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2019 Top College Baseball Draft Prospects: Left-Handed Pitching (Part 2)

Leading up to the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft, Baseball Info Solutions will be publishing a series of position-by-position scouting reports from our Video Scouts for the top-50 collegiate draft prospects. Each player is graded by the 20-80 scouting scale, given a comprehensive evaluation, and assigned a floor and a ceiling comparison, which indicate–if a player […]

The Dodgers’ Dominant Defense

By Mark Simon The Dodgers are poised to not just dominate the NL West again, but to dominate all of baseball in defensive performance. The Dodgers lead MLB with 62 Defensive Runs Saved. The next-closest team entering Thursday is the Astros with 45. What’s impressive about the Dodgers is that they’ve done this after they […]

The Rise of Minor League Defensive Shifts

By ANDREW KYNE Infield shifts are on the rise in Major League Baseball again this season. On balls in play, Baseball Info Solutions recorded 26,705 shifts in 2017 (22% of balls in play) and 34,671 in 2018 (29% of balls in play). This year, there have been 13,272 shifts (38% of balls in play), which […]

What’s Been Behind Justin Verlander’s Great Season?

By MARK SIMON What’s the secret to Justin Verlander’s success this season? Verlander’s slider has been one of the best-performing pitches in baseball. And the defense behind Verlander has been pristine. Verlander has a 2.38 ERA and a 3.85 FIP. The latter is driven by 11 home runs in 64 1/3 innings, but FIP doesn’t […]

Who Can We Combine Into The Best 5-Tool Player?

By PATRICK ROWLEY In major league baseball there is always talk of finding a “five-tool prospect”. A player who can hit for both average and power, excels fielding the ball as well as throwing it, and has the foot speed and baserunning skills to round out their game devoid of any flaws. Having a five-tool […]

2019 Top College Baseball Draft Prospects: Left-Handed Pitching (Part 1)

Over the next month leading up to the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft, Baseball Info Solutions will be publishing a series of position-by-position scouting reports from our Video Scouts for the top-50 collegiate draft prospects. Each player is graded by the 20-80 scouting scale, given a comprehensive evaluation, and assigned a floor and a ceiling comparison, […]

Mets Moving Away From the Inside Fastball

By ANDREW KYNE In 2018, the New York Mets strongly emphasized an inside-pitching philosophy, with pitching coach Dave Eiland wanting his staff to be more aggressive. Eventual Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom was among several Mets who increased his usage of inside fastballs from 2017 to 2018, as we wrote about last summer. By Baseball Info Solutions’ pitch charting, […]

2019 Top College Baseball Draft Prospects: Outfield (Part 2)

Over the next month leading up to the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft, Baseball Info Solutions will be publishing a series of position-by-position scouting reports from our Video Scouts for the top-50 collegiate draft prospects. Each player is graded by the 20-80 scouting scale, given a comprehensive evaluation, and assigned a floor and a ceiling comparison, […]

Do Fielders Dive More When a Potential No-Hitter is on the Line?

By PATRICK ROWLEY Not long ago my sister and I were watching a minor league baseball game and when Gregor Blanco came up to bat I told her about his diving catch to save Matt Cain’s perfect game in 2012. “I’m curious if players are more likely to dive if their pitcher has a perfect […]

2019 Top College Baseball Draft Prospects: Outfield (Part 1)

Over the next month leading up to the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft, Baseball Info Solutions will be publishing a series of position-by-position scouting reports from our Video Scouts for the top-50 collegiate draft prospects. Each player is graded by the 20-80 scouting scale, given a comprehensive evaluation, and assigned a floor and a ceiling comparison, […]

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