- 2010 Draft Review: AL Central
Favorite AL Central Draft: Cleveland.
- 2010 Draft Review: AL West
on draft day. For a team that was facing such financial questions in June, spending this much on the draft was a welcome surprise.
Favorite AL West Draft: Texas. Least Favorite: Seattle.
- 2010 Draft Review: AL East
their farm system, and I think it will start paying dividends soon.
Favorite AL East Draft: Boston. Honorable Mention: Toronto. Least Favorite: New York.
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
to see how Monday goes, AL-only players may want to make the proactive move and then dump him if need be rather than risk missing out on one of the most firmly establish pieces of fantasy kryptonite
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
clubs to AL Central titles.
Those moves weren’t nearly enough to save his job, however, as Parker Hageman of Over the Baggy and Star Tribune’s TwinsCentric blog notes. According to Hageman, Smith’s
- Skyrocket Smith
The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- Bryce Brentz: Number One with a Bullet
worth owning when he’s seeing the ball well in leagues with 12 or more teams.
AL Only League Value: Meat and potatoes corner outfield type who can help you with counting stats in a couple categories
- Two Powerful Catching Prospects: Joseph & Lavarnway
option. Low AVG but good HR totals for a catcher.
AL Only League Value: Strong option.
Ottoneu Value: Useful catcher. Very good backup at least.
OBP League Value: Lavarnway gets a boost in OBP
- Spring Pitcher's Duel: Jarred Cosart vs. A.J. Cole
want to avoid Astros pitchers when possible this year. If he ends up Closing for Houston he’d be worth a look.
AL Only League Value: As a starter he has some play as a guy you can throw out
- Alex Meyer Can Help The Twins In A Big Way
his ceiling. Still, Meyer can dominate when going strong or facing bad lineups. There will consistently be a good amount of strikeouts.
AL Only League Value: Strong. Consistent source of strikeouts
- George Springer: Power and Speed Outfielder
lucky on balls in play he could be extremely valuable.
AL Only League Value: Excellent. This kind of power and speed makes for an OF1.
Ottoneu Value: Excellent. Fangraphs Points settings rewards
- Mason Williams: Next Great Yankees Center Fielder?
category if he hits in the right part of the order. OF2.
AL Only League Value: Strong. A weaker OF1 option.
Ottoneu Value: Lack of premium over the fence power hurts him, but well rounded skill set
- Underrated & Overrated Fantasy Hitting Prospects for 2013
- Underrated & Overrated Fantasy Pitching Prospects for 2013
- Quick Hits from Grapefruit League Minor League Camps
- A Trio of Future Closers
- Another Trio of Future Closers
- Adam Morgan Could Help The Phillies Rotation Soon
- Brian Goodwin: Five Tool Center Fielder
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Building A Farm: A Summary
New York (NL)
New York (AL)
- Building a Farm: American League East
Boston comes in with the 3rd best system grade in the AL, but it does have the 4th highest risk rating as well. The top prospects, however
- NCAA Weekend Rundown
, there is no question this is a trend the Angels need to stop. By comparison, in the same five years, the rest of the AL West has failed to sign just three top-five round picks combined.
I bring this up
- Rated Rookies: Late April
to chew on. This list contains four names and all are National Leaguers, and frankly, the NL would offer at least 8 rookies before we'd be forced to consider a player from the AL. So, it's a promise
- The Triple Dunce Cap
- The Playoff Push, Backwards
, a part of baseball -- with neglect, at best, and more often than not with open contempt. I'm here right now to rectify that. Regard, for the first time, to the best of my knowledge, Smith's Universal
- AL Outfield Tiered Rankings
in the AL.
This is the first week of AL OF Tiered Rankings, and they'll be coming out on the first Monday of every month. On the later Mondays of each month we'll be looking at individual AL outfielders
- AL Tiered OF Rankings Update
. Bautista continues to hit have questions surrounding his wrist, but even with a second MRI on the way, I am caustiously (perhaps naively) optimistic. Granderson is tied for second in the AL in home
- The Next Crop of $100 Million Players
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a staff member of MLBTradeRumors.com. This is the second in a series of guests posts he will be writing for FanGraphs, which will appear on Mondays.
It won’t surprise anyone
- AL OF Tiered Rankings Update
As the first Monday in May (and every concurrent month afterwards), I bring you the updated American League outfield tiered rankings. The fluctuations here reflect the past weeks AL OF stock watches
- The Literal French All-Stars
of the Mountain
Gary the Valley, Dave the Rock, Al the Vineyard, Matt the Beautiful Island, Paul the Palm Tree, Lerrin the Large, Rich the Bird
- Today in Off-the-Field Antics: An Awkward Bounce
reminiscent of their arch-rivals in the AL East -- to which manager Buck Showalter retorted, "Check the standings lately? It's working."
