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Daily Prospect Notes: Wander Franco Edition by Eric Longenhagen June 22, 2021 Because there are so few minor league baseball games on Mondays this year, you’ll see me play with the format of the Tuesday Daily Prospect Notes. I’m lucky that the top prospect in the sport, 20-year-old Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco, is
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FanGraphs Power Rankings: June 14–20 by Jake Mailhot June 21, 2021 The biggest storyline in baseball this week was the announced crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on the mound. It’s still too soon to tell how this might change the results on the field, but the early research suggests it could have wide reaching
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Top 33 Prospects: Oakland Athletics by Eric Longenhagen June 18, 2021 Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Oakland Athletics. Scouting reports were compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. As there was no minor league season in 2020, there are some instances
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MLB Announces a Crackdown on Foreign Substances by Ben Clemens June 16, 2021 One of the bigger on-field stories of the 2021 season has been which pitchers are using foreign substances, and how much help they’re getting from it. Whether it’s Giovanny Gallegos and hat-gate, Gerrit Cole’s word salad about Spider Tack, or Trevor Bauer’s
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The Road to Omaha Is Paved With Score Inflations by Tess Taruskin June 11, 2021 Watching baseball can sometimes feel like watching a chess match, scrutinizing often-motionless players as they try to out-think one another. But if MLB’s brand of baseball is a Queens Gambit-esque affair – quietly self-serious, steeped in tradition, a bit stuffy
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Baseball’s Latest Sticky Situation by Brendan Gawlowski June 10, 2021 Last week, MLB announced that it would begin enforcing one of its rules. Following last week’s owner’s meetings, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the league instructed umpires to begin checking pitchers and their equipment for foreign substances. While pitchers have long lathered up the ball
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Invasion of the Otterbots by Justin Klugh June 7, 2021 It’s a quiet evening along the water—until a glowing set of eyes peers at you over the river bank. You convince yourself it’s just a pair of fireflies. But then there’s more of them. And more. And more. Then there’s the quiet, seamless grind of
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Top 65 Prospects: Texas Rangers by Eric Longenhagen May 28, 2021 Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Texas Rangers. Scouting reports were compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. As there was no minor league season in 2020, there are some instances
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Scoring This Year’s No-Hitters by Jay Jaffe May 24, 2021 We’ve still got a week to go in May, a month that has included four no-hitters, including two last week on back-to-back days — the Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull against the Mariners on Tuesday, and then the Yankees’ Corey Kluber against the Rangers on Wednesday, plus two
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Pitcher zStats at the Quarter-Mark by Dan Szymborski May 21, 2021 Not everyone is interested in projecting the future, but one common thread in much of modern analytics in this regard is the attempt to describe a volatile thing, such as a play in baseball, using something less volatile, such as an underlying ability. This
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Willy Adames is Headed to Milwaukee by Ben Clemens May 21, 2021 Since before the start of the season, the Rays have telegraphed their willingness to move Willy Adames. It wasn’t so much in what they said — in that they didn’t say much of anything — but two factors made it a nearly foregone
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Is Here by RJ McDaniel May 14, 2021 It’s April 27. The Blue Jays may not be dominant — their roster has been decimated by injuries — but they are getting by, at least so far. They have just taken a rare series from the Rays in St. Petersburg; after a lengthy
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Top 39 Prospects: San Diego Padres by Eric Longenhagen May 12, 2021 Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the San Diego Padres. Scouting reports were compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. As there was no minor league season in 2020, there are
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