Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

Peter Gammons: A Marlins Monday, position allocation, & Dusty Baker on Betts

JUPITER, Fla.—Some days the split squad games suit what the Marlins need to make their eight man bullpen work. For instance, as Mike Hill says, “we’re trying to get Ichiro Suzuki and Justin Bour as many at-bats against lefthanded pitchers as possible this spring because with a four man bench we have to see if […]

Gammons Poll: Top pitching prospects turning heads in spring training

Start with Jose Fernandez, runner-up for the National League Cy Young Award last season, a year before he would be in the draft—this year’s draft as he was in the 2011 draft with Carlos Rodon—had he gone to college. That’s a very good place to start with the Miami Marlins, whose Nate Eovaldi had the […]