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First Pitch: The New International Player Pages

First Pitch: The New International Player Pages

Last week I wrote about the international players who would be in camp for the first time this year. A lot of these guys are expected to make the jump to the US this year, and the number of players making that jump for the first time is pretty large, due to the addition of Bristol. We usually wait for players to jump to the US for Spring Training before making a player page for them on the site. Today, Wilbur Miller created a ton of player pages for all of the new guys. Check out the international article from last week to see who the notable new players are, and check out all of the individual pages below.

The other day I teased on Twitter that I was working on what I thought was the best article I’ve ever done. This article has been intense from a research standpoint. It has involved about two hours worth of interviews, plus a ton of small follow ups. It’s also goes into detail about a subject that you don’t think of as being that detailed. It’s an approach I’ve never taken. It’s not analysis. It’s not reporting a news story or the overall progress of a player. It’s just a very detailed look at one small part of the game, in a long-form journalism approach.

Tomorrow I’m expecting to get the last thing I need for the article. I’ve been working on writing it the last few days, but keep needing to ask for one more small thing. I’m hoping to have it up soon, and I hope you’ll read it and share it. This message is very vague, and I’ll reveal more about the article when it’s about ready to go up. For now I want to start alerting you to keep watch, since there are a lot of articles that go up during Spring Training, and that can cause a big article to get lost in the fold if you aren’t expecting it.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll make some big progress with the article. If so, I’ll provide some details on the subject tomorrow.

Links and Notes

**If you haven’t ordered your copy of the 2014 Prospect Guide, you had better act fast. We’re currently on the last case of books. I say that’s the last case because I don’t think I’ll be ordering more this year. Each year I order the books in bulk through the publisher, which allows me to save several dollars per book, and I pass that savings on to you to keep the price of the book low. You’ll still be able to buy the book from the publisher after I sell my supply, but the bulk discount price won’t be included, which means you’ll be paying $25, plus $3.99 for shipping. Right now you can buy the book for $25 shipped on the products page of the site.

**Draft Prospect Watch: Michael Conforto Drives In Three Runs

**Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer

**Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing

  • duckwoes

    Hey Tim, is Julio De La Cruz not in camp? I thought I saw his name in an earlier list

    • Leefoo Rug Bug

      I asked that same question before. I believe one of the experts (John D?) said he didn’t come stateside.

      • WTM

        This is just speculation, but I saw him in instructionals last fall and he was struggling both at the plate and in the field. They may have concluded he’s not ready yet.

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