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Game Pace and the Mark Buehrle Effect

by Jeff Sullivan - 8/22/2014 - Comments (27)

We’re talking about pace-of-game again, in light of the recent vote to identify the next commissioner. Baseball games are taking longer and longer, with replay and constant shifting only adding to the length, and while certain fans believe it’s no issue because that’s just the beauty of baseball, this is one of those areas where you need to look at the big picture, and most people would prefer that games take less time. Baseball games now have a greater duration with the same amount of action, and that’s not the stuff of anyone’s dreams.

Cutting down on game length isn’t as easy as identifying that baseball should want to cut down on game length. The commercial breaks are always going to be there, because they need to be. Teams aren’t going to be real receptive to ideas that limit bullpen usage and flexibility. Every so often someone brings up the idea of a pitch clock, and maybe that’s the sort of step that needs to be taken. The best target for time reduction are all the seconds that pass between pitches. At least, that’s how people frequently feel. They don’t feel like that so much when Mark Buehrle‘s on the mound.

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How Good Is Aaron Nola Already?

by Nathaniel Stoltz - 8/22/2014 - Comments (4)

When our other prospect writers submit scouting reports, I will provide a short background and industry consensus tool grades.  There are two reasons for this: 1) giving context to account for the writer seeing a bad outing (never threw his changeup, coming back from injury, etc.) and 2) not making him go on about the player’s background or speculate about what may have happened in other outings.

The writer still grades the tools based on what they saw, I’m just letting the reader know what he would’ve seen in many other games from this season, particularly with young players that may be fatigued late in the season. The grades are presented as present/future on the 20-80 scouting scale and very shortly I’ll publish a series going into more depth explaining these grades.   -Kiley

Aaron Nola, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (AA – Reading)

Nola was a standout all three years at LSU before going 7th overall to the Phillies in June.  Nola is an interesting pitcher to evaluate because his size (6’1/185) and slot (low 3/4) both aren’t typical for first rounders, with only a handful of starters in the big leagues throwing from that low of a slot.  Nola flashed three plus pitches (90-94, hitting 96 mph with arm side life), at least above average command and a rubber arm with no injury history to go with numerous big game performances.  Understandably, in the longest season of his life (Nola didn’t throw last summer), the stuff Nathaniel saw isn’t quite as sharp, but Nola still has a chance to be in the Phillies’ rotation in 2015 with #2/3 starter upside if he can successfully neutralize left-handed hitters. 

Fastball: 60/60, Curveball: 55/60, Changeup: 55/60, Command: 50/55    -Kiley

The seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft has already reached Double-A and has acquitted himself reasonably well there. I took in his third start at the level this past Monday in Bowie, attempting to get a feel for how much of his quick ascent stems from sheer overwhelming talent and how much should be attributed to polish.

Fastball: 50/55+

Nola worked at 89-93 mph in this outing. Given that he threw 116 innings with LSU this year and an additional 40 in pro ball so far, it’s fair to wonder if he’s a little fatigued; pre-draft reports typically had him a tick higher (mostly 90-94 and touching occasionally up to 95+). There’s some deception in his delivery that helps him sneak the pitch by batters, and he can throw it to all four quadrants of the zone. While he comes from a fairly low 3/4 arm slot, he didn’t show too much action on the pitch–it occasionally had a touch of running life at 89-90, but the pitch was mostly straight otherwise. He added and subtracted from the pitch, sometimes following an 89 with a 93, but held his velocity through the outing. Without big movement or projection, it’s not going to be an out-and-out plus offering in the future, but if it picks back up a tick after an offseason of rest, it’ll be an above-average pitch that should work well if he spots it.

Curveball: 55/60

Nola’s breaking ball is his money pitch, a 76-79 mph sweeper with big tilt. Because of his low arm slot and extended release point, the pitch starts behind right-handed hitters’ backs, only to cross through the zone late. He gets a lot of called strikes with it because righty batters just can’t get the bat off their shoulders at the late juncture that they realize it’s going to find the zone. It’s a bit loose and could use some tightening into more of a true slider, but should be a clear plus offering in the future that enables Nola to finish off righthanded bats. He lacks confidence in it to lefties and needs to find a way to at least show it to them to keep them more off balance.

