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Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2017 Edition
Another thread to cover the Kent alum:

* Travis Shaw is slated to be the starting 3B of the Brewers. He's had a great spring and the Brewers lost 2B Scooter Gennett, who was the one guy who could have stepped into the lineup (the Brewers would move Perez from 2B to 3B), so the team is committed to Shaw. As far as what to expect, Shaw proved he could handle himself defensively at third, but pitchers found ways to exploit his long swing last year. Shaw is a smart guy who seems to think about hitting 24/7, so I expect him to make some adjustments and be close to average this year, which will suit the Brewers just fine.

* Andrew Chafin made the Diamondbacks as the last guy in the bullpen, in part because the Dbacks wanted a second lefthander. Despite compliments from the manager on how his pitches have come along in the spring, his spring training performance has been kind of rough, include giving up some extra base hits that he normally doesn't. That said, it is spring training. Personally, I think last year was a bit of an aberration (he gave up far too many runs given the rest of his stat line and was generally awesome when he pitched in the minors), so if the injury bug has cleared up (a big fear), I expect Chafin to return to where he was in 2015 and be a very good relief pitcher.

At this point, I don't think any other Kent players are close to making big league clubs. Emmanuel Burriss was reassigned and I expect he'll be at AAA for the Senators. Brian Clark pitched well for the White Sox in spring training and I think has moved considerably up the prospect list to the point where I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the bigs this year.
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(04-02-2017 12:22 PM)bopol Wrote:  Another thread to cover the Kent alum:

* Travis Shaw is slated to be the starting 3B of the Brewers. He's had a great spring and the Brewers lost 2B Scooter Gennett, who was the one guy who could have stepped into the lineup (the Brewers would move Perez from 2B to 3B), so the team is committed to Shaw. As far as what to expect, Shaw proved he could handle himself defensively at third, but pitchers found ways to exploit his long swing last year. Shaw is a smart guy who seems to think about hitting 24/7, so I expect him to make some adjustments and be close to average this year, which will suit the Brewers just fine.

* Andrew Chafin made the Diamondbacks as the last guy in the bullpen, in part because the Dbacks wanted a second lefthander. Despite compliments from the manager on how his pitches have come along in the spring, his spring training performance has been kind of rough, include giving up some extra base hits that he normally doesn't. That said, it is spring training. Personally, I think last year was a bit of an aberration (he gave up far too many runs given the rest of his stat line and was generally awesome when he pitched in the minors), so if the injury bug has cleared up (a big fear), I expect Chafin to return to where he was in 2015 and be a very good relief pitcher.

At this point, I don't think any other Kent players are close to making big league clubs. Emmanuel Burriss was reassigned and I expect he'll be at AAA for the Senators. Brian Clark pitched well for the White Sox in spring training and I think has moved considerably up the prospect list to the point where I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the bigs this year.
Thanks for the updates Bopol - any news on Lauer's progress in Padres system?
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(04-02-2017 12:36 PM)OLNWFLSH Wrote:  Thanks for the updates Bopol - any news on Lauer's progress in Padres system?

Lauer is slated to start the year in the Padre's high-A club. I expect he'll be fine there (top college pitching prospects tend to do fine at high-A) and then he'll get to AA and we'll get a good sense of his potential as a prospect.
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(04-02-2017 01:02 PM)bopol Wrote:  
(04-02-2017 12:36 PM)OLNWFLSH Wrote:  Thanks for the updates Bopol - any news on Lauer's progress in Padres system?

Lauer is slated to start the year in the Padre's high-A club. I expect he'll be fine there (top college pitching prospects tend to do fine at high-A) and then he'll get to AA and we'll get a good sense of his potential as a prospect.
Thanks - does that mean the Fort Wayne Tincaps? If you haven't been there they have a really nice stadium, if he's there I will definitely make a game - not too far for me.
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(04-02-2017 01:24 PM)OLNWFLSH Wrote:  
(04-02-2017 01:02 PM)bopol Wrote:  
(04-02-2017 12:36 PM)OLNWFLSH Wrote:  Thanks for the updates Bopol - any news on Lauer's progress in Padres system?

Lauer is slated to start the year in the Padre's high-A club. I expect he'll be fine there (top college pitching prospects tend to do fine at high-A) and then he'll get to AA and we'll get a good sense of his potential as a prospect.
Thanks - does that mean the Fort Wayne Tincaps? If you haven't been there they have a really nice stadium, if he's there I will definitely make a game - not too far for me.

Lake Elsinore in the California League. Fort Wayne is regular A ball; not high A.
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(04-02-2017 01:28 PM)bopol Wrote:  
(04-02-2017 01:24 PM)OLNWFLSH Wrote:  
(04-02-2017 01:02 PM)bopol Wrote:  
(04-02-2017 12:36 PM)OLNWFLSH Wrote:  Thanks for the updates Bopol - any news on Lauer's progress in Padres system?

Lauer is slated to start the year in the Padre's high-A club. I expect he'll be fine there (top college pitching prospects tend to do fine at high-A) and then he'll get to AA and we'll get a good sense of his potential as a prospect.
Thanks - does that mean the Fort Wayne Tincaps? If you haven't been there they have a really nice stadium, if he's there I will definitely make a game - not too far for me.

