Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco
Apr15

Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco

Development in the minors There is no doubt that Gregory Polanco is living up to the hype early in the 2014 season at Triple-A. While most of the decision to start Polanco in Triple-A was undoubtedly about the Super Two situation and the future cost, there is some value in not throwing him to the wolves right away. He is gaining an enormous amount of confidence feeding on under-matched Triple-A pitching. Most importantly, Polanco did...

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Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts
Apr15

Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts

**Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote yesterday that MLB has quietly been slashing money for international players, while the draft bonus pools are rising. He points out that the average international pools have been rising by 1.2 percent. However, teams previously could sign six players for $50,000 or less without having those signings count towards their bonus pools. That is no longer allowed, which means that each team will have...

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Week In Review: Gregory Polanco is On Fire; More Minor League Injuries
Apr14

Week In Review: Gregory Polanco is On Fire; More Minor League Injuries

The second week of the MLB season saw the Pittsburgh Pirates go 2-4, putting them at 6-6 overall at the end of the week. The loss to the Milwaukee Brewers today marks the first time the Pirates have been at .500 since April 19th of last season. They started last year 6-6 as well. The offense struggled this week, leading to a lot of calls for Gregory Polanco to come up. Meanwhile, in the minor leagues, the injuries continued. Here are...

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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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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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