How Pineda can become the next Yankees ace

Is the next Yankees ace on the mound tonight? (Presswire)

Michael Pineda may be the No. 2 starter according to Joe Girardi‘s binder, but after Masahiro Tanaka‘s unimpressive Opening Day performance and lingering concerns about his UCL injury, could Pineda jump up to the front of the rotation?

Based on his outstanding spring and last year’s record-setting performance, the answer just might be yes. Pineda last season became the first Yankees starting pitcher to finish with a sub-2.00 ERA (min. 10 starts) since Ron Guidry in 1978, and his .200 batting average allowed was the lowest by a Yankee starter (min. 75 innings) since Dave Righetti in 1981.

Perhaps the most impressive number was 8.43, his strikeout-to-walk ratio. That was the best single-season mark by any Yankee in franchise history with at least 75 innings pitched.

Yet, it’s important to remember that those numbers came in a very small sample size (13 starts, 76 1/3 innings) and there’s still a few holes in his “ace” resume. So before we put the crown on Pineda – and as we await his first start of 2015 – let’s take a look at one key thing the 26-year-old needs to do in order to take the next step during his second year in pinstripes.


Although there’s no consensus definition of an ace, it usually is a pitcher that you can count on to go deep in games, a true workhorse who can give the bullpen a rest for the night and turn over the opposing lineup multiple times.

Pineda last season averaged fewer than six innings and just 87 pitches per start, a mark that ranked 80th out of 91 AL pitchers with at least 75 innings pitched in 2014. He recorded an out in the seventh inning or later in just five of his 13 outings, and only twice threw at least 100 pitches in a game.

Those averages are slightly skewed because of his April 23 appearance when he was ejected in the second inning for using pine tar, but it doesn’t hide the fact that Pineda didn’t give the Yankees length as a starter and Girardi rarely felt comfortable extending him beyond the sixth frame.

While some of that might be due to the fact he was coming off major shoulder surgery at the start of the season and then spent two-plus months on the disabled list with a back injury, there’s also evidence that he wasn’t as effective in the later innings and when facing hitters multiple times through the order.

Pineda held hitters to a .185 batting average with 48 strikeouts and four walks the first two times through the order. The average MLB starter allowed a batting average of .250 in those situations, so it was clear that Pineda was dominant early in games.

But when the lineup turned over a third time, those batters tagged him for a .246/.281/.443 line in 64 plate appearances. Frankly, those numbers more resemble an average major-league pitcher (.268/.327/.421) than an ace. Most of that damage was done by lefties, who slugged .543 and had a line drive rate of 23 percent when seeing him for the third or fourth time in a game.

Most concerning might be that his signature slider became increasing ineffective as he faced hitters a second and third time during a game:


BA Slug pct ISO
1st 0.135 0.212 0.077
2nd 0.200 0.314 0.114
3rd+ 0.240 0.480 0.240

Pineda also inevitably was hit hard when he pitched beyond the sixth inning. Four of the 16 earned runs he gave up in 2014 came in the seventh frame or later, across only 4 1/3 innings pitched. That’s an 8.31 ERA for those counting at home.

Batters were 8-for-21 with three doubles and two homers against Pineda after the sixth inning (.381/.435/.810), and it should be no surprise that he failed to hold his velocity on his four-seamer as he went deeper into games:

Pineda velo by inning

There is little doubt that Pineda has shown a ton of promise during his short stint as a Yankee, and appears to be on the cusp of being the next Yankees ace. However, the 26-year-old still has a ways to go before he can be viewed as a top-of-the-rotation starter.

Not only must Pineda prove that he can remain healthy for an entire season, he has to develop the stamina to give the Yankees length on a consistent basis and learn to pitch effectively in the later innings after batters have seen his stuff during a game.

Thoughts following Opening Day


Opening Day and the traditional post-Opening Day off-day are in the rear-view mirror. The grind begins for real tonight, when the Yankees resume their series with the Blue Jays and play five games in the next five days. That’s both the best and worst thing about baseball. They play every damn day. Here are some thoughts prior to tonight’s game.

