Prospects For Cash

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Martin Perez (SP, Tex) - 27.1 scoreless inning streak and counting...

In honor of Martin Perez's recent dominance, here's a blast from the past, a post I wrote about Perez back in July of 2013.  My sentiments remain the same, so I figured I'd just reuse the post.  I swear, I'm not bragging.  Okay fine, maybe I am...

"BARGAIN BIN - Martin Perez (SP, Tex)
at 7/01/2013 06:42:00 PM Posted by Adam
Ok, It's extremely rare that I'd ever recommend a prospect who already reached the majors.  The trick is to sell before/when that promotion happens.  But I really like Martin Perez.
Perez has an auto from 2010 Bowman Chrome and recently came back from a stint on the DL with a broken arm.  He's not an overwhelming strikeout pitcher, but has great stuff and induces plenty of groundballs.
In his past two starts, Perez got both wins and went 13.2 IP - 11 H - 2 R - 6 K - 2 BB ... and more impressively he faced the Cardinals (lead the National League in runs) and the Reds (third in the NL in runs).
His 2010 BC autos seem to be in the $10-15 and I think there's room to grow as more people notice him, pick him up for their fantasy teams, etc."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Justin Verlander Myth

I know, Justin Verlander is not a prospect, but I wanted to point this out.
Justin Verlander Ebay Listings 

- Verlander is in decline because of reduced velocity.
- Draft him at your own peril in fantasy leagues.

- Verlander is notoriously bad in the first month (March/April) - 3.83 career ERA in March/April vs. a career 3.39 career ERA in all months.
- Verlander increases velocity as the season rolls on, probably causing his early struggles every year..
- His velocity has dropped from 2011 to 2012 to 2013 but he is on pace with last year's velocity in April. (and last year was a better year than it seems: 3.28 FIP which is lower than his career FIP of 3.38 -- so, if he plateaus at this velo, even though it's lower than pre-2013, he can still perform at a very respectable 3.28 FIP clip like he did last year).
- I'm not worried.  He's a horse.

Justin Verlander pitching velocity pitchfx
Verlander's four seamer velocity by month, tends to increase as year progresses.

Projected Top Prospect Starting Pitchers Wednesday: 4/23

2014-04-23     Astros     MLB     Jarred Cosart   
2014-04-23     Rays     MLB     Jake Odorizzi    
2014-04-23     Athletics     MLB     Sonny Gray    
2014-04-23     Rangers     MLB     Martin Perez    
2014-04-23     Cardinals     MLB     Michael Wacha    
2014-04-23     Red Sox     AAA     Allen Webster    
2014-04-23     Red Wings     AAA     Alex Meyer    
2014-04-23     Cardinals     AA     Sam Gaviglio   
2014-04-23     Rock Cats     AA     D.J. Baxendale  
2014-04-23     Drillers     AA     Tyler Anderson   
2014-04-23     Senators     AA     Matt Purke 
2014-04-23     Fisher Cats     AA     Aaron Sanchez   
2014-04-23     Fightin Phils     AA     Jesse Biddle   
2014-04-23     Flying Squirrels     AA     Clayton Blackburn  
2014-04-23     Blue Wahoos     AA     Michael Lorenzen  
2014-04-23     Braves     AA     J.R. Graham  
2014-04-23     Lookouts     AA     Garrett Gould  
2014-04-23     Naturals     AA     Sam Selman    
2014-04-23     Giants     A+     Joan Gregorio  
2014-04-23     Intimidators     A     Tyler Danish 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Is Yordano Ventura legit - an analysis of his first two starts

Is Yordano Ventura legit?  In a word, yes.
Yordano Ventura Ebay Listings

Pitching is comprised of stuff, usage of the stuff, and location.  That's how you judge a pitcher.  Then you have the batters' results of said pitches to confirm.

Top 100 Prospects - Prospects For Cash (Adam Wisel) - Part 2 - #s 21-40

Here is Part 2 of my Top 100 Prospects List for 2014, based on anticipated future MLB production.

Click here for #'s 1 - 20

Part 2 (#21 - 40)

21 Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
22 Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
23 Albert Almora, CF, Chicago Cubs
24 Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
25 Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
26 Jonathan Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies
27 George Springer, OF, Houston Astros
28 Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
29 Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers
30 Eddie Butler, RHP, Colorado Rockies
31 Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
32 Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Kansas City Royals
33 Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins
34 Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
35 Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
36 Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
37 Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
38 Jorge Soler, RF, Chicago Cubs
39 Jackie Bradley, CF, Boston Red Sox
40 Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles