Posted on February 21, 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 five of six, he brings you the American League West:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: NL East Players to Watch.
Part 3: AL Central Players to Watch.
Part 4: NL Central Players to Watch.
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Posted on April 9, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
A couple weeks ago I began a series of posts as I take look at rookies in 2012. I have been going division by division taking a look at rookies who I think will have an impact in 2012 for each team. I’ve been making my pick for the guy who I think will have the biggest impact and note other names that could have an impact as well. So far I have taken a look at the NL West, NL Central, and NL East. I now present to you my 2012 rookie watch for the American League West.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Liddi, Alexi Amarista, Brad Peacock, Chance Ruffin, Danny Hultzen, Erasmo Ramirez, Eric Sogard, Garrett Richards, James Paxton, Jarrod Parker, Jesus Montero, Josh Donaldson, Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Taijuan Walker, Texas Rangers, Tom Milone, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 26, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
I am continuing my 2012 prediction series by revealing my AL West standings and a few positive and negative predictions for each time. In case you missed it, I have already revealed my AL East Predictions and AL Central Predictions and we, as a staff, revealed some of our overall MLB predictions. Enjoy. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Adam Rosales, Albert Pujols, Cliff Pennington, Craig Gentry, Dan Haren, Grant Balfour, Hisashi Iwakuma, Ian Kinsler, Ichiro Suzuki, Jason Vargas, Jemile Weeks, Jesus Montero, Josh Donaldson, Julio Borbon, Justin Smoak, Kevin Millwood, Leonys Martin, Los Angeles Angels, Mark Trumbo, Miguel Olivo, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Scott Downs, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Tom Milone, Vernon Wells, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | 5 Comments »
Posted on February 16, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Oakland A’s system is loaded with talent that is Big League ready this year and some upside plays in the low minors thanks to trades involving Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Andrew Bailey.
Below are my top 16 prospects with 2012 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2012 Top Prospects, A.J. Cole, Aaron Shipman, Andrew Bailey, B.A. Vollmuth, Brad Peacock, Chris Carter, Collin Cowgill, Derek Norris, Gio Gonzalez, Grant Green, Jarrod Parker, Josh Donaldson, Max Stassi, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Prospects, Raul Alcantara, Renato Nunez, Sonny Gray, Tom Milone, Trades, Trevor Cahill, Vicmal De La Cruz, Yordy Cabrera | 10 Comments »
Posted on January 6, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
It is obvious that the Athletics are in a rebuilding process. They have dealt Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Andrew Bailey this offseason for prospects in return. In an article I wrote the other week, I took a look at the Athletics potential future rotation with all the pieces in the organization. There are many top prospects and young pitchers that could make for one of the best rotations in the league. Well a handful of these guys are close to the big leagues and once ready, it could make for quite the logjam in the rotation. In the article I mentioned above I also took a shot at projecting the A’s opening day rotation which is as follows:
1. Brandon McCarthy
2. Guillermo Moscoso
3. Dallas Braden
4. Brad Peacock
5. Tom Milone
That rotation is solid looking but there are still a lot of guys that are very close to being major league ready; Jarrod Parker, Tyson Ross, and Sonny Gray. Brett Anderson should also be back in the rotation by the middle of the season. Well with those guys knocking at the door, some space may need to be cleared in the rotation. The perfect opportunity for that: The Trade Deadline.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adeiny Hechavarria, Albert Pujols, Andrew Bailey, Brad Peacock, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Collin Cowgill, Dallas Braden, David Freese, Derek Norris, Gabriel Rosa, Gio Gonzalez, Grant Green, Guillermo Moscoso, Jarrod Parker, Josh Reddick, Juan Francisco, Mat Latos, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Oakland A's, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Scott Rolen, Sonny Gray, Tom Milone, Trevor Cahill, Tyson Ross, Zack Cox, Zack Cozart | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 24, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
Year in and year out the Athletics’ rotation has been very solid. Last year’s rotation featured a handful of young starters including Brandon McCarthy, Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Guillermo Moscoso.
This offseason though, the Athletics have entered rebuilding mode and they traded off two of these pitchers. First, the A’s traded Trevor Cahill (and Craig Breslow) to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for Jarrod Parker, Collin Cowgill, and Ryan Cook.
Another move was made the other day when they traded Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals and received A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone. The addition of those pitchers to the pitchers already in the system projects for a very good future rotation in Oakland.
There are already a handful of young pitchers in Oakland that have a couple years of major league service under their belt. The list includes Brandon McCarthy, Guillermo Moscoso, Josh Outman, Brett Anderson, and Dallas Braden.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Collin Cowgill, Craig Breslow, Dallas Braden, Derek Norris, Gio Gonzalez, Guillermo Moscoso, Jarrod Parker, Josh Outman, Oakland A's, Ryan Cook, Sonny Gray, Tom Milone, Trevor Cahill, Tyson Ross | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 23, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Washington Nationals, looking to bolster their rotation, added Gio Gonzalez in exchange for a package of four legitimate prospects, three of which have made most top 10 prospects lists for the Nationals.
In Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals get a 26 year old left hander who is coming off of back-to-back seasons of 200+ innings and sub-3.30 ERAs where he has been worth 6.7 fWAR and 9.2 rWAR. Both numbers are very solid but the difference in those WAR totals are what divide some people on Gio.
Gio has a career K/9 of 8.59 thanks to one of the best curveballs in the game and a fastball that sits 91-94. He also has an average change up that helps him keep right handers from sitting on his fastball. Gio does have some issues with both control and command as he has walked 4.44 per nine innings in his career and led the American League in walks last year with 91 after walking 92 the prior year.
Some fear that the ballpark in Oakland aided in Gio’s performance. He has a career 3.56 ERA at home and 4.32 on the road. Oddly, though, he has allowed more homeruns at home and has a slightly lower HR/9 on the road than at home and his career xFIP is also better on the road than at home. And his reputation as a fly ball pitcher is a bit misleading as he has a 47.5% career groundball rate.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: A.J. Cole, Brad Peacock, Dallas Braden, Derek Norris, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Oakland A's, Prospects, Stephen Strasburg, Tom Milone, Trades, Washington Nationals | 1 Comment »