Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Sunday’s Notable Call-Ups
Yesterday (Sunday) represented the first day of roster expansion in the league, a period which is often accompanied by a considerable number of promotions for minor leaguers. Below is a haphazardly constructed of four notable players recalled on the first day of September.
Player: Dellin Betances, RHP, New York AL (Link)
Stats: 84.0 IP, 11.57 K/9, 4.50 BB/9, 0.21 HR/9, 2.69 FIP at Triple-A
Notes: Formerly considered one the Yankees’ top prospects, Betances has been relegated to a relief role at this point — a capacity in which he’s flourished. After a difficult appearance in his major-league debut (box), Betances threw a reasonable third of an inning yesterday (box).
Player: Nick Castellanos, OF, Detroit (Link)
Stats: 595 PA, .276/.343/.450 (.307 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Castellanos was ranked 21st overall on Marc Hulet’s top-100 prospect list this preseason, and at roughly the same place on Hulet’s midseason list. His line at Toledo — not just the slash stats, but also the walk and strikeout ratios (9.1% BB, 16.8% K) — is entirely impressive for a 21-year-old at Triple-A.
Player: Michael Choice, OF, Oakland (Link)
Stats: 600 PA, .302/.390/.445 (.358 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Selected 10th overall by Oakland in 2010 out of UT-Arlington, Choice has demonstrated an excellent combination of power and control of the strike zone over his minor-league career. Historically a center fielder, the 23-year-old has played all three outfield positions about equally in 2013 with Sacramento.
Player: J.R. Murphy, C, New York AL (Link)
Stats: 257 PA, .270/.342/.430 (.304 BABIP) at Triple-A
Notes: Absent from preseason prospect lists, the 22-year-old Murphy demonstrated excellent control of the plate both at Double- and Triple-A, recording walk and strikeout rates of 10.0% and 15.6%, respectively. After playing a bit of third base previously, Murphy has focused on catcher exclusively this season.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
San Francisco at San Diego | 15:40 ET
Barry Zito (124.0 IP, 128 xFIP-, -0.5 WAR) faces Ian Kennedy (153.2 IP, 116 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). The crowd going wild may or may not be the sound one hears.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.
Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.5.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Jose Quintana||CHA||5||1||4||2||5||NYA||Phil Hughes||13:05|
|D. Matsuzaka*||NYN||5||7||5||8||4||ATL||Paul Maholm||13:10|
|A. Wainwright||STL||9||3||7||3||8||CIN||Mat Latos||13:10|
|Doug Fister||DET||7||7||7||9||7||BOS||John Lackey||13:35|
|Andrew Albers||MIN||3||3||3||4||3||HOU||Paul Clemens*||14:10|
|Charlie Morton||PIT||6||6||5||3||3||MIL||T. Thornburg*||14:10|
|F. Hernandez||SEA||9||4||8||9||8||KC||Danny Duffy*||14:10|
|H. Alvarez||MIA||6||1||4||4||3||CHN||Travis Wood||14:20|
|Barry Zito||SF||3||4||3||5||3||SD||Ian Kennedy||15:40|
|Bud Norris||BAL||3||9||6||7||8||CLE||J. Masterson||16:05|
|Derek Holland||TEX||8||4||6||7||5||OAK||Dan Straily||16:05|
|C. Kershaw||LAN||10||4||6||7||2||COL||Chad Bettis||16:10|
|Esmil Rogers||TOR||5||5||5||3||6||AZ||B. McCarthy||16:10|
|St. Strasburg||WAS||10||3||7||0||8||PHI||Cole Hamels||19:05|
|Chris Archer||TB||5||10||7||8||8||LAA||G. Richards||21:05|
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