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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2018 edition
Lauer went 6 innings today allowing no runs and picked up his first MLB win! Congrats Eric.
05-06-2018 08:32 PM
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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2018 edition
It's probably a good time to start to look over the Kent alum in the pros as we near the midseason point:

* Travis Shaw (247/347/498) - In the top quarter of 3rd basemen in baseball, he continues to show good power and improved eye (SO rate continues to go down). His D is strong and the biggest problem this year is that lefties have chewed him up (OPS 523) much worse than they have in the past (career OPS vs. lefties of 717). He still have vastly exceeded all my expectations from what he did in the minors and is in the middle of a 10-year run where he will be a good and occasionally great starting 3B.

* Andrew Chafin (34G; 24.2 IP; 1.82 ERA) - Having a really good year. He's getting everyone out (lefties and righties); isn't giving up homeruns (0 this year) and keeping them still on the basepaths (2 SB this year in a double steal). He's basically Arizona's #3 reliever behind Bradley and Boxberger and I think will be a very good reliever for a long time. The biggest issue with Chafin has been the tendency to wear down as the season goes along and that's something to keep an eye on because he's pitching in a lot of games, if not a lot of innings.

* Taylor Williams (23G; 25.1 IP; 2.13 ERA) - He got to the Brewers pen very early in the year and has stuck. Mostly he's pitching low leverage innings in blowouts one way or another, but I've noticed that he is getting his walks under control (11 BBs in first 15 IP and 1 in the last 10.1 IP) while continuing to strike out batter like crazy (35 Ks in 25.1 IP). Now, the Brewers have a great pen, so it isn't likely that Williams will move up in his role this year unless there are injuries, but this season has been a really good indicator on the potential he has and he'd be on my short list of young players to try to get away from the Brewers in a trade.

* Eric Lauer (10 GS; 45 IP; 6.20 ERA) - Well, starting with getting rocks in Coors Field, it's been a rough rookie year for Lauer. His SO rate is ok, his BB/K rate is mediocre and he's giving up too many HRs. The BA on ball in play (BABIP is a massive 396). Now, on one hand, there is a school of thought that says pitchers can't control BABIP very much, so that mostly bad Padres D; there is another school of thought that says that's a ton of linedrives because he's leaving the ball where batters can hit it hard. My take is in between; he's not this bad, but he's not good yet or even average. Big picture though: he just turned 23 and he's got a great arm and the Pads aren't going anywhere and don't have better options for their rotation, so I still think Lauer's got a good future in front of him. He just needs to learn to pitch against this high of a level (after all, a year ago he's playing high A ball).

Next, the minors...
06-16-2018 03:30 PM
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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2018 edition
AA Time:

* Brian Clark (20 G, 31.2 IP; 4.26 ERA at AA). For reasons that aren't clear to me, Brian Clark has been playing for the White Sox' AA team after playing fairly well at AAA last year. I don't think the White Sox see much of a future in Clark, even though his performance has been solid throughout minors. Last year, when the Sox traded their bullpen at the trading deadline, he didn't get promoted. At the end of the year, he didn't get put on the 40 man roster and now he's at AA. The knock I've read on Clark is that he has pretty standard stuff, nothing special, but the results have been pretty good. I just wonder if he'll get a shot.

* John Fasola (15G; 21.0 IP; 3.43 ERA at AA). After missing last year due to Tommy John surgery, Fasola is back and picking pretty well at AA in the Ranger's organization. Fasola showed promise in 2016, so this year will be about reestablishing what he can do.

* David Lyon (released). I can't figure out what the Rangers were doing but they kept Lyon around at AA/AAA for the last two years without playing him. I can only assume they wanted a bullpen catcher/assistant pitching coach). He was released earlier this year.

* Anthony Gallas (retired). After smashing the American Association last year, Gallas decided to retire. At 30, a big league career wasn't likely to happen as he really only had AA-AAA talent (which is nothing to sneeze at). From what I can see, he took a job in California.
06-16-2018 06:57 PM
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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2018 edition
A ball:

Andy Ravel (18G, 29.2 IP, 3.64 ERA) - 2o17 was a disaster for Ravel, and he's been converted to a reliever where he has done much better, even earning a promotion up to high-A ball. His performance this year has been solid, but he needs to start moving up quickly or get passed by.

Luke Burch (302/357/359) - Rosa is old for his level (24), but starting the year at A ball and has been promoted to high A. He's currently playing RF, though he has played centerfield. It's been a pretty good year so far, but the key for Burch to have any sort of career is to get to AA quickly and so he will have to continue having a strong year.

Dylan Rosa (209/314/371) - He's at full season A ball and striking out like crazy (71 Ks in 196 ABs). At 21, there is time and he has shown some power, but wow, that's a lot of Ks.

Conner Simonetti - Was playing with the independent league Lake Erie Crushers, but he got released two weeks ago.

Patrick Dayton - Playing short season ball at State College (Lo-A).

Zach Willeman - Listed as on the DL for the Great Lake Loons of the Midwest League.

That covers everyone that is still active that I can see. I missed Emmanuel Burriss, who was listed as signing a minor league deal with the Angels during the off-season, but didn't seem to even make it to spring training.

For the newly drafted, Eli Kraus has signed and is with State College with Patrick Dayton. Joey Murray has signed and is with Vancouver and I can't find any info of Parks or Haverkost.
06-17-2018 05:56 PM
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Parks is staying for his senior year according to twitter.
06-17-2018 07:59 PM
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(06-17-2018 07:59 PM)ilovegymnast Wrote:  Parks is staying for his senior year according to twitter.

Good for Kent and hopefully good for Parks. Any word on Haverkost?
06-17-2018 08:10 PM
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Not to keep referring to twitter, which I am terrible at using, but Havekost updated his account to show he is a pitcher in Toronto's system. I would assume by that update he is going to or has already signed the contract.
06-18-2018 10:03 PM
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Yep, Havekost signed with the Jays and was assigned to Bluefield. From what I saw, Joey Murray got slot money, so $169K. I have no idea what Havekost got, but I would guess it would be $100K.
06-20-2018 08:51 PM
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With Travis Shaw in Milwaukee, the Brewers traded for 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas a few days ago, so Travis has been playing 2B
08-03-2018 11:56 AM
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