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Jackie Bradley’s Upside

In my latest piece for ESPN I wrote, “As for Jackie Bradley, the probability that he develops into even a manageable big league bat certainly seems like a long shot; just 14 percent of players to struggle in a similar manner during the age-24 season have gone on to become successful big league bats.” Those…

Matt Dominguez: Underrated with Potential

  The fact that the Astros have quickly assembled one of the better farm systems in baseball is old news at this point in the season. General Manager Jeff Luhnow, who was hired away from the Cardinals in December 2011, has dealt off everything not nailed down. Gone are veterans Wandy Rodriguez, Justin Maxwell, Bud…

An Early Look at the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year

As I previously noted, the American League rookie class is razor thing. And the eventual winner – Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers – has yet to accumulate 60 big league games. The NL, on the other hand, is far deeper and heavy on the pitching side. So, here’s a look at the top 10 rookies…

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….

A Look at the Indians Decision to DFA Mark Reynolds

  And the hits – or lack thereof – just keep on coming for the Indians, losers of three straight against the division leading Tigers. Cleveland announced on Thursday afternoon that infielder/designated hitter Mark Reynolds has been designated for assignment. The organization now has ten days to trade or release him. The problem, of course,…

Has Justin Smoak Finally Arrived?

Amid Seattle’s disappointing first half, the subsequent prospect promotions and the complete flame out by Dustin Ackley, another former top prospect that’s flailed away at big league pitching for several seasons has had a coming out party of sorts. Justin Smoak, the centerpiece of the Cliff Lee deal with Texas and twice named among game’s…

Matt Thornton Trade Reaction

  After losing Andrew Miller for the rest of the season to a foot injury, the Boston Red Sox reacted quickly on Saturday night, agreeing to send minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs to the White Sox for southpaw reliever Matt Thornton. Thornton, 36, has been one of the more dominant relievers in the game since…

Savvy Cubs Acquire Some Potential Big League Value

  In a move that’s slightly reminiscent to the prude deals that came to define the Theo Epstein-era in Boston, the Chicago Cubs have acquired hard-throwing right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Washington Nationals for minor league hurler Ian Dickson. After being designated by the Nationals on June 4, due to the same inconsistent control…