The Role of Sabermetrics in 2016

by Ian Lowe With the New Year, one might try to say “sabermetrics are turning X years old in 2016,” but the accuracy behind such statement is probably too hard to determine. Jack Moore takes a fairly thorough look at this history behind sabermetrics here. The common knowledge belief among the general public originates around […]

Eliminating the MLB Draft

by Ian Lowe Eliminating the amateur draft, better known as the Rule 4 Draft, is not going to happen in the near future. In fact, seemingly everyone is bracing for a swing in the opposite direction of sorts, creating a new draft for international free agents instead of the current capped situation. Current Major League […]

Jake Arrieta: Journey to Potential Cubs Ace

by Ian Lowe The Chicago Cubs had a mixed season, to be kind, finishing with a 73-89 record. After losing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 4, the Cubs rotation seemed like that of a team with a lesser record, with the exception of Jake Arrieta. While the remainder of the rotation (Travis Wood, […]

Notes on Baseball America’s Top 100

by Ian Lowe Baseball America’s final preseason list ranking the top one hundred prospects in baseball came out Thursday night to some confusion and many questions. Why Joc Pederson over Francisco Lindor? Why Blake Swihart at seventeen given the history of non-elite catching prospects? Why is a likely first baseman, if not designated hitter ranked […]

Takashi Toritani Coming Stateside?

by Ian Lowe Japanese shortstop Takashi Toritani has been one of the under the radar free agents this offseason, partially because he will turn thirty-four years old in what could be his first Major League season. Unlike many Nippon Professional Baseball players, Toritani is currently a free agent and can leave the Hanshin Tigers and […]

A Breath of Fresh, Mile High Air

by Tim Smith (@byutim) Things are changing in Denver for the Colorado Rockies, and that’s a very, very good thing. It’s more than just the 7-2 start. It’s how that 7-2 start has happened. And it all kicked off in the offseason. No blockbuster deals were made by new General Manager Jeff Bridich in spite […]

2015 American League Predictions

by Ian Lowe As Spring Training comes to a close, we head towards Opening Day 2015 in Major League Baseball, which leads to a number of questions. Who wins each division? Who wins the World Series? Who takes home the Cy Young Award in the National League and the American League? While things will assuredly […]

Kris Bryant and Service Time Manipulation

by Mike Beisbol There has been somewhat of an uproar regarding the current situation involving Chicago Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant and a spot on the Major League club. Bryant will be sent back down to AAA as Spring Training is beginning to come to a close. What’s the issue here, exactly? This whole […]

The Mets: An Offseason of Inactivity

by Ian Lowe Sans one signing of note, the Michael Cuddyer deal, the New York Mets have been fairly inactive this offseason. Yes, there have been minor moves, like signing John Mayberry Jr., but those types of moves are inconsequential with regards to what the Mets goal is, or at least should be: contention in […]