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Mike Yastrzemski San Francisco Giants

The members of the two-or-more-homers club yesterday.

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Mike Yastrzemski* (SFG): 3-6, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Kevin Pillar* (SFG): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Wilmer Flores (ARI): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

* pictured (at Baseball-Reference)

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Trevor Gott San Francisco Giants

Peter and I had him active in the PCL yesterday, which is to say even blind Oracles...

San Francisco Giants — Will Smith came in to protect a two-run lead in the 10th inning, but blew the save after giving up a pair of solo homers. When the Giants retook the lead in the 11th, Smith came on try again, but ran out of gas after his 35th pitch, leaving the last out for Trevor Gott. Gott induced a groundout to earn his first career save. Gott normally doesn’t feature in the late innings for San Francisco. 

Hierarchy remains: Smith | Watson | Moronta.


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Andrew Benintendi Boston Red Sox

Peter Gammons writing for The Athletic:

... To begin, Benintendi did not play baseball as a showcase kid. Growing up outside Cincinnati, in Madeira, Ohio, he was a baseball and basketball player, very good at both, a center fielder and a point guard who could really shoot. He played for the Midland Redskins, which produced stars like Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin and Zack Greinke. “It was about playing, having fun and winning,” says Benintendi. “It was baseball first in the summers, but basketball was a big part of my high school years.” He was the 2011-12 Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year, leading Madeira High in points and three-pointers...

When the Red Sox got to St. Petersburg after the All-Star break, Benintendi had his .271/.346/.411/.757 slash with 10 homers since last July, in what amounted to a season. “There were times when I was trying to make adjustments, times when I know I looked confused,” he says. “I thought about using the park and going the other way more consistently. There were times when I was thinking about hitting more home runs. Sometimes taking more pitches, sometimes being more aggressive.”

What Red Sox hitting coaches Tim Hyers and Andy Barkett homed in on was what they called a “quick hip.” They felt he was opening up the hip and jumping out too early, which cost him the link between his feet to his hips to his hands, and the natural body flow of his swing. They appreciated that this is easier to correct in theory than in practice.

“All of a sudden, it clicked there (in that last game) in Tampa,” says Barkett. “From then on, the swing has been one connected action.”

“I feel as if I have rediscovered my balance,” says Benintendi. “I’m able to drive the ball to all fields, use the park and still pull off-speed pitches. I’m really starting to feel comfortable.”

Going into last weekend’s series with the Angels, since Benintendi reached the locked hip swing, he was hitting .400 with a 1.153 OPS and four homers. In the 10 games at Fenway, he was hitting.465 with a 1.349 OPS, two balls on the left field wall, one off the center field wall, one homer into the Monster seats. Over the weekend, he was 3-for-10 and reached base five times in 13 plate appearances...

There is a treacherous transition facing ownership and the front office. If Benintendi, in what will be his age-25 season next year, becomes a consistent .905-1.000 OPS center fielder playing Fenway, then he is a chip in the reconfiguration of the post-2018 team. This season, Bogaerts is 1.143 at Fenway, Devers .941, Martinez .918, Betts .930. After Wednesday’s postponed 4-4, 10-inning game with the Royals, Benintendi was .903.

Hyers and Barkett see someone who is ready to be a major contributor.

“Everyone is different,” Benintendi says. “I hope I’m ready to be who I always hoped I could be.”

theathletic.com

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Ronald Acuna Atlanta Braves

Heresy... Is it possible Mike Trout has a rival?

Ronald Acuna (OF) ATL - Aug. 16

Acuna went 1-for-4 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He not only hit a homer of his own, Acuna robbed J.D. Davis of one with a leaping grab over the left-field wall in the sixth inning. The 21-year-old now has an incredible 10 home runs through 14 games in August to go with a .355/.403/.871 slash line, three steals, 19 runs and 19 RBI.

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Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

Joins the club.  Is he the fastest ever?

I allocated my remaning FAAB $$ between him and Grisham (with more to Grisham) two weeks ago.  I won Grisham by 1$, and lost Aquino by $1.  I could be crying for years.

