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Taijuan Walker: Future ace?

Like many of Taijuan Walker’s teammates, his 2015 season got off to a rocky start. Nine starts into the season, the Seattle Mariners pitcher looked like a demotion candidate rather than the stud pitching prospect who was the number-43 overall selection in the 2010 amateur draft. Hitters had posted a .313/.393/.503 slash and the right-hander reached the seventh inning only once. On three occasions, he didn’t even reach the end of the fourth inning. Unlike many of his teammates who struggled early, Walker’s season improved. On May 29, the hard-throwing…

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Sophomore Year 2016: National League edition

We are coming off a season in which Major League Baseball’s wealth of first-year talent was on display. In fact, there is a trend beyond the aptly titled “Year of the Rookie” of youth contribution to big league squads. Prospect Insider’s Jason A. Churchill looked at this in more depth when he examined the American League West’s pre-arbitration players to better assess the division’s future. These players have played an increasingly important role on successful teams. Here, we’re going to take the performances of some of the National League’s top rookies and examine what…

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Six-man rotation a fit for Mariners?

Last Sunday’s captivating debut by New York Mets pitching prospect Steven Matz signaled the start of the team’s plan to use Matz – along with Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Noah Syndergaard, Jon Niese, and Jacob deGrom – as part of a six-man rotation. New York’s motivation to use an extra pitcher is based on their desire to manage the workload for both their young starters and veteran arms. Reducing the number of innings would permit the Mets to improve the availability of their entire starting staff through the end of…

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ICYMI: April 6 – May 9

The first month of the season is in the books, and Major League Baseball’s amateur draft is less than a month away. It’s a good time to be a baseball fan. The Seattle Mariners have even shown some life in this young season and after Friday night’s loss to the Kansas City Royals, they sit with an 18-17 record. In draft news, East Carolina University right-hander and potential top-five pick Jeff Hoffman will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and miss the remainder of the season. That doesn’t mean he’ll fall out…

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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 East

It wasn’t one of the busier divisions over the last several months, but the National League East still saw plenty of transactions. Each of the teams, with the exception of the Miami Marlins, acquired a solid rotation arm via free agency or trade. In an almost surprising move, the Marlins hung on to their core roster players and made some additions to help team in 2014 and beyond. Let’s take a look at what each team gained and lost over the winter in the NL’s Eastern Division. Atlanta Braves |…

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