The Rays Rotation has a New Philosophy

Organizationally, the Rays always seem to have a knack for doing things a bit differently. Some of it might boil down to necessity, given Tampa’s small market size and comparably small payroll to the rest of the league, but there’s something admirable about how the Rays — perhaps largely due to Joe Maddon — constantly appear […]

The Mechanics of Jean Segura’s Monster Start

At some point, we’re going to have to acknowledge what Jean Segura is doing. I realize now might not be the most appropriate time, since we’re less than a week into the season, and 98% of the year is still in front of us. BUT, he’s the current major-league leader in wins above replacement (0.5) heading into the […]

Analyzing the Early Stolen Base Drought

The 2016 season is all of four days old, which means everything we’ve witnessed up to this point can mostly be chalked up to noise and random variance. Small samples, after all, can be pretty misleading, and all we have to work with right now is a collective total of 2,864 plate appearances through Wednesday’s […]

Previewing 2016’s Best Fastballs with Saber-Scout Pitch f/x

Around this time last season, I wrote about the most untouchable pitches in baseball throughout 2014. I don’t usually like to toot my own horn around these parts, but I will today, because I had a dandy of a time writing it, and I feel like it’s one of the best pieces of work I’ve […]

Gregory Polanco and the Symptoms of an Inevitable Breakout

It’s fairly well understood, at this point, that nothing in baseball is guaranteed. It’s also fairly well understood that nothing in life is guaranteed (well, other than death, taxes, etc…). Still, that doesn’t mean some things don’t feel inevitable, for better or worse. I can’t guarantee Donald Trump will win the Republican presidential nomination come July — […]

Understanding, Appreciating Dallas Keuchel’s Defensive Prowess

For the next five seconds, I want you to close your eyes and think about Dallas Keuchel. Seriously. I mean, really think. Now, what things, specifically, came to mind? Physically, perhaps you envisioned the one thing that makes him most recognizable amongst his peers: The Beard! If not his physical attributes, then perhaps you envisioned some of his esteemed […]

Adam Eaton: Bucking the Short-Dude Power Conundrum

It’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot recently: Are we ready to live in a world where Adam Eaton hits dingers? Everything we’ve known to be true about Eaton says that, while he certainly has a bevy of skills at his disposal, like hitting for average or stealing bases or manning a respectable center field, he shouldn’t hit for […]

What Alex Colome, Arm Action can Teach us About Cut-Fastball Development

As far as industry projections are concerned, the Rays bullpen doesn’t figure to be very good in 2016. Earlier this month, ZiPS placed a cumulative 2.0 WAR projection on Tampa Bay’s relievers for this coming season, which is about where they crossed the finish line last season (1.7 WAR) by accrued value in 2015. We know that […]

Matt Carpenter, First-Pitch Swings, and the Evolution of Leadoff Hitters

As the pitter-patter of cleats and intensifying chorus of ball-hitting-glove action begins filling the air at spring training complexes in Florida and Arizona this week, truthfully, there’s no better time to look ahead at what the 2016 season might have in store for us than right now. Of course, when one looks ahead at something, it’s natural to ask […]

The Many Present (and Future) Skills of Zach Davies

In the five-or-some-odd months that have passed since David Stearns first updated his LinkedIn resume title to ‘General Manager, Milwaukee Brewers’, he and the organization have made one thing abundantly clear: They’re investing for the future. Nowhere was this reality more evident than this past Saturday night, when Milwaukee shipped shortstop Jean Segura and right-handed pitching prospect Tyler Wagner to the […]