Player Profiles

A "brief" history of star-crossed players, Part II

Many players have given us a fleeting glimpse of their future, only to dash our hopes upon the rocks of reality. Until now, though, there's never been a definitive database of all of them, throughout history.

Who was 2013's most average starting pitcher?

A quick analysis gives some insight into which starting pitcher was the closest to league average for 2013 based on strikeouts, walks, and home runs.

The Great Cingrani

Starters generally need at least two, and often three, good pitches to succeed in the major leagues. But Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani baffled MLB hitters with largely one pitch—a four-seam fastball—during his rookie campaign. Can he keep it up?

Josh Hamilton can rebound in 2014

The Hamilton narrative is that he's a free swinger whose free swinging ways caught up to him in 2013. Is that really the case?

Michael Wacha’s less popular twin

We know Michael Wacha has had a tremendous start to his career, but another pitcher who is his statistical "twin" seems to be living in Wacha's shadow.

Seattle's right-handed bat options

Robinson Cano says Seattle needs a right-handed bat — let's talk options.

Extracting value from leftover starting pitchers

A look at six pitchers who will likely be left out of the rotation. Could these arms be optimized in specialized relief roles?

Cards extend Carpenter, keep being the Cardinals

Matt Carpenter was one of the best players in baseball in 2013. If he's a little better than average his new contract is going to look good. If he's anything more, it's going to be incredible.

Can anyone hit it like Bonds these days?

Without question, Barry Bonds was one of the more gifted hitters the game has seen. Has anyone comes close to repeating some of his accomplishments at the plate?

Ways for Alcides Escobar to improve in 2014

Alcides' Escobar's poor 2013 performance was one of many things that held down the Royals. Can he rebound in 2014?

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