- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
of Smith's progress as a young lefty.
To address the Kansas City side first: the front office is still at work, but for now, the outfield looks like Aoki, Alex Gordon, and Lorenzo Cain. What Aoki
- 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
- 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
- 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
- The Old Curmudgeons Are Right: Baseball Nicknames Useta Be Way Better
-- but this relative paucity only highlights their general absence. Many of the nicknames that break the paradigm are derivative of previous ones: Francisco Rodriguez's "K-Rod" is a takeoff on Alex Rodriguez's A-Rod
- Andrelton and Andruw and Defense and Offense
shortstop ever isn't Honus Wagner or Alex Rodriguez, it's Ozzie Smith, so the offensive bar is comparatively lower. Ozzie took a lot more walks than Andrelton has, but Andrelton has greater power, and his
- Armando Galarraga's One-Hitter Was Still Rare
there were three no-hitters (A.J. Burnett, Hideo Nomo, and the otherwise-forgotten Bud Smith) and eight one-hitters (Buehrle, Nomo, Mike Mussina, Kerry Wood, Mark Mulder, Jon Lieber, Randy Wolf, and Todd
- San Diego Padres Shortstops: Positional Case Study
by one of the most unfortunate trades in team history. The Padres have never really gotten over trading away Ozzie Smith 30 years ago.
Here is who has manned short for the Friars over the last three
- "Homer at the Bat" Turns 20. I Am So Old.
nice," Jean said on the DVD commentary, "except for one whose name rhymes with Manseco."
The Springfield Nine — Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr
- Arlington Power Struggle: Jon Daniels vs. Nolan Ryan
Daniels more job security: "Ask yourself when the last time a President of Baseball Operations was fired? With the exception of Tal Smith of the Astros (which was about a new owner coming in and putting
- Jon Sciambi on Smarter Broadcasting
as varied as John Sickels, Bill Simmons, and Russ Smith of SpliceToday (who quotes the beloved Craig Calcaterra for cover).
Sciambi's a good broadcaster, and he clearly has his heart in the right place
- If You Vote for Surhoff and Tino, You Have to Vote for Everyone
. And so two of the greatest compiler-closers ever, Lee Smith and John Franco, would deserve your vote as well. (Of course, Smith and Franco's analogue on the other side of the bench may be Lenny
- Rewrite the Balk Rule, Don't Expand It
that famously tripped up Lonnie Smith in the 1991 World Series — to the ancient hidden-ball trick.
This particular move doesn't have a lot of significance in itself. As Boone Logan told a reporter
- Ng Disappointed at Lack of Women in MLB
played major or minor league baseball -- two seemingly insurmountable black marks in the old boys' club that used to constitute the GM community. Then youth took control. Randy Smith was made GM
- Center Fielders on the Veterans Committee Bubble
alone that of the two best center fielders not currently in the Hall of Fame, Jimmy Wynn and Reggie Smith.
Of course, the trouble for Beltran is likely to be similar. Every year, the ballot gets more
- The First Four Red Sox Championships in Boston
not the strongest team of the decade. Their pitching staff was led by Jeff Pfeffer, Larry Cheney, and Sherry Smith, all of whom had fine careers but none of whom were extraordinary; the fourth pitcher was Rube
- 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
- Alex Chamberlain's 10 Bold Predictions
"Soler Panels" in a thinly-veiled attempt to cater to environmentalists.
This is a legitimate prediction.
10. Somehow, some way, Alex Guerrero hits 15 home runs.
He's a man without a position
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
that drafts him must be ready to refine his arm. (Bryan Smith)
3. Baltimore Orioles - Manny Machado | SS | Florida HS
Probably the best Miami-area high school prospect since Alex Rodriguez
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- ALCS Game 1 Review: Texas
this season (compared to the 4.1 mark by Wilson), walked both the patient hitters.
Out came Oliver, and in came sidearmer Darren O’Day, with the one batter responsibility of retiring Alex Rodriguez
- Building a Farm: National League West
- First Round History: Shortstops
: I think this number will rise by at least two before Kelly Johnson and B.J. Upton finish their careers). Here are all 23 players:
Name WAR From
Alex Rodriguez 105.2
- 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
- Building a Farm: American League East
- Alex Liddi and the Greatest European Players Ever
Yesterday, Alex Liddi hit a grand slam, which the AP noted was "the first major league grand slam by an Italian-born player in half-century." That actually understates the true rarity of Liddi's
- The Guys Besides Yunel
While it's fun to evaluate Alex Gonzalez vs. Yunel Escobar in a vacuum -- and, inevitably, come out favoring Escobar -- there were three minor league players involved in today's Blue Jays-Braves
- 2011 Draft Summer College Notes
Player of the Year, was coming off a spring where he hit .394/.530/.801, securing his place as college baseball's most well-rounded offensive prospect since, at least, Alex Gordon.