1. I was pretty pleased with the reception for Alex Rodriguez on Monday. Some boos, sure, but mostly cheers — he got the loudest ovation during the baseline introductions by a not small margin (video) — all throughout the game. Both before and after his at-bats. It helped that he was the team’s most productive non-Brett Gardner hitter, so let’s see what happens when he goes 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for the first time before saying the fans are on his side. Alex is going to get booed unmercifully on the road this year. It’s unavoidable. A little fan support at home would be nice to see this summer. Let’s face it, this Yankees team isn’t particularly fun to watch aside from a handful of individual players, so a productive A-Rod will make the season more enjoyable. To me, anyway.

2. On that note: how long until A-Rod is hitting third, fourth, or fifth? I have close to zero confidence in Carlos Beltran rebounding, only slightly more confidence in Mark Teixeira rebounding, and only slightly more confidence than that in Brian McCann rebounding. Alex had the best at-bats on the team Monday, which, while just a one game sample, was a continuation of what we saw in Spring Training. Even if Alex is a 10-15 home run guy across a full season at this point of his career, he still looks like he might be able to hit .280 with enough walks to get his on-base percentage up to .340 or .350. I’m not sure I can say the same for Beltran, Teixeira, or McCann. I think A-Rod is hitting in the middle third of the order by May 1st. If Rodriguez shows he can still handle low-90s fastballs and work a walk, it’ll make him one of the better offensive threats on the roster.


3. Remember a few years ago — gosh, it’s been about eight or nine years now — when A-Rod dropped two foul pop-ups in one game? I’m pretty sure it was in Anaheim. Alex was slapped with the “he struggles with pop-ups” tag after that and it’s stuck even though he’s never really had any other problems since. Just the random dropped pop-up once or twice a year like every other player. I get the feeling that’s what’s going to happen with Didi Gregorius after his foolish attempted steal of third base on Monday. It was a terrible play, those extra 90-feet aren’t worth the risk down five runs, and Didi admitted as much after the game. “It was a bad mistake by me, I’ll admit it. I’ll admit that it was my mistake and it won’t happen again,” he said to Chad Jennings. And yet, I think that’s going to stick with him. He’s trying to do too much because he’s replacing Derek Jeter, he’s not a smart base-runners, he’s too aggressive, yadda yadda yadda. We’ll hear it all in the coming days and weeks. And, you know what, that might be true! If he does it again and again, then it’ll be a problem. Sometimes things are just an isolated incidence and a baseball play though. A young player making a mistake. Not everything is a referendum on a player’s style or mentality. Gregorius made a really bad play and it’s okay to leave it at that.

4. Man, the latest news on Ty Hensley is just awful. That poor kid can’t catch a break. He had no arm problems up until this recent Tommy John surgery — the shoulder “abnormality” the team found in his physical didn’t affect him on the mound — it was just a lot of unfortunate injuries. Hensley’s going to go into 2016 having thrown roughly 42.1 innings from 2012-15. That’s development time he simply can’t get back. He’s been dealt a crappy hand by the pitching gods and yet I have no reason to believe Hensley will do anything other than work his tail off to get healthy and get to MLB. If you follow him on Twitter, you know Ty has been relentlessly upbeat through all of this and he’s incredibly easy to root for. As a fan I so very much want to see him on the mound at Yankee Stadium one day. I’m rooting like hell for the kid.

5. Unfortunately, Hensley’s injury is just another reminder of how awful the Yankees’ first round picks have been the last, like, 15 years now. We can spend all day arguing whether someone was the right pick at the time. What we can’t argue is how few of them have worked out. Here are New York’s first and supplemental first round picks this century, via Baseball Reference:

Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR G Type Drafted Out of
2013 1 26 Eric Jagielo (minors) 3B 4Yr University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
2013 1 32 *Aaron Judge (minors) CF 4Yr California State University Fresno (Fresno, CA)
2013 1 33 *Ian Clarkin (minors) LHP HS Madison HS (San Diego, CA)
2012 1 30 Ty Hensley (minors) RHP HS Edmond Santa Fe HS (Edmond, OK)
2011 1s 51 *Dante Bichette (minors) 3B HS Orangewood Christian HS (Maitland, FL)
2010 1 32 Cito Culver (minors) RHP HS Irondequoit HS (Rochester, NY)
2009 1s 29 *Slade Heathcott (minors) CF HS Texas HS (Texarkana, TX)
2008 1 28 Gerrit Cole (minors) RHP 2.9 42 HS Orange Lutheran HS (Orange, CA)
2008 1s 44 *Jeremy Bleich (minors) LHP 4Yr Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
2007 1 30 Andrew Brackman (minors) RHP 0.1 3 4Yr North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
2006 1 21 *Ian Kennedy (minors) RHP 10.9 179 4Yr University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
2006 1s 41 *Joba Chamberlain (minors) RHP 8.2 329 4Yr University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)
2005 1 17 *C.J. Henry (minors) SS HS Putnam City HS (Oklahoma City, OK)
2004 1 23 *Phil Hughes (minors) RHP 10.5 215 HS Foothill HS (Santa Ana, CA)
2004 1s 37 *Jon Poterson (minors) C HS Chandler HS (Chandler, AZ)
2004 1s 41 *Jeff Marquez (minors) RHP 0.0 4 JC Sacramento City College (Sacramento, CA)
2003 1 27 Eric Duncan (minors) 3B HS Seton Hall Preparatory School (West Orange, NJ)
2001 1 23 *John-Ford Griffin (minors) OF 0.2 13 4Yr Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
2001 1s 34 *Bronson Sardinha (minors) SS 0.0 10 HS Kamehameha HS (Honolulu, HI)
2001 1s 42 *Jon Skaggs (minors) RHP 4Yr Rice University (Houston, TX)
2000 1 28 Dave Parrish (minors) C 4Yr University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Hughes was a disappointment relative to expectations but he still managed to turn into a serviceable big leaguer — he had a 95 ERA+ in 780.2 innings with the Yankees, including one electric season in relief (2009) and two solid seasons as a starter (2010 and 2012). Joba was the poor man’s version of Hughes, basically. Kennedy and Cole have had all their success with other teams. (Kennedy signed with the Yankees and was traded for Curtis Granderson, Cole didn’t sign and went to college.)

It’s still too early to judge the 2013 class and I like Ty so I’m going to say it’s too early to judge 2012 as well, but from 2000-11, the Yankees got Hughes, Joba, and a trade chip (Kennedy) out of 17 first and supplemental first round picks. That is flat out terrible. Yes, I know the Yankees never get to pick high and I know they forfeited all sorts of high picks to sign free agents, but that excuse doesn’t last forever. We’re talking about a 12-year period with little impact produced. The non-Hughes, Joba, Kennedy, and Cole guys combined for 30 games in MLB. A team can’t go that long with that many unproductive top draft picks, no matter how large their payroll.


TiqIQ: As Resellers Look to Capitalize on Yankees-Red Sox Games, Has Cheapest Available Tickets

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is one of the best in sports. Even though the Red Sox and Yankees both missed the playoffs in 2014, the archrivals are sure to draw huge crowds when they face each other for the first time this season on April 10-12 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Fans wanting to score tickets for those games might think their best bet is the secondary market, but they should think again.

Many of the tickets for those three games currently available for purchase directly from the Yankees ticket office are considerably less expensive than the same or comparable seats on the secondary market. This seems unusual as fans often believe tickets cost less on the secondary market, where ticket buyers and season ticket holders try to resell their tickets, than on the primary market.

While fans have been trained to target resellers first to get the best deal on tickets, Yankees fans who want to see their team play the Red Sox in the first homestand of the year should reconsider.

For example, at the time of this writing, Field Level seats (Section 130, Row 21) for the opener of the three-game Yankees vs. Red Sox series are available for $100 apiece directly from the Yankees box office. Meanwhile, a Field Level seat for the same game on the secondary market is currently listed at $118 for comparable seats.

200-Level seats (Section 234, Row 2) for the same game can be purchased from the team for $55. Tickets are listed for 55% more ($85) from ticket resellers in Rows 1 and 2.

Fans wanting to sit in the Terrace Level (Section 333, Row 7) would be looking at a price of $32 per ticket from the Yankees. The secondary market has prices at $32 on the low end, but most are $40 and up.

Finally, seats in the Grandstand Level (Section 431B, Row 1) offered by resellers are going for $35, which is more than 50% more for the the same tickets being offered by the team ($22). Similar deals are available for the Saturday Yankees-Red Sox game as well.

