Cubs Not Giants Sign Eddy Julio Martinez

October 9th, 2015

It was reported a couple days ago the Giants had signed Cuban Eddy Julio Martinez for $2.5 million pending a physical. A day later the Giants stated they had not signed the Cuban and the world waited. That is one of the risks of announcing a signing when a contract has not been finalized.

The Cubs took advantage, offering Martinez a $3 million bonus and he has now agreed to sign with the Cubs, unless another team enters the fray and offers him a higher bonus before he actually signs the contract. The Cubs like the Giants are over their international cap space and will have to pay a $3 million penalty for the signing. That makes the payment actually $6 million, with the other $3 million going to the commissioners office.

Japan Premier 12 Roster

October 9th, 2015

It is a pretty strong roster filled with some of the best players in the NPB. It should be able to easily handle a United States team composed of minor league players not on a 40 man roster and would have to be the favorites to win the tournament, as they have won two of the three World Baseball Classics. A win at the Premier 12 should vault them into the number one spot in the baseball rankings, especially if the United States does not have a good showing. The last WBC winner the Dominican Republic will have a number of their players unable to play because they are on the major league 40 man rosters.

Pitchers - Shota Takeda (Hawks), Hirotoshi Masui (Fighters), Shohei Otani (Fighters), Kazuhisa Makita (Lions), Yuki Nishi (Buffaloes), Takahiro Norimoto (Eagles), Yuki Matsui (Eagles), Hirokazu Sawamura (Giants), Tomoyuki Sugano (Giants), Shintaro Fujinami (Tigers), Kenta Maeda (Carp), Yudai Ono (Dragons), Yasuaki Yamasaki (Bay Stars)

Catchers - Ginjiro Sumitani (Lions), Motohiro Shima (Eagles), Yuhei Nakamura (Swallows)

Infielders - Nobuhiro Matsuda (Hawks), Sho Nakata (Fighters), Takuya Nakashima (Fighters), Takeya Nakamura (Lions), Shingo Kawabata (Swallows), Tetsuto Yamada (Swallows), Hayato Sakamoto (Giants)

Outfielders - Seiichi Uchikawa (Hawks), Yuki Yanagita (Hawks), Shogo Akiyama (Lions), Ryosuke Hirata (Dragons), Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Bay Stars

The Hawks, Fighters and Lions have the most players on the 28 man roster with four each. The Marines failed to have any player make the 28 man roster.

Prospects Impacting the Playoffs

October 9th, 2015

With the shutout victories by the Cubs and Astros over the Pirates and Yankees, all eight teams left in the playoffs have had at least one player rated in myworld’s 2015 top 100 prospects filling their roster and making an impact in the playoffs. Of the 10 teams who appeared in the playoffs seven of them finished in the top 11 of teams who had the best farm teams. The Yankees, Royals and Cardinals are the three teams who fell out of the top ten. Of those three teams the Cardinals and the Royals were listed in the top ten in 2014. Below are the names of the top 100 prospects of each of the eight remaining teams in the playoffs who have made a contribution to the playoffs.

Chicago Cubs

Kris Bryant 3B - He was rated as the top prospect entering the 2015 season. He has not disappointed hitting in the middle of the order to drive in runs. He is one of the favorites to win the Rookie of the Year Award.

Addison Russell SS - He was the fourth rated player on the 2015 list. When he was first promoted he played second base, but with the slump of Starling Castro he became the Cubs starting shortstop. Castro eventually moved to second base. Russell solidifies the infield from a defensive standpoint. He and Bryant will make the Cubs playoff contenders for many years to come filling the left side of the infield.

Kyle Schwarber LF/C - He has provided the Cubs some big time bop in the lineup. His defense is not that strong behind the plate or in left field, but his bat more than makes up for his defensive inefficiencies. He hit a big homerun in the Cubs wild card playoff win over the Pirates. Expect him to settle in left field.

Houston Astros

Carlos Correa SS - He was rated third on the list. An injury to Jed Lowries forced the Astros to call him up earlier than they expected. The midseason callup has given the Astros the push to make it into the playoffs. Once Jed Lowries became healthy the Astros moved him to third. Carlos is the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award.

Domingo Santana OF - He was one of the players traded to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez, who has fit in centerfield for the Astros. So while he has not contributed himself to the Astros championship run, they may not have made the playoffs without having him to make the Carlos Gomez acquisition.

Texas Rangers

Jorge Alfaro C - One of the players included in the trade to acquire Cole Hamels, who is now the ace of the Rangers staff as they head into the playoffs.

Jake Thompson RHP - Another player traded to the Phillies for Cole Hamels. The previous year he was a Tiger traded to the Rangers to acquire Joaquin Soria in the Tigers playoff run of 2014.

