Weekly Roster Update 9/07/18

September 07, 2018

Weekly Roster Update 9/07/18

Welcome to the weekly R.B.I Baseball 18 Roster Update! September has arrived and plenty of clubs are still fighting for the right to play October baseball. 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 week’s top players:

Few pitchers have been better since the All-Star break than German Marquez. Since the Midsummer Classic, Marquez has seen his ERA shrink from 4.81 to to 4.05. Even more impressive, his FIP (definition here) has gone from 4.43 to 3.36 meaning Marquez is even better than his numbers suggest. Marquez has seen his decrease in ERA come with an increase in K/9 thanks to increased slider usage. In the first half of 2018, Marquez would go to his slider about 13% of the time. Now Marquez is going to the pitch 20% of the time and for good reason, too. Marquez’s slider is generating whiffs at a whopping 20% clip and has a .125 batting average against in the second half. We’ve boosted Marquez’s Velocity and Curve ratings.

The Indians feature a wealth of fantastic starting pitching, but few have been better recently than Mike Clevinger. In the 2nd half, with a minimum of 30 IP, Clevinger’s 2.32 ERA leads the Indians rotation. Clevinger’s success hasn’t just been limited to the 2nd half however. In 2018, Clevinger has seen his ERA hit the low 3’s and his BB/9 cut in half from last year. The righty’s success can be attributed to an absolutely filthy slider that has more velocity, horizontal break and vertical break than the league average. The 11.1 pVAL (definition here) on the pitch makes it a top-10 slider in all of baseball right now. We’ve boosted Clevinger’s Max Stamina and Curve ratings.

For three years now, Robbie Ray has been a strikeout guy. 2018 has proved to be no different. Ray is now sporting a 12+ K/9 and over 30% K-rate for the second year in a row. While Ray primarily used his slider to get K’s in 2017, this year Ray has gone to his curveball much more frequently. The pitches K rate has increased from 30.7% in 2017 to 45.6% in 2018. Ray has also forgone his sinker and change-up, instead focusing more on his four-seamer, slider, and curveball. We’ve boosted Ray’s Max Stamina and Curve ratings.

Taters. Stolen Bases. RBI. What can’t Christian Yelich do? The Brewers outfielder is having an MVP-caliber season. His 27 home runs have already well cleared his previous career high of 21. His current .316 average is on pace to be 18 points higher than his career high batting average. Both his slugging and on base percentages are on pace for career highs as well. Yelich is even making a career high amount of hard contact at 48%; that’s 13 points higher than the league average this year! We’ve boosted Yelich’s Contact, Power and Speed ratings.

The American League Rookie of the Year race is heating up and Joey Wendle is making sure people know his name. Wendle is currently leading AL rookies in WAR (2.6) and batting average (.297). He’s third in OBP (.346) and 4th in wRC+ with (113). Wendle isn’t just offense either. He’s a top 10 defender among rookies as well. What makes Wendle’s defensive performance in 2018 all the more impressive is how many positions he’s played. This year, Wendle has started games at second, third, short, left field and right field! We’ve boosted Wendle’s Contact, Arm, Fielding and Speed ratings.

The Tigers 2B/1B had himself a week as he slashed .370 / .452 / .704 with 3 homers, 7 runs and 2 stolen bases. Goodrum has proved to be a versatile player since Miguel Cabrera suffered his year ending injury. In recent weeks, we’ve seen Goodrum predominantly at first but also at short, third, left field,and second base. Goodrum has an above average 38% hard-hit rate with a very impressive .298 ISO on the year. We’ve boosted Goodrum’s Contact and Power ratings. 

See below for a list of all updated players:

Batters:

Trevor Story: Boosted Contact, Power, Fielding, Arm, and Speed
Alex Bregman: Boosted Power and Contact
Scooter Gennett: Boosted Contact, Power, and Fielding
Nomar Mazara: Boosted Powers and Contact
Stephen Piscotty: Boosted Power and Contact
Matt Davidson: Boosted Contact and Power
Aaron Hicks: Boosted Contact and Fielding
J.T. Realmuto: Boosted Power, Arm, and Contact
Robinson Cano: Boosted Contact, Power, and Fielding
Franmil Reyes: Boosted Power and Contact
Trea Turner: Boosted Speed, Contact, and Power
Scott Schebler: Boosted Contact
Justin Turner: Boosted Power and Contact
Ryan O’Hearn: Boosted Power and Contact
Amed Rosario: Boosted Contact
Charlie Blackmon: Boosted Speed and Contact
Gregory Polanco: Boosted Speed, Contact, and Power
David Fletcher: Boosted Speed, Arm, and Fielding
Harrison Bader: Boosted Power and Fielding
Paul DeJong: Boosted Power, Arm, and Fielding

Pitchers:

Justin Verlander: Boosted Drop and Curve
Corey Kluber: Boosted Speed Difference
Wade Miley: Boosted Curve
Hyun-Jin Ryu:  Boosted Drop
Jose Quintana: Boosted Drop
Austin Gomber: Boosted Velocity, Curve, and Speed Difference
Zack Wheeler: Boosted Velocity and Speed Difference
Wade LeBlanc: Boosted Curve
Jaime Barria: Boosted Curve
Wei-Yin Chen: Boosted Velocity, Curve, Stamina, and Speed Difference
Blake Snell: Boosted Curve
Sean Reid-Foley: Boosted Velocity, Curve, and Speed Difference
Brad Keller: Boosted Drop
Jakob Junis: Boosted Curve
Edwin Diaz: Boosted Curve and Drop
David Robertson: Boosted Drop and Speed Difference
Nick Vincent: Boosted Curve and Speed Difference
Michael Lorenzen: Boosted Drop
Chad Green: Boosted Drop