Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Two RBI Infield Single to First Base
Apr12

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Two RBI Infield Single to First Base

Only one highlight this morning, but it’s a good one. Last night Gregory Polanco had a two RBI infield single to first base, giving the Indians a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning. That ended up being the deciding factor in this game. There are a lot of notable things about this play. First of all, it was a chopper to first base, with Polanco beating the pitcher to the bag. I shouldn’t be impressed at this point by Polanco...

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The Adjustments Andrew Lambo is Making After His Slow Start
Apr12

The Adjustments Andrew Lambo is Making After His Slow Start

Tough beginnings After a rough spring training that caused him to lose the first base battle handily to Travis Ishikawa, and an 0-for-8 start to the Triple-A season at the plate, Andrew Lambo set off some warning alarms within the organization. However, Lambo has rebounded well from the slump, by going 8-for-16 in his five previous games through Friday. As for the cold onset to the campaign, Lambo blamed some of it on the success that...

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Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco
Apr11

Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco

MLBTR released the projected Super Two cutoff following the 2014 season. Super Two status is awarded to players with more than two, but less than three years of service time. Only the players with the top 22% of service time in that group are Super Two eligible. Any player who is Super Two eligible gets their third league minimum year replaced with an extra year of arbitration. This gives a Super Two player two years of league minimum...

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Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson
Apr11

Prospect Highlights: Gregory Polanco’s Speed, Andrew Lambo, Chris Dickerson

Here are some highlights from the last few days in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, including two videos of top prospect Gregory Polanco. There’s always time for Gregory Polanco highlights, especially a highlight of him showing off his speed by stealing second base, and taking third on a wild throw by the catcher. Here’s another video of Polanco picking up a single up the middle. The Indians won in walk off fashion last...

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What Should You Expect From Each Rotation Spot?
Apr10

What Should You Expect From Each Rotation Spot?

Back in 2006, Jeff Sackmann wrote an article in the Hardball Times taking a look at what should be expected from each rotation spot. His research was done because people tend to overestimate how good a pitcher should be. Sackmann studied the 2006 season to find the results for each spot in the rotation, using the following method: For the purposes of this article, it’s necessary to define exactly what a #1 starter (or #2, or #3)...

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Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?
Apr10

Is There a Spot in the Majors For Jeff Locke?

If you look at Jeff Locke’s numbers from the 2013 season, you won’t find much wrong on the surface. He put up a 3.52 ERA in 166.1 innings last year, with a 4.03 FIP that suggests he over-performed his season numbers a bit, but no more than Charlie Morton (3.26/3.60), Wandy Rodriguez (3.59/4.42), or Jeanmar Gomez (3.35/3.85). But the season numbers don’t tell the story with Locke. During the first half of the season,...

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