Porcello’s lack of progression

Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello took the express route to the big leagues. The New Jersey prep product, given a $7 million major league contract as the 27th pick in the 2007 draft, tossed all of 125 innings in the High-A Florida State League in 2008 before reaching Detroit the following year. Porcello was impressive […]

Astros extend Brett Myers

The Houston Astros have finally embraced a rebuilding effort following years of stubbornly trying to compete with an aging, expensive roster and a deteriorating farm system. When the ‘Stros finally did bid adieu to Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman, the returns weren’t phenomenal. With both making significant cash, there was little surplus value to be […]

Attempting to quantify the Haren deal

On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired RHP Dan Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Joe Saunders, LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez and a PTBNL presumed to be LHP Tyler Skaggs. The reaction from most saber-slanted fans has been something along the lines of, “The Angels got Haren for WHAT?!” […]

Starlin Castro holding his own

When the Chicago Cubs promoted Starlin Castro to the major leagues in early May, some questioned whether the top shortstop prospect was ready for prime time. After all, Castro is just 20 years old, and the extent of his experience in the upper minors consists of 243 plate appearances at the Double-A level. Granted, the […]

Can the Padres’ starters keep this up?

Heading into the 2010 season, the San Diego Padres were expected to rank among the bottom tier of National League ball clubs. The most prominent question surrounding the Friars was not, “will they contend?” but rather “where’s Adrian Gonzalez headed?” Yet, improbably, the Padres sit atop the NL West standings with a 51-37 record. San […]

Healthy (for now), Kuo’s killing it

Since he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Taiwan in 1999, Hong-Chih Kuo‘s career has come to be defined by strikeouts and surgeries. Kuo’s minor league K rate is 12.3 per nine innings pitched, and he has punched out 10.6 per nine frames in the majors. In 231.2 MLB innings over the 2005-2010 […]

Lack of whiffs, leather in Pittsburgh

To be a Pittsburgh Pirates fan is to experience frequent heartbreak and heartburn. Surely, not all is hopeless. The current front office, led by GM Neal Huntington, scouting director Greg Smith and director of player development Kyle Stark, has made a concerted effort to invest in young, cost-controlled talent. Pittsburgh opened a state-of-the-art training facility […]

DeJesus drawing interest

According to John Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, the San Francisco Giants recently expressed interest in Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus. While CSNBayArea.com’s Mychael Urban later reported that trade talks aren’t exactly hot and heavy between the two clubs, DeJesus’ name is often surfacing as July 31st approaches. MLBTradeRumors lists Boston, Atlanta and San […]

Andy LaRoche’s future

A career .295/.382/.517 minor league hitter who ranked among Baseball America’s top 100 prospects each season from 2005 to 2008, Andy LaRoche was expected to be a franchise cornerstone for the Pittsburgh Pirates following his acquisition in the three-team Jason Bay/Manny Ramirez trade in July of 2008. The former Dodgers farmhand turned in a productive […]

Oswalt wants out—what’s he worth?

For a decade, Roy Oswalt has led the Houston Astros’ rotation. The former 23rd-round draft pick compiled nearly 40 Wins Above Replacement over the 2001-2009 seasons, and he’s off to a fantastic start for an Astros squad that can’t hit a lick. According to Fangraphs, ‘Stros batters have a collective -70.1 park-adjusted Batting Runs. For […]

Sergio Santos dealing

Sergio Santos stopped hitting the heat, so he decided to throw it instead. A 6-3, 240 pound infielder who Baseball America rated as the 37th-best prospect in the game prior to 2004 and number 61 prior to 2005, Santos was supposed to emerge as a middle-of-the-order thumper for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was part of, […]

Colby Lewis getting K’s

Back in January, the Texas Rangers signed Colby Lewis to a two-year, $5 million deal, with a $3.25 million club option for the 2012 season. Originally taken by the Rangers in the supplemental first round of the 1999 draft, Lewis disappointed and drifted in the years to follow, compiling -0.9 Wins Above Replacement in the […]

Mathis vs. Napoli

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia knows a thing or two about catching. Scioscia crouched behind the dish for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1980-1992, and by all accounts, he was a skilled defender. According to Sean Smith‘s Historical WAR data, Scioscia saved 38 runs compared to an average catcher during the course […]

Scott Feldman adds cutter, cashes in

According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Texas Rangers have signed Scott Feldman to a contract extension that takes the 27 year-old right-hander up to free agency and gives the club a chance to keep him one year beyond that. Arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, Feldman will make $2.425 million in 2010, $4.4 million […]

Chin-lung Hu: Adam Everett clone?

With the Dodgers, shortstop Chin-lung Hu‘s career prospects appear bleak. Rafael Furcal is the incumbent at short, and the club’s top prospect is Devaris Gordon, also a shortstop. Hu could move to second base (not first, to the chagrin of Abbott and Costello fans). But, the Dodgers are likely to go with Blake DeWitt at […]

Evaluating multi-year free agent deals with THT Forecasts

Spring training is well under way, and many clubs in Arizona and Florida are showing off their shiny new free agent signings. Overall, 28 free agents (excluding Kansas City’s Noel Arguelles and Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman) received multi-year contracts over the winter. Which players project to be worth the dough, and which players might have their […]

Adrian Gonzalez’s trade value

San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is currently the subject of about 1,237 trade rumors. The lefty batter with the silky-smooth swing and sweetheart contract doesn’t appear long for San Diego. Last month, Padres CEO Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune that “While I’d be thrilled to have him part of the organization […]

Yankees DFA Edwar Ramirez

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for newly-signed reliever Chan Ho Park, the New York Yankees designated Edwar Ramirez for assignment. Ramirez has his flaws, but in a marketplace where decent middle men snag three-year contracts, Ramirez could be a shrewd acquisition for the right team. Twenty-nine later this month, Ramirez has […]

Motown’s up-the-middle talent

Following Rick Porcello‘s big league promotion, the Detroit Tigers’ farm system is considered rather fallow by prospect evaluators. Baseball America has the Tigers ranked 26th in the publication’s annual talent rankings, and ESPN’s Keith Law places the club 17th in his organizational rankings. But with Curtis Granderson in the Bronx, Placido Polanco patrolling the hot […]

Cole Hamels looks to rebound…from what?

We’re on the cusp of spring training. As such, every player is in the best shape of his life. Some have had LASIK, while others have taken up yoga. A player who didn’t meet expectations the previous season has renewed his commitment to the game, looking to atone for a lackluster performance. You know the […]