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Ty France San Diego Padres

Back in the show, reportedly to be tried at 2B with Urias sliding to Tatis' SS spot.  

RICHARD PUSZCZEWICZ SandCrab
Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox

Leading the league in hits, doubles, RBI, total bases, and caught stealing.  Last year's sophomore slump be damned.  He's been everything he was supposed to be.  He's not going to get to Earl Webb's record, but he could get into the high-50s in doubles, which would be really cool.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Looks like we will need page for Logan Webb brought up from depths ...

Source: Giants’ top pitching prospect to make major league debut SF Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb will make his major league debut on Saturday in Arizona

Webb, 22, began the season with Double-A Richmond and made five starts before receiving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. 

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego Padres
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Billy Hamilton Atlanta Braves

DFA

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Ian Kinsler San Diego Padres

Bids here were (now) obviously too high ... now he's on the IL ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Avisail Garcia Tampa Bay Rays

Clearly the valuation guy at BHQ plays in 4x4.

In the Friday newsletter:

Rays | Avisail Garcia on injured list

Tampa Bay Rays OF Avisail Garcia (oblique) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Aug. 14, because of a right oblique strain. The team also recalled RP Jose De Leon from Class AAA Durham. Source: MLB.com

BHQ take: Garcia has only had one season (2015) since 2013 in which he did not spend time on the IL, and so heads there now in 2019 with the oblique strain. Statistically, 2019 has been his second-best season to date; earning $20 in rotisserie value with 17 HR, nine steals, and a .278 BA. He is currently estimated to miss 10-14 days, and the Rays bench players listed below are expected to pick up the playing time slack during the period. De Leon has not pitched in the majors since his 2018 Tommy John surgery, and is expected to work in the early-to-middle innings when needed. —Matt Dodge

Another pitch (here) for First Pitch Arizona:

https://www.baseballhq.com/first-pitch-arizona

Alex Patton Alex
Aristides Aquino Cincinnati Reds

He didn't hit a HR last night.

I thought that was noteworthy.

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Jared Hughes Philadelphia Phillies

How is it that he found his way on waivers all the way to Philly? He throws strikes and gets grounders: just what you need at some point in almost every game.

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Joel Kuhnel Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds — Jared Hughes was claimed off waivers by the Phillies, ending his tenure in Cincinnati. The Reds then called up highly touted youngster Joel Kuhnel, who has triple-digit heat and “the potential to be a power arm in the back end of the bullpen,” according to manager David Bell.

Hierarchy remains: Iglesias | Lorenzen | Garrett.

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Matt Olson Oakland Athletics

Lots of members if the two-homer club yesterday.

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Carlos Santana* (CLE): 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R

Jose Ramirez* (CLE): 2-3, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R

Michael Brantley* (HOU): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Matt Chapman (OAK): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Josh Donaldson (ATL): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Matt Olson (OAK): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Freddie Freeman (ATL): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jose Abreu (CHW): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Carlos Correa (HOU): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

Is that a record? Probably not even close. But it might be a record for a day when there were only ten games on the slate.

Alex Patton Alex
Juan Soto Washington Nationals

I don't understand why no MLB team has hired him. Has he had offers that he's declined?

I'm guessing Howard means The Athletic.

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Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

Yes, hence my "triple crown" comment a few days back.  His "combined year" including AAA is better than Trout or Yelich.  Minute Maid is positively electric when he comes to the plate.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Is this rookie having best start to career ever?

... if Alvarez is in the lineup, it will be his 50th MLB game. It also will cap what might be the best 50-game debut by a hitter in at least the past 80 years.

That’s a strong statement, but through 49 games, Alvarez owns a .339/.422/.694 slash line, which produces a park-adjusted wRC+ of 190 (90% better than league average). He has bashed 14 doubles and 17 homers, while driving in 52 runs.


Howard Lynch LynchMob
Dom Nunez Colorado Rockies

Updated. Dom slashed .244/.362/.559 at Albuquerque. In his minor league career (1968 AB) he's slashed .242/.338/.405. The combination of the PCL and the major league baseball led to 17 HR in 213 AB after hitting 9 in 324 last year in the Eastern League.

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