MLB players of the month — August

To coincide with our Seattle Mariners of the month feature, Prospect Insider will also be highlighting a couple of top performers from around the major leagues on a monthly basis as well. In July it was first baseman Jose Abreu and starter Clayton Kershaw that took home the honors. Dustin Ackley and Hisashi Iwakuma took the awards for August M’s of the month, and as a reminder, Mariners players will not be included in these posts. Let’s take a look at who were the best of the best in July. Josh Harrison, 3B/OF, PIT —…

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MLB players of the month — July

To coincide with our Seattle Mariners of the month feature, Prospect Insider will also be highlighting a couple of top performers from around the major leagues on a monthly basis as well. In June it was outfielder Mike Trout and starter Clayton Kershaw that took home the honors. Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Kyle Seager took the awards for July’s M’s of the month, and as a reminder, Mariners players will not be included in these posts. Let’s take a look at who were the best of the best in July. Jayson Werth, OF, WSH —…

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MLB players of the month — June

To coincide with our Seattle Mariners of the month feature, Prospect Insider will also be highlighting a couple of top performers from around the major leagues on a monthly basis as well. In May it was outfielder Yasiel Puig and starer Corey Kluber that took home the honors. Felix Hernandez and Kyle Seager took the honors for the June M’s of the month, and as a reminder, Mariners players will not be included in these posts. Let’s take a look at who were the best of the best in June….

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2014 Milestone Watch: Pitchers

Tyler Carmont discussed the milestones some of the star hitters can reach in 2014 right here, but that does leave the pitching side of things. We may be years from anyone breaking any of the all-time records for wins, saves, strikeouts, saves and innings — if any of them are topped … ever. There isn’t anyone threatening 300 wins or 4,000 strikeouts, but there are plenty of candidates to reach 200 victories and 3,000 strikeouts, plus a slew of other benchmark numbers that can be achieved on the mound this…

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Who’s In, Who’s Out: NL West

The National League West division got a whole lot stronger when the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership decided to push their cards all in and spend as much as necessary to win. It was a fairly busy offseason for the five clubs, but both the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants elected to use plenty of their resources on retaining some of their key pieces. The Arizona Diamondbacks made a series of interesting trades while the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies made a couple interesting acquisitions of their own. Let’s…

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Top 2014 Cy Young Candidates

The 2013 Cy Young Awards went to Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer. It was Kershaw’s second and while it’s Scherzer’s first, the Tigers are certainly not unfamiliar with Cy Young winners since their ace Justin Verlander is, well, Justin Verlander, and he’s a contender every year — and the 2011 winner. Pitching, in general, is on the upswing over the past few years; some believe that is due in part to the riddance of performance enhancing substances, but in the end there’s simply…

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M’s considered favorites for Tanaka?

The starting pitching market moved at a snail’s pace in anticipation of a decision on whether or not Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka would become available this winter. Christmas Day provided an answer to that question as Tanaka was posted by his Japanese club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, alongside a $20 million (maximum) release fee, essentially making him a free agent able to negotiate with all thirty teams. Seattle has been seen as a logical fit given the city’s proximity to Japan as well as the previous success of other Japanese imports…

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