Changeup: 40/50+

Nola’s change often earned credit for being an average or better offering in college, but that sort of quality was nowhere to be found in this outing. Easily Nola’s weakest pitch, it appeared playable but hardly interesting, arriving at 80-84 mph–a credible 9 mph of speed separation–and showing a bit of fade and sink at times. Neither the pitch’s movement nor his arm speed on it is consistent, and he didn’t show it to righthanded batters in the outing. Without the context of its former performance, I would’ve gone 45+ on the future grade, but with that knowledge, I’ll split the difference between that and the future 60 that Kiley (and many predraft reports) have pegged for its future. There are a wide variety of potential outcomes for the pitch.

Command: 45/55

As one might expect from a pitcher who made it to Double-A after just seven pro appearances, Nola has a good idea of what he’s doing on the mound and can spot his pitches well. While his mechanics are unconventional, they are relatively simple and he’s coordinated enough to repeat his motion. He didn’t command his off-speed pitches particularly well in the outing–they tended to either be get-me-over offerings or chase pitches far out of the zone–and he’ll need to get more precise in that area as he advances, but there’s no reason he can’t have solid-average command in the future. As noted above, the fact that he works just fastball-slider to righties and fastball-change to lefties is a bit of a concern–Nola may not have the raw stuff to find big success with such a predictable and narrow approach, especially when it comes to combating opposite-side hitters with his low arm slot and below-average changeup.

Summary

With an average fastball, above-average slider, and sound control, Aaron Nola could probably play a Todd Redmond role in a major league bullpen right now. That’s obviously quite impressive for a man who wasn’t a professional three months ago, but he’s obviously going to have to improve and surpass the Redmonds of the world if he is to make the Phillies look smart for picking him so high. There are plenty of reasons to like him–showing an above-average pitch, a second average pitch, and a third fringe-average pitch in his fatigued state is quite impressive–but there are also reasons to be skeptical that he’ll justify his selection, and they center on his lack of overwhelming attributes and his fairly weak profile against left-handed hitters (for what it’s worth, in a small professional sample, they’re hitting .286/.338/.443 off him, so it’s not as if his stuff is playing better against them than you’d expect from the raw descriptions).

Even with the assumption that Nola gets a tick back on his fastball next year and settles in at 90-94, it’s hard to see him having more than a #3 starter’s ceiling. If he settles in at a #3/#4 level quickly, that won’t be the flashiest of payoffs, but it’ll also be hard to really take issue with his selection–it’s not as if Mike Leake is thought of as a massive draft bust, after all. There’s a solid chance he could get to that level of performance, but the line between it and interchangeable back-of-the-rotation, Kyle Kendrick sort of output is fairly thin, and he’s not guaranteed to end up on the right side of it. While that might sound like a criticism, there aren’t exactly many players three months removed from amateur ball who are already clearly set up to be MLB-average regulars or starting pitchers, so it shouldn’t be taken as cause for alarm. Exactly how far Nola can get his changeup to come will be a big part of determining where he falls, as well as how he’ll learn to sequence his pitches and locations to keep hitters off balance.



FG on Fox: Who's Been Helped and Hurt the Most by Pitch-Framing?

by Jeff Sullivan - 8/22/2014 - Comments (20)

Let’s watch some baseball! Rewind to Thursday night, in Boston, where the Angels were playing the Red Sox. The story of most of the night was Matt Shoemaker, but for our specific purposes, the story didn’t really involve Shoemaker at all.

We’ll pick things up in the top of the sixth. Ahead in the count 2-and-1, Albert Pujols took a high slider, but it got called a strike, much to Pujols’ displeasure. The pitch was received by Christian Vazquez, who seems to be an elite-level pitch-framer.

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Nicholas Minnix Baseball Chat – 8/22/14

by Nicholas Minnix - 8/22/2014 - Comments (0)

11:38
Nicholas Minnix: Hello, folks, and welcome. I’ll be with you at the top of the hour!

12:00
Comment From Matt
Do you think Maikel Franco has turned it around over the past month? Still someone to be excited about?

12:00
Nicholas Minnix: He’s kind of slowly turned it around, period, I’d say. Yes, still.