- AL OF Tiered Rankings Update
takes a small step forward because he still hasn't cooled off. Over the past month, he has hit .339 and drove in 20, tying him for fifth in RBI's in the AL OF over for June. Eventually, all
- Free Seth Smith
Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- The Damn You Auto Correct All-Stars
Torii "Tirol" Hunter
James "Liner" Loney
Alcides "Al Idea" Escobar
David "Demeans" DeJesus
Ryan "Ludic" Ludwick
Hideki "Marduk" Matsui
Kosuke "Joshua" Fukudome
- Fan Base Leaderboard Update: NL East
Well, it's shaping up to be another mind-numbingly predictable season. Orioles atop the AL East...Rays throwing grapefruits...Reds offense punchless...Pujols disappointing yet again...all-too
- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- The Rap All-Stars
celebrate that history by acknowledging the greatest ballplayers ever to appear in Mr. Carter et al.'s lyrical corpus.
C Johnny Bench
I'm fancy, man, I tickles like the French
Not Johnny but like
- Daily Notes: May 2, 1916
youngsters," idolizes Walter Johnson.
Philadelphia Phillies @ Boston Braves
Matchup: Al "Steamboat" Demaree vs. "Big" Ed Reulbach
Demaree, the "elongated Phillie moundsman," the "Mobile stogie smoker
- The Tigers’ Approach to Rotation Depth
five looks good; Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Phil Coke and Brad Penny promise to keep the Tigers in enough games to make them contenders for the AL Central title. But unlike other
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- The Baseball Scholar's Digest: April 2013 Edition
, but not both. There are two diametrically opposite theories about why this happens. One is complementarity. The other is the proposal made in this article. An experiment, published in 2000 [Y.-H. Kim et al
- These Guys for Cys
in 60 innings of relief this year.
The Cy Acosta Award. Awarded for: Batting accomplishments by an American League pitcher. Named for: Cecilio "Cy" Acosta, who was the first AL pitcher to bat
- The Top 10 Prospects: AL West
Our Top 10 prospects series jumps from the National League to the American League with the AL West today. You can read there NL West here, the NL Central here and the NL East here.
It's been well
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- AL Outfield Tiered Rankings Update
Getting close to the bottom of the barrel here. Reimold looks like he could be back some time
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- Stat Nerd AL All-Star Roster
the White Sox are atop the AL Central and is a pretty easy pick to serve as the starter this year. Dunn's resurgence deserves recognition, as does the pretty fantastic performance being put up in Toronto
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- 2008 Amateur Draft Review: The AL West
West. The AL Central will be up next.
The first three rounds are listed for each team, plus any other above-slot signees.
(X = Signed to Over-Slot Deal; S = Supplemental Round; DNS = Did Not Sign
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- FanGraphs Audio: Bryan Smith on Prospects, Prospect Writing
Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- One Night Only! (Roster Expansion Madness, AL Edish)
This marks the AL version of the post from earlier today, itself an attempt to catalog recently promoted players and inform the reader as to when said players might be seen
- Q&A: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Comeback from Fear
From 2007-2009, Ryan Rowland-Smith was an effective pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Australian-born southpaw appeared in 88 games and logged an ERA below 4.00 for three years running. His move
- 2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1
doesn't have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)
- Video: The Ozzie Smith of Cuba, More or Less
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Burch Smith's Second Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Burch Smith's Second Start
2. Today's MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
to right field. Harper is represented by Scott Boras, and is likely to set a draft record with the contract he signs. (Bryan Smith)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon | RHP | Texas HS
- Daily Notes: Doubling Down on San Diego's Burch Smith
colloquially, and from which expression he's derived little pleasure previously.
Moving On, With Regards to This Game
Starting this game for San Diego is Burch Smith, to which right-hander's
- The Next Step
Smith. Templeton provided insane value to the Cardinals.
In fact, in their first seven seasons, Garry Templeton produced 20.5 WAR. Ozzie Smith, who peaked in Years 7-12 of his career, produced just
- Arbitrary End Points
like Benson, those strikeout numbers will keep the batting average down.
Marquez Smith hit .198/.291/.327 the first two months. He hit .337/.405/.650 after.
Aaron Hicks hit .246
- Daily Notes: Mostly Concerning Burch Smith's Debut Today
debut in this game for San Diego -- is 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith.
