Peter Gammons: Development of the 2011 Pitching Draft Class

The 2011 draft was supposed to be the pitchers’ draft. UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer went one and three, with Virgina’s Danny Hultzen two, before his path of shoulder issues. Then came the three celebrated high school righthanders (Dylan Bundy 4, Archie Bradley 7, Jose Fernandez 15) surrounding Anthony Rendon (6), Francisco Lindor (8), Javier Baez (9) and George […]

Peter Gammons: For those with trader’s remorse

We are so familiar with prospects we were stunned when Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez went in a trade for Adam Eaton. Never mind that one hybrid scouting and analytics general manager referred to Eaton as “one of the 15 best players in the game” and my personal fondness for Eaton’s game likeness to Ken Linseman, the […]

Peter Gammons: Orioles pushing for top spot, rest is key for Tanaka and Maeda

Nothing seems to add up, but it doesn’t matter. Only three pitching staffs in the American League have fewer quality starts, or a higher starters’ earned run average than the Orioles. They have one pitcher who has won nine games. Wednesday night in Fenway Park their starting lineup against Rick Porcello had only three hitters […]

Peter Gammons: Trade rumors, Hall of Fame, and more notes from July

We are in the crazy time when there is a trade rumor a second. A few things heard: –The Royals have entertained dozens of scouts with the Angels in town. Some were in to look at Hector Santiago and Huston Street, but many others were in to see if Kansas City would seriously talk Wade […]

Peter Gammons: The lost game of pepper, Astros’ analytical approach, chess, and more

Ted Williams used to play pepper almost every day, for what he said was the feel of manipulating the bat and getting the daily feel of exacting the barrel of the bat to the ball. Yet, for a number of reasons like complaints by ground crews that players dug up the grass with their games, […]

The Orioles Could Use Some Pitching Help

Chris Moran is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an assistant coach with the baseball team at Washington University. He graduated from Wheaton College, where he wore the tools of ignorance for the baseball team. Follow him on twitter @hangingslurves. As of Independence Day, the Baltimore Orioles are sitting […]

Peter Gammons: The risk of drafting high school pitchers with top picks

We all want Jose Fernandez to be all right, hope the elbow sprain doesn’t lead to Tommy John Surgery. Our media medical guru and logical practitioner advises us to wait, and so we will, knowing that if, indeed, Fernandez ends up having the surgery it means that not only has a glittering career been sidetracked, […]

Peter Gammons: Developing Pitchers in the Bullpen

The concept is hardly novel. Earl Weaver and the Orioles brought Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor and Dennis Martinez to Baltimore in the late Seventies and indoctrinated them to the American League East out of the bullpen. Halfway through his first full season, Flanagan went into the rotation, started 10 games, and the next three years […]

Coffee and Clippings: Yasiel Puig’s late-to-opening-day work ethic a non-starter for Dodgers

Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) of the LA Times talks about Yasiel Puig’s work ethic as he didn’t start for the Dodgers after showing up late to their home opener… Puig was about 45 minutes late for batting practice, benched against the San Francisco Giants as the distracted Dodgers were thrashed, 8-4, and why are people still defending this […]

Kevin Gausman’s Got Heat, But Can He Locate?

As Peter Gammons noted a few days ago, Kevin Gausman is bringing the heat in Spring Training. The 23-year-old righty, taken fourth overall out of LSU in the 2012 draft, sported new specs while touching 99 MPH against the Red Sox on Saturday. That kind of zip has the O’s envisioning a future rotation fronted […]