Archive for the ‘Player Analysis’ Category

Bryan LaHair: What to Expect from the Cubs’ Opening Day First Baseman

Friday, February 24th, by Shaun

The Cubs are giving Bryan LaHair, 29 and a career minor leaguer, his shot as a major league regular in 2012. The first base job is LaHair’s to lose going in to the season. What are reasonable expectations for this minor league journeyman with only 65 major league games under his belt?

AFL Players to Watch and Initial Season Live Blog

Saturday, October 1st, 2011 by Chuck

The 20th anniversary season of the prestigious Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday with rosters full of top draft picks and 2012 Rookie of the Year candidates.
As has been the norm for most of the past twenty years, I’ll be associated with the league in some capacity and will try and keep you updated [...]

Hype vs. Truth; Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Who is REALLY the Better Player

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 by Chuck

The general population of casual baseball fans first became aware of Bryce Harper when, as a sixteen year old, he was the subject of a Sports Illustrated cover and feature article written by Tom Verducci.
The article, filled with exploits of 570 foot homers, 96 mph fastballs, eyeblack art and bible verses on wristbands brought a [...]

2011 Rookies to Watch: American League Edition

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 by Chuck

Sorry for the delay on this, my work schedule and responsibilities have change three times since the first week of February, I hardly know what day it is anymore, much less have time to do anything. Plus, with Spring Training in full swing, any free time I have is usually spent watching a handful of [...]

Best Players For Their Franchise

Saturday, March 5th, 2011 by KerryWhisnant

Who are the best players for each franchise? Using WAR, the likely contenders can be identified. Many are no-brainers, but some cases are not so clear-cut. And what current players have a chance to be the best player in their team’s history?

2011 Rookies to Watch; National League Edition

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by Chuck

This two part series is not an attempt to define the best prospect on each team, I believe each of us would have no problem finding a listing or two without much effort if we truly wanted to find the information.
This is an attempt to identify the one guy who make the most impact to [...]

Time to end the Experiment; Joba Needs to Start

Monday, January 24th, 2011 by Chuck

By Bob Owens
While baseball has generated a sizable number of debatesĀ  and arguments over the course of its long history, there are at least two truths to the sport which have remained true and constant;

1. No team can ever have enough pitching.

2. Starting pitching is more valuable than relief pitching.

Which [...]

Free Agent DH’s – Where will they end up?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 by JohnBowen

It’s a stupid job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Arizona Fall League Prospects: Pitchers

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 by Chuck

In year’s past the AFL was known as a hitters league, what with the cooler post-summer temperatures and the Phoenix elevation. This year was somewhat less so but more due to an overall lack of talent, which included pitching as well as hitting. The right handed starters were a mixed back of prospects while the [...]

Arizona Fall League Prospects: Outfielders

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 by Chuck

The overall group of outfielders in the AFL was a mixed bag, some big names, some guys fighting for spots on the 40, and a handful of players learning new positions. Most of the players won’t see major league action this season so it was difficult not only to pick a guy from each position, [...]

Arizona Fall League Top Prospects: Middle Infielders

Monday, December 13th, 2010 by Chuck

Second base was the most well represented position on BA’s top prospect list with four candidates finishing in the top dozen players, led by league MVP and batting champ Dustin Ackley, who also managed to set league records in OBP and SLG. Ackley showed improvement defensively at second and while the jury is still out [...]

Arizona Fall League Prospects: Corner Infielders

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 by Chuck

The list of candidates at first base really isn’t a list at all, with two of the names undoubtedly among the top ten prospects in all of baseball. But I would be disrespecting the abilities of everyone else who are all quality players and I’m not about to do that.
First base:
Josh Satin [...]

AFL Prospects: Catchers

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 by Chuck

During the recently completed Arizona Fall League season I had the opportunity, as I’ve done each season since the league’s inception in 1992, to see some of the top minor league talent put refining touches on their skills as the begin what they hope to be the final leg on their ascent to the major [...]

What You Overlooked About the Texas Rangers

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by Shaun

Coming into the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, the Texas Rangers were undersold. They were undersold because of their starting pitching. Their second- and third-best starting pitchers (C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis) are almost as good as the Yankees’ best starting pitcher (C.C. Sabathia), or at least they are in 2010.

Prospect Showdown: Mike Minor vs. Jeremy Hellickson

Saturday, August 21st, 2010 by Chuck

Tale of the Tape:
Age: Minor, 22 (23 on December 26th), Hellickson, 23, (24 on 4/8/11).
Height/Weight: Minor, 6′3″, 200, Hellickson 6′1″, 185.
Bats/Throws: Minor, L/L, Hellickson, R/R
Minor: Atlanta Braves first round draft choice in the 2009 Draft out of Vanderbilt University. SEC Freshman of the Year in 2007, $2.4 million bonus is Atlanta club record.
Hellickson: Tampa Bay [...]