- Finding Prospects from Smaller Conferences & Colleges
Mike Schmidt (Ohio)
Dave Winfield (Minnesota)
Paul Molitor (Minnesota)
Ozzie Smith (Cal Poly)
Tony Gwynn (San Diego State)
Andrew Dawson (Florida A&M)
Barry Larkin (Michigan
- 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.
- The Overlooked Seth Smith
approximately 8% of your allotted budget. The AL West has a good number of pitchers for Smith to pick on as LAA, TEX, HOU and OAK all project right-handers as three of their top five starting pitchers
- 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
- Fozzie Bear Hired to Write AL Game Wraps
old, writing their AL counterparts? Has MLB decided to market the junior circuit as their "fun" league? How long can this possibly continue before the eyeballs of Internet readers everywhere rupture
- Doggerel Playoff Recap: AL Wild Card Game
- 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
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- Daily Notes: The Effects of Burch Smith on the Human Brain
, What One Might Learn
A thing a spectator might learn during the course of this game is what sort of claim Burch Smith might have to a starting role in the future. Despite having posted a 30.3% strikeout
- 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)
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Building A Farm: A Summary
New York (NL)
New York (AL)
- 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
- Samba Pitching: Andre Rienzo
on a hot stretch and in the right matchup.
AL Only League Value: Solid. The kind of guy who can fill out a staff, but you might drop if he’s on a cold stretch. Adds some in every category.
- 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
- 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
- Garin Cecchini: Sweet Swing & Stock Rising
counting numbers is ever a welcome addition to your fantasy starting nine (or ten or 14 or whatever!).
AL Only League Value: Strong. Cecchini can fill up the statline though he won't dominate any
- 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
- Miguel Sano Brings the Thunder to Double-A
runs usually works out nicely.
AL Only League Value: Excellent.
Ottoneu Value: Strong.
OBP League Value: Strong. Over the last couple seasons Sano has really transformed into a patient hitter
- DJ Peterson & the Wisdom of First Round First Basemen
- If Marcus Stroman Is A Reliever, Was He Worth Where He Was Drafted?
- Draft Locally, Act Globally
- The Myth of The Golden Generation
- The Long and Winding Road to Anaheim
- 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
- Will Gerrit Cole ever be an Ace?
- 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
- Can Zach Britton Turn the Tide?
Zach Britton was supposed to be the Fourth Horseman. He was supposed to combine with Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, and Chris Tillman to form a stalwart rotation able enough to take down the AL East
- 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
- 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
- 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."
- Introducing the Handsomeboard
struggle to attract a younger generation of enthusiasts.
Among other high-profile acquisitions, Cano to the Mariners instantly made Seattle a force to reckon with in the AL West, though the Angels
- 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 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
- The State of the NotAwards Races
This is Maicer Izturis' award to lose. Unfortunately, he's gone and sprained his ankle and landed on the DL, so his prospects of detracting value from the Blue Jays for the rest of the season
- 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
- 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
- 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
- On the Beauty of Pudge
and Jack Stivetts, is Howard Ehmke: a solid pitcher for some undistinguished AL teams of the twenties, who finished his career with 166 wins and 166 losses. Regard this august profile:
At the other
- 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
- "Freak of Nature": Baseball's Garcia Found to Violate Major Scientific Principles
did," he says matter-of-factly. "Hell, I said straight up I was voting for Al Sharpton way back when. And you can check my ballot." Mr. Garcia's freakish integrity has astounded political experts
- 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
- Babe Ruth Was the Worst Base Stealer of All Time
in 1920, when AL record-keeping became consistent, and ending in 1935, when he retired, the Bambino stole 110 bases and was caught 117 times, for a rate of 48.5%. It's the lowest rate all-time
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 2014 Preview Edition
of this issue. We and our energy problems will make your day." - Ryne Sandberg
NOTES: Years, states Al Cy Young award-winning series trip to Philadelphia and months before the United Nations
- 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
- 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 Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- 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
- New Closer: Will Smith
With the departure of Francisco Rodriguez, the Milwaukee closer role is Will Smith’s to lose. Smith took big steps last season improving his K%, BB%, ERA (or FIP, if that’s more your cup of tea
- 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
- AL Outfield Tiered Rankings Update
Getting close to the bottom of the barrel here. Reimold looks like he could be back some time
- A Review of Lineup Optimization in 2013: AL
optimized to least optimized lineups):
Boston Red Sox
Common rpg: 5.448. Optimized rpg: 5.547. Season difference: -16.038 runs.
