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, […]

How Aaron Judge can turn the corner

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is, to say the least, an imposing figure in the batter’s box. Judge is one of only three position players in baseball history with a height and weight of at least 6’7” and 255 pounds, respectively – the other two, for those curious, being 1960s power hitter Frank Howard and […]

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 […]