Regarding Burch Smith, Who the Hell He Is
In terms of who the hell is Burch Smith, Burch Smith is one of the minor
- Weighing Dee Gordon
Lance Johnson - 7 seasons (2.0, 3.2, 3.9, 5.1, 1.5, 3.4, 6.5)
Luis Polonia - 4 seasons (2.1, 0.6, -2.3, 0.8)
Ozzie Smith - 4 seasons (3.3, 5.4, 2.7)
Tim Raines - 3 seasons (2.8, 3.3, 6.1)
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part One
We're really excited to introduce you to the newest writer to join the FanGraphs team - Bryan Smith. He's covered minor league and college baseball for nearly every site on the planet, and we're
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Seattle
, but I truly believe it was complimentary -- Moore's floor is very high. The pitcher version of this would be Ryan Rowland-Smith, who will have his modest success in Seattle as long as Safeco Field
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Twins
today. Just know that the Twins have a scouting philosophy that is tried and true, and a budget on the rise. After all the recent extensions, the next person Bill Smith should be contacting for a new
- What the Cubs Must Do
, and to ensure some eventual success.
Dear Mr. Ricketts: Fire them all. Start over. Faithfully, Bryan Smith.
- Florida Marlins Farm System Discussion
pick in the 2007 draft was Jameson Smith, who hasn't been able to stay on the field, and when he has, few catchers in the minors have been worse throwing out opposing baserunners (11-for-114 in full
- The As and the AL West
legal in the AL West, and even a fraction of Jack Cust is better than Zombie Eric Chavez. This isn't a good offense by any stretch of the imagination, but it is one that should be better going forward
- Building a Farm: National League West
- Risky and Rosy
Presently, there are both quantitative and anecdotal offerings available, thanks to Sean Smith's TotalZone play by play metric (offered at MinorLeagueSplits), or any
- The Next First Round Third Basemen
2003 - Chris Lubanski (PA), Eric Duncan (NJ)
2001 - Joe Mauer (MN)
2000 - Rocco Baldelli (RI), Corey Smith (NJ), Scott Thorman (Canada), Aaron Herr (PA)
Even there, you can see that New Jersey
- Chicago White Sox Must-Watch Prospects
of the two brave enough to tackle them. Bryan Smith will flank the rankings with a pair of articles on each team: one a micro view at the top prospects (for the fan whose minor league interest is only
- Wait Til Next Year: 2011 Draft Preview - Hitters
; Casey McElroy, SS, San Diego; Taylor Motter, SS, Coastal Carolina; Austin Nola, SS, LSU; Joe Panik, SS/3B, St. John's; Tyler Rahmatulla, 2B, UCLA; K.C. Serna, SS, Oregon; Adam Smith, SS, Texas A&M
- Mike Morse and Seth Smith: Outfield Help on Your Waiver Wire
Smith |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 41.4% Yahoo - 27%
It's tough to land a full time gig when you can't hit lefties, but Smith still plays enough, and hits well enough, to make an impact on your fantasy
- Building the Farm: American League West
- Historical Position Adjustments
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part Two
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part Three
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Final Part
- Riley's Choice
- Changing the Natural Order
- NCAA Monday: Checking in with the Champs
- Lessons from Hollywood
- NCAA Monday: Born on the USA
- FanGraphs Splits 3: Back to the Minors
- NCAA Opening Day: Where the Scouts Will Be
- Comping Castro
- NCAA Weekend Preview: The Enigmatic
- WAR's Favorite Position
- Blanks Canvas
- Say Heyward in May
- Fan Projections: Strasburg
- Moore Analysis
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Houston
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Kansas City
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Pittsburgh
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - White Sox
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Detroit
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cincinnati
- Projecting Chapman
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cubs
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Oakland
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cleveland
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Milwaukee
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Angels
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - St. Louis
- Projecting Chapman Results
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Texas
- From 5 to 25
- Opening Day, v. 2.0
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week One
- Peachy Comparison
- April Draft Report
- Jay Sborz's Career Revival
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Two
- Will Boesch's Production Be Light?