12:00
Comment From AL Pitching Coach
Hi Nicholas. Hope you had a great week! In an AL-only league, any worries starting Gausman @ Cubs, Smyly @ Jays and Gray vs. Angels today? Thanks!!!

12:03
Nicholas Minnix: Thanks, you too! Generally speaking, I wouldn’t worry. Having said that, Smyly and Gray face two of the top MLB offenses. Having said THAT, if those teams are susceptible to one arm more than another, then it’s the type they face today. This is more of a “where are you in the standings?” question. In general, esp. in AL league, I’d throw the guys I’ve been riding all year, as you likely have with them.

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Red Sox Sign Rusney Castillo

by Dave Cameron - 8/22/2014 - Comments (118)

After getting outbid for Jose Abreu, the Red Sox apparently weren’t going to let that happen when they had another shot at a young Cuban defector, and today, they’ve agreed to sign outfielder Rusney Castillo for a reported $72 million over six years. This beats Abreu’s total by $4 million, and is almost double the contract that Yasiel Puig got a couple of years ago. There’s little question that the massive success of those two players has forced teams to reevaluate their assessments, and as I pointed out on Wednesday, the international free agent market has been significantly underpriced of late.

Of course, the success of Abreu and Puig doesn’t mean that Castillo’s going to be a monster. Here’s what Ben Badler reports that scouts have told him about Castillo’s potential:

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NERD Game Scores for Friday, August 22, 2014

by Carson Cistulli - 8/22/2014 - Comments (1)

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet 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. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee | 20:10 ET
Jeff Locke (91.2 IP, 96 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR) faces Yovani Gallardo (154.2 IP, 96 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR). Owing to Pittsburgh’s recent series of losses, the identity of the NL Central champion this season appears to be a matter for Milwaukee and St. Louis to settle between themselves: indeed, as of Friday, there’s a ca. 95% chance that one of the latter two clubs will win the division. The Pirates’ postseason odds remain something better than immaterial, however — which is more than one can say of the author’s dignity, who just minutes ago exited the front door of his apartment holding a dog that was in the act of evacuating its bowels.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Milwaukee Radio.

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The Angels Bleak Search for Pitching

by Paul Swydan - 8/22/2014 - Comments (30)

In less than a month, the Angels have been dealt some two deadly blows to their starting rotation. Neither Tyler Skaggs not Garrett Richards will be pitching any time in the foreseeable future. Jeff detailed the devastating blow that their losses may have on their World Series chances yesterday. Today, I thought we could take a look at the potential pitchers that the team could acquire for the stretch run.

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Where the Orioles are Beating the Projections

by Jeff Sullivan - 8/21/2014 - Comments (120)

Seems to me the most fun you can have as a sports fan is when your team exceeds expectations. It’s fun when a known good team plays like a good team, too, but then you don’t get the same kind of magic of surprise. You’re already planning ahead for the playoffs, and you’re more likely to be disappointed by anything short of a title. It’s always the best to pull for someone people didn’t see coming, and a team most people didn’t see coming this year was the Orioles. Orioles fans, then, ought to be enjoying this, yet it seems an awful lot of them are spending their time ripping on FanGraphs. See, FanGraphs projected the Orioles for last place. Ergo, we’re maroons! Fans apparently don’t love it when you ascribe surprising success to random variation. I guess that shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

So let’s consider what we have here. The Orioles are in the running to finish with baseball’s best record. They were projected to be something like a .500 team on true talent. Obviously, then, they’re exceeding the preseason projections. The roster hasn’t really changed all that much. So where are the Orioles beating the forecasts? We already know they’re doing better than they were expected to do. Why is that, in 2014?

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Jonathan Lucroy, Catcher Framing, and the NL MVP

by Dave Cameron - 8/21/2014 - Comments (143)

Three years ago, the BBWAA opened their doors to FanGraphs; currently, four of our writers are members, including David Laurila, Eno Sarris, Carson Cistulli, and myself. Having that access has allowed David and Eno to do really interesting work in combining data with comments from the players, including Eno’s piece on Jacob deGrom from this morning, but being in the BBWAA also comes with other privileges, including voting on postseason awards. For the first time this year, I’ve been selected to represent the Atlanta chapter in the NL voting, and I’ll be casting a ballot for both Manager of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

As part of the conditions of being invited to participate, this means that I won’t be able to talk about who I’m planning on voting for until after the ballot is announced in November. However, I can talk about the questions I’m going to have to answer for myself when deciding how to vote, and no player is going to force me to come to a decision on what I feel is an unanswered question more so than Jonathan Lucroy.

