The Cubs are giving Bryan LaHair, 29 and a career minor leaguer, his shot as a major league regular in 2012. The first base job is LaHair’s to lose going in to the season. What are reasonable expectations for this minor league journeyman with only 65 major league games under his belt?
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The 20th anniversary season of the prestigious Arizona Fall League kicks off on Tuesday with rosters full of top draft picks and 2012 Rookie of the Year candidates.
As has been the norm for most of the past twenty years, I’ll be associated with the league in some capacity and will try and keep you updated [...]
The general population of casual baseball fans first became aware of Bryce Harper when, as a sixteen year old, he was the subject of a Sports Illustrated cover and feature article written by Tom Verducci.
The article, filled with exploits of 570 foot homers, 96 mph fastballs, eyeblack art and bible verses on wristbands brought a [...]
Sorry for the delay on this, my work schedule and responsibilities have change three times since the first week of February, I hardly know what day it is anymore, much less have time to do anything. Plus, with Spring Training in full swing, any free time I have is usually spent watching a handful of [...]
Who are the best players for each franchise? Using WAR, the likely contenders can be identified. Many are no-brainers, but some cases are not so clear-cut. And what current players have a chance to be the best player in their team’s history?
This two part series is not an attempt to define the best prospect on each team, I believe each of us would have no problem finding a listing or two without much effort if we truly wanted to find the information.
This is an attempt to identify the one guy who make the most impact to [...]
By Bob Owens
While baseball has generated a sizable number of debates and arguments over the course of its long history, there are at least two truths to the sport which have remained true and constant;
1. No team can ever have enough pitching.
2. Starting pitching is more valuable than relief pitching.
It’s a stupid job, but someone’s gotta do it.
In year’s past the AFL was known as a hitters league, what with the cooler post-summer temperatures and the Phoenix elevation. This year was somewhat less so but more due to an overall lack of talent, which included pitching as well as hitting. The right handed starters were a mixed back of prospects while the [...]
The overall group of outfielders in the AFL was a mixed bag, some big names, some guys fighting for spots on the 40, and a handful of players learning new positions. Most of the players won’t see major league action this season so it was difficult not only to pick a guy from each position, [...]
Second base was the most well represented position on BA’s top prospect list with four candidates finishing in the top dozen players, led by league MVP and batting champ Dustin Ackley, who also managed to set league records in OBP and SLG. Ackley showed improvement defensively at second and while the jury is still out [...]
The list of candidates at first base really isn’t a list at all, with two of the names undoubtedly among the top ten prospects in all of baseball. But I would be disrespecting the abilities of everyone else who are all quality players and I’m not about to do that.
Josh Satin [...]
During the recently completed Arizona Fall League season I had the opportunity, as I’ve done each season since the league’s inception in 1992, to see some of the top minor league talent put refining touches on their skills as the begin what they hope to be the final leg on their ascent to the major [...]
Coming into the American League Championship Series against the Yankees, the Texas Rangers were undersold. They were undersold because of their starting pitching. Their second- and third-best starting pitchers (C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis) are almost as good as the Yankees’ best starting pitcher (C.C. Sabathia), or at least they are in 2010.
Tale of the Tape:
Age: Minor, 22 (23 on December 26th), Hellickson, 23, (24 on 4/8/11).
Height/Weight: Minor, 6′3″, 200, Hellickson 6′1″, 185.
Bats/Throws: Minor, L/L, Hellickson, R/R
Minor: Atlanta Braves first round draft choice in the 2009 Draft out of Vanderbilt University. SEC Freshman of the Year in 2007, $2.4 million bonus is Atlanta club record.
Hellickson: Tampa Bay [...]