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Episode 168 – He Must Have Heard The Podcast
The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live!
In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss how nice it is to do nothing, the White Sox helping Matt Harvey turn things around, Jeff Locke’s response to Monday’s podcast, arguing about where players are listed, Jonathan Villar’s relative excellence, Justin Upton being terrible, getting to mention the Braves outfield as a stack option for the first time, completely misunderstanding how to count Adam Duvall’s home run total, and how to deal with a Jose Fernandez vs. Gerrit Cole duel (or don’t).
Hyun-Soo Kim (3% Yahoo, 2.4% ESPN, 8% CBS): Kim’s comic book plate discipline numbers in Korea made him a favorite of mine entering the season. I wrote about him here during the pre-season and in following my own advice, drafted him in multiple leagues. Even when writing about Joey Rickard’s hot start, I couldn’t help but lament that it came at the expense of Kim’s ABs and that my endorsement of Rickard was contingent upon his benching. Well, there’s a lesson to be learned here: just hit .400 long enough and you’ll get your shot.
Kim has now started six straight for the Orioles, batting 2nd in each of the last 4. His walk rate on the year is a shiny 12% and his strikeout rate just marginally higher at 14%. Kim has certainly benefitted from his share of good fortune over the 58 plate appearances he’s amassed so far but that’s hardly the point here. Aside from the sample size, most of those 58 plate appearances came in piecemeal playing time so it’s quite difficult to take anything away from his stat line, especially batted balls.
What we do know is that Kim’s walking like we all knew he could and now appears to be playing as frequently as we all hoped he would. Orioles outfielders rank 12th in the AL in BB% and as a team, Baltimore is striking out 23% of the time. Kim’s discipline makes him a potentially elite source of runs at the top of a lineup that, while ranked 4th in baseball in isolated slugging, is also desperate for baserunners.
Now, Rickard has seemingly turned a corner, walking in 12% of his plate appearances since the start of May so it’s entirely possible that Kim’s regularity in the lineup may prove short-lived. But he certainly appears to have gained Showalter’s favor and is making the most of his opportunity. He’s still available in a ton of leagues so if you’re looking for OF help, particularly in OBP formats, look no further than the former Doosan Bear.
Jarrett Parker (1% Yahoo, 0.4% ESPN, 4% CBS): **Uber-Deep League Alert** Quite honestly, I’m surprised Angel Pagan made it this long before hitting the disabled list. Sure, he’s actually been hurt since the beginning of the month but apparently the Giants, given his long-fabled history of Fabergé fragility, thought Pagan capable of making a quick and miraculous return from a notoriously temperamental injury. Alas, they could wait no more and in his stead summoned Jarrett Parker from AAA.
You may remember Parker of .500 BABIP fame, from his fleeting yet wildly productive 2015 MLB stint. In just over 20 games with the club, Parker hit homers with Bondsian frequency, posted a .408 ISO, and walked in over 9% of his plate appearances. Of course, he also struck out nearly two-fifths of the time but if you, like me, were chasing down power late in the season, Parker was everything we could have asked for and more.
This season in AAA, Parker continues to do this thing: hitting bombs while walking just enough to make his strikeouts palatable. He’s also one year removed from a 20-20 season. That said, it’s improbable Parker will emerge as a stolen base threat in San Francisco and it’s a damn near certainty that his strikeouts will prove problematic. But the power is real and his MiLB line is downright impressive, even by PCL standards. Those searching for power in über-deep leagues should pick him up and wait for the bombs to drop.
In this episode of OttoGraphs, Tom and Justin highlight some prospects who are gaining value this spring, with a specific eye towards ottoneu’s unique prospect landscape. We also give a brief pitch for ottoneu football, the brand new ottoneu format that recently wrapped up a successful first season. If you’re interested, you can find out more about ottoneu football by checking out OttoGraph’s sibling podcast, Gridiron Geeks, also hosted by Tom and Justin.
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It’s hard to believe that we’re now about two months into the season and this has been my first post on xBABIP all year. Well, here it is. While I developed my own xBABIP equation back in early 2015, the availability of new data since my formula was published allowed Alex Chamberlain to create an equation I prefer and use instead. Not only is the r-squared slightly better, but all the metrics are available here on FanGraphs. When I’m looking to buy low, the most attractive targets are hitters whose power is fine, but are simply suffering from an unfortunate BABIP. Below is that list of hitters.
For the first time, I have included all the components of the xBABIP equation so we can get a better sense of which component(s) each hitter is excelling in and where he could improve.
What do you even try to do with something like this?
We continue to count down to the 2016 amateur draft in early June by focusing on 2015 draft picks. Today, we’re looking at three of the top catchers selected last year. And it’s not really that pretty…
Austin Allen | Padres | C
The other two catchers on this list were selected in the first round of the 2015 draft. Allen, though, lasted until the fourth round due to concerns over his ability to stick behind the plate. Those concerns are still there but there are fewer and fewer surrounding his bat. With that said, he’s come back down to earth a bit with the bat after an unreal start to the year in April. He’s hitting just .238 in May but his triple-slash line is still .349/.428/.460 in 36 games. Despite the recent downturn, the BB-K rate of 15-21 is solid and quality left-handed hitting catchers are always in demand. The Padres have some catching depth in the upper minors and at the big league level so Allen will have some time to polish his skills.
Episode 167 – Register Your Cereals
The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live!
In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss Matt’s cereal day, Matt buying Brewers tickets, Memorial Day, the return of The Vedder Cup, Utley U Butt-ley, Matt falling for Nomar Mazara, having to respect Adam Duvall, having to trust Ian Kennedy, Dylan dropping the ball while trying to spontaneously think of a strikeout pitcher, and Matt’s opinions on the White Sox potentially trading for James Shields.
This morning’s Roto Riteup wishes you a happy Memorial Day. Go out there and barbeque (and drink) like a friggin champ.
On the agenda:
1. Fun with arbitrary endpoints: Hitters
2. Fun with arbitrary endpoints: Pitchers
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitcher Options
Sorry I missed you all for most of this weekend, so I’ll make sure to catch you up on the long weekend. There were some mighty stumbles this weekend, but none that should rock the closer grid. Per usual, there were the fair share of saves and only one that so far has made movement in the grid since you last saw it. Let’s talk about the falls first.
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