Finding legitimate No. 1 starters is quite rare -- there's probably only 10 or so in the big leagues. Kevin Goldstein looks at five top prospects who have the raw ability and future potential to become big league aces.
Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus probes scouts and big league executives to find out what exactly makes a player a "4A hitter." Several factors can keep a player out of the big leagues, but it usually comes back to adjustments.
As injuries to pitcher like Adam Wainwright continue shake up rotations throughout the league, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus spotlights 10 promising minor leaguers who could find their way onto the back end of a rotation this summer.
Some MLB fans believe it's a good thing if their team is unwilling to negotiate with uber-agent Scott Boras. In reality, it might be a bad thing, as Kevin Goldstein shows in the cases of Matt Wieters, Rick Porcello and even Stephen Strasburg.
At just 17 years old, Bryce Harper and adviser Scott Boras could hold an unprecedented amount of leverage in contract negotiations, but Harper's performance this year has the paradoxical effect of diminishing, not raising, the threat.
The Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros are currently bringing up the rear in terms of their respective situations, not just because the teams are struggling, but because there's not much help in their systems.
Kevin Goldstein's Daily Futures report for April 29, 2010 offers many nuggets: Aroldis Chapman looked good on Wednesday night -- but gave up two homers and had control issues too. You an Orioles fan? Patience. You have aces on the way.
Kevin Goldstein's Daily Futures report for April 26, 2010 updates Cliff Lee's rehab (good news, Mariner fans), the Orioles' newest ace headed to Charm City (every cloud has a silver lining) and a new Red Sox prospect, plus much more.
Kevin Goldstein's Daily Futures report for April 21, 2010, reports on the continuing rise of Tim Collins, checks in on a couple of infielders aiming for the Big Apple and one crossover star finding the range.