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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 […]
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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 […]
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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.
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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. […]
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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, […]
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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat — 3/27/15

Live Blog Paul Sporer Baseball Chat
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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 […]
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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 […]
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2015 Positional Power Rankings: Center Field

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 […]
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The Top College Players by (Maybe) Predictive Stats

What follows does not constitute the most rigorous of statistical analyses. Rather, it’s designed to serve as a nearly responsible shorthand for people who, like the author, have considerably more enthusiasm for than actual knowledge of the collegiate game — a shorthand means, that is, towards detecting which players have produced the most excellent performances […]
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The last Expo standing

The Washington Nationals — who once earned exactly 59 wins in consecutive seasons (2008-09) and who are presently one of baseball’s most-feared, most-bankrolled teams — are entering their eleventh season playing their home games in America’s capital. That means it’s been more than a decade since the Montreal Expos played their final season in Canada, […]
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JABO: In Defense of Brandon Phillips

“If you don’t get on base, then you suck. That’s basically what they’re saying.” So said Brandon Phillips to USA Today Sports on Tuesday, in a vehement defense of the way that he plays baseball. And to be sure, there are plenty of people who have said this (more or less). I cut my sabermetric […]
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2015 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field

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 […]
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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 3/26/15

Live Blog Eno Sarris Baseball Chat
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Evaluating the Prospects: Cleveland Indians

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 Top 200 Prospects Content Index Scouting Explained: Introduction, Hitting Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3 Pt 4 Pt 5 Pt 6 Amateur Coverage...
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Interactively Graphing Forbes’ Team Values

Yesterday, Forbes released its franchise values for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Briefly, the team values are estimates of the price that the franchise is likely to sell if the team’s management group began fielding offers. There are always debates about the accuracy of revenue and valuation figures, and I would recommend reading one […]
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Who Might Adam Warren Be?

It looks like Adam Warren has a spot in the Yankees rotation going into the season. And, according to our depth charts, he has a chance to hold that spot until at least Ivan Nova‘s mid-season return. Given the health histories of some of the veterans ahead of him, that means he could start all […]
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2015 Positional Power Rankings: Left Field

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 […]
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