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Adam Eaton is Quietly Becoming a Star

Yes, you read that correctly.  Adam Eaton, the minuscule 5′ 8″ leadoff hitter for the Chicago White Sox, is one of the best right fielders in all of baseball.  Sounds crazy, right?  Most think of Eaton as a solid, speedy outfielder for a White Sox team that has been rather underwhelming for the past several […]

Quantifying 2016’s Most Dominant Pitches

What makes a dominant pitch dominant? Sometimes all we need is the eye test. That upper-90s heater elevated above the letters for a whiff? Yep, that is dominant. That mid-80s slider thrown down and away to a right-handed batter for a hapless swing and equally hapless chopper? No doubt, that’s nasty. Perhaps that late-breaking cutter, fading changeup, hammer […]

Starting Pitcher Command Report: April 2016

Major League Baseball officially flipped its calendar from April to May this past weekend, which means we’ve arrived at a juncture of the season—roughly 15 percent through 2015’s total plate appearances, if you want to get overly specific—where player performance, trends and adjustments can be dissected with a certain amount of legitimacy and conviction. So […]

The Story Nobody is Talking About

Last week, Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story set the Major League record by hitting seven home runs in his team’s first six games of the 2016 campaign, passing hall of famers Mike Schmidt and Willy Mays, along with former Rockies great, Larry Walker, each of whom had hit six home runs in the first week of a season. […]

Defensive Scouting Report: Maikel Franco

Range and Positioning: Franco is able to read the ball off the bat very well, but often fails in completing the play because he is inexperienced and still learning to field the position.  Franco’s range is a bit inconsistent, depending on his effort at attempting to make more difficult plays.  Franco tends to play deeper […]

The Rise of Logan Forsythe

Coming into the 2015 MLB season, Logan Forsythe was set to be the right-handed half of a second base platoon with Nick Franklin, a role that seemed to fit him well. He had been an above-average hitter against left-handed pitching but failed to finish a year with a wRC+ above 73 against right-handed pitching. From […]

Visualizing the Range of MLB’s Best and Worst Outfielders

Baseball Info Solutions’ Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) metric measures a player’s total defensive contribution at a given position, compared to league average. The primary component, as outlined in The Fielding Bible, is the company’s Range & Positioning system, which rates each fielder’s success at converting batted balls into outs. Using BIS’s batted ball locations, we are […]

Defensive Scouting Report: Brandon Crawford

Range/Positioning: Brandon Crawford has plus agility and quickness, which provides him with above average range for the shortstop position. He glides on the infield, making the difficult plays look easy. Entering 2015, he had 21 Range and Positioning Runs Saved over his career. Crawford also entered 2015 having made 28 more plays throughout his career than […]

A Look Into the Unhittable

It was a two-start stretch in June of 1938 that has since lived in baseball infamy. A rookie for the Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Vander Meer, completed what many to this day still believe is an untouchable feat: back-to-back no hitters. An accomplishment that seems more fairy tale than reality, this old legend has been passed […]

Flame Thrower Pitches Backwards?

In today’s baseball world there are a handful of guys on every team that throw absolute gas. In 2015, Nathan Eovaldi, has the highest average velocity for starting pitchers so far this year at 96.0 mph. However, Eovaldi’s past results have been rather inconsistent compared to other top flame throwers like Garrett Richards, Gerrit Cole, and Matt Harvey. […]

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