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Reacting to Mid-Season Prospect Lists

Calendars shedding another page as they embrace July not only catalyzes heat waves in the Northeast, but also the publishing of mid-season prospect lists. It’s a chance for analysts to recant past criticisms from the preseason and present the masses with prospects who converted their winter efforts into helium in their rise to relevancy. This season has been […]

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Is Judge Breaking Projection Systems?

It’s not the awe-inspiring “breaking” we’ve seen from Miguel Sano as he snapped his bat like a twig in 2016. Or the much more humorous attempt at breaking that we’ve seen from the likes of Yasiel Puig, seeking, and failing to accomplish the same feat. This breaking is much more subtle, a metaphor for confusion that emerges when something […]

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Implications of a Torn UCL: The Gleyber Torres Story

I may have jinxed it. Buzz around the Bronx picked up so much a few weeks ago that I felt it was inevitable Gleyber Torres’ would make a resounding entrance into a lineup second only to the Houston Astros in OPS. My series of posts – It’s Not Gleyber Time… Yet & It’s Almost Gleyber […]

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It’s Almost Gleyber Time

Revisiting topics in the sports journalism universe can best be thought of as those Russian nesting dolls. Beautifully crafted to inconspicuously fit over one another, I’ve always found great satisfaction in believing they’re tangible representations of time. Sometimes we’re reminiscent of better days upon removing a shell, while otherwise we’re more than happy to convince […]

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Aaron Judge is coming back to Earth…kind of

It was just a matter of time. Sometimes it happens discretely, unnoticed until an 0-for-16 stretch provides us with a casual small sample size to overreact to. Other times it’s sudden, buoyed by an other-worldly week of at bats that make the following week’s productivity seem relatively worse than it actually is. Then there is Aaron Judge’s May. […]

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Luis Severino, the New King of Velocity

After averaging 98.3 mph on his fastball in Sunday night’s marathon of a game, the same Luis Severino that went down with a tricep strain a year ago Friday, causing many of us without retrain to give up on a 22 year old arm, currently sits atop the velocity leaderboards on his fourseam fastball (starting pitchers, min. […]

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Aaron Judge and player comparisons

The method sports fans use to prepare themselves for a new generation of prospects is to draw comparisons. We do it all the time– maybe even too much. Comparisons are crude, inaccurate and based on so many subjective factors that we often blur the line between performance and aesthetic comps. Every short, hard-nosed middle infielder is […]

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All This Velocity Talk

There’s a good chance if you’ve found your way to a niche Baseball Prospectus site covering the New York Yankees, you’re in the loop with the more prominent stories over the first week of the season. One thing that’s been the subject of much discussion is velocity. Major League Baseball has switched from PITCHf/x to Trackman for in-stadium […]