Stat of the Day – Double-A ERA leaders

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1. Travis Wood (Reds) – 1.38
2. Chuck Lofgren (Indians) – 1.48
3. Troy Patton (Orioles) – 1.62
4. Cristhian Martinez (Marlins) – 1.84
5. Zach McAllister (Yankees) – 1.91
6. Brad Lincoln (Pirates) – 2.05
7. Hector Rondon (Indians) – 2.08
8. Brooks Brown (Tigers) – 2.21
9. Casey Lambert (Cubs) – 2.32
10. Trevor Bell (Angels) – 2.34
11. Henry Sosa (Giants) – 2.40
12. Jordan Smith (Reds) – 2.45

13. Travis Banwart (Athletics) – 2.47
14. Chris Cody (Brewers) – 2.49
15. Aaron Poreda (White Sox) – 2.58
16. Reidier Gonzalez (Blue Jays) – 2.62
17. James Avery (Reds) – 2.65
18. Kasey Kiker (Rangers) – 2.74
19. Junichi Tazawa (Red Sox) – 2.82
20. Vance Worley (Phillies) – 2.83

– Extra credit goes to Bell, Banwart and Kiker, the only Texas League
pitchers on the list. Rounding out the top five for the more
offensive-minded of the three leagues are Rockies prospects Samuel
Deduno (2.98) and Esmil Rogers (3.00). Fellow Rockies prospect Jhoulys
Chacin, probably the league’s best pitching prospect, is at 3.49.

– Phillies prospect Antonio Bastardo is at 1.82 with a 39/7 K/BB
ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He misses qualifying because of some time
spent in the pen at the beginning of the season.

– Lofgren, considered one of the game’s top left-handed prospects a
couple of years ago, was left unprotected in the December Rule 5 draft
because of some massive command woes. He wasn’t picked, though, and
he’s turned his career around in a big way.

– One more little list. Here’s the top five in strikeouts:

Marc Rzepczynski (Blue Jays) – 63
Jake Arrieta (Orioles) – 56
Aaron Poreda (White Sox) – 55
Junichi Tazawa (Red Sox) – 54
Sean West (Marlins) – 50

Keith Law: The Braves have the best farm system. Who has the worst?

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 06:  General manager Dave Stewart of the Arizona Diamondbacks laughs on the field before the Opening Day MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on April 6, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Why is this man smiling? Man, I wouldn’t be smiling if I read what I just read.

This is the week when ESPN’s Keith Law releases his prospect and farm system rankings. He kicks off his content this week with a top-to-bottom ranking of all 30 farm systems. As a rule he limits his analysis to players who are currently in the minors and who have not yet exhausted their rookie of the year eligibility.

For the second straight year, Law ranks the Braves as the best system in baseball. Number two — making a big leap from last year’s number 13 ranking – is the New York Yankees. Dead last: the Arizona Diamondbacks, which Law says “Dave Stewart ritually disemboweled” over the past two years. That’s gotta hurt.

If you want to know the reasons and the rankings of everyone in between you’ll have to get an ESPN Insider subscription. Sorry, I know everyone hates to pay for content on the Internet, but Keith and others who do this kind of work put a lot of damn work into it and this is what pays their bills. I typically don’t like to pay for content myself, but I do pay for an ESPN Insider subscription. It’s worth it for Law’s work alone.

The Blue Jays will . . . not be blue some days next year

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The Toronto Blue Jays, like a lot of teams, will wear an alternate jersey next year. It’ll be for Sunday home games. They call it their “Canadiana,” uniforms. Which, hey, let’s hear it for national pride.

(question to Canada: my grandmother and my three of my four maternal great-grandparents were Canadian. Does that give me any rights to emigrate? You know, just in case? No reason for asking that today. Just curious!).

Anyway, these are the uniforms:

More like RED Jays, am I right?

OK, I am not going to leave this country. I’m going to stay here and fight for what’s right: a Major League Baseball-wide ban on all red alternate jerseys for anyone except the Cincinnati Reds, who make theirs work somehow. All of the rest of them look terrible.

Oh, Canada indeed.