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Austin Hedges could be next catcher-defense hero

As the importance of pitch-framing and overall backstop defense become better understood, the Padres' Austin Hedges may be the next catcher to be perceived as having great value regardless of what he does offensively.

Eovaldi throws hard. Are better results coming?

Nathan Eovaldi throws pretty hard, but where are the results?

The bases loaded bunt

When you think of the sacrifice bunt, you think about weak hitting middle infielders with runners on first and second with nobody out. Sometimes, things are a little less predictable.

Tracking instant replay results

Following how umpires have fared through the first week of instant replay.

Do the best-hitting catchers of 2013 frame well?

Offense-first catchers are a valuable rarity, but how many of them can also frame pitches? We're taking a look at the top five hitters behind the dish from 2013.

Garrett Richards: Breakout candidate?

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards finally gets a chance to spread his wings, is 2014 the season he finally breaks out?

Salazar and other elite, young K artists

A look at Danny Salazar and the other 23-year-old pitchers in baseball history who struck batters out at the highest rate, a group that includes Stephen Strasburg, Sam McDowell, Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw.

Swinging vs. Called First Strikes

Inspired by a reader comment, we investigate whether hitters who swing and miss at the first pitch do better than those who take a called first strike.

What does the essence of average look like?

We often reflect on the best seasons in baseball history, but what about the most average?

Gio Gonzalez and his curve

Gio Gonzalez proves how a pitch can evolve over time and still be effective.

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