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With the first two months of the 2013 MLB season in the books, I thought I’d take the first day of the new month to recap the season thus far. It’s been exciting, as well as disappointing, depending on how you look at it, and who you’re rooting for.
Instead of talking about the events that have taken place so far this year, I decided to make a list of different categories and beside them name the player(s) that lead that particular category. I did the same thing last year, and it was so well-received that I wanted to do it again this season. I’m planning on posting an entry like this on the first day of each month. (That would make 4 more of these if you’re keeping score at home.)
The following lists are categorized into hitting and pitching, but NOT AL or NL:
MLB LEADERS (AL and NL)- HITTING
Most Games Played-Dustin Pedroia (56)
Most At-Bats-Manny Machado (239)
Most Hits-Miguel Cabrera (81)
Highest Average-Miguel Cabrera (.372)
Highest OBP-Joey Votto (.465)
Highest SLG-Chris Davis (.749)
Most Runs-Joey Votto (45)
Most Doubles-Manny Machado (25)
Most Triples-Mike Trout (6)
Most Home Runs-Chris Davis (19)
Most RBI’s-Miguel Cabrera (61)
Most Base On Balls-Joey Votto (46)
Most Strikeouts-Mike Napoli (78)
Most Stolen Bases-Jacoby Ellsbury (21)
Most Caught Stealing-Gerardo Parra (7)
Most Intentional Base On Balls-Joey Votto (9)
Most Hit By Pitch-Shin-Soo Choo (15)
Most Sacrifice Flies-Brandon Phillips (6)
Most Total Bases-Miguel Cabrera (146)
Most Extra Base Hits-Chris Davis (37)
Most Grounded Into Double Plays-Matt Holliday and Michael Young. (12)
Most Ground Outs-Norichika Aoki (91)
Most Number Of Pitches Faced-Shin-Soo Choo (1,086)
Most Plate Appearances-Joey Votto (256)
MLB LEADERS (AL and NL)- PITCHING
Most Wins-Four players tied for most. (8)
Most Losses-Cole Hamels (9)
Best ERA-Patrick Corbin (1.71)
Most Games Started-Thirteen players tied for most. (12)
Most Games Pitched-Scott Rice (31)
Most Saves-Jason Grilli (22)
Most Innings Pitched-Clayton Kershaw (87.1)
Most Hits Allowed-Joe Blanton (100)
Most Runs Allowed-Wily Peralta (48)
Most Earned Runs Allowed-R.A. Dickey and Jeremy Hellickson. (43)
Most Home Runs Allowed-Jeremy Guthrie (15)
Most Strikeouts-Yu Darvish (105)
Most Walks-Lucas Harrell (37)
Most Complete Games-Jordan Zimmermann (3)
Most Shutouts-Bartolo Colon, Justin Masterson and Adam Wainwright. (2)
Best Opponent Avg.-Matt Harvey (.172)
Most Games Finished-Jason Grilli (25)
Most Double Plays Achieved-Lucas Harrell (14)
Most Wild Pitches-Brandon Maurer (8)
Most Balks-Alfredo Aceves, Shawn Camp and Juan Nicasio. (2)
Most Stolen Bases Allowed-Edinson Volquez (14)
Most Pickoffs-Clayton Kershaw and Julio Teheran. (3)
Most Batters Faced-C.C. Sabathia (338)
Most Pitches Thrown-Jon Lester (1,315)
Although Spring Training games have yet to begin, the current speculation is that Rays’ phenom Wil Myers will start 2013 with AAA Durham, instead of with the big league club, down in Tampa, regardless of how he performs over the course of the next month. This leaves many people (myself included) to ask the question: Is this the right decision for Myers?
I’m not 100 percent sold on the idea.
This past season, before getting traded from the Royals to the Rays, in December, Myers batted .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBI’s, between AA North West Arkansas and AAA Omaha. The expectation was for Myers to receive a September call up from the Royals, however, that didn’t end up happening. Leaving many people scratching their heads.
In response to not calling up Myers, the Royals made the statement that they didn’t feel he was big league ready. While that might be true, I still don’t understand why they didn’t give him a shot for the last few games of the season, especially with them not being in play off contention; just as I’m not fully understanding the Rays’ logic with Wil Myers, going into the 2013 season.
According to Rays’ manager Joe Maddon, the decision to keep Myers down in the minors, to begin the season, is merely a “baseball decision”, that would give Myers a greater chance of success once he makes the transition to the major league level, sometime this season. Maddon is known for preferring this type of strategy, as his recent comments would suggest:
“I just think that it’s easier for a player with that kind of expectation level to get some time under his belt on a Minor League level, get it rolling, get the feel going, when you know it’s going well, then walk into a big league situation. Not as difficult as opposed to leaving a camp with all this expectation, all this hype then having to match up to that on a Major League level right out of the chute.”
I sort of understand where Maddon is coming from, though I still have to disagree.
While it’s vastly debated as to whether or not Maddon’s approach with Myers is the correct one, there’s no argument when it comes to if Myers has enough natural talent, and potential, to perform at the big league level. Anyone can see that, just by watching the guy play. No one more so than Rays’ hitting coach, Derek Shelton, who, after day one of Rays Spring Training, had this to say about Myers, and his talent level:
“The thing that’s the most impressive is the bat speed. The way the ball comes off his bat….You don’t see very many people who generate that kind of bat speed….It’s loud. It’s a different sound….You don’t hear many guys that can create that sound….it’s exciting to see.”
After reading all of what Shelton had to say, combined with my personal observations of Wil Myers’, and his stats from 2012, if it were up to me, I’d choose to let him loose to see what he can do at the major league level. Worst-case scenario, Myers doesn’t produce, and the Rays could then decide to either work through it or send him back down to the minors. But there’s always the possibility that Myers could hold his own, picking up where he left off in 2012, absolutely tearing it up out of the gate.
To me, the mere chance that Myers could be an impact player for the Rays to begin the season is enough to give him a shot. Playing in the somewhat difficult American League East, if the Rays want a chance to win their division, I’m not sure they can afford even a few weeks without Myers.