Saturday, December 31, 2016

A New Season, A New Grip?

With my other blog, I had an opportunity to have a productive discussion on Chen's changeup grips with few very knowledgeable baseball bloggers.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

How Good Is Jung Ho?

Last winter, the Pirates signed Jung Ho Kang, a fully developed 28-year-old shortstop who's coming off a career year with .346/.459/.739, 40 home runs and 117 RBIs, to a four year, $11 million contract, plus a $5 million posting fee that went to Nexen Heroes of Korea Baseball Organization. He owns a career OPS of .886. Pirates made a relative cheap investment in Kang to provide depth and options to an already solid infield. The plan behind the signing makes sense despite many were skeptical of Kang's ability to perform in Major League level:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Severino Could Be Better Than Advertised

Luis Severino made his Major League debut with an impressive repertoire that somehow caught my eye, holding Red Sox to two hits with zero walks and seven strikeouts in five innings of work in a 2-1 loss. Here is a look at Severino's pitch type classification on Aug 5, 2015:

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Future is Now

The Blue Jays have reached agreement on a deal to acquire All-Star left-hander David Price in a blockbuster trade with prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt heading to Detroit Tigers. Blue Jays have traded six pitching prospects this week in the Price and Tulowitzki deals. Many speculators argue that Blue Jays have given up too much in farm arms for a short rental. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Slap in the Face ?

Kang has found his power stroke after a slow start and hit his first home run in MLB off Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal, forcing the game into extra innings.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tanaka Shines in MLB Debut

 Masahiro Tanaka’s first SFF in big league: a hanging splitter to Melky Cabrera

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Scouting Myth

As a passionate amateur baseball blogger, I love to go over scouting reports of top ranked prospects with a fine tooth comb. Many scouts often claim that they have an intuitive ability to identify unpolished talents. The draft provides teams with a cost effective resource to build a successful franchise. The next question is, in an unpredictable and baffling world of projecting young baseball talents, do scouts demonstrate a strong track record on gauging future major league performance of young players?