Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion thread for Saturday, March 18th. Here are some items worthy of your attention.
****MLB spring training scoreboard
****World Baseball Classic scoreboard
****WBC primer and guide from Talking Chop
****At Beyond the Boxscore, Joe Clarkin asks us to be wary of Oakland Athletics sophomore Ryon Healy, pointing out reasons to be suspicious about the sustainability of his 2016 breakout.
****Hunter Dozier and Jorge Bonifacio were among six players the Royals sent to minor league camp yesterday.
****Dave Cameron at Fangraphs is obsessed with the defensive prowess of Adam Eaton and marshals Statcast data to back up his enthusiasm.
****At The Hardball Times, Kyle Sammin looks at the best Irish baseball players of all time. This includes Tony “The Apollo of the Box” Mullane. I always wanted to mention the nickname “The Apollo of the Box” in an article, so there it is.
If you’ve never heard of Mullane, he was a 19th century pitching star who could throw with either hand; he was also a legitimate two-way player who saw time at first base and the outfield.