This is the second
- Mike Minor's Up and Down Debut
people made to Jeremy Sowers would have once been a compliment, Minor seemed more like a late first round pick than someone that should be drafted ahead of Aaron Crow, Alex White, or Kyle Gibson
- 2010 Draft Review: AL Central
that gave seven figures to four players, and at least a quarter million to four others. There's quite a bit of variety in that group, with two million dollar prep hitters (Tony Wolters, Alex Lavisky
- Building the Farm: American League West
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Kansas City
for a successful future. Top ten picks yield prospects, and while neither Alex Gordon or Mike Moustakas or Eric Hosmer have yet had the success for which they were projected, each still harbors reasons
- The Next First Round Shortstops
entering the organization. In 22 years, we have, I think, eight players that I think will go down as elite draft picks: Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, Chuck Knoblauch
- Houston Astros Must-Follow Prospects
18 batters in 140 innings at 19, but most other pitchers that reached the Majors at 20 were considerably more wild in the minor leagues. I think the best example might be Alex Fernandez, who walked 3.9
- Mike Morse and Seth Smith: Outfield Help on Your Waiver Wire
one of them. Whether it's to replace an injured Matt Holliday for a few games or a slumping Alex Rios for a couple of weeks, both of these guys can contribute, atleast for the short run.
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Detroit
column for his team-controlled seasons is projecting too optimistically.
Jackson will be joined as a rookie on this roster by both Scott Sizemore and Alex Avila, middle-round college guys with low
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cleveland
minor league arms include the names I've mentioned here, but also: Alex White, T.J. McFarland, Jess Todd, Clayton Cook, Hector Rondon, Chris Jones, Steven Wright and others.
All in all, Cleveland
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week One
in Cleveland. Through 7 games, this squad has struck out a professional baseball leading 76 batters (10.86 K/9) en route to a sparkling 1.86 ERA.
Last season's top draft pick, Alex White, is there, and struck
- Drafting the Third Plus Pitch
, in the Major Leagues first. A win today is cheaper than it's going to be next year (in theory), and Leake already has 1.6 WAR in 11 starts. This year, many have compared Ohio State RHP Alex Wimmers
- Dreamweaving the Draft
They'll be hoping for production that looks like: No one could rightfully be hoping for Alex Rodriguez production, but how about Matt Williams? Same height, third overall pick, started at shortstop
- Wait Til Next Year: Draft '11 Preview - Pitchers
to the 5-11 build and lack of a third pitch, though, some have Gray earmarked for the bullpen ... No one will beat Kentucky's Alex "Bubba" Meyer (4.28 FIP) in the size department, weighing
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
a bigger sample.
- Building a Farm: Top Prospects
- April Draft Report
I watched Ohio State RHP Alex Wimmers pitch against Northwestern.
Wimmers faced Northwestern after a week off in his sixth start of the season. He pitched 7 innings, struck out a season-low
- Good Developments on the KC farm
will always be one area that Alex Gordon holds the advantage, Moustakas is quickly closing the gap in all the other areas of the game.
When the Royals minor league season began with the surprise
- Alternate Reality: Need-Based Mock Draft
a weakness. But while I've praised the depth of pitchers in the organization, a lot of them are guys that might end up as relievers: Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, Alex White and others. You can
- MLB Draft: A Recent History of Criticism
, it’s not as if his peers are particularly outpacing him.
Atlanta Braves select Mike Minor, lhp, Vanderbilt (Seventh Overall)
We wondered why he went before: Mike Leake, Aaron Crow, Alex White
- Futures Game Preview: The World Pitchers
and a plus (or plus-plus) changeup.
