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Sunday Notes: Jared Jones Has Gone From Uncooked to Outstanding


Jared Jones had made only one big-league look when my colleague Ben Clemens wrote on April 2 that we must always all get irresponsibly excited in regards to the rookie right-hander. Little has occurred to vary that opinion. When Jones takes the mound this afternoon for the sixth time in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, he’ll accomplish that with a 2.79 ERA, a 3.19 FIP, and 34.8% strikeout fee. Furthermore, his fastball has averaged 97.3 mph, often reaching triple digits.

Following his second begin, I caught as much as the flame-throwing 22-year-old at PNC Park to get a first-hand account of his arsenal and improvement path. Among the many issues I discovered is that he was particularly uncooked when the Pirates drafted him Forty fourth-overall in 2020 out of La Mirada (CA) Excessive College.

“I didn’t know methods to pitch once I signed,” Jones informed me. “I simply threw fastballs, and throwing laborious in highschool is quite a bit totally different than throwing laborious in professional ball. Guys in professional ball can hit the laborious fastball, particularly should you don’t have anything.”

Jones did have secondary pitches previous to getting drafted, initially a curveball “that wasn’t excellent,” after which a slider that went from “simply okay” as a younger prep to “fairly good” by the point he’d graduated. Even so, he was admittedly extra thrower than pitcher — somebody whose elite arm power allowed him to “simply throw fastballs by guys.”

Velocity got here naturally to the now-6-foot-1, 180-pound righty. It additionally got here early. “I used to be in my sophomore 12 months of highschool once I hit 97 [mph] for the primary time,” defined Jones. “I’ve been a tough thrower for a very long time.”

His understanding of pitching metrics is one other story.

“To be fully sincere, I don’t know what my pitches did in highschool,” stated Jones, who at the moment depends closely on his heater-slider combo, mixing within the occasional curveball or changeup. “I simply threw them. I didn’t know what vertical break or horizontal break was till my first 12 months of professional ball. They confirmed me issues like [TrackMan data] and I had no thought what it was till I began asking questions. I had no thought what the analytics had been, or what they meant.

“I don’t suppose an excessive amount of about them now,” added Jones. “I’m a competitor once I’m on the market pitching, I don’t actually suppose, ‘Is my fastball shifting this fashion? Is my slider doing that?’ I simply go on the market and compete. That’s simply who I’m. I’m a fiery competitor.”

Make {that a} fiery competitor persevering with to get pleasure from success on the big-league stage. With every begin, the extent of pleasure Jones elicits is turning into much less and fewer irresponsible.

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RANDOM HITTER-PITCHER MATCHUPS

Victor Martinez went 22 for 52 in opposition to Chris Sale.

Vic Energy went 14 for 29 in opposition to Bob Grim.

Vic Wertz went 7 for 11 in opposition to Satchel Paige.

Vic Davalillo went 9 for 11 in opposition to Bennie Daniels.

Vic Roznovsky went 6 for 9 in opposition to Mel Stottlemyre.

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Jerry Narron wasn’t afraid of going in opposition to the grain when he managed the Cincinnati Reds from 2005-2007. Now a coach for the Los Angeles Angels, the 68-year-old former big-league backstop — a lot to the consternation of the day’s talk-radio wags — would often put a basher in a table-setter spot within the batting order. OBP was the tactic behind the insanity.

“After I began managing, within the minors in 1989, I attempted to make out my batting order by on-base proportion,” defined Narron. “Then, once I managed the Reds, I’d typically put Adam Dunn within the two-hole. All people stated, ‘What on this planet are you doing, placing Adam Dunn within the two gap?’ I’d say, ‘Properly, he’s an influence man and he’s going to get on base for us.’ With Dunn, I knew that it was going to be a base on balls, a strikeout, or a house run. I caught some warmth on the Cincinnati speak reveals, nevertheless it labored out okay.”

Dunn logged a team-best OBP within the three-year span whereas slashing .248/.379/.527 with 120 house runs and a 129 wRC+. His 327 walks had been second-most within the majors throughout that span, whereas his 527 strikeouts led all gamers, That was general. When batting second within the order, which he did 188 instances, Dunn’s on-base proportion was a lofty .441.

Dan O’Brien was Cincinnati’s GM in 2005, and Wayne Krivsky held the position in 2006-2007. As for the entrance workplace member whose enter helped immediate the atypical transfer, his title may come as a shock.

