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The All-I Team!

2020.07.06 17:54 sonofabutch The All-I Team!

Recently I put together an All-Q Team -- the 25 best of the 51 players in MLB history who have last names starting with Q. (And that followed my post as to which last name has the most players (M, 2,040) and which has the least (X, 0). Q has the second-fewest, with 51.)
The Q team's performance would be... shall we say... Questionable. Basically it's starting pitchers Jack Quinn and Jose Quintana, relievers Dan Quisenberry and Paul Quantrill, and one hitter -- slugger Carlos Quentin. Everyone else had career bWAR in the single digits, or negative.
The letter with the next fewest players is I, with 59. I thought it would be Interesting to look at the All-I Team. Would it be as Inadequate as the All-Q team, or would a pool of just eight more names be a big Improvement?
Of the 59 players, six are still active, according to baseball-reference.com; five played in MLB in 2019. (The active player who didn't appear in MLB last year was pitcher Gregory Infante, who had been signed by the Orioles but released before the season started; earlier this year they again invited him to spring training, but he's not on the 60-man roster.)
One odd thing I noticed is a fair number of these I-guys would become minor league managers, just as it seemed a disproportionate number of Q'ers died relatively young. I guess baseball teams think if your last name starts with I, you must be Intelligent enough to be a manager!
Batters: The I's have much more Impressive hitters than the Q's. The leading hitter on the Q-team is OF Carlos Quentin, with 10.5 bWAR; he'd rank 11th on the I-team! The Q-team's starting nine had just 27.1 career bWAR; the I-team's lineup has 152.3!
C Chris Iannetta - 15.0 bWAR, .230/.345/.406 (98 OPS+), 3,563 AB (2006-2019). "Sponge" consistently posts an OBP a hundred points higher than his batting average -- even in 2010, when he hit .197 but still got on base nearly 32% of the time. Casual fans look at a walk as something negative the pitcher did, not something positive the batter did -- a mistake by the pitcher rather than an accomplishment by the batter. But it's absolutely a skill and Iannetta proves it every year. Pitchers don't want to walk a guy with a career .230 BA, yet he gets walks.
1B Frank Isbell - 14.6 bWAR, .250/.289/.326 (89 OPS+), 4,219 AB (1898-1909). Nicknames in the Deadball Era were notoriously cruel. Hazen Cuyler was a stutterer who had trouble with his own last name; he's immortalized as Kiki Cuyler, mocking the way he pronounced it. William Hoy, who was deaf, was known as "Dummy." Charles Briody's round face and growing waistline earned him the nickname "Fatty." As for Frank, who was sensitive about losing his hair early in his 20s, his teammates dubbed him "The Bald Eagle." Frank's career slash-line of .250/.289/.326 isn't impressive, but he did have a tremendous year for the 1905 Chicago White Sox (.296/.335/.440, a 149 OPS+). Isbell played most of his games at first base, but he played all over the field -- literally, as he's one of the few men in MLB history to have multiple games at every position. He even pitched in 17 games, posting a 3.46 ERA in 88.1 innings!
2B Omar Infante - 16.9 bWAR, .271/.308/.387 (87 OPS+), 5,271 AB (2002-2016). Omar is the first of many players born in Venezuela; are last names starting with I more common there? Infante was primarily a utility man for the first half of his career, playing second, third, short, and all three outfield positions; it wasn't until 2010, at the age of 28, the Braves gave him 500+ plate appearances for just the second time in his career. He responded with his best season, hitting .321/.359/.416 and making his one and only All-Star appearance. He would spend the rest of his career as a starting second baseman. A tragic note: Omar's older brother, Asdrubal Infante, was a promising pitching prospect with the Tigers -- he posted a 1.09 ERA with 51 K in 33 IP in rookie ball in 1999 -- but was murdered that same year in a robbery in Venezuela. He was just 17 years old.
3B Brandon Inge - 19.2 bWAR, .233/.301/.384 (82 OPS+), 5,014 AB (2001-2013). Inge was a shortstop and pitcher at Virginia Commonwealth University, but the Tigers drafted him in the 2nd round in 1998 with the intention of converting him to a catcher. After three seasons in the bigs, he was moved to third base, where both his offense and his defense greatly improved. (Inge would hit .199/.260/.330 in 1,271 PA as a catcher, and .243/.315/.402 in 4,102 PA as a third baseman!) In 2008, Inge went on the disabled list when he strained a muscle trying to position a pillow under the head of his sleeping son.
SS Arthur Irwin - 15.2 bWAR, .241/.299/.305 (81 OPS+), 3,871 AB (1880-1894). The Q-Team had a lot of Quinns -- 13 of the 51 Q's in MLB history, or 25%, have the last name Quinn. For the I's, it's Irwin. Eight of the 59 I's are Irwins, or 13.5%. The first in both alphabetical order and by most bWAR is Arthur Irwin, a 19th century infielder who was later a manager, umpire, scout, and part-owner of a minor league team. At the age of 63, Irwin -- who during his playing days was known by the nicknames Doc, Foxy, and Sandy -- took ill and was hospitalized. His son came to visit him... and was surprised to discover another son visiting him as well. It turned out Irwin had married two women and had two families, one in New York and another in Boston. Soon after, Irwin boarded a ship and was never seen again. It was ruled a suicide, but who knows... maybe he settled down with a third family!
LF Raúl Ibañez - 20.9 bWAR, .272/.335/.465 (111 OPS+), 7,471 AB (1996-2014). Ibañez, the son of Cuban refugees, hit .272/.347/.572 and set career highs in OPS and HR (34) in his lone All-Star season... at the age of 37! Over his 19-year career, Ibañez had an OPS+ over 100 twelve times. His career bWAR was dinged by his defense -- 28.7 oWAR, but -17.3 dWAR. CF Ender Inciarte - 18.9 bWAR, .286/.338/.398 (95 OPS+), 2,922 AB (2014-2019). A 2017 All-Star and three-time Gold Glove award winner, Inciarte was signed out of Venezuela as a 18-year-old amateur by the Diamondbacks in 2008, but he would spend the next six years in the minors; the Phillies claimed him via the Rule V draft prior to the 2013 season, but had to return him after just one game (in which he didn't play) when they claimed Ezequiel Carrera off waivers. The D'Backs finally gave Inciarte a chance in 2014, and he would hit .292 for them over the next two seasons. Arizona then traded him to the Braves (with former #1 overall pick Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair) for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier, one of the moves that doomed Arizona GM Dave Stewart.
RF Monte Irvin - 21.3 bWAR, .293/.383/.475 (125 OPS+), 2,499 AB (1949-1956). "Mr. Murder" was a Negro Leagues star whose career was cut short by segregation and military service. Most believed he was the best player in the Negro Leagues, but it was Jackie Robinson, not Irvin, who first crossed the color line. Irvin was 30 years old when he finally got the chance, two years after Jackie, to play in the bigs. His best year was 1951, when he hit .312/.415/.514 with 24 HR and 121 RBI, finishing third in the MVP race. "As great as he was in 1951," said Roy Campanella, who won the MVP that year, "he was twice that good 10 years earlier." Irvin was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
DH Pete Incaviglia - 10.3 bWAR, .246/.310/.448 (104 OPS+), 4,233 AB (1986-1998). "Inky" was one of the best college players of his generation, setting an NCAA record with 100 home runs in 213 games at Oklahoma State. He told teams interested in drafting him that he wouldn't sign unless they allowed him to skip the minors; the Expos took him 8th overall but immediately traded him to the Rangers. (MLB later adopted a rule prohibiting trades of newly drafted players, informally dubbed "The Pete Incaviglia Rule.") Incaviglia would then hit 30 home runs as a 22-year-old rookie... which would turn out to be his single-season career high. A low-average, high-strikeout player, Incaviglia played for six teams in 12 seasons -- not counting the Expos or the Diamondbacks, who signed him to a minor league deal in his final season -- plus one season in Japan. He would later be a hitting coach and manager in the minors.
Bench: There were an extraordinary amount of Infielders whose last names start with I; some good ones couldn't make the cut. The five guys on the bench total 45.3 bWAR... Q's bench was -1.5.
UT Maicer Izturis - 11.3 bWAR, .269/.331/.372 (90 OPS+), 3,013 AB (2004-2014). "Mighty Mouse" nearly evenly split his career between third base (2,552 innings) and second base (2,456 innings), but he also played nearly 1,700 innings at shorstop. Though his career OPS+ was below average, he did have some good offensive years -- .293/.365/.412 in 2006 and .300/.359/.434 in 2009. A series of injuries ended the Venezuelan's career after the 2014 season.
SS José Iglesias - 11.1 bWAR, .273/.315/.371 (84 OPS+), 2,706 AB (2011-2019). The 18-year-old Iglesias defected from Cuba during the 2008 World Junior Championship and signed with the Red Sox, immediately becoming one of the team's top prospects. He bounced up and down between Boston and the minors in 2011 and 2012, but in 2013 he won the starting job and after a tremendous start (.330/.376/.409 in 63 games) was included in a three-team deal for Jake Peavy. He would spend five seasons with the Tigers, hitting .268/.312/.364; last year he signed with the Reds and hit .288/.318/.407. Now 30, this off-season he signed a one-year deal with the Orioles.
3B Charlie Irwin - 9.2 bWAR, .268/.331/.345 (82 OPS+), 3,685 AB (1893-1902). Primarily known for his glove -- he ranked 1st or 2nd in 3B fielding percentage in five of his 10 seasons -- Irwin hit a respectable .273/.346/.317 (105 OPS+) with the Brooklyn Superbas in 1902, his final season in the bigs, then would go on to play several more seasons in the Pacific Coast League, and like so many others on this team would later be a manager.
