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 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 »
Posted on February 22, 2012 by William J. Tasker
There are a surprising number of experiments going on in Major League Baseball for this coming season. Players are trying out new positions, relief pitchers are trying to be starting pitchers. Heck, even the Yankees are trying to be cost conscious. Strange things are happening in a training camp near you. With all that is happening, you will need a scorecard to track all the goings on. We at MLB Dirt are happy to help. What follows are the experiments happening all over baseball plus this writer’s take on whether the lab results will be positive or negative. Here we go. Got your pencil handy?
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: A.J. Ellis, Adam Dunn, Alejandro De Aza, Alex Presley, Angel Pagan, Anthony Rizzo, Bobby Abreu, Bryan LaHair, C.J. Wilson, Carl Crawford, Chone Figgins, Daniel Bard, Daniel Murphy, Derek Lowe, Hanley Ramirez, J.P. Arencibia, Jack Wilson, Jamey Carroll, Jeff Mathis, Kevin Slowey, Kyle Farnsworth, Luke Scott, Manny Ramirez, Mark Trumbo, Mat Gamel, Matt Capps, Matt Treanor, Melky Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Aviles, Neftali Feliz, Nick Punto, Paul Konerko, Peter Bourjos, Ryan Raburn, Torii Hunter, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Tyler Pastornicky, Yu Darvish, Zack Cozart | Leave a Comment »
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 21, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Cincinnati Reds had a great system with a lot of top talent that was either Major League ready or very close to it. They just traded away some of their top talent in exchange for a frontline starter and it has put a slight dent in their system.
The system is stocked with infield talent unlike most systems but lacks a lot of high upside guys outside of their top prospect who will likely start the year in the Majors.
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, Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds, Daniel Corcino, Devin Mesoraco, Didi Gregorius, Gabriel Rosa, Henry Rodriguez, J.C. Sulbaran, Juan Duran, Juan Perez, Kyle Lotzkar, Kyle Waldrop, Neftali Soto, Prospects, Robert Stephenson, Ronald Torreyes, Ryan Wright, Todd Frazier, Tony Cingrani, Yorman Rodriguez, Zack Cozart | 7 Comments »