Alex Gonzalez RHP - Referred to as Chi Chi injuries forced him into the starting rotation where he has made ten starts and four relief appearances.

Nick Williams OF - The number 100 prospect on this list he was the third player traded to the Phillies for Cole Hamels.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Corey Seager SS - An injury to Jimmy Rollins forced the Dodgers to call up the younger brother of Kyle earlier than they expected. With Rollins healthy the Dodgers are trying to find ways to get his bat in the lineup, including putting him at third and short, where Corey is a more productive hitter than their current alternatives. Seager was the fifth rated prospect on the top 100 list.

Joc Pederson OF - He has had his struggles hitting for average, but he has solidified the centerfield position from a defensive standpoint. He has taken his share of walks and hit for power but his batting average has been something the Dodgers would like to see improved next year. Too many swings and misses in his at bats.

New York Mets

Noah Sydergaard RHP - They call him Thor and outside of Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom he may be one of the best pitchers in the starting rotation. He will fill the back end of the rotation in the playoffs.

Kevin Plawecki C - Injuries to Travis d’Arnaud have left the Mets short at catcher. Kevin has stepped in and filled the position well while Travis is on the mend.

Steven Matz RHP - Another rookie to fill the Mets starting rotation. Injuries have limited his impact but his success has put him on the playoff roster.

Michael Conforto OF - The Mets would not have made the playoffs without his power production in the outfield. Prior to his promotion the Mets were one of the weakest hitting teams in the National League. After his promotion and the trade to acquire Yoenis Cespedes they have one of the strongest offenses in the National league.

Toronto Blue Jays

Daniel Norris RHP - He was one of the players traded so the Blue Jays could acquire David Price, who has become the ace in their rotation.

Aaron Sanchez RHP - Last year he made his contributions in the bullpen. This year he has gotten 11 starts in the rotation, including 30 appearances in the bullpen.

Dalton Pompey OF - He started the season for the Blue Jays in the outfield but a lack of offense saw a demotion to the minors. While he has not made a big contribution, he did see significant centerfield time for the Blue Jays.

Jeff Hoffman RHP - He was one of the many prospects the Blue Jays sent to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitski.

Kansas City Royals

Sean Manaea LHP - He was one of the pitchers traded to the Athletics for super utility man Ben Zobrist.

Brandon Finnegan LHP - He was one of three lefthanders traded to the Reds for ace Johnny Cueto. While Cueto has had his struggles during the regular season for the Royals he should make an impact in the playoffs.

St Louis Cardinals

Stephen Piscotty OF/1B - Injuries to Matt Holiday and Matt Adams has given Piscotty a number of opportunities to prove himself. Now with both healthy the Cardinals will try to find opportunities to get his .300 bat in the lineup.

Chinatrust Brothers Win Second Half

October 8th, 2015

The Chinatrust Brothers won the second half of the CPBL. They will face the LaMiga Monkeys who won the first half. It will be a rematch of the championship series of last year, won by the Monkeys. The two teams will face each other in a best of seven series next week.

Heroes Advance with Wild Card Win

October 7th, 2015

The Heroes only had to win one game to advance in the fourth versus fifth place wild card game. The SK Wyverns took the lead in the top of the 11th after a strikeout and passed ball allowed the go ahead run to score to give them a 4-3 lead. The Heroes came back in the bottom frame when Min-Sung Kim and Brad Snyder led off the inning with back to back doubles to tie the game. An intentional walk and a second walk loaded the bases with two out when a routine popup by the pitcher’s mound was dropped by the shortstop to allow the winning run to score.

The Heroes took advantage of walks in the opener off Wyverns ace Kwang-Hyun Kim after three walks and a sacrifice fly scored the first run of the game in the opening frame. The Wyverns tied it in the fifth after a solo homerun by Andrew Brown. Two more runs were scored after an RBI triple by Joo-Hwan Na, who scampered home after the throw to third hit him.

The Heroes tied it in the seventh getting their own RBI triple by Jong-Wook Ko. Ko later scored after a ground out to first.

Korea Roster for Pemier 12

October 7th, 2015

The major leagues will not allow players on 40 man roster from playing in the Premier 12. Korea has no problems with having players on their KBO teams from participating. Byung Ho Park, the homerun leader in the KBO will be participating. Pitcher Kwang-Hyu Kim, who could not find a major league team to express interest in him at his asking price will also be participating. The Hanshin Tigers Seung-Hwan Oh who is tied for first in the Central League in saves with 41 is unable to play because of a thigh injury.

