1. 2012 MLB Mock Draft: Updated Top 15 with the Final MLB Standings

    There's no way that the draft class of 2012 will even come close to meeting the standard set forth by the two classes that preceeded it. There's no Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole or Bubba Starling...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 2 years ago 10,828 reads 1 comments

  2. Every MLB Team's Best Minor League Pitching Prospect

    Great pitching beats great hitting every time. Just ask the highly offensive Texas Rangers and they'll tell you that's most certainly the case...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 2 years ago 3,502 reads 1 comments

  3. Every MLB Team's Most Irreplaceable “Can't-Miss” Prospect

    In baseball, just as in any other sport, there is only a handful of true, legitimate "stars." For every middle-of-the-lineup slugger like Alex Rodriguez (does he still qualify?) ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 2 years ago 7,632 reads 6 comments

  4. Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and the Top 50 Prospects in Baseball

    2011 was a sensational year for MLB prospects. The class of 2011 made many lasting memories, whether it was Ryan Lavarnway's mind-blowing performance in the final week of the season ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 2 years ago 8,165 reads 36 comments

  5. MLB Trade Rumors: Every Team's Top Pitching Prospect Who Could Be Moved

    Without fail, several top-notch pitching prospects will be on the move this offseason. With the free-agency market being what it is (aka severely lacking, especially in terms of starting ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about over 2 years ago 1,611 reads 2 comments

  6. The Great Chicago Hire: Why Theo Epstein to the Cubs Is a Huge Mistake

    By now just about everyone has heard the word, the official, final, resolute word that Theo Epstein has joined the Chicago Cubs , one of the most prestigious, albeit haunted franchises in sports...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,801 reads 20 comments

  7. MLB Trade Rumors: 15 Top Prospects Who Are Untouchable This Winter

    Now that the Brewers have joined the 27 other teams who will be watching the World Series from the comfort of their living rooms, the real hard work begins...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 3,484 reads 5 comments

  8. Power Ranking the Baltimore Orioles General Manager Candidates

    Let me begin this slideshow with a disclaimer. Most, if not all, of these guys are way too smart to subject themselves to the kind of torture they would likely endure as the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,618 reads 0 comments

  9. In Need of Speed? Every Team's Hardest Throwing Prospect

    The majority of the top pitchers in baseball have dominant fastballs. Soon-to-be American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander flashes a wicked 95-97 mph fastball, while two-time N...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 342 reads 1 comments

  10. The Only Way to Save the Orioles Is with a Theo Epstein/Prince Fielder Pairing

    Before Theo Epstein took over in Boston, the Red Sox hadn't won a World Series in 85 years. He proceeded to orchestrate the building of a dominating big-league club and a productive farm system that brought home two championships in four seasons...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,225 reads 7 comments

  11. MLB Trade Rumors: 9 Top Prospects Who Could Be Dealt This Winter

    It's always a crap-shoot trying to determine which prospects might become trade bait during baseball's offseason...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,019 reads 0 comments

  12. Matt Moore and the Top Single-Game Performances by a Playoff Rookie Since 1990

    In just his second career start, Tampa Bay's Matt Moore shut down, for seven innings, arguably the most impressive offensive team in the majors this year...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 657 reads 3 comments

  13. Every MLB Team's Worst-Performing "Stud" Prospect This Year

    For every top prospect who had a great year, the Bryce Harpers, Mike Trouts and Matt Moores of the world, there were even more players who came into the season with grand expectations only to suffer gigantic letdowns...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 3,857 reads 2 comments

  14. MLB Power Rankings: Each Team's Best Performing Prospect of the Year

    It was a great year for baseball prospects. Freddie Freeman, Brandon Beachy, Michael Pineda and Mark Trumbo all put together amazing campaigns from start to finish, while Toronto's ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 22,695 reads 25 comments

  15. Baltimore Orioles Top Prospects: Who Was Hot and Who Was Not, 2011 Season

    The Orioles began the season with so much promise. Not only with their improved, more veteran big-league roster, but also in terms of their farm system...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,602 reads 2 comments

  16. MLB Power Rankings: Every Team's Most Overrated Newly-Signed Draftee

    For proof of an overrated MLB draft prospect, you can look no further than Matt Hobgood, the Orioles' first-round selection (and fifth overall) from the 2009 draft...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,544 reads 0 comments

  17. What the Hell Happened to Baltimore's Brian Matusz?

    It seems like ages ago that Baltimore left-hander Brian Matusz was being touted by some in the local Maryland press as a dark-horse Cy Young candidate for the 2011 season. At the time, it didn't seem like too much of a stretch...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 445 reads 1 comments

  18. MLB Rankings: Every Team's Most Impressive Newly Signed Draftee

    It's already been more than two weeks since the MLB first-year player draft signing deadline. Furthermore, it's been nearly three months since the draft itself took place, meaning ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 3,758 reads 4 comments

  19. Freddie Freeman, Mark Trumbo and the Shortlist for Rookie of the Year Honors

    The Rookie of the Year award is a fickle thing. Sometimes, as in the case of Cal Ripken Jr. (1982), Jackie Robinson (1947), Rod Carew (1967), and Derek Jeter (1996), it portends future ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,049 reads 5 comments

  20. Houston Astros Lock Down No. 1 Overall Pick for 2012, AL Trio Fights for No. 2

    Houston has a big-time problem. With less than 35 regular-season games remaining, the Astros are staring the No. 1 overall pick in next year's MLB draft, right in the face...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 478 reads 1 comments

  21. 11 Most Important Players Who Are Key to Boise State's BCS Title Run

    Boise State's 2007 Fiesta Bowl winning squad was led on offense by quarterback Jared Zabransky, running back Ian Johnson, wide receivers Drisan James and Jerard Rabb, and tight-end Derek Schouman...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 1,669 reads 4 comments

  22. 14 MLB Prospects We Can't Wait to See in the Majors in September

    For fans of teams with little to root for during the final month and a half of the MLB season, the most exciting part of the waning days of the baseball season is getting to see ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 4,713 reads 20 comments

  23. Gene Bleymaier's Ouster from Boise State Stings, but Upholds Program's Integrity

    Boise State has always prided itself on being different. From the way it recruits to the coaches it hires to the many different formations used on game day, it's clear that the Broncos ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 403 reads 0 comments

  24. Little League World Series 2011: 15 Most Famous Alumni of the LLWS

    Are there few guilty pleasures as fun as the Little League World Series? Every year as summer begins to wind down, ESPN starts showing Little League games by the truck-load in an ...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 2,735 reads 1 comments

  25. Ten Biggest Surprises from MLB's First-Year Player Signing Deadline

    A few weeks before the 2011 MLB draft took place, an ever-talented outfielder from Texas named Josh Bell sent a letter to all 30 Major League teams...

    Zachary Ball Written by Zachary Ball about almost 3 years ago 773 reads 8 comments