Alex Torres | LHP | Age 22 | Tampa Bay Rays | Double-A (Southern)
29.9 K% | 12.7 BB% | 0.4 HR/9 | 1.67 GO/AO
It took an injury to get Torres to the Futures Game
- The Best of the Futures Game
all day. By my game notes, the only two I can say now were Jeremy Hellickson threw an okay one in the first, and Alex Torres trusted his a bit in the third. So in a game dominated by fastballs, a good
- The Midwest Wasteland
seasons in the 2000's, it's an uninspiring group, names like Marcus Lemon, Vince Rooi, Alex Romero, Gorkys Hernandez, and generously (and serendipitously), Felix Pie.
Owings had a pretty small sample
- Futures Game Preview: The World Hitters
trade in a deadline deal.
Alex Liddi | 1B/3B | Seattle Mariners | Age 21 | Double-A (Southern)
.290 AVG / .359 OBP / .467 SLG | 24 BB / 64 K | 288 PA
After a .345/.411/.594 season in the bizarro
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- Building a Farm: National League East
- Dallas Braden Attacks Alex Rodriguez Again. Is Baseball's "Code" Really Still Relevant?
Every time Alex Rodriguez does anything -- poses in Details Magazine, slaps a ball out of a glove, shouts to distract a fielder from a pop-up, admits to taking banned drugs, runs across the pitcher's
- Royals Place DeJesus on DL; Recall Alex Gordon
Kansas City Royals placed OF David DeJesus (thumb) on the 15-day DL; Recalled OF Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha.
DeJesus sprained his right thumb trying to make a catch in center field on what
- Joe Nathan & Matt Capps Enter Potential Walk Years
-handed prospects Billy Bullock and Anthony Slama could join him. Alex Burnett, still just 23, was a key contributor for the Twins in the first half of 2010 and Jeff Manship reduced his walks last
- A Look Ahead: The Braves And Free Agency
This is the first of a series of guest posts that we'll be publishing from Ben Nicholson-Smith, one of the lead writers for MLB Trade Rumors. The guys over at MLBTR have an interesting perspective
- 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
- Return to the Valley of the Dolls
WILLIE MAYS DOLL
RARE Honus Wagner Baseball Composition Portrait Figure / Doll - Huge 32"
Roger Maris Bobbing Nodder Head 1961 mini
Barbie Baseball KEN Mariner's Seattle Alex
- New Fantasy Baseball Web Site
"Megatalented young shortstops Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Alex Gonzalez and Benji Gil are maturing before their Roto owners' eyes."
He may not have as many wins as some -- but according to the sophisticated
- The Cheeseboard
. The simple answer is just a sort away: Jose Bautista, with an FBv of 92.5. There are no fewer than four Yankees in the top eight, led by Alex Rodriguez, who has faced heaters this year averaging
- The Boys of Summer
in love with Pat Burrell.' - from Home Runs and Western Suns by 2theletter
'Derek is looking at him, searching for some sort of reaction on his face, but Alex is giving away nothing. So Alex smiles
- Just Keep Smiling: A Francoeurspective
God, I love horsing around with my teammates!!! These guys are AMAZEBALLS!! Melky?? What a name! Haha
Stop that Alex! You know that's my tickle spot!! Haha, this is SO FUN
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 5/30 Edition
Friday." - Manny Acta
"Cleveland and Baltimore are above their differences, we began to play a little better this road trip is a positive." - Alex Gordon
"This just shows that our attack, now
- The Overlooked Seth Smith
An apology is due here, and I'm sorry. I whiffed on Seth Smith in my American League outfield rankings, even though those are mostly for 5x5 formats. I nearly blanked on him in my home league as I
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- 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.
- Alex Gordon is...
It's like a mad lib! Alex Gordon is... sexy? Misunderstood? Pretty good with a chance of more? Not as good as last year? Better than this year? Let's try something else. Let's try to answer
- The ALEX RIOShootthat'sagiantpastramisandwich
and will not collapse under the weight of their fans.
I propose a few new Rangers-player-themed concessions to add to the menu:
1. The ALEX RIOShootthat'sagiantpastramisandwich, a two-foot-long pastrami sandwich
- 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
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Orlando Cabrera Says No Mas
As a low-OBP, glove-first shortstop with a bit of pop, Cabrera's career value was somewhere in between the Alex Gonzalezes (retired Alex S. and still-active Alex S.) and Jose Valentin
- 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
- Don't Suspend A-Rod if He Didn't Break the Law
UPDATE: It appears that MLB agrees.
Every so often, like most baseball writers, I look at myself in the mirror and ask myself an important question: Why am I not writing about Alex Rodriguez
- These Days, The Waiting Game Doesn't Pay Off
We're pleased to welcome another new writer to the fold - Alex Remington. He'll be holding down the fort every Thursday around here. Welcome, Alex.
