1. Marc Rzepczynski: Unpronounceable Name, Great Prospect

    Coming into the year, there were a handful of lefthanders who projected to be major league aces. The Rays' David Price, the Athletics' Brett Anderson, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, and the Orioles' Brian Matusz had a ton of buzz going into the year...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 6,876 reads 7 comments

  2. Fixing the Cleveland Indians Bullpen

    The Cleveland Indians have been big underachievers this year, going just 31-48 in a year when they were expected to be contenders for the AL Central title and, perhaps, even the World Series...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 213 reads 4 comments

  3. A Review Of The Pirates' Busy Day: Are They Winners Or Losers?

    It was quite the day for the Pittsburgh Pirates today, as they traded away three players and received four in return...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 196 reads 13 comments

  4. Tomorrow's Power Sources: Seven Minor Leaguers Who Could Hit 40+ HR

    Today's generation of big league home run threats includes such household names as Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, Alex Rodriguez, Adam Dunn, and Ryan Braun. But at some point, those players will begin to age and lose their power...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 271 reads 13 comments

  5. Prospects & Projects: Seattle Mariners

    Welcome to the second installment in the "Prospects & Projects" series. The first installment examined the A's system. If you didn't read it, just read the intro (it's like half a page) so you know what I'm talking about with "prospects" and "projects

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 1,590 reads 4 comments

  6. Casey McGehee: A Quad-A Player Succeeds Upon Finding an MLB Job

    I hate the Quad-A stereotype, particularly with hitters. If you didn't know that before, you should check out my Quad-A/GPP article from last year. It's one of my best...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 882 reads 3 comments

  7. Is Luke Hochevar a Bust?

    When the No. 1 pick of the MLB draft is selected, he is expected to be a star. Some picks are met with more fanfare than others (Stephen Strasburg elicited much more buzz than Matt Bush) but all No...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 1,147 reads 8 comments

  8. Need a First Baseman? Trade for Kila Ka'aihue!

    It's June 27, and the major league trade deadline is drawing near. As always, there are many teams out there looking for offense. The Mets, Rays, Blue Jays, and others are looking for a quality bat to further their playoff chances...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 407 reads 2 comments

  9. Where Did Ben Zobrist Come From?

    In July 2004, I went to a Tri-City ValleyCats (short-season A-ball) game with my uncle and his family. Pitcher Ryan McKeller (who eventually got as high as Triple-A and is currently in Double-A) ...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 581 reads 5 comments

  10. The Extremes Of Pitching: R.J. Swindle and Juan Morillo

    Pitchers come in all shapes and sizes. There are big power pitchers, and small finesse pitchers. There are overhand pitchers, and sidearmers. There are guys with good curves, guys with good splitters, and even a few knuckleballers...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 464 reads 0 comments

  11. Thoughts On The Oakland A's

    I've written 22 articles on Bleacher Report in about 14 months on the site, and I just realized that I've never really stated what I thought about the A's. Obviously they're my favorite team, but I really haven't remarked on their state of affairs...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 107 reads 4 comments

  12. Prospects & Projects: Oakland Athletics

    This begins a series of somewhere between one and 30 parts (we'll see how much time I have and how much demand there is). I know a lot about minor league baseball...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 1,115 reads 7 comments

  13. Michael Bourn's 2009: A Lesson On Cynicism

    "Bourn should never, ever be allowed to face a left-handed pitcher...he doesn't swing with any authority against righties, either...his speed doesn't get a chance to work. There's no way he should be a starting center fielder in the majors...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 244 reads 0 comments

  14. Some Things I Just Will Never Understand...Like the Washington Nationals Bullpen

    Before I begin, I'd just like to explain why I haven't written anything here in a year. Basically, last May, I got an internship writing for OaklandClubhouse.com (the A's site on Scout...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 5 years ago 185 reads 1 comments

  15. How The Texas Rangers Can Instantly Become Contenders

    Look, I don't want to see the Texas Rangers win. Ever. I'm an A's fan, and we play in a four-team division. Being able to count out one of the other three teams as a contender is a huge plus...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about 6 years ago 1,061 reads 8 comments

  16. The Top 102 Prospects Who Have Yet to Play in MLB

    No need to explain this article outside the title. Why 102? I was going to do 100, but when I was making the list, I found two extras worthy of the list, so, hey, 102.Without further ado: 102...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 3,445 reads 24 comments

  17. Making Sense of Barry Zito's Bizarre Career

    You may have read my recent article on Ichiro, where I use my new stat, Ultimate Value Index, to make sense of one of the most unique players the game has ever seen.One thing that makes baseball great is the wide variance of career paths...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 1,085 reads 18 comments

  18. Ichiro's Skill Set: What Does It All Mean?

    There has never been a player like Ichiro.He gets more hits than anyone—almost all are singles.He has power but decides not to use it.He almost never walks. He is one of the fastest and smartest baserunners around...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 1,435 reads 10 comments

  19. First-Order Pitching UVI: A Few Facts and Examples

    On Wednesday, I gave a few examples of Second-Order Hitting Ultimate Value Index (UVI2) and explained a few things about it. Now, I'm doing the same for First-Order Pitching Ultimate Value Index (UVI1)...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 699 reads 5 comments

  20. UVI: A Reprise

    Yeah, I've kind of beaten this topic to death already today, but I just wanted to address a few criticisms of my UVI formula, especially on the hitting side.First of all, I realized that I put the formula down wrong...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 423 reads 8 comments

  21. UVI: A Reprise

    Yeah, I've kind of beaten this topic to death already today, but I just wanted to address a few criticisms of my UVI formula, especially on the hitting side.First of all, I realized that I put the formula down wrong...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 291 reads 3 comments

  22. Second-Order Hitting UVI: A Few Facts and Examples

    As a followup to my earlier piece introducing my new stat, I thought I'd put it in some context. I'll split my analyses up some. In this piece, we will examine second-order UVI for hitters to get a better feel for what it offers...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 958 reads 9 comments

  23. The Stat That Will Revolutionize Baseball: Introducing UVI

    It was August of 2006.I was in Vermont, visiting my uncle. He and my cousin were having a fight over something, so I was told to just sit in my room and wait it out. There wasn't a TV or computer or really much around me that could keep me occupied...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 3,924 reads 55 comments

  24. Minor League Notes: April 10

    The first week of minor league baseball has come and gone. Here are some of the notable events this week:Thought the Tigers had a bad farm system? Well, it may be even worse than you thought...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 608 reads 7 comments

  25. Why MLB is Better than the NFL and NBA

    I love the NBA and the NFL. From September to December (and in good years, January) you can find me in my blue-and-gold Rams jacket almost 24/7. Anytime the Warriors are on TV, I watch every minute, glued to the screen...

    Nathaniel Stoltz Written by Nathaniel Stoltz about over 6 years ago 274 reads 2 comments