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 — […]

Banging into the inning-ending double play

The inning-ending double play elicits joy from the defensive team’s fans and groans from the team at the plate. No team hit into fewer inning-ending DPs than the Astros or more than the Mariners Inning-ending DPs, by team G PA 1. Houston Astros 51 66 2. Chicago Cubs 54 70 3. Philadelphia Phillies 60 71 […]

Peter Gammons: Pirates and Cubs play out an Indian Summer series

PITTSBURGH–As a kid, I never knew why they called it “Indian Summer,” only that it was what we hoped for growing up in a Central Massachusetts town of 2500. It meant getting off the bus in the early afternoon and playing stickball or, if there were enough kids, baseball, and that when we tucked the […]

Gregory Polanco Has Lift Off

During the first three months of the 2015 season, Gregory Polanco was the world’s most physically imposing banjo hitter. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Polanco beefed up over the winter and worked on his swing mechanics with David Ortiz, lending hope to Pirates fans who expected the former top-10 prospect to unleash his power stroke following […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Reds activated LF Marlon Byrd from the DL and sent P Donovan Hand to the minors. BYRD YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM 2013 35 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) ANGELS 5, A’S 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – A’s 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 […]

Where’s Gregory Polanco’s Power?

In the six years since he signed with the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic, Gregory Polanco has transformed from a teenager so lanky that Latin American scouting director Rene Gayo once referred to him as a “sick giraffe” to a 6-foot-5, 230 pound presence who conjures up memories of Dave Parker. The right fielder […]

Gregory Polanco Needs to Let it Rip vs. Fastballs in 2015

The Pittsburgh Pirates recently traded outfielder Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles, all but guaranteeing that Gregory Polanco will get another crack at showcasing his prodigious talent as the club’s everyday right fielder in 2015. Polanco, 23, ranked as a top-10 prospect last spring and vaporized Triple-A pitching (.328/.390/.504, .894 OPS). When he arrived at […]

With Martin Gone, Bucs Must Focus on Upgrading Rotation

The bushy-bearded, uber-patient, strike-stealing soul of the Pirates’ return to prominence has left town, with catcher Russell Martin signing a five-year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Martin’s departure deals a severe blow to Pittsburgh’s chances of reaching the playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2015, with new presumed starting backstop Francisco […]

News report: Justin Upton has a triceps contusion

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. 1) Braves LF Justin Upton had […]