The difference in price between the primary and secondary markets does not only apply to the upcoming games the Yankees will play against the Red Sox. These deals are consistently available throughout the Yankees home schedule in April and May.

Derek Jeter has retired and the Yankees missed the postseason the last two years, a rarity for them. Similarly, the Red Sox are without an ace pitcher and they are coming off a last-place finish in 2014. Still, fans can expect big crowds when these two teams meet in the Bronx in April. For those wanting to be among them, then buying tickets directly from the Yankees is the way to go.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Opening Day is always such a tease. We get all excited for the first game of the season, the Yankees finally play, then … an off-day. It’s the worst. I get it, if I bought a ticket to Opening Day and it got rained out, I’d sill like to go to Opening Day, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Oh well. Just more waiting for Yankees baseball. We’ve done plenty of that these last few months. What’s another night?

Here is your open thread for the evening. The Extra Innings package has a free preview this week, so find the channels and you can watch any baseball game you want tonight for no extra cost. The three local hockey teams are in action as well, so talk about those games or anything else right here.

Reminder: Make sure you don’t forget to vote in this year’s Prospect Watch poll!

Introducing our newest contributors: Katie Sharp and Sung Min Kim

As I mentioned in the open thread last night, we’ve added two new contributors to the site: Katie Sharp (@ktsharp on Twitter) and Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim). Sunny has written some stuff for us before and Katie is coming over from IIATMS. You’ll see their first posts very soon. To help you get to know our newest contributors, Katie and Sunny were nice enough to write up some background info, so consider this their introduction.

Katie Sharp

To be honest, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love sports – whether it was playing them or watching them. My dad (a Long Island native) made sure that I was a Yankee fan from day one, and although our trips to the Stadium were rare when I was kid, I devoured box scores every morning and tried to watch as many games on TV as I could. After a few years of working in the finance industry following college, I realized that my obsession with sports was just too big for me to remain a desk jockey for the rest of my life. I somehow then landed my dream job at ESPN as a researcher, and spent seven years there working mostly on baseball, college basketball and college football shows.

I got my start in blogging while at ESPN (the Stats & Info blog and the ESPN New York Yankees blog), and it was also there that I developed my love for quirky stats and analysis-focused writing. A year ago, I left ESPN and relocated to Vermont where my husband had gotten a new job, and that’s when I started trying to do this sportswriting/blogging thing on a more permanent basis. I’ve been a long-time and devoted reader of River Ave. Blues and was absolutely thrilled when the guys asked me to come on board as a writer. As for the type of writing you can expect from me, I’ll be doing my Yankeemetrics series recaps on a regular basis (first one on Friday!), and also contributing other stats-based analysis posts that hopefully will make you a smarter Yankee fan.

Sung Min Kim

Hi all! My name is Sung Min Kim. People around here like to call me Sunny and that’s fine. You can also refer me as SMK, which is my unofficial moniker in the student newspaper I work at.

I became a Yankees watcher when I moved to Connecticut back in 2002 – I was 11 years old then. I started to watch baseball consistently starting 2004 (sad, I know) and I’ve been a RAB reader since 2008. The earliest memory of reading the website was around the time when we drafted Gerrit Cole in the ’08 MLB Draft. I balanced reading between this website and LoHud Yankees Blog for my daily dose of the Yankees as a teenager so I’m pretty stoked to join the RAB crew!

I am currently a student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. I major in broadcast journalism but I work a lot in online/print multiplatform kind of stuff. Last semester I had classes taught by Kevin Blackistone (Around the Horn panelist) and George Solomon (former sports editor for the Washington Post) so that was quite awesome and it definitely intensified my interest in sportswriting. Besides that, I am a staff news photographer and a music blogger for The Diamondback, University of Maryland’s independent student-run newspaper. Recently I won a regional award for breaking news photography (for this article) so that’s one thing in my life I’m proud for. Lastly, I’ve also been a college radio DJ for three years. I have a show every Thursday from 6-7pm at WMUC-FM.

