Blog Re-Launch

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This is the re-launch. I have re-disgned the site a bit with a new flavor. The content will now be mostly focused on the player development/scouting side of baseball. I will be discussing many aspects in the growing of young prospects/identifying talent, as well as speaking of technical terms in the game such as situational tactics. Although the direction of my writing has changed, I will still occasionally blog on general baseball news and happenings, such as trades. Also, as I believe the history of the game has a big impact, I will come out with an article every now Continue reading Blog Re-Launch

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Scouting Report: Connor Mayes

Kansas City Royals’ pitching prospect Connor Mayes was a 24th round pick this June out of the University of Texas. Born and raised in arguably the recruiting capital of the country, Mayes had tough competition. However, he was still able to be ranked in the top 100 RHP’s in Texas out of high school. His career at Texas was up and down, half as starter, half as reliever, putting up decent numbers. In the end, KC still saw something in Connor no matter what his stats were. Most likely what they saw was his plus command and consistent mixture of Continue reading Scouting Report: Connor Mayes

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Why Velocity is Over Scouted

The absolute #1 thing on a scout’s list when observing pitchers is velocity. Velocity, velocity, velocity. A pitcher throwing 88+ consistently in high school or in freshman year/sophomore year of college is going to get his name put ahead of lower velocity pitchers every time. However, the underlying truth of how good a pitcher is, is the movement of the ball, often called “stuff.” “Stuff” is a term used a lot in baseball. But, what does that mean exactly? “Stuff” is referring mainly to how much each of a pitcher’s pitches moves; i.e. a curveball having big break dropping off Continue reading Why Velocity is Over Scouted

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Yadier Molina’s New Contract Smells of Obligation and Fan Pressure

For the past 13 years Yadier Molina has been one of the Cardinals most treasured leaders. His 8 gold gloves and reputation in the clubhouse stand alone representing Molina well. However, his age is starting to catch up to him. Plus the Cardinals have a bright young star rising up behind the plate in Carson Kelly. So, how or why would an aging catcher secure a contract worth $60 million over 3 years? Two reasons. The first is the fact that Molina is worshiped like a god in St Louis. The second is the organization feels obligated to keep him Continue reading Yadier Molina’s New Contract Smells of Obligation and Fan Pressure

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