The Dugout's Finest

Your AL Rookie Of The Year: Mike Tauchman(?)

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By: Noah Wright   The AL rookie class has actually been surprisingly weak. The season started with so many promising youngsters. Eloy Jimenez, Vlad Guerrero Jr., and Michael Chavis entered the year as some of MLB’s best prospects. Yusei Kikuchi, a Japan League all-star, was the biggest international signing, and was seen as a guy with ace level potential. While none of them are doing horrible (except for Kikuchi who is doing awful), none really look like prime Rookie Of The Year candidates. For a while, Rays’ infielder Brandon Lowe looked like the leading candidate for Rookie Of The Year....

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The Most Underrated Reliever Of 2019 Is On The Worst Staff Of 2019

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By: Noah Wright   When you look at some of the best relief pitchers of 2019, multiple names show up, and most are no surprise. Kirby Yates, Felipe Vazqez, Aroldis Chapman, Josh Hader, etc. But one of the best relievers of 2019 is currently on probably one of the worst relief staff of the American League. That being the Red Sox’ Brandon Workman.  Workman was originally a prospect starter for the Sox back in the early-to-mid 2010’s. Fangraphs ranked him as the organization's 10th best prospect before the 2013 season. He wasn’t projected to be any sort of ace level...

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Some Of MLB's Biggest Breakouts In Terms Of fWAR

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By: Noah Wright   WAR is probably the best all encompassing stat to determine a player’s contributions both with the bat, and in the field. There are 2 mainly accepted versions of WAR to me, that being bWAR (Baseball Reference WAR), and fWAR (Fangraphs WAR). Clearly, there have been some huge breakouts in 2019, so who have some of those players been? To qualify, they need to have at least played a full season in 2018 for this list, nor have any sort of fantastic performance in the past (so sorry Bellinger). Lucas Giolito (3.7 fWAR difference): To put it...

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DJ LeMahieu VS Lance Lynn: Which Underrated Signing Is Better?

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By: Noah Wright   If I told you at the beginning of the 2018-2019 off season that the best signing would be either Lance Lynn, or DJ LeMahieu, and not Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, etc., would you have believed me? Because I would not have. However we’re nearing the home stretch of the MLB season, and both LeMahieu and Lynn are having career years after entering the winter as free agents. But between the two, which has been the best? Lance Lynn: The Texas Rangers nabbed the righty Lance Lynn on a 3 year, $10 million contract. Lynn...

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Top Salary Dump Candiates

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By: Noah Wright   When a team signs a long term, and hefty contract, they usually don’t anticipate a player to completely drop off in performance, or the signing to be a complete bust. But it still happens, These are the best candidates to be included in a salary dump trade in the off season. Wade Davis: When you look at Davis’ surface numbers, they’re not too great. His ERA is nearly touching 7, his WHIP (1.737) and FIP (5.18) are all career highs. Home runs have been a huge issue too with a 1.4 HR/9. But Davis’ is really...

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