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Don Olsen
Don Olsen
About Don Olsen

Former MiLB pitcher, Wall Street Vagabond, Writer Bullpen Banter and Orioles Nation. You can follow Don on twitter at @Olsen_Don

Profiling Cubs Signing Jen-Ho Tseng

Profiling Cubs Signing Jen-Ho Tseng
Two weeks ago, the Cubs signed Jen-Ho Tseng from Taiwan. Tseng was rated highly by many outlets, and the Cubs gave him a bonus $1.625 million. With that added to the cost of their other signings, the Cubs are likely to face stiff penalties for next season under MLB’s new international signing rules; with that
Articles,Scouting

Bullpen Banter Trade Deadline Roundtable

Bullpen Banter Trade Deadline Roundtable
With the passing on the non-waiver trade deadline yesterday, we’ve got a number of deals to look at and break down. Our intrepid staff sat down and talked about some of the more notable deals for one of our world-famous* round table discussions. *Note: May not actually be world famous. On a side note: has
Articles,Roundtable

The First Choice: Who’s Your Pick?

The First Choice: Who’s Your Pick?
There is still significant discussion over who is the preferred selection for the first overall pick in the upcoming draft by the Houston Astros. The Astros will be a wild card up until the last second, and will likely pick between Jonathan Gray, Mark Appel, Kris Bryant, Colin Moran, and Austin Meadows in the top
Articles,Features,Home,Prospect Video,Round Table,Scouting

Hitter Notes From the National High School Invitational

I covered days two and three of the National High School Invitational, which pits some of the best high school teams across the country at Cary North Carolina Team USA facility. In terms of the spring high school scene, this is turning into a one of the bigger events that you can catch a handful of talent. Stephen Gonsalves
Articles,Scouting

2013 MLB Draft Notes, Pitchers from the National High School Invitational

2013 MLB Draft Notes, Pitchers from the National High School Invitational
I covered days two and three of the National High School Invitational, which hosts some of the best high school teams across the country at Cary North Carolina Team USA facility. In terms of the spring high school scene, this is turning into a one of the bigger events where you can catch a handful of talent. Stephen Gonsalves
Articles,Home,Scouting

2013 Season Predictions: National League Edition

2013 Season Predictions: National League Edition
Over the last week, the staff of Bullpen Banter have gone back and forth discussing their projections and predictions for the coming season. Below are the results of that conversation, and are the thoughts of each of the writers involved. Who will win the National League MVP? JD Sussman: Bryce Harper. Harper will be the epicenter
2013 Season Predictions,Articles

2013 Season Predictions: American League Edition

2013 Season Predictions: American League Edition
Over the last week, the staff of Bullpen Banter have gone back and forth discussing their projections and predictions for the coming season. Below are the results of that conversation, and are the thoughts of each of the writers involved. Who will win the American League MVP? JD Sussman: Jose Bautista. Voters prefer players on winning
2013 Season Predictions,Articles

Dylan Bundy #2 – 2013 Top 100

Dylan Bundy #2 – 2013 Top 100
#2 Dylan Bundy (Starting Pitcher) Baltimore Orioles Age G GS IP K/9 BB/9 GB% ERA FIP WAR 19 2 0 1.2 0.00 5.40 20.0 % 0.00 4.89 0.0 Date of Birth: November 15, 1992(age 20) Origin: 1st Round Pick(#4 overall) in 2011 out of Owasso HS(OK) Height: 6’1″ Weight: 195 Jeff Reese:  For the second consecutive season, I have decided
2013 Top 100 Prospects