Trap’s View: Eye In The Sky
Paul Trap has an idea for expanding instant replay in baseball.
Ramirez Won’t Be First Option For Yankees
A lot of things would have to go wrong for Yankees righthander Jose Ramirez to surface in the major leagues this season.
Bringing Heat Not Necessary For Boston’s Hernandez
Red Sox righthander Chris Hernandez doesn't light up the radar gun, but he's managed to have success without relying on velocity.
Wait Is Over For Orioles’ Urrutia
The wait for Henry Urrutia is over, and it took just seven months.<br/><br/>The Cuban outfielder, who agreed to terms with the Orioles last July, obtained his work visa and was able to leave Haiti. He arrived in Miami in late February and took his physical in Sarasota.
Trap’s View: 2013 Season Preview
The teams you're used to contending are getting older.
Relaxation Keys Breakout For A’s Crocker
Sometimes, a ballplayer can just try too hard. From the time Bobby Crocker signed with the Athletics after being their fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Cal Poly, he worked so hard and played with such intensity that he often lost the looseness needed to thrive on the baseball field.
Springer Could Arrive In Houston Sooner Than Expected
George Springer isn't just ahead of schedule. He could become the Astros' first real building block.
Angels’ Calhoun Looking For Opportunity
Kole Calhoun doesn't have the kind of eye-popping skills that would make him a top prospect, but he has enough tools to help the Angels in a reserve role.
Pineyro’s Recovery From Serious Injury Impresses Nats
Nationals righthander Ivan Pineyro took a line drive to the jaw and came back as strong as ever. Now the 21-year-old is on track to make a full-season team for the first time.
Mariners’ Catricala Refocused For 2013
Last spring, all eyes in Mariners camp were on Vinnie Catricala. He had exploded onto the scene in 2011, hitting a combined .349/.421/.601 with 101 runs, 77 extra-base hits and 106 RBIs in 521 at-bats combined between Double-A Jackson and high Class A High Desert.
Phillies’ Pettibone Will Polish Repertoire At Triple-A
Phillies righthander Jonathan Pettibone went 13-8, 3.10 in 160 innings last season at Double-A and Triple-A, where he learned a cutter from pitching coach Rod Nichols.
Gallo’s Power A Must-See In Rangers Camp
Rangers pitchers throw live batting practice beginning with the first workout each spring, and those pitchers in big league camp need hitters to face. The second workout last month gave 19-year-old Joey Gallo the opportunity to face pitchers vying for spots on the Opening Day roster.
Results Not Typical: Montero’s Road Leads To Queens
Nothing speaks to the precociousness of righthander Rafael Montero quite like the fact that the Mets invited him to big league spring training, even though he finished last year with high Class A St. Lucie and doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster until after the 2014 season.
Velocity Spike Surprises Raudel Lazo . . . And Marlins
By the end of lefthander Raudel Lazo's first pro season with the Marlins, he was consistently hitting 94 mph. That kind of jump isn't unprecedented, but it was unexpected in his case if for no other reason than his stature.
J.R. Graham Is Golden In Eyes Of Braves
Righthander J.R. Graham finished his first full season at Double-A Mississippi last year, so the Braves invited him to major league camp to see what he could do in front of the Atlanta staff. He made a positive impression during his first week of spring training games.
Rays’ Figueroa Follows Familiar Path
As the son of former big league player and minor league manager Bien Figueroa and godson of Luis Alicea, infielder Cole Figueroa has been around the game most of his life.