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Nick Ashbourne

  • joined Apr 02, 2010
  • last login Jul 09, 2014
  • posts 158
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The Case of Colby Rasmus and the High Heat

57

It has been alleged that Mr. Rasmus cannot handle the high fastball, but does the evidence support that claim?

Looking back on the Miguel Cabrera experiment

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With Prince Fielder making his way to Texas, the Tigers can end the Miguel Cabrera at third base experiment, but in retrospect how did it go?

2014 Team Preview: Baltimore Orioles

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The Orioles are a good team, but they probably aren't good enough.

Brett Lawrie's Glove: Fool's Gold?

47

The idea that Brett Lawrie is an unbelievable fielder is rarely questioned by Jays fans, but perhaps it should be.

Steam Whistle Leaving The Rogers Centre

81

Last season the Rogers Centre offered a craft beer for the first time. This year, not so much.

How Much Have The Blue Jays Upgraded At Catcher?

59

The Blue Jays did very little to remodel their roster going into the 2014 season, but they did spring for a completely new catching tandem.

A slow year at the hot corner

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There are many quality third baseman in the majors at the moment, but as a group they have lead feet on the bases.

Is the Drew Hutchison Optimism Justified?

19

Coming off some strong spring training performances Drew Hutchison is everybody's favorite rotation candidate, but is he worthy of that designation?

"MLB's Worst Tools" Awards: Hit Tool

4

Although making contact with the ball might seem to be a fundamental part of baseball, there are definitely those who struggle mightily to make it happen.

"MLB's Worst Tools" Awards: Power Edition

4

If chicks do indeed dig the long ball then this award winner might be a lonely guy.

Todd Redmond Shouldn't Be An Option

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As a pitcher without options who fared admirably in 2013, Todd Redmond has a real chance to be Toronto's fifth starter. If he does get that chance, things could get ugly.

"MLB's Worst Tools" Awards: Speed Edition

5

Not being able to run is a surprisingly common trait among baseball players, but only one man truly runs like there is a gargantuan furnace strapped to his back

"MLB's Worst Tools" Awards: Fielding Edition

4

There are plenty of stone-handed or range-less fielders out there, but there can be only one winner.

Introducing the "MLB's Worst Tools" Awards

3

Scouts and those who analyze baseball closely spend a lot of time thinking about who has the best tools in the game, but whose tools are the worst?

Does Edwin Encarnacion Have Another Gear?

10

Edwin Encarnacion has already broken out to become an elite offensive force over the last two seasons. Is it possible he has a little bit more breaking out to do?

Pablo Sandoval and Josh Hamilton: Hackers who walk

1

Just because a player is a free swinger with almost laughably poor strike zone judgement it doesn't mean they can't take a walk from time to time.

Jose Reyes Will Not Be Cheated

20

If Jose Reyes is going to strikeout, not something he is in the habit of doing, he's going to go down swinging.

The Fog of Rajai Davis

15

The presence of Rajai Davis has made it very difficult to see the struggles the Blue Jays have had on the base paths in recent years.

Maicer Izturis and bouncing back from rock bottom

3

Having an off-year is not an uncommon phenomenon, but how do players respond after seasons where they are the worst player in the league?

Adam Lind and Rajai Davis: Separated at Birth

9

On a surface level Adam Lind and Rajai Davis don't have a lot in common. However, if you are willing to ignore a lot of obvious differences they are essentially clones.

Mike Trout: Four tool player?

20

Mike Trout has been widely praised for his all-around game, but there is one thing missing.

The Blue Jays Young Players Aren't Producing

39

Last season Blue Jays were disappointed by the contributions of known quantities like Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis, and Josh Johnson, but the young guns haven't been much good of late either.

Ichiro Suzuki has lost his crown

3

Ichiro Suzuki has long been the master of the infield hit, but a worthy challenger has emerged to steal that title away.

Elvis Andrus: Lone Ranger

13

Elvis Andrus is much like any other player or man in many regards but there is a way in which he stands alone.

The Not-So-Secret Weapon of Sergio Santos

17

Sergio Santos was unbelievable when he pitched in 2013. What can we expect in 2014?

Is this a golden age of catching?

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When it comes to greatness in baseball today guys like Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw grab the headlines, but there's some mighty fine catching talent out there that deserves some recognition.

Is Nate Jones the Bizarro Allen Craig?

3

Allen Craig is patron saint of performing with runners in scoring position, but who is his polar opposite?

How Did John Gibbons Manage His Bullpen in 2013?

6

When John Gibbons was hired to be the manager of the 2013 Blue Jays he was advertised as a savvy bullpen handler. How did he do on that front last season?

What Can Bronson Arroyo Do For You?

4

Bronson Arroyo is a proven workhorse but he has yet to find a contract as the offseason ticks on. Why are teams passing him by?

Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Ervin Santana: The Debate Rages

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The Blue Jays have been linked to Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana, which pitcher would be a better choice for the club?

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