Scouting Report: Stephen Strasburg

March 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The new “Big Train” has a dominating fastball that touches 100 mph. His 4-seamer flies with some run to his arm side, while his 2-seamer adds significant sink. Strasburg commands and controls his curveball very well, allowing him to use [ continue ]

Scouting Report: James Shields

February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Shields is one of the most complete pitchers in the game. He throws his four pitch repertoire with good command and control of each offering. James starts with his 2 and 4-seam fastballs. He works corners well and tries to keep the ball down. [ continue ]

Cuba: being naive

February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Beyond the cigars and baseball… Cuban spanish is difficult to pick up.  There is plenty of slang, differing pronunciations, and rapid speech patterns.  My spanish skills were beyond rusty when I arrived at Jose Marti Airport, and I was in [ continue ]

Scouting Report: Yulieski Gourriel

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yulieski Gourriel is known as the best active Cuban player yet to play in MLB. The right-handed hitting infielder is a career .330/.412/.570 in 14 seasons in the Cuban National Series. Gourriel has permission from the Cuban government to also play [ continue ]

Scouting Report: Ken Giles

February 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Giles has the stuff to be a relief ace.  The right-hander muscles a 98 mph fastball past most hitters.  Giles’ two-pitch repertoire features a slider that can be unhittable at times.  He remains inconsistent with his control, especially [ continue ]

Cuba: Stereotypes

February 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

So many of the stereotypical things you hear about Cuba are actually true… It’s a time warp The streets are full of American classics and Soviet box cars The buildings of Havana are crumbling There is music everywhere The people are [ continue ]

Scouting Report: Mat Latos

February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mat Latos saw a dramatic loss in fastball velocity in 2014. His fastball dropped to the 90-92 mph range, instead of the 92-95 mph we were used to seeing from him. Mat tries to work the corners with a 4-seamer that flies in the low 90s. When thrown [ continue ]

Cuba: Have you seen this country?

February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Last year I traveled to Cuba. I haven’t written about it yet because, well, travel writing is difficult and I’m a lazy writer. Also, Explaining what I experienced in Cuba is almost impossible, but I’ll try. The phrase “the [ continue ]

Scouting Report: Shelby Miller

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Shelby Miller wins with his fastball. The right-hander shows an uncanny ability to beat hitters while sitting at “just” 93 mph. His 4-seamer “rises” over bats and produces whiffs. Shelby will occasionally mix in a 2-seamer to RHs [ continue ]
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