Greetings to all! I'm Alex Remington. You may
- 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 Worst Contract Extensions in History
. Position players have received the other 21, and of those 21 contracts, 11 have been contract extensions, and just 10 have been free agent contracts. (Of the top five contracts in baseball history -- Alex
- 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
- 2015 RotoGraphs Staff Picks
Best Sophomore Pitcher
- Alex Rodriguez News Summary
Alex Rodriguez is probably the most despised player in baseball history. Rodriguez' contract is considered among the worst in baseball. Alex Rodriguez has vehemently denied reports he
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- Is 50 Games Too Weak a PED Punishment?
Alex Sanchez, for example. But they have much more to lose, because a positive test could just about end their career.
(I've always thought it strange that the suspension for steroids is not much
- Should MLB Punish A-Rod Based on News Reports?
nicknamed "BALCO East."
Of course, as Cameron notes, "Rodriguez is going to get the most attention, because he’s Alex Rodriguez." The Yankees are reportedly exploring all avenues to void the last five
- Baseball's Decelerating Average Salary
moving downward beginning around 1980, and the trend has become even more pronounced since the year 2000. Y2K is a local maximum within the data, the year that the tech bubble burst and Alex Rodriguez
- Change the All-Star Game or Scrap It
on TV makes Alex something, something.") Back before national television contracts and interleague play, the All-Star Game was one of the only times that fans could see the greatest players from
- Did Michael Bourn & Scott Boras Wait Too Long?
Alex Rodriguez12/11/200010 yr$252MRangers
Chan Ho Park1/16/20025 yr$65MRangers
Adrian Beltre12/16/20045 yr$64MMariners
Kevin Millwood12/26/20055 yr$60MRangers
- Leftover Auction Cash: Maybe Not a Bad Thing
his or her strategy, perhaps it did some good.
"So, Alex, how did you in your drafts?" Great, thanks for asking! I love both my teams. Love them. Except I made the same mistake in each draft: I
- Chipper Jones Out for the Year with a Torn ACL, Career in Jeopardy; Just How Good Was He?
Created Above Average. Chipper is 37th in all-time WAR, and sixth among third basemen (seventh if you consider Alex Rodriguez a 3B), behind Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Wade Boggs, Brooks Robinson
- Can John Thorn Finally Erase Abner Doubleday?
... and even Alex Cartwright, with whom he has formed a cordial tandem.")
Thorn's list of credentials, not just on the early history of baseball, is long. He was the senior creative consultant for Ken
- Why Einhorn Jilted the Mets
was like Alex Rodriguez:I got the analogy wrong. Microsoft is not A-Rod. The better analogy is that the best parts of the Microsoft product portfolio, particularly the dominant Windows Office and Enterprise
- MLB Correctly Realizes That Beer Ban is "Asinine"
they successfully employed after the allegations that Alex Rodriguez participated in illegal high-stakes poker games. Here's the rough chronology: the Boston Globe article about the Red Sox appeared
- Why Are the Yankees Cheap: Savvy or Remorse?
precedent to combat overspending. But austerity programs don't work when you scrimp on efficient programs that do work; they work when you cut the fat. As long as Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, Alex Rodriguez
- Reasserting My Love for Three Unowned NL Outfielders
makes his annual trip to the disabled list. The names who follow, if they're not playing every day, are at least seeing more than one at-bat every two games.
Alex Guerrero, LAD (10% Yahoo!, 5.2% ESPN
- Commenters Are $#!%ing Evil! (And Other Respectful Thoughts)
article, "NHL Winter Classic: I’m Glad Selig Didn’t Think of That"
"Alex, your sabermetrical analysis continues to amaze me. Keep up the good job of destroying FanGraphs with this political bullshit
- Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
3. 3B Chipper Jones^ (38 years old)
4. 2B Dan Uggla (30 years old)
5. C Brian McCann* (27 years old)
6. SS Alex Gonzalez (34 years old)
7. 1B Freddie Freeman* (21 years old)
8. CF Nate McLouth
- Leyland: Interleague Play Unfair With No DH
of letting their pitchers rest and using the DH when they come here, and we gotta use guys six straight days without Victor Martinez or Alex Avila or somebody. That's ridiculous. Totally ridiculous
- World Baseball Classic All-Time Records
2006, 2009, 2013
- Jerry Jr. and The Amazing Hairstons
in his 30s, the 2009 World Championship and his brilliant fill-in play for the Reds in 2008. As Reds Reporter explains, "Due to injuries to Alex Gonzalez, Jeff Keppinger, and Jolbert Cabrera
- Hector Olivera Will Be An OK 2B Option
tens of millions of dollars (albeit at the expense of Alex Guerrero, Olivera's fellow countryman). Adding Olivera to the mix would further complicate the situation, but that's a non-issue to the Dodgers
- New York Mets Second Basemen: Positional Study
: Luis Castillo
2010: Luis Castillo, Ruben Tejada, Alex Cora
2011: Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus
2012-2013: Daniel Murphy
That isn't every player who played an inning at 2B
- Why Aren't There More Muslims In Baseball?