Okay, enough with shameless plugs. Needless to say, I love baseball and I love writing about it. I’m very excited and fortunate to have an opportunity like this. I hope I can deliver some good content for you guys from now on and represent the website to its best. My Twitter handle is @sung_minkim and I tweet a lot about baseball, music and college life stuff. Thanks for reading!

Business Notes: Payroll, In-Market Streaming, Yankee Stadium Letters


I wasn’t quite sure what to do with all of these spare business-related links I had lying around, so I might as lump them into one post. Here are some miscellaneous links worth passing along.

Yankees open season with $219M payroll

According to numbers compiled by the Associated Press, the Yankees opened the 2015 regular season with a $219,282,196 payroll, second highest in baseball behind the Dodgers ($272,789,040!). That is the team’s second highest Opening Day payroll in history, behind the $228,106,900 payroll they had at the start of 2013. The Yankees added about $10.5M in payroll during the season from 2010-14 according to the numbers at Cot’s, so while the Yankees are starting the season at $219.3M, recent history suggests they’ll end the year at $230M or so.

Average salary climbs to $4.25M

The average player salary in MLB climbed to $4.25M this season, so says the Associated Press. That is up from $3.95M last year and $3.65M the season before. “MLB’s revenues have grown in recent years, with the increase in national and local broadcast rights fees being a primary contributor. It is expected that player compensation will increase as club revenues increase,” said MLB’s chief legal officer Dan Halem to the Associated Press, stating the obvious.

This is the first time the average player salary has topped $4M. The average salary first broke $1M in 1992, $2M in 2001, and $3M in 2008. Clayton Kershaw is the game’s highest paid player this season at $31M, with Justin Verlander ($28M) and Zack Greinke ($28M) placing second and third. Also, Robert Raiola says the per diem for road days is $100.50 this season, up from $99 last year. That’s a nice little allowance but it’s actually not wildly out of line with what many folks with normal jobs receive during business trips. Either way, yeah, it’s good to be a baseball player.

Manfred hopes to have in-market streaming this year

Two weeks ago we heard MLB will soon announce a deal allowing fans to stream in-market games online. That report was a bit premature — no such deal is imminent — but new commissioner Rob Manfred did confirm to Brian Costa and Matthew Futterman that they are working on an in-market streaming service and hope to have it in place this year. From Costa and Futterman:

WSJ: You’ve discussed how important technology is to reach young fans. When will a 15-year-old in New York be able to watch a Yankees game on his phone?

Manfred: The best way to answer that question is to say the better part of my workday today was consumed by the topic of in-market streaming. It is particularly complicated in the context of a media market that is changing so quickly, but I do believe we will get a solution on in-market streaming in the relatively near future.

WSJ: Sometime this year?

Manfred: I hope so. I’d like to believe there will be games streamed at some point this year.

It’s unclear how such an agreement would work, though I’m guessing Yankees fans would have to subscribe to YES through their cable provider, then pay an additional fee to be able to stream online. YES did have an in-market streaming service a few years back that was totally awesome — if I remember correctly, you needed both a YES subscription and an subscription, and then had to pay an extra $50 — but it was discontinued for whatever reason.

Hopefully MLB gets this in-market streaming thing figured out and soon. It’s 2015. I’m very willing to spend my hard-earned American dollars for the right to watch the Yankees on my phone while standing on a subway platform.

No bids for YANKEE STADIUM letters

And finally, remember the giant old YANKEE STADIUM letters Reggie Jackson put up for auction? Darren Rovell says no one bid on ’em. The only bid placed at least week’s auction was a phony $280,000 bid an auction house employee placed on Jackson’s behalf in an attempt to spur on other bidders. Reggie was hoping to get $300,000 to $600,000 total for the 13 giant letters. Practicality 1, nostalgia 0.

Poll: The 2015 Prospect Watch

"I will be the Prospect Watch." "Okay Aaron."
“I will be the Prospect Watch.” “Okay Aaron.” (Presswire)

One of our long-running features here at RAB is the annual Prospect Watch, where we pick a prospect, then keep track of his progress throughout the season in the sidebar. Some say the Prospect Watch is a curse, I say the Yankees aren’t particularly good at player development. RAB’s pixels don’t influence career paths.

