- Will Jensen Lewis Be A Closer?
That being said, the Indians are currently looking for a closer for 2009. They may very well obtain a reliever via trade or on the free agent market, but keep a close eye on home-grown Jensen Lewis.
- Marcus Semien Is a Shortstop Now
At a lazy spring pre-game meeting with Bob Melvin a few weeks back, he mentioned off-hand that Marcus Semien wasn't going to play every day. For half a second, it seemed we had a bit of a scoop
- Welcoming Back Marcus Stroman
Heading into the 2015 season, Marcus Stroman was a very popular sleeper/breakout pick. You know, one of those players everyone hypes so much as sleeper material that he no longer actually goes
- Farewell to Marcus Thames the Player
The Yankees take care of their own. Or something. Former Yankees, Rangers, Yankees (again), and Dodgers outfielder and designated hitter Marcus Thames has apparently retired, as the High-A Tampa
- A Year Without Marcus Stroman
, so many of the others -- they sustained their injuries while pitching. Marcus Stroman sustained an injury while fielding. His throwing arm is completely fine. His throwing arm, also, is completely
- Marcus Stroman Has Arrived
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman has arrived. OK, that's not entirely factual. Stroman arrived as a starter in late-May, and has turned in an incredibly strong rookie season. But after Monday's
- The Improbability of a Marcus Semien
marginalized -- insofar, I mean, as it demonstrates how, earlier today, Marcus Semien was the most searched-for player at FanGraphs.
On the one hand, it's not particularly surprising that Semien
- Marcus Stroman Is Not Long For The Bullpen
Last weekend, the Blue Jays called up consensus top-100 prospect Marcus Stroman, adding him to their bullpen in a middle relief role. It would be silly to expect him to stay in the bullpen for long
- The Best and Worst of Marcus Semien
instead have Marcus Semien.
It’s only May, so we’re still dealing with the usual parts of the game that suffer from small sample size issues when it comes to player comparison and valuation, like BABIP
- Marcus Stroman's Strange Breaking Balls
Here's a weird thing about Marcus Stroman's slider: it has more drop than his curveball. We still call it his slider because it goes four miles per hour faster than his curve, but the curve has
- The Advantage of Matching Up Marcus Stroman
to go on to make some playoff noise. Of course, at that point, they didn't yet know what to expect from Marcus Stroman. They might not have expected anything.
The American League Cy Young is going
- The Marcus Semien/Ron Washington Lesson
for the last problem, with Brett Lawrie and Marcus Semien routinely exhibiting the sort of lapses that have mostly been excised from players by the time they make it to the majors. It was ugly
- Marcus Semien Deserves Our Admiration
First, Marcus Semien worked hard, every day, with Ron Washington and various tools of the trade in order to improve his defense. He's now an above-average defender, if you believe the stats
- Marcus Stroman: "I'm Still Learning"
It seems impossible, but when it comes to pitching, Marcus Stroman is just a baby, man. "I'm still fairly new to pitching -- I just started really pitching my junior year in college," Stroman pointed
- Marcus Stroman, Best Pitcher in Baseball?
It's not an outlandish question to ask. Over the last 30 days, which spans five starts and 32.1 innings, Marcus Stroman has posted the third highest strikeout rate in baseball and the lowest SIERA
- Where Marcus Semien's Weakness Is Strongest
In each of the past two seasons, Chicago White Sox rookie infielder Marcus Semien has recorded among the most impressive walk and strikeout rates in the high minors. Insofar as it's generally
- Projecting Marcus Greene: The Return for Will Venable
On Tuesday night, the Texas Rangers swung a deal to acquire Will Venable from the San Diego Padres. In return for Venable, the Rangers sent catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene to San Diego, along
- Who's Going to Pay Marcus Thames?
At this time last year, the future seemed uncertain for Marcus Thames. Although his OBP was above .300 for the first time in two years, he was hitting for less power than he had in his entire career
- Marcus Semien, Now More of a Shortstop
Last year, there wasn't a worse defensive shortstop in the big leagues than Marcus Semien. That's what the numbers say -- traditional and advanced -- and it's also what observers thought
- The Yankees Saw a Different Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman isn't David Price. Maybe, if Stroman had been healthy all year, the Jays wouldn't have gotten Price at the deadline, so Stroman would be their No. 1, but that isn't how things went, so
- NotGraphs Video Scouting: Marcus Semien, IF, Chicago AL
White Sox infield prospect Marcus Semien has been one of the minor leagues' most impressive hitters in July, recording walk and strikeout rates of 23.1% and 9.4%, respectively, and seven home
- Marcus Stroman's Absurd Set of Pitch Comps
Some weeks ago, I was tooling around on the Baseball Prospectus PITCHf/x leaderboards, and one thing led to another, and I noticed that Marcus Stroman had developed a sinker that looked and worked
- Marcus Stroman Tears ACL, Out for Season
What a lousy week for pitchers. Yu Darvish, Cliff Lee, and Gavin Floyd have been felled by their arms, and now Marcus Stroman will join them on the disabled list after tearing the ACL in his left
- Marcus Stroman: Your AL East Jordan Zimmermann
-Seamers last year, Marcus Stroman located the pitch at an elite level. He was almost .40 standard deviations better than the mean (82 out of 264) when locating the pitch on the horizontal edge
- Marcus Stroman Discovered Roy Halladay's Sinker
delivery. The Tigers don't care too much about J.D. Martinez's history, because he recently changed his swing. Marcus Stroman was never bad, but he, too, made a change. It's real easy to spot
- Carlos Sanchez & Marcus Semien: Deep League Wire
, he's worth a look in deep leagues.
Marcus Semien |2B/3B | 7% Owned
The one caveat I failed to mention about Sanchez is that Semien is lurking in the minors. Remember him? He opened the year
- Q&A: Marcus Stroman, a Blue Jay Starts Over
Marcus Stroman is back, and he’s back big -- at least to the degree a 5-foot-9 pitcher can be described as big. His first performance of the 2013 season certainly was. The 22-year-old Toronto Blue
- What Marcus Stroman May Have Learned from David Price
Marcus Stroman ended June with a bloated 5.33 ERA that was mostly deserved, so he went back to the drawing board. He's since had an ERA two runs lower, once again deserved, since he changed things
- White Sox Call Ups: Marcus Semien and Erik Johnson
Marcus Semien has been promoted to the major leagues as a September call up, and he is one of the more interesting prospects I have been following this season. I own Semien
- Q&A: Marcus Semien, Chicago White Sox Infield Prospect
Coming into the 2013 season, Marcus Semien was a nothing-special prospect in a not-so-good Chicago White Sox system. Eight months later, the system isn’t markedly better, but the 23-year-old
- If Marcus Stroman Is A Reliever, Was He Worth Where He Was Drafted?
With the 22nd pick in the 2012 Rule 4 draft the Jays selected Duke University right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman. Listed at only 5-foot-9 Stroman would be one of the shortest starting pitchers