Player Profiles

Pedro Alvarez is getting nothing to hit

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The reasons behind Pedro Alvarez's struggles in 2014 are somewhat unclear, but perhaps the way he's being pitched has something to do with it.

Joe Mauer and Matt Carpenter, two peas in a pod

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The Minnesota Twins first baseman and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman are alike in more ways than one.

The fall of Joe Mauer

3

Joe Mauer left his spot behind home plate to make the transition to first base this season, but it's his hitting that's cause for concern.

Mike Trout and the Hall of Fame

11

At age 22, Mike Trout is on pace to build a Hall of Fame career. Just how long until he accumulates worthy numbers?

Michael Brantley is quietly turning into a star

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Michael Brantley was once a "player to be named later." Now, he ranks 12th in fWAR, and is putting together the best season of his young career.

Danny Duffy is a fun topic at saber parties

8

Danny Duffy is exciting Royals fans. His 4-6 record is offset by a 2.80 ERA. What do the saber people say?

Jordan Zimmermann is getting better

5

Perpetually pitching in the shadow of Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann has been a model of consistency for the Nationals in recent seasons—and he's only getting better.

Masahiro Tanaka and baseball's best splitter

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Masahiro Tanaka has come to MLB and dominated, largely because of his excellent split-fingered fastball. Just how good is the tool that has played such a large part in his success so far this season?

Robinson Cano and the Mariners after 70 games

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If Cano doesn't hit for power, how does that alter the Mariners' new investment?

Oliver projections worth revisiting: Part 1

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Kevin Kiermaier isn't the only player who had an unexpected projection at the beginning of this season. Let's take a dive into some better-known players with surprising WAR projections from...

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