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There are some decent players that can be drafted in the later rounds, Chris Mitchell of FanGraphs took a look at the projections on college players taken on day two of the draft.
2016 hasn't been the easiest for Matt Shoemaker, but an adjustment as of late has led to some good results.
The splitter and slider are Shoemaker's best two pitches for whiffs, and those are the only pitches that have not decreased in usage from April to June.
People are always taught to go with what works, and Shoemaker is doing just that. His splitter is working. Right now, he may not be getting the results that he wants in the win-loss column, but he has been able to prolong his appearances thanks to the adjustment he made with his repertoire and his splitter, and it may be worth taking another look at his numbers later in the season to see if Shoemaker continues relying on the split.
Here is a roundup of news from around the American League Central.
Blue Jays started Aaron Sanchez has had an ace-like season, and it might not be a fluke.
Following the suspensions of Yordano Ventura and Manny Machado, some are wanting a re-haul of the suspension system in the MLB. Nathaniel Grow at FanGraphs tried to fix it.
Of course, if one believes that lost salary — rather than missed games — provides the greatest deterrent effect for players, then allowing pitchers to retain an equivalent share of their salaries while serving a suspension may do little to curb the rate of beanballs. So MLB and the union would likely have to figure out what would be the most effective, yet fair, percentage of salary to withhold from starting pitchers during the course of a suspension.
Regardless of the exact percentage, though, this sort of system would allow MLB to impose more meaningful suspensions on starting pitchers who intentionally hit batters, while at the same time accommodating the union’s likely concerns over the disproportionate financial impact that significantly longer suspensions would have on starting pitchers under the current system.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1981, at 12:30 am, the owners and players’ union break from their meeting, and the union announces that nothing has been accomplished and that the strike is on.