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Stetson Allie – Is there Enough Juice in His Bat?

This Saturday I had the opportunity to catch a Bowie Baysox game at lovely Prince George Stadium. Unfortunately, there weren’t any high-profile prospects on display as the Altoona Curve ended up winning in a one-sided affair that ended in a score of 11-0. I did observe Curve first baseman Stetson Allie, a former second round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 23 year-old Allie is an Ohio product who starred at St. Edward High School. Due to his high bonus demands and a commitment to the University of North Carolina, he fell to the 52nd overall...
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Mike Zunino’s Successes and Struggles

Mike Zunino has been up and down at the plate. He jumped out to a .274/.299/.479 batting line in March for a 111 wRC+. Since then he’s cooled off, and now sports a .219/.279/.388 slash line for an 84 wRC+. The power is there, but a 32 percent strikeout rate combined with a 4.1 percent walk rate has limited his offensive production. At the same time, he’s down an excellent job behind the plate, especially with regards to pitch-framing. In the first month of the season, Zunino was an extreme...
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Felix Hernandez Dissects the Rays

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been one of the best and most durable pitchers in baseball since his first full season, which came at the age of 20. His dominance has been such that it’s almost taken for granted. This year, the M’s hurler might be having his best season ever. With the possible exception of his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays two years ago, King Felix had perhaps his best outing on Sunday against the Rays. In the third inning, the Rays broadcast crew remarked that Hernandez wasn’t as...
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Roenis Elias, a Pleasant Surprise

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Going into the season, the Seattle Mariners expected to have Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma atop the rotation. Erasmo Ramirez would occupy a spot, and highly touted prospects Taijuan Walker and James Paxton would fill out the Opening Day rotation. Beyond that, Brandon Maurer and Blake Beavan could start if needed. However, if even the best-laid plans go awry, then surely poorly-laid ones do as well. Iwakuma hurt his finger, Walker suffered through shoulder soreness, and Maurer dealt with a back injury. Accordingly, Roenis...
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The Evolution of Jeff Samardzija

Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija is leading the major leagues in ERA. Of course ERA isn’t everything, and in a ten start sample, it does a very poor job of predicting the future. But, by almost any measure the big right-hander has been one of the 20 best pitchers in baseball. Samardzija, who will almost certainly be dealt at the trade deadline or before, was connected with the Seattle Mariners in trade rumors this offseason, but nothing materialized. The Cubs hurler has made some changes to his game, and they appear to be...
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Looking at Robinson Cano’s Struggles

Seattle Mariners offseason prize Robinson Cano has had a mediocre first quarter of the 2014 season. The 31 year-old second baseman is suffering through a power outage. While most of Cano’s numbers are in line with his career marks, he has just one home run through the Mariners first 40 games. Last year at this time Cano had hit 10 dingers, on his way to a season of 27 home runs. Thus far in 2014, Cano has produced a .301/.355/.385 batting line for a 98 wRC+. To put that in context,...
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The Mariners Plate Discipline Struggles

The Seattle Mariners have struggled offensively thus far. After getting off to a roaring start in their first series, the Mariners offense has regressed. One of their biggest issues has been a lack of plate discipline. M’s hitters have one of the highest chase rates, and in turn they have some of the highest strikeout rates and lowest walk rates. Last year, the Mariners offense was weak, as they managed a collective .237/.306/.390 line for a 92 wRC+. They did have one of the higher walk rates in baseball at 8.6 percent....
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James Paxton Hits the DL

Seattle Mariners hurler James Paxton was sent to the Disabled List with a strained lat this week. Paxton becomes yet another Mariners starting pitcher to be placed on the DL, as he joins Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, Stephen Pryor, and Brandon Maurer. It’s a shame, as the left-hander had two excellent outings, both of which resulted in wins for the M’s. Dating back to his debut last year, here are Paxton’s major league numbers through his first six career starts. They paint a picture of a very good starting pitcher. ERA- FIP- xFIP-...
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