“The man I talked to about doing it was doing a little analytics stuff and video scouting for us on the time,” defined Narron. “It was [current Reds GM] Nick Krall. I cherished speaking with Nick earlier than he was the massive canine. I imply, there was the supervisor getting some data from one of many lowest guys on the totem pole. I feel the speak reveals most likely would have died if I informed them who I used to be getting data from.”

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A quiz:

Fergie Jenkins has essentially the most pitcher WAR (53.6) in Chicago Cubs franchise historical past. Which underrated former Cub has the second-most pitcher WAR in franchise historical past?

The reply will be discovered beneath.

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NEWS NOTES

The Atlantic League season received underway on Thursday, and the outcomes included a mixed no-hitter. Parker Markel and a pair of relievers mixed to permit only one baserunner — that on a stroll — because the Hagerstown Flying Boxcars topped the York Revolution 4-0.

SABR’s Oral Historical past Committee will likely be internet hosting a dwell Zoom interview with Dave Righetti on Thursday Might 9 at 8pm EST. Extra data will be discovered right here.

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The reply to the quiz is Rick Reuschel, who was price 47.0 WAR pitching for the Cubs from 1972-1981, and once more in 1983-1984. All informed, the non-Corridor of Fame right-hander amassed 68.2 WAR over his 19 seasons.

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Left on the cutting-room flooring from my recently-published interview with Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks was his reply to this query: When in your profession do you’re feeling you had been at your greatest?

“I felt like I used to be on the high of my recreation in 2016,” Hendricks informed me. “My stuff was taking part in the most effective — the way it was grading out — and my command was excellent. From day one among that season it appeared like I used to be in a position to put each pitch the place I wished it. I additionally really feel that I used to be in a position to learn swings very well. It was only a particular 12 months. We performed such unbelievable protection, which is a large a part of the sport for me. All the things type of got here collectively, each for me and the group.”

Hendricks went 16-8 with an NL-best 2.16 ERA over 190 regular-season innings in 2016. He subsequently began Sport 7 of the World Sequence and allowed two runs, one among them earned, in four-and-two thirds innings in a contest the Cubs went on to win 8-7 in 10 innings.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS

James Naile is 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA over six begins with the KBO’s Kia Tigers. The 31-year-old former St. Louis Cardinals right-hander has fanned 38 batters and issued three free passes in 36-and-two-thirds innings.

Seong Ho Cheon is slashing .357/.396/.450 in 139 plate appearances with the KT Wiz. The 26-year-old second baseman leads the KBO in hits (46) and triples (3).

Yuki Yanagita is slashing .342/.495/.456 in 105 plate appearances for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. The 35-year-old outfielder is a nine-time All-Star who has hit .313/.410/.539 over 13-plus NPB seasons.

Tatsuya Imai is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35 innings for NPB’s Seibu Lions. The 25-year-old right-hander went 10-5 with a 2.30 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 133 innings a 12 months in the past.

Bo Takahashi recorded his first NPB win on Thursday as Seibu beat the Orix Buffaloes 3-1. The 27-year-old right-hander from Presidente Prudente, Brazil pitched within the Arizona Diamondbacks system from 2014-2019 and within the Cincinnati Reds system in 2021.

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Which third baseman is/was higher, José Ramírez or Scott Rolen? I requested that query in a Twitter ballot just a few days in the past, and the outcomes recommend that Ramírez isn’t practically as underrated as he as soon as was. Cleveland’s present hot-corner stalwart garnered 55% of the votes forged, whereas the Corridor of Fame acquired 45%.

Recency bias, or is Ramírez really worthy of his slight polling benefit? Let’s have a look at some numbers, factoring in age. Ramírez turned 31 in mid-September final 12 months, and Rolen has an early-April birthday, so we’ll examine them by way of their age-30 seasons.

SR: 1,300 hits, 231 HRs, 2,359 TB, 92 SB, 129 wRC+, 48.9 WAR.
JR: 1,327 hits, 216 HRs, 2,376 TB, 202 SB, 128 wRC+, 45.2 WAR.

From age 31 to to the top of his profession, Rolen hit 85 house runs and logged a 110 wRC+ and 21 WAR. What Ramírez goes on to do is clearly unknown, so how they’ll stack up when it comes to profession numbers is anybody’s guess. As for the through-age-30 comparability, Rolen has the sting — albeit a slender one.

