Lots of news coming out of campus in Arizona and Florida, and most of it out of Florida these days is not good.
Jason Mastrodonato recently sat down with Jackie Bradley Jr to walk through his four plate appearances the other day in the Grapefruit League. The article was very similar in structure to the Wade Davis pitching article from the other day and readers can learn a lot from this solid piece by Mastrodonato. Hopefully, we’ll see more articles like this from the beat writers in the 2014 season because there is plenty to glean from them.
“I never really thought of steroids as an issue. I have shot up guys who were afraid of needles and afraid to ask trainers to do so. I never thought we were doing anything wrong. It was just a given. I never once thought others using took away from my performance on the field. I saw it as just trying to get an edge and the big paycheck.”
Read more about Player X from David Laurila’s Sunday Notes column
I missed this story when it first ran over the summer, but this is a fantastic read as Wade Davis walks Lee Judge of the Kansas City Star through an outing, pitch by pitch. It offers great insight into the battle between pitcher and hitter.
I wrote the Top 50 Fantasy Prospects for the 2014 season for ESPN this year. The regular writers ranked them, and I wrote them up. As someone who has had this list in his draft prep for as long as it has been around, it was fun to author the piece this time around.
The most recent episode of The Towers of Power Baseball Hour has been transcribed for us. If you did not get a chance to listen to the show and prefer to read it, view the transcript below. The transcription services was provided by www.rev.com. They have been kind enough to offer to do this for us a few times during the baseball season and both Paul and I encourage you to check out their services.
The latest episode of The Sleeper and The Bust podcast from Fangraphs reviews the LABR auctions. I interviewed Eno Sarris about his AL experience and Derek Carty of mlb.com about his NL experience.
My recap of the AL LABR auction is now live at RotoWire. I look at how the new blood in the player pool was valued, who has helium, and who has fallen since last year’s auction. I also posted a discussion I had with a fellow writer about the potential pitfalls of investing heavily into Billy Hamilton in an auction.
NL LABR was completed last night – and there were some very interesting prices.