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May 4, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: When Age 27 Doesn't Work Out

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Sam Miller

Brandon Wood is in the midst of yet another disappointing season at age 27. What other players have bottomed out when they were supposed to be peaking?

You couldn’t ask for a better place to hit than Colorado Springs. Last year, the hometown Sky Sox batted .305/.366/.489 as a team and allowed a 6.49 ERA as a team. It’s the craziest place to hit in the craziest league to hit, and it’s where Brandon Wood is hitting .253/.289/.418, with 19 strikeouts and three walks. It’s his age-27 season.

It’s wrong to say that age-27 is the magical year when everybody sets new personal bests. Some hitters peak in their 30s and some in their early 20s and some when they’re 25 and some when they’re 29. Twenty-seven is just a number, and when it starts a sentence, a hyphenated word. It’s only as significant as you make it.

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March 7, 2012 3:00 am

Ten Prospects on the Bubble, Part Two

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Bradley Ankrom

Profiling five more former top prospects, this time from the NL, who have to make a move this season or risk being labeled busts.

Introduction and Part I

Christian Friedrich, LHP, Colorado Rockies (24)
With Brian Matusz off the board, Colorado grabbed arguably the second-best college left-hander in the 2008 draft when it snapped up Friedrich with the 25th pick. He signed quickly and was able to make 11 starts in the Northwest and South Atlantic Leagues, striking out 65 batters over 48 innings.


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May 15, 2008 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: The Lost Generation?

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Nate Silver

Ease up there, Hemingway, we're talking about pitchers, and whether we're missing a few from the last couple of decades.

When we see the level of offense go up or down in baseball-and it has been down dramatically this season-we tend to attribute it to everything other than the players themselves. In any given downturn, it's the bats, or the baseballs, or the ballparks, or the drugs that the players are injecting themselves with. Or all of those things. But what if it isn't all about context? What if, when offense is up, it literally does mean that there aren't very many good pitchers?

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