The free-agent hitters with the best tools

We’ve already broken down the 2020-21 free-agent class by the top free agents overall and the top free agents by position. Here’s another way a free agent can be valuable to a team: an elite individual skill. So let’s take a look at which players are at the top of the class when it comes […]

Time for Yankees to move on from Gary Sanchez

If Gary Sanchez gets dumped by the Yankees and rediscovers his 2016-17 mojo elsewhere next season, the team that discovered and developed him must conduct an internal audit to discover why and how this prodigious talent lost his way in The Bronx. But if the Yankees keep their human click bait behind the plate and […]

The Nationals’ defensive philosophy is changing. Just look at the shift.

When evaluating a player’s performance in 2020, it’s hard to place too much stock in a 60-game season. It only provides a tiny sample size of starts, at-bats or opportunities in the field. But over the course of three months, in a season that never went their way, the Washington Nationals flashed a sharp shift […]

Rangers’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Joey Gallo win Gold Gloves after defensive switches this season

Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo made defensive switches this season and took home Gold Gloves on Tuesday to show for it. Here’s a question: Could Kiner-Falefa do the same thing, including another position switch, all over again in 2021? A year ago at this time, Kiner-Falefa was coming out of a failed experiment to add […]

Rays quickly turn attention to ‘uncertainty’ of 2021

The Rays are going to look different next season. They always do. It’s pretty much in their DNA to spend their offseason days looking for ways to tweak the roster, adding talent and managing payroll by making trades and signings, often under the radar, that result in an annual churn. But how much differently? Click […]

2020 Fielding Bible Awards

Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Fielding Bible Awards. This marks the 15th season that BIS has honored the best defensive players in MLB. The awards are voted on by a panel of experts.  This year’s winners are: Position Name Team 1B Matt Olson Athletics 2B Kolten Wong […]

To heck with the awards, Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier is good as gold

ARLINGTON, Texas — Some baseball numbers are unimpeachable. You can argue context, you can argue era, but you cannot argue the significance of a .406 batting average. Or a 56-game hitting streak. Or 4,256 hits. More than any sport, baseball is built upon numbers. In recent years, the numbers have grown more sophisticated and the […]

Grading Matt Chapman and the 2020 A’s third basemen

Practically from the moment Matt Chapman took the field for his MLB debut on June 15, 2017, the A’s became one of the top teams in baseball in terms of both offensive and defensive production at third base. With Chapman missing nearly 40 percent of the 2020 season, the A’s slipped in third-base production relative […]

Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

This season, as in so many others this past decade, the Phillies defense was a weakness. But it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2019 the defense graded out well by publicly available metrics, especially the outfield. Then, during the offseason, the front office made moves to improve the infield defense. Coming into the 2020 season […]

How the last few weeks changed NL Rookie of the Year picture

Alec Bohm chased Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth for much of the summer in the National League Rookie of the Year race, but with the dust settled after Game 60, Bohm’s stiffest competition appears to be three pitchers. Cronenworth tailed off at the end, going 4 for his last 35 to finish the season batting .285/.354/.477 […]

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