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Behind the Backstop: 2014 Predictions - AL East

David Ortiz and the Red Sox are still on top of the AL East in Tory Hernandez's division predictions.

Behind the Backstop: 13 Factors, Part I

Ubaldo Jimenez's delivery does not fit the mold that scouts typically look for. Tory Hernandez explains.

Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: Pitchers

Velocity goes a long way in the projection of pitchers, but Tory Hernandez paints a more complete picture to explain how a guy like Sonny Gray made a huge move up the draft board by choosing to attend college.

Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: The Tools of Ignorance

Catchers with elite defensive skills and the ability to provide steady offensive production are a rare breed. In his latest Scouting 101 installment, Tory Hernandez explains the difficulty of scouting the position and its importance.

Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: The Five Tools

It's not just speed that makes Peter Bourjos a great defender. Tory Hernandez begins to examine the five tools and explains what to look for when evaluating players.

Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: The Five Tools Continued

In the third installment of his Scouting 101 series, Tory Hernandez discusses the hitting tools and what to look for when evaluating players at the plate.

Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: The Basics - Body & Arm

In the latest installment of Behind the Backstop, Tory Hernandez writes about body types and arms and how to use observations of each in player evaluation.

Behind the Backstop: Inside the Winter Meetings

Ever wonder what it's like to be in Baseball Operations for an MLB team during the Winter Meetings? Tory Hernandez shares his experiences, starting as a job seeker in the lobby, to becoming a front office employee in the general manager's suite.

Behind the Backstop: The Non-Tender Team

In this week's edition of Behind the Backstop, Tory Hernandez ponders the Angels' decision to non-tender Tommy Hanson at a time where the organization needs starting pitching.

Behind the Backstop: Roster Shuffle Review

After an impressive campaign at Double-A, Domingo Santana is inching closer to the big leagues after being added to the Astros' 40-man roster. Tory Hernandez takes a closer look at the players that teams wanted to protect from the Rule 5 draft.

Behind the Backstop: AFL All-Star Team

Did A's top prospect Addison Russell make Tory Hernandez's AFL All-Star team? Now that the season is complete, Tory shares his best at each position.

Behind the Backstop: Burn Notice

Former Arkansas standout Nolan Sanburn is on the move in the Oakland system, but what is his eventual big league role? Tory Hernandez looks at a group of young pitching prospects in this week's edition of Behind the Backstop.

Behind the Backstop: Back On Track

Injuries have derailed former TCU star Matt Purke, but he's now a Nationals farmhand working his way toward the big leagues in the Arizona Fall League.

Behind the Backstop: Kris Crush

Kris Bryant continues to crush opposing pitchers in the Arizona Fall League, but will the Cubs delay his service time? Tory Hernandez takes a closer look.

Behind the Backstop: AFL Scouting Reports

In the second installment of Behind the Backstop, Tory Hernandez provides in depth scouting reports from the Arizona Fall League.

Behind the Backstop: Under the Radar

In his RotoWire debut, Tory Hernandez takes a look at several prospects under the radar currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, including Nationals farmhand Steven Souza.