All shortstop squad

During the last five Major League Baseball amateur drafts, an average of 85 shortstops have been selected and signed by a team. Some will ascend through the ranks and eventually make it to the majors as shortstops, while others will never even play an inning in the big leagues. For others, they will have to change positions to improve their chances of making it to “the show” as a major leaguer. Change can either be driven by the skill set of the player or the needs of the team. In…

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The value of stolen bases

Offensive production in major league baseball has dropped sharply over the past decade. The most frequently suggested causes behind this decline are an aggressive performance-enhancing drug testing, the implementation of state-of-the-art analysis on hitters’ tendencies, rising pitch velocities, increased relief pitcher specialization, and more defensive shifts. Regardless of the cause behind the offensive swoon, teams are seeing fewer hitters reach base. League-average on-base percentage (OBP) in recent years harkens back to the levels that prompted Major League Baseball to lower the pitcher’s mound in 1969. You have to go back…

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ICYMI: 2014 Preview Edition

The 2014 Major League Baseball season is now underway as we’re several weeks into the season. The Seattle Mariners haven’t been able to continue their early success recently and find themselves fourth in the American League West with a 7-10 record as of Saturday night. If you haven’t had a chance to acquaint yourself with what to expect in the new baseball season, now is the perfect time to do so and Prospect Insider has you covered. As with every offseason, there’s been plenty of player movement and new faces in new…

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2014 Potential Impact Rookies: National League

The National League isn’t quite as loaded with top prospects that may break into the big leagues in 2014 and supply impact value, but the circuit certainly is not short on talent. The American League impact rookie article can be found here. Today we deal with their counterparts. EAST Christian Bethancourt, C — Atlanta Braves The Braves seem to have committed to an Evan Gattis/Gerald Laird timeshare behind the plate this season, and that might work out fine. Gattis hits bombs and Laird might put together another solid fifty games…

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Who’s In Who’s Out: NL Central

The National League Central saw one team break out and sent another to the World Series in 2013. It wasn’t the busiest division this offseason, but all five teams did bring in some fresh faces and some saw key pieces leave for greener pastures. It doesn’t appear that the divisional hierarchy will be changing much if at all in the upcoming year and the St. Louis Cardinals still stand out as the club to beat with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds not that far behind. Let’s take a look…

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