Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ryan Braun (thumb) leaves today's game early

Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun left today's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the third inning due to right thumb soreness, the team tweeted.

For Braun, it's not a new injury as he sat out Wednesday's game due to thumb soreness as well.

We’ve got to figure out what to do there,” Roenicke said (before today's game), per beat writer Adam McCalvey. “We’ve got to start going in the right direction with him, and sometimes it’s not. … I’m hoping we don’t have to [place him on the disabled list], but we start making gains and he says, ‘Yeah, I feel really good today,’ and then all of a sudden it’s a bad day and a setback.

“We keep going this back and forth. He’s out there playing, hitting third for us, and I expect the Braun that I’ve seen for the last two years, and he’s not the same. He’s still getting hits, he’s still helping us win games, but he’s not that guy that can carry a team like I know he can.”

Before leaving the game, Braun was 0-for-1 with a strike out.

Through 57 games, Braun is hitting . with nine home runs, 36 runs batted in, 30 runs scored and four stolen bases.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bryce Harper to visit Dr. James Andrews

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but that appears to be the longest of long shots at the moment.

Per Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Harper will visit noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Comak also tweeted that "Harper did some running in the pool today and his knee still swelled so the #nats want to see what Andrews sees and says."

"#Nats still insist Harper's injury is bursitis, not worse. Surgery to remove bursa sac would be last resort, would add several weeks to ...," CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman tweeted.

In 44 games, Harper is hitting .287 with 12 home runs and 23 runs batted in.

2013 MLB Mock Draft Database Updated

Only hours from the start of the 2013 MLB Draft, we have updated our mock draft database.

Based on the mocks updated within the past four days, 11 of the 12 mock drafts in our database have a pitcher going first overall.  Seven of those 11 have it being Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and four of them have Stanford's Mark Appel going first overall.

The one exception is Anthony Witrado of The Sporting News, who has the Astros selecting North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran.

If the majority of mocks are correct and it's a pitcher that goes first overall, the success rate of pitchers selected first overall has not been great.

Here's a chart from Baseball Reference of pitchers selected No. 1 overall in the MLB Draft since 1970:

201111PiratesGerrit Cole (minors)RHP
200911NationalsStephen Strasburg (minors)RHP7.05724152.851.080
200711Devil RaysDavid Price (minors)LHP15.113462353.291.190
200611RoyalsLuke Hochevar (minors)RHP0.814838605.331.391
200211PiratesBryan Bullington (minors)RHP-0.226195.621.580
199711TigersMatt Anderson (minors)RHP-0.52571575.191.5826
199611PiratesKris Benson (minors)RHP13.020670754.421.390
199411MetsPaul Wilson (minors)RHP2.217040584.861.450
199111YankeesBrien Taylor (minors)LHP
198911OriolesBen McDonald (minors)RHP20.921178703.911.260
198811PadresAndy Benes (minors)RHP31.74031551393.971.311
198311TwinsTim Belcher (minors)RHP26.23941461404.161.345
198111MarinersMike Moore (minors)RHP28.54501611764.391.422
197611AstrosFloyd Bannister (minors)LHP26.94311341434.061.330
197311RangersDavid Clyde (minors)LHP0.78418334.631.530

Again, you can view our updated mock draft database here.