Weekly Roster Update 4/05/19

April 05, 2019

Weekly Roster Update 4/05/19

Opening weekend is now in the books and, man, was it a good one! Christian Yelich homered in four consecutive games, Max Scherzer struck out 12, Adalberto Mondesi hit an inside-the-park HR and so much more!

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 baseball’s best for the week of April 1st.

Eloy Jimenez

The much-touted Chicago White Sox outfielder made his MLB debut on Opening Day this past week. What can fans expect from the 22-year-old? Power. And lots of it. The last time Jimenez posted an ISO (“isolated power” which measures a batter’s raw power; league average in 2018 was .161) under .200 was back in 2015! While Jimenez is still finding his groove at the plate, he recorded his first Major League hit on March 30th. In 2019, we’re expecting Jimenez to produce a lot more where that came from. We’ve boosted Eloy’s Contact rating.

Mike Clevinger

Mike Clevinger’s 2019 debut was absolutely electric. 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, and a whopping 12 K against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians’ righty had White Sox hitters swinging at his heater all afternoon as the pitch ended the day with a 20% swinging-strike rate. More impressive? Clevinger’s average velocity on his heater was 95, up nearly a tick and a half from his 2018 average of 93.8. Not bad considering it was a 34 degree day in Cleveland! While a majority of Clevinger’s K’s came from his four-seamer his slider and change-up still looked fantastic. We’ve boosted Clevinger’s Fast, Curve, Stamina and Speed Diff ratings.

Fernando Tatis Jr

There are a slew of new faces in the San Diego Padres lineup, one of which is Fernando Tatis Jr. The NL’s best prospect made his debut and has already made an impact for the Friars. Tatis Jr. picked up his first HR and RBI this past Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Considering Tatis’s 60 grade Game Power and 70 grade Raw Power, we think there are likely a few more HR coming his way in the upcoming weeks. We’ve boosted Tatis’s Power rating.

Yusei Kikuchi

The Japanese born pitcher has now made two Major League starts where he showcased his filthy slider and impeccable command. In the 10.2 IP Kikuchi has worked so far he’s walked just one batter and recorded 8 K’s. A majority of those strikeouts came from Kikuchi’s slider which has just been eating up opposing batters. So far this year, the pitch has an elite 31.8% swinging strike rate and batters are hitting a meager .125 off the breaking pitch. We’ve boosted Kikuchi’s Curve and Stamina ratings.

Peter Alonso

Continuing this post’s theme of great prospects with astounding power potential: Peter Alonso made his debut and is off to a blazing start. The Mets first basemen is slashing .389/ .450/ .722 in his first five games with 6 RBI; three of which came from his HR this past Monday. The power should come as no surprise as Alonso has an 80 grade Raw Power skill, the highest possible grade a prospect can receive. We’ve boosted Alonso’s Contact and Power ratings.

Matthew Boyd

The Tigers southpaw looked great in his debut against the Blue Jays racking up 10 K’s over just 5 IP of work. That’s good for an 18 K/9! While Boyd picked up a majority of those K’s on his electric slider – 27% swinging strike rate! – it was Boyd’s heater that stole the day. Boyd then backed up that stellar performance by setting a new personal career high for K’s in a start at 13 against the Yankees! Boyd’s four-seamer has shown increased velocity and improved command to start the 2019 campaign. Boyd also showcased his curveball which the Blue Jays were only able to put in play once. We’ve boosted Boyd’s Fast, Curve, Stamina and Speed Diff ratings.

New Players

The following players have been added to the game with this roster update

TEAMPLAYER
ATLWes Parsons
BALPedro Araujo
BALRichie Martin
CLERyan Flaherty
CWSEloy Jimenez
DETReed Garrett
KCFrank Schwindel
LAABrian Goodwin
MINRyne Harper
NYMPete Alonso
PITJB Shuck
SDFernando Tatis Jr.
SEAYusei Kikuchi
SEADylan Moore
STLMerandy Gonzalez
TEXAdrian Sampson
TORJavy Guerra
TORElvis Luciano
TORTrent Thornton

All Updated Players

See below for all players updated in the most recent roster update:

PITCHERS

Matt Shoemaker- Boosted Drop and Stamina ratings
Blake Snell- Boosted Drop rating
Joey Lucchesi- Boosted Fast, Curve and Speed Diff ratings
Stephen Strasburg- Boosted Drop rating
Gerrit Cole- Boosted Curve rating
Sandy Alcantara- Boosted Curve and Speed Diff ratings
Trevor Bauer- Boosted Drop, Curve and Stamina ratings
Lucas Giolito- Boosted Fast and Drop ratings
David Hess- Boosted Speed, Curve, Drop and Speed Diff ratings
Charlie Morton- Boosted Drop and Speed Diff ratings
Masahiro Tanaka- Boosted Curve rating
Zach Eflin- Boosted Curve and Drop ratings
Trevor Williams- Boosted Drop and Stamina ratings
German Marquez- Boosted Curve rating
Chris Archer- Boosted Curve and Stamina ratings
Luis Castillo- Boosted Curve, Drop and Stamina ratings
Jacob DeGrom- Boosted Fast, Drop, Stamina and Speed Diff ratings
Freddy Peralta- Boosted Fast and Curve ratings
Spencer Turnbull- Boosted Curve rating
Jon Gray- Boosted Curve and Stamina rating

Batters

Christian Yelich- Boosted Power and Speed ratings
Bryce Harper- Boosted Contact and Power ratings
Kolten Wong- Boosted Power and Contact ratings
Tim Beckham – Boosted Contact, Power and Fielding ratings
Cody Bellinger – Boosted Power, Contact and Speed ratings
Matt Chapman – Boosted Fielding, Contact and Power ratings
Yoan Moncada – Boosted Contact, Power and Fielding ratings
Enrique Hernandez – Boosted Power and Contact ratings
Joc Pederson – Boosted Contact and Power ratings
Domingo Santana – Boosted Speed, Contact and Power ratings
David Peralta – Boosted Contact rating
Maikel Franco – Boosted Power and Contact ratings
Anthony Rendon – Boosted Power, Contact and Fielding ratings
Ozzie Albies – Boosted Fielding and Contact ratings
Adalberto Mondesi – Boosted Contact and Speed ratings
Gleyber Torres – Boosted Contact and Power ratings
Jonathan Villar – Boosted Contact, Power, Speed and Fielding ratings
Elvis Andrus – Boosted Contact, Power and Speed ratings
Niko Goodrum – Boosted Contact rating
Wilson Contreras – Boosted Power and Contact ratings