Posted on February 17, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino is trekking through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
He has already given us his AL East Players to Watch. Now, in part two of six, he brings you the National League East: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, Bill Bray, Blake DeWitt, Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, Christian Bethancourt, Daniel Murphy, Domonic Brown, Drew Storen, Eric O'Flaherty, Eury Perez, Frank Francisco, Gerald Laird, Jacob Turner, Jhonatan Solano, John Mayberry, Jonathan Pettibone, Jordan Schafer, Jordany Valdespin, Kyle Kendrick, Marlon Byrd, Matt Downs, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Rafael Soriano, Reese Havens, Ricky Nolasco, Sean Gilmartin, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yuniesky Betancourt, Zach Duke, Zack Cox | 4 Comments »
Posted on April 12, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
Jordan Schafer was once one of the top prospects in the Braves organization and in all of baseball. In 2008 he was the number 25 prospect by Baseball Americaand in 2009 he was ranked 42nd. In 2009 Schafer broke camp as the Braves starting centerfielder and the organization had high hopes for him after an impressive spring. He opened the season pretty hot but he soon started to decline and was soon sidelined for the remainder of the year with a left wrist injury. He played for a bit with this wrist injury which potentially did much more damage. Schafer went on to have surgery on that wrist in the offseason. He saw only 195 plate appearances at the big level and 38 PA at AAA in that 2009 season.
In 2010, Schafer was still recovering from this injury and struggled once he started to play. He spent the year between class A and Triple A and did not see anytime at the big league level. His line was .201/.268/.255 and things were not looking good for Schafer at all. In 2011 he spent time at both AAA and the major league level but he still was not performing but in July he was placed on the disabled list with a chip fracture in his left middle finger. The Braves were in need of a center fielder at the deadline after Nate McLouth went down and they made a deal with the Astros for Michael Bourn and Jordan Schafer was a part of the package to Houston.
Schafer went on to finish the year as Houston’s starting center fielder in 2011 after recovering from injury. He hit .245/.314/.311 in 118 plate appearances. Now that brings us to 2012.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, Cameron Maybin, Houston Astros, Jordan Schafer, Michael Bourn, Nate McLouth | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 29, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
I am continuing my 2012 prediction series by revealing my NL Central standings and adding a few positive and negative predictions for each team. In case you missed it, I have already revealed my AL East Predictions, AL Central Predictions, AL West Predictions, and NL East Predictions and we, as a staff, revealed some of our overall MLB predictions. Enjoy. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Alex Gonzalez, Alex Presley, Alfonso Soriano, Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Phillips, Bronson Arroyo, Bryan LaHair, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Lee, Cesar Izturis, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Darwin Barney, David Freese, Devin Mesoraco, Erik Bedard, Houston Astros, Ian Stewart, J.A. Happ, Jaime Garcia, Jeff Karstens, Jeff Samardzija, Joel Hanrahan, Joey Votto, Jon Jay, Jordan Lyles, Jordan Schafer, Kyle Lohse, Livan Hernandez, Marco Estrada, Matt Carpenter, Matt Downs, Milwaukee Brewers, Neil Walker, Nyjer Morgan, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, Sean Marshall, St. Louis Cardinals, Starling Marte, Wandy Rodriguez | 1 Comment »