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Unlocking Derek Fisher’s Potential

The Blue Jays trade deadline was widely underwhelming. Cam covered the overall returns very well in his piece. One of the key players the Blue Jays received in these trades was Derek Fisher. Thomas covered Fisher and what the Blue Jays have in him in his excellent post Thursday. What the Blue Jays have in…

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The Buffalo Bisons will Change your Swing

Much has been made of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and his revelation since returning from Triple-A Buffalo. Tony Wolfe of Fangraphs noted Gurriel Jr.’s newfound ability to crush sliders, and Tim Jackson of Pitcher List, broke down the slight change in Gurriel Jr.’s swing and how he’s drastically improved his exit velocity. On top of the…

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Revisiting Elvis Luciano’s development

Since 1990 there have been just 10 pitchers to debut at 19 years old or younger. There have been some successes (Felix Hernandez, Madison Bumgarner) and some misses (Todd Van Poppel, Matt Riley) for the Blue Jays and Elvis Luciano the hope is he is more like the former than the latter. Luciano is an…

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The “Lefty Strike” and its effect on Cavan Biggio

It’s only been a short time in the majors but already Cavan Biggio has shown remarkable plate discipline. Among players with 130 plate appearances his outside zone swing percentage of 13.0% is the lowest in the league. This has helped fuel an elite 16.2% walk rate and a strong .370 on-base percentage. Biggio in just…