Tuesday, April 7, 2015

McCABE MAGAZINE SEASON 25 ALL-PRO TEAM and AWARDS

McCabe Magazine's All-Pro Team and Awards


Cincinnati, OH (McC.com) Its that time of year when we here at McCabe Magazine take a look at season 25 and select the players who are the best of the best at their respected positions. Here is the Robert E. McCabe Magazine's All-Pro squad and season awards. 

McCabe Magazine’s Season 25 MVP

Darrel Davies
Washington D.C.
Nationals
Age: 23B/T: L/L
Born: Kaneohe, HI
Position(s): 1B/DH
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Our season 25 Most Valuable Player is Darrel Davies (1B/DH) of the Washington Nationals. Davies (36 HR, 103 RBI, 347 BA) our season 24 Rookie of the Year, and the Nationals have dominated the American League East and has run away with the division title with a 28 game lead with 13 games left in the season. He is 2nd in the majors with a 347 BA and 2nd in OPS 1.036. First in both categories is Colorado's Hersh Mays (42 HR, 110 RBI, 376 BA, 1.169 OPS). Why you may ask didn't we crown Mays our MVP? Here are the facts. It’s Coors Field and the Mile High effect. It’s not only hurting Mays in our opinion, but all the players on the Rockies have inflated stats due to the effects of a baseball at high altitudes. 

Here is some analytics we used to separate the players. The one telling stat is home and away. When we checked the home run leaders in the majors, we found four (4) Rockies in the top 10. However, when we looked at the home run leaders (away) hit on the road, we only found two Rockies in the top 25, Luis Mesa (COL) ranked 11th with 21 road dingers, and Johnny Diaz (COL) at 24 with 17. In home BA the Rockies had 8 players in the top 25, with only one (1) Colorado player in the top 25 away BA rankings. That one player is Renyel Jimenez (COL) listed at 25. By no means do we want to diminish the accomplishments of these players, after all they do lead the best division in baseball, we are just explaining our reasoning for our MVP selection. For more information, please see “The Physics of Baseball” by Alan M. Nathan, University of Illinois.  

MVP Honorable Mention; Hersh MaysAlexei DaSilva (TOR) 51 HR, 110 RBI, 277 BA, 909 OPS, Marcell Soler (OAK) 45 HR, 124 RBI, 300 BA, 912 OPS, and Desi Cruz (TOR) 45 HR, 111 RBI, 336 BA, 1.012 OPS. 

McCabe Magazine CY Young Award Winner

Vince Garcia
Anaheim
Angels
Age: 35B/T: R/R
Born: Lincoln, ME
Position(s): P (SP2)
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 Vince Garcia, Anaheim Angeles (25-4, 15 CG, .183 OVA, 0.86 WHIP, 1.59 ERA) is the most dominating pitcher since Luther Abercrombie retired after season 23. Garcia is our back to back CY Young Award winner, taking the award in season 24 with a 23-7, 2.40 ERA. Honorable Mention; Adam Bradford (LAA) 21-5, 1.01 WHIP, 2.09 ERA,  Mike Harper (SD) 20-9, 1.24 WHIP, 3.89 ERA, Clay Porter (CIN) 16-8, 1.13 WHIP, 2.50 ERA, and Pat Sosa (STL) 44 saves, 1.33 WHIP, 2.60 ERA.  

McCabe Magazine Rookie of the Year


Johnny Diaz
Colorado
Rockies
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: St. Petersburg, FL
Position(s): 1B/LF/DH
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Colorado Rockies Johnny Diaz (1B) led all rookies with 17 home runs on the road, and 21 at home for a total of 42. He also had a home BA of 334, and a road BA of 295. He is tied with rookies Francicso Elcano (MIN), and Dummy Smith (RIC) with 150 games played. Diaz is 2nd among all rookies in fielding with a.999 fielding percentage. Honorable Mention;  Wilkin Lopez (MIN) 34 HR, 77 RBI, 292 BA, Aaron Reed (HOU) 33 HR, 90 RBI, 239 BA, and Douglas Sweeney (CLE) 11 HR, 66 RBI, 27 SB 4 CS, 308 BA.

