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 February 12, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The Washington Nationals are one of the most exciting young teams in baseball, featuring the likes of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. They made an early exit from last year’s playoffs, but are resolved to do even better this season, as they have accumulated one of the most stacked rosters in the majors. Although they are deep at most positions, especially pitching, they continue to cultivate a fine crop of prospects who may be able to contribute them at any time if the need should arise. Pitcher Ryan Tatusko is about to enter his seventh professional season and is hoping that he will be among the first players considered in 2013 if the big league team needs any help. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Interview, Prospects, Ryan Tatusko, Washington Nationals | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 29, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Nationals, who are no stranger to dealing blue chippers for proven commodities, have landed Denard Span, filling their center field void, in exchange for Alex Meyer, one of their top prospects and potential number two starter.
The Nationals could have gone the free agent route, like they did with Jayson Werth two off-seasons ago, but after seeing B.J. Upton get a $75M contract, there was almost no way they would pursue Michael Bourn, Shane Victorino, or Angel Pagan. They instead turned their focus to Span, a player general manager Mike Rizzo inquired about in 2011, who will only be making $11.75M guaranteed over the next two seasons or $20.25M over three years if they pick up the final option year. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Meyer, Angel Pagan, B.J. Upton, Ben Revere, Denard Span, Hot Stove, Jayson Werth, Michael Bourn, Mike Rizzo, Minnesota Twins, Prospects, Shane Victorino, Trades, Washington Nationals | 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 October 11, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
As a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance I get the privilege of voting on all of the regular season awards in addition to the Hall of Fame and other great awards. The Manager of the Year Award, or The Connie Mack Award as the BBA calls it, is a tough one to quantify but fellow member and great writer Bryan O’Connor came up with a method that I will no-doubt be using heavily when I vote on this award.
Basically what Bryan did was take a look at the final standings and his preseason prediction standings and the manager that exceeded his own win-loss expectation is who he voted for. I find this method brilliant and it will now be a part of my method in deciding the Connie Mack Award every year. But it will not be my sole method. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Baltimore Orioles, BBA, Bob Melvin, Bruce Bochy, Buck Showalter, Chicago White Sox, Connie Mack Award, Davey Johnson, Don Mattingly, Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Dodgers, Manager of the Year, Mike Matheny, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Robin Ventura, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 9, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The 2012 American League Cy Young Award was really only a race between two pitchers but the National League Cy Young Award will likely have up to five different names listed at the top of voter’s ballots.
The National League Cy Young Award race is one that went down to the wire and an argument can be made for multiple pitchers. But, for this voter, there is one pitcher who rose above the rest and his stats clearly dictate that he should be hoisting hardware his excellence in the 2012 season and that pitcher is Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Atlanta Braves, BBA, Cincinnati Reds, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel, Cy Young Award, Gio Gonzalez, Johnny Cueto, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, R.A. Dickey, Walter Johnson Award, Washington Nationals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 24, 2012 by Andrew Martin
With the regular season winding down there are few playoff spots or post season awards that have been definitively decided. One of the most interesting sprints to the finish is that of the National League Cy Young Award. There are two relievers very much in the hunt for the award, but the top starting pitcher candidates are not as easy to sort out. News that Clayton Kershaw may miss the final few weeks means that the starting pitcher candidates are likely down to three; Gio Gonzalez (Washington Nationals), R.A. Dickey (New York Mets), and Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati Reds). Closely examining the body of work for each shows who is best NL starting pitcher Cy Young hopeful. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Cincinnati Reds, Clayton Kershaw, Cy Young Award, Gio Gonzalez, Johnny Cueto, New York Mets, R.A. Dickey, Washington Nationals | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 14, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The Washington Nationals have built a playoff contending team based largely on homegrown players. Led by stalwarts like Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and Jordan Zimmerman, the Nats are expecting to make a serious run into October because of their strong player development system that has consistently churned out quality talent. The continued success of the franchise will be incumbent on that process continuing and one prospect who is a good bet to make an impact in 2013 is infielder Jeff Kobernus, who will bring a skill that is sorely lacking on the Nats; game changing speed. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Interview, Jeff Kobernus, Prospects, Washington Nationals | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 31, 2012 by Junius Worth
Infographic by Craig Robinson, on twitter as @Flipflopflying
All the context you need to know is that culture is highly correlated to the pulse of the baseball environment. Baseball is but a Summer poem and the beauty of the game, the LYRICAL aspect interlaces itself into the lives of fathers and sons, and daughters and America.
It goes all the way back to the beginning, baseball has been part of Amrica’s popular culture as early as the 1850′s, celebrated in art, story and song. The Beastie Boy’s have since their beginning have also had a close relationship to popular culture, been on top of it and pretty quickly put their mark on it. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Anthony Rendon, Christian Yelich, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Hit Tool, Houston Astros, Jonathan Singleton, Jurickson Profar, Kansas City Royals, Kolten Wong, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Minor leagues, Nick Castellanos, Nolan Arenado, Oscar Taveras, Oswaldo Arcia, Prospects, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Wil Myers | 4 Comments »
Posted on June 18, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Young baseball player rarely enter the professional ranks and have success from the beginning. More typical are the ups and downs that build character and help determine if a player is cut out to be a major leaguer. Washington Nationals prospect Steven Souza has experienced that all first-hand and is starting to come out on the other side, while realizing his excellent potential. (more…)
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