Lake Elsinore in the California League. Fort Wayne is regular A ball; not high A.
Thanks too bad
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(04-02-2017 12:22 PM)bopol Wrote:  * Travis Shaw is slated to be the starting 3B of the Brewers. He's had a great spring and the Brewers lost 2B Scooter Gennett, who was the one guy who could have stepped into the lineup (the Brewers would move Perez from 2B to 3B), so the team is committed to Shaw. As far as what to expect, Shaw proved he could handle himself defensively at third, but pitchers found ways to exploit his long swing last year. Shaw is a smart guy who seems to think about hitting 24/7, so I expect him to make some adjustments and be close to average this year, which will suit the Brewers just fine.

The Brewers will be interesting to watch for Kent/Indians fans this year. I'm intrigued to see what Shaw does without being saddled with a platoon or constantly having to worry that a cold stretch will land him on the bench.

Their first base situation is intriguing too. They brought Eric Thames in on a three year deal to start at first after he spent the last few years in Korea. Then they claimed Jesus Aguilar on waivers from the Indians and he basically forced them to keep him on the active roster in camp. He just missed out on the spring training triple crown hitting .452 (1st), 7 HR (3rd), and 19 RBI (3rd) and they started toying around with playing Thames in the outfield. I always really liked Aguilar's upside with the Indians but obviously he was never going to get a chance once Encarnacion signed. It'll be interesting to see what he can do if he's given an opportunity to play every day.
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(04-02-2017 11:51 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  The Brewers will be interesting to watch for Kent/Indians fans this year. I'm intrigued to see what Shaw does without being saddled with a platoon or constantly having to worry that a cold stretch will land him on the bench.

Their first base situation is intriguing too. They brought Eric Thames in on a three year deal to start at first after he spent the last few years in Korea. Then they claimed Jesus Aguilar on waivers from the Indians and he basically forced them to keep him on the active roster in camp. He just missed out on the spring training triple crown hitting .452 (1st), 7 HR (3rd), and 19 RBI (3rd) and they started toying around with playing Thames in the outfield. I always really liked Aguilar's upside with the Indians but obviously he was never going to get a chance once Encarnacion signed. It'll be interesting to see what he can do if he's given an opportunity to play every day.

I think Shaw handled his slump and subsequent benching poorly. Honestly, John Farrell (his manager in Boston) really liked him, so he wasn't screwing with him, he just didn't hit after a certain point last year and, with Boston in the playoff contention, they felt they had to do something at third to get some offense. The Brewers won't be in contention for anything, so Shaw will get a very fair chance. Honestly, he has vastly exceeded my expectations from a few years ago so I am hesitant to bet against his success.

For Aguilar, he really struck me as a "quadruple A" type. He is good enough to be in the bigs, but probably would be in the bottom quarter of regulars if given a chance. I'd be really surprised if he turns into something. For Thames, he did cream the ball in Korea, but I have no idea how to translate performance in Korea to the big leagues.
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(04-03-2017 01:13 AM)bopol Wrote:  
(04-02-2017 11:51 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  The Brewers will be interesting to watch for Kent/Indians fans this year. I'm intrigued to see what Shaw does without being saddled with a platoon or constantly having to worry that a cold stretch will land him on the bench.

Their first base situation is intriguing too. They brought Eric Thames in on a three year deal to start at first after he spent the last few years in Korea. Then they claimed Jesus Aguilar on waivers from the Indians and he basically forced them to keep him on the active roster in camp. He just missed out on the spring training triple crown hitting .452 (1st), 7 HR (3rd), and 19 RBI (3rd) and they started toying around with playing Thames in the outfield. I always really liked Aguilar's upside with the Indians but obviously he was never going to get a chance once Encarnacion signed. It'll be interesting to see what he can do if he's given an opportunity to play every day.

I think Shaw handled his slump and subsequent benching poorly. Honestly, John Farrell (his manager in Boston) really liked him, so he wasn't screwing with him, he just didn't hit after a certain point last year and, with Boston in the playoff contention, they felt they had to do something at third to get some offense. The Brewers won't be in contention for anything, so Shaw will get a very fair chance. Honestly, he has vastly exceeded my expectations from a few years ago so I am hesitant to bet against his success.

For Aguilar, he really struck me as a "quadruple A" type. He is good enough to be in the bigs, but probably would be in the bottom quarter of regulars if given a chance. I'd be really surprised if he turns into something. For Thames, he did cream the ball in Korea, but I have no idea how to translate performance in Korea to the big leagues.

Definitely could be a quad a guy. He never got a chance to get everyday at bats in Cleveland though so it's tough to really judge him off his big league time so far.
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(04-03-2017 06:55 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Definitely could be a quad a guy. He never got a chance to get everyday at bats in Cleveland though so it's tough to really judge him off his big league time so far.

No, but 272/348/454 in 1500 AAA ABs doesn't suggest future starting major league 1st baseman to me.

Shaw doubled twice in four at-bats today.

Chafin pitched one inning yesterday, giving up a solo homerun (WTF?).
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