Once upon a time, prospects were more valued as trade chips by fans of MLB teams than anything else, and young players, in general, weren’t seen as super valuable compared to established players. However, that time is past us- fans now care a great deal about their team’s top prospects, and front offices are more reluctant than ever to trade them. Therefore, public prospect rankings … Continue reading Creating an Ideal Model For Evaluating MLB Prospects
We’re all aware of Mike Trout’s story at this point. From falling to the end of the first round in the 2009 draft, to his home run-saving catches, and the multiple 10-WAR seasons to start his career, the 28-year-old certainly has had a storied career up to this point, and there isn’t any reason to believe that won’t be the case moving forward. In fact, … Continue reading It Took Eight Years, But Mike Trout Finally Has Legitimate Competition
We’ve addressed the value of team offense, defense, and pitching, as well as the value (or lack thereof) of high-end relievers. However, is there a way for us to assess the importance of players at each positions? One of baseball’s most commonly used statistics is Wins Above Replacement (WAR), which assesses the value of players relative to the replacement-level player. Nonetheless, it is unclear if … Continue reading Study: Assessing Positional Value In Baseball
Last week, we analyzed the top ten left fielders in the MLB, but outside of Juan Soto, there weren’t any true MVP candidates on this list. That won’t be the case in center field- the AL and NL MVPs make up the top spots on this list, while there are plenty of All-Star caliber players making the list. Unlike left field, it’s definitely more of a … Continue reading 2020 MLB Top Ten: Center Fielders
Over the past few weeks, the event of Mookie Betts being traded appeared to be inevitable; he had just one year remaining under contract, and Boston was intent on gaining financial flexibility and adding young talent. However, the trade came with far more moving parts than expected, as in total, four teams were involved in two separate moves on Tuesday night. On the surface, it’s … Continue reading Believe It Or Not, But The Mookie Betts Trade Was Fair All-Around
As we move through the postseason, it’s easy to be caught in the moment, and forgot about what happened in the regular season. That would be a shame, however; the competition for the main awards will be the center of discussion post World Series, and it’s paramount that we don’t forget who excelled during the regular season. So, without further adieu, let’s take a closer … Continue reading Who Should Win Each Key MLB Award?
Today, we will be finished with phase one of the MLB All-Star voting; the final three finalists will be announced. With the official starters being announced in one week, now would seem to be a great time to take a look at the deserving starters at each position in both the American and National League, using production as the only means of evaluation with popularity … Continue reading The Deserving MLB All Star Game Starters
When the Brewers traded for Christian Yelich, they were expecting to receive a player who’d have an OPS around .850 and a WAR around 4.5. However, the 27-year-old exceed all expectations last season; he posted a 7.6 WAR and 166 weighted runs created plus (wrc+). The general expectation was that Yelich would regress in 2019, which he cubically refuted heading into the season. Well, it … Continue reading Is Christian Yelich Cruising To Another NL MVP?
After looking at top ten left fielders, it’s time to continue to go position by position and discuss the top ten players at it. That means that we’ll be looking at the top center fielders, with a pretty clear number one. After the obvious #1, there are 4-5 players that have star potential with their ability to play both ways at an above average level. After … Continue reading Top Ten Center Fielders
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes. They have acquired the All-Star shortstop from the Orioles in a package headlined by prospect outfielder Yusniel Diaz. Machado, 26, was by far the most coveted trade target this season. He’s hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs. He’s set to become a free agent at the end of the year, so unless the Dodgers can … Continue reading The Dodgers Hit a Home Run By Acquiring Manny Machado