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2 Banjo Hitter: Eddie Rosario, Reformed Hacker by Aaron Gleeman
3 Prospectus Q&A: Twins GM Thad Levine by Aaron Gleeman
2 Banjo Hitter: Quadruple-A All-Stars by Aaron Gleeman
4 Transaction Analysis: Yonder 2.0 for Boog 2.0 by Bryan Grosnick and Aaron Gleeman
0 DFA Podcast: Ep. 20: DFA Deadline Extravaganza by Bryan Grosnick, Craig Goldstein, Patrick Dubuque, Jeffrey Paternostro, Emma Baccellieri, Kate Morrison, Aaron Gleeman and Shawn Brody
0 Transaction Analysis: Rizzo's Relief by Aaron Gleeman and Greg Goldstein
0 Transaction Analysis: Jaime Garcia, Flipped by Aaron Gleeman, Jarrett Seidler and Javier Barragan
0 Transaction Analysis: Altitude Frisbee by Aaron Gleeman, Zack Moser, Greg Goldstein, Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Anderson
0 Transaction Analysis: Panda 2.0 by Patrick Dubuque, Brett Cowett, Aaron Gleeman, Martin Alonso and Mark Anderson
0 Banjo Hitter: Trade Deadline Guide to Starting Pitchers by Aaron Gleeman
1 Transaction Analysis: Stearns Goes Bargain Shopping by Colin Anderle, Aaron Gleeman, Jarrett Seidler and Nicholas Zettel
3 Banjo Hitter: Aaron Judge is Out of Control by Aaron Gleeman
1 Transaction Analysis: Big Sexy's Last Call by Aaron Gleeman
4 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Trea Turner by Aaron Gleeman
2 Banjo Hitter: Minnesota's Mess by Aaron Gleeman
7 Banjo Hitter: Albert Pujols, From 0 to 600 by Aaron Gleeman
3 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Max Kepler by Aaron Gleeman
5 Banjo Hitter: Mike Trout's First 50 WARP by Aaron Gleeman
0 Banjo Hitter: Gimme a Quarter's Worth: Rising Odds by Aaron Gleeman
0 Banjo Hitter: Gimme a Quarter's Worth: Vanishing Odds by Aaron Gleeman
1 Banjo Hitter: Beyond the 90th Percentile by Aaron Gleeman
7 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Byron Buxton by Aaron Gleeman
0 Banjo Hitter: Mr. April by Aaron Gleeman
2 Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Tim Beckham by Aaron Gleeman
5 Banjo Hitter: Jon Singleton, Suited Connector by Aaron Gleeman
2 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Minnesota Twins by Aaron Gleeman
4 Banjo Hitter: Sticking at Shortstop by Aaron Gleeman
0 Banjo Hitter: The Lost Outfielders by Aaron Gleeman
1 Transaction Analysis: Major Minors by Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman
1 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA vs. Vegas by Aaron Gleeman
6 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers by Aaron Gleeman
2 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters by Aaron Gleeman
10 Banjo Hitter: PECOTA and the Twins, Sitting in a Tree by Aaron Gleeman
10 Banjo Hitter: Age-Old Questions by Aaron Gleeman
5 Banjo Hitter: Best of the Rest by Aaron Gleeman
0 Transaction Analysis: Going Back To Cali by Aaron Gleeman
2 Best of BP 2016: The Fall of the Ryan Empire by Aaron Gleeman
10 Transaction Analysis: Colorado Chronometer by Kenny Ducey, Aaron Gleeman, Patrick Dubuque and Jared Wyllys
3 Internet Baseball Awards: The Polls Are Open! by Aaron Gleeman
3 Transaction Analysis: Twins Pay For Stolen Strikes by Aaron Gleeman
14 Playoff Prospectus: After 108 Years, Cubs Win the Marathon and the Sprint by Aaron Gleeman
1 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 6 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
0 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
1 Playoff Prospectus: Wrigley Goes Silent as Indians See the Finish Line by Aaron Gleeman
3 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
9 Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cubs vs. Indians by Aaron Gleeman
1 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLCS Game 6 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
2 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews by Aaron Gleeman
4 Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cubs by Aaron Gleeman
2 Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 5 Preview by Aaron Gleeman
After years of swinging at everything and frustrating everyone, Rosario may have had an epiphany.