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A random obscure former participant snapshot:

Joe Kmak smacked a single off of Mark Langston in his first MLB plate look, which got here on April 6, 1993 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. On August 27, 1995, Kmak singled in opposition to Greg Maddux whereas taking part in in his penultimate big-league recreation with the Chicago Cubs. In between, there have been simply 35 base knocks for the right-handed-hitting catcher from Napa, California. His lone house run got here at Wrigley Area on July 29, 1995, this in a recreation the place the Cubs walked off the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on a three-run homer by Shawon Dunston that adopted a two-out error and a success by pitch.

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FARM NOTES

Chandler Simpson has stolen 18 bases in 22 makes an attempt whereas slashing .383/.493/.383 over 16 video games for the Excessive-A Bowling Inexperienced Scorching Rods. The 23-year-old outfielder within the Tampa Bay Rays group pilfered 94 luggage within the low minors final 12 months.

Creed Willems is slashing .300/.344/.667 with six house runs in 64 plate appearances for the Excessive-A Aberdeen IronBirds. The 21-year-old catcher within the Baltimore Orioles group has a 13.0% floor ball fee, the bottom amongst minor-league hitters.

Tayden Corridor is slashing .377/.500/.492 with 5 doubles and a triple in 76 plate appearances for the Low-A Carolina Mudcats. The 21-year-old first baseman within the Milwaukee Brewers group batted .296 for the Australian Baseball League’s Brisbane Bandits this previous winter.

Drew Thorpe is 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 24 innings for the Double-A Birmingham Barons. The 23-year-old right-hander was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the San Diego Padres this previous winter as a part of the five-player Dylan Stop deal.

Owen Murphy is 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 24 innings for the Excessive-A Rome Emperors. The 20-year-old right-hander was drafted twentieth general in 2022 by the Atlanta Braves out of Illinois’s Riverside-Brookfield Excessive College.

Emmett Olson has logged 19 strikeouts, and allowed simply eight hits, over 16 scoreless innings for the Low-A Jupiter Hammerheads. The 21-year-old southpaw was drafted out of the College of Nebraska by the Miami Marlins final 12 months within the fourth spherical.

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To say that Shota Imanaga’s transition from NPB to MLB has gone easily can be an understatement. In 5 begins for the Chicago Cubs, the 30-year-old former Yokohama BayStars southpaw is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA and a 2.36 FIP over 27-and-two-thirds innings. Furthermore, he has 28 strikeouts to go together with simply three walks and 19 hits allowed.

Previous to his pitching at Fenway Park on Friday, a reporter requested Cubs supervisor Craig Counsell how Imanaga has been in a position to make the transition as seamlessly as he has.

“That’s query; I don’t know if I’ve sufficient expertise with different pitchers and the way they transitioned,” replied Counsell. “However one among Shota’s greatest traits is that he’s very curious, and he’s very open. I feel he takes in data very effectively. He watches very effectively. That results in somebody who is superb at making changes. Once you mix that with [his] being pitcher — he’s excellent at what he does — there are most likely much less changes that he’s needed to make to this point that perhaps we might have anticipated. His stuff is taking part in very well with the hitters proper now. As he retains dealing with hitters, I’m certain these changes will come. However he’s doing a very good job with the issues that he’s good at.”

What are the issues that Imanaga is sweet at? I requested that query to Cubs broadcaster, and former big-league left-hander, Jim Deshaies.

“He’s received a using fastball that he throws up within the zone, that main league hitters simply haven’t been in a position to get on high of, and likewise tend to chase,” Deshaies informed me on Saturday. “He performs that north-south recreation very well: four-seamers up, split-fingers down. He’ll sprinkle in an occasional breaking ball — curveballs to righties which can be a extra a get-ahead pitch — and there’s a fairly good slider as effectively, which he’ll throw to lefties. I don’t know if the truth that he’s 5-10 creates a unique look to hitters, however I feel there’s some deception there. And there may be life on that fastball, as a result of it’s not 95 [mph], it’s 92. He additionally doesn’t stroll individuals. He has nice command. That was his repute when he got here right here from Japan, and that’s what we’ve see right here, in spring coaching and now by way of 5 major-league begins.”

A easy transition certainly.

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APRIL STAT NOTABLES

The Chicago White Sox got here into this weekend’s sequence in opposition to Tampa Bay not having performed in opposition to an AL East or AL West opponent. They had been 2-15 in opposition to the AL Central and 1-7 in opposition to NL groups.