1B/3B/OF Mike Ivie - 7.3 bWAR, .269/.324/.421 (110 OPS+), 2,694 AB (1971-1983). The first overall pick of the 1970 draft by the San Diego Padres, Ivie made his debut as a September call-up at the tender age of 18, going 8-for-17 with 3 RBIs in six games as a catcher. He'd return to the bigs in 1974, now a first baseman; they'd later try him at third and in the outfield, too. (His best position was probably DH.) A right-handed hitter good at mashing lefties (.693 OPS vsR, .846 OPS vsL), Ivie would top 400 ABs just three times in 11 seasons. He retired at the age of 30.
2B Tadahito Iguchi - 6.4 bWAR, .268/.338/.401 (93 OPS+), 1,841 AB (2005-2008). A star player in Japan, Iguchi came to MLB as a 30-year-old in 2005, signing with the White Sox. He would hit .278/.342/.438 and finish fourth in the ROY voting, and became the first Japanese-born position player to win a World Series. He returned to Japan in 2009 and would finally retire in 2017 at the age of 42. Iguchi has four rings -- one with the White Sox and three from Japan -- and since 2018 has been manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Starting Pitchers: So it's going to be great hitting vs great pitching. The I-team has the bats, but the Q-team has the arms: The I's best pitcher would be #3 on the Q's, and after that... it's not pretty. The I-team has just 21.4 bWAR from its rotation, compared to 77.9 for the Q-team.
SP Hisashi Iwakuma - 16.9 bWAR, 63-39, 3.42 ERA, 1.143 WHIP, 883.2 IP (2012-2017). One advantage the I-team has over the Q-team is Japanese players, who represent three-fifths of the starting rotation. The ace is Kuma, who went 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA in Japan and then came to the United States where he had six pretty good seasons, all with the Mariners and all after his 30th birthday. His best year was 2013, when he was an All-Star and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting, going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.006 WHIP.
SP Hideki Irabu - 3.4 bWAR, 34-35, 5.15 ERA, 1.405 WHIP, 514.0 IP (1997-2002). Irabu was a star in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines who wanted to pitch in MLB... specifically with the Yankees. Under an existing arrangement with the Padres, Chiba sold Irabu's rights to San Diego in 1997 and then traded him to New York for Ruben Rivera, Rafael Medina, and $3 million in cash. The first season of Irabu's four-year, $12.8 million deal was a disaster (5-4, 7.09 ERA, 1.669 WHIP), but he wasn't bad in 1998-1999 (24-16, 4.44 ERA, 1.315 WHIP). But Boss Steinbrenner didn't like him and he was traded to the Expos, where he went a disappointing 2-7 with a 6.69 ERA in two seasons. In 2002 he was used as a reliever with the Rangers, going 3-8 with 16 saves. He would then return to Japan, pitching two seasons before retiring in 2005. He briefly came out of retirement in 2009 to pitch in independent leagues in both the United States and Japan. In 2011, Irabu apparently hanged himself in his California home. He was just 42.
SP Mike Ignasiak - 0.9 BWAR, 10-4, 4.80 EARA, 1.504 WHIP, 137.0 IP (1991-1995). A teammate of Barry Larkin, Jim Abbott, and Scott Kamieniecki at the University of Michigan, Ignasiak went 47-25 with a 3.23 ERA in eight minor league seasons -- including a 55.2 scoreless inning streak between 1993 and 1994 -- then went 10-4 with a 4.80 ERA over four seasons with the Brewers. In 1996, he signed with the Red Sox but suffered a back injury that ended his career. He took up golf in his mid-30s and became one of the top amateur players in the country.
SP Bert Inks - 0.5 bWAR, 27-46, 5.52 ERA, 1.733 WHIP in 603.2 IP (1891-1896). A 6'3" lefty, Inks and his brother Will both played for Notre Dame. Will and a third brother, Fred, also played a little pro ball but only Bert made it to the bigs. He pitched for six teams in just five seasons, most of them bad.
SP Kazuhisa Ishii - -0.3 bWAR, 39-34, 4.44 ERA, 1.528 WHIP, 564.0 IP (2002-2005). Walks were Kaz's downfall, with 5.6 BB/9 over his four-year MLB career. After leaving the bigs, the lefty returned to Japan where he'd pitch until the age of 40 for a total of 18 seasons. In Japan, Ishii went 143-103 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.307 WHIP (and 3.9 BB/9, 8.8 K/9).
Relief Pitchers: Once again, the Q-team comes out on top. Team Q had 54.4 bWAR from its relievers; the I-team, less than half that at 25.3 (and most of that coming from their closer).
RP Jason Isringhausen - 13.0 bWAR, 51-55, 300 SV, 3.64 ERA, 1.328 WHIP, 1007.2 IP (1995-2012). One of the first players I think of when it comes to I-names, Izzy finished fourth in the NL ROY voting after an impressive debut season (9-2, 2.81 ERA, 1.280 WHIP) with the New York Mets at the age of 22. But injuries, ineffectiveness, and a bout with tuberculosis caused his Mets career to fizzle, and in 1999 he was traded to the Oakland A's where he would become a top closer. He was named to two All-Star teams and recorded 11 post-season saves.
RP Raisel Iglesias - 8.3 bWAR, 14-29, 98 SV, 3.17 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 388.2 IP (2015-2019). Raisel Iglesias apparently isn't related to Jose Iglesias, but were born in, and fled from, Cuba. Raisel signed with the Reds, who converted him to a starter (he had been a reliever with the Cuban national team), but after going 4-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 21 starts, they switched him back to a reliever. In 231 relief appearances, he's posted a 2.85 ERA with 98 saves; overall, he's struck out 448 batters in 388.2 IP.
RP Jeff Innis - 4.6 bWAR, 10-20, 5 SV, 3.05 ERA, 1.272 WHIP, 360.0 IP (1987-1993). Jeff pitched all seven seasons of his MLB career with the New York Mets. A side-arming sinkerballer, "the I-Man" was known for his impressions of players and staff, including GM Frank Cashen. Maybe that's why the Mets declined to offer Innis a contract after the 1993 season. He signed with the Twins, and that spring training had the distinction of giving up the first professional base hit to a 31-year-old rookie named Michael Jordan. Jeff would stick around in the minors for a few more seasons, even working on a knuckleball, but never made it back to the bigs.
RP Gregory Infante - 1.0 bWAR, 3-2, 0 SV, 3.56 ERA, 1.332 WHIP, 68.1 IP (2010-2018). Infante was a baby -- ha, ha -- when he came up the first time in 2010, as a 22-year-old reliever with the White Sox. He pitched in five games without allowing a run and struck out five batters, though he did give up two hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. He would then spend the next eight seasons bouncing between organizations in the minors before finally returning to the bigs in 2017 with... the White Sox. So in nine years, he's pitched in 67 games, all with Chicago. Infante, now 30, signed with the Orioles last year but was released before the season started; the Venezuelan spent this off-season pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League.
RP Cole Irvin - -0.2 bWAR, 2-1, 1 SV, 5.83 ERA, 1.392 WHIP, 41.2 IP (2019). A 5th round pick by the Phillies in the 2016 draft, Swirvin Irvin went 6-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A, then was promoted to the bigs where he had three starts and 13 relief appearances. The lefty was named the 2018 International League Pitcher of the Year after going 14-4 with a 2.57 ERA for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
RP Ryota Igarashi - -1.4 bWAR, 5-2, 0 SV, 6.41 ERA, 1.808 WHIP, 73.0 IP (2010-2012). Once renowned as one of the hardest throwers in Japan -- he struck out 97 batters in 78 innings in 2002 -- the New York Mets signed the 31-year-old reliever in 2010 but he struggled, giving up 24 runs, 29 hits, and 18 walks in 30.1 IP (but he did strike out 25 batters). The following year he gave up 20 runs on 43 hits and 28 walks in 38.2 IP (with 42 Ks), and the Mets released him. He signed with the Pirates, but was traded to the Blue Jays; they released him after two disastrous outings and the Yankees signed him, and they gave up on him after two more ugly appearances. Igarashi returned to Japan, where he's still pitching at age 41!
The I's who were... Ignored:
Here are the remaining 34 players whose last name starts with I. Some were fairly Impressive, others were Inferior.
Reliever Edgar Ibarra pitched in two games with the Angels in 2015, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three in four innings. The lefty has spent the last few seasons pitching winter ball in his native Venezuela.
Ham Iburg's real name was Herman; I don't know why they called him Ham. A San Francisco native who started and ended his career in the Pacific Coast League, Iburg had just one season in the bigs, going 11-18 with the 1902 Philadelphia Phillies; he was under contract to return in 1903, but he went back to California instead. The Pacific Coast League of that era offered better weather, easier travel, and sometimes better salaries than MLB, and many players like Iburg simply preferred playing on the west coast than in the Show.
Kei Igawa was a fading Japanese ace -- he even was briefly sent to the minors in 2005, and had become unpopular with fans -- but the Yankees needed an answer to the Red Sox signing Daisuke Matsuzaka two weeks earlier. After going 2-1 (with a 7.63 ERA) in his first six games, Igawa was sent to the minors; he'd return in June, get sent down again, and then be back in September. He'd end the year 2-3 with a 6.25 ERA. He would get bombed in two more appearances the following year, giving up six runs on 13 hits in just 4 innings, and would never resurface in MLB, despite posting adequate numbers in Triple-A (33-22, 3.81 ERA, 1.297 WHIP). After his release in 2011, Igawa returned to Japan, where he would pitch several more seasons with the Orix Buffaloes.
Gary Ignasiak is the big brother -- by 18 years! -- of pitcher Mike Ignasiak. Gary got into three games with the Tigers in 1973, striking out 4 batters in 4.2 innings but also giving up five hits and three walks. They sent him back to the minors but he never mastered his control, walking 647 batters in 825.0 minor league innings, and was out of pro baseball by the age of 25.