Rank: 10th AL, 24th overall
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- 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
- 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.
- Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity
Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. "Will he start or not?" is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question
- 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
- Salty and Grandy's Moves Away from the AL East
, career BABIP = .303) and consciously moved to the NL East for this reason. If so, kudos to him or his agent.
Seth Smith also got shifted on quite a bit, at the tune of a .257 BABIP with shifts on. He
- 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
- 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
- My Favorite Closer Sleepers - AL Edition
these guys as elite sources for holds or handcuffs to unstable closers. Yesterday's post covered the NL, today we move to the AL.
Andrew Miller will start the season as the Yankees closer
- 2015 Relief Pitcher Ball-in-Play Retrospective - AL
of starting pitchers in the AL West. Next, we'll take a similar look at relief pitchers. It's admittedly a little dicey to evaluate relief pitchers in this manner. The sample sizes are much smaller
- A Brief Note about Seth Smith
The Padres didn't need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more
- 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
- Pre-Spring Divisional Outlook: AL West
the way that could render such projections irrelevant. Kicking it off today, the AL West.
We'll start it off with a table that will serve as the backbone of our analysis:
BIP B AVG
- AL Tiered Outfielder Ranks: April 2016
Here we go again! It is time for the monthly update to the AL Outfield tiers. These tiers reflect my rest of season rankings. Just a warning: I am not extremely reactionary in the first month
- 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
- How The Angels Can Compete In A Tight AL West
, but projections aren't supposed to be exciting. It'd be a lot more interesting if the Twins were projected to win the AL Central and then face the Marlins in the World Series. It'd also be proof
- Scheming For Relief: Osuna, Baez and Smith
batters to just one hit, while striking out three and notching two holds.
Carson Smith | Seattle Mariners | 1% (Y!), .2% (E)
Smith is a hard throwing, lanky, right-hander that has more than 40
- 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
- Al Skorupa FanGraphs Draft Chat - 6/6/13
and putting a guy in the best situation to succeed more than trying to max out his defensive abilities.8:13Comment From MikeWell won't be seeing Smith in Brooklyn, Al. 8:15Al Skorupa: Maybe
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- 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
- Seth Smith Would Be Great Fit for Mariners
remaining $105 million on his contract...), the San Diego Padres find themselves with an opportunity to move 2014 right fielder Seth Smith. Kemp's days as an everyday center fielder have long passed
- 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
- The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
Seth Smith is having the best year of his career at the plate. He has slowed down during the second half of the season after a monster first half, but his overall line is still quite good. These days
- Braves Add Speedy Mallex Smith to Their Lineup
In this week's third unexpected outfield prospect callup, the Atlanta Braves summoned speedy outfielder Mallex Smith from Triple-A to replace the injured Ender Inciarte. Smith's been on a tear lately
- Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
Joe Smith, who has long contended with Scott Baker and Jim Johnson for The Most Boring Name in Baseball, reportedly signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Angels over the weekend
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
- 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
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. 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
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first
- Freshmen Report: Osuna, Sano, Smith, Taylor
to imagine Mauer being bumped from the Twins’ lineup despite his growing irrelevance.
Carson Smith, RHP, Mariners: A mostly unheralded prospect and former eighth round draft pick, Smith has found
- The Daily Grind: Josh Smith, Nova, Peralta
GPP Pitching Strategies
Daily DFS - Smith
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Garcia, Nova, Peralta, Holt
1. GPP Pitching Strategies
On most days, I use
- 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
- The Freshmen Report: Lobstein, Sanchez, Smith, Tomas
sprinkling in extra base hits and free passes.
Carson Smith, RHP, Mariners: Current Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has been successful in nine of 10 attempts but his ERA currently sits at 5.65
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 7 Reasons Why the A’s Will Win the AL West in 2015
in the majors yet. These moves were necessary, not only to save money, but because the 2014 team didn’t actually win the AL West. I’m now going to compare this new INF to a team that did win the West
- 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)