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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat -- 8/21/14

by Eno Sarris - 8/21/2014 - Comments (2)

11:45
Eno Sarris: Be here now. Also, I’ll be here soon.
11:45
manofonetitle:
12:00
Comment From Billy Beane
Is something wrong with Sonny Gray?
12:01
Eno Sarris: Nah. Wasn’t a mid-twos ERA guy. The change has graduated to okay but isn’t great.
12:01
Comment From American League Hustle
Assuming he can remain a full-time regular, prediction on Mookie Betts, both ROS and 2015?
12:01
Eno Sarris: I think he’s probably a .275/7/20 true talent guy right now, but next year I think if he can get out of the bottom of the order, .280+/10/30 is possible.

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NERD Game Scores for Thursday, August 21, 2014

by Carson Cistulli - 8/21/2014 - Comments (7)

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet 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. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here.

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Most Highly Rated Game
San Francisco at Chicago NL | 20:05 ET*
Madison Bumgarner (169.0 IP, 81 xFIP-, 3.0 WAR) faces Travis Wood (144.1 IP, 123 xFIP-, 1.2 WAR). Today’s games don’t scale the heights of intrigue like some recent contests have. In this case, however, one finds a Giants club that is among the closest of all major-league clubs to possessing exactly 50% odds of qualifying for the divisional series. As for the Chicagos, their virtues at the moment are less conspicuous. That said, very powerful infield prospect Javier Baez is likely to recorded four or five plate appearances, which means four or five opportunities for him to demonstrate his strong strength.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Basically Any of Them.

*The author, an idiot, originally assigned Detroit left-hander David Price to his former team, thus creating a matchup of Tampa Bay at Tampa Bay. The corrected version reveals that the Tigers and Rays’ game is actually today’s most highly rated.

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Why Jacob deGrom is Better Than We Thought

by Eno Sarris - 8/21/2014 - Comments (31)

During his minor league career, Jacob deGrom had a 3.62 ERA and struck out batters at about a league-average rate. Those are OK numbers, but without the context of his actual stuff, it’s not surprising he’d never been featured on Baseball America’s top 100 prospect list — or that he’d rated no higher on the New York Mets’ prospect list than Marc Hulet’s No. 7 ranking coming into this season.

Now that the pitcher with the hair and the command and the fastball and the changeup is dominating the major leagues, it’s fair to ask: How did we miss this?

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The Devastation of Losing Garrett Richards

by Jeff Sullivan - 8/21/2014 - Comments (77)

It doesn’t take a statistical expert to recognize that Garrett Richards has been an outstanding starting pitcher this season. He’s been great by the numbers that everyone knows, and he’s been great by the numbers that fewer people know, and when all the indicators agree, there’s no doubting the conclusion. Garrett Richards has been awesome. And it doesn’t take a medical expert to recognize that Garrett Richards’ 2014 season is in jeopardy after the events of Wednesday night. Here’s a video that you can elect to not watch:

As I write this, there isn’t a timetable. Maybe Richards is going to turn out to be one of the lucky ones. But there’s a little over a month remaining in the regular season, and then there’s October, and it sure seems to me like Richards isn’t going to pitch again any time soon. Right now we can’t even be sure about April 2015. Recently, the Angels have started to get talked up as potentially the best team in the major leagues, given that they’ve passed by the A’s. There was a strong argument for that being the case. It’s almost certainly not the case without Garrett Richards.

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Has Mike Trout Gotten Slower?

by Jeff Sullivan - 8/20/2014 - Comments (79)

Let’s talk about the narrative. Are we over the use of the word “narrative”? Let’s talk about the narrative. We can worry about our term usage later. Mike Trout remains, to this day, an amazing baseball player. But he seems to be something of a changing baseball player. And the theory that I’ve heard seems to be that Trout has focused on trying to develop his power, and he’s lost some of his athleticism. Basically, he’s gotten bigger, and we can see some supporting evidence. He’s dramatically increased his rate of fly balls, and he’s pulling the ball more than ever. He isn’t stealing very many bases anymore, and his baserunning value is down, and his defensive value is way down. That last bit troubles some people. In Trout’s first full season, batting runs were responsible for 52% of his runs above replacement. This year, that’s shot up to 77%. The numbers indicate that Trout is morphing into someone who’s bat-first, and this seems early for a guy who just turned 23 a couple weeks ago.