Pitchers: Sung-Hwan Yoon (Lions), Dae-Eun Rhee (Marines -NPB), Tae-Yang Lee (Dinos), Kyu-Min Woo (Twins), Woo-Chan Cha (Lions), Kwang-Hyun Kim (Wyverns), Ji-Man Ahn (Lions), Sang-Woo Choo (Heroes), Moo-Keun Jo (Wizards), Chang-Yong Lim (Lions), Tae-Hyon Chong (Giants), Woo-Ram Jung (Wyverns), Hyun-Seong Lee (Bears)

Catchers - Eui-Ji Yang (Bears), Min-Ho Kang (Giants)

Infielders - Byung-Ho Park (Heroes), Dae-Ho Lee (Hawks - NPB), Keun-Woo Jung (Eagles), Jae-Wan Oh (Bears), Suk-Min Park (Lions), Jae-Gyun Hwang (Giants), Sang-Soo Kim (Lions), Jae-Ho Kim (Bears)

Outfielders - Byung-Heon Min (Bears), Sung-Bum Na (Bears), Hyun-Soo Kim (Bears), Ah-Seop Son (Giants), Yong-Kyu Lee (Eagles)

2016 Baseball World Cups

October 7th, 2015

It appears that different cities in Taiwan, Japan and Mexico host the baseball World Cups. In 2016 the under 15 will be held in Fukushima, Japan from July 29 to August 7. The under 21 will be held in Sinaloa, Mexico at the 20,000 seated stadium of the Culiacan Tomateros from June 17-26.

The women’s World Cup will be held in Gijang City, South Korea from September 3-11. The tournament will be expanded from eight teams to 12.

Heidenheim German Baseball Champion

October 5th, 2015

The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe won game 5 of the German baseball championships 8-7 over the Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg. The game was played in front of 2,500, a sell out for the Armin Wolf Arena.

The score was only 1-0 after six innings. The pitcher’s duel became a slugfest in the last three innings with Aaron Dunsmore slapping the game winning hit in a three run top of the ninth to give Heidenheim the win. Luke Sommer, who flew over from the United States to pitch in game five retired Buchbinder in the bottom of the ninth to close out the victory.

Buchbinder had made a comeback of their own after trailing 4-0. Philipp Howard slugged a three run homerun in a five run bottom of the seventh to give Buchbinder the lead 5-4. After Heidenheim tied it in the top of the eighth on a solo homerun from Simon Guehring Buchbinder rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-5. Guehring and last year’s top hitter Sascha Lutz had RBI singles to tie the game 7-7 before the Dunsmore single to win it.

Guehring was named the MVP of the series. Peter Sikaras won best pitcher after pitching six shutout innings in the final. He tired in the seventh and coughed up five runs. Ludwig Glaser was voted the best hitter.

Buchbinder had won four years in a row from 2010 to 2013. Last year Heidenheim lost to the Solingen Alligators in the final. This year they won the championship, their second championship in team history, their first occurring in 2009.

Giants Sign Cuban Outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez

October 5th, 2015

Last year the Giants signed a Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell to a major league contract for $1.4 million. The 6′3″ outfielder could run well but there were questions about his bat. In the short season rookie leagues Carbonell hit well batting over .300 at three different levels, including a brief stint in the California League. The 2015 season was not so friendly. Carbonell struggled at AA hitting only .146 with a 4/53 walk to whiff ratio. That improved a bit when he was demoted to High A where he hit .279, but the Giants ultimately designated him from the 40-man roster and no team was fond enough of his skills to claim him.

If at first you do not succeed try, try and try again. The Giants signed another Cuban outfielder, this time to a minor league contract for $2.5 million. Eddy Julio Martinez is three years younger than Carbonell, doesn’t run as well, but has a better bat. There is some question whether this bat will just hit the gaps, or provide enough power to carry over the fences. If the ball can’t leave the park Martinez could end up at best a fourth outfielder. He lacks the ideal speed to play in the middle of the diamond, so he needs to show the pop to play the corners. Myworld does not see a lot of return on him.

Korean Playoff Participants Decided

October 4th, 2015

The KBO has established their playoff participants. The wild card match between the fourth and fifth place teams will be between the SK Wyverns and Nexen Heroes in a best two out of three. All the games will be played at the Heroes park, with the Heroes leading the series before a games are played 1-0.

The winner of the best two out of three will play the third place team Doosan Bears in a best of five series. The winner of that series will play the second place team the NC Dinos in a best of five. The winner of that series will finally play the Samsung Lions in a best of seven.

The Lions have won five consecutive KBO titles, a feat not accomplished by any other team in KBO history. They have shown waiting for their opponent is not a hindrance as they have also won four consecutive championships. They will have to wait a little longer this year as the wild card battle between the fourth and fifth place teams is a new addition.