How MLB’s top 10 prospects have fared

Despite the historic influx of impact rookies last season in Major League Baseball, the crop of prospects in 2016 again is strong. Some began the season in the majors and remain stalwarts, while others began the season there and either remain or have since been promoted. I spent the past week digging, studying, calling, texting and emailing scouts that have seen the top talents to get their takes on the first month of the season for the game’s best prospects. For context, I’m using Keith Law’s Top 100, since he’s…

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Fearful, foolish 2016 predictions

Prospect Insider founder Jason A. Churchill fearlessly shared his forecast for 2016 yesterday. So, I figured that I should I join the fray and add my projections for the new season, although mine are more likely to end up in either the “fearful” or “foolish” categories. Since Jason skillfully covered the standard stuff — playoff teams and awards winners — I decided to do something a little different. Perhaps, offbeat or quirky in the eyes of some. I’m going to avoid projecting the winners of awards and pennants. Instead, I’ll make…

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Sophomore Year 2016: American League edition

Yesterday, we looked at seven National League players set to enter their sophomore year: Kris Bryant, Matt Duffy, Joc Pederson, Odubel Herrera, Randal Grichuk, Anthony DeSclafani, and Noah Syndergaard. Today we will look at seven American League players entering their sophomore seasons. To recap, per MLB’s rules, a player remains a rookie until they exceed 130 plate appearances as a position player, 50 innings pitched as a pitcher, or 45 days on an active 25-man roster — this doesn’t include time spent on the disabled list or when rosters expand in September. This is why,…

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Common sense strategy for Mariners catchers

  It’s no secret that the Seattle Mariners are in the market to improve their catching situation during this offseason – their backstops collectively ranked last in the majors in every major offensive category in 2015. In order to contend next year, the team must get better value from the position. There’s one area where the team’s catchers actually excelled – they were really good at sacrifice bunting.  Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre each laid down sacrifice bunts 10 times and were successful 85-percent of the time. I think that…

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Mariners need: outfield defense

  In recent years, the Seattle Mariners haven’t placed a high value on defense, especially in the outfield. This becomes particularly clear when you look back at their most recent corner outfield pickups, via the trade and free agent market. Since 2013, the team has used players with limited range like Nelson Cruz, Mark Trumbo, Corey Hart, Raul Ibanez, and Michael Morse to play left and right field. Further proof of the low importance placed on outfield run prevention by the Mariners was their trial and error attempts of putting…

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Cleveland version of Dipoto’s vision

  Yesterday, Murphy’s Law was at work. I was traveling back from a fun-filled weekend in Cleveland when the Seattle Mariners introduced Jerry Dipoto as their new GM. I would’ve preferred to have been parked in front of some sort of a screen watching his introductory press conference rather than being stuck at airports and trapped inside airplanes. I was eager to hear what the 47-year-old thought about the team he was inheriting from the recently fired Jack Zduriencik and how he planned to make the Mariners into a championship…

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Rumor Analysis: July 25, 2015

Every day through July 31, and even deep into August to a lesser extent, there will be multiple reports regarding clubs having trade discussions with other clubs, about certain players, and there always are contract details, payrolls and many roster scenarios to consider. We won’t be the rumor round-up hub, but we’re here to fill in some of the missing pieces, offer thoughts on the process and if we happen to run into some information that is useful, we’ll share in in this column. Royals Going For It The Kansas…

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Rumor Analysis: July 24, 2015

Every day through July 31, and even deep into August to a lesser extent, there will be multiple reports regarding clubs having trade discussions with other clubs, about certain players, and there always are contract details, payrolls and many roster scenarios to consider. We won’t be the rumor round-up hub, but we’re here to fill in some of the missing pieces, offer thoughts on the process and if we happen to run into some information that is useful, we’ll share in in this column. Cishek Deal Not A Market Setter…

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