As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
With our dear Editor-in-Chief leaving Baseball Prospectus for his next chapter, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite chapters of his career here. There's an incredible number of timeless Sam Miller articles to choose from, but we whittled it down enough to not break the internet. This article originally ran on May 16, 2016.
Texas deals David Price another postseason defeat, but was this a pyrrhic victory for the Rangers?
Game One of the American League Division Series between the Rangers and the Blue Jays was about losses. The Blue Jays lost home-field advantage, the Rangers lost one of their best players, and the postseason lost its streak of one-sided affairs.
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When it’s this early in the season, it can be tough to get a good read on your fantasy team, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important to know what you’re holding. It can be even more difficult to judge young players early on as we don’t have the benefit of looking back at a sizable track record. I’ll look at a few young players I believe deserve the patience of fantasy owners and one that you can likely move on from.
The Sox end a streak, Bckett throws a no-no, and Springer explodes, plus much more from the weekend and what to watch today.
The Memorial Day Weekend Takeaway
If you’re going to compile a 10-game losing streak, you’ll need to find some innovative ways to give away games. Like, say, batting around and scoring five runs in the first inning against David Price, then getting shut out for 14 offensive frames before going down with a series of defensive misadventures:
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole and Rangers infielder Rougned Odor.
Hitter of the Night: Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers (Frisco, AA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 K.
Odor’s home run on Tuesday puts him more than halfway to his 2013 mark of 11. The doubles power has always been there, but if they continue to go over the wall like this, the Rangers are going to have one heck of a player on their hands.
Pitcher of the Night: A.J. Cole, RHP, Nationals (Harrisburg, AA): 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.
Cole, who has been talented but inconsistent throughout his career, is beginning to give us a glimpse of what he can do when he’s on. He’s got premium stuff and could be a no. 2 starter if he can keep this up.
Scouts' takes on Xander Bogaerts, Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Correa, Addison Russell, and other interesting players.
Many of our authors make a habit of speaking to scouts and other talent evaluators in order to bring you the best baseball information available. Not all of the tidbits gleaned from those conversations make it into our articles, but we don't want them to go to waste. Instead, we'll be collecting them in a regular feature called "What Scouts Are Saying," which will be open to participation from the entire BP staff and include quotes about minor leaguers and major leaguers alike.
Jonathan Singleton's 50-game suspension will hold him back a bit, but he's still the top first-base prospect in the minors.
Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (expected to report to Triple-A Oklahoma City once reinstated) 2-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB. The centerpiece of the Hunter Pence trade between the Astros and Phillies, Singleton will have to serve a 50-game suspension to start the 2013 season. Singleton is the premier first-base prospect in the minors because of his near-elite raw power and solid-average hitting ability. He has been consistently making positive steps toward translating the raw pop into game power.
Oakland's future star outfielder, Washington's trick pitcher, and two potential everyday catchers highlight this week's Ten-Pack.
Bobby Borchering, 3B/1B, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia)
If you are looking for a mixed bag when it comes to prospects, Borchering is your guy. A first-round pick in 2009, Borchering finished his full-season debut with a strong second-half and was expected to build on it in 2011. Some scouts say he is, some say he isn't. A switch hitter with a swing that appeals to anyone with a sense of beauty, Borchering went 5-for-11 with a pair of home runs over the weekend to lift his seasonal numbers to .268/.327/.481, and that line alone shows you the good and the bad in his game. While he's having a breakthrough on a power level, he's also struck out 109 times in 362 at-bats and remains prone to swinging at bad pitches. Scouts love his hit tool, but it's not going to matter until he cleans up his approach.