But what’s really happened to Trout’s foot speed? To what extent can we blame reduced baserunning and allegedly worse defense on just no longer running as fast? We have a lot of information here, but when it comes to speed, the information serves as a set of proxies. Best to go into the games themselves and try to figure out how quickly Trout still moves around.

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The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects

by Carson Cistulli - 8/20/2014 - Comments (4)

The Fringe Five is a weekly regular-season exercise, introduced last April by the present author, wherein that same ridiculous author utilizes regressed stats, scouting reports, and also his own heart to identify and/or continue monitoring the most compelling fringe prospects in all of baseball.

Central to the exercise, of course, is a definition of the word fringe, a term which possesses different connotations for different sorts of readers. For the purposes of the column this year, a fringe prospect (and therefore one eligible for inclusion in the Five) is any rookie-eligible player at High-A or above both (a) absent from all of three notable preseason top-100 prospect lists* and also (b) not currently playing in the majors. Players appearing on the midseason prospect lists produced by those same notable sources or, otherwise, selected in the first round of the current season’s amateur draft will also be excluded from eligibility.

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Corey Kluber as a Cy Young Candidate

by Jeff Sullivan - 8/20/2014 - Comments (42)

A little over a week ago, we discussed Felix Hernandez as a candidate for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award. We can make this pretty simple: if you have a pitcher who might indeed qualify as the league’s MVP, that guy’s going to be your Cy Young frontrunner, because the MVP voting includes everybody and the Cy Young voting includes only pitchers. Absolutely, if the voting were to take place right now, Felix would claim the Cy Young, because he’s having one of the better seasons in a hell of a long time. He just concluded an impressive consecutive-starts streak that set a new baseball record.

But the season isn’t over yet, and because the season isn’t over yet, Felix doesn’t have the award locked up. Plenty can happen in the weeks ahead, and Corey Kluber has been making a charge that’s drawn him more and more attention. Over Kluber’s last five starts, stretching back to July 24, he’s allowed a total of three runs, without a single dinger. In three of those starts he’s struck out ten batters. Kluber’s the Cy Young frontrunner in a league in which Felix isn’t the Cy Young frontrunner, so it seems worthwhile to spend a little time talking about Kluber’s award case and his chances. As impossible as it seems, Kluber could emerge looking like the best starter in the league.

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Neil Weinberg FanGraphs Q&A - 8/20/14

by NWein44 - 8/20/2014 - Comments (2)

1:38
Neil Weinberg: Hey everyone, I’ll be here at 3pm to talk about our advanced stats, our features, our site, and anything else about baseball you’re interested in discussing. Fantasy and prospect questions are fine, but you’re better off asking people who know about those things.

I’m the Site Educator here, so if you’re looking to learn about stuff, that’s what this is for. I imagine we’ll have some fun Alex Gordon-Jeff Passan-Dave Cameron defensive metrics-y stuff to discuss. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you have thirty minutes to solve the puzzle!

Also, I’m @NeilWeinberg44 on Twitter, so follow me there and contact me that way if you have questions during the week.

3:01
Neil Weinberg: Hey! Let’s chat.

3:01
Neil Weinberg: I’ll be here until at least 4, but as usual, more questions = more chat! Math already, oh brother

3:03
Comment From dbet
When I search for team stats and sort by the “Off” category for runs, there are a significantly more negatives than positives. Why does it work out this way on a number based around average?

3:04
Neil Weinberg: One thing is pitchers, who are terrible. But mostly, -20, -20, and 40 average out to 0 even if there are more negatives

3:04
Comment From august
Hey Neil! It’s me, August Fagerstrom, FanGraphs author! What counts as a “defensive game” in UZR/150? I assumed nine innings but, in doing my own calculators, it appears to be slightly off. Any clue how UZR/150 is calculated?

