Patience, Not Aggression, Key for Evan Longoria in 2015

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Alec Dopp is a contributor to Gammons Daily and also covers the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. Connect with him on LinkedIn and give him a follow on Twitter @alecdopp Though headlines surrounding the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason have largely fixated on the departure of both Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman — which […]

Contract Extension or Not, Todd Frazier is Becoming a Complete Hitter

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Despite the financial conundrum in which Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty currently finds himself — recall his franchise-altering extension of Joey Votto almost three Aprils ago that coincided with Brandon Phillips‘ payday, not to mention the money that would be necessary to lock up Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman and Devin Mesoraco — Todd Frazier has nonetheless placed himself in decent position to get paid in […]

Mariners Invest in Offense; But Will Austin Jackson’s Bat Rebound?

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Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has invested a considerable amount of dough over the past few years to upgrade his club’s offense, signing Robinson Cano for $240 million last December, following it up with a $100 million extension for Kyle Seager earlier this month and dishing out $58 million more to Nelson Cruz last week. Whether or not Matt Kemp joins the trio in the […]

Fantasy Baseball 2015: Gauging Jose Quintana’s Preseason Draft Stock

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Fantasy baseball season is still a ways off at this point, but that hasn’t affected the ebbs and flows of position and player ranking updates as we creep closer to Opening Day. Christian H. Cockroft of ESPN.com last week refreshed his take on the top 250 players (and their position-specific rankings) for next season in standard […]

Kole Calhoun’s Second-Half Regressions, Explained

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Back in mid-July, when 27-year-old Los Angles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had been mashing as efficiently as any big-league outfielder, Mike Scioscia put it best when he told Mike DeGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know if there’s a hotter player in our league right now. He’s seeing the ball well. He’s swinging the bat well.” Indeed, he […]

Will Shelby Miller Find his Rhythm in Atlanta?

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In a deal that only a select few outside of Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak probably anticipated prior to the beginning of the week, Atlanta and St. Louis participated in the first eye-catching transaction of the 2014-15 off-season Monday afternoon when the two clubs swapped Shelby Miller (and Tyrell Jenkins) for Jason Heyward (and Jordan Walden). […]

Pitch Sequencing Key Against Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna

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If Marcell Ozuna has shown us anything, it’s that he hits baseballs hard. Painfully hard. Trevor Cahill‘s unfortunate injury aside, though, Ozuna squares up the baseball at a fantastic rate. Exactly 25.2% of his 840 career at-bats since making his big-league debut two Aprils ago have ended in a hard-hit ball in play, based off video review. That’s really […]

Jean Segura Can Succeed in 2015, and Here’s How

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What’s up with Jean Segura? That’s the question many Milwaukee Brewers fans have asked over the past year and a half with respect to the offensive production of their club’s starting shortstop, and understandably so. The centerpiece to the deal that shipped Zack Greinke to Los Angeles in July of 2012, Segura, touted by Baseball Prospectus as the […]

The Secret(s) Behind Matt Kemp’s Sensational Second-Half

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With a monstrous contract to live up to and Joc Pederson breathing down his neck, Matt Kemp had himself one heck of a 2014 regular season. Well, offensively at least. Despite his -25.8 UZR/150 (!) from the outfield, the recently turned 30-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder slashed .287/.346/.506 en route to a weighted runs created plus of 140, […]

Drew Hutchison: Baseball’s Next Great Swing-and-Miss Artist?

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In his post-season press conference earlier this month, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropolous pointed out to reporters the blatantly obvious when he said his club didn’t achieve its goals this season. Toronto finished third in the American League East in 2014 and in the process extended its postseason drought to 21 consecutive seasons — […]