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08-15

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Raising Aces: Have Pitch Counts Gone Too Far?
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Doug Thorburn

08-08

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Raising Aces: The Road to Recovery
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Doug Thorburn

08-01

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Raising Aces: The Rabbit Hole
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Doug Thorburn

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-18

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Raising Aces: Outta Nowhere
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Doug Thorburn

07-11

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Raising Aces: Breakout Breakdown: Corey Kluber and Garrett Richards
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-20

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Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three
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Doug Thorburn

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
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Doug Thorburn

05-30

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part One
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Doug Thorburn

05-23

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Raising Aces: Going Vertical
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Doug Thorburn

05-16

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Raising Aces: The Injury Puzzle
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Doug Thorburn

05-09

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Raising Aces: Making Setup Man Magic
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Doug Thorburn

05-02

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Raising Aces: Too Early to Worry?
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Doug Thorburn

04-25

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Raising Aces: Too Soon to Swoon?
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Doug Thorburn

04-18

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 20: Sonny Gray v. Erasmo Ramirez
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

04-18

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Raising Aces: Masahiro Tanaka, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

04-11

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Raising Aces: Starting Pitcher Four-Pack
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Doug Thorburn

04-04

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Raising Aces: The Aces of Opening Day
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Doug Thorburn

03-31

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My Model Portfolio: Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

03-28

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Raising Aces: Out on a Limb: 2014 Pitcher Predictions
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Doug Thorburn

03-21

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Eddie Butler, Tyler Glasnow, and Alex Meyer
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Doug Thorburn

03-14

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jonathan Gray
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Doug Thorburn

03-13

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 19: Prospects, Prospects, Prospects!!!
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

03-07

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Raising Aces: Over the Radar 2.0
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Doug Thorburn

03-03

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 2.0
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Doug Thorburn

02-28

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 18: Starting Pitching Guide
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

02-28

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Andrew Heaney
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Doug Thorburn

02-21

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Raising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking for Mechanical Hallmarks
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Doug Thorburn

02-14

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez
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Doug Thorburn

02-12

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BP Unfiltered: T-Mac's Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

02-07

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Archie Bradley
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Doug Thorburn

01-31

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Raising Aces: The Evolution of Pitching Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

01-24

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and White
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Doug Thorburn

01-17

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees 1980-89
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Doug Thorburn

01-16

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAP Episode 17: Offseason Chatter
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

01-10

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94
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Doug Thorburn

01-03

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Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Nolan Ryan
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Doug Thorburn

12-27

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Raising Aces: Examining Masahiro Tanaka's Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

12-20

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Julio Urias
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Doug Thorburn

12-13

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon
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Doug Thorburn

12-06

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Raising Aces: Diff'rent Strikes
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Doug Thorburn

11-22

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Robert Stephenson
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Doug Thorburn

11-15

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Noah Syndergaard
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Doug Thorburn

11-08

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Raising Aces: Great Pitchers, Flawed Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

11-01

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Kyle Zimmer
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Doug Thorburn

10-25

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Raising Aces: How Long Home Runs Happen
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Doug Thorburn

10-18

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Previewing the Winter's Pitching Prospect Breakdowns
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Doug Thorburn

10-12

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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 16: Zack Greinke at Joe Kelly
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

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The guys return from a winter hiatus to talk Hall of Fame pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka, and the upcoming Starting Pitcher Guide that they are currently hard at work on.

The guys return from a winter hiatus to talk Hall of Fame pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka, and the upcoming Starting Pitcher Guide that they are currently hard at work on.

We are looking emails for future episodes, so please feel free to send your questions to pitchingpod@gmail.com! The schedule will be a little sporadic until the guide is released, but they are looking at 7-10 day intervals at the most.

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A look at the mechanics of Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, and other immortals.

Pitchers naturally draw most of my attention when looking at the Hall of Fame, and the voting trends of the Baseball Writers Association of America reveal some interesting tendencies when one studies the historical record. For example, there have been a total of 35 pitchers voted into the Hall by the BBWAA across the 78-year span of the voting process, yet from 1956 to 1971, Bob Feller was the only moundsman to pass through the gauntlet. There were only three pitchers enshrined during the first 11 years of the 21st century, and all three were relievers: Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter, and Dennis Eckersley. But now we stand on the precipice of the Hall's floodgates being opened to pitchers, from the recent selections of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine to next year's shoo-ins such as Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.

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January 3, 2014 6:19 am

Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Nolan Ryan

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Doug Thorburn

How did one of the most dominant, durable pitchers of the past do it?

During the 2012-13 offseason, I took some time to appreciate a few of the greatest pitchers of the previous generation. Some of these pitchers are due for Hall of Fame election in the next week, some are waiting on the doorstep while the voters decide how to handle an era tainted by steroids, and others are locks for enshrinement as soon as their eligibility clocks are sounded. It was not a coincidence that each of these legends had a mechanical profile that fully supported his prowess, but it was instructive to study how they had developed from the flawed hurlers of their youth into the out-generating machines that defined their respective peaks.

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December 27, 2013 7:42 am

Raising Aces: Examining Masahiro Tanaka's Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn

Does the NPB pitcher's delivery bode well for his ability to weather a heavy early workload and make a smooth transition to the majors?