Reliever Blaise Ilsley made 10 appearances with the Cubs in 1994, giving up 13 runs on 25 hits and nine walks in 15.0 innings. Not surprisingly, the Cubs didn't bring him back. But he did have a long minor league career, and was later a pitching coach in the minors and a bullpen coach with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Doc Imlay had nine appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1913, giving up 13 runs on 19 hits and seven walks in 13.2 innings. Imlay would then have a more successful career as a dentist in New Jersey.
Infielder Alexis Infante went 5-for-27 with the Blue Jays between 1987 and 1989, and 1-for-28 with the Braves in 1990. He would later be a manager in the Dominican Republic. The three Infantes in MLB history -- Alexis, Gregory, and Omar -- do not appear to be closely related, though all are from Venezuela.
Bob Ingersoll was a 31-year-old reliever who made four appearances with the Reds in 1914, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks in six innings.
A utilityman with the 1911 Boston Rustlers -- they wouldn't become the Braves until the following year -- Scotty Ingerton would get 521 AB while playing six different positions, hitting .250/.304/.340. After baseball, the former Rustler would become a deputy in Ohio.
A century later, another utilityman named Joe Inglett would play six positions (and pitch an inning!) across six seasons with the Indians, Blue Jays, Brewers, and Astros. Inglett would hit a respectable .283/.342/.392 in 808 career AB, but didn't get to the majors until he was 28 years old and never really got a chance; his best season was 2008, when he would hit .297/.355/.407 in 344 AB.
Charlie Ingraham caught one game for the Baltimore Orioles in 1883, going 1-for-4.
Utilityman Garey Ingram got into 82 games for the Dodgers between 1994 and 1997, going 37-for-142 (.261 BA). He played second, third, and outfield. He'd later be a coach in the minor leagues.
Mel Ingram -- apparently no relation to Garey -- had a "Moonlight Graham" MLB career, playing in MLB but never getting a plate appearance. He appeared in three games, all as a pinch runner, and scored a run for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1929.
The third man with this last name, Ricardo Ingram, played in 12 games with the Tigers in 1994 and four with the Twins in 1995, going a combined total of 6-for-31 (.194). He would later be a minor league coach and manager, but tragically developed brain cancer and died in 2015 at the age of 48.
Brothers Dane Iorg and Garth Iorg played in the 1970s and 80s. Dane was a 1st round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1971, but he didn't make it to the Show until 1977; then, after just 12 games, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Bake McBride. A left-handed hitter, Dane was platooned throughout his career, hitting .284/.326/.387 in 1,502 AB vsR but just .200/.220/.276 in 145 AB vsL. Given his lack of power (14 career HR), speed (5 career SB), and defense (-3.1 career dWAR), it's surprising he had a 10-year MLB career. But he did win World Series rings with the '82 Cardinals and '85 Royals, going 12-for-23 (.522) with five doubles and a triple when it mattered most! Big brother Garth was originally drafted by the Yankees, but the Blue Jays took him in the 1976 expansion draft and he'd play his entire career as a utilityman for Toronto. After his MLB career ended, he would play in the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association, then would be a coach with the Brewers as well as a minor league manager. His sons Isaac, Eli, and Cale all played in the minors but never made the Show.
Happy Iott played in three games with the 1903 Cleveland Naps, going 2-for-10. A Maine native, the outfielder would later play in minor league and semipro teams in his home state.
Apparently no relation, Hooks Iott pitched in two games as a 21-year-old rookie with the St. Louis Browns in 1941, then in 24 games with the Browns and Giants in 1947... something must have happened in the middle... oh right, World War II. The lefty served in the U.S. Army Air Force during the war. He went 3-9 with a 7.05 ERA in 81.2 IP in his bifurcated MLB career, then would pitch into the late 1950s in the minors, including going 24-9 with a 1.83 ERA in 260.0 IP with the St. Petersburg Saints of the Florida International League in 1952.
Switch-hitting infielder Hal Irelan played just one season in the bigs, hitting .236 in 67 games with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1914. He would have a much longer career in the minors, still playing for Decatur in the, appropriately enough, Three-I League in 1926. He'd later be a minor league manager.
Another switch-hitting infielder came along in the early 1980s, Tim Ireland. He would go 1-for-7 in 11 games with the Royals scattered between 1981 and 1982. After a long career in the minors, Ireland would spend two seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, hitting .275 with 18 HR in 585 AB. Like many others on this list, he would later be a manager in the minors.
Venezuelan Hernan Iribarren hit .185 in 27 AB for the Brewers between 2008 and 2009; he returned to the majors in 2016 at the age of 32 and hit .311 in 45 AB for the Reds. A utilityman, Iribarren saw time first, second, third, and all three outfield positions.
A highly prized prospect at Ferrum Junior College, Daryl Irvine was selected in three different drafts -- in the 3rd round, in the 2nd round, and finally in the 1st round -- before signing with the Red Sox in 1985. He posted a 3.34 ERA in nine minor league seasons, but never mastered his control, with 291 walks in 711.2 minor league innings. In the bigs, he posted a 5.68 ERA and an unsightly 4.7 BB/9 (with just 3.8 K/9).
Bill Irwin somehow acquired the nickname Phil. He pitched in two games for the Cincinnati Red Stockings late in the 1886 season, giving up 19 runs (11 earned) on 18 hits and eight walks. Each was a complete game loss!
Third baseman Ed Irwin played in one game with the Detroit Tigers in 1912, going 2-for-3 -- and both hits were triples! How he came to play in one and only game is a tale in and of itself. Ty Cobb had been suspended indefinitely for one of his more infamous incidents -- he'd jumped into the stands to beat up a man who had no hands -- and Tiger players refused to take the field until he was reinstated, or at least given a punishment with an end date. Rather than forfeit the game, the Tigers recruited some local college and semipro players, including Irwin. They were crushed 24-2 by the A's. League President Ban Johnson then told the Tigers that he'd kick all of them out of baseball if they refused to play again, and the strike ended. Cobb was reinstated on May 26. As for Irwin, he was killed in a bar brawl four years later. It's believed he still has the record for "most triples by a player without another base hit."
The brother of Arthur Irwin, infielder John Irwin hit .246 in 1,269 career at-bats. It's said he owed at least some of those at-bats to the fact that big brother Arthur was his manager with the 1889 Washington Nationals and 1891 Boston Reds.
Phil Irwin had two starts in the bigs, one with the Pirates in 2013 and another with the Rangers in 2014; he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and six walks in 8.2 innings. In 2015, he pitched in the Korean League, going 1-7 with a 8.68 ERA.
Shortstop Tommy Irwin got into three games with the Cleveland Indians late in the 1938 season; he went 1-for-9. Later in life he'd be a scout for Cleveland.
The last of the Irwins is Walt Irwin, who got into four games as a pinch runner and pinch hitter for the 1921 St. Louis Cardinals; he struck out in his only at-bat.
Orlando Isales started his pro career at the tender age of 15. By the time he reached the bigs in 1980, he was a veteran... at the age of 20. He played in three games for the Phillies in 1980; he went 2-for-5 with a triple, a walk, and three RBIs (.400/.500/.800!). But he never got another chance; he was in Triple-A for a few more years, then left for the Mexican League.
Travis Ishikawa is best remembered for his walk-off home run off Michael Wacha in the 2014 NLCS to send the Giants to the World Series for the third time in five seasons. "Smoky" only topped 200 AB once in his career, and accumulated just 1.1 career bWAR, but Giant fans won't ever forget him. He would later be a hitting coach for the Giants in the Arizona Fall League.
Akinori Iwamura was a top performer for the Yakult Swallows, topping .300 BA/30 HR in three straight seasons prior to signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007. He hit a respectable .281/.354/.393 with the Rays over his first three MLB seasons, but cratered in 2010, hitting .182 with the Pirates and then .129 with the A's. After his release, the infielder would return to play in Japan for four more seasons.
Cuban-born catcher Hank Izquierdo went 7-for-26 in his only MLB season of 1967, playing for the Minnesota Twins. A lifer in the minor leagues, he didn't get the Call until he was 36 years old; his pro career started as a 20-year-old with Galveston in the Gulf Coast League in 1951, and ended with Veracruz in the Mexican League in 1974. He had 1,870 games in professional baseball, but only 16 in the bigs. He was later a minor league coach, a Mexican League manager, and a scout with the Minnesota Twins.
Another Cuban-born player, Hansel Izquierdo, defected when he was a teenager on the Cuban national junior team. He pitched in 20 games for the Florida Marlins in 2002, giving up 17 runs (15 earned) on 33 hits and 21 walks in 29.2 innings. He never resurfaced in the bigs, but he would pitch for 11 years in the minors, including stints with the White Sox, Expos, Yankees, and Pirates.
Cesar Izturis, Maicer's half-brother, played 13 years and accumulated 4,350 AB despite a career 64 OPS+, a testament to his glove. Over his career, the Venezuelan was 64 runs better than the average shortstop. Although his only All-Star selection came in 2005, his best year was the year before that, when he hit .288/.330/.381 in 670 AB, set career highs in nearly everything, and won a Gold Glove. His son, Cesar Izturis Jr., is a 20-year-old prospect in the Seattle Mariners system.
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2019.09.18 16:50 assessment_bot [ Non-Fatal ] [ 08/11/2019 ] Schweizer 269C, Allentown/ PA

