Posted on June 7, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
On May 7th the Cincinnati Reds slugging right fielder Jay Bruce was hitting a paltry .246/.296/.345 with a single home run in more than 150 plate appearances. His unintentional walk rate (after subtracting the two plate appearances) was 5.3% and he was striking out in nearly one-third of his plate appearances. Needless to say, Bruce was not off to a good start.
Luck is not to be blamed for Bruce’s poor start due to his .370 BABIP which is well above his sub-.300 career mark coming into the season. Bruce seemed to be too aggressive at the plate, seeing 3.79 pitches per plate appearance.
Bruce’s power outage was likely due to his “all-field” approach. Usually, when a player starts using the entire field, the result is a better triple-slash. In Bruce’s case, it appeared to only give him a few more singles and a higher BABIP. Take a look at his spray chart from Opening Day to May 7th: (more…)
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Posted on April 25, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
St. Louis Cardinals’ starting pitcher Adam Wainwright almost won the Cy Young Award in 2010 when he posted a 2.42 ERA and 2.86 FIP over 230.1 innings pitched. This was his follow-up to a very similar season in 2009 and marked the second straight season Wainwright topped 230 innings pitched. Then, in February of 2011, Wainwright had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2011 season. (more…)
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Posted on April 11, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Two years ago today Sam Fuld was a mere human being when he woke up on April 11th, 2011. He was hitting a pedestrian .227/.320/.318 as the Rays headed into Boston with a 2-8 record. But when the game that started at 7:10pm EST ended a little before 11pm EST Sam Fuld had fully evolved and the Legend of Sam Fuld was in full swing.
Here is my story of how the Legend of Sam Fuld began and how the legend eventually planted its flag in the date of April 11th, 2011, a day that will forever be known as “April Fuld’s Day.”
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Posted on March 25, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to contend and continue to replenish their loaded farm system. The recent trade of James Shields and Wade Davis did just that as did their recent drafts.
Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
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Posted on March 12, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
When New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira went down with a wrist injury, that will likely keep him out of the lineup and off the field through May, the Yankees must have regretted letting Nick Swisher walk via free agency. (more…)
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Posted on February 4, 2013 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Oakland Athletics, in a move to bolster their major league roster, acquired shortstop Jed Lowrie and right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros in exchange for catching prospect Max Stassi and former top prospects Chris Carter and Brad Peacock.
The Oakland A’s signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to be their shortstop in 2013 but, before the trade, were slated to give second base duties to Scott Sizemore and third base duties to Josh Donaldson. With none of the three players mentioned above having a proven track record of success in the majors, adding someone like Lowrie, who can play all three positions, was something Billy Beane needed to do for his contending club.
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Posted on December 12, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-way trade yesterday that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, and Bryan Shaw to the Indians, and Didi Gregorious to the Diamondbacks.
The key components of this trade were Choo, Bauer, Gregorious, and Stubbs, for obvious reasons. Choo is an All-Star caliber player, Bauer is a top pitching prospect, Gregorious was highly coveted by Kevin Towers, and Stubbs in a plus defender in center. But Bryan Shaw, who has been completely overlooked, may be a better part of this trade than many people realize. (more…)
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Posted on December 10, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Tampa Bay Rays have traded James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for the bat they have been in need of in top prospect Wil Myers while also adding even more prospects and pitching depth in Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard.
Wil Myers, my number two position prospect in all of baseball behind Jurickson Profar, has Evan Longoria‘s ceiling with the bat while adding a plus arm and above-average range in right field. Like Longoria, he will strike out, but he also has the potential to be a perennial 30+ homerun hitter with the chance to hit .300. (more…)
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Posted on December 7, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Los Angeles Angels system has become depleted largely due to promotions of some guy named Mike Trout and Garrett Richards, trades that sent Jean Segura and Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee, and poor showings in recent drafts. But there is a legitimate top prospect and some young players who could help the parent club soon.
Below are my top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
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Posted on December 6, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Philadelphia Phillies, desperate for a center fielder, decided not to overpay in cash on a free agent like Michael Bourn and instead opted to overpay in trade to obtain Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins who adds more young pitching to their organization. (more…)
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