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 […]

Let’s help Addison Russell become a Pokémon Master

In one of the more wonderful developments of the young 2017 season, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been revealed as a Pokémon enthusiast. As he described to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers last week, rather than collecting autographs on the jerseys of his fellow players, Russell accumulates signatures on his own personal collection of Pokémon cards. He doesn’t randomly assign each autograph to […]

Aaron Nola’s Tell-Tale Arm

If the Phillies’ rebuilding effort is ultimately going to succeed, Aaron Nola will likely be a key contributor. The 23 year-old righthander was drafted out of LSU with the Phillies’ first selection in 2014, and was chosen, in part, for his projected quick ascension to the majors. Most scouts had him pegged as a dependable, […]