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Cabrera and Votto: Two Passing Ships?

Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto — they’re both cinch future Hall of Famers, as close approximations as any among current major leaguers to the ideal all-around hitter. They have consistently made hard contact to all fields, hit for average and power, and not conceded many free outs to opposing pitchers. And obviously, they’ve done it without any contribution from their legs;...
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Chris Davis Has Taken Eight Third Strikes Down the Middle

Because no one in the AL wild-card hunt feels much like being assertive, yesterday the Orioles and the Mariners played a game with potential playoff implications. The Mariners held a three-run lead going into the top of the ninth, but then Edwin Diaz came apart. Over the span of seven batters, Diaz walked three guys and hit two more. He benefited from a tremendous catch and from...
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What Statcast Reveals About Contact Management as a Pitcher Skill

While there are certain events (like strikeouts, walks, and home runs) over which a pitcher exerts more or less direct control, it seems pretty clear at this point that there are some pitchers who are better at managing contact than others. It’s also also seems clear that, if a pitcher can’t manage contact at all, he’s unlikely to reach or stay in the big leagues for any length...
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The Indians Have Won Despite Themselves

It’s been a long season, so let me remind you of the start. These days, Sam Dyson is pretty good, and he pitches for the Giants. In April, Sam Dyson was pretty bad, and he was pitching for the Rangers. In the first game of the season, the Rangers led the Indians 5-3 in the seventh. The lead slipped away, and Dyson allowed three runs in the ninth to take the loss. In the third game...
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Tigers Prospect Anthony Castro on Venezuela

Anthony Castro is emerging as one of the top pitching prospects in the Detroit Tigers organization. Two years removed from Tommy John surgery and armed with plus stuff, the 22-year-old right-hander is 9-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts for the Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps. Following his last outing, a coach for the opposing team was highly complimentary of Castro’s cutter, which...
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Cleveland Rotation Distancing Itself from the Pack

For much of the season, the Indians and Cubs appeared to be afflicted by the same sort of World Series hangover. Is it possible that last year’s Game 7 was so intense, crazy, joyous, and heartbreaking that its effects would linger? Most likely not, no, but it makes for a nice, tidy narrative anyway. Some nine months after the epic, decisive game, however, an important part of the...
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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 8/17/17

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The Fascinating Race for the NL MVP

On Monday, I talked a bit about the AL MVP race and how Chris Sale should pretty clearly be the frontrunner at this point. Over in the National League, though, it’s not really possible to write a completely honest piece advocating for just one single candidate, because as of mid-August, there are nearly 10 guys with legitimate cases for the award. The likely leader in the clubhouse...
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Summer Top-100 Prospects

Updated Top-10 Prospect Lists AL East NL East AL Central NL Central AL West NL West Top 100 Below is an updated summer top-100 prospect list. Above are links to the top-10 lists for teams in each of the six divisions. Those include notes on why some of these prospects have moved up or down on their respective org list. For detailed scouting information on individual players...
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Corey Dickerson and the Best Bad-Ball Hitters

While writing about Miguel Sano last week, I connected two thoughts that had laid dormant next to each other for a while. Those thoughts, as follows: It’s easier to lift and drive balls that appear in certain parts of the zone; and How pitchers approach batters in terms of location is part of an endless loop of adjustments that makes judging a batter’s true talent difficult...
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Albert Pujols Grounded Into History

History was made on August 4. Technically, history was made again on August 13, and it was made again last night. It could be made again today, and it could be made further in any and every game hence. This is new history — expanding and developing history. It’s history without any limit. God only knows where the tally will stop. There is ever so much baseball to play. Yet the...
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The Astros’ Unsung Hero

The Astros’ best player this year has been Jose Altuve, and it isn’t particularly close. The second baseman is one of the leading candidates for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award. After Altuve, the best players on the team are probably George Springer and Carlos Correa, though Springer spent some time on the disabled list recently and Correa remains there now...
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Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 8/16/17

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Updated Top-10 Prospect Lists: NL West

Updated Top-10 Prospect Lists AL East NL East AL Central NL Central AL West NL West Below are the updated summer top-10 prospect lists for the orgs in the National League West. I have notes beneath the top 10s explaining why some of these prospects have moved up or down. For detailed scouting information on individual players, check out the player’s profile page which may...
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Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat – 8/16/17

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Lars Anderson Discovers Japan, Part 5

Lars Anderson Discovers Japan Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 In the previous installment of this series, Lars Anderson told us about his friend Gary Malec — the founder of Birdman Bats — visiting him in Japan. It was there that Malec met, and was befriended by, Anderson’s Kochi Fighting Dogs teammate Manny Ramirez. The installment ended with mention of the “Gary...
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Aaron Judge Might Need Another Adjustment

The notion that Aaron Judge would have to eventually make an adjustment this season isn’t all that surprising. What comes with being the largest, most physically intimidating player in the game is also the largest strike zone, the largest area within which pitchers and opposing game-planners can work. And the counter-offensive to Judge’s remarkable first half has perhaps begun...
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Updated Top-10 Prospect Lists: AL West

Updated Top-10 Prospect Lists AL East NL East AL Central NL Central AL West Below are the updated summer top-10 prospect lists for the orgs in the American League West. I have notes beneath the top 10s explaining why some of these prospects have moved up or down. For detailed scouting information on individual players, check out the player’s profile page which may include...
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The Struggles of Three Shortstops

Bogaerts isn’t taking advantage of the Monster the way he could. (Photo: Keith Allison) Last week in this space, we took a look at some shortstops predominantly known for their gloves who’ve taken some real (and not so real) steps forward with the bat. (Zack Cozart was not included; he deserves his own article soon.) This time, let’s flip the script and assess the light offensive...
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Tucker Barnhart on Catching

Tucker Barnhart has quietly emerged as one of the better backstops in baseball. He leads MLB catchers in Defensive Runs Saved (14) and fielding percentage (.999), and he’s thrown out 22 of 50 runners attempting to steal. He’s coming around with the bat, as well. The switch-hitter is slashing a solid .271/.340/.398. Lauded for his leadership, Barnhart is becoming an increasingly...
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Joey Votto Faced a Four-Man Outfield

Joey Votto is doing that thing again. You know, that thing where he doesn’t make outs. That thing where he makes himself the one guy on the Reds worth watching on a regular basis. Under even normal circumstances, Votto is arguably the game’s best hitter. Over the past three weeks or so, Votto’s caught fire. He’s led baseball in average, wRC+, and OBP, surpassing second place...
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Did the Orioles Steal Tim Beckham?

Tim Beckham has been baseball’s best player in August. (Photo: Keith Allison) Tim Beckham to Baltimore for minor leaguer Tobias Myers. After acquiring Lucas Duda to take over at DH, the Rays had filled their infield and didn’t have regular at-bats for Beckham anymore, so they shipped him off to Baltimore for an 18-year-old in short-season ball. Only since that seemingly inconsequential...
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Updated Top-10 Prospects Lists: NL Central

Updated Top-10 Prospect Lists AL East NL East AL Central NL Central Below are the updated summer top-10 prospect lists for the orgs in the National League Central. I have notes beneath the top 10s explaining why some of these prospects have moved up or down. For detailed scouting information on individual players, check out the player’s profile page which may include tool...
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What Do the Reds Have in Luis Castillo?

If you’ve watched the Reds recently, you’ve probably noticed that they can score some runs. They’re among the top five or six in the National League no matter which offensive metric you choose for your sorting, and it’s based around a core that may only lose Zack Cozart next year. For this team, then, the future is dependent on pitching — and finding an ace among the many...
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Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat, 8/15

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