Weekly Roster Update – 08/10/18
August 10, 2018
Welcome to the weekly R.B.I Baseball Roster Update! Although the trade deadline has come and gone, players are still on the move and we have you covered. As is the case for every Friday of the season, we’ve updated all rosters and given significants boosts to the prior weeks best performers. Let’s take a look at last weeks top players:
The Indians ace is backing up his 2017 Cy Young campaign with a fantastic 2018 season. Even with last nights 4 ER performance against the Twins – he still had 7 K’s and 0 BB’s – Kluber has a fantastic 2.74 ERA on the year. Even more impressive: Kluber is sporting a 1.12 BB/9 that is a career low for him. While Kluber’s slider is just as dominant as ever – .115 batting average against this year – it’s his cutter that’s been his most successful pitch. The cutter has a 16.8 pVAL (definition here) and is inducing a ground ball at a 47% clip. We’ve boosted Kluber’s Drop rating.
Lynn’s first start in a Yankee uniform was nothing short of dominant. He went 7.1 IP with 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB and 9 K against the White Sox. Lynn has now made two appearances in pinstripes. He has a 0.00 ERA with 14 K, 1 BB and a fantastic 10.80 K/9. Lynn’s second half numbers thus far are a complete 180 from his first half as Lynn has a 1.99 ERA since the All-Star game. So where’s this change coming from for Lynn? His curveball usage has doubled and he’s started relying on his four-seamer a bit more at the expense of his cutter. We’ve boosted Lynn’s Velocity, Curve, Stamina and Speed Difference ratings.
Estrada has been a fly-ball pitcher for some time now and 2018 is no exception. The Blue Jays righty has a career high 55.2% fly-ball rate with a 9.2% HR/FB rate (his lowest since 2015). Estrada throws a heavy dose of fastballs down in the zone and for good reason. His four-seam currently has a 55% FB rate and a 29% IFFB (infield fly-ball) rate. Estrada’s stuff was most recently on display against the Mariners where he went 7 IP with 1 ER, 2 BB and 4 K. We’ve boosted Estrada’s Drop and Speed Difference ratings.
Mallex Smith is one of baseball hottest hitters post All-Star break. Since the Midsummer Classic, Smith is slashing .375 / .478 / .536 with 9 stolen bases and a 14.5% walk rate. That last number is arguably the most important as Mallex has a 8.9% career walk rate. Detractors will point to Smith’s .375 BABIP as proof that the Rays OF may be getting lucky, but Smith’s immense speed and career .349 BABIP are evidence to support what he’s doing is legitimate. We’ve boosted Smith’s Contact and Speed ratings.
August in Maryland may be hot but it’s nowhere close to Mark Trumbo’s scorching bat. So far this month, Trumbo is hitting .393 with an .821 SLG for an unprecedented .429 ISO. Trumbo has done two things in August: hit singles, and hit home runs. It’s largely due to this success that the Orioles are a top 10 offense in the last 30 days. We’ve boosted Trumbo’s Contact and Power ratings.
For the past couple of seasons, Andrelton Simmons has been considered one of – if not the – best shortstop in the game for his incredible defensive prowess. While 2018 has been no different defensively for Simmons, his offense has taken a big step forward. Simmons is slashing .310 / .362 / .435 on the year with a league-leading 5.1% K-rate. Simmons is also pulling the ball at a 50% rate and making hard contact 36.4% of the time, both of which are career highs. We’ve boosted Simmons Contact, Power and Fielding ratings.
Below are all other boosted players:
David Peralta: Boosted Contact and Power
Rougned Odor: Boosted Contact, Power and Fielding
Joey Gallo: Boosted Contact and Power
Matt Carpenter: Boosted Contact and Power
Shohei Ohtani: Boosted Power and Speed
J.D. Martinez: Boosted Power
Christian Yelich: Boosted Power and Speed
Aledmys Diaz: Boosted Contact and Power
Jose Abreu: Boosted Contact and Power
Austin Jackson:Boosted Contact, Power and Fielding
Bryce Harper:Boosted Contact and Power
Billy Hamilton: Boosted Speed
Nick Ahmed: Boosted Speed
Trea Turner: Boosted Speed
Harrison Bader: Boosted Speed
David Fletcher: Boosted Arm and Fielding
Jose Iglesias: Boosted Arm
Patrick Corbin: Boosted Drop
German Marquez: Boosted Curve and Drop
Nick Pivetta: Boosted Curve
John Gant: Boosted Curve
Trevor Cahill: Boosted Drop
Zack Wheeler: Boosted Curve and Drop
Brad Keller: Boosted Curve
Dereck Rodriguez: Boosted Velocity, Drop and Speed Difference
Madison Bumgarner: Boosted Curve and Drop
Ryan Borucki: Boosted Velocity and Speed
Nathan Eovaldi: Boosted Curve and Drop
Alex Cobb: Boosted Curve and Drop
Jesse Biddle: Boosted Drop
Blake Treinen: Boosted Curve
Juan Minaya: Boosted Curve and Drop
Sergio Romo: Boosted Drop
Hector Rondon: Boosted Curve and Drop