On August 11, 2019, at 1448 eastern daylight time, a Schweizer 269C-1, N1831A, was substantially damage when it collided with a building during an emergency descent near the Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), Allentown, Pennsylvania. The flight instructor sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was owned and operated by Ace Pilot Training Inc., as a sightseeing flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to air traffic control, the flight instructor contacted ABE tower and reported that he was at "hangar seven" and "ready for departure." Air traffic control advised the flight instructor "depart from hangar seven at your own risk and remain south of taxiway alpha; proceed on course, report on station." The flight instructor acknowledged the clearance prior to departure. A few minutes later, the flight instructor radioed "mayday, mayday, mayday, three one alpha going down."
A review of cockpit video footage showed the pilot conducting checklist items before departure while the engine was operating. The helicopter was brought to a hover and a right hovering 90 turn was performed. The flight instructor began to fly low over the field before making a left banking turn around an airport hangar while starting a climb. When the helicopter reached about 300 ft above ground level, a low rotor speed warning light was observed and an audible horn activated. The helicopter collided with a building shortly thereafter.
Examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the helicopter came to rest in a grassy area on the side of the building. The cockpit was impact damaged. Examination of the main rotor blades revealed all three blades remained attached to the main rotor hub and were buckled. The tail boom was buckled and impact damaged. The tail rotor blades were buckled and remained attached to the tail rotor gearbox.
The helicopter was retained for further examination.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20190811X55052 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: ERA19LA245
Event Date: 08/11/2019 Location: Allentown, PA Country: United States
Latitude: 40.652222 Longitude: -75.440555 Airport Code: ABE
Airport Name: Lehigh Valley Intl Injury Severity: Non-Fatal Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Helicopter Registration Number: N1831A Make: Schweizer
Model: 269C Amateur Built: No Number of Engines:
Engine Type: FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Other Work Use Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries:
Total Serious Injuries: 1 Total Minor Injuries: 1 Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: VMC Broad Phase of Flight: TAKEOFF Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 09/16/2019
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2019.02.03 05:30 THRILLHOIAF [THE FARMIES] Recapping Tonight's Utica Comets (23-19-3-2) vs. Springfield Thunderbirds (21-16-6-4)


