Posts Tagged ‘2013’

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers

In 2010 former Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Josh Byrnes traded for Ian Kennedy, Three years later now San Diego Padres GM Josh Byrnes traded for Ian Kennedy once again. In Kennedy’s first season with Arizona he showed great potential, so much so it led him to be the 2011 opening day starter. The Diamondbacks made the playoffs in 2011, and Ian Kennedy was arguably the biggest reason why after going 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA. ultimately the Diamondbacks lost in 5 games to the Brewers. In both 2012, and 2013 Kennedy was manager Kirk Gibson’s choice as opening day starter. However Kennedy had a very disappointing 2012 campaign, and was ultimately worse in the follow-up 2013 season.

Hours before the 4pm EST trade deadline on July 31st, 2013 it was announced the Diamondbacks have agreed to trade Kennedy to the division rival San Diego Padres for lefty reliever Joe Thatcher, relief prospect Matt Stites, as well as a 2014 Competitive Balance 2nd round pick. While the baseball industry appears to be mixed about the trade, as some feel like the Diamondbacks got very little for Kennedy, while some believe the Diamondbacks got a quality return for the one time Cy Young candidate.

Both Padres fans and Diamondbacks fans should like the trade, first it helps the DBacks chances of making the 2013 playoffs, as well as adding a very high draft pick, and a quality pitching prospect. Padres fans hope they catch lightning in a bottle and Kennedy returns to the form that had him as a 4th place finish in the 2011 Cy Young vote.

Going forward Ian Kennedy was likely going to be kicked out of the rotation regardless. As the Diamondbacks have very good starting pitching depth with Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill, Randall Delgado, Brandon McCarthy, Archie Bradley, Tyler Skaggs, and even more quality prospects.

Scouting Reports:

Ian Kennedy RHP (Padres) Kennedy has a High 80’s, Low 90’s fastball which he throws 60% of the time. He also throws a high 70’s curveball, low 80’s change-up, as well as a mid-to-upper 80’s cutter. Ian Kennedy appears to be a perfect fit for Petco Park, as Kennedy is a Flyball/Strikeout pitcher.

Joe Thatcher LHP (Diamondbacks) Thatcher is a lefty specialist who doesn’t have the best velocity, but thrives with great deception. From 2010-2012  has held lefties to an amazing .182 AVG, while righties hit .256 in the same time. The DBacks greatly needed a second lefty in the bullpen, and it doesn’t get much better than Thatcher.

Matt Stites RHP (Diamondbacks) (Stites is likely out the rest of 2013 following an emergency appendectomy) Stites is probably the most interesting piece of the entire trade. A 17th round pick of the 2011 draft, Stites has been nothing short of amazing. In 2012 Stites had a 0.74 ERA, with 60 strikeouts and only 3 walks  in 48 2/3 innings. In 2013 Stites has been equally impressive in AA posting a 2.08 ERA with 51 Strikeouts and 8 walks in 52 innings. Stites throws a fastball that touches 96 MPH+, to go along with his amazing command is very impressive.

Joe Thatcher

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers.

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Tuesday April 30th, 2013

Arizona-Diamondbacks

Codey Harrison (Lead Editor & President/Ceo) – The Arizona Diamondbacks are known for their depth at virtually every position in the organization. While depth is a great thing to have, The Diamondbacks would likely admit they wish they didn’t have to use their depth so early in the 2013 season. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers made some noise in the off-season with some big name trades, starting with trading veteran center fielder Chris Young, For shortstop Cliff Pennington, and veteran reliever Heath Bell in the 3-Team trade. Shortly there after Towers finished a trade sending 2011 1st round pick Trevor Bauer to Cleveland in a three team trade that sent Reds shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius to the Dessert. What has also turned into a great trade for the Dbacks was the addition of LHP Matt Reynolds, in exchange for third baseman Ryan Wheeler. The most scrutinized trade however was the last trade Kevin Towers pulled the trigger on, sending 25-year old superstar Justin Upton, along with Chris Johnson to the Braves for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, and 3 prospects.

During the off-season K.T. also signed veteran slugger Cody Ross to once again load up the Diamondbacks outfield. unfortunately the Diamondbacks have been rattled with injuries throughout this still very young season. Starting with injuries in spring training to Adam Eaton, Willie Bloomquist, Ross, and Gregorius, followed by early season injuries to Jason Kubel, and Aaron Hill. Not to mention the injury starter Daniel Hudson suffered in 2012 (expected back shortly before All-Star break,) most teams would have crumbled under such injuries, however the Diamondbacks are sitting at 15-11 and in 2nd place in the National League West.

Between all of the injuries and struggling veterans the Dbacks could see a number of prospect being promoted this season.

Good chance of promotion –

Tyler Skaggs LHP

Chris Owings SS/ 2B

Matt Davidson 3B

Tony Campana CF

Joe Patterson LHP

Not likely but possible promotion –

Randall Delgado RHP

Jake Barrett RHP

Evan Marshall RHP

Eury De La Rosa LHP

Long shots for 2013 MLB promotions –

Nick Ahmed SS

Kevin Munson RHP

There are some other prospects could debut sometime in 2013, but these are the ones that we feel most likely. Think any other prospects are worthy of promotions? Well feel free to comment below with other promotion candidates you can think of.

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Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers.

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Saturday Feburary 16th, 2013

Aroldis Chapman

The 24-year-old Cuban defect Aroldis Chapman has become a sensation with his electric fastball that has been clocked as high as 106 mph in his young MLB career. Since signing with the Cincinnati Reds, Chapman has exclusively worked out of the bullpen, and became the clubs closer in 2012. Pitching coach Bryan Price, and  general manager Walt Jocketty have welcomed the team’s decision to transition Chapman to a starting pitcher.

Red’s manager Dusty Baker, however is not the biggest supporter of the club’s decision to transition Chapman to the rotation. The Red’s manager is going to miss having the luxury of being able to hand the ball to a lefty with 106 mph heat.

Cincinnati has decided that Chapman is more valuable as a starter getting 200 innings, versus 70 inning’s as a closer. Of course Chapman likely wouldn’t exceed 150 inning’s in 2013, his first season as a starter.

Chapman finished 2012 with 38 saves, struck out 15.3 hitter’s per nine innings, with an impressive a 1.51 ERA. The decision to transition Chapman to the ‘pen is a little easier knowing the 2012 pick-up Jonathan Broxton is capable of being a succesful replacement to the young fire baller Chapman.

Only time will tell, but it will be interesting to see if Chapman’s transition goes smoother than Joba Chamberlin, Neftali Feliz, and Daniel Bard experiments went with the respective clubs.

Cincinnati-Reds

Today’s article was prepared by Codey Harrison, MiLB Prospects Analyst. We would like your feedback, so please feel free to comment on the article below, and share in discussion with our readers.

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