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We're just days away from the start of spring training, so it's time to get this thread up & running for the season.  Here's quick rundown of how things look going into 2019 from a Major League perspective:

 

The returners:

-Jake Arrieta (Phillies) - NBC calls Arrieta a bounce-back candidate for 2019, but warns not to expect that he'll be all the way back to his Cy Young form of years' past.

 

-Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) - After a season that saw him either struggling or red hot at various times in 2018, it's no surprise that Carp is looking for more consistency this year. 

 

-Andrew Cashner (Orioles) - Considered one of the few locks for the O's rotation, Cashner is optimistic about his reunion with pitching coach Doug Brocail after the pair worked together in making him an 11-game winner with the Rangers in 2017.

 

-Bryan Holaday (Marlins) - he was released & then re-signed by the Marlins on a minor league contract, but will be part of their Big League camp and may even have a chance of more playing time this year with starter J.T. Realmuto still on the trade block.

 

Other Candidates:

-Riley Ferrell (Marlins) - He was selected in the Rule 5 draft back in December, which means the Marlins must keep him on their Big League roster for all of 2019 or else give him back to the Astros.  He was pretty hot & cold last year at Double- and Triple-A, but his potential makes him a candidate to play a significant role in a Miami bullpen looking to recover from a rough 2018.

 

-Kevin Cron (Diamondbacks) - He simply tore up Triple-A pitching last season (.309, 22 HR, 97 and a .921 OPS), and Paul Goldschmidt's departure to St. Louis leaves a giant opening at 1B in Phoenix.  The D'Backs put Cron on their 40-man roster to shield him from the Rule 5 draft and have invited him to Big League camp.  In the event that he plays all or part of 2019 at Triple-A Reno, he'll be playing for his Dad - who was hired as the Ace's new manager.

 

-Brandon Finnegan (Reds) - After struggling with injuries and subpar performance in the minors last year, he's still on the Reds' 40-man roster but his status with the squad is being called "tenuous" headed into the spring

 

-Alex Young (Diamondbacks) - He had a good first part of the 2018 season as a starter in Double-A before struggling a bit and then working out of the bullpen at Triple-A Reno in the latter half of the year.  He was left unprotected - and went unselected - in the Rule 5 draft, and is expected to enter 2019 as a full-time reliever.  One D'Backs blogger thinks 2019 is Young's year to either break into the big leagues in a lefty specialist bullpen role or be let go by the organization.

 

-Durbin Feltman (Red Sox) - His obvious potential and outstanding showing in the low-minors last year has fueled speculation that he could break in with the Sox this year.

 

-Tyler Alexander (Tigers) - He went unselected in the Rule 5 draft after being left unprotected, meaning he's got more to prove after his uneven showing at Triple-A last year following a very successful stint at Double-A.

 

-Brian Howard (A's) - He showed a lot of potential moving up to Double-A last year, and one A's blogger thinks he's got an outside shot to make The Show at some point this year.

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The Marlins did end up trading JT Realmuto this week, to Philadelphia.  Part of the package they got in return is former Rangers' "catcher of the future", Jorge Alfaro - so he and Chad Wallach become Holaday's main competition for a roster spot in Miami. 

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On 2/4/2019 at 8:52 PM, Lyle Lanley II said:

We're just days away from the start of spring training, so it's time to get this thread up & running for the season.  Here's quick rundown of how things look going into 2019 from a Major League perspective:

 

The returners:

-Jake Arrieta (Phillies) - NBC calls Arrieta a bounce-back candidate for 2019, but warns not to expect that he'll be all the way back to his Cy Young form of years' past.

 

-Matt Carpenter (Cardinals) - After a season that saw him either struggling or red hot at various times in 2018, it's no surprise that Carp is looking for more consistency this year. 

 

-Andrew Cashner (Orioles) - Considered one of the few locks for the O's rotation, Cashner is optimistic about his reunion with pitching coach Doug Brocail after the pair worked together in making him an 11-game winner with the Rangers in 2017.

 

-Bryan Holaday (Marlins) - he was released & then re-signed by the Marlins on a minor league contract, but will be part of their Big League camp and may even have a chance of more playing time this year with starter J.T. Realmuto still on the trade block.

 

Other Candidates:

-Riley Ferrell (Marlins) - He was selected in the Rule 5 draft back in December, which means the Marlins must keep him on their Big League roster for all of 2019 or else give him back to the Astros.  He was pretty hot & cold last year at Double- and Triple-A, but his potential makes him a candidate to play a significant role in a Miami bullpen looking to recover from a rough 2018.