Ryan Braun (Jewish); Bryce Harper (Mormon); and Khalil Greene (Baha'i). (For that matter, back in 2009, when he was dating Kate Hudson, Alex Rodriguez considered converting to Buddhism.) So why haven't
- Shoeless Joe Jackson Died 62 Years Ago Today
be seen when Major League Baseball decided to investigate Alex Rodriguez for playing poker in Miami.
Joe Jackson was a brilliant hitter, one of the finest that baseball has ever seen. But it's still
- NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: March
Scott Van Slyke / Alex Guerrero / Andre Ethier (LAD)
Carlos Quentin / Will Venable / Cameron Maybin (SDP)
Alcantara is yet another touted Cubs propect with quite a bit of pop
- 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
- New Hats For Alex Torres
Alex Torres-- who I should have protected on my Scoresheet team!-- over the weekend became the first pitcher to wear a padded, protective, giant, silly-looking hat on the mound. Hats off
- 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
- The Secret World of Alex Cobb
No, Alex Cobb was never involved in a chemical spill, doused in a secret formula and thus given special powers, however that doesn't stop him from being just as entertaining to watch as an old school
- Rod Barajas Is Not the Answer to Your Prayers, Omar Minaya
- Harvard Research Study: Baseball Players Are Getting Fatter (But the Study Doesn't Mention Steroids)
- Realignment, Shmealignment? Even if It Won't Float, This Idea Shouldn't Sink
- Cliff Lee's Suspension Is Just Too Much
- They Got Rid of One Measly Off Day, But the Playoffs Still Need to Be Improved
- Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Atlanta
- Gooble Gobble, Bill Simmons Is Now One of Us
- Should A.J. Pierzynski Be Punished for Lying to an Ump?
- Should Baseball Get Rid of Divisions, Instead of Realignment? Maybe Not.
- Should You Boycott the Diamondbacks?
- Apparently, the Phillies Cheated. So What?
- Airing the Marlins' Dirty Laundry in Public
- Time to Rethink the Balk Rule?
- What Strasburg Means, Redux
- More Egregious Umpiring: Yorvit Torrealba Suspended Three Games
- Firing Fredi Gonzalez
- On Boringness: Soccer vs. Baseball
- Catchers and the MVP
- Remembering Ralph Houk
- No More Mr. November: 2011 World Series Will Be Done in October, Says MLB
- An Unhappy Strasmas
- Roger Clemens Indicted; Steroid Era on Trial
- Nyjer Morgan Wants A Piece of the Marlins. I Don't Blame Him.
- Derek Jeter Cheated. So What?
- Jose Bautista and the Meaning of the Word "Fluke"
- Cito Gaston Retires, Dusty Baker Signs an Extension; There Are Still Too Few African-American Managers
- Is the Steroid Ban Responsible for the "Year of the Pitcher"? No, Say Freakonomics Writers
- TBS Upgrades Postseason Coverage from Chip Caray to Dick Stockton, and Ratings Fall
- Worst of the Worst
- Okay, Time for My Surgery! Heading for the Doctor After Getting Bounced from the Playoffs
- Two More Wild Card Teams? Nip That Idea in the Bud.
- The Real Truth Behind Derek Jeter’s Gold Glove — Revealed!
- “Expanded Playoffs Appear Inevitable"
- Bud Selig and Kennesaw Mountain Landis
- Ryan Theriot: Let the Flamewar Commence!
- NHL Winter Classic: I'm Glad Selig Didn't Think of That
- Another Look at Why the Hall Ballots Are So Crowded
- On the Media: What Is a Sports Reporter?