has always been a believer in Paul Molitor ’s swing. As a roving hitting instructor, Molitor worked with Rosario in the minors as far back as 2010, Eddie Rosario saying later that the left-handed hitter’s “ability to square up the ball” immediately caught his eye. Molitor replaced as Twins manager in 2015, and during his first spring training at the helm he praised Rosario’s hitting ability on a daily basis. At the time Rosario was 23 years old and coming off a disappointing Double-A season in which he hit just .243/.286/.387 and was suspended 50 games for marijuana use, but Molitor believed. Ron Gardenhire
Early that May the Twins needed outfield reinforcements and at Molitor’s urging they bypassed
to call up Rosario, who was hitting just .242/.280/.379 with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 23 games at Triple-A. For all the talk about his upside, Rosario had a sub-.700 Aaron Hicks above Single-A for his career and it had been around 18 months since he was a productive hitter at any level, but as Molitor OPS explained: “I wanted to give Eddie an opportunity to get up here. I’ve been around him enough to know that for that kid, it’s just been a matter of him learning to apply himself a little bit more consistently, and I think he’s been doing that.” Read the full article... Thad Levine talked deadline deals, Tinder, analytics, and lots more at Baseball Prospectus Night in Minnesota.
As part of Baseball Prospectus Night at Target Field on August 5, general manager Thad Levine joined us for an interview and audience Q&A. The following is a transcript of his interview with me, which has been edited for clarity and brevity, as the entire session lasted more than an hour and was over 10,000 words when transcribed. You can listen to the unedited, hour-plus Levine audio, including the audience Q&A, Minnesota Twins on the "Gleeman and The Geek" podcast. Read the full article... They're too good for the minors, but haven't stuck in the majors yet.
We have articles every day analyzing major leaguers and our prospect team does a fantastic job covering actual prospects, but there’s a player type that inevitably falls through the cracks. They’re too old to be considered prospects and have been deemed too flawed to be regulars in the majors, at least right now, but they’re also too good for the minors. Call them Quadruple-A guys or stat-head favorites or any number of other things. You know the type. In decades past BP championed the causes of hitters like
and Roberto Petagine , and before that Bill James (but Erubiel Durazo definitely not Frank Costanza) had . Ken Phelps
Every once in awhile I get curious about those guys, if only because
someone ought to be checking in on them. In looking over the current candidates I’m not sure that anyone warrants a full-blown “FREE HIM!” campaign like the old days—perhaps teams have just gotten better about giving them opportunities?—but plenty of intriguing names are having big seasons mostly out of sight. Below is my attempt to build the best lineup from Triple-A hitters who are at least 25 years old and have spent most or all of this season in the minors, with a focus on players I think could actually be assets to major-league teams. Read the full article...
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August 8, 2017 6:00 am
Seattle makes a modest bet on Yonder Alonso's breakout being for real.
On the 20th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan hosts an all-star collection of BP writers in our first live episode! Listen in as Craig Goldstein, Patrick Dubuque, Jeffrey Paternostro, Emma Baccellieri, Kate Morrison, and Aaron Gleeman all share their thoughts on the major and minor moves as the deadline comes and goes. It's a must-listen!
Washington adds another veteran late-inning reliever, snagging All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler from Minnesota.
Jaime Garcia is on the move for the second time in a week, going from Minnesota to New York.
Colorado picks up bullpen help in Pat Neshek, Washington calls up Andrew Stevenson, and Minnesota unloads one of the old regime's mistakes.
Pablo Sandoval heads back to San Francisco, the Twins add much-needed rotation help in Jaime Garcia, and the Mariners swap four minor leaguers for David Phelps. Every contender needs rotation help and there are plenty of big-name starters potentially available.
If your favorite team is at or above .500, odds are you think they should add starting pitching help before the trade deadline. And they probably agree. As part of the Cubs’ surprisingly difficult fight to rise above .500 and properly defend their title, they
kicked off the festivities by acquiring left-hander (and his team-friendly contract) from the White Sox for a four-prospect package led by Single-A slugger Jose Quintana . Which other rotation-boosting arms may be on the move? Here’s my best guess at the top starters who could realistically be available before the trade deadline, and the pros and cons of each. Eloy Jimenez
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July 18, 2017 6:00 am
Milwaukee adds a pair of relievers, New York picks up yet another first baseman, and the international signing bonus slot just can't seem to find a home.
The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe. Judge has flown past his 90th percentile projections and into rarefied air.
Back on May 10, with a little more than one month of the season in the books, I
wrote about the seven hitters—five of them big surprises—who had out-produced their 90th percentile projections by at least 200 points of PECOTA . They were—along with the less surprising OPS and Bryce Harper duo— Freddie Freeman , Ryan Zimmerman , Eric Thames , Aaron Judge , and Yonder Alonso . Zack Cozart
A few interesting things have happened to that group since then.
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