Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (NL Central)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

Click here for Part 1 (NL East).

Click here for Part 2 (AL East). 

NL CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs

  • C Yaniel Cabezas
  • 1B Roney Alcala
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo
  • SS Varonex Cuevas
  • OF Charcer Burks
  • OF Jenner Emeterio
  • OF Bijan Radenmacher
  • DH Rock Shoulders
  1. RHP Brohiglyn Rivero
  2. RHP Adbert Alzolay
  3. LHP Yapson Gomez
  4. RHP Greyfer Eregua
  5. RHP Harrinson Bermudez

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds

  • C Chadwick Tromp
  • 1B Jhimmy Lopez
  • 2B Oviel Florentino
  • 3B Ery Bernabel
  • SS Zach Vincej
  • OF Beau Amaral
  • OF Aristides Aquino
  • OF Diohanky Mejia
  • DH Argenis Aldazoro
  1. RHP Werleen Taveras
  2. RHP Franderlyn Romero
  3. RHP Soid Marquez
  4. RHP Wendolyn Bautista
  5. RHP Radhames Quezada

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (AL East)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

Click here for Part 1 (NL East).

AL EAST

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

  • C Steel Russell
  • 1B Rockny Martinez
  • 2B Torsten Boss
  • 3B Yeridolfo Lizardo
  • SS Gonzalo Galastica
  • OF Trent Mummey
  • OF Rochendrick Alexander
  • OF Andrickson Zorrilla
  • DH Pita Rona
  1. RHP Nik Nowottnick
  2. RHP Dioni Dominguez
  3. RHP Lu Franc-Cito LeFranc
  4. RHP Ofelky Peralta
  5. RHP Yeizer Marrugo

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

  • C Alixon Suarez
  • 1B Darwin Pena
  • 2B Heiker Meneses
  • 3B Jantzen Witte
  • SS Raymel Flores
  • OF Kendrick Perkins
  • OF Raiwinson Lameda
  • OF Forrestt Allday
  • DH Gerardo Carrizalez
  1. RHP Enfember Martinez
  2. RHP Hildemaro Requena
  3. LHP Darwinzon Hernandez
  4. RHP Yankory Pimentel
  5. LHP Jervis Torrealba

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (NL East)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

NL EAST

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves

  • C Orrin Sears
  • 1B Juruengelo Tielman
  • 2B Mattia Mercuri
  • 3B Mike Dodig
  • SS Ray-Patrick Didder
  • OF Nisandro Cleofa
  • OF Fernelys Sanchez
  • OF Ledernin Tejada
  • DH Trenton Moses
  1. RHP Osman Manzanares
  2. RHP Evertz Orozco
  3. RHP Dakota Dill
  4. RHP Francois Lafreniere
  5. RHP Jesus Jones

Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins

  • C Yobanis Pinto
  • 1B Viosergy Rosa
  • 2B Terrence Dayleg
  • 3B J.T. Riddle
  • SS Garvis Lara
  • OF Wildert Pujols
  • OF Coco Johnson
  • OF Alinson Peguero
  • DH Iramis Olivencia
  1. RHP Jheyson Manzueta
  2. RHP Jorgan Cavenerio
  3. RHP Yeims Mendoza
  4. RHP Yonqueli Perez
  5. RHP Esmerling De La Rosa

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Chris Resop: The Most Interesting Reliever In the World

UPDATE: Chris Resop is a real estate agent now. We interviewed him for Barbecast 50!

Chris Resop is a 31-year-old right-handed reliever. Since 2005, he’s pitched for the Marlins, Angels, Braves, Pirates, and A’s. He has a 4.62 ERA in 243.1 career innings. His career bWAR is 0.2. Chris Resop is unremarkable.

Or is he?

As some of you may know, I am quite fond of ridiculously lopsided batter-pitcher match-ups. The match-up that everyone’s been freaking out about lately is Paul Goldschmidt vs. Tim Lincecum, and rightfully so. It’s completely ridiculous. Anyway, I was recently checking out Starlin Castro’s most lopsided match-ups. Sure enough, there was Resop. Castro is 6-8 with three home runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts, and one hit-by-pitch against Mr. Resop. Interesting! Sorta. Using our buddy Daren Willman‘s amazing Media tab on Chris Resop’s player page over on baseballsavant.com, I went back and found video of the three dingers he gave up to Starlin.

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Wait. What? I went looking for these videos in search of a pattern; maybe a pattern of pitch location, or pitch type. What I found was something far more fascinating. I have documented before how spectacular pitchers’ reactions are to giving up home runs, especially when the home run hitter is Barry Bonds. These three simple screenshots led me to the obvious question that thousands before me have surely asked: does Chris Resop grab his crotch after every home run he allows?

