300 Million Dollars

The first domino has fallen! Manny Machado gets signed by the Padres. Rich and Pete discuss the short-term outlook of the San Diego Padres and if the Machado signing means the Padres will look to use their talented farm system as trade chips. The conversation then shifts, as the duo talks about their start in baseball and what they hope to accomplish in the game.

Are MLB Teams Properly Accounting for College Park Factors When They Draft?

By Joshua Iversen The MLB First Year Player Draft has always been something of a shot in the dark. Every year, over 1200 amateur players are selected across 40 rounds. Only a tiny fraction of them will ever make it to Triple-A, let alone the Major Leagues. But as difficult and sometimes random as the draft can be, it’s incredibly important for teams as one of their significant sources of talent acquisition. It is imperative Read more…

Landon Henley: Future Anderson University pitcher used dance to help him become a two-sport phenom

By: Will Wetzel Not many people have heard of Tuscola High School before. As a small, public high school in the town of Waynesville, North Carolina, Tuscola isn’t a school that churns out prospects year after year. Named after a Cherokee word that means “Digging in Many Places,” Tuscola only has a handful of well-known alumni that walked through its corridors: the most notable names being Jonathan Crompton, who was a former NFL and CFL Read more…

Analyzing pre-season favorites based on past production alone

by Anthony Franco The calendar has flipped to February, and the college baseball season will officially get underway later this month. Baseball America, D1 Baseball and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper have all dropped their initial top 25 lists in the past month, and there’s a consensus in the top tier. Each publication has Vanderbilt and LSU 1-2 in some order, while all three place UCLA somewhere in the top 5. It’s worth examining that trio Read more…

Finesse vs Power: How to Minimize the Penalty from Third Time Through the Order

By Chris Weikel The penalty for using a pitcher for the third time through the order has been well-documented in recent years, influencing team strategies and redefining the starting pitcher’s role as we know it. The gist of this phenomenon is that pitcher production nosedives from a combination of fatigue and hitters becoming accustomed to his offerings and sequencing. As a result, starting pitchers have a shorter and shorter leash as the bullpen has a Read more…

Evolution Metrix Top 100 Prospects List

By Richard Birfer and Peyton Traywick Every now and then I would reach out to Peyton on a school night at 2 or 3 in the morning and ask him a simple question: “Hey man, have you seen Jarred Kelenic swing?” Probably not the most ideal time to discuss prospects, but, with our busy schedules and borderline insomnia, it’s always important to leave some time in the 24-hour day to discuss a random 19-year-old’s bat Read more…

Rob Friedman’s New FlatGround Platform is Helping Young Pitchers Get Noticed and Get Better

By Joshua Iversen Rob Friedman, better known as @PitchingNinja on Twitter, has been using social media to draw attention to some of the best and nastiest pitchers on the planet since the account’s creation in December of 2014. The account has since accumulated more than 105,000 followers, and recently Friedman realized he could combine that audience with his own knowledge and connections to make a difference in the baseball community. And thus, FlatGround was born. Read more…