryan BraunPower and Contact
Chris TaylorPower and Contact
Avisail GarciaContact
Ronny RodriguezPower, Contact and Fielding
Joey GalloSpeed and Stealing
Martin MaldonadoFielding
Mike ZuninoFielding
Brandon CrawfordContact, Arm and Fielding
Jose IglesiasSpeed, Fielding and Stealing