We’ve been running the Prospect Watch so long now that I’m starting to forget who has been featured. I know it all started with Phil Hughes, and last year we had Eric Jagielo, but I can’t remember all the names between those two. Jesus Montero and Mason Williams for sure, and I think Manny Banuelos as well. The Andrew Brackman Watch sounds like it was once a thing too.

Anyway, with the minor league season set to start on Thursday, it’s time to vote on this year’s Prospect Watch prospect. In the past I made an executive decision and picked my favorite prospect, but the last few years I’ve opened it up to a reader poll, and that seems better. It’s worked well so why stop? I do still get to pick the candidates, however. Here are the six players up for this summer’s Prospect Watch, listed alphabetically.

1B Greg Bird (No. 5 on my Top 30 Prospects)
Brian Cashman called Bird “by far the hitter” in the farm system a few weeks ago and the numbers back it up. The 22-year-old Bird followed up his dominant 2013 season (170 wRC+ in Low-A) by hitting .271/.376/.472 (139 wRC+) with 30 doubles, 14 homers, 14.3 BB%, and 22.2 K% in 102 games split between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2014. Then he hit .313/.381/.556 (156 wRC+) with six homers in the Arizona Fall League and was named MVP. Then he hit .353/.421/.706 with three doubles and a homer during Grapefruit League play. All Bird does is hit. He’ll start the season back with Double-A Trenton.

OF Aaron Judge (No. 1)
Judge, 22, was the second of the team’s three first round picks in 2013, but he couldn’t make his pro debut until 2014 due to a quad injury. Judge proceeded to hit .308/.419/.486 (158 wRC+) with 24 homers, 17 doubles, 15.8 BB%, and 23.3 K% in 131 games across two Single-A levels last season. He showed a more advanced hit tool and approach than even the Yankees expected when they drafted him. Like Bird, Judge is ticketed for Double-A Trenton this month.

SS Jorge Mateo (No. 8)
Mateo is the new hotness. The 19-year-old is the fast riser everyone is touting as the next great Yankees prospect. A wrist injury limited him to only 15 rookie ball games last year (119 wRC+) but that isn’t enough to stop the team from sending him to Low-A Charleston this year. Mateo has elite speed, solid contact skills and patience, and surprising pop. He’s not going to hit a ton of homers, but he will steal a boatload of bases and could hit for a sky high average.

C Gary Sanchez (No. 3)
It seems like Sanchez is the black sheep of top Yankees prospects. He’s been around for a while and people are bored of him. And yet, Sanchez is a month younger than Bird, seven months younger than Judge, and he put up a .270/.338/.406 (108 wRC+) batting line with 19 doubles, 13 homers, 9.0 BB%, and 19.1 K% as a full-time catcher in a full season at Double-A last year. The Yankees are sending Sanchez back to Trenton this summer, where he will still be two years young for the level.


RHP Luis Severino (No. 2)
The Yankees have a very position player farm system, so the 21-year-old Severino is only pitcher in this post. He had an absurd 2014 season, pitching to a 2.46 ERA (2.40 FIP) with 27.8 K% and 5.9 BB% in 113.1 innings while jumping from Low-A Charleston to High-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton. Severino had the lowest FIP among the 551 minor league pitchers to throw at least 100 innings last summer. He was that good. The Yankees will have Severino start this season back in Trenton, but don’t expect him to be there long.

2B Rob Refsnyder (No. 13)
Since being the team’s fifth round pick in 2012, Refsnyder’s done nothing but hit. The 24-year-old has put up a .307/.400/.457 (145 wRC+) line with 70 doubles, 20 homers, 12.1 BB%, and 16.1 K% in 267 games at four minor league levels since the start of 2013. His worst performance at an individual level is the .300/.389/.456 (137 wRC+) batting line he put up in 77 games with the RailRiders last year. Refsnyder will go back to Triple-A to start the season but will surely make his MLB debut at some point this year, likely once he learns to play passable defense.

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If you were hoping to vote for someone like LHP Ian Clarkin or 3B Miguel Andujar, sorry. Their time will come. I focused on players capable of putting up big numbers this year because hey, everyone wants to follow a prospect who’s dominating, right? The guys just holding their own are boring. To the poll.

Who should be the 2015 Prospect Watch?