Bradley Zimmer

What To Watch For — April 4-6

The college baseball season is entering its third month, and last weekend still saw a lot of weather issues. This has made it impossible for any player or team to keep a consistent schedule so far, especially for those who play in the dread cold weather states. The upside to April, besides hopefully improved weather, is that a lot more games are easier for fans to watch. ESPN starts showing a lot more games this weekend on ESPN3 and ESPNU will be 29 games Friday through Sunday.  Read more »

Kent State

Kent State Embraces Sabermetrics

Sabermetrics, the shorthand name for advanced statistics in baseball, burst onto the national stage with the 2011 debut of the Oscar-nominated film Moneyball, making even casual fans aware.

This new wave of thinking crashed against the shores of traditionalists in the 2012 American League Most Valuable Player vote when Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, favored by traditional stats, defeated Los Angles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout, who rated out much better in advanced stats. The Cabrera/Trout debate brought out vitriol on both sides, but despite this new-school-versus-old-school, science-versus-religion environment, the best use of sabermetrics comes when teams weave in advanced statistics with traditional scouting. Read more »

Beede, Tyler

The Mock 2014: Volume II

I usually don’t put out my second mock draft until later in the season, but I thought it was poignant to put one out now for two reasons.

1. The draft order was no longer correct, as Ervin Santana’s signing took away the Braves first-round selection, thus taking away my chance of having a perfect mock draft.

2. You people eat this stuff up.

Enjoy!

No. 01: Houston Astros Read more »