2017 Southern California Trojans

 
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2017 Team Instructions

The 2016 Trojans just missed the playoffs in their final run from their terrific 2012-13 auction group.  Mike Trout has moved on, but the Trojans were able to snag Andrew McCutchen from the WWW and resign Giancalo Stanton at a slight discount from the auction.  That brings back two members from the famous Trojan outfield of years ago.  Can these Trojans compete in the West and bring home another Western Division crown?  That’s this year’s goal.

Last minute Roster Move:

SCT cut Zach Duke, moved up Gerrit Cole to the majors, and picked up Shelby Miller in the minors.

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

Carlos Martinez

25

$7

2018*

195

 

Jon Gray

25

$1

2020

168

 

Mike Foltynewicz

25

$15

2020

123

 

Joe Ross

24

$6

2019

105

 

Gerrit Cole

26

$14

2018

116

 

Pitchers: Relievers

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

IP

Notes

Ivan Nova

30

$13

2019

162

 

Brandon Maurer

26

$4

2019*

70

 

A.J. Schugel

28

$12

2017

52

 

Pedro Strop

32

$19

2018

47

 

David Phelps

30

$10

2017

87

 

Brad Hand*

27

$8

2018

89

 

Batters: Catchers

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

AB

Notes

Jonathan Lucroy

31

$13

2017

490

 

Jeff Mathis

29

$1

2019

126

 

Batters: Infielders

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

AB

Notes

John Jaso*

33

$2

2019^

380

 

Tommy Joseph

25

$8

2020

315

 

Albert Pujols

37

$4

2019

593

 

Javier Baez

24

$1

2020

421

 

Chase Utley*

38

$1

2017

512

 

Trevor Story

24

$13

2020

372

 

Adrian Beltre

38

$8

2017

583

 

Batters: Outfielders

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

AB

Notes

Andrew McCutchen

30

$22

2018

598

 

Khris Davis

29

$6

2017*

555

 

Giancarlo Stanton

27

$28

2020

413

 

Josh Reddick*

30

$6

2020

398

 

Justin Upton

29

$4

2020

570

 

Minors

Name

Age

Salary

Grad

Matt Harvey

28

$5

M

Shelby Miller

26

$1

M

Josh Bell+

24

$4

M

Albert Almora

23

$4

M

Jordan Zimmermann

31

$8

2019^

Starting Line-ups

 

STD vs. L

L vs. L

STD vs. R

L vs. R

R vs. R

1.

Baez, 2b

Baez, 2b

Jaso*, 1b

Jaso*, 1b

Reddick*, cf

2.

Story, ss

Story, ss

Beltre, 3b

Beltre, 3b

Beltre, 3b

3.

Beltre, 3b

Beltre, 3b

Reddick*, cf

Reddick*, cf

Lucroy, c

4.

Stanton, rf

Stanton, rf

Lucroy, c

Lucroy, c

Stanton, rf

5.

Mathis, c

Mathis, c

Utley*, 2b

Utley*, 2b

Story, SS

6.

Joseph, 1b

Joseph, 1b

Stanton, rf

Stanton, rf

Davis, lf

7.

Davis, lf

Davis, lf

Story, SS

Story, SS

Pujols, 1b

8.

McCutchen, cf

McCutchen, cf

Davis, lf

Davis, lf

Baez, 2b

9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEST
 

 

 

 

SCT

 

 

 

 

 

BAG

Hill, Bumgarner

 

 

 

Nolasco, Leake, Karns

LVB

Happ

 

 

Lackey, Hammel, Nicasio

Roark, Wisler

SBM

Kershaw, Ray

 

Iwakuma

Eickhoff

Straily

 

CENTRAL
 

 

 

 

AGN

 

 

Hendricks, Chacin

Maeda, Samardziha

Rea

AZL

 

Rusin, Paxton

 

Syndergaard, Cravy, Desclafani

Guerra, Stripling

LAN

Hamels, Matz

 

Koehler

Degrom

Strasburg

HAW

Lester, Corbin

 

Velasquez, Greinke, Shoemaker

Iglesias

Kennedy

 

EAST
 

 

 

 

STL

 

 

 

 

 

CHI

Montgomery

 

Arrieta, Chatwood, Hellickson

Colon

 

PBC

 

Wood

Lugo, Davies

Fernandez, Teheran

Nola

VBS

 

Moore

 

Cueto, Scherzer, Hernandez, Eovaldi

 

Total

10

4

12

18

12

Special Lineup Notes

 

Batting Notes By Position

Catcher

Lucroy vs. R and Mathis vs. L share the starting roles at catcher; however, Lucroy remains in once he’s in.  Mathis then becomes a PH vs. L.

