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The Ringer

MLB Just Tried a Bunch of Experimental Rules in the Minors. How Well Did They Work?

As the old IBM ads used to say, You Make the Call: Should this pitch have been a strike?. It’s clear from the batter’s reaction that he didn’t think so. For what it’s worth, the pitcher didn’t either. “Maybe that ball clipped the zone, but I missed my spot by 2 feet,” says Craig Stem, a 31-year-old right-hander, who delivered the pitch for the independent Atlantic League’s High Point Rockers on October 10. “No human ump would call this. I don’t think that’s good for baseball.”
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Midland Reporter-Telegram

Legacy's Shores commits to LSU baseball

Legacy senior right-handed pitcher Chase Shores announced on Twitter Thursday that he has committed to LSU to play baseball. Shores had previously pledged to Oklahoma State before decommitting and opening up his recruitment process in August. The 6-foot-8 Shores attended high profile showcases this past summer for the 2022 Major...
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Woonsocket Call

Cumberland’s Wright returns home with baseball hardware

CUMBERLAND — Chris Wright recently returned home a champion who happened to be on the mound for his team’s final out before a celebratory scene ensued. The product of Cumberland High and Bryant University also came back as someone who is also well known within the professional baseball landscape. Call it reaping some well-deserved accolades following a season-long run of dominance.

Happy Birthday George Bell

George Bell turns 62 today. George Bell was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. His brother Juan Bell also made the majors as a utility infielder for seven seasons for several different teams. He has two other brothers who played professional baseball. The Phillies signed George as an amateur free agent in 1978. The Jays picked him up in the 1980 Rule 5 draft, one of the best Rule 5 pickups ever.
Kansas City Star

Kansas City Royals get hard-throwing pitcher as player to be named in Danny Duffy trade

Danny Duffy didn’t throw a pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers, nonetheless, the Kansas City Royals turned his expiring contract into a hard-throwing right-handed minor-leaguer and potential future bullpen option. Zach Willeman, a 19th-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 2017, joined the Royals organization courtesy of the Dodgers on...

Catching up on the Orioles’ plans behind the plate

The clock keeps ticking on Adley Rutschman, and the sound of it can drown out a 747. A one-one makes more noise. Rutschman is going to play in the majors in 2022, but Orioles fans want to know whether he breaks camp with the team or returns to Triple-A Norfolk, where he appeared in 43 games last summer and batted .312/.405/.490 with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs and 20 RBIs.
The Big Lead

Dan Shaughnessy: Red Sox Anointed By Baseball Gods to Punish Cheating Astros

The Boston Red Sox have hit three grand slams through three games of the American League Championship Series, bludgeoning the Houston Astros with offense to take a 2-1 lead and move just two wins from a surprising World Series berth. It's rich subject material as the return of a lovable underdog at Fenway Park has proven, like another Bostonian once said, that anything is possible. With an overflowing buffet of storylines and angles to explore, veteran Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy rummaged around in his bag and emerged holding this one, published in today's paper.

Manoah Earns MLB All-Rookie Team Selections

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah earned All-Rookie Team selections from MLB Pipeline and Baseball America. Manoah finished the year with a 9-2 record with a 3.22 ERA in 20 appearances. He set a franchise rookie record with 127 strikeouts, and his 1.05 WHIP and an opponent batting average of .192 was the lowest of any rookie starter this season.

Angels part ways with scouting director Matt Swanson

The Angels are making a change at scouting director, as Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports that Matt Swanson has lost his job after five-plus years with the team. Swanson’s replacement has yet to be named. Originally hired in August 2016 by former Angels GM Billy Eppler, Swanson...

Grayson Rodriguez, Adley Rutschman Form Dream Battery For Orioles

The Orioles envision a day when Grayson Rodriguez is pitching at the top of the rotation with Adley Rutschman as his batterymate behind the plate. The two key prospects are expected to lead a renaissance for the beleaguered organization. “I love Grayson. He’s a great guy,” Rutschman said. “He’s a...

What's next for Reds once Nick Castellanos makes opt out decision?

The Reds were competitive in 2021 but ultimately came up short of a Wild Card berth. Cincinnati now faces the potential departure of one of their middle-of-the-order hitters, which would leave general manager Nick Krall needing to find some other way to bolster the offense while restructuring a bullpen that was among the league’s worst in 2021. There’s a strong core already in place, but the pressure to supplement it effectively continues to build as the club’s window of contractual control over some key players gets smaller.

Red Sox top prospect Jeter Downs catching fire in Arizona Fall League

Red Sox top prospect Jeter Downs may only be a few weeks removed from an overall tough season with Triple-A Worcester this year, but the young middle infielder has certainly gotten off to a hot start in the Arizona Fall League. Playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions alongside other Red Sox,...

IBI 2021 Defensive prospect of the year

While a lot of our IBI awards are decided based on strong statistical arguments, but if we know anything about minor league defensive stats, we know that they won’t tell us anything. So this one is a bit of an eye test along with some stats and evidenced-based factors for the 2021 IBI Defensive Prospect of the Year.