It’s still early in the offseason, which means the list of free agents is plentiful. We know the big names on the market. We’ve all got plans on how we’d like to see the spending happen, but what about the names that don’t make the ESPN top 50 list? What about the guys that if you ask the average fan would not even be identifiable as having played in any capacity in a team’s system? Let’s go shopping and try to fill skill specific needs with some guys that meet those requirements.
ON BASE %
We’ll start with everyone’s favorite “Moneyball” stat (even though that’s not the concept behind the philosophy in the book) and look at guys who just flat get on base.
It’s important to note that none of these guys are really “prospects” with the exception of Jesus Lopez who is still young.
This is not really a skill I’d seek out specifically in the minor league free agent relms unless there were other tools there as well.
I also reached out to members of the SweetSpot Network and got some interesting names:
“There are three people from the Cleveland Indians that kind of caught my eye – pitchers Joe Martinez, Adam Miller and Jeremy Sowers. Martinez was the hero of the playoffs for the AAA Columbus Clippers in their national title run (he even pitched during the national championship game against the Kansas City affiliate). Still, it’s not a huge deal…he’s never pitched in the Majors, is approaching 30, and doesn’t really have exceptional stats or anything.
Adam Miller was set to be their number 1 starter a few years back, until he developed hand problems. He could consistently hit 100 on the radar, but it took a toll on his middle finger. He had a number of muscular surgeries (at one point he developed a hole in his finger). He was trying to make his way back to the Majors with a refined motion (something less violent on the hand) but he was never really the pitcher he once was. I don’t think he made it higher than AA on his return attempt.
Sowers is the only one on the list who spent considerable time in the Majors (except for Nick Johnson, who didn’t spend any time in the Majors with the Indians). He was a soft-throwing former first round draft pick, who at times showed promise, and at times was downright dreadful. I’m pretty sure he sustained an injury at one point, but it was obvious they’d given up on him anyway.” (Stephanie Liscio from It’s Pronounced Lajaway)