While we wait to see if the Giants can manage to trade for Sonny Gray without giving up Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos (just spitballing on how unreasonable Brian Cashman’s demands could be), here’s a gentle reminder about a McCovey Chronicles community meet-up Sami is organizing.
If there are any accessibility concerns for those interested in attending (date not yet confirmed), please message Sami in the thread below or elsewhere and let her know.
In the meantime, if you hadn’t heard the news, the aforementioned Joey Bart has become the #1 catching prospect in baseball. There’s a nonzero chance that the Giants repeat the 2010s — with Bart coming in to replace Buster Posey and becoming the face of the team as it enters a new era of success — only this time with Farhan Zaidi guiding the ship as they replay the time loop. That’s just groggy Friday morning speculation.
More disorganized thinking? Joe Panik, who still might be on the move, had the fourth-best batting average against curveballs in 2018. The full list:
.435 -- Mike Trout, Angels
.427 -- Joe Panik, Giants
MLB average: .267
Don’t be too surprised by this: no Giant appears on any of the other pitch type lists. If you want to know why the Yankees won’t be trading for Brandon Belt or any other first baseman any time soon, though, note that Luke Voit had a .538 batting average on four-seam fastballs, leading all of MLB. Of course, his came in a grand total of 161 plate appearances, so the jury’s still out, but you can understand why Cashman’s analytics department wants to give him a longer look in season to see if they’ve found another masher.
If you’re lucky enough to have Monday off, have a great three day weekend!