Robert E. McCabe Magazine ALL-PRO TEAM

Designated Hitter
Darrel Davies
Washington D.C.
Nationals
Age: 23B/T: L/L
Born: Kaneohe, HI
Position(s): 1B/DH
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
119 488 89 37 104 2 0.342 0.403 0.619 1.022

Catcher 
Hersh Mays
Colorado
Rockies
Age: 33B/T: L/R
Born: Lytle, TX
Position(s): C
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
142 464 113 44 113 0 0.375 0.460 0.711 1.171

1st Basemen
Johnny Diaz
Colorado
Rockies
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: St. Petersburg, FL
Position(s): 1B/LF/DH
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
155 635 119 43 137 0 0.313 0.380 0.565 0.945

2nd Basemen
Alexei DaSilva
Toronto
Blue Jays
Age: 29B/T: S/R
Born: Juarez, MX
Position(s): 2B/3B/SS/OF
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
154 633 108 53 114 21 0.278 0.331 0.581 0.912


3rd Basemen
Bernie Estrella
Chicago
White Sox
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: La Romana, DO
Position(s): 3B/IF/OF/DH
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
132 484 90 42 127 5 0.316 0.367 0.616 0.983

Shortstop
Jack Gray
San Diego
Padres
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Wewoka, OK
Position(s): SS/IF/COF/DH
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
152 580 64 39 117 1 0.236 0.304 0.474 0.778

Fielding Stats
Pos GP GS Inn PO A E DP Fld% RF
SS 151 149 1314 267 479 11 61 0.985 5.11
CF 1 1 9 1 0 0 0 1.000 1

Outfield
Quilvio Mendez
Tampa Bay
Rays
Age: 28B/T: R/R
Born: Yamasa, DO
Position(s): LF/1B/RF
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
155 583 89 41 124 18 0.288 0.377 0.545 0.922

Outfield
Landon Leon
Chicago
Cubs
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Hanford, CA
Position(s): RF/1B/LF/DH
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
144 467 89 34 102 3 0.300 0.358 0.587 0.945


Outfield
Wily Correa
Toronto
Blue Jays
Age: 26B/T: S/R
Born: Laguna De Perlas, NI
Position(s): RF/LF
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G AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
146 528 103 44 125 20 0.294 0.371 0.614 0.985

Starting Pitcher
Vince Garcia
Anaheim
Angels
Age: 35B/T: R/R
Born: Lincoln, ME
Position(s): P (SP2)
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G GS CG W L Inn BB SO WHIP ERA
34 34 15 25 5 283.1 63 203 0.89 1.72


Setup/Middle Relief 
Yamid Zapata
Atlanta
Braves
Age: 29B/T: L/L
Born: El Seibo, DO
Position(s): P (SuA)
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G GS W L SV Inn BB SO WHIP ERA
81 0 9 4 3 128 22 117 0.92 1.76

Closer

Glen Watkins
Los Angeles
Dodgers
Age: 34B/T: R/R
Born: Delbarton, WV
Position(s): P (ClA)
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G W L SV SVO Inn BB SO WHIP ERA
50 0 3 42 48 47.2 16 42 1.22 2.83



Saturday, March 28, 2015

SEASON 25 TOP 50 PROSPECTS

ROBERT E. McCABE MAGAZINE TOP 50 CAN'T MISS PROSPECTS


West Palm Beach, FL (McC) - As you all know, we here at McCabe Magazine love rankings. And what better way to spend about 2 months of my time and the Research Departments time, is going through tons of data on minor leaguers, talking to extremely boring front office personnel, and having mind numbing conversations with hitting coaches on the technical concepts of hitting the slider. Then to top it all off, how about this interesting dialogue with an unnamed AAA outfielder in the Red Sox organization, “See ball,.. hit ball.”  Okay, now shoot me PLEASE.

We actually started this process at the end of season 24 and concluded this past Monday in the conference room at the offices of McCabe Magazine. There was a great debate and discussion regarding the final 100 prospects, which was eventually narrowed down to 50, and we ranked the prospects 1 – 50. You will find a brief scouting report on the players 1-10. You can also click on the prospects for detail information.  The one issue you’ll find concerning our rankings is we only have two (2) pitchers in the top 25, and none in the top 10. In other works, there are no Vince Garcia's walking through that door anytime soon. However, if anybody is interested we do have 14 pitchers on the top 50 prospects list.     

Now that we got that bit of housekeeping out the way, here is our season 25 top 50 future stars and can't miss prospects.

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1. Bartolo Hernandez (HiA), Washington DC National


Bartolo Hernandez
Washington D.C.
Nationals
Age: 20B/T: L/R
Born: Bani, DO
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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This guy is the number 1 prospect in all of baseball. Hernandez was a season 24 International Free Agent (IFA) signing a contract worth $15.6 million. He has the unique combination of hitting for average, power, he has above average speed, defense, and an excellent throwing arm. Hernandez can play all 8 fielding positions. His biggest attribute is the power in which he swings the bat. We have him down for winning 1 Major League MVP, multiple All-Star appearances, and a Home Run champion.    