I returned to Chris Resop’s baseballsavant page in search of answers. The Media tab on baseballsavant player pages provides video of every play the player was involved in, as tagged by MLB Advanced Media. I decided to watch every home run that Chris Resop has ever allowed (or at least, the ones provided by MLB) and see what I found. The results:

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Pokemon or Minor Leaguer???

Pokemon and baseball have a lot in common. Both involve pure athleticism. Both involve an end goal of “catching them all.” But the most important thing these two staples of American society share are absurd names. Take your best shot and see if you can guess which of these names are Pokemon and which of these names are actual Minor League baseball players.

1. Chespin

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2. Klefki

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3. Edioglis

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Ben Revere Makes Baseball History

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During Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers, Ben Revere bunted. It didn’t seem like anything particularly special; Ben Revere bunts all the time. He even bunts in the shower. What made that moment special was that it was the 1,409th plate appearance of Revere’s career, which was also his 1,409th consecutive plate appearance without a home run. With that seemingly innocuous bunt against Martin Perez, Revere broke Tim Johnson’s expansion era record for the most plate appearances in a career for a position player without a home run. In the grand scheme of things, this means absolutely nothing. This achievement will not be celebrated. It will not be talked about at whatever office water cooler you frequent. His bat will not be sent to the Hall of Fame for eternal enshrinement. Skip Bayless will not yell mercilessly into space at no one in particular about how Ben Revere is the greatest of all time. None of these things will happen. But that doesn’t mean Ben Revere isn’t an American hero.

Revere debuted in the big leagues on September 7th, 2010. Since that day Miguel Cabrera has hit 123 home runs, Travis Wood has hit 5, and Munenori Kawasaki has one lonely dinger. Since that day Barry Bonds has slashed .321/.491/.812 with 451 home runs. Whether due to a lack of strength, a swing not suited for loft, or an unwarranted fear of recreating The Sandlot, Revere has kept the ball in the yard for every single one of his 1,409 career plate appearances.

While Revere currently holds the record for most PA’s without a HR, his reign could end suddenly with a single swing. Many before him have overtaken Johnson’s record only to see their title disappear as they launched a dinger or two into the crowd before calling it quits. The three players with the most PA’s into their career without a homer in the expansion era were:

3.) Larry Bowa: 1,744 PA’s without a home run.

2.) Frank Taveras: 1,779 PA’s without a home run.

1.) Greg Gross: 1,890 PA’s without a home run.

1,890 PA’s is a lot of times to walk up to the plate with a wood stick and not use that wood stick to place a ball in the stands. Gross wasn’t even a bad player, putting up almost 10 WAR before he ever hit a home run. His first dinger came on 7/6/77, one day away from biblical immortality, against the Expos at Wrigley Field. It was a joyous day for Greg, the Gross family, and the entire city of Chicago.

If what Greg Gross did was impressive in some sort of weird way, then what Frank Taveras accomplished was much more impressive-er than Gross’ grossness. Taveras’ first home run came almost a month after Gross hit his first on 8/5/77. While Gross was able to hit his first dinger over an actual fence, Taveras had to settle for an inside-the-park home run. Such a novelty officially counts as a home run, but who the hell cares, I want to know when a player hit a ball over the wall. So then when was Taveras’ first over-the-fence-ball? The answer: 1,437 PLATE APPEARANCES LATER. WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY MIND-BLOWINGLY INSANE.

Newspaper Clipping From The Day Taveras Hit His First Over-The-Fence-Ball

Newspaper Clipping From The Day Taveras Hit His First Over-The-Fence-Ball

IT TOOK FRANK TAVERAS 3,216 PLATE APPEARANCES TO HIT A HOME RUN OVER THE FENCE. During one stretch in his career, Barry Bonds hit 275 home runs in 3,216 plate appearances. It took Taveras that long to hit just one. One dinger. One measly little over-the-fence ball. After over 800 career games, Taveras finally sent one to the peons in the bleachers on August 18th, 1979.

What Ben Revere has done, or really, what he hasn’t been able to do, is pretty astounding compared to the rest of baseball history. But if you look at what Ben Revere has done compared to what Frank  Taveras did, Revere looks like Barry Bonds on steroids ;). At his current pace, Revere will need to play nearly four more seasons without a home run to catch Taveras.

Taveras holds a record meant to be broken, but more importantly, a record worth watching. But right now, all we can do as fans is stand up and cheer on Mr. Revere in his quest to play baseball the way it was played in 1899. Revere’s current title could evaporate at any moment so make sure you keep your fingers crossed that the wind keeps blowing in wherever Ben Revere can be found.