MB100 | 26 in the Mix | McGruder, Missaki, Munoz, Shipers

1650fr== Four More of the 26 ==

Rolling along on our upward trek through the top 100 prospects in the Mariners organization.

Those that have already been revealed can always be found on the “MB100” page linked at the top.

This time our globetrotting tour takes us to Lubbock and then back to Brazil.

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Jamodrick McGruder | Infield/Outfield | 2014 age: 22 | LH

Traditional Hitting Statistics

Year Age Lvl G PA AB H 2b 3b HR BB K BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 20 A- 65 298 249 59 9 1 0 39 37 0.237 0.353 0.281 0.634
2013 21 A-A- 51 185 144 32 2 3 1 27 30 0.222 0.369 0.299 0.667

Spectometer Analysis

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Stong Prospect > 100
2012 20 “+1” 0.00% 13.09% 16.44% 0.044 12.42% 112 61 73
2013 21 “+1” 0.54% 14.59% 17.84% 0.077 16.22% 114 56 70

Plate skills? Check.  Speed?  Check.  Versatility?  Check.

What’s not to like about the Texas Tech product?  Well, SLG under .300 two years running?  Yeah, there’s that.

He’s got one of the biggest gaps between his “Plate Skills” rating and his “Production” rating that you’ll ever see.  In fact, his production is so low (only two doubles?  two?) that it drags his composite way below 100 despite his massive BB-rate and very low K-rate.

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Daniel Missaki | Starter | 2014 age: 18 | RH

Traditional Pitching Statistics

Year Age Lvl W L ERA G SV IP H HR BB K WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 K/9
2013 17 Rk 0 1 6.23 7 0 13 17 1 5 15 1.69 11.80 0.70 3.50 10.40

Spectometer Analysis

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2013 17 Rk “-1” 1.67% 8.33% 15.00% 0.111 25.00% 113 108 121

Our second Brazilian after Thyago Vieira, and it will be awhile before we climb up to the lofty position of the third.

If you haven’t been following along, baseball in Brazil was, for decades, pretty much limited to Japanese immigrants, and the culture of the sport there retains heavy Japanese influence (coaching, training, etc.).  Not to stereotype too much, but the Japanese precision and discipline has now been infused with Latin passion and athleticism.  It’s a fascinating topic.

Missaki, as you might guess from his name and stature (6-foot-0, 170) is of Japanese descent.  He made a brief appearance at age 16 in the World Baseball Classic, and then appeared in seven games in the Arizona Rookie League.  As you can see from his Spectometer ratings, he seemed to pitch much better than his ugly 6.23 ERA indicated.  He was only hit hard in two of his outings, and his .421 BABIP (batting average on balls in play) indicates some bad fortune.

Striking out one in four while just 17 years old is enough to get on the map.

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Leoncio Munoz | Reliever | 2014 age: 23 | LH

Traditional Pitching Statistics

Year Age Lvl W L ERA G SV IP H HR BB K WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 K/9
2010 19 FRk 2 1 3.82 15 1 30.2 25 1 16 24 1.34 7.30 0.30 4.70 7.00
2011 20 FRk 3 0 3.67 13 0 27 27 2 15 30 1.56 9.00 0.70 5.00 10.00
2012 21 FRk 6 2 2.01 15 0 62.2 55 1 16 49 1.13 7.90 0.10 2.30 7.00
2013 22 Rk 7 1 1.69 17 1 37.1 25 0 10 43 0.94 6.00 0.00 2.40 10.40

Spectometer Analysis

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2010 19 FRk “0” 0.75% 12.03% 18.80% 0.098 18.05% 71 96 67
2011 20 FRk “+1” 1.63% 12.20% 16.26% 0.093 25.20% 93 113 106
2012 21 FRk “+2” 0.39% 6.20% 8.91% 0.051 18.99% 125 118 143
2013 22 Rk “+3” 0.00% 6.80% 12.24% 0.068 29.25% 148 130 178

Munoz earned one our “plateau leap” articles after his brilliant campaign for Appalachian League champions Pulaski.  Although he was old for the league, it was still significant that he made the jump from the Dominican and put up much better numbers in the states.

Not just that, but he had that special combination of throwing tons of strikes, but not letting anyone hit the ball hard.

It will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

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Jordan Shipers | Starter | 2014 age: 23 | LH

Traditional Pitching Statistics

Year Age Lvl W L ERA G SV IP H HR BB K WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 K/9
2011 20 A- 1 5 4.71 10 0 49.2 50 4 26 47 1.53 9.10 0.70 4.70 8.50
2012 21 A 4 5 3.89 23 0 118 123 9 31 64 1.31 9.40 0.70 2.40 4.90
2013 22 A+-Rk 5 3 5.96 15 0 68 67 7 29 45 1.41 8.90 0.90 3.80 6.00

Spectometer Analysis

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2011 20 FRk “+1” 1.82% 11.82% 18.64% 0.125 21.36% 77 98 75
2012 21 FRk “+1” 1.77% 6.48% 15.32% 0.143 13.36% 86 83 69
2013 22 Rk “+1” 2.35% 9.73% 19.80% 0.197 15.10% 63 70 33

Shipers signed for a big bonus, and has always gotten good reviews from the scouts.  But, as you can see, the Spectometer is unimpressed.

In 2013, some of his lack of progress can be attributed to pitching mostly at High Desert, but he needs to start turning potential into results sometime.

Still, as a lefty with potential for good stuff, you can’t rule him out yet.

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