Baseball links from around the sabersphere...
The All-Star Game: Three Simple Fixes | The Platoon Advantage
Three simple fixes to improve the all-star game.
Jay Bruce is good | The Hardball Times
Massaging his numbers shows he's no disappointment.
Eric Hosmer Versus The Past | Royals Authority
At last, perhaps, after suffering through the debuts of Kila Ka’aihue and Alex Gordon, to name just a couple, maybe the vision of a prospect coming up and, you know, actually hitting is so unique that it really, really stands out.
Raining on Your Draft Parade | Baseball Prospectus
The June draft may spur optimism, but it can also serve as a major point of depression. Just ask these teams.
2011 MLB Draft: Trevor Bauer Shows Why Pirates Shouldn't Draft A Pitcher | Bucs Dugout
He's certainly a good prospect, but I think the fact that it's no longer certain whether Gerrit Cole is a better prospect than he is makes it all the more clear that if the Pirates can get any kind of assurance that Anthony Rendon's shoulder won't be a lasting problem, they should steer clear of pitchers altogether.
More links after the jump...
Is Albert Pujols Injured? | MLB Daily Dish
Baseball America's Ben Badler is thinking that Pujols could be injured.
Return of the King: James Shields's Newfound Dominance | DRaysBay
Based on his peripherals, going forward it seems pretty fair to expect Shields to pitch like an ace. Despite his history of underperforming his peripherals, given his xFIP of 2.74 and the environment he's pitching in, an ERA in the high 2s going forward seems to be his true talent level.
The Criminally Underrated Ryan Zimmerman | Fangraphs
With the focus on his teammates, it can be easy to forget that Zimmerman is the Nationals best player, and one of the best players in the game. He may have gotten ignored yesterday, but he deserves to be mentioned in any conversation of cornerstone franchise players.
For Posada, June, Montero, loom like an ominous cloud | It's About the Money
If Posada continues to struggle in the next few weeks and Montero doesn’t flat-line in Scranton, it’ll be time to pass the torch, even if it means Montero has to be primarily work as a DH.
Don’t look now, but Anibal Sanchez is a hidden ace | Marlin Maniac
Anibal Sanchez has had tremendous success coming off shoulder surgery.