1. Projecting Big League ETAs for Baseball's 10 Most MLB-Ready Prospects

    One of the worst things about prospects is that they make you play the waiting game. Everyone wants to see them break through, but they're typically ready when they're ready and not a moment sooner...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 18,428 reads 56 comments

  2. Ranking the 15 Most Exciting MLB Rookies to Watch in 2015

    In 2012, there was Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. In 2013, there was Jose Fernandez and Wil Myers. And last year, there was Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom. There. That list of names should have you pumped for Major League Baseball's next wave of rookies...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 37,381 reads 61 comments

  3. Reinstating Pete Rose Would Immediately Stamp Rob Manfred's Place in History

    How does Rob Manfred want to be remembered? For now, it seems Major League Baseball's newest commissioner just wants to be remembered, period...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 4,886 reads 40 comments

  4. Anthony Rendon's Knee Must Be 100 Percent for Nats to Realize Potential

    Anthony Rendon 's knee injury isn't serious, they said. He's only being held out of spring training action as a precaution, they said. Well, now they're singing a different tune...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 4,935 reads 2 comments

  5. Dodgers Well Set Up to Endure an Early-Season Absence by Hyun-Jin Ryu

    Suddenly, a prominent Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander is dealing with a shoulder injury that won't be going away for a while. But don't worry. It's not that prominent Dodgers lefty...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 8,214 reads 7 comments

  6. MLB's Luckiest 2014 Players Who Could Struggle in 2015

    Earlier this week, we looked at poor souls who were victimized by bad luck during the 2014 Major League Baseball season and who are therefore due for good luck in 2015. 'Twas a happy discussion, as forecasting good luck is cheerful work...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 12,854 reads 33 comments

  7. Would a Cole Hamels Trade Be Enough to Save Rangers' 2015 Season?

    The Texas Rangers could have chosen to wave a white flag when they found out Yu Darvish had been lost for the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery, but they're not...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 9,773 reads 23 comments

  8. MLB Players Suddenly Facing Skyrocketed Expectations in 2015

    Nobody needs to be told that guys like Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen are facing high expectations heading into 2015. For players like them, high expectations come with the territory...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 8,309 reads 4 comments

  9. Mid-Spring Training Takeaways on MLB's New Pace of Play Changes

    Major League Baseball is taking its first steps into a strange new world this spring, one that features clocks and batters frequently standing at attention in the box. All in the name of speeding up the game...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 3,747 reads 9 comments

  10. MLB Spring Training 2015: Mid-Spring Breakdown of Every Key Position Battle

    We've reached more or less the middle of Major League Baseball's spring season, and that means the spring training position battles being waged are halfway over. And that means it's time to see who's still standing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 26,625 reads 37 comments

  11. What Kris Bryant's Dominant Spring Roster Push Will Mean for Him, Cubs

    A couple weeks ago, you could look at Chicago Cubs superprospect Kris Bryant and ask two questions. First: Was he going to follow his explosive 2014 performance with a big ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 9,366 reads 29 comments

  12. CC Sabathia's Shaky Spring Debut Brings Back 2014 Questions

    And now for something we all ought to be used to by now: A discussion about whether veteran New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is good at pitching baseballs anymore, which will inevitably skew toward an "I'm not so sure, man" conclusion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 17,202 reads 41 comments

  13. Yu Darvish Injury Should Speed Up Power Phenom Joey Gallo's MLB Path

    Before we get to talking about Joey Gallo and the future of the Texas Rangers , let's talk about Yu Darvish and the present of the Texas Rangers. Which, yeah, is not a particularly pretty picture...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 12,824 reads 15 comments

  14. MLB's Unluckiest 2014 Players Who Could Turn Things Around in 2015

    When Yogi Berra said 90 percent of baseball is mental and that the other half is physical, he was only half-right. He forgot about luck, which is also some random-but-notable percentage of the game...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 26,752 reads 56 comments

  15. Just How Bad Will Atlanta Braves' Punchless Offense Be in 2015?

    The Atlanta Braves weren't very good at scoring runs in 2014. They averaged only 3.54 runs per game, which was the second-fewest in MLB and the organization's worst offensive showing since 1988...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 29,544 reads 101 comments

  16. Yu Darvish's Tommy John Surgery Puts Rangers in a Bind: Friday MLB Takeaways

    The Texas Rangers had more trouble with injuries than any other team in Major League Baseball last season, but at least they got to enjoy ace right-hander Yu Darvish for most of the year...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 20,905 reads 9 comments

  17. Patience or Panic on 10 Early Spring Training Concerns

    We remind ourselves every year not to worry about what happens during spring training. It's Major League Baseball's practice season, so it's typically a good idea to heed the wisdom of Allen Iverson ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 33,855 reads 44 comments

  18. Kris Bryant and Cubs Super Prospects Exceeding the Hype Early in Spring Training

    By all rights, the biggest star on the field during Thursday's exhibition between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels should have been the guy who played Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby and Lord Business...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 28,431 reads 81 comments

  19. MLB Teams That Look Most Likely to Surprise for 2015 Playoff Spots

    In the last three years, we've seen the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates snap long playoff droughts, and the Kansas City Royals come within one swing of winning the World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 8,180 reads 10 comments

  20. With Derek Jeter Gone, Who Is the New King of New York Baseball?

    Can we all agree that we can stop asking who's going to replace Derek Jeter as the "Face of Baseball"? We should be able to. Depending on where you stand, that's either a question without an answer or a question with two reasonable answers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 23,482 reads 58 comments

  21. Korean Star Jung Ho Kang May Be Much Better Than Advertised

    Be warned that we're about to drift into Spring Training Overreaction Territory. Because the spring exhibition season is hardly the most telling proving grounds, the nice things we're ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 30,665 reads 26 comments

  22. Marcus Stroman Injury Sends Blue Jays' 2015 A.L. East Hopes on Life Support

    The Toronto Blue Jays had every reason to be excited about not just what Marcus Stroman could do on the mound in 2015, but what he could do for their chances of winning their first division title since 1993...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 10,812 reads 62 comments

  23. Predictions for MLB's Top 10 Rookies in 2015

    There's nothing wrong with looking forward to watching the usual suspects in an upcoming baseball season. Indeed, why would there be anything wrong with champing at the bit for some ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 32,866 reads 55 comments

  24. 10 Breakout Stars from Spring Training's Opening Week of Games

    It's really not a good idea to get excited about the top spring training stars. It's an even worse idea to get excited about the top breakout stars, as the numbers they put up all too often lead to a whole lot of nothing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 21,135 reads 19 comments

  25. Matt Harvey's Comeback Teases Return of Cy Young-Level Dominance

    It's going to be a while before we really know for sure. But for now, one thing at least appears to be true: Matt Harvey is back. The New York Mets ' fireballing right-hander didn't pitch at all in 2014, of course...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 15,399 reads 31 comments