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Notes on Anthony Gose

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)



He’s young, raw, and extremely talented.

 

Not known for his bat, skeptics question Anthony Gose’s ability to hit enough to be more than a 4th outfielder. Others like his ability to take walks and believe he’ll make enough contact to keep a decent batting average. When the Jays acquired him, he was considered a raw talent with speed and a...

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Brandon Morrow and Mulligan-ERA

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)



Last night Brandon Morrow carved up the White Sox to the tune of a complete game, 2-hit shutout. This is Morrow’s 3rd shutout this season and 3rd in his last 7 starts. His final line was 9ip, 2h, 0r, 2bb, 5k over 119 pitches.




What is perhaps most impressive about this outing is the fact that Morro...

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Thoughts on Colby Rasmus

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)



April – .232, 3HR, 6.7 BB%, 23.6 K%, .281 obp, .427 slg, .297 wOBA, 85 wRC

May – .237, 3HR, 10.5 BB%, 18.1 K%, .317 obp, .430 slg, .324 wOBA, 103 wRC


I love watching Colby Rasmus. The size, speed, athleticism and grace in which he plays the game is off the charts. He is one of the smoothest in the league tracking down fly balls making it look easy. His arm a...

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Inspiration

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)



This is my first non-baseball related post here at The Sports Loop.  I don't mean to get all corny but I decided to go off topic because sometimes – especially in the dog days – you just need a little inspiration…


These quotes are a mix of Confucius, Einstein, Steve Job...

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Stats to chew on ...

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)



The 2012 Major League Baseball season is over 1 month old and while I haven't posted in a while, I feel like it's time for a statistical update.  


  • Probably the most important tool when evaluting a pitcher is velocity.  For whatever it's worth, the Blue Jays currenlty have the 2nd highest average fastball velocity in the majors after Detroit at 92.1mph.  
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Indians Prospect - SS - Francisco Lindor

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)



It's been somewhat of a theme here lately, but we're going to continue our run with young shortstops.  This week we take a look at the 18 year old Puerto Rican, Francisco Lindor.


One of the youngest prospects in last years draft, Lindor was chosen 8th overall by the Indians in 2011.  After signing a contract late in the summer as a 17 year old, Lindor made his pro debut and held his ...

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Orioles Prospect - SS - Manny Machado

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)



Rated as the #4 prospect in all of baseball by ESPN's Keith Law, Manny Machado might one day be a superstar.  While some scouts question his long term ability to stay at shortstop, his bat will play at 3rd and he should be an all-star regardless.


After b...

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What to expect from Edwin Encarnacion:

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)



2011 was really a tale of two seasons for Edwin Encarnacion.  The powerful Dominican looked all but lost in the field and at the plate early on.  At times he played so poor that he was constantly mocked by fans referring to him as "E5".  In order to get him off the field, the coaching staff decided to move Jose Bautista to 3B so that Edwin could DH and focus solely on batting.  Bautista...

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Sabermetric Lesson: BABIP

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Batting Average on balls in play, or “BABIP” as it’s called, refers to the number of balls put into play against a pitcher (excluding home runs) that go for hits. While typically .290 - .300 is league average, there are a few factors that can influence a pitcher’s BABIP.


Defense – This plays a significant role. Say, ...

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Jays Prospect - SS - Adeiny Hechavarria

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)



One of Alex Anthopoulos’s first significant moves after taking the GM reigns a couple years ago was signing a 20 year old shortstop by the name of Adeiny Hechavarria. With a renewed focus on the international market, the Jays got the talented Cuban for 4 years at $10 million.


With Adeiny the Jays have a slick fielding “true” SS who should be able to make the big leagu...

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