Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Mariners starter Drew Smyly has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery. The Mariners called it “a little setback.” A reexamination shows that this is not little, obviously. The Mariners acquired Smyly in January for outfielder Mallex Smith and two minor leaguers, and were expected to utilize the lefty as a core member of their rotation in 2017.
One of the great things about the new metrics introduced via Statcast is they’re revealing aspects of the game that have long been hidden. While complicated metrics like barreled batted balls and catch probability are interesting and useful, I think the most exciting metrics are those that measure the visceral actions on the field. There’s something satisfying in knowing how hard a ball was hit or how fast a runner ran. Maybe it calls us back to the schoolyard, where nine-year-olds would challenge each other to all sorts of physical contests. Yesterday, MLB released another Statcast leaderboard, this time measuring Sprint Speed. Speed has always been something that’s been tied to a player’s reputation.
ESPN.com Who are the best players in Major League Baseball right now? To determine this, ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts, contributors and Insiders to rank the top 100, which we'll count down from No. 100 to No. 1, 20 players per day for five days. To compile MLBRank, we collaborated with Microsoft Research and The Wharton School and polled 65 ESPN experts on a list of 167 players. After seven days of voting in June, we have our results. We continue our countdown with Nos. 60-41 as slugging outfielders, dominant relievers and hard-throwing starters are joined by a rookie who is having one of the more impressive debut seasons in history. Position(s): Third baseman Team: Seattle Mariners