The Julio Teheran Delivery Mystery

It’s hard, sometimes, to believe that Atlanta Braves pitcher Julio Teheran is only 26. After being signed out of Colombia in 2007, Teheran got his first sniff of the majors as a 20(!) year-old four years later, then ranked as the second-best pitching prospect in the league. As a mid-rotation starter in 2013, Teheran more than […]

Actually, Maikel Franco hasn’t been all that bad

The 2017 season was not supposed to be a successful one for the Philadelphia Phillies, at least in terms of the NL East standings. As a rebuilding team, the Phillies are to measure success or failure by the development, or lack thereof, of players who could potentially become core members of their next contending team. On […]

Tommy Joseph learns the value of patience

While Phillies first base prospect Rhys Hoskins spent April on the Triple-A leaderboards, his big league counterpart, Tommy Joseph, was among the least productive everyday players in the majors. Through the first month of the season, Joseph hit for a dreadful .179/.222/.254 slash line, along with a .211 wOBA and 25 wRC+. While a BABIP […]

The Phillies should trade their Opening Day starter (and soon)

Since taking over the Phillies’ helm after the 2015 season, general manager Matt Klentak has been a champion of patience. Klentak’s predecessor, Ruben Amaro Jr., had long been hesitant to commence a rebuild as the team sputtered between 2012 and 2014. On the other hand, Klentak has unashamedly labeled the current state of the team […]

Has Trea Turner already earned a contract extension?

As of Opening Day 2017, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has accumulated 2.4 WAR in his major league career. He’s hit fewer than ten home runs, scored fewer than sixty runs, and stolen a mere ten bases. Of course, Anderson has only appeared in just under a hundred big-league games to date; the former seventeenth […]