The biggest news to hit the yuletide airwaves was the official posting of star NPB pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. From now through January 24th, teams are expected to scramble for the opportunity to pay the newly-adjusted $20 million posting fee and sign the right-hander. The new import process all but assures that Tanaka will receive a heftier contract than previous NPB standouts Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka, since the bidding war now benefits the player rather than his old ballclub (much to the chagrin of Tanaka's squad, the Rakuten Golden Eagles).

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A close look at the mechanics and performance of the precocious Dodgers lefty.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made waves in the international market, with scouting director Logan White procuring a bounty of talent for the organization. Thus far, Yasiel Puig has grabbed the lion's share of the headlines, but the most compelling/intriguing international acquisition by the Dodgers camp may have been Julio Urias, the pitcher whom they plucked out of Mexico in August of 2012, just days after he turned 16 years old.

One would expect the development of a teenager to take a slow pace, with little more than an appearance in short-season rookie ball during his first season. The Dodgers kept Urias in extended spring training into late May, but then they gave him an extremely aggressive assignment to full-season ball, where he joined the Great Lakes Loons as the youngest player in the Midwest League.

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December 13, 2013 7:20 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon

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Doug Thorburn

The stats don't capture the promise of Pittsburgh's top pitching prospect.

Jameson Taillon was the no. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of a Texas high school. Since that summer, the 22-year-old has taken a deliberate route through the minor leagues, spending some time at each level before reaching for the next rung on the ladder. The right-hander now stands on the doorstep of the majors, having finished the 2013 season with a month-long stretch at Triple-A Indianapolis, and he could very well join the Pittsburgh rotation by the summer of 2014 if he avoids derailment from his development track.

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December 6, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Diff'rent Strikes

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Doug Thorburn

Breaking down the zone profiles of some of baseball's best pitchers.

The Minnesota Twins have earned a reputation over the years for their general preference toward “strike-throwing” pitchers who are adept at avoiding free passes, and the recent signings of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes only reinforce that idea. Nolasco has maintained a walk rate between 4.8 and 5.7 percent in each of the past six seasons, and Hughes has kept his at six percent over the past two seasons combined. Both pitchers have been vulnerable to hard contact, manifested in higher-than-average rates of hits and homers allowed, and the combination of box-score stats paints the picture that they spend a lot of time within the strike zone. But does the PITCHf/x data support that notion?

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November 22, 2013 9:07 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Robert Stephenson

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Doug Thorburn

A mechanical look at one of the highest-ceiling pitching prospects in baseball.

Robert Stephenson was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round (no. 27 overall) of the 2011 draft. Selected out of a northern California high school, Stephenson was the first prep pitcher to be popped in the first round by Cincy since Homer Bailey was taken with the seventh-overall pick in 2004. Stephenson began the 2012 season in extended spring training and did not make his professional debut until June of that year, but he cruised through rookie ball and spent two months with Dayton of the Midwest League. He returned to Dayton to begin the 2013 season, where Stephenson stepped on the accelerator and quickly rose up through the system.

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November 15, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Noah Syndergaard

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A mechanical look at the 21-year-old Mets pitching prospect.

Noah Syndergaard was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the supplemental first round of the 2010 draft. Chosen out of a Texas high school with the 38th overall pick, Syndergaard put up enticing numbers as he rose through the lower ranks of the Blue Jays system. The 6'-6” right-hander was then utilized as a key component in the trade that brought R.A. Dickey to the Jays in the 2012-13 offseason, and continued along his developmental trajectory in his first season in the Mets system, reaching Double-A in June and improving as the season progressed.

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November 8, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Great Pitchers, Flawed Mechanics

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Doug Thorburn

Pitchers who succeed despite less-than-perfect deliveries.

One of the most common questions people ask me is to name good pitchers who have bad mechanics. Of course, mechanics are too nuanced to draw lines in the sand of “good” and “bad,” but the question is fascinating nonetheless. The general rule is that the best pitchers have excellent mechanics, but it’s true that some of the top players in the game have flaws in their deliveries.

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November 1, 2013 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Bush League: Kyle Zimmer

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Doug Thorburn

Mid-season adjustments put the Royals pitching prospect on the path to prominence.

The Kansas City Royals chose Kyle Zimmer out of the University of San Francisco with the fifth overall selection of the 2012 draft. He was the second pitcher off the board, following LSU's Kevin Gausman, and he earned the distinction of having my favorite delivery of the opening round. Zimmer rose to the Double-A ranks in his first full season of pro ball, where he dominated for a handful of starts before he was shut down in mid-August due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder.

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October 25, 2013 9:52 am

Raising Aces: How Long Home Runs Happen

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Doug Thorburn

What went wrong for the pitchers who surrendered the longest homers hit in 2013?

Two months ago, I introduced an article dubbed Elevator Action, which was inspired by the tendency for elevated pitches to leave the yard. The concept behind the piece was that it can often be more damaging to miss targets within the strike zone than is to sail pitches out of reach. Pitchers who pound the zone but lack the command to places pitches on its periphery will suffer the consequences.

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