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The Marlins' Young Outfield One of Baseball's Best

by drewfairservice - 8/20/2014 - Comments (19)

The National League Wild Card race is hardly a race at all. It feels as though the teams vying for the playoffs’ back door don’t actually want to claim the prize, struggling as the contenders have in recent months.

There is another team on the outside of that cohort or recent playoff squads, something of a darkhorse that sits just 2.5 games out of the Wild Card slots. A team that lost 100 games last year, the Miami Marlins. They sat in first place in the NL East as recently as June 8th, only to slip well below .500 in July. They’re a puzzle, an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a blood orange.

Are the Marlins good? Are they a legit Wild Card contender? Maybe not. One thing that isn’t up for debate is the strongest part of this Marlins team – their outfield is one of the best in baseball and could stay that way for a long while.

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The Year in the Eephus

by August Fagerstrom - 8/20/2014 - Comments (12)

On Monday, our very own Jeff Sullivan wrote about the return of the Koji Uehara curveball. You see, Uehara doesn’t really throw a curveball. He only threw three last season. He’s thrown two this season. This fascinated me. Pitchers have set repertoires and, for the most part, they typically don’t deviate from them. What I wanted to do was put together a list of some of baseball’s most rare pitches. I set to the leaderboards to find starting pitchers with an unusually low percentage of curveballs, sliders, splitters or changeups, but the results didn’t really please me. Turns out not many guys are like Uehara, throwing a certain pitch just a couple of times. Either they’ve thrown a pitch 25-30 times already this season or they don’t throw it at all.

That is, unless we’re talking about the eephus.

What follows, mostly, are not pure “eephi” in the true sense of the word, as there haven’t been too many true eephus pitches since perhaps El Duque’s in the early 2000′s. But when we think eephus, we think really slow, high-arcing pitches. What I’ve done, thanks to the help of BaseballSavant, is identify all curveballs throw less than 60mph this season. “Slow curves” are generally those under 70. When the speed starts with a 5, that’s when you’re really getting unique.

This season, there have been 31 curveballs thrown less than 60mph, but there’s some caveats here. Not all eephi are made the same. For example, the pitch thrown by Hector Santiago listed at 46mph is clearly some sort of PITCHf/x glitch, as it was actually a 93mph fastball that got smoked to right field. Down to 30.

Then there’s pitches like this:

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FG on Fox: The Potential Rusney Castillo Bargain

by Dave Cameron - 8/20/2014 - Comments (4)

Unless you’re a dedicated baseball fan or follow Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, you may not know the name Rusney Castillo. That is probably going to change soon, as he is expected to sign a free-agent contract in the not-too-distant future, becoming the latest international import to incite a bidding war among MLB teams. If rumors are to be believed, his contract might even end up north of $50 million. And recent history suggests that even that might be a bargain.

The sport seems to be pretty far removed from the days of Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa. Certainly, there was a time when major-league teams — okay, most often the Yankees — threw significant money to bring over international players who turned out to be duds. But lately, there have been few better ways to spend money than on the international free agent market. Especially if you’ve been buying a hitter from Cuba.

Since the start of the 2010 season, seven hitters have defected from Cuba, signed major-league contracts worth at least $10 million in guaranteed money and played in the majors this season. Here are those seven players:

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WAR: Batters
Mike Trout5.7
Alex Gordon5.6
Giancarlo Stanton5.5
Troy Tulowitzki5.1
Robinson Cano5.1
WAR: Pitchers
Felix Hernandez6.2
Corey Kluber5.5
Clayton Kershaw5.5
Jon Lester5.2
Phil Hughes4.9
WPA: Batters
Mike Trout5.75
Giancarlo Stanton5.52
Andrew McCutchen4.27
Neil Walker3.84
Hunter Pence3.51
WPA: SP
Felix Hernandez3.74
Clayton Kershaw3.74
Hisashi Iwakuma3.58
Max Scherzer3.38
Adam Wainwright3.35
WPA: RP
Huston Street3.93
Dellin Betances3.70
Jake McGee3.68
Wade Davis3.28
Jonathan Papelbon3.26
Fastball (mph): SP
Yordano Ventura96.9
Carlos Martinez96.5
Garrett Richards96.3
Nathan Eovaldi95.7
Wily Peralta95.7