Power Spike, Scouting Reports, Pitcher Lost, Projections, More

We’ll need to dig in far more on this within the weeks forward – I really like new gamers! – however I had an entire bunch of issues to I wished to the touch on right now after the Cubs acquired utility man Miles Mastrobuoni from the Rays yesterday…

  • One of the primary issues I wished to take a look at was Mastrobuoni’s enormous energy breakout in 2022 (16 homers after hitting simply 5 the 12 months earlier than). A video of one in every of his 2021 homers as in comparison with one in every of his 2022 homers exhibits me a man who elevated his weight switch a tonnnnnn:
  • I’m #NotAScout, however that appears fairly plain to me. What’s compelling is that he upped the load switch for extra energy, however his strikeout charge improved dramatically at Triple-A (simply 16.6% after being 25.9% the 12 months earlier than). I will likely be very to see extra dialogue about what precisely modified for him, and why the Rays weren’t essentially shopping for the facility growth themselves.
  • From Baseball America in late August: “Mastrobuoni impressed in 2021 together with his defensive versatility and his means to string collectively high quality at-bats. This 12 months, he began so as to add some energy to additional spherical out his sport. Mastrobuoni homered twice yesterday, which was his first two homer sport of his professional profession. He now has 12 dwelling runs this 12 months for Triple-A Durham, which is seven greater than his earlier profession excessive. A 12 months in the past, Mastrobuoni appeared like a savvy Rule 5 choose within the Rule 5 draft that by no means occurred. At this level, he appears a transparent roster addition candidate after hitting .292/.366/.447 whereas taking part in six positions.”
  • BA additionally had Mastrobuoni all the best way as much as quantity 20 in a really deep Rays system of their midseason rankings replace: “The Rays appear to concentrate on buying and creating versatile infielders who discover a approach to get to the majors with considerably modest instruments. Mastrobuoni appears to be the subsequent in line. He’s began at six completely different positions this 12 months for Triple-A Durham (seven should you depend DH), as first base and catcher are just about the one positions he cannot deal with. He’s restricted in his vary, however he has dependable palms and a stable understanding of what to do wherever he performs. At the plate, he is a contact hitter who would not chase out of the zone and would not miss if he will get a fastball in it. It’s extra of a line-drive swing than one geared for energy, however he tasks as a mean hitter with 5-10 dwelling run energy. Mastrobuoni will seemingly by no means be an MLB starter, but it surely’s additionally seemingly he’ll discover a approach to an MLB function.”
  • The Cubs had to surrender a legit pitching prospect in Alfredo Zarraga to get Mastrobuoni, although he was a roster squeeze, however I’m pondering I can see what the Cubs like right here. Plays all around the discipline, lefty bat, good pace, and *may* have taken a developmental step ahead this previous 12 months, with out getting an actual probability to point out it within the huge leagues. And he is bought minor league choices remaining.
  • Speaking of the commerce return, which was not insubstantial, I did not understand this about Zarraga:
  • Not positive what occurred, or if there may be any future impression there – a hand fracture can imply so many issues – however I’m wondering if it was a gentle issue within the Cubs being prepared to half with a man who was in any other case an enormous breakout contender this coming season.
  • Steamer tasks Mastrobuoni him for a .262/.330/.384/103 wRC+ slash within the huge leagues this 12 months, which might be completely stable from a bench man who can play throughout and runs the bases effectively. The Cubs want so as to add impression gamers, with out query. But they might additionally use guys like that.
  • Last factor for enjoyable? If you are a prospect nerd and the identify sounded acquainted, sure, a bit googling does recommend that Miles is the youthful brother of former Cubs catching prospect Marcus Mastrobuoni.

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