The Milwaukee Brewers are 7-1 in one-run video games and 2-0 in extra-inning video games. The Houston Astros are 0-7 in one-run video games and 0-3 in extra-inning video games.

The Astros are the one group with no triple this season. The Chicago Cubs have hit eight triples, essentially the most within the majors.

Seattle’s Luis Urias has 5 hits — three doubles, two house runs, and no singles. Washington’s Joey Gallo has 9 hits — 5 doubles, three house runs, and one single.

Atlanta’s Marcell Ozuna went into final night time with a .344 batting common and an NL-best 31 RBIs. Kansas Metropolis’s Salvador Perez went into final night time with a .344 batting common and an AL-best 25 RBIs.

San Francisco’s Logan Webb has allowed three runs and issued three walks over 29 innings in his final 4 begins.

Detroit’s Reese Olson is 0-4 with a 3.18 ERA and a 2.79 FIP.

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LINKS YOU’LL LIKE

A former minor-league umpire has sued MLB, claiming that he was harassed by a feminine ump, and fired for being a bisexual man. Ronald Blum has the story at AP Information.

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince wrote about how the median age of MLB ticket consumers has dropped by a number of years in current seasons.

The Athletic’s Tyler Kepner addressed the pitcher win standards — a topic I opined on right here at Sunday Notes two weeks in the past — as a part of his wonderful “Sliders” column (subscription required).

San Francisco Giants prospect Reggie Crawford misses hitting baseballs over fences. John O’Connor wrote about the two-way-player-turned-pitcher-only for The Richmond Instances-Dispatch.

MiLB.com’s Rob Terranova profiled St. Louis Cardinals prospect Sem Robberse, a 22-year-old native of Zeist, Netherlands who’s excelling on the mound with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

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RANDOM FACTS AND STATS

Jackson Holliday, whom the Orioles demoted to Triple-A on Friday, began his MLB profession 2-for-34. Willie Mays, who was 19 days faraway from his twentieth birthday when he debuted with the New York Giants in 1951, began out his MLB profession 1-for-26. Holliday was 20 years and 144 days when he debuted.

Pete Rose hit 30 triples for the Florida State League’s Tampa Tarpons in 1961. Three different gamers tied for second-most within the circuit with a dozen apiece.

Cleveland Indians third baseman Al Rosen slashed .336/.422/.613 with 43 house runs, 145 RBIs, and a 178 wRC+ in his 1953 AL MVP season. He had 9.1 WAR.

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion slashed .267/.324/.382 with six house runs, 63 RBIs, and a 92 wRC+ in his 1944 NL MVP season. He had 4.6 WAR.

Babe Ruth performed in 10 World Sequence, seven with the Yankees and three with the Purple Sox. New York gained 4 titles with Ruth on the roster, Boston gained three.

The Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on immediately’s date in 1996, with round-trippers accounting for all 9 runs. The groups mixed to go deep seven instances, with Scott Brosius hitting two of Oakland’s 5 house runs within the Sunday matinee at Tiger Stadium. Greg Gohr surrendered 4 of the gophers.

Dick Sipek made his MLB debut for the Cincinnati Reds on immediately’s date in 1945, strolling as a pinch-hitter in a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. An outfielder who appeared in 82 video games and batted .244 in his lone big-league season, Sipek attended the Illinois College for the Deaf, the place he was mentored by Luther Taylor, who had attended the Kansas College for the Deaf earlier than pitching for the New York Giants (and briefly the Cleveland Blues) from 1900-1908.

Bock Baker made the primary of his two big-league appearances on immediately’s date in 1901 and allowed 23 hits and 13 runs in eight innings because the Cleveland Blues misplaced to the Chicago White Sox 13-1. The southpaw, who was referred to as Smiling Bock, subsequently allowed six hits and 11 runs in six innings whereas pitching for the Philadelphia Athletics in a 14-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Gamers born on immediately’s date embody Cuddles Marshall, who on Might 28, 1946 was New York’s beginning pitcher within the first night time recreation ever performed at Yankee Stadium. Marshall’s modest profession noticed him go 7-7 with a 5.98 ERA over 185 innings from 1946-1950.

Additionally born on immediately’s date was Fred Schemanske, who completed his transient and statistically-unique profession with a 1.000 batting common and a 27.00 ERA. Simply 20 years previous when he performed in two video games for the Washington Senators in 1923, Schemanske allowed three runs in his lone inning on the mound, and went 2-for-2 with a stroll in three plate appearances.

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