- Stick a Fork in the Grapefruit League
- Could the Mets Just Go Public?
- Despite Cancer, Butler Against Smokeless Tobacco Ban
- 19th Century PEDs and Andy Pettitte's HOF Case
- The Amazing Brendan Donnelly
- Watching Spring Training in Chicago
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #5 – Atlanta
- New MLB Concussion Policy a Hit With MDs
- The Tortured Logic of Unwritten Rules
- Women Are Coming to Baseball, Like It or Not
- Interview: Modern Drunkard Magazine's Rich English
- Instead of Taking Over a Bad Team, Relegate Them
- Milton Bradley and the "Race Card"
- "Some Schmuck in New York": Wilpon's Woeful Week
- Billy Beane to Kurt Suzuki: Don't Get Hurt
- Making MLB Safe for Mr. Mom: The Paternity List
- Passan Vindicated With Division Deletion Proposal
- John Maine, "Habitual Liar" About Health, May Retire
- Riggleman: A Beggar Who Thought He Was a Chooser
- Death of Don Buddin, the Man Boston Booed
- Marlins Close Upper Deck: Can Loria Admit Fault?
- Does It Matter If a Manager Was a Major Leaguer?
- Ump Admits Lugo Was Out: Give Us Replay, Selig
- Should the Nats Call Up Stephen Strasburg?
- Wally Pipping Jason Heyward
- Honkbal! Netherlands Bids to Host MLB in 2014
- MLB, the Mets, the Hats, and September 11
- A Possible Farewell to Reluctant Ace Javy Vazquez
- Why Shouldn't a Jew Play on Yom Kippur?
- Will Rays Move? No, Just "More Years of Posturing"
- Mac Thomason, First Braves Blogger, Fights Cancer
- It's 92 Years Since Clark Griffith Bought the Senators
- Wilson Ramos Is Home. Now What?
- CBA Forbids Discrimination on Sexual Orientation
- Are the Wilpons About to Lose the Mets?
- The Civil War Christmas Game, Hilton Head, 1862
- Samson Is Wrong: Marlins Aquarium Is 2nd to Rays
- 2011 Rays DHs, Manny and Damon, Looking for Work
- Prince Fielder, His Estranged Father, and $200 Million
- Two Wild Cards in 2012? I Hope Not.
- Baseball Racism: The Irish in 1880
- espnW, ESPN's Women's Site, Explains wOBA
- SF to Posey: Don't Block Plate. Twins to Mauer: Do.
- Ryan Braun Case: PED Attitudes Changing?
- Jose Canseco, Steroids, and Logical Paradox
- Torii Hunter: All Japanese pitchers have "same style"
- Yoenis Cespedes and the Cuban Tradition
- Braves Trade J.J. Hoover to Reds for Juan Francisco
- Happy Opening Day! Er... Third Opening Day.
- Valley Fever Redux: How Dangerous Is This Fungus?
- Dodgers Celebrate 122nd National League Anniversary
- Peter Gammons to Boston Globe: Burn Your Sources!
- David Wright: Greatest Met Ever?
- Are No-Hitters On the Rise? No. Just the % of CGs.
- When Is Plunking Bryce Harper Justified?
- Ozzie Guillen, Fidel Castro and Why No One Cares
- MLB DNA Testing — Is Baseball Breaking the Law?
- Justin Black and Montana Major Leaguers
- Japanese Baseball Foreigners: Fun With Wlad and Wily Mo
- LaTroy Hawkins and Dave Cameron's Radical Proposal
- Is Baseball Getting Too Expensive For Kids?
- Larry Doby's Debut: AL Integration's 65th Anniversary
- Rest in Peace, Robert Creamer
- Bring Baseball Back to the Olympics!
- Chien-Ming Wang, Best Taiwanese Player in MLB History
- Strasburg Shutdown: A Defense
- Billy Hamilton and Stealing 100 Bases
- Bobby Valentine's Misery
- 2013 Schedule: Constant Interleague, Still Unbalanced
- Why the Pirates Always Limp to the Finish
- Prohibiting Reporters from Reporting
- Adam Greenberg & Others Who Got a Second Chance
- Should the Nationals Regret the Strasburg Shutdown?
- The Cardinals Still Benefiting From the First Farm
- How Common Are Playoff Sweeps?
- Upton Brothers: Phenoms, Disappointments, Now What?