1b:

Jaso starts vs. R and Joseph vs. L; Pujols is the most balanced.  Jaso should never bat vs LHP.

2b:

Utley vs. R and Baez vs. L.  Utley should only bat against a LHP if Story is injured!  Once Baez is in the game, he generally stays in the game.

SS:

Story starts both ways.  Baez is the injury replacement and should bat 8th if starting.

3b:

Beltre plays full-time.

OF:

Stanton starts in rf and Davis in lf.  Neither player EVER comes out. 

Reddick (vs. RHP) and McCutchen (vs. LHP) will platoon in cf.  Upton is nice substitute and PH.

 

 

Batting Instructions

Player Usage: Blowouts

No usage issues this year; however, Story should not bat in a blowout either way due to marginal D when ahead and a big injury factor when losing!

PH vs. L

Mathis, Joseph, Baez, Upton, McCutchen, Pujols

PH vs. R

Reddick, Jaso, Upton, McCutchen, Pujols, Joseph

 

Additional Comments

This team generally swings from the heals, but Reddick (A), Baez (b), Story (b), Upton (c), and Lucroy (c) are worth looking at for an occasional SB.

Hit and Run

 

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

No Diff

Baez

Story

Beltre

Reddick

McCutchen

Stanton

Mathis

 

Utley

Baez

Baez

Upton

 

Reddick

 

 

 

 

Utley

Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaso

 

 

 

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

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Martinez

Gray

 

LVB

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Martinez

Gray

 

SBM

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Cole

Phelps

 

SCT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CENTRAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AZL

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Folty

Phelps

 

AGN

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Folty

Phelps

 

HAW

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Folty

Phelps

 

LAN

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Martinez

Gray

 

EAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHI

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Martinez

Phelps

 

PBC

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Cole

Phelps

 

STL

Ross

Nova

Cole

 

 

Ross

Nova

Cole

 

VBS

Folty

Martinez

Gray

 

 

Ross

Gray

Phelps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Folty

Martinez

Gray

Ross

 

Folty

Martinez

Gray

Ross

LVB

Folty

Martinez

Gray

Ross

 

Folty

Martinez

Gray

Ross

SBM

Folty

Martinez

Gray

Ross

 

Folty

Martinez

Gray

Ross

Notes: Martinez = 20; Gray = 20; Foltynewicz =19; Ross =18; Cole = 4; Phelps 7; Nova = 2.

Starter

Comments

Martinez (195) and Gray (168)

These guys are the work horses.  They should generally pitch until the 7th or dots.

Folty (123)

Folty can average 6+ innings per start.  Please bat for him next time up after the 5th.

Ross (105) and Cole (116)

Duck and cover guys.  PH in their next AB after 4.  You will only see one of these guys in a road series.  Brad Hand (2) should be the first one in the game. Nova (4) and Phelps (3) are also available for long relief.

Phelps (87)

Eight home starts.  He will be fully available for relief on the road.

BULLPEN:

Type

Pitcher

Closer:

Strop (47-1)

Setup:

Schugel (52-2)

Situational:

 

    -R’y gets R’y:

Phelps (87-3), Nova (162-4)

    -R’y gets L’y:

Schugel (2), Maurer (70 -2)

    -L’y gets L’y:

Hand (89-2)

    -L’y gets R’y:

Hand (89-2)

Longman/mop-up:

Nova (162-4)

Additional comments:

There is a ton of innings available in the pen (total innings is the first number in the parentheses followed by the dot factor).  Don’t be shy about going to the pen early and often.

Final comments: Have a good season!

 

2016 PCL 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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