Posted on February 20, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek 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.
Now, in part four of six, he brings you the National League Central:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: NL East Players to Watch.
Part 3: AL Central Players to Watch.
Chicago Cubs (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alfredo Simon, Billy Hamilton, Bobby Crosby, Brandon Inge, Brent Lillibridge, Brett Jackson, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Clint Hurdle, Ian Stewart, Jake Westbrook, Jameson Taillon, Jeff Locke, Jon Jay, Josh Vitters, Martin Maldonado, Mat Gamel, Matt Garza, Michael McKenry, Miguel Olivo, Mike Leake, Milwaukee Brewers, Oscar Taveras, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Furcal, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, Scooter Gennett, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Cozart | 2 Comments »
Posted on January 21, 2013 by Andrew Martin
With just three weeks until pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training locations, the baseball offseason is winding down, but it’s not ending with a whimper. This has been one of the more eventful offseasons in recent memory, with constant activity, surprises, and even some quality free agents like Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn still available at this late date.
If the 2013 season can be half as eventful as this winter has been, fans should be in for quite a treat.
Unfortunately, this past week ended with some truly sad news about two baseball legends; considerably darkening this installment of notes. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Corey Hart, Earl Weaver, Free Agents, Kyle Lohse, Mark McGwire, Mat Gamel, Michael Bourne, Mike Napoli, Milwaukee Brewers, Mudcat Grant, PEDs, Sammy Sosa, St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial, WBC, World Baseball Classic | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 27, 2012 by Andrew Martin
“Moonlight” Graham, best remembered as the tragic figure in the movie Field of Dreams, was a real baseball player, who really did get into only one major league game in his entire career without recording an at-bat. Unfortunately he is just one of many players whose major league career was measured in hours instead of base hits, home runs, and innings. Pitcher Ray Peters lasted all of two innings in the majors, but it was something he’ll never forget. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews | Tagged: Clinton Pistols, Gene Brabender, Interview, Jimmy Reese, Milwaukee Brewers, Moonlight Graham, Norm Shepard, Ray Peters | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 23, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Even with the playoff action at a fever pitch, it’s not too early to look ahead at the free agent class of 2013 and how they might impact teams next season. Ultimately the number of zeroes on the checks will determine where the players sign, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean that they will go where they would be the best fit. Every player about to enter free agency has one landing spot that would work well for them and the team; it just depends on if they both realize it and if the money is right.
If I were playing matchmaker, here is who I would pair up this offseason: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: B.J. Upton, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Free Agents, Josh Hamilton, Milwaukee Brewers, Nick Swisher, Texas Rangers, Zack Greinke | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 14, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Rookie of the Year Award, also referred to as the Jackie Robinson Award by the BBWAA and the Willie Mays Award by the BBA, does not have strict voting standards other than the fact that the player must be a rookie. The award, though, has caused many arguments thanks to the way some perceive the standard at which the award should be voted. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryce Harper, Jake McGee, Jarrod Parker, Lance Lynn, Los Angeles Angels, Matt Moore, Mike Fiers, Mike Trout, Milwaukee Brewers, Norichika Aoki, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Rookie of the Year, Texas Rangers, Todd Frazier, Wade Miley, Washington Nationals, Willie Mays Award, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 2, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
If you were to ask me in the offseason what my thoughts on Milwaukee Brewers right-handed pitcher Mike Fiers were I would likely have told you he barely has a shot at cracking a Major League rotation. In fact, I ranked him the Brewers 14th best prospect in the offseason and this is what I had to say about him: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Mike Fiers, Milwaukee Brewers | 6 Comments »
Posted on July 28, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Milwaukee Brewers traded right-handed ace Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels last night in exchange for shortstop prospect Jean Segura and right-handed pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena. The Angels, looking to win now made a move that I like despite giving up three good prospects. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Ariel Pena, Erick Aybar, Garrett Richards, Howie Kendrick, James Shields, Jean Segura, John Hellweg, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Stephen Strasburg, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Trades, Zack Greinke | Leave a Comment »
Posted on May 8, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Last week the Brevard County Manatees came to Tampa to face off against the Florida State League Tampa Yankees and I was fortunate enough to catch the Brewers 2011 first round pick Jed Bradley in action.
Bradley’s overall line of allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings was far less indicative of how he pitched in the game. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Brevard County Manatees, Florida State League, J.R. Murphy, Jed Bradley, Kyle Roller, Milwaukee Brewers, Neil Medchill, New York Yankees, Prospects, Rob Segedin, Shane Greene, Tampa Yankees | 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 »
Posted on March 22, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
The other day I kicked off the first of a series of posts in which I will take a look at rookies who should or could have an impact in 2012. I will be going by division by division taking a look at rookies for each team. I will make my pick for the rookie whom I think will have the biggest impact as well as other guys to watch for. In the first article I took a look at the rookies in the NL West and up next is the National League Central.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Anthony Rizzo, Aramis Ramirez, Brett Jackson, Bryan LaHair, Chicago Cubs, Chris Carpenter, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Eduardo Sanchez, Geovany Soto, Houston Astros, J.B. Shuck, Jed Lowrie, Jeff Locke, Jose Altuve, Juan Abreu, Justin Wilson, Lance Lynn, Logan Schafer, Marco Duarte, Mark Rogers, Martin Maldonado, Marwin Gonzalez, Milwaukee Brewers, Paul Clemens, Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Dolis, Rickie Weeks, Rookie of the Year, Shelby Miller, St. Louis Cardinals, Starling Marte, Taylor Green, Todd Frazier, Welington Castillo, Wily Peralta, Zack Cozart | 6 Comments »