2016 Southern California Trojans

 
PCL Championships: 1995, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014
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2016 Team Instructions

The 2015 Trojans made into the second round of the playoffs where we were knocked off by the eventual PCL champion Black Sox. The 2016 version is aiming for another playoff appearance and a slugger’s chance at the title.  We rate above average across in all major categories: hitting, fielding, starting pitching, relief, and overall depth.  We are hoping to make it a good senior year for Mike Trout!  Fight on!

Retired Numbers:


No.

Name

42

Jackie Robinson.

31

Mike Piazza the 1996 PCL MVP!

30

Ken Griffey, Jr. the 1998 PCL MVP!

Pitchers: Starters


Name

Age

Salary

Grad

IP

Notes

Matt Harvey

27

$24

2016*

189

#1

Gerrit Cole

25

$27

2018*

208*

#2

Carlos Martinez

24

$7

2018*

180

#3

Jordan Zimmermann

30

$15

2019

202*

#4

C.J. Wilson

35

$1

2018

132

#5

Pitchers: Relievers

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

IP

Notes

Joaquin Benoit

38

$22

2016

65

2-inning closer

Michael Blazek

27

$16

2017

56

2-inning reliever

Andrew Chafin

26

$8

2017

75

2-inning lefty reliever

Hansel Robles

25

$7

2017

54

1-inning stopper

Matt Thornton

39

$4

2016

41

1-inning lefty stopper

Brandon Maurer

25

$4

2019*

51

1 inning RvsL stopper

Batters: Catchers

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

AB

Notes

Chris Stewart

34

$2

2016

159

Starts vs. lefties

Jonathan Lucroy

30

$13

2017

371

Starts vs. righties

Batters: Infielders

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

AB

Notes

Justin Morneau*

35

$4

2016*

168

Starts vs. lefties

Prince Fielder*

32

$9

2017

613

Starts vs. righties

Kelby Tomlinson

26

$4

2017

178

Starts vs. lefties

Scooter Gennett*

26

$1

2019

375

Starts vs. righties

Ruben Tejada

26

$4

2017

360

Starting ss

Adrian Beltre

37

$8

2017

567

Starting 3b

Jason Rogers

28

$4

2016

152

PH and utility

Batters: Outfielders

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

AB

Notes

Mike Trout

24

$10

2016*

575

Starting cf

Giancarlo Stanton

26

$38

2017*

279

Starting rf

Khris Davis

28

$6

2017*

392

PH

Randal Grichuk

24

$1

2018*

323

Starting lf

John Jaso

32

$2

2019

185

PH

Minors

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

Gregor Blanco

32

$2

2016*

Javier Baez

23

$1

M

Homer Bailey

30

$1

2019*

Tom Wilhelmsen

32

$1

M

Jon Gray

24

$1

M

Starting Line-ups

 

STD vs. L

L vs. L

STD vs. R

L vs. R

R vs. R

1.

Trout, cf

Trout, cf

Trout, cf

Trout, cf

Trout, cf

2.

Tomlinson, 2b

Morneau, 1b

Fielder, 1b

Fielder, 1b

Rogers, 1b

3.

Beltre, 3b

Beltre, 3b

Stanton, rf

Stanton, rf

Stanton, rf

4.

Stanton, rf

Stanton, rf

Grichuk, lf

Grichuk, lf

Grichuk, lf

5.

Grichuk, lf

Grichuk, lf

Rogers, 3b

Beltre, 3b

Beltre, 3b

6.

Stewart, c

Tomlinson, 2b

Lucroy, c

Lucroy, c

Lucroy, c

7.

Morneau, 1b

Stewart, c

Gennett, 2b

Gennett, 2b

Tomlinson, 2b

8.

