“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet.” ~ Bill Parcels
With Moncada joining the rest of the group in Greenville, a significant piece of the Sox’ future could be taking shape. Of course, it’s also possible that one or three or even all of those players will encounter adversity, perhaps even get swallowed by it. In A ball, the potential for a future everyday role or even stardom is constantly qualified by the reality of attrition.
Perhaps players in the group won’t make the ...
Jim Callis answers some questions.
Kukuk and four other defendants were accused of invading a home in Lawrence on November 8th, 2014, attacking the residents and stealing cash and marijuana.
Kukuk, Yusef Kindell (age 21) Driskell Alan Johnson (age 20), Zachary Pence (age 21) and Gabriel Patterson (age 21) all of Lawrence, agreed to rob “these people who sold weed” according to Pence’s testimony against the other defendants. Kukuk came to the crime scene prepared with a backward hoodie with eye slits cut into the hood to ...
Right now, I think Betts is the better ballplayer. For all the significance of Bogaerts simply being in the majors at such a young age—younger than Betts was at debut—the facts are that we’ve had a pretty good look at him, and he is, right now, about an average major-leaguer. And right now, in my assessment, Betts is better than that. (Another month of Betts’ slump might make me reconsider.) I’m taking the better now player, even if he is short and doesn’t have the ...
This year’s draft is a jumble.
Here’s an interesting utility to help track top prospects.
This is a week old but worth reading.
Here’s a list of some of the youngest whippersnappers around.
What’s the OS Trigonum bone connected to?
Victor Sanchez has passed away.
In today’s Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan and I debate which farm system has been the most productive since the end of the 2009 season. My choice was the Nationals, who have developed three budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, two more All-Stars in Ian Desmond and Derek Norris, plus a bunch of complementary players and trade fodder….
Kansas City nearly rode its system to a World Series championship last year, building the second-most ...
Santana’s actual production on each BIP type is indicated in the AVG and SLG columns, and it’s converted to run values and compared to MLB average in the REL PRD column. That figure then is adjusted for context, such as home park, luck, etc., in the ADJ PRD column. For the purposes of this exercise, SH and SF are included as outs and HBP are excluded from the OBP calculation.
More abstruse analysis of stats nobody has ever adequately explained from the #6 numbers guy in baseball.
MLB.com releases the rest of its team Top 30 lists.
That doesn’t sound good.
Lefthander Brady Aiken, pitching for IMG Academy’s postgraduate team for the first time this spring, left his start with an apparent injury after making just 12 pitches and getting two outs.
See even teams read Baseball America.
Independent league teams are not affiliated with MLB or Minor League Baseball, but they can often be a good venue for players to get experience and potentially get noticed by a big league scout. Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava became a memorable success story when he joined an indy club, hit .371 and was ranked by Baseball America as the best prospect in the independent leagues. The Red Sox saw his name on the list and purchased his contract in 2008, leading ...
John Sickels released a Top 175 list this year. He also is close to releasing his book, which you can get in pdf form.
Some pitchers to keep an eye on.
1. Boston Red Sox
The challenge for the Red Sox now is to find the best way to turn some of their position-player surplus into pitching. They bet heavily on Sandoval, Ramirez and Moncada in a way other teams wouldn’t dream of because of the uncertainty involved.—Buster Olney
The Red Sox still lack a true top-of-rotation starter; having one would make them the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series once again. So far they’ve been reluctant to ...
Other than 3B, there are no exciting prospects in this article to get excited about for the start of this season.
A Reds minor-league prospect was arrested early Saturday morning in Glendale, Ariz., after he was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious with a giant rock, azcentral.com reported.
Tanner Rahier, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure, according to police reports. He was later released.
Rahier told investigators he did not know the woman and didn’t throw rocks at her. However, police say he got into an argument with a bartender ...
MiLB’s top defensive minor league center fielders.
MLB.com is releasing their team top 30’s. I just wish the release dates were more exact.
John Sickels’ Top 20.
The next big thing in New York.
Some info about the Mets top outfield prospects.
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