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Trevor Bauer’s Back

Note: Check out my interview with Andre Thornton   It was the type of shrewd move that could have helped propel Cleveland back into relevancy, a perfect storm of sorts created by Arizona’s willingness to sell low on a top prospect and the Indians’ readiness to move on from one of its core members whose…

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Minor League First Basemen Lacking Depth, Starpower

Positional prospect talent comes in waves – or so it seems. The minor league shortstop position is loaded with potential star power, with the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and Corey Seager leading the way into what could be the next golden era of offensive performers at the…

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Next Great Wave of Shortstops

The late 1990s to the early 2000s was arguably the golden era for offensive shortstops. The group, spearheaded by the trio of Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Derek Jeter, also featured Edgar Renteria, who peaked in 2003, Rafael Furcal, Jose Reyes, and Jimmy Rollins. Hall of Famer Barry Larkin also chipped in back-to-back five-win seasons…

Prospect Digest All Minor League Team

With the major league rosters expanding to 40 and the minor league regular season officially over, here’s a look at the first annual Prospect Digest All Minor League Team. To qualify, a position player must have accumulated 350+ plate appearances, a starting pitcher needed 130+ innings, and the relievers with 30+ innings were considered.  …

An Early Look at the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year

One year removed from one of the more dominant rookie seasons by a 20-year-old (Mike Trout) and perhaps the most hyped debut of prospect in quite some time (Bryce Harper), this season’s rookie class, with a handful of exceptions, has been incredibly weak. Here’s a look at the top 10 rookies from the American League….

Surprise Teams for 2015

  After losing 93 games two years ago, the Baltimore Orioles shocked the baseball world by winning 93 last 2012 before eventually losing to the Yankees in the ALDS. The Oakland A’s improved upon their record in 2012 by 20 games while winning the AL West last season too. Quick turnarounds are hardly an uncommon…

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Nick Castellanos’ Developing Power

Doubles turn into homeruns, or so the old baseball adage goes, and assuming the two-baggers aren’t a result of a friendly environment – Fenway Park, for example – this holds true a lot of the time. Not in every instance, mind you, but a lot of the time. Other factors come into play, like players…

Quick Hits from the First Round of the 2013 Draft

  With the minor league season quickly wrapping up, here are how this year’s first rounders have handled the transition into professional ball. (Note: Here’s PD’s Collegiate Draft Big Board.)   #1. Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros Made a brief five-inning debut in Low-A before jumping to Quad Cities. Appel’s numbers have largely been unimpressive,…

Keep an Eye on Middlebrooks’ Walk Rate

  Before setting the baseball world abuzz with a solid 75-game stretch last season, there were more than a few questions surrounding then 23-year-old third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Kevin Goldstein, formerly of Baseball Prospectus, wrote: “The biggest challenge for Middlebrooks will be his approach. He sees far too many pitches as hittable and can expand…

The Mets are a Quick Turnaround Candidate

The New York Mets are mired in another abysmal season, winning just 49 of the first 109 games of the year. The club’s record is closer to that of the Astros, the worst team in baseball, that of the NL East Division-leading Braves. The ballclub’s run differential is staggeringly poor at -37, the fifth worst…

Chris Archer’s Been Good, Lucky

  The Tampa Bay Rays are the hottest team in baseball right now, winning 21 of their last 24 games. On June 29, the ballclub’s record was an unimpressive 42 – 39, good enough for fourth place in the tough AL East, six games back from the division leading Red Sox. Now, though, the Rays…

Is Ji-Man Choi the Real Deal?

Note: My first book: The 2014 Prospect Digest Annual, which is currently on sale on Amazon for $2.99. Find out where Ji-Man Choi ranks among the game’s top prospects.  _____________________________________________________________________________________ Ever since signing with the Mariners in early July 2009, Ji-Man Choi has done one thing really, really well: hit. Through the first three-plus seasons…