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MLB Team X-Factors for 2017, Part IV: NL East
After taking a week off to determine the Most Interesting Man in Baseball, we’re back to looking at the one player who will be the biggest x-factor for each MLB team in 2017. We already conquered the American League, and with less than a week until Opening Day, this week we’ll cover the National League. […] MLB Team X-Factors for 2017, Part IV: NL East -

White Sox Sink Indians 10-7: Hayes Goes Grand, Game Notes and Scouting Takeaways
Danny Hayes hit a go-ahead, ninth-inning grand slam as the White Sox beat the Indians in a 10-7 slugfest on Saturday afternoon.  This is the third of a six-part scouting series. In addition to this White Sox game, I will be covering the following upcoming games: COL@TEX (3/27) and LAD@SEA (3/29). You can find my recap […] White Sox Sink Indi...

St. Louis Cardinals: Kolten Wong Unhappy with Prospect of Platoon
Kolten Wong implied he’d prefer a trade to splitting playing time at second base, though the St. Louis Cardinals infielder backtracked on those comments. Amid a growing sense that the St. Louis Cardinals could take a platoon approach at second base, Kolten Wong isn’t exactly happy that he might not be the everyday starter at […] St. Louis Cardinals: ...

Oakland Athletics Hammer White Sox 8-2: Game Notes and Scouting Report
The Oakland Athletics put up a five-spot in the first and Kendall Graveman struck out seven in Oakland’s solid win over the White Sox on Friday. This is the second of a six-part scouting series. In addition to this Athletics game, I will be covering the following games: CLE@CWS (3/25), CIN@SEA (3/26), COL@TEX (3/27) and LAD@SEA (3/19). […] Oakl...

Colorado Rockies: Mark Reynolds Added to Roster, Will Fill In at First Base
Veteran infielder Mark Reynolds is reportedly likely to begin the season as the Colorado Rockies’ temporary first baseman. In 2016, Mark Reynolds played in 118 games with the Colorado Rockies. In February, Reynolds signed a minor league deal to return to the Rockies organization. Per Thomas Harding of, the Rockies have now added the veteran […]

Miami Marlins’ Jeff Locke to Miss First Month of Season
Miami Marlins starter Jeff Locke will reportedly miss the first month of the season as he deals with biceps tendinitis, per the Sun Sentinel. The Miami Marlins‘ rotation depth will be tested, for at least the first month of the season, as left-hander Jeff Locke will miss time as he recovers from biceps tendinitis. Locke […] Miami Marlins’ Jeff Locke t...

Kansas City Royals 2017 Team Preview
Repeating as the champion in any sport is difficult. Baseball is no exception. The Kansas City Royals learned that firsthand last season as they aimed to be the first team to repeat since the turn of the century Yankees. They were unable to accomplish that feat, going 81-81. But, in 2017, they look to get […] Kansas City Royals 2017 Team Preview -

Oakland Athletics 17-Year-Old Cuban Prospect Makes Franchise History
Last July the Oakland Athletics were given a bonus pool of $3,818,700 to sign international free agents. The Oakland Athletics signed five players, uncharacteristically going well over their allotted amount, spending $3 million to sign just one player alone. Yet when the team signed the then number four ranked international prospect, 17-year-old Lazaro Armenteros, known to most […]

MLB: 5 stats from 2016 that went largely overlooked
MLB is a game so rich in statistical analysis and selections that sometimes, for a casual fan to try and wrap their mind around the entire broad spectrum, it can seem somewhat overwhelming. However, anyone who follows pro baseball gets caught up in stats by some degree in some way, shape or form. Everything in the […] MLB: 5 stats from 2016 that went largely overlooked - ...

MLB Top Ten Right-Handed Pitching Prospects For 2017
With the season just around the corner, who are the top 10 right-handed pitching prospects in MLB? An Introduction These lists will be coordinated by Benjamin Chase, one of our MLB contributors at Call To The Pen. Ben reviewed each MLB organization’s top 10 prospects in November and December, then also reviewed the top 125 […] MLB Top Ten Right-Handed Pitching Pr...

Chicago White Sox: How Valuable Are Their Trade Pieces?
The Chicago White Sox want to make a couple of more blockbuster trades, but which player has the most value? Despite pulling off two blockbuster trades this summer, the Chicago White Sox are seemingly not done making moving players. Trading away Jose Quintana before Opening Day might not happen like the White Sox hoped for, […] Chicago White Sox: How Valuable Are Their Trade Pi...

New York Mets: Steven Matz May Start Season on DL
The New York Mets might be without starting pitcher Steven Matz to start the season. The New York Mets have arguably the best pitching staff in the majors, but they might have to start the season without Steven Matz because of a sore elbow. It’s not the same elbow that he had Tommy John surgery […] New York Mets: Steven Matz May Start Season on DL -

Houston Astros History: J.R. Richard Released By Team
Even though J.R. Richard had suffered a stroke back in 1980, he was still on the Houston Astros roster. On this day in 1984, the team released him, ending his career. July 30, 1980 was a frightening day for Houston Astros fans. J.R. Richard, one of their power arms, had a stroke while warming up […] Houston Astros History: J.R. Richard Released By Team -

Detroit Tigers 2017 Team Preview
The Detroit Tigers had an eerily silent offseason in the hopes that the status quo is sufficient for one more playoff push. If you don’t remember much about the Detroit Tigers this offseason, you are not alone. The Tigers essentially stood pat, hoping that a core of star players has enough left in the tank […] Detroit Tigers 2017 Team Preview -

Philadelphia Phillies: Where Does Freddy Galvis Fit in with Team’s Future?
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis no longer seems like a core member of the franchise’s future. What should the Phillies do with him? Now that Ryan Howard is gone, the longest-tenured player on the Philadelphia Phillies is shortstop Freddy Galvis. It’s a tough fact to swallow. The roster is devoid of nostalgia as all 2008 […]

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