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April 13, 2013 1:42 pm

Overthinking It: The Year's New Pitches

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Ben Lindbergh

A look at some of the promising new offerings that pitchers have unveiled this month.

Every year, a few pitchers add a new pitch to their in-game arsenal after working on it over the winter or in spring training. Sometimes, the new pitch goes nowhere: it doesn’t produce results and is quickly abandoned, or it lingers but fails to make an appreciable impact. Other times, it helps a pitcher achieve some specific goal, like limiting opposite-handed hitters, but it doesn’t propel him to much greater heights. And every now and then, a new pitch transforms a pitcher into something far superior to what he was before, like Mike Scott’s splitter, Esteban Loaiza’s cutter, or, more recently, Jason Hammel’s sinker, which he added to great effect in 2012.

According to the custom, PITCHf/x-based pitch-type classifications provided by Harry Pavlidis of Baseball Prospectus and Brooks Baseball, five pitchers have already unveiled new offerings in 2013. It’s too soon to say for sure whether they’ll all be successes, but a small sample can often reveal more about a single pitch than it can about a player’s overall performance. Here’s an early assessment of each one.

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Ten American League Prospects Who Could Start the Season In the Majors

With the new year upon us, we can now officially say that Spring Training starts 'next month'. The Spring Training version of the Minor League Update will be highly-focused on prospects who are getting a chance to showcase their talents in big league games and have a pretty decent shot at making a 25-man roster.

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December 21, 2012 5:00 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

The Mariners have a tremendous stock of young pitching, giving them a solid base to build around or trade from.

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May 3, 2012 3:00 am

What Scouts Are Saying: Not Always the Cruelest Month

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Kevin Goldstein

Forget Dylan Bundy for a second. Have you seen Billy Hamilton?

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January 19, 2012 10:50 am

Future Shock: Bang for the Buck

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Kevin Goldstein

Not all of the players poised to break out are bonus babies and first-round picks.

Interest in the Major League Baseball draft has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Thanks to great coverage—including a national television audience—many casual fans can name their team's first-round pick from last June, and maybe even the big bonus babies from the later rounds. Believe it or not, there was a time when the draft was a secret. Baseball feared the college game would use the draft as a free recruiting tool, so lists were once kept shrouded until players signed. With 1,530 players selected in the 2011 draft, there are still plenty of secrets to be uncovered. Here are 10 players who were not taken in the first round, nor the recipients of greatly over-slot bonuses, who have a good chance to become more well-known in 2012.

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July 14, 2010 8:00 am

All-Star Game: McCann is The Man

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John Perrotto

The Braves catcher's three-run double enabled the NL to end a 13-game winless streak.

ANAHEIM—Tim Hudson watched the inning unfold from the bullpen. As he did, one thought kept crossing his mind.

"I kept hoping we'd get Brian McCann up to the plate in a big spot," Hudson said. "I knew if we did, we'd win the game."

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