We haven’t looked at the Tennessee Smokies or AA since the beginning of July. Here are their last two snapshots we made and current team status.
Hitting tanked badly, pitching canceled that out and the Smokies went 16-16 since our last snapshot which is expected. Let’s dive into their top players to see what happened during the last month.
Jason Vosler was ranked #3 in AA on 7/11 and has dropped to #43 which is still top 100. He went from +4.18 to +2.90 which is a significant loss for a single month. It means he was hitting way below league average along with many others on this team. The two pitchers, Pugliese and Torrez maintained their rank which requires increasing their value. We saw in team status how pitching has improved and you can see it in the above table.
The highlighted names in blue have moved to aaa or moved here from aplus leagues.
League is the last column. We don’t have minor league rosters so can’t tell if Acevedo is with the Cubs or Arizona but he played in AAA with the Cubs after tearing up the AA league with a 0.923 Win%. Alzolay moved from aplus to aa and has been pitching well. Jen Ho Tseng went from aa to aaa and is pitching well for Iowa right now. We’ll see if the MLB Cubs try him out in September. It appears David Garner also moved to AAA after pitching well in aa but he doesn’t have enough playing time to compute a Win%.
This data model only takes the dataset and crunches it to make these sorts. We don’t follow prospects and don’t even know anything about the above players. Finally, let’s dump the top 25 of AA which will have many more players we know nothing about other than their name ends up in this list.
Cubs highlighted in blue. This list is compiled using the WAA value as a weighting factor so it means these are the top 25 players who accumulated value in AA this season, not necessarily the top 25 prospects in AA. Evaluating prospect talent requires much more than this data model can provide.
The White Sox may have players in this list next year. Most of their prospects are in A+ or A. We’ll do A+ next and look into some of their acquisitions there. Until then….