LATEST STORIES FROM FANGRAPHS

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron on Service Time, Inevitably

Episode 544 Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he discusses not Kris Bryant exclusively, but also definitely Kris Bryant at some point. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to […]
Via Fangraphs
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: The Super Wrong Kiley McDaniel

Episode 543 Kiley McDaniel is both (a) the lead prospect writer for FanGraphs and also (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he discusses, almost by accident, most of the top-10 prospects for the 2015 amateur draft. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You […]
Via Fangraphs
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brian Matusz as a Potential Starter

In 2011, Brian Matusz had one of the worst seasons imaginable as a pitcher. At the end of Spring Training, he suffered an intercoastal strain and missed the first three months of the season. In his first start back, he gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings pitched, struck out three and walked none. […]
Via Fangraphs
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Prospects: Seattle Mariners

Evaluating the Prospects: Rangers, Rockies, D’Backs, Twins, Astros, Cubs, Reds, Phillies, Rays, Mets, Padres, Marlins, Nationals, Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Braves, Athletics, Angels, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Tigers, Cardinals, Brewers, Indians & Mariners Top 200 Prospects Content Index Scouting Explained: Introduction, Hitting Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3 Pt 4 Pt 5...
Via Fangraphs
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

If Jonathan Lucroy Never Struck Out Again

Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy has distinguished himself in recent years as one of the major leagues’ best players. Not only, for example, did he rank among the top-ten hitters by WAR last year, but also added the third-most runs by way of catcher framing according to the methodology used by Matthew Carruth at StatCorner — which […]
Via Fangraphs
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Weighing Javier Baez’s Terrible MLB Debut

To say Javier Baez had a rocky start to his big league career would be an understatement. After tearing up the minor leagues to the tune of .274/.331/.541, the 21-year-old rookie hit a putrid .169/.227/.324 in 52 games with the Chicago Cubs last year. His on base percentage was the lowest of any hitter who recorded at […]
Via Fangraphs
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 3/30/15

Live Blog Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat
Via Fangraphs
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Division Preview: NL West

We’re just a week from Opening Day, and while our Positional Power Rankings series is designed to give an overview of each team’s strengths and weaknesses, it’s still helpful to look at each team in the context of their division. So, today, I’m kicking off our divisional previews, and we’ll knock out each division — […]
Via Fangraphs
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Anthony DeSclafani On His Changeup

Thirty-three innings into his major league career, Anthony DeSclafani was traded to the Reds. The Reds braintrust must have seen a few things they liked about his arsenal, and now it looks like he’s got a rotation spot. He’s got a good fastball, a decent breaking ball, and good command, that much most people agree […]
Via Fangraphs
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The MLBPA has a problem

The almost certain, impending demotion of Kris Bryant to the minor leagues for the season’s first couple weeks has brought renewed focus on Major League Baseball’s service time rules. As most readers are by now well aware, by sending Bryant to the minors for the first two weeks of the season, the Cubs will ensure […]
Via Fangraphs
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Perkins & Varvaro, Travis in Toronto, Dozier Ducks, much more

Glen Perkins and Anthony Varvaro have reverse splits – specifically with regard to allowing runners — for distinctly different reasons. The Twins southpaw attributes his to spatial relationships. The Red Sox righty points to a swinging gate. Before we get to their thoughts on the subject, let’s look at the numbers. Last season, left-handed batters […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: Craig Robinson, Live from Mexico City

Episode 542 Craig Robinson is a native of Lincoln, England; resident of Mexico City; author of Flip Flop Fly Ball, a book of infographics on the topic of baseball; and, most importantly, owner-operator of the URL CraigRobinson.com. He’s also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio, recorded at La Bipo, a cantina in the […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: March 23-27, 2015

Each Saturday, the FanGraphs team cobbles together its favorite stories of the week from across the FanGraphs family of blogs.
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Delightful Thing: UNC Junior Trent Thornton’s Delivery

North Carolina’s series at home this weekend against Miami is notable insofar as it features a number of players — UNC right-hander Benton Moss and Miami third baseman David Thompson, among others — a number of players who’ve produced the best (maybe) predictive stats within the ACC. Largely owing to a high walk rate, UNC […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Notable Weekend College Series Based on the Performances

Yesterday, the author published a post claiming to include the top players by (maybe) predictive stats from college baseball’s most competitive conferences. What follows are the three weekend series likely to feature the greatest number of players whose names appeared within that post. KATOH+ and KATOH- are index metrics based on those (maybe) predictive stats […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Last Expo Standing: Poll Results

Yesterday I examined all seven viable candidates who could one day hold the title of the last ex-Expo playing in the Major Leagues. What I found remarkable about this “race” is that there really is not an obvious favorite when it comes to who will outlast the others. With the possible exceptions of Luis Ayala […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Cleveland Prospects by Projected WAR

Yesterday, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Cleveland. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Cleveland’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Cleveland system who are most ready to produce wins at the […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thanks for Nothing: 2014’s Worst Hitting Performances in a Win

My previous investigation of 2014’s best hitting and pitching performances in a loss was motivated by years of wondering what the vibe/conversation/protocol is in a professional locker room after such an extreme, heart-wrenching performance. Contributing an excellent performance in a loss is far from the only for emotional dissonance to work its way into the […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

All The Positional Power Rankings Thus Far

This morning, we wrapped up our look at the guys who play the field in our Positional Power Rankings series; we’ll be tackling the pitching staffs next week. But for those of you interested in playing catchup or going back over the posts, I’ve collected them all in one handy place here; you’ll still always […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Bryce Harper, Ultimate Post-Hype Sleeper

I came across a stat the other day that took me by surprise. Someone on Twitter was defending Starlin Castro, and made the point that he’s already amassed 1,000 hits before his 25th birthday. I thought to myself, “Surely, that can’t be true. Surely, Starlin Castro isn’t already one-third of the way to a milestone […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

On Brady Aiken, the Astros, and Our Lack of Knowledge

Yesterday, 2014’s top overall draft pick Brady Aiken announced that he had undergone Tommy John Surgery, leaving him as a bit of a lottery ticket for this upcoming draft. Aiken, however, made sure to emphasize that he doesn’t regret walking away from the Astros final $5 million offer on the day of the signing deadline. […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Steven Souza: The 26-year-old Rookie

Steven Souza destroyed Triple-A pitching last season. In 96 games with Triple-A Syracuse, the outfielder hit a gaudy .350/.432/.590, and and kicked in 26 steals for good measure. All told, his offensive exploits generated a wRC+ of 180, which was the highest of any player with even 100 plate appearances in Triple-A last year. With that showing, […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Sporer Baseball Chat — 3/27/15

Live Blog Paul Sporer Baseball Chat
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Positional Power Rankings: Designated Hitter

What do we have here? For an explanation of this series, please read this introductory post. As noted in that introduction, the data below is a hybrid projection of the ZIPS and Steamer systems, with playing time determined through depth charts created by our team of authors. The rankings are based on aggregate projected WAR […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nuttiest Pitches: Changeups

Sometimes, in the middle of a larger research project, you run into random things that make you sit up straight. Like this one: in 2011, Chance Ruffin threw a changeup that registered 20 inches of arm-side run and ten inches of drop. Wut? We don’t have video of 2011 — I wish I’d spied this […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss
SITE INFORMATION
Fangraphs
Baseball analysis with a statistical point of view, unique articles, statistics and graphs
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.