Eli Whiteside vs Chris Stewart Eli Whiteside got hurt early this spring, and Chris Stewart has taken advantage of his opportunity, thumping out a .318/.400/.545 line in a handful of at-bats. His minor league track record indicates that he might actually be a bit better of a hitter than Whiteside, but not so much that you’d actually notice. Other things equal,… Read more →
Good morning blog readers. It’s Saturday! The sun has finally come out, the weather is getting nicer, and baseball is just around the corner. Let’s celebrate with some links! * Is Jeff Suppan getting close to locking up the last pitcher’s spot on the roster? Coming off his worst start of the spring, Suppan “rebounded” and threw 4 innings against the Dodgers… Read more →
February is a pretty useless month, sports-wise. One of its few highlights is the annual release of PECOTA , Baseball Prospectus’s projection system. A lot of projection systems just tell you that a player’s future will look like his past, with some age adjustment and regression toward league average thrown in there. While PECOTA has plenty of that thrown in… Read more →
The top five prospects in the Giants system are probably the least controversial part of our list. The top three, in particular, are a whole level above the other prospects in this system. That said, I think there is at least one ranking that may surprise the minor league gurus. 5. Thomas Neal, OF 24 years old in 2011 Otis… Read more →
You can follow the link — here, but the #1 prospect in the Giants system, according to this ranking, is Brandon Belt, who receives some lofty praise from John Sickles. 1) Brandon Belt, 1B, Grade A-: Totally legitimate in my opinion, and second-only to Eric Hosmer among first base prospects. Can I say: Yes, please.