  Saturday, Saturday, Saturday Saturday, Saturday, Saturday Saturday, Saturday, Saturday night's alright …for a Utica Comets away game in Springfield following a tragically disappointing 4-0 loss to the Syracuse Crunch last night.
With the Comets on an uncharacteristically unfortunate losing streak despite an incredibly impressive run through January...the team looks to turn around the bad luck and pick those proverbial monkeys off their backs and try to get themselves out of those slumps and back into the scoring column while maybe picking some points up along the way!
Looks like Trent Cull is going to shake up the lineup a bit tonight. With Gaudette still out with illness it looks like the major shakeups will be who our centers line up with...sliding back in are Jonah Gadjovich, Colton Saucerman and Cam Darcy…while coming out of the lineup are Wacey Hamilton, Cliff Watson, Vincent Arseneau and Dylan Blujus. Can’t say I’m surprised as all 4 brought nothing much to last nights 4-0 loss.
Expecting a very physical, aggressive game against the Thunderbirds tonight, as they do not play a technical, creative style of hockey and instead elect to play very minor-league beer-league bruiser type of hockey in a wear em out kind of way. Will be interesting to see how the Comets combat this with bid bodies such as Blujus, Hamilton and Arseneau out of the lineup.

Starting Lineup

Boucher Woods MacEwen
Dahlen Kero Pyatt
Jasek Darcy Bancks
Gadjovich Gaunce Lind
McEneny Sifers
Brisebois Schenn
Saucerman Chatfield
Michael Leighton
Some really interesting line shakeups off the start, Kero and Boucher get broken up, which is crazy as they've basically been paired since the very beginning...Dahlen also moved off the starting first line in place of Boucher, guess Cull too is hoping to wake-up Dahlen from his slump and get him firing on all cylinders so that he's more than just a "powerplay guy." Loving the Saucerman/Chatfield pairing, Saucerman has been undervalued by Cull in his time with the Comets, and I believe brings much more to the dynamic of the team on the ice than Watson. That Gadjovich/Gaunce/Lind line also looks to be seriously fucking juicy if it works out.
Benched -- -- -- --
Arseneau Blujus Hamilton MacMaster Watson
1 1 1 3 1
Injury Report -- -- -- --
Bachman Gaudette Graham Juolevi Sautner
Out for the Season ilnness upper body injury Out for the season His fucking faaaaaaaaaaace
Gaudette remains d2d with illness, moved Sautner back to the injury report as he’s still techinically on IR

Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice

Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for and don’t want some gaudy blue taking up the screen.

1st period

Comets in Blue

Score at the end of the first period: 3-1 Comets

Comets had a bit of their momentum taken away from them at the end of the period off the two penalty kills on the McEneny and MacEwen minors, but otherwise they looked good, and for what feels like a long time, legitimately dangerous. Impressive periods from Lind, Gaunce, Jasek, Schenn and Woods… really digging the rookie line of Gadj/Gaunce/Lind. Hope the team can avoid getting sucked into the Bobby Farnham circus and show some more high danger scoring chances.

2nd Period


The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 3-1 Comets

Comets with some decent chances in this period while defending against some strong chances from the Thunderbirds as well. Comets outshot so far 27 to 21 but don’t look completely out of it….Thunderbirds physical game kind of beginning to takeover in the 2nd and are definitely trying to goad the Comets into not playing their game.

3rd Period


The Score at the end of the 3rd period: 4-3 Comets

Another brutal period where the Comets were heavily outshot again, this time 16 to 8; relief tendy Michael Leighton comes up huge with 40 saves on 43 shots in regulation. Comets powerplay goes 3 for 4 which is good because their powerplay as of late had been absolute dogshit. Loved the line shakeups we saw tonight…Kero proving effective even apart from Reid Boucher, while Boucher’s stock dips a bit off some lazy defensive efforts and what I can only equate to rage-quitting off some blown scoring chances at even strength.

Final Score: 4-3 Utica Comets



Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st Utica Evan McEneny Luke Schenn Tanner Kero PPG
1st Utica Jonathan Dahlen Brendan Gaunce Kole Lind PPG
1st Utica Cam Darcy -- -- 5V5
3rd Springfield Jacob MacDonald Harry Zolnierczyk Paul Thompson PPG
3RD Utica Comets Tanner Kero Reid Boucher Luke Schenn PPG
3rd Springfield Jamie McGinn Sebastian Repo Anthony Greco PPG



Comets Three Stars

  1. Kole Lind
  2. Lukas Jasek
  3. Luke Schenn HM: Michael Leighton for the clutch performance tonight
What’s Next?
Unfortuantely the Farmies ONCE again takes a break, but when were back we’ll be hitting the Canucks fans with a triple dosage of content, as the Comets get their February into gear with a triple header starting with a back-to-back home stint against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the Rochester Americans, followed by a road game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Going to start icing my fingers now and prep myself for the carpal tunnel to come as it’ll be a lot of hits in a short period of time!
Lehigh Valley are the Philadelphia Flyers farm team and are currently 3-2-0-0 in their last 5 and sit 4th in the Atlantic Division with 55 points and a .585 points percentage. Both Utica and Lehigh will be going into that Friday matchup with a 6 day break so it’ll be a total mystery to me as to how that one goes, the two teams meet only twice this season and don’t meet again until March.
  With tonights victory, the Comets secure their spot for 4th in the North Division, with 43 points (6 points up on 5th place Cleveland Monsters) and carry a .552 points percentage  
Until then, I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies, and as always any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!
As always, if you want to catch up on old Farmies editions you can find them all at my Farmies Blog here
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2018.01.20 02:33 Tschirky4 /r/OnTheFarm Mods' 2018 Top 100 Prospect Rankings: 50-41

