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  1. Takeaways from Arizona Fall League

    Keith Law

    My five-day run in the Arizona Fall League is over. I saw nine games across that period, watched every team's batting practice and also saw more than half of the pitchers on the six rosters. My first post from the trip focused on the big arms I sa...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  2. Examining pitchers in the AFL

    Keith Law

    This year's Arizona Fall League season kicked off on Tuesday, and it's one of the best crops of pitching prospects the league has featured in a very long time, with tons of high draft picks, top-100 prospects and big velocity. This is my first post, ...

    Blog | October 11, 2014
  3. My predictions for the NLDS matchups

    Keith Law

    I posted my thoughts on both American League Division Series yesterday, so here is the companion piece, predictions for both National League Division Series and with my rationales. My early guess at the World Series matchup and winner is below. ...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  4. My predictions for the ALDS matchups

    Keith Law

    I'm of the opinion that most playoff series odds are no better than about 55-45, even when one team is clearly superior to the other, because of the randomness inherent in short series and in baseball in general. The two AL Division Series matchu...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  5. Players who've exceeded my expectations

    Keith Law

    This is the third annual installment of what I think of as the "guys I got wrong" piece. I'll look at players who've become much better big leaguers than I ever forecast them to be, and try to explain where I made mistakes in evaluating them. In ...

    Blog | September 24, 2014
  6. 2014 Prospects of the Year

    Keith Law

    While the process of selecting the top prospects was ultimately subjective, I focused primarily on legitimate prospects who performed well relative to their age, level and experience in pro ball. In short, the younger a player was relative to the oth...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  7. 'Keep calm' on these young players

    Keith Law

    A lot of highly touted prospects and other young major leaguers had what might appear to be disheartening seasons in 2014. Here are five examples of players whose stat lines this year shouldn't dampen your enthusiasm about their futures. Javier Ba...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  8. Milwaukee Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid, 53, dies

    Keith Law

    Milwaukee Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid died suddenly Tuesday night. He was 53.

    Story | Conversation | September 03, 2014
  9. Most notable September call-ups

    Keith Law

    Sept. 1 is the day each year when major league teams can expand their active rosters from 25 players to as many as 40. As such, teams have begun the process of recalling a few select prospects, either to provide a boost for a playoff push or to get a...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  10. Top 10 sustainable breakthroughs

    Keith Law

    For these breakthroughs, I considered: • Players who were no longer rookies to start 2014. • Players who either established a substantially higher level of performance, or who established themselves as everyday players/mid-rotation s...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  11. What the Red Sox get in Rusney Castillo

    Keith Law

    The Boston Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a six-year, $72 million contract that set a record for an international free agent, reflecting the success of most of the Cuban position players who've come over so far, and the fact that ...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  12. My early award winners, top contenders

    Keith Law

    With just five weeks left in the regular season, we're approaching peak silliness time, the point in the season when we start to hear narrative-based explanations for why players who weren't actually the best at their respective roles deserve more aw...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  13. Mets' Matz impresses at Double-A

    Keith Law

    The New York Mets took left-hander Steven Matz in the second round of the 2009 draft out of a Long Island high school, using their first pick that year on him. But Matz, who had a violent delivery and some elbow issues as an amateur, blew out his elb...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  14. Scouting the Under Armour All-Americans

    Keith Law

    The Under Armour All-American Game took place Saturday at Wrigley Field, featuring many of the top high school prospects for the 2015 draft, with Bill Ripken and Sean Casey serving as managers. It was dominated by pitchers, as these showcase games us...

    Blog | August 17, 2014
  15. Best pitching tools in MLB

    Keith Law

    Our evaluation of the best tools in the game concludes with the pitching tools. On Wednesday, we at ESPN Insider laid out the best defensive tools, and on Thursday, we had the best hitting and baserunning tools. Keith Law looks at nine different pitc...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  16. Scouting a pair of all-star games

    Keith Law

    Here are some notes on a number of players I saw over the weekend. Lefty Kolby Allard of San Clemente (California) High School was the breakout star of this year's Perfect Game All-American Classic, played once again at Petco Park in San Diego. T...

    Blog | August 12, 2014