Weekly Roster Update – 6/8/18
June 08, 2018
Welcome to the R.B.I Baseball June 8th Roster Update! On Fridays throughout the 2018 regular season we’ll put out a roster update for R.B.I 18 that best reflects the state of the game in Major League Baseball. We’ll tune individual players to represent the latest performances. Did Manny Machado mash three taters this week? We’ll be sure to give him a boost in power. Another 10K performance from Chris Sale? We’ll add a bit more movement to that slider. We’ve also added new charts so you can see how your favorite players compare to others around the league. Let’s take a look at who we’ve added for our week-ten update:
George Springer sprung into action this past week as he slashed .348 / . 483 / .696 with 2 homers and 2 doubles. The former Silver Slugger now has 13 HR on the year with the highest batting average of his career. Springer’s fully succumbed to the fly-ball revolution as he’s increased his FB rate by 2% from last year. He’s also mashing against lefties as he’s hitting a whopping .333 against southpaws. We’ve boosted Springer’s Contact and Power.
In the past week Scott Schebler has almost doubled his home run total on the year. The Reds outfielder hit three over the span of 6 games bringing his season total up to 8. Schebler is striking out at an 18% rate which is both a career low and 4% under the league average. He’s also hitting the ball harder than ever as he has an extremely impressive 40.7% hard contact rate with an 11.7% barreled ball rate. We’ve boosted Schebler’s Power and Contact.
Derek Dietrich is looking like he could have a career year down in Miami. He’s on pace to break his career high in home runs, runs, RBI and batting average. This past week he slashed .542 / .538 / .875. While the .667 BABIP indicates that last week’s performance may’ve been a lot of seeing-eye-singles that may not go his way in the future, Dietrich is also sporting a 38.5% hard contact rate that shows no signs of disappearing. We’ve boosted Dietrich’s Contact and Power.
After a difficult and injury-shortened 2017 campaign, Clay Buchholz is back with a vengeance. In his four starts with the Diamondbacks in 2018 he has a 1.88 ERA with three consecutive quality starts. In his last two starts alone he’s thrown 13 IP with 16 K’s for an impressive 11.08 K/9 and a minuscule 1.38 BB/9. Clay’s fastball has been virtually unhittable as he’s kept batters to a .115 average on the pitch. He’s also utilizing his cutter well when he gets ahead in the count as the pitch has a 30% K-rate right now. We’ve boosted Buchholz’ Drop rating.
It’s official: Blake Snell is having a coming-out party. His 2.36 ERA is currently in the top 10. His 10.38 K/9 is in the top 20. His 0.96 HR/9 is in the top 30. His most recent start against the AL-West leading Mariners was nothing short of dominant as he went 6 IP with 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB and 12 K’s. When batters do happen to make contact with one of Snell’s pitches, they’re usually driving it into the ground as he has a 41.6% GB rate on the year so far. We’ve boosted Snell’s Curve rating.
Andrew Heaney shook off one of his seasons shakiest starts by throwing a complete game shutout against the Royals. Even more impressive: he only allowed one hit over all 9 innings. Heaney has a 1.83 ERA over his last 5 starts and a 3.12 ERA on the year. His curveball has been fantastic so far this year as batters are hitting .167 and swinging and missing almost 20% of the time they see the pitch. We’ve boosted Heaney’s Curve and Speed Diff rating.