 

-Kevin Cron (Diamondbacks) - He simply tore up Triple-A pitching last season (.309, 22 HR, 97 and a .921 OPS), and Paul Goldschmidt's departure to St. Louis leaves a giant opening at 1B in Phoenix.  The D'Backs put Cron on their 40-man roster to shield him from the Rule 5 draft and have invited him to Big League camp.  In the event that he plays all or part of 2019 at Triple-A Reno, he'll be playing for his Dad - who was hired as the Ace's new manager.

 

-Brandon Finnegan (Reds) - After struggling with injuries and subpar performance in the minors last year, he's still on the Reds' 40-man roster but his status with the squad is being called "tenuous" headed into the spring

 

-Alex Young (Diamondbacks) - He had a good first part of the 2018 season as a starter in Double-A before struggling a bit and then working out of the bullpen at Triple-A Reno in the latter half of the year.  He was left unprotected - and went unselected - in the Rule 5 draft, and is expected to enter 2019 as a full-time reliever.  One D'Backs blogger thinks 2019 is Young's year to either break into the big leagues in a lefty specialist bullpen role or be let go by the organization.

 

-Durbin Feltman (Red Sox) - His obvious potential and outstanding showing in the low-minors last year has fueled speculation that he could break in with the Sox this year.

 

-Tyler Alexander (Tigers) - He went unselected in the Rule 5 draft after being left unprotected, meaning he's got more to prove after his uneven showing at Triple-A last year following a very successful stint at Double-A.

 

-Brian Howard (A's) - He showed a lot of potential moving up to Double-A last year, and one A's blogger thinks he's got an outside shot to make The Show at some point this year.

 

The Reds were one of the most active teams this off season and still may add another MOR or TOR arm. It’s looking like Finny May be the odd man out. They certainly had high hopes for him and I think he was on the way, but injuries have played a big part in his set backs. Hopefully he has a good spring. 

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A few updates:

 

-This Marlins' camp outlook makes it sound like Ferrell (as a Rule 5 draftee) has a leg up on the battle for a spot in the 'pen, while Holaday is probably facing an uphill battle to claim a roster spot against fellow backstops Jorge Alfaro and Chad Wallach.

 

-Sounds like Kevin Cron's main competition for the 1B job in Arizona is Jake Lamb, who enters camp as the favorite.  But Lamb's struggles against left-handed pitching may present an opening for Cron.

 

-Cincinnati has named their starting rotation and, unsurprisingly, Finnegan is not among them. He does remain in consideration for a bullpen role, though at least one Reds' blogger thinks his chances are slim.  

 

 

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Finnegan is Starting for the Reds this afternoon in spring training if anyone is interested. 

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4 hours ago, DirtyThirdFrog said:

Finnegan is Starting for the Reds this afternoon in spring training if anyone is interested. 

 

Looks like he pitched one inning. Zero runs. Zero walks. 1 K.

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Its early, but the Reds new manager, David Bell, has stated on record that Brandon Finnegan has "a spot on the team".

 

Pretty interesting, could just be positive chatter, but I'm hopeful. Apparently his velocity is back too. 

 

Watch for the Reds to battle for the NL Central this year after 4 straight awful years. Lots of new faces and pieces.

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Quick update on the Frogs that have appeared in Cactus and Grapefruit Leage action so far this spring:

 

-Arrieta is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA, 7 K, 1 BB through two starts for the Phillies.

 

-Carpenter is 5-for-18 (.278) with 3 HR, 4 RBI and a 1.178 OPS through 8 games for the Cardinals.

 

-Cashner is 0-0 with a 9.64 ERA, 4 K, 2 BB through two starts for the Orioles.

 

-Holaday is 7-for-16 (.438) with one double and an even 1.000 OPS through 8 games for the Marlins.

 

-Cron is 7-for-24 (.292) with 2 HR, 5 RBI and a .993 OPS through 15 games for the D'Backs.  

 

-Ferrell is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA, 6 K, 1 BB through 4 relief appearances for the Marlins.

 

-Coats is hitting 5-for-20 (.250) with 2 HR, 4 RBI and an .823 OPS through 12 games for the Rays.

 

-Finnegan is 0-1 with a 14.54 ERA, 6 K, 4 BB through 1 start and 4 relief appearances for the Reds.

 

-Alex Young struck out all three batters he faced in his only relief appearance for the D'Backs.

 

-Jerrick Suiter is 1-for-3 with a solo HR in three games with the Pirates.

 

-Tyler Alexander gave up 1 run and had one K in his only relief apperance for the Tigers.

 

-Luken Baker went 0-for-1 in his only game for the Cardinals.

 

Please, let me know if I missed anyone.

