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What You Can Reasonably Say About Chris Taylor Right Now

My first memory of Chris Taylor is of him serving as the third part of the illustrious Nick Franklin – Brad Miller – Taylor line in Seattle. He was the third to come up and the third to stumble. There were some who were of a mind that Franklin and Miller would turn into long-term assets for the Mariners, and that Taylor could be the sort of everyday regular who doesn’t make...
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What in the Heck Has Gotten Into Chad Pinder?

Did you know that the A’s lead the American League in home runs? Here’s one of them: Here’s another one of them: Those are two mammoth home runs. More, those are two mammoth home runs hit by the same guy — one Chad Pinder. Pinder is a 25-year-old infielder who’s topped out as Baseball America’s No. 7 Oakland prospect. In Pinder’s best professional season to date, he...
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Craig Kimbrel Is Basically Perfect Again

I’m sorry to have to tell you that you’re never going to hit in the major leagues. As far as how well you’d do if you got the opportunity — it’s fun to think about the lowest possible limits, but random fans never get the chance. It’s an experiment that will never be run, but the closest we can get to an understanding is by examining American League pitchers. Every last...
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Maikel Franco’s Slider Problem

This is Alex Stumpf’s fifth piece as part of his May residency at FanGraphs. Stumpf covers the Pirates and also Duquesne basketball for The Point of Pittsburgh. You can find him on Twitter, as well. Read the work of previous residents here. On the whole, the Phillies’ offense appears to be taking a big step forward in 2017. Entering play Sunday, their combined wRC+ was 14 points...
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The Tigers Have Found Another Slugger

When the Tigers signed Alex Avila over the winter, it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. They paid him $2 million to re-join the organization and serve as the backup catcher to James McCann, and since his dad is the GM of the team, there was an easy narrative for those who wanted to criticize the organization for not doing more to upgrade a team reaching the end of its window to contend...
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Daily Prospect Notes: 5/22

Daily notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here. Bryan Reynolds, OF, San Francisco (Profile)Level: Hi-A   Age: 22   Org Rank: 3   Top 100: HMLine: 5-for-6, 2B, 3B Notes After a hot start, Reynolds cooled off and was hitting a shade under .260 as Sunday’s action began. That’s somewhat concerning for a big-school college...
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Curiosity Might Kill the Home-Run Spike

The Brewers’ Jared Hughes is the type of pitcher who’s endangered. When Hughes was one of the more effective relievers in baseball for the Pirates from 2013 to -15, he relied on one pitch — a sinker — that he threw time after time in the lower part of the strike zone. Over the last year-plus, however, two important trends in the game have conspired against Hughes. For starters...
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Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat

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NERD Game Scores for May 22, 2017

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric forefather Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. How are they calculated? Haphazardly, is how. An explanation of the components...
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Projecting Anthony Alford

In something of a surprise move, the Blue Jays summoned top prospect Anthony Alford to the big leagues on Friday. The move is a surprise not because Alford lacks talent, but because he’s played a mere 33 games above A-ball, all of which came this season with the Jays’ Double-A affiliate. Alford has performed exceptionally well this season, slashing .325/.411/.455. But he was...
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Matt Adams Joins the Braves… For Now

The season opened with a curious experiment that saw the Cardinals playing Matt Adams in left field. Adams is a large human being who, till this year, had been a first baseman — and, well, the whole left-field experiment didn’t go particularly well. Due to Matt Carpenter‘s presence at first, Adams entered the weekend with just 53 plate appearances to his name — plate appearances...
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It’s Time for a Pitcher to Throw 80% Breaking Balls

A few years back, I was sure that throwing too many breaking balls was bad for pitchers’ arm health. I wasn’t alone — there was some decent research backing up that hypothesis. As the methods for examining the question have become more refined, however, and further work has been conducted on the matter, it looks like we’ve found that it’s not so much breaking balls as velocity...
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NERD Game Scores for May 21, 2017

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric forefather Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. How are they calculated? Haphazardly, is how. An explanation of the components...
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Sunday Notes: Cleveland’s Czech, Almora’s Maturity, Norris on Comping, Vladdy Jr., more

Martin Cervenka is looking to join a select group of his countrymen. Currently the lone product of the Czech Republic in professional baseball, the 24-year-old native of Prague is hoping to follow John Stedronsky (1879), Frank Rooney (1914), and Carl Linhart (1952) as the only Czech-born players to see big-league action. Cervenka has been climbing the ladder slowly, but surely. Signed...
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The Best of FanGraphs: May 15-19, 2017

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community Research. MONDAYJake Arrieta Has Not Been Good, by Jeff Sullivan This is indisputable. Will he be good...
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NERD Game Scores for May 20, 2017

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric forefather Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. How are they calculated? Haphazardly, is how. An explanation of the components...
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Effectively Wild Episode 1060: The Other Best-in-Baseball Debate

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan follow up on a few topics from their previous episode, including allowing first career hits, defining jams and, naturally, bat-boning, then banter about the Mets and Kenley Jansen and discuss why we’re seeing fewer fastballs and Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Sale. Audio intro: Robyn Hitchcock, "The Bones in the Ground"Audio outro: Fastball, "Drifting...
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Daniel Murphy Is a Value-Adding Teammate

PITTSBURGH – Daniel Murphy spends much of his offseason in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, where he hits in the batting cages of his alma mater, Jacksonville University. He works out there alongside his brother, who is also an alumnus of the program and who is also a local high-school coach. At the university, with his brother’s high-school team, Murphy will often talk...
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NERD Game Scores for May 19, 2017

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric forefather Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. How are they calculated? Haphazardly, is how. An explanation of the components...
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The Blue Jays Have Reportedly Called Up Anthony Alford

The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly called up 22-year-old outfielder Anthony Alford from Double-A. It’s an aggressive promotion, albeit likely a temporary one. The organization’s No. 2-rated prospect would be filling a void created by Kevin Pillar’s suspension and an injury to Darrell Ceciliani. Regardless of the duration of his stay, Alford has a bright future with Canada’s...
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Job Posting: Seattle Mariners Sports Science/Performance Analytics Intern

Position: Seattle Mariners Performance Analytics Internship Location: Safeco Field, Seattle WA Description: We are seeking an individual with a passion for baseball and statistical analysis. The position will work directly alongside the analytics team with an emphasis on sports science. There will be ample opportunity to impact decision-making. Start and end dates are flexible with...
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Which Team Has MLB’s Best Double-Play Combo?

These days, we’re blessed with a number of amazing young shortstops. Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Corey Seager, for example, are already among baseball’s top players. Manny Machado is a shortstop who just accidentally plays third base. All of them are younger than 25. Second base isn’t as notable for its youth. Last year, however, second basemen recorded one of the...
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Aaron Loup Has a Problem

On Wednesday, Aaron Loup threw this up-and-in fastball. That pitch hit Freddie Freeman in the wrong spot, breaking his wrist in the process, and put the Braves best player on the shelf for the next couple of months. Freeman, for his part, did his best to give Loup the benefit of the doubt. “He was just trying to get me out,” Freeman said. “The best possible way to get me out...
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Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 5/19/17

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The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects

Fringe Five Scoreboards: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013. The Fringe Five is a weekly regular-season exercise, introduced a few years ago by the present author, wherein that same author utilizes regressed stats, scouting reports, and also his own fallible intuition to identify and/or continue monitoring the most compelling fringe prospects in all of baseball. Central to the exercise, of...
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