Weekly Roster Update 08/02/19
August 02, 2019
It’s one of the most exciting times of the baseball season: the trade deadline! Wednesday certainly didn’t disappoint as a slew of moves happened right around the 4 o’clock deadline that saw guys like Tanner Roark, Franmil Reyes, Shane Greene and more head to new ball clubs. We’ve made sure that every team’s roster reflects each and every move made at the deadline. We’ve also given boosts to players we feel will benefit from their new run environments!
Just when we thought the trade deadline was done, the Houston Astros deliver one of the largest blockbuster trades of the year as they acquire Zack Greinke. The All Star ace was having a career year with the Diamondbacks thus far. Greinke was sporting a 2.90 ERA with a 3.7 BB rate; the lowest of his storied 16 year career! While his strikeout rates haven’t been as elite as they once were, Greinke still knows how to get ahead in the count with his seemingly unhittable 68 mph curveball. While Greinke is leaving the humidor-equipped confines of Chase Field, he’s moving to what is generally considered a more pitcher friendly park in Minute Maid.
We’ve boosted Greinke’s Velocity and Drop ratings
The Reds, Padres and Indians didn’t think it necessary to wait till the last minute to get their three team trade done. Tuesday night saw, amongst a swirl of moves – Trevor Bauer head to the Cincinnati Reds. So far this year, Bauer’s season has been a bit more volatile than his 2018 campaign. However, Bauer still has an elite 28% K rate and a .216 batting average against to pair with his 3.79 ERA. While Bauer was fighting for a division title with the Indians, he’s now being thrown into one of the tightest divisional races in baseball in the NL Central.
We’ve boosted Bauer’s Curve and Drop rating.
As the week of the deadline approached, rumors were abound about where Stroman’s ultimate destination would be. Some thought the Astros, some thought the Yankees. While Stroman did end up in New York, he won’t be taking the 4 or D train to get to work. Instead, he’ll be hopping on the 7 train to Citi Field. Stroman has had a lot of success this season thanks in large part to his increased slider usage. Luckily for Stroman, he’s heading to an organization that knows how to get the most out of a pitchers slider. Just ask Jacob DeGrom.
We’ve boosted Stroman’s Drop, Stamina and Speed Diff ratings.
One of the hottest teams in baseball since the All Star break has been the San Francisco Giants and they just got a whole lot better thanks to the addition of Scooter Gennett. While Gennett’s current slash line may not jump off the page, it’s important to remember that he’s missed a majority of the season recovering from a severe groin strain. So what can the Giants expect? Well in his healthy 2018 campaign, Gennett slashed .310 / .357 / .490 with 23 home runs and a .362 wOBA, so we’re thinking more of that.
We’ve boosted Gennett’s Contact, Speed and Fielding ratings
First a Tiger, then a Cub, always a monster offensive producer. Nicholas Castellanos is currently putting up his fourth straight 100+ wRC+ season. He’s on track to hit 20+ HR for the third consecutive year as well, which shouldn’t be too difficult considering he’s moving from one of the less friendly hitter parks in Comerica to the friendly confines of Wrigley. Castellanos will likely hit 2nd in the Cubs lineup sandwiched between Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant. Not a bad situation if you ask us.
We’ve boosted Castellanos’s Contact and Power ratings
Hitting over .300 is one of the more difficult things to do in baseball. Unless you’re Corey Dickerson of course. The newly acquired Philadelphia Phillie is currently batting .315 with a .374 wOBA. This isn’t necessarily out of the blue either as Dickerson actually finished the 2018 campaign hitting exactly .300 as well. Last year however, Dickerson was only walking at a 3.9% clip. This year? He’s doubled that to a career high 9.2% BB rate.
We’ve boosted Dickerson’s Contact and Power ratings.
|Trevor Bauer||Drop and Stamina|
|Marcus Stroman||Curve and Drop|
|Zack Greinke||Velocity and Drop|
|Justin Verlander||Drop and Speed Diff|
|Charlie Morton||Drop and Speed Diff|
|Noah Syndergaard||Curve and Drop|
|Carlos Martinez||Drop and Speed Diff|
|Mike Clevinger||Curve and Drop|
|Julio Teheran||Velocity and Curve|
|Jon Gray||Curve and Drop|
|Homer Bailey||Curve and Drop|
|Nicholas Castellanos||Contact and Power|
|Scooter Gennett||Contact, Speed and Fielding|
|Corey Dickerson||Contact and Power|
|Nelson Cruz||Contact and Power|
|Andrew Benintendi||Contact and Power|
|Jose Ramirez||Contact and Power|
|Josh VanMeter||Contact and Power|
|Jonathan Villar||Contact, Power, Speed and Stealing|
|Paul Goldschmidt||Contact and Power|
|Anthony Rendon||Contact and Power|
|Danny Santana||Contact and Power|
|Marcus Semien||Contact, Arm and Fielding|
|Kyle Seager||Contact, Power, Arm and Fielding|
|Jean Segura||Contact, Arm and Fielding|
|Francisco Lindor||Speed, Arm, Fielding and Stealing|
|David Fletcher||Contact, Speed, Arm, Fielding and Stealing|
|Tommy Pham||Contact, Speed and Stealing|