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Top 50 Prospects Update: Gibson, Drabek, Alonso, Moore and Chisenhall

With nearly a quarter of the MLB season in the books, and some of the baseball’s best prospects now suiting up for their respective big league squads, it’s time to reflect on the performances of our Top 50 Prospects.  Today we look at 34-30, which includes: Kyle Gibson, Kyle Drabek, Yonder Alonso, Matt Moore and Lonnie Chisenhall.

34. Kyle Gibson, RHP, Minnesota Twins

Triple-A: 1-3, 4.25 ERA, 42.1 IP, 8 BB, 41 K, 1.181 WHIP, 6 HR (1.3 HR/9)

33. Kyle Drabek, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

MLB: 3-3, 4.34 ERA, 56 IP, 37 BB, 38 K, 1.66 WHIP

32. Yonder Alonso, 1B/LF, Cincinnati Reds

Triple-A: .331/.393/.543, 15 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 17 BB, 24 K, 5-for-7 SB

31. Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays

Double-A: 2-3, 3.28 ERA, 46.2 IP, 13 BB, 65 K, 1.029 WHIP

30. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Cleveland Indians

Triple-A: .268/.362/.405, 10 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 29 K

Golden Sombrero: Marlon Byrd

Top 1: Marlon Byrd struck out swinging against Edinson Volquez

Top 4: Byrd struck out swinging against Volquez

Top 6: Byrd struck out swinging against Volquez

Top 8: Byrd struck out swinging against Jordan Smith

Final Line: 0-4, 4K

Notes: Byrd simply couldn’t touch Volquez on Tuesday, striking out swinging in each of his three at-bats against the Reds’ starter.  Although he is hitting .309, Byrd’s non-existent power continues to leave people thinking, “What the hell was that first half of 2010 all about?”

Total 2011 Sombreros: 25

Playing LOL-ball: Funniest names in baseball history

What’s in a name? A great many syllables, if you’re Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish. But while the former journeyman pitcher’s title is impressively weird, it has many rivals – most of them old-timey – for the goofiest name in professional baseball history.

I’ve compiled a brief, unordered list of those names. Who is the funniest? And whom, as I quickly scoured over a century of data, did I unjustly overlook?


Poll: National League Player of the Month

Stats through April 27, 2011

Troy Tulowitzki: .326/.416/.674, 7 2B, 3B, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 58 TB, 14 BB, 8 K, 1.4 WAR, .349 ISO

  • 10 multi-hit games
  • April 11 – April 16:  13-for-24, 2 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 8 RBI

Joey Votto: .376/.505/.624, 21 R, 7 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 53 TB, 21 BB, 12 K, 2.1 WAR, .276 ISO

  • 10 multi-hit games
  • Reached base safely in every game
  • vs. left-handers: .579/.600/.842
  • w/ runners in scoring position: 7-for-16, 2 2B, HR, 9 RBI, 9 BB, 2 K

Lance Berkman: .371/.443/.729, 18 R, 7 2B, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 51 TB, 9 BB, 8 K, 1.2 WAR, .321 ISO

  • 10 multi-hit games
  • April 11 – April 15: 10-for-21, 9 R, 6 HR, 12 RBI
  • w/ runners in scoring .412/.500/.647, HR, 10 RBI
  • w/ two outs: .450/.542/.900, 3 HR, 10 RBI


Sunday Night Baseball Liveblog: Reds vs. Cardinals

Welcome to the first-ever Sunday Night Baseball Liveblog at The Golden Sombrero.  The Liveblog is a joint-chat with our friends over at Diamond Hoggers and Off-Base Percentage, where the chat will also be hosted.

We plan to have one every Sunday night during the game of the week, so if you’re sitting around and watching the game, come watch the Reds battle the Cardinals with all of us.  We expect a good crowd tonight; almost all of our staff should be in attendance.  Punch and pie will be served.