• February 22, 2019 at 1:50 am

    And yet Wendle, the 28-year-old Rays rookie, leads all AL newbies in bWAR. Yep. He’s at 4.4, ahead of Ohtani (2.7 as a hitter, 1.3 as a pitcher), Torres (2.8) and Andujar (2.0). Traded from the A’s to the Rays in the offseason, Wendle wasted no time making sure he’d be in Tampa Bay’s lineup on a regular basis, batting.329 in the first month of the season. He’s started 85 games at second base, 15 at third base, 13 in left field and seven at shortstop. Buy MLB The Show 19 Stubs That versatility ensured playing time, and he’s gotten better as the season has progressed; Wendle hit.283 with a.725 OPS in the first half and is at.322 with an.871 OPS after the All-Star breaks.
    Brad Keller/Ryan O’Hearn, RoyalsWhy they’re here: Since I’m making this a hypothetical ballot, might as well include a tie, right? And might as well shine the spotlight on two of the most surprising rookies in the AL this season. Keller wasn’t on anyone’s radar after the past few seasons, when he had a 4.47 ERA in high-A and a 4.68 ERA in Double-A in the Diamondbacks’ system. The Reds picked him in the Rule 5 Draft, and he was immediately traded to the Royals. He spent the first two months in the K.C. bullpen as one of the few reliable arms, rolling up a 2.13 ERA in 22 appearances. That earned an opportunity to join the rotation at the start of June, and he’s been there ever since. His month-by-month ERA, starting in June: 2.38, 5.46, 2.89, 2.33. Keller’s ERA in 20 starts is 3.28.

    In the other 139 games this season, K.C. starting pitchers have a 5.17 ERA. Yeah. And O’Hearn might be just as stunning. An eighth-round pick by the Royals in 2014, O’Hearn was back in Triple-A to start the 2018 season, and he wasn’t exactly forcing his way into the majors. In 100 games, he hit 11 homers and produced a mediocre-at-best.232/.322/.391 slash line, good for a.713 OPS. He was called up anyway, making his MLB The Show 19 debut on the last day of July. He homered in that game, and he’s spent the rest of the season treating major-league pitchers like buy stubs mlb the show 19 Class-A newbies. In 41 games, he’s eclipsed his Triple-A home run title (he has 12) and he’s posting a.991 OPS and 166 OPS-plus. Because of course. MLB The Show 19 trade rumors: Phillies will attempt to deal for shortstop if they don’t land Manny Machado.

    The Phillies may not acquire Manny Machado, after all. But they’ll still attempt to add a shortstop before the July 31 trade deadline.Philadelphia had been considered the front-runner to land the 26-year-old Orioles star, according to multiple reports. Baltimore, however, reportedly has a deal in place to send Macahdo to the Dodgers following the All-Star break.The Phillies are still expected to pursue a deal for a shortstop, according to Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman. Philadelphia would prefer to trade for a middle infielder who is a threat at the plate, the report says.