Tejada, ss

Tejada, ss

Tejada, ss

Tejada, ss

Tejada, ss

9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST

 

 

 

 

SCT

 

 

 

 

 

BAG

Bumgarner

 

 

Eickhoff, Blanton, Heston

Richards, Burnett

LVB

Happ

 

Hammel, Volquez

Gallardo, Miller

 

SBM

 

Garcia, Kershaw

Collmenter

Degrom, Iwakuma

Peavy

 

CENTRAL

 

 

 

 

AGN

 

 

Fiers, Bettis

Shields, Hendricks, Samardzjia

 

AZL

Heaney

 

 

Lackey, Lynn, Syndergaard, Desclafani

 

LAN

 

Hamels, Niese

Koehler, Weaver

Ross

Strasburg

HAW

Lester

 

Greinke

Hahn, Leake, Iglesias

Nuno

 

EAST

 

 

 

 

STL

 

 

 

 

 

CHI

Gonzalez

Paxton

Colon, Hellickson

Nelson

 

PBC

 

 

Jungmann, Fister

Nola, Fernandez, Teheran, Cashner

 

VBS

Wood x2

 

Hernandez, Latos

Scherzer, Ross, Eovaldi

 

Special Lineup Notes

 

Batting Notes By Position

Catcher

Lucroy vs. R and Stewart vs. L share the position. Both catchers are capable players both ways.

1b:

Fielder vs. R and Morneau vs. L; however, both are capable both ways too. Rogers is a very strong hitter and will start in some lineups.

2b:

Gennett vs. R and Tomlinson vs. L.  Gennett should NEVER bat against a lefty pitcher!  Once Tomlinson is in the game, he generally stays in the game.

SS:

Tejada starts both ways.

3b:

Beltre plays most days with Rogers doing his Albert Pujols impersonation at times during the season.

OF:

Trout starts in cf and NEVER comes out. 

Stanton and Grichuk start all home games, but are prone to injury.  When Stanton is hurt, Grichuk moves from lf to rf and bats 3rd.  Jaso plays lf in the L V. R lineups and Davis plays in the STD and R V R lineups.  Jaso/Davis bat 4th behind Grichuk. 

If Grichuk is hurt, then the Jaso/Davis team play in lf.  If both Stanton and Grichuk are hurt, then Jaso is in rf based on his stronger arm (+2 vs. +3 – ha!) and Davis is in lf.  Jaso bats third and Davis fourth. Davis mashes in the Coliseum.

Rogers is a desperation outfielder if things go really badly.

 

 

Batting Instructions

Player Usage: Blowouts

Pull the following players in losing blowouts (down by 7 or more after 7 innings): Stanton, Grichuk, Stewart, Tomlinson, and Jaso.  The outfield is now Davis in lf, Trout in cf, and Rogers in rf.  Ugh!

PH vs. L

Righties: Rogers, Tomlinson (usually stays in the game at 2b), Stewart.
Lefties: Morneau* and Fielder*

PH vs. R

Righties: Davis, Rogers, Stewart
Lefties: Jaso* and Morneau*

Stewart and Jaso are great in the clutch off the bench!

Additional Comments

The Coliseum plays heavily toward right handed batters.  Rogers and Davis are very strong coming off the bench here.

Hit and Run

Lucroy and Tejada are B’s, but generally swing from the heals at home.

MISCELLANEOUS


Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting

Pitchers sacrifice, even with two strikes.

Base running

Run all the A’s with aggressiveness (65% or better).

Score at 60%, or 50% with two outs.

Send trailers to second aggressively, to third conservatively

Send low percentage trailer when a runner is also coming home and the chances of him scoring are marginal without help (between 50-70%) and the game beyond the 5th inning and it’s close (between ahead by 5 runs and down 2 runs).  If the chances of him scoring are greater than 70% then don’t create an additional out by sending a low percentage trailer.  The only exception is if the pitcher is coming up and you are not going to PH for him.  In that case, try to create a run prior to his at-bat by sending the trailer!

Throwing

Outfield throws/cutoffs: Generally be conservative early in the game and more aggressive late in the game.