2. Pascual Fuentes (HiA), Houston Astros

Pascual Fuentes
Houston
Astros
Age: 22B/T: S/L
Born: Eureka, MT
Position(s): LF/1B/RF
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Fuentes was the number 1 overall selection in this years amateur draft. This 22 year-old switch hitter out of Tulane University has power from both sides of the plate and should win several batting titles during his Major League career. He won Baseball America's College Player of the Year
award his junior and senior years, and led Tulane to back to back college World Series appearances, winning it all his senior year, and was named World Series MVP.      

3. Juan Benitez (LoA), Houston Astros


Juan Benitez
Houston
Astros
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Victoria, MX
Position(s): SS/2B
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Juan Benitez ranks 3rd on our list of prospects, which gives Houston 2 of the top 3 prospects in baseball. This gives the Astros a solid foundation to build on for the future. Benitez is another pure hitter that could perform on the Major League level immediately however, 3 to 4 years in the minors will help him master his craft. We see him as a 300 lifetime hitter and a Gold Glove winner at any position he finally settles in on.

4. Harry Thayer (RL), Seattle Mariners

Harry Thayer
Seattle
Mariners
Age: 21B/T: S/R
Born: Abingdon, IL
Position(s): 2B
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Selected with the 5th pick in this years draft, out of Arizona State as a junior, assigned to Rookie League where this switch hitter is ripping the league pitchers a new one, batting 358 in 187 at bats. Thayer is another 5-Tool prospect with blazing speed, timed in the 40 at an eye popping 4.19. However, his speed hadn't translated into base running success, he has 6 stolen bases in 11 attempts. Thayer has been working with Seattle great and Mariner's All-Time Stolen Base record holder (293) Don Bong. We spoke with Bong who retired after season 18. Bong; "we are working on the fundamentals, and the correct base running techniques. We're getting there,.. patience is the key."

5. Robinson Blume (AAA), New York Yankees

Robinson Blume
New York
Yankees
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Palmyra, IL
Position(s): 2B/1B/LF/DH
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In season 22 Robinson Blume signed a $2.9 million contract with the New York Yankees after being drafted with the 10th pick of the 1st round. He was 18 years-old and was just named High School Athlete of the Year in the state of Illinois. For his representative Blume selects the notorious Miller Washington as his agent who has a long history of assaults on his lengthy record. This past spring Washington was arrested and charged with assault and battery for attacking the Hip Hop artist/Rapper JayZ at a Yankees spring training game in Tampa, Florida. Washington became upset when JayZ refused to stop talking on his cell phone to Beyonce during the game. According to court documents Washington grabbed Mr Z by the throat and attempted to shove a full bag of popcorn down his esophagus. The case was eventually settled out of court. Blume's minor league career batting stats; .331 BA, .936 OPS.

6. Allie Chisenhall (AA), Richmond Virginians

Allie Chisenhall
Richmond
Virginians
Age: 19B/T: R/R
Born: Charlotte, NC
Position(s): RF
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Allie Chisenhall is our 6th rated prospect on the McCabe Magazines top 25. He will hit for average and has power to all fields. His defensive skills are rated below average. However, our biggest concern is the way Richmond is handling the development of Chisenhall, and several other prospects in their farm system. Chisenhall was a 1st round selection in season 24, 3rd overall. He started his career in Rookie Ball, played  23 games and batted .316 with a 1.016 OPS. Then that same year without warning he was shipped off to Richmond's Low-A club where he batted .366 in 36 games. During the offseason Richmond's upper management promoted Chisenhall again, He started season 25 in High-A. He played 30 games in High-A where he batted .339 with 9 SB and 0 CS. Then again to the surprise of the local and national media, Chisenhall received a call to report to Richmond's AA affiliate in Cowbutt, West Virginia. He is presently slumping at AA, hitting a career low, .265 in 249 at bats. If you are counting, that's 4 levels in 1 1/2 seasons. We only hope this promising career doesn't crash and burn due to mismanagement.

