Unlike NCAA sports, pro sports don’t come out with pre-season 1st and 2nd teams, but if the AL West had its pre-season team, this is how I think it would shake out. My selection process looks at last year’s performance as well as potential this upcoming year, and often I use the sabermetric WAR to break ties. Some of the picks are obvious (Pujols), and others are less obvious (DH), so of course I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
A quick analysis shows that Texas is the class of the division, with more 1st team selections than the rest of the west combined. Anaheim has good 2nd tier depth, solid pitching, and balance. Texas and Anaheim each have 8 1st or 2nd team selections of the possible 10 positional categories, and of the 14 pitching spots, a whopping 11 are Rangers (6) and Angels (5). The M’s are a distant 3rd, but a ways ahead of the re-building A’s, who are loaded with average players but no star power whatsoever.
I wanted to take this chart one step further, and visually quantify the separation between teams based on these picks. To do so, I’ve simply awarded 2 points for a 1st team selection, and 1 point for a 2nd team selection. Here’s how it shakes out on a bar graph.
Lastly, here are team by team offseason wrap ups, after the jump… Continue reading →
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by Matthew |
July 30, 2010 · 4:44 pm
Edit- Shortly after I posted this last night, Lueke and Beavan were promoted to Tacoma. So that’s nice. Expect to see Lueke in Seattle sometime this season. Also, Cortes has been phenomenal in a handful of relief appearances so far. If he keeps it up, he could be on the fast track too.
AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)
When the season started, West Tennessee (WT from here on out) had maybe the best collection of talent in the system. That’s been dampened slightly, as Tacoma’s gain of Ackley and Pineda was WT’s loss, but there’s still plenty to keep an eye on here.
The Tarnished Golden Child
Carlos Triunfel- SS (3B) Triunfel has been in the system for four years now, and he’s still the youngest guy on the team at 20. During his early years, he was seen as a potential Miguel Tejada type. He had a good contact bat, was a bit of a free swinger, and seemed likely to add very good power for an infielder once he got some experience and filled out a little. That description hasn’t really changed drastically, which is okay, I guess, but disappointing. 2008 seemed like a minor breakout, as he hit 8 homers with a .287/.336/.406 line. Nothing incredible, but pretty good for an 18 year old in high-A ball, even if he was in an incredible hitter’s park at High Desert (more on that in the next post in this series). 2009 brought a gruesome broken leg and a lost season, however, and now at 20 he’s in AA and showing flashes but struggling regularly too. His OPS is currently .645, which isn’t good, but he is a 20 year old in AA after missing nearly an entire year.
It’s really hard to say where he goes from here. Scouting reports are generally positive but lukewarm, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him either breakout or continue to struggle next year. Further clouding the issue is whether he can stay at shortstop or not. Most have assumed he’d have to move off short (probably to third to take advantage of a cannon arm), but the Mariners have kept him there, and now scouts seem to think he might be able to stick for at least his first few years in the bigs. I’m betting on an A-Rod-esque track, shortstop for the first 5 years or so before moving to third. Doubt he’ll ever be as good at short as A-Rod was initially though. 2011 is the year to really watch Triunfel. He’ll likely start at AA again, and if he’s going to put it together, I’d bet that’s when he does it. Continue reading →
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