Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunday, August 16, 2015
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:
Scouts I spoke with on Kang said he has a chance to be a nice bench bat/utility man. Posting fee reflects that.— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) 2014 12月 22日
ZiPS has Kang at 230/299/389, 93 OPS+ in Pittsburgh. WAR depends on how the defense shakes out. If -5, it's 1.5 WAR in 498 PA.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) 2014 12月 22日
Sunday, August 9, 2015
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 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
Monday, April 7, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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?