The Real Justin Upton Trade

On Thursday, the Atlanta Braves traded for Chris Johnson and Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who received Martin Prado, Zeke Spruill, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, and Brandon Drury.  It seemed like the mass reaction to the real Upton trade is that the Diamondbacks were somewhat fleeced, or did not get enough back from the […]

Carter Capps Mariners

Stephen Pryor or Carter Capps?

My reasoning for ranking Pryor over Capps has been as follows: 1. While Capps does have a harder fastball than Pryor, and there is a correlation between fastball velocity and success, they are both plus fastballs. 2. Pryor has better breaking pitches than Capps. I watched many AA outings in which Capps fired 100 MPH […]


Reflections on the Hard Throwing 2012 (and 2013) Bullpen

Carter Capps turned 22 today. He has just one (bad) appearance in the big leagues so far after being brought up last week. However, as advertised (and as we saw in Jackson and one appearance in Tacoma) he threw hard. In his outing, he averaged 99.5 MPH on his fastball. Not bad for a 3rd round pick […]


Stephen Pryor moves up the ladder yet again

After Wednesday’s beat down of the Rangers, the Mariners made a roster move, sending Steve Delabar to AAA and bringing up Stephen Pryor. Delabar had a -.3 WAR according to Fangraphs, with a 5.45 FIP. His big problem was giving up homers, as he gave up 2.59 HR/9IP. Amazingly, he gave up as many homers […]


Tacoma loses, Gutierrez update, and other Minor League notes

The Seattle Mariners’ AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, lost to the Reno Aces (of the Arizona Diamondback’s organization) 7-5. I know it’s not surprising, but Luis Jimenez just looks bad at first. He then fouled off a pitch off his ankle and had to be taken out of the game. Casper Wells played right field […]