Always get the sure out on Defense Option plays, unless (1) the chances of the leading runner being safe are less than 35%, or (b) its past the 7th inning and it allows the leading or winning run to score.

C

1B

2B

SS

3B

LF

CF

RF

Lucroy

Morneau

Tomlinson

Tejada

Beltre

Grichuk

Trout

Stanton

Stewart

Rogers

Gennett

Tomlinson

Rogers

Jaso

 

Grichuk

 

Fielder

 

 

 

Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rogers

 

 

 

Intentional Walks

Use this aggressively, epically late in tight games with runner on base.  Don’t let your best hitter beat us!

Pitching Rotation

 

Road Games

 

 

Home Games

 

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

 

WEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAG

Zimmerman

Cole

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

LVB

Zimmerman

Cole

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

SBM

Zimmerman

Harvey

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

SCT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CENTRAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AZL

Zimmerman

Cole

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

AGN

Zimmerman

Harvey

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

HAW

Zimmerman

Harvey

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

LAN

Martinez

Harvey

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

EAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHI

Zimmerman

Cole

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

PBC

Zimmerman

Martinez

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

STL

Zimmerman

Martinez

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Zimmerman

Wilson

 

VBS

Zimmerman

Cole

Wilson

 

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divisional Games – ROAD GAMES

 

Divisional Games – HOME GAMES

Opp.

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

 

Game #1

Game #2

Game #3

Game #4

BAG

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

Zimmerman

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

Zimmerman

LVB

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

Zimmerman

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

Zimmerman

SBM

Martinez

Harvey

Wilson

Zimmerman

 

Martinez

Harvey

Cole

Zimmerman

Notes: Harvey = 20; Cole = 20; Martinez = 20; Zimmerman = 17; Wilson = 13,

Starter

Comments

Harvey/Cole

These are “the guys.”  PH if we are tied or losing late in the game, but they should generally go until in dots.

Martinez

Carlos will start the first game in all home series and should be a solid starter at the Coliseum.  With Harvey and Cole behind him you can be rather aggressive with the bullpen when Martinez pitches.  Keep Carlos in until he’s in dots or gives up 4 runs, then to the pen.

Zimmermann

Zim will start the last game in the 4-game series.  He’s not so good.  You’ll know the shape of the pen when you get to this game, but the trick is to max out the pen.

Wilson

Will only start on the road.

BULLPEN:

Type

Pitcher

Closer:

Benoit (2).  65 total innings here.  He can easily be a 2-inning closer.

Setup:

Blazek (2), but he can come in the game at any point to reestablish stability.

Situational:

 

    -R’y gets R’y:

Benoit

    -R’y gets L’y:

Maurer, Robles.  Maurer can face some RHB, but avoid pitching Robles against them in the Coliseum because of those 7 BP HRs!

    -L’y gets L’y:

Chafin* (2) and Thornton*

    -L’y gets R’y:

Thornton*

Longman/mop-up:

Blazek (2) and Chafin* (2) are the long guys. Robles and Maurer for mop-up.  Chafin also is available for mop-up because he has 75 innings to burn.

Additional comments:

 

Final comments: The Coliseum remains a track and field/football stadium.  It is not a baseball stadium.  As such, it is a hitter’s delight and a pitcher’s nightmare.  Neither team will generally be out of the game until it ends.  There is always a slugger’s chance.

 

2016 Awards:

2016 PCL Champion:

Santa Barbara Mooners

 

 

2016 MVP Voting:

MVP: B. Harper, LVB

Cy Young: J. Arriera, STL

2016 ALL STARS:

C: B. Posey, PBC

1b: J. Votto, AZL

2b: D. Gordon, STL

SS: Tie: B. Crawford, PBC; J. Peralta, AGN

3b: J. Kang, HAW

OF: B. Harper, LVB

OF: M. Trout, SCT

OF: R. Grichuk, SCT

Manager: Eric

GM: Mike

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