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Stefan Crichton has a 5.40 ERA with 3 holds in 5 relief appearances (5 innings) for the Diamondbacks.

 

Taylor Featherston is 0-for-3 in 2 games with the Royals. 

 

Durbin Feltman struck out 2 and walked 1 in an inning with the Red Sox.

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Cron has been optioned to Triple-A Reno by the D'Backs.

 

I was hoping he'd make the squad out of spring training, but be playing for his Dad in Reno and I'd expect to see him get The Call at some point in 2019.

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9 hours ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

Cron has been optioned to Triple-A Reno by the D'Backs.

 

I was hoping he'd make the squad out of spring training, but be playing for his Dad in Reno and I'd expect to see him get The Call at some point in 2019.

 

Probably for an extra year of control too 

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Finnegan was optioned to the minor league camp yesterday. But I think still remains on the 40 man roster.

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A double-dose of bad news out of Miami:

 

-Bryan Holaday did not make the cut for the Marlins' Opening Day roster.  Rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A New Orleans, he's opted out of his deal and is now a free agent.

 

-Riley Ferrell has biceps tendinitis and will start the season on the DL (which I guess is called the "IL" now?  The headline of him being "IL-bound" made me think he might be getting traded to the Cubs or White Sox)

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Opening Day start for a Frog!  Cashner takes the bump for the Orioles tomorrow, at Yankee Stadium, at noon CT on ESPN.

 

Arrieta's first scheduled start of the year for the Phillies is on Sunday against the Braves.  It'll be on ESPN at 6:00pm CT.

 

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Well bad news from the Reds. Finnegan was DFA'd today... so much for making the roster. 

 

Reds fans are calling the Cueto trade that brought Brandon over a huge bust. 

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-Cashner has had mixed results in his first two starts for the Orioles.  He was shelled by the Yankees on Opening Day in The Bronx, then scattered 4 hits across 6 scorless innings against the Blue Jays in his second.  He's 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA, with his next scheduled start slated for next Monday against Oakland.

 

-Arrieta picked up a W in his first start of the year, giving up 1 run in 6 IP against the Braves.  He's 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA, with his next start scheduled to come Saturday afternoon against Minnesota.

 

-Carpenter was 1-for-5 tonight with a double in the Cardinals' extra-inning win over Pittsburgh.  Through five games, he's hitting 4-for-21 (.192) with 1 HR and 2 RBI.

 

-Riley Ferrell remains on the 10-day DL for the Marlins.

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Also, worth noting:

 

-Carpenter just surpassed 1,000 hits for his career

 

-Arrieta's next win will be #100 for his career

 

-Cashner's next strike out will be #800 for his career

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1 hour ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

Also, worth noting:

 

-Carpenter just surpassed 1,000 hits for his career

 

He's in 2nd place for most MLB hits for a Frog and is 110 hits behind Jim Busby for most.

 

Carpenter is also 2nd behind Busby for games played (1026 vs. 1352) and is first in 2B (266), HR (134), R (656), RBI (487), BB (581), and Ks (827).  He also tops all former Frogs with over 200 plate appearances in BA (.274), OBP (.376), and SLG (.469)

 

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-Arrieta's next win will be #100 for his career

 

Which will tie him for 2nd most MLB wins all-time for a Frog with Tex Carleton.  He needs 35 more wins to pass Pete Donohue for 1st.

 

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-Cashner's next strike out will be #800 for his career

 

Nine more passes Carleton for 2nd all-time for a Frog.  Arrieta's got a lock on 1st place with 1214.

 

https://www.baseball-reference.com/schools/index.cgi?key_school=9bdcf2c4

 

From a statistical viewpoint, there is no question that Carpenter is the best MLB hitter TCU has ever produced.  Probably a tossup between Arrieta and Carleton for the best pitcher TCU's ever produced ...

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-Arrieta notched career victory #100 last night in Miami, striking out 8 and allowing just 1 run in 7 IP.  He's 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA through 3 starts, with his next scheduled start coming Wednesday afternoon against the Mets.

 

-Cashner picked up his second straight W on Monday against the A's.  He's also 2-1 through 3 starts, with a 5.28 ERA.  He's on the hill this afternoon against the Red Sox at Fenway.

 

-Carpenter just signed a 2-year, $37 million contract extension with the Cardinals that could vest for an additional year in 2022 if he meets certain plate appearance thresholds in '20 and '21.  He's hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games, but his average sits at just .213 so far for the season, with 1 HR, 3 RBI and a .671 OPS.

 

-No update on Riley Ferrell's status.  He's still on the 10-day DL, with no announcement yet as to when he might be activated or begin a potential rehab assignment.

 

 

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