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3 MLB Hitters Enjoying Surprising Aprils (And Could Continue to Surprise in 2014)

If there’s one thing prudent baseball observers dread the most, it’s the inevitable sweeping analysis—for better or worse—based on a small sample size (SSS). But even though the 2014 baseball season is still in its infancy, there are a variety of players enjoying surprising Aprils that could realistically enjoy fruitful 2014 seasons, too. Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins: It’s Time for the Josmil Pinto Era

For the first time in what seems like an eternity, Minnesota Twins’ fans have been witnessing non-Joe Mauer starting catchers behind the dish this season. The Twins decided that Mauer, who has been the Twins’ starting catcher since June of 2004, would transition to first base—full time—in 2014.

The team’s offseason signing of Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $2.75 million deal only solidified the organization’s impactful decision.

Mauer, owner of a career .322 batting average and park-adjusted 136 OPS+, has missed far too many games in his career due to the rigors associated with squatting and blocking pitches. In fact, the 30-year-old St. Paul native has sat out 144 games total since 2011.

Yet, considering the former-Oakland Athletics’ farmhand hasn’t posted an OPS+ over 90 since 2009, rookie Josmil Pinto might make Suzuki’s reign as the starter short lived. Continue reading