The Methodology 4 Of Our Great /OnTheFarm Mods Created Their Own Top 100 Lists And Combined We Came Up With A Formula To Fairly Average The 100 Out. We Feel This Was The Fairest Way To Come Up With A Communal List. A Huge Shoutout To Asroka, Tschirky4, And Gpratt283 Who Made This All Possible. And A Special Shoutout To Enjoyingcarp650 Who Helped With Some Write-Ups! We Hope You Enjoy The Rankings!
Previous Rankings
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50) OF Leody Tavares, TEX
49) 2B/SS Luis Urias SD
48) RHP Jack Flaherty STL
47) RHP Cal Quantrill SD
46) SS JP Crawford PHI
45) RHP Franklin Perez DET
44) SS Franklin Barreto OAK
43) SS Nick Gordon MIN
42) OF Corey Ray MIL
41) LHP Jay Groome BOS
50) Leody Tavares, OF, Texas Rangers (175 points) asroka
6-foot-1 170 pounds Bats: S; Throws: R
134 G at A-Ball; .249/.312/.360, 8 HR, 20 SB in 522 AB
As an 18-year-old, Leody Taveras was given an assignment to the Rangers’ Class-A affiliate, the Hickory Crawdads, at the start of the 2017 season. The assignment seemed a little aggressive, but given the success the teenager had in the Dominican Summer League and in rookie ball, it was appropriate. To say he was overmatched in his first full season in affiliated ball would be too critical, but his slashline surely wouldn’t impress you at first glance: .249/.312/.360. But doing this as just an 18-year-old new to stateside baseball should boost your initial view of Taveras.
He’s the prototypical lead-off hitter type. He plays an up-the-middle position, runs fast, and makes a lot of contact from both sides of the plate. Scouts have lauded his ability to handle center field and he has the makings of a plus defender for the next decade thanks to his silky smooth ability to glide across the outfield which has helped him on the basepaths, too. He homered eight times in nearly 600 plate appearances last season which was right on par with the expectation scouts had in him. Flashing some power now is promoting optimism that he’ll grow into some more down the road.
What really affirmed Taveras’ contact skills was his ability to avoid the strikeout -- he struck out just 92 times last year and walked 47 times. A feel for the strike zone at his age at a tough assignment in Hickory really gussied up his prospect status and has the Rangers clinging to their next teenage phenom as tightly as any prospect in their system. He’s looking like he’s a contact-first, everyday centerfielder, something most teams covet. He’ll probably get another taste of Class-A ball before the Rangers hand him his next test at their High-A affiliate in the Carolina League. After that, if all goes well, he could move pretty quickly and be in Texas before his 21st birthday.
Highest Ranking: 37; Lowest: Unranked
49) Luis Urias, 2B/SS, San Diego Padres (176 points)-patriotsfan543
5-foot-9 160 pounds Bats: R; Throws: R
118 G at AA; .296/.398/.380, 3 HR, 7 SB, 68 BB’s, 65 K’s in 442 AB
Luis Urias was signed out of the Mexican League by the Padres back in 2013. Urias is an advanced hitter at the plate and has a very good eye at the plate. He does not strike out much and puts the ball in play often. Urias has the ability to spray the ball across all fields. He hits for a very high average, but the power has yet to come, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming anytime soon. Urias has the possible potential to be a .300 hitter, but won’t put many over the fence. Defensively, he has a solid glove at 2B and a decent arm to go with it. He has average speed.
Urias has put up impressive numbers in the minors. In 2014, he had a brief stint in rookie ball. In just over 40 games he slashed .310/.393/.355. The following season was in A ball where he hit .299 over the course of the year. His breakout season came in 2016 where he hit .333, earning him the California League’s MVP at the age of 19. This past year in 2017 he continued the success in a full season in AA where he hit .296. He only hit 3 HR but it is pretty clear he is not going to develop into a power hitter. Look for Urias to begin in AAA this season and there is a very good chance he is playing in PETCO Park by at least the end of the season.
Highest Ranking: 31; Lowest: 79
48) Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (182 points) tschirky4
6-foot-4 205 pounds Bats: R; Throws: R
63.1 IP at AA: 1.42 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 8.81 K/9
85.1 IP at AAA: 2.74 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 8.96 K/9
21.1 IP at MLB: 6.33 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 8.44 K/9
Coming up through high school in the same rotation as more highly touted prospects in the Chicago White Sox’s Lucas Giolito and the Atlanta Braves Max Fried (imagine being 17 years old and having to play that team), Jack Flaherty may wind up being the best out of all of them. While Giolito quickly moved up to being baseball’s #1 overall prospect just a year ago and Fried was drafted 7th overall in 2012, they have both lost some shine on their prospect status while Flaherty has slowly moved his way through the minors and debuted last year just 3 years after going 34th overall in 2014.
While Giolito dominated at every level he went to before falling flat in the bigs and Fried has been inconsistent throughout his minors’ career, Flaherty has showed very solid consistency at every level he’s been at. He finished out his draft year at rookie ball with a 1.59 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 innings, then spent all of 2015 at A-Ball registering a 2.84 ERA with 97 K’s in 95 innings and all of 2016 at A+ with a 3.56 ERA and 126 K’s in 134 innings. Last year was his true breakout as he started out at AA before moving to AAA after 10 starts and recording a 2.18 ERA across 147.2 innings with 147 strikeouts. He was promoted to the majors in September and while he didn’t find as much success there, as evidenced by his 6.33 ERA, he did record 20 K’s in 21.1 innings. Control wasn’t an issue with Flaherty throughout his minors’ career as he owns a career 3.26 BB/9.
Flaherty is able to pitch this well thanks to his 4-pitch arsenal and his ability to know when to use it. His fastball is an average low 90’s fastball but plays up due to his secondary pitches being in the mid 70’s. His best secondary is his changeup, one that he is able to control anywhere he wants in the zone. This has been his go to pitch that he trusts himself to throw in any count. He also employs a decent slider and average curveball that he throws to keep hitters guessing, though both have been said to have improved in the past year.
Don’t let a 21-inning stint in the majors scare you off of him, as he was the 3rd youngest starter in the majors last year. Flaherty doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but he has the floor of a #4 inning eater and the ceiling of a solid-if-unspectacular #2. While he may not be the sexiest prospect, he seems to be one of the safest all of the minors.
Highest Ranking: 36; Lowest: 94
47) Cal Quantrill, RHP, San Diego Padres (184 points) tschirky4
6-foot-2 165 pounds Bats: L; Throws: R
73.2 IP at A-Ball: 3.67 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 9.29 K/9
42.1 IP at AA: 4.04 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 7.23 K/9
I don’t know if it’s in the DNA or if its just about having someone mentor you from a young age who played professionally, but having a dad who played in the MLB is a huge advantage. I know it sounds obvious, but it is crazy to think that out of all of the players in America who aspire to be a professional baseball player, two or more can come from the same family. This pertains to Cal Quantrill whose father, Paul, was an all-star relief pitcher for the Blue Jays. Cal may follow in his father’s footsteps as an all-star, only he’s going to do it as a starter.
Drafted 8th overall in 2016 even after not playing his junior year at Stanford due to a UCL tear, Quantrill has been brought along slowly and yet moved quickly so far in his career. He only threw 37 innings in 2016 and 116 this past year, while making it all the way to AA, as the Padres want to take it careful with the guy they think can be their next ace. While Mackenzie Gore will undoubtedly challenge him for that honor for years to come, Quantrill has shown that he has the stuff to be their guy. He has struck out 156 batters in his 153 innings in the minors while walking 48. His control is lacking a bit as of now, but that is to be expected of someone who recently had Tommy John surgery. While his 4.12 ERA might not scream ace, his stuff absolutely does.
Quantrill boasts a fastball that sits in the mid 90’s and although its not the most overpowering pitch, it keeps its velocity late into games and sets up his secondaries. Those secondaries include a slider that doesn’t have much movement but dips just enough in both speed and height to induce swings-and-misses, and a changeup. The change up is the reason he was drafted 8th overall. It drops off the table and gets swings-and-misses at will, and those who do make contact with it wind up with a weak groundout.
Quantrill may not look the part as of right now, but don’t be fooled by the numbers. He and Mackenzie Gore are going to form one of the scariest 1-2 punches in the bigs for years to come and if he can improve on his slider while completely regaining his pre-surgery control, he will absolutely reach his ceiling as a frontline starter.
Highest Ranking: 42; Lowest: 74
46) JP Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies (192 points) asroka
6-foot-2 180 pounds Bats: L; Throws: R
127 G at AAA; .243/.351/.405, 15 HR, 5 SB in 474 ABs
23 G at MLB; .214/.356/.300, 1 SB in 70 ABs
It was a long, winding road for the Phillies’ first-round pick in 2013 but this past season, in September, J.P. Crawford was awarded with a call-up to the big league club to make his Major League debut. He climbed Top-100 lists year after year until he didn’t… which came after his first real down season back in 2016. After over 100 impressive Double-A games, Crawford was promoted and spent his final 87 games of 2016 in Triple-A where he struggled for the first time in his minor league career. The trial appeared to cause his prospect stock to deteriorate hastily but unnecessarily. He slashed a lowly .244/.328/.318 in those 385 plate appearances and it sent some people into a panic. Crawford still managed to impress with his trademark BB/K ratio, but it wasn’t enough to overcome that .318 slugging percentage. Just 16 of his 82 hits went for extra bases that year in Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies opted to keep Crawford at Triple-A at the start of this past season where even the slightest improvement would probably get him on the next bus, plane, or train to the rebuilding Philadelphia club, but that never really came. Crawford sold out for more power in 2017 which upped his K% to a career-high 17.4 percent, which is still just fine, all while walking over 14 percent of the time. In return for more strikeouts, Crawford smacked 15 home runs in 127 Triple-A games last year to up his slugging percentage up to .405 just before his September call-up.
The power surge is welcome because when you couple his new batted ball profile with his savvy defense at shortstop, you have a budding all-star. Really. Crawford’s a super athlete and fields the ball with ease and is equipped with a strong arm, too.
Patience will be required, however. Given his immediate struggles at Triple-A and with the Phillies, Crawford needs to be afforded the time to grow into the caliber of player his profile suggests he will become. The poor 23-game stint he had with the Phillies last season (yet still managed to walk over 18 percent of the time) is more or less the same player he was when he first arrived in Lehigh Valley. He might be given the opportunity to start at short for 2018 with the Phillies since they’re still building for the future, so it’s important to remember Crawford’s still building, too.