7. Danny Gordon (AA), St. Louis Cardinals


Danny Gordon
St. Louis
Cardinals
Age: 19B/T: L/R
Born: Clarion, IA
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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Another 1st round selection, 4th overall out of Iowa Falls High School , in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Danny Gordon holds the state high school record for batting average in a season with a .695 BA. He also led Iowa Falls High school Basketball team to the state title, scoring 29 points in the win and named tournament MVP. Gordon is by far the best defensive player on our list. Look for this projected shortstop to win numerous Gold Gloves for the Cardinals with a .280 BA. He can hit to all fields with occasional power and will be a very durable player, should average 155 - 162 games per year.    

8. Del Wulf (AAA), Texas Rangers

Del Wulf
Texas
Rangers
Age: 21B/T: L/R
Born: Greenacres, WA
Position(s): SS
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Our number 8 ranked prospect is Del Wulf, listed as a shortstop in the Texas Rangers farm system. We feel he will ultimately end up at either 2B, 3B or RF. He just doesn't have the range for the SS position. Wulf was traded to the Rangers from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization 10 days before this year’s All-Star break in a 6 player deal. Texas sent pitchers; Omar Lopez, Jonathan Haren, Yorman Cordero, and $3.6 million in cash to Pittsburgh for Del Wulf, and two pitchers;  Jesus Rincon and Tony Cordero. The folks in the Rangers front office think Wulf could hold his own at the Major League level now if promoted. He has spent 3 full seasons (plus 123 games this year) in the minors with the following career totals; 155 HR, 502 RBI, 337 BA with a 1.109 OPS. His AAA stats for this season; 46 HR, 123 RBI, 322 BA, and a 1.100 OPS.     

9. Andres Padilla (HiA), Arizona Diamondbacks

Andres Padilla
Arizona
Diamondbacks
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Hatillo Palma, DO
Position(s): 3B/IF/OF/DH
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Padilla IFA signing bonus total of $24.8 million is the highest this season, beating  Juan Benitez  IFA bonus by $100,000. We project him to play 3B in the Majors, with secondary positions of 2B, 1B, LF, and RF. Assigned to High-A Padilla has a high number of errors at 3B but should improve enough to be a solid hot corner man if he is not rushed to the bigs. The only issue we have is can he stay healthy for a full season. Padilla is also the son of soccer great Pablo Padilla  who played for the Premier League champions Liverpool in season 10, and also played  professional baseball in Latin America.

10. Luke Hudson (LoA), Richmond Virginians

Luke Hudson
Richmond
Virginians
Age: 18B/T: L/L
Born: Ellicott, CO
Position(s): RF
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Luke Hudson turned down a University of Colorado scholarship to play football so he can pursue his dream of playing professional baseball. Drafted this year (25) with the 2nd pick in the 1st round, Hudson is another prospect being rush through the Virginians farm system. He was assigned to Rookie Ball after the draft where he played in 24 games and had only 99 at bats before being sent to Virginians Low-A club in Toe Jam, South Carolina. In TJ, South Carolina Hudson has played in 33 games, batting .312 with 5 HR and 31 RBI. He has above average speed and terrible base running skills. His other weakest is his glove work, committing 1 error in Rookie League play and 3 errors at the Low-A level, all while playing his primary position, Rightfield.

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Prospect 11 -25

Rank
Player
Age
Position
Team
11
22
SS
Oakland
12
19
LF
Tampa Bay
13
18
LF
San Francisco
14
22
LF
NY Mets
15
21
SS
Richmond
16
18
RF
St. Louis
17
19
LF
Atlanta
18
22
LF
Cleveland
19
22
SS
Philadelphia
20
20
SP
Washington
21
18
2B
Minnesota
22
21
CF
Chicago Sox
23
21
SP
Richmond
24
19
LF
Azirona
25
23
2B
San Francisco

                   Prospects 26 - 50
 
Rank
Player
Age
Position
Team
26
22
SS
Toronto
27
21
C
Richmond
28
21
3B
Houston
29
21
SS
Azirona
30
19
2B
Cincinnati
31
23
3B
Seattle
32
23
SP
Tampa Bay
33
20
CF
Houston
34
21
SP
Cleveland
35
25
LF
Philadelphia
36
24
2B
Richmond
37
22
LF
Richmond
38
21
SP
San Diego
39
20
SP
San Francisco
40
20
SP
Cleveland
41
21
LF
Pittsburgh
42
20
2B
Colorado
43
22
SP
Washington
44
19
2B
Seattle
45
26
2B
Seattle
46
21
SP
Anaheim
47
21
SS
Azirona
48
21
2B
NY Mets
49
21
1B
Seattle
50
21
SP
Seattle