- How To Write a List of the Worst Owners Ever
- Marvin Miller's Legacy, and the Decline of Labor
- The Kremlinology of the Winter Meetings
- How To Build A Hall of Fame*
- Writers Who Refuse to Vote for the Hall of Fame
- Can You Hear Me Now?: MLB and Bullpen Cell Phones
- Mike Napoli's Aching Hips: What is Avascular Necrosis?
- Today in 1899, The Brooklyn Superbas Were Born
- Chad Cordero Signs a Minor League Deal
- Should MLB Punish DUIs More Harshly, Like PEDs?
- Joba Wants to Start. Yankees Want it to Stop.
- Miami Marlins New Revenue Stream: Suing Fans
- Mariano Rivera and Father Time: Comebacks After 40
- The Astros and Braves: How Many K's is Just Too Much?
- Evan Gattis and Other Old Rookie Catchers
- scoutPRO: A Woman-Owned Fantasy Football Site Moves to Baseball
- So, Has Handedness Changed at All?
- Should MLB Eliminate the Entire Playoffs?
- How the Scouts Saw Roy Halladay and Todd Helton
- Positional Case Study: Atlanta Braves Center Fielders
- Dr. Lewis Yocum, 1947-2013
- Julio Teheran: From Prospect Fatigue to Potential Ace?
- The Dodger-Diamondback Brawl: Do Unwritten Rules Still Apply?
- Yasiel Puig, the Non-All-Star
- Derek Lowe Says Farewell
- The 2013 NL East, and Strong and Weak Divisions
- The Most Dominant First-Place Finishes Ever
- Paul Maholm and Greatness
- If Stealing Signs is "Part of the Game," Why Do People Get Mad About It?
- The Persnickety Atlanta Braves
- Is Jim Leyland a Future Hall of Famer?
- Today in 1857, The Only Nolan Was Born
- Mark DeRosa Retires
- Appreciating Ted Lilly
- Casey McGehee and Others Who Have Returned From Japan
- Remembering Bill Terry and Elmer Flick
- xK%, History and Speculating on Dellin Betances
- Yasmany Tomas' Plate Discipline Makes Me Nervous
- NL OF Projections: Steamer vs. the Fans
- Pitch Sequencing and Pitcher xBB%: We're Getting There
- Dissecting Pitcher xBB% Differentials
- Top NL Outfield Prospects: A Different Take
- Matt Holliday: Designer Brand, Warehouse Price
- Two Martes and a MVP: The 2015 Pittsburgh Outfield
- Doc Holliday and the J-Hey Kid: The 2015 St. Louis Outfield
- NL Outfield Breakout Candidates by Spring Training Plate Discipline
- Incredibly Small Samples: Fun, Agony & Something Helpful
- Streaming SBs by Opposing Pitcher, April 10-12
- Stolen Base Streamers: April 16-19
- Is Bud Norris this Good?
- Nick Markakis, What Happened?
- Manny Machado and Selective Agression
- Ben Revere and the Emptiest Batting Average Ever
- 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
- Prospect Watch: Alex Gordon
, but there's no denying his production. Alex Gordon, the Royals former third baseman, has put together a .377/.515/.688 line in about 100 plate appearances with the O-Royals.
We've already chronicled the demotion
- Alex Rodriguez and Friends
If you have not looked at Alex Rodriguez's Facebook page recently, a) why the devil not?, and b) you may not have seen this photograph, taken on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, that features
- Investment Opportunities for Alex Gordon
Alex Gordon says he will pick up his $13.25 million player option for 2016, delaying free agency for a year and, assuming he plays well next year, taking a risk that he'll decline or get
- Alex Gonzalez's Hot Start
Signed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2011 by the Blue Jays this offseason, Alex Gonzalez did not attract much attention on the free agent market after being cut loose by the Red Sox
- 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
- The Good Alex Rios Reappears
If there was a roller coaster ride named after a baseball hitter, its name would be Alex Rios. The White Sox outfielder has given fantasy owners and projection makers fits trying to make sense of his
- 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
- Alex Rodriguez, Born Again
Alex Rodriguez was The Prodigy, a killer shortstop in his teens that did everything. Then he was The Contract, the super star handcuffing a Texas team from being any better just by virtue of his
- Alex Gordon Demoted
prophetic. Marc Hulet will have more on that move tomorrow, but the Royals didn’t stop tinkering with their young players there. Oh no, yesterday they decided to demote Alex Gordon to the minors
- Alex Rodriguez and Power
Alex Rodriguez finally hit his 600th, but his owners have noticed that there was something wonky going on before the race to the benchmark ever started. A look at Jack Moore's piece on the moment
- 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
- Alex Gordon Demoted
A week ago, the Brewers seemingly played the service time system to postpone J.J. Hardy’s free agency by a season. Today, the Royals are following suit with Alex Gordon.