- Good Developments on the KC farm
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Three
- Alternate Reality: Need-Based Mock Draft
- Stanton's Got That Super Swing
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Four
- Castro Called to Cubs
- Gibson's Great Start
- First Round History: Catchers
- The Recent First Round Catchers
- The Next First Round Catchers
- Age Is Relative, Anyway
- First Round History: Shortstops
- The Recent First Round Shortstops
- The Next First Round Shortstops
- NCAA Regional Preview, Part 1
- NCAA Regional Preview, Part 2
- First Round History: Third (And Second) Base
- Drafting the Third Plus Pitch
- MLB Draft: A Recent History of Criticism
- But Yeah, Catcher > Outfielder
- Dreamweaving the Draft
- Wait Til Next Year: Draft '11 Preview - Pitchers
- College World Series Preview: Bracket 1
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Pitchers
- Futures Game Preview: The World Hitters
- Colvin and Boesch Going Forward
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Hitters
- Futures Game Preview: The World Pitchers
- The Best of the Futures Game
- The Guys Besides Smoak
- Why Seattle Chose Smoak Over Montero
- The Guys Besides Yunel
- 2011 Draft Summer College Notes
- Haren's "Haul" (UPDATED)
- Viva Valencia
- Wednesday's Traded Prospects
- The Jorge Cantu Trade: Florida's Perspective
- The Roy Oswalt Trade: Houston's New Prospects
- New Prospects for Nats, Jays, O's
- Adjusting Mental Minor Adjustments
- Slow the Lyles Express Down
- Mike Minor's Up and Down Debut
- The Evolution of Groundball Rates
- Showcase Circuit Hits Wrigley
- 2010 Draft Review: NL Central
- 2010 Draft Review: NL West
- 2010 Draft Review: NL East
- Belt Closer to the Bay
- Prospects Chat – 8/30/10
- Myth and Legend, Meet Cincinnati
- The First Cups of Coffee
- Five More Early Cups of Coffee
- Prospects Chat - 9/9/10
- Nick Franklin's Historic Season
- The Midwest Wasteland
- The Minors in Context: Introduction
- The Dirt on Drabek's Debut
- Prospects Chat - 9/20/10
- The Braves Go to Beachy
- Stauffer's Survival
- White Sox Need Morel at 3B
- Prospects Chat - 9/27/10
- Numbers for the Numbered Starters
- Prospects Chat - 10/5/10
- ALDS Game One Review: Texas
- ALDS Game 3 Preview: Carson Cistulli's Druthers
- ALDS Game Five Review: Texas
- ALCS Game 1 Review: Texas
- Game 4 ALCS Review: Derek Holland
- ALCS Game 5 Chat
- Prospects Chat – 10/25/10
- AFL Thoughts: Mesa at Phoenix
- AFL Thoughts: Phoenix, Surprise Pitchers
- AFL Thoughts: Tuesday BP
- My Bryce Harper Experience
- AFL Notebook: Pitchers
- Prospects Chat - 11/2/10
- Chicago White Sox Farm System Depth
- Houston Astros Must-Follow Prospects
- Houston Astros Farm System Depth
- Detroit Tigers Prospects: Top Tier
- Detroit Tigers Prospects: System Depth
- New York Mets Prospects: Top Tier
- San Diego Padres Farm System
- Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome
- Is the Corner Outfield Profile Changing?
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
- Taijuan Walker's Journey
- The Future of Catchers
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- Building a Farm: National League East
- Rated Rookies: Week One
- Building a Farm: Top Prospects
- Tales of the Lexington Legends
- The Visiting Asheville Tourists
- Driving to See the Greenville Drive
- Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves
- Keeping Up with Billy Hamilton
- Adam Morgan v. Daniel Corcino (2013)
- What Happened to the AL Shortstops?
among the top 5 in the AL in wOBA, with .436 and .428 marks. Alex Rodriguez was right behind at .397, and even Omar Vizquel broke out the hitting shoes that year and produced a .379 wOBA. Royce Clayton
- Great Moments in Forgettable Careers II: Cocklewarming Edition
, 2 BB, 5 K, 0.793 WPA) who was this epic's undisputed hero.
April 6, 1984: Mike Smith Debuts in Style
How forgettable was "Mississippi" Mike Smith? So forgettable that two other right-handed
- The AL Rookie of the Year Favorites
the 12th lowest FIP in the AL at 3.91, six spots ahead of Bergesen. The southpaw also has the second lowest line-drive rate in the AL, four spots head of Porcello.
2. Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas
- Anibal Sanchez Moves to the AL
because of his new surroundings and any chance for regression (good or bad).
What has changed:
League: While I believe the AL and NL are close in overall talent. In the NL, Sanchez would have 2
- The Last Interesting AL Race
five games of the Wild Card. Seven teams vying for four spots tends to create some interesting baseball. Unfortunately for AL fans, the races aren't nearly as compelling.
The AL East and AL Wild
- Shocking New Clues in the Gochnaur Case
by the name of Germany Smith. Germany was a local boy from nearby Pittsburgh, and as he paced his short-lived team with a .315 average and eight doubles, little Johnny Gochnaur was quickly smitten.
- Parity Comes To The AL
starts, but they entered the seasons as the two teams picked to contend for the AL West division title. The Angels have been playing at less than full strength, while the A's are waiting
- Pedroia Tabbed as AL MVP
? Pedroia was 10th in RC/27. He played in a park skewed in his favor. He was 16th in WPA/LI. You want to talk pure value? Pedroia ranks 9th in WPA among AL-only players, 10th if you toss in Mark