Highest Ranking: 32; Lowest: 70
45) Franklin Perez, RHP, Detroit Tigers (192 points) tschirky4
6-foot-1 170 pounds Bats: S; Throws: R
54.1 IP at A+; 2.98 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 8.78 K/9
32 IP at AA: 3.09 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 7.03 K/9
When the Tigers traded one of the faces of their franchise last year in Justin Verlander, they wanted to make sure they got a potential superstar in return. With respect to Jake Rodgers and Daz Cameron, they might have gotten their guy in Franklin Perez. Signed out of Venezuela as a 3rd baseman in 2014, the Astros saw enough in his cannon of an arm to give him a $1 million signing bonus and move him to pitcher. The results have more than exceeded expectations.
At just 17 years old he threw 50 innings at rookie ball with 61 strikeouts in 50 innings. That did come with a 4.50 ERA, but as a converted 3rd baseman he was expected to see some bumps along the way. Perhaps the most impressive stats was his 14 walks in 50 innings giving him a 6.4 BB%. To show that kind of control as a 17-year-old converted fielder, that is more than impressive. He followed that season up with a 2.84 ERA in 66.2 innings at A-ball in 2016 with a 75/19 K/BB rate. 2017 was actually his worst statistical year to date, but he started the year at high A and ended the year at AA, registering a 3.02 ERA across 86.1 innings while striking out 78 and walking 27. Keep in mind he was a 19-year-old at AA.
I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for pitchers with 4 pitches because they are so much more unpredictable while on the mound. Franklin is one of said pitchers and they are all above average. His fastball sits in the mid 90’s and is expected to gain velocity with age. His curveball is his go to strikeout pitch and scouts are enamored with its 12-6 drop. He throws a change-up more than you would expect for a 19-year-old and has received positive reviews on it. He also recently added a slider to his arsenal and scouts think that if it can become a plus pitch, he will be a strikeout machine.
Perez is one of the youngest players at AA and has a chance to pitch for a non-contending Detroit team this year. He still has some work to do, which makes him all the more frightening. With a system that includes guys like Alex Faedo, Beau Burrows and Kyle Funkhouser, Perez could be the best of all of them. He also rivals Anthony Davis for the best unibrow in sports, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Highest Ranking: 44; Lowest: 62
44) Franklin Barreto, SS, Oakland Athletics (193 points) asroka
5-foot-10 190 pounds Bats: R; Throws: R
111 G at AAA; .290/.339/.456, 15 HR, 15 SB in 469 ABs
25 G at MLB; .197/.250/.352 2 HR, 2 SB in 71 ABs
It feels like a century ago, but it turns out Franklin Barreto might be the prized piece for the Athletics that came from the painful Josh Donaldson trade. He’s been on lists like this one for the past few years now, but he took a little bit of a step backwards this past year despite making his Major League debut for a two week-long trial midseason and was called back up in September.
Despite his size, Barreto has been long known for his ability to punish baseballs thanks to his quick and mighty bat speed. This past year, however, he fell more into the free-swinger category than the A’s might have liked. Ever since he was signed by the Blue Jays in 2012, Barreto managed to decrease his K% from 24 percent in his stateside debut in 2013 to 17.8 percent in Double-A in 2016. Last year was different. In his first extended look at Triple-A pitching, Barreto was striking out in nearly 30 percent of his at-bats when he was given his Major League assignment at the end of June. He homered in his Major League debut and collected four hits in his first 10 at-bats but mostly slumped during the final week and a half of his call-up before returning to Triple-A Nashville.
Upon his return to Nashville, Barreto found his old self. For the remainder of his season in Triple-A, he slashed .304/.360/.500 and decreased his K% to a high but slightly more manageable 24.4 percent. He went on to collect 29 more at-bats with Oakland in September but really scuffled to finish his 2017 campaign. He struck out 50 percent of the time and recorded just six hits in his final 14 games.
Some of the dissent with Barreto, apart from his concerning strikeout rates, is his future position. Scouts seem to think he’s without one, considering they don’t view him as a long-term shortstop like the A’s might. He’d handle second base just fine and has the arm for third need be, and could find himself in the outfield if the right situation arose. He’ll have only just turned 22-years old when the 2018 season begins, so there’s plenty of time for Barreto to learn the ropes and calm his approach down in order to achieve regular playing time at the Major League level.
Highest Ranking: 14; Lowest: 94
43) Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins (205 points) asroka
6-foot-2 175 pounds Bats: L; Throws: R
122 G at AA; .270/.341/.408 9 HR, 13 SB in 519 ABs
The Twins handle their prospects delicately and I think for that reason, some of the shine on the fifth overall pick in 2014 has unfairly worn off. Nick Gordon only just got his first at-bat at Double-A Chattanooga this past season, but the patience the Twins demonstrated with him has been necessary. Gordon required time to develop a more selective eye in the box, especially since, at this point, he’ll never reach an average in-game power skillset. However, this past season in Chattanooga, he did finish the season slugging above .400 for the first time in his pro career. He hit nine homers at the level, four more than in his past three years of development combined. So maybe there is a little something else in his wiry frame.
Either way, power will never be the trademark to Gordon’s game. He measures out “above-average” in most other areas though. He can hit and run and handles shortstop well enough to project him as at least average there for the future. He has no real eye-popping tools but what the Twins have here is a conglomeration of an above-average shortstop who can handle the position for years to come, which is hard enough to find on its own.
The doubts and criticisms in Gordon’s abilities aren’t exactly unfounded, though. He’s been in a defensive slump for the past year and a half, dating back to appearance in the Arizona Fall League. Last season, he struck out 23 percent of the time, too, in Double-A. He’s never had too much trouble making contact, so I believe he’ll bring that K% back down to a viable number to be an everyday man in Minnesota, but there’s still some development yet to do for this 22-year-old.
Now that it’s under a microscope, his defense will have to tighten up in order for the Twins to cement him into the shortstop role; if not, he could probably make for fine second baseman like his half-brother Dee (although maybe not so much anymore). As a high schooler, Gordon was pegged to become a glove-first shortstop who could hopefully mature into an everyday hitter, the opposite scenario is forming, but hopefully he still becomes what they drafted: their shortstop of the future.
Highest Ranking: 23; Lowest: Unranked
42) Corey Ray, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (206 points)- asroka
5-foot-11 185 pounds Bats: L; Throws: L
112 G at A+; 238/.311/.367, 7 HR, 24 SB in 449 ABs
In order for Corey Ray to recapture all of the hype he had entering his pro career, he’ll need to toss his 2017 season straight into the trash. Little can be salvaged from his forgettable season. He got a late start on things as he recovered from a torn meniscus in his draft year and missed the first month of the season. All year long, Ray tinkered with his batting stances and struggled to catch up to fastballs in the low 90s. Something wasn’t right. Truthfully, this was the case of a professional athlete dealing with on-field adversity for the first time. All his life, Ray thrived on a baseball field. At Louisville, he put together a phenomenal collegiate career. In his junior season, he stole over 40 bases without being thrown out once, he hit a ton of homers as a center fielder under 6-foot, and displayed the athleticism to stay at the position in the pros.
Despite all of those tools, Ray struggled mightily in High-A in the Carolina League. He spent the entire season mired in a slump and finished slashing .238/.311/.367 and struck out a whopping 31 percent of the time. He stole 24 bases, but was caught stealing 10 times, and looked like he might still be candidate to move off of center into left field down the road.
Still, the prospect community is too quick to write off players after a solitary bad season. It isn’t fair to deem Ray a lost cause because he’ll need more time to develop than initially thought. Nothing about his work ethic or demeanor seems to suggest he won’t be able to overcome a poor (nearly) full-season debut.
It’ll take longer for Ray to develop because he has so many enticing tools. At the plate, should he take advantage of his speed and employ a slash-and-hack approach? Or, should he focus on harnessing some of the serious power his swing possesses? Right now, his approach is a mix of these ideologies and it clearly isn’t working. A reboot in 2018 with a more strategic approach to the plate will help him become the offensive force he was bound to become after being selected fifth overall in 2016 by the Brewers.
Highest Ranking: 30; Lowest: 62
41) Jay Groome, LHP, Boston Red Sox (216 points)-patriotsfan543
6-foot-6 220 pounds Bats: L; Throws: L
11 IP at ROK; 1.64 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 11.45 K/9
44.1 IP at A-Ball: 6.70 ERA, 1.56 WHIP,11.77 K/9
Jay Groome was drafted 12th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft out of Barnegat High School in Barnegat, NJ. Groome was projected to go first overall for many weeks before the draft, but as the draft got closer his stock kept on falling. It is still unknown why exactly he fell so much in the draft, but there have been rumors have his makeup being a huge concern and last year his father was arrested for possession of heroin and marijuana and many other charges. How much of that had to do with his slide I’m not sure.
Groome only pitched 6 innings total in pro ball in 2016 due to injury and he would deal with injuries again in 2017. Groome would log more innings in 2017 than 2016, Groome would pitch about 60 innings total, most of them in Low-A. There are two big takeaways from last season: the injuries and the ERA. Groome had two injuries last year, one being a lat injury and then after returning from that his season was cut short with a forearm injury, which is a precursor for Tommy John. The other concern was his ERA and Groome logged 44 IP in A-, but to a tune of an awful 6.70 ERA. It has been a rocky 2 years for Groome, but he is only 19 years old and there is a lot to like about him.
Groome’s biggest things going for him is his height and the fact that he is a southpaw. That is always going to get you a little more leeway when struggling. Groome has a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and back in high school could get it up to 98. He has a plus curveball and a developing changeup. It is important to remember that Groome is only 19 years old and you can’t look too far into the stats he put up thus far; however, the injuries are a real concern and this year is going to be huge to see if he can put together a full season. Groome is still a ways away from the Major Leagues and his name is always getting thrown out there whenever it is rumored the Sox are interested in trading for a big name.
Highest Ranking: 29; Lowest: 72
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2016.12.24 00:18 autotldr Amazon starts flexing muscle in new space: air cargo

