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.
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.
Baseball Prospectus begins looking at the 2010 season with the NL East. For each team, you get: a projected record, why they might win, why they won't win, one player who could surprise (stat projections) and one who might flop. Dive in.
General assumption about the Boston Red Sox: rich team, big market, AL East, they buy people. (See: Lackey, John.) Actual situation with the Boston Red Sox: They scout, draft and develop talent better than anyone. Kevin Goldstein explains.
Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus projects the best MLB players from 2010 through 2019 (the next decade of stars). His tops include Hanley Ramirez, Justin Upton, Joe Mauer and Tim Lincecum; the list goes to 20, though, with surprises.
Baseball Prospectus examines the reasons why guys drafted as shortstops -- like Ryan Braun -- don't usually play there when they get to the pros and considers some current top prospects who might need to change their positions in the bigs.