Entering this year
- The Slow Decline of Alex Rodriguez
this year, there's one player whose decline is hiding in the background: Alex Rodriguez.
I remember a time when Alex Rodriguez was the yearly consensus first pick in fantasy baseball. People would
- Alex Rios And Problems of Perception
to the effect of “Alex Rios is one of those players whose production will never line up with his numbers.” At first, I was offended. A player produces what he produces, his numbers reflect his
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Alex Rodriguez
Today’s ADP Crowdsourcing comes from a suggestion by RotoGraphs’ own Mike Axisa. Snaps for Mike.
Alex Rodriguez’s 2010 had some ups, but it also had more than it’s fair share of downs. He started
- Alex Rodriguez: Mass Murderer
I assume the one-armed man is Johnny Damon.
According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Alex Rodriguez “is the Whitey Bulger of baseball, the most wanted criminal in the game’s history
- Alex Gordon: Who Are You?
felt the need for a personal one. So yeah, for you Twitterers reading this, follow me @MikePodhorzer if you dare. I'll try to be entertaining (twittertaining?).
It doesn't feel too long ago that Alex
- Alex Rodriguez and the Predictability of October
Alex Rodriguez entered the Yankees ALDS against the Twins with a playoff wOBA of .377 in 170 plate appearances. Certainly an impressive mark, given a league wOBA ranging from .330 to .340
- Alex Gordon's Near Miss
It had not been a good day for Alex Gordon. All spring long we'd heard how the former first-round pick was working towards finally fulfilling his potential. Even manager Ned Yost was singing his
- Alex Avila: Is He For Real?
Tigers backstop Alex Avila. Currently, Avila is sporting a slash line of .279/.346/.529 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI. He's tied for second in HR amongst catchers, leads in RBI production and according
- What to do with Alex Rodriguez?
Thirteenth place. That's where Alex Rodriguez finished among third basemen in my most competitive fantasy league this season. That was behind the likes of Emilio Bonifacio, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan
- Bearish On Alex Gordon
In light of his very nice contract extension, which Brandon Warne covered extensively earlier this week, I figured giving my thoughts on Alex Gordon would be timely.
Gordon was a fantasy MVP
- Alex Wood Looks Good
everywhere, I probably never heard of him. So it should be no surprise to learn that when Alex Wood made his debut in Atlanta, I had no idea who he was. But now I do. And I'm excited.
Maybe I could
- Challenging Alex Rodriguez
Remember Alex Rodriguez? He’s playing baseball again. He’s also just six home runs from passing Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list. Now that we’ve left the frenzied Bonds record
- Alex Gordon in 2012
Bust. Injury-prone. Waste of money. Entering the 2011 season, Alex Gordon was burdened by all of these labels. The Nebraska Cornhusker stud, a Golden Spikes Award winner, number two pick in the '05
- Investigating Alex Sanabia's Pitches
Last night, Alex Sanabia gave up a home run to Domonic Brown in the second inning, and as he was walking back to the mound, the video appears to capture him spitting on the baseball. Sanabia
- Alex Cobb: Approximation of an Ace?
Some fantasy baseball players here and there, sort of, in a way, kind of think that already. But they may not be eager to draft Alex Cobb like one, and they shouldn’t need to do so. In terms
- Alex Wood Is for Real
When Alex Wood broke into the majors in 2013 as a member of the Braves bullpen, there were more questions than answers regarding his long-term outlook. A fastball/changeup lefty, Wood lacked
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Alex Buccilli, Batting Stance Innovagenius
Who has a career OBP above .400 and the greatest batting stance in the NCAA?
My boy, Alex Buccilli of Coastal Carolina:
According to The Baseball Cube, Buccilli's stance -- a product
- David DeJesus, Alex Rios, and Perception
moved essentially as a cost savings maneuver. He wasn't in big demand at the trade deadline, and isn't seen as a major acquisition.
A few weeks ago, the Rangers acquired Alex Rios from the White Sox
- Alex Rodriguez and the Easily Justifiable Decision
It began when