Phillips isn't talking, but he has plenty to say - Fay, Trent, Sheldon and the rest of the local Reds beat writers are receiving the silent treatment from Brandon Phillips this spring. He did, however, speak with Anthony Castrovince. Apparently BP is hurt by the local media reports of his declining skills. He cites his RBI total and Gold Glove from last year as evidence that he's not on the decline. Because, you know... RBI and Gold Gloves are clear indications of a player's ability.
Billy Hamilton, Usain Bolt, and Whether 90 Feet is Still Enough - Baseball Prospectus with a cool piece on Billy Quix. If more players with Billy's speed make it to the Bigs, the distance between bases might need to change...
Leake, Bailey added velocity - Also from Baseball Prospectus. 5 pitchers in baseball added more than 1 MPH to their fastballs from 2011 to 2013. Mike Leake and Homer Bailey are two of them. Bailey added 1.9 MPH during that span (most in baseball). Leake meanwhile saw his fastball jump 1.4 MPH over that span. Here's how they did it...
Leake has also improved the second gear of his momentum, as he used to slow down just before reaching foot strike but now keeps his pace until the front foot hits the ground. The resulting timing pattern has allowed him to maintain the same rhythm of trunk rotation while reaching foot strike a touch sooner, giving him the opportunity to have both feet planted before firing the upper half. It's also worth noting that momentum and the slope of the mound account for approximately 20 percent of a pitcher's velocity, and Leake is reaping some extra kinetic energy with the bolder burst to the plate.
Once again, improved timing of trunk rotation has played a key role in the velocity jump, as Bailey exhibited a greater delay prior to firing his bullets last season. The difference is subtle, and perhaps easier to see when Bailey is pitching from the stretch... the right-hander begins the entire upper-body sequence a bit earlier during his stride phase compared to 2012, from separating his hands to raising his arms and then triggering rotation. The slight delay of these elements in 2013 has allowed him to use the same timing pattern of momentum and stride to generate even greater torque, resulting in far more flaming graphics on his FOX telecasts.
FanGraphs, Pitch-Framing - You can't have a pitch-framing discussion without mention of old friend Ryan Hanigan.
C. Trent: Soto has something to prove - His MLB career is off to a slow start (0-for-12 at the plate). Neftali Soto wants to prove he can hit at this level.