Digging For Diamonds: Derek “Diehard” Dietrich
Although the Marlins are, well, the Marlins… there is a reason they are leading off a guy with 4 career steals and a career walk-rate under 7%. Why? *Cue Brad-Pitt-as-Billy-Beane voice* He gets on base, and in the most painful way possible.
Digging for Diamonds: Leonys “The Lion” Martin
Fast forward to the end of last month, and Martin is the second most-improved hitter in all of baseball. He ranks in the top 100 hitters in wOBA now after ranking in the bottom 6 last year, and if you think he is getting lucky, well he is actually getting fairly un-lucky, ranking 36th (!!!) overall with a .388 xWOBA.
Opportunity Seeker: Jordan Hicks
Cardinals’ 21 year-old rookie Jordan Hicks has thrown the eight fastest pitches in all of Major League Baseball so far, topping out at a ridiculous 101.6 mph back on Opening Day. Perhaps even more impressive is his early success this year in 4.1 innings (2 H, 1BB, 3 K, 0 ER) given the fact that prior to Spring Training last month, Hicks had not thrown more than 27 innings above the Low-A level. Just where did Hicks come from, and what is in store for the young flamethrower?
Digging For Diamonds: Jose Siri and Michel Baez
As we enter the post-deadline duration of the fantasy baseball season, it is important to begin identifying potential trade targets once the regular season ends. If you are like me, you like to get a jump on those guys you just know are going to get a ton of hype this
Digging For Diamonds: Cedric “The Entertainer” Mullins
From David vs. Goliath all the way up to anyone vs. the New England Patriots, we have always loved to root for the underdog; our own country was once the underdog against Great Britain, and yet here we stand 241 years later with the freedom of speech and to worship whomever we
Digging For Diamonds: Ben Gamel
It is hard to believe, but here we are, wrapping up another exciting All-Star break and quickly approaching the trading deadline at the end of the month. The All-Star break is when many team owners and general managers start to truly reflect on the team the assembled this offseason and
Digging For Diamonds: Danny Jansen
Danny Jansen‘s draft stock seemed primed for a meteoric rise as he entered the 2013 season as the Appleton West Terrors’ starting catcher. At 6-3/225, Jansen is big, strong, physical, and had all the requisite skills to stick at catcher. Several teams had already been in touch with him prior to his
Digging For Diamonds: Max Moroff
Maxwell Anthony Moroff was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 16th round of the 2012 Amateur Draft from Trinity Prep School in Winter Park, Florida. Moroff initially caught my eye back in 2013 when he was a young shortstop who was hitting well in his first full season, but
Digging for Diamonds: Yordan Alvarez
First base prospects can be an extremely divisive bunch among scouts, bloggers, and dynasty league players like you and I. Conventional wisdom teaches us that first base is typically reserved for the team’s most productive power hitters, along with third base and the corner outfielders. Therefore, you would expect several of the
Opportunity Found: Tommy Pham
Back in November, I tabbed St. Louis outfielder Tommy Pham as a possible breakout candidate this season. As a 29 year-old with 314 career at bats heading into the season, it was an admitted stretch choosing a guy like Pham, and I received some backlash in the comments section as a