Amid Mariners’ Struggle to Streak, Segura’s Skid Hard to Ignore

In their continued flirtation with mediocrity, the Mariners have dropped two straight games to pull within one of .500, and while blame may be pointed in several directions, Jean Segura has begun to draw the ire of fans. Note: "FA" includes both 4-seam and 2-seam fastballs. The pitches were separated whenever possible in data collection.  A [...]


Streaking with Javier Baez

With Addison Russell now on the disabled list, Javier Baez has taken his electric defense to shortstop, but it may be his bat that ultimately steals the show. Since the All-Star break, Baez has been on a tear and it's no coincidence either. Prior to the break, Baez was sporting a rough but relatively typical [...]

Lift Off: The Swing Behind Robinson Chirinos’s Surge

When the Texas Rangers signed Robinson Chirinos to an extension in March, GM Jon Daniels felt confident that the team had two starting-caliber catchers. With Johnathan Lucroy penciled in as the actual starter, that statement was more of a display of confidence in Chirinos who has since gracefully assumed the role of a backup. Now, [...]

Jake Marisnick: A Fly Ball Revolutionary

At the major league level, there has never been anything special about the way Jake Marisnick swings a baseball bat. His career 66 wRC+ coming into the 2017 season is nothing short of bad, but his legs and glove have allowed him to carve out a nice career as defense-first outfielder for the Astros. Cut [...]

Leury Garcia on His Way to Becoming an Everyday Player

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, there was no obvious spot for Leury Garcia on the Chicago White Sox. He has provided defensive flexibility and speed in short stints with the major league club since 2013, but his bat has been too poor to compensate for. With no minor-league options left, Garcia headed [...]

On Max Kepler’s Power Potential

As a freshly-signed prospect, Max Kepler was best described as toolsy and athletic. Though not a natural at the game, he had the potential to be a fast-moving prospect, and despite injuries slowing him down early on, Kepler began to make good on scouts’ praise of his bat speed and use of the whole field [...]