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Can Pitchers Throw Even Harder?
In 2010, Aroldis Chapman showed everyone that it was possible to throw a baseball 105 mph. In just his 10th game in the majors, Chapman threw the hardest recorded fastball in major league history. Over the past decade, no one has thrown any harder. B
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A Season Unlike Any Other
No two seasons are exactly alike. The players, the managers, the teams, the storylines—they all change from year to year, keeping each new season fresh and exciting while the game of baseball remains comforting and familiar. Even in that context, the
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Fastball Attributes, Explained
A good fastball has always been about more than just its velocity. How it moves and where the pitcher locates it have always been integral to a fastball’s success. But for decades, radar guns were the only publicly available tool to measure a fastbal
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Departments
News of the cancellation of the minor league season was especially painful for clubs like the Ogden Raptors of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. Not only is Ogden, a Utah city about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, rumored to be on the chopping block
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Spin To Win
One of baseball’s oldest catchphrases is “spin to win.” For most of the game’s history, it referred to the success a pitcher could have with a particularly nasty curveball. Now, as analytics and technology have found new ways to quantify the various
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Put Stock In Their Sock
What has long been debated is now reality. Major League Baseball implemented the DH in the National League for the 2020 season, ending a 46-year run of the two leagues playing by different rules. The DH was instituted in the NL this year as part of t
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Say Cheese
As crazy as it may seem, 100 mph isn’t what it used to be. Because they have the choice of either adapting or being replaced, major league hitters have steadily figured out how to catch up to the hottest of high-octane heaters. There’s little novelty
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Into The Abyss
Minor League Baseball officially announced at 5 p.m. Eastern on June 30 that the season had been canceled because Major League Baseball would not be providing players. The focus shifted quickly to what comes next. First, teams had to unravel as much
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The Measure Of A Fastball
A fast fastball is a lot faster than it used to be. On Sept. 24, 2010, Aroldis Chapman threw the fastest recorded pitch in major league history. His 105.1 mph fastball was the first time the 105 mph barrier had been broken. It wasn’t Chuck Yeager bre
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‘We’re In Dire Straits’
Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Conner painted a dark but frank picture of the future of the minor leagues on June 30, the day the season was officially canceled. Already, the league was threatened by Major League Baseball’s plan to contract ro
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Best Tools For The Trade
The pitchers who received the most votes in Best Tools balloting from 1988 to 2019, plus 1985. Baseball America has been documenting all the 80s in the big leagues since the ’80s. Every year since 1988, BA has polled American and National league mana
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The MLB Continuing Education Program
Major League Baseball’s Continuing Education Program (CEP) has long been a benefit used by teams to help convince high school players to opt to sign to play pro ball instead of heading to college. As teams have noted, a player doesn’t have to give up
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Best Tools: Offense
Tony Gwynn won eight batting titles between 1984 and 1997, hitting .342 in those 14 seasons. Only Ty Cobb, with 11, won more batting titles overall. Gwynn hit .338 over 20 seasons thanks to his all-time bat control and ability to “hit ’em where they
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Many Preps See Pros Of Going Pro
After helping lead Camas (Wash.) High to the 2020 state 4A football title, Tyler Forner and his teammates had their sights set on adding a baseball title. In the process, Forner hoped that his speed, athleticism and developing power would pay off wit
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Best Tools: Defense
Ivan Rodriguez won a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher thanks to his cannon arm and cat-like agility. “Pudge” threw out 46% of career basestealers and led his league in that category a record nine times. Rodriguez became a regular at age 19 and lasted
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Top 20 Nondrafted Free Agents
The five-round draft this year gave teams an unprecedented opportunity. Players who normally would have been drafted as high as the sixth round were on the free market available to any team, all for a maximum signing bonus of $20,000. Needless to say
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Coming Attractions
Since its inception in 1981, Baseball America has kept an eye on the horizon. We’re not going to stop now. Now that the 2020 draft is complete and the minor league season is officially canceled, we look ahead to 2021—and beyond. Next up: We present o
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Obituaries
TODD ABELL, a shortstop and third baseman who played in the minor leagues in 1989, died June 3. He was 52. CARL ANGELO, a lefthander who pitched in the minor leagues in 1954, died July 1 in Battle Creek, Mich. He was 88. PETER ARNITZ, a righthander w
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Dynamic Vanderbilt Duo Of Kumar Rocker, Jack Leiter Looks To Make Draft History
Under coach Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt has made a name for itself as a pitching pipeline. During his 18 years as head coach, the Commodores have produced nine first-round pitchers, more than any other school in the 21st century. Under coach Tim Corbin, V
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May The Best Ideas Win
@JJCOOP36 Major League Baseball has a growing competitiveness problem. This isn’t an in-game issue. It’s not about parity, tanking or banging garbage cans. It has nothing to do with runners on second base to begin extra innings or three-batter minimu
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Game Changer
Baseball milestones echo through the ages. As we approach the 100th anniversaries of Ty Cobb collecting his 3,000th hit, Babe Ruth hitting his 500th home run and Walter Johnson striking out his 3,000th batter—all of which occurred in the 1920s—those
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The Truth
Brian Smith is no stranger to talent. As the head coach of Winder-Barrow High in Winder, Ga., he’s seen his fair share of talented players and teams. At USA Baseball’s National High School Invitational in 2017, Smith’s club beat the defending champio
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EDITOR AND PUBLISHER B.J. Schecter @bjschecter EXECUTIVE EDITORS J.J. Cooper @jjcoop36, Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Don Hintze DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY Mark Chiarelli @Mark_Chiarelli SENIOR EDITOR Josh Norris @jnorris427 SENIOR WR
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Scouting Reports For The Top 10 High School Prospects For 2021
House developed physically early in his high school career and remains an imposing physical presence at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. Outside of speed, House is full of loud tools, but his combination of impact hitting ability and present future power potent
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Big Swings In Value
The DH is coming to the National League in 2020, probably on a permanent basis. The universal DH is a major win for players and also conveys advantages to fantasy players. In a typical 162-game season, the universal DH will transfer roughly 600 plate
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Something Bruin
Matt McLain didn’t have the freshman season at UCLA that he would have wanted or that most expected he would. Expectations were high for McLain after he spurned the D-backs as a first-round pick in 2018 and chose to stick to his college commitment at
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The Fastball Is Still King
WITH NO BEST TOOLS BALLOTS CAST THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS, WE CELEBRATE THE FASTBALL AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BASEBALL. The fastball has waned in popularity in recent seasons as major league pitchers throw a higher percentage of breaking and o
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Scouting Reports For The Top 10 College Prospects For 2021
In 2018, Rocker became the highest ranked prep player in the now nine-year history of the BA 500 to make it to college, upholding his commitment to Vanderbilt after being ranked 13th in the draft class. He’s lived up to the hype and as a freshman in
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Athlete’s Advantage
It was another blazing summer day on the back fields of the Gulf Coast League—the kind where the arrival of a predicted heatwave can sting the eyes and smudge the horizon—as Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque made his way out to see one of the new
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One Giant Step
Marco Luciano’s first look at San Francisco’s picturesque Oracle Park came in January, when the 18-year-old Dominican shortstop was part of a group of prospects invited to the Giants’ minicamp. Back then, the diamond Luciano hopes to call home one da
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