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Exclusive payload data reviewed by Reuters and interviews with airport officials around the country show that Prime Air planes are flying nearly full, but with lightweight loads, taking away valued business from FedEx Corp and United Parcel Service Inc. Expanding into transportation, from trucks to planes, is one of Amazon's most important endeavors as it strives to lure new customers with fast shipping while keeping costs under control.
To date, Amazon has only said it leased the planes to speed up shipping and to backstop cargo partners during the holiday season.
Amazon aircraft on a monthly basis handled only between 37 percent and 52 percent of their maximum loads by weight, according to an analysis of cargo, capacity and landing data from the four airports, with supplementary information from tracking website FlightAware.com.
The payload figures Reuters reviewed do not include November or December, when contractor ABX Air, a unit of Air Transport Services Group Inc, paused flights for Amazon after a pilot strike.
FLYING LATER. Flight data shows another way that Amazon is departing from cargo companies' road map in an attempt of its top goal: rapid delivery.
Expectations are for Amazon to stretch well beyond Lehigh Valley and the existing airports Prime Air serves.
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2014.10.03 18:11 GreatZapper 2001 season rewatch, weekend 5: Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota, Nazareth Speedway, PA (CART)

Date: 6 May 2001
NAZARETH, Pa.--Bruno Junqueira of Target Chip Ganassi Racing became the first rookie in over a year to earn a FedEx Championship Series pole position Saturday when he grabbed the pole for Sunday's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at Nazareth Speedway (1 p.m. ET, live, ABC-TV).
Junqueira (Target Toyota/Lola), who paced Friday's practice sessions with a lap of 166.246 miles per hour (20.485 seconds), averaged 172.873 mph (19.700 seconds) on his fastest lap of the 0.946-mile oval. He will lead 24 fellow competitors to the green flag when Round 3 of the championship begins 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
Junqueira's pole position was the first for a FedEx Championship Series rookie since Alex Tagliani of Player's Forsythe Racing claimed the pole at Rio de Janeiro on April 29, 2000. It was also the third in a row for Target Chip Ganassi Racing at Nazareth, following back-to-back pole-winning efforts by Juan Montoya in 1999 and last year.
A Brazilian native and the 2000 European Formula 3000 champion, Junqueira will be seeking his second consecutive points-paying finish Sunday afternoon. He finished ninth in his most recent start at Long Beach, Calif. on April 8.
Team Rahal's Kenny Brack claimed the outside pole at an average speed of 172.540mph (19.738 seconds). Brack (Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) has qualified among the top two drivers at every stop on the 2001 FedEx Championship Series tour, including poles at Monterrey, Mexico, and Texas.
Michel Jourdain Jr. (Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola) of Herdez Bettenhausen qualified third at 170.707 mph (19.950 seconds). The effort marked a career-best for the six-year veteran, exceeding fifth at California Speedway in 1997.
Rounding out the top five drivers were Oriol Servia (Sigma Autosport Ford-Cosworth/Lola) of Sigma Autosport, who was fourth at 170.314 mph (19.996 seconds) and Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Honda/Reynard) of Marlboro Team Penske, who was fifth at 170.220 mph (20.007 seconds).
FedEx Championship Series leader Cristiano da Matta (Texaco/Havoline/Kmart Toyota/Lola) of Newman/Haas Racing qualified ninth at 168.912 mph (20.162 seconds), while defending event and FedEx Championship Series champion Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Honda/Reynard) of Marlboro Team Penske was 15th at 167.607 mph (20.319 seconds).
Twenty-three of 24 qualifiers were separated by less than one second.
BRUNO JUNQUEIRA, Target Toyota/Lola: "I'm very happy that I could do a good qualifying. It's important to do a good start, but I don't know what it's going to be like. It's great to be on the pole for the first oval race in my life. I knew I could do really well here, because Team Target has a good car on ovals. I like driving ovals, my style fits to it. I thought I would do well on the road courses, but I made some mistakes this year, but the biggest change is I'm lucky. I'm feeling very comfortable on the ovals running by myself. Because I have no experience in a race, I'm going to let the Team Target engineers do it. The car can be good in qualifying, but not good in the race, but they know what to do."
KENNY BRACK, Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola: "We've had a good weekend with Team Rahal and the Lola/Ford package. It was a little difficult to qualify here when the temperature changes. We were a little bit conservative, but we're still on the front row. It's important to qualify well here. I was a little worried about everything when we switched to the Lola. We had a lot of experience with the Reynard, and this is all new. We didn't run good at all in winter testing on the road courses. We ran only two days on ovals in testing, and ran the rest on the road courses. We kind of expected the Lola to be a good oval car because it was last year. From the driver's perspective, it's kind of difficult to start from a clean sheet of paper and develop all new setups. We're working together and the driver has to steer the team in the right direction. It's been interesting and hard, but we've come a long way in a short time."
MICHEL JOURDAIN JR., Herdez Ford-Cosowrth/Lola: "I think it was a good weekend so far. The whole year Herdez Bettenhausen has shown it is very good. I knew this season we were going to be competitive when we changed to the Ford engine. I knew we had a good car, and we made changes for qualifying. It doesn't take a lot to go faster or slower. Oriol [Servia] went out before me and he was fast, and I knew that if he was fast, I would be fast. We've got to change things for the race. We always have a good race car on the short ovals, so hopefully I'll have a good car for the race. I feel very, very comfortable. I just have to be smart. I think all the years I've been here [in the FedEx Championship Series], every year I've had some good races. But when we got the Ford-Cosworth engine, and I saw the changes we made in the team, I knew we were going to be good. After so many years with so many problems, I started to have some doubts. Everybody's enjoying it a lot. The guys can see that their work is making a difference."
• Michael Andretti (Motorola Honda/Reynard) qualified 13th for the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix Presented by Toyota at 168.552 miles per hour (20.205 seconds). When he takes the green flag Sunday, he will tie Al Unser Jr.'s record of 273 CART career starts. Andretti is a two-time winner at Nazareth (1987, '96) and has scored championship points in 11 of 13 starts at the venue, with 10 top-six finishes.
• Bruno Junqueira's (Target Toyota/Lola) pole was the fourth consecutive FedEx Championship Series pole for a Toyota-powered driver on a one-mile oval, dating to the start of the 2000 season. It is also the fourth consecutive one-mile oval pole for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Juan Montoya swept pole positions at Nazareth, Milwaukee and Chicago last season.
• Kenny Brack's (Shell Ford-Cosworth/Lola) fourth consecutive front-row qualifying effort encompasses pole positions at Mexico and Dallas and outside poles at Long Beach and Nazareth. It marks a Team Rahal record for consecutive front-row starts, topping the mark of three straight shared by Bobby Rahal (1992) and Bryan Herta (1999). Entering the season, Brack's previous career-best qualifying effort was second at Japan last year.
• Michel Jourdain Jr.'s (Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola) career-best qualifying effort came in his 84th start. His first start, at Long Beach in 1996, made him the youngest driver ever to start FedEx Championship Series event, at age 19 years, 6 months and 12 days.
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In the long off-season we're rewatching the 2001 CART and IRL seasons, in chronological order. This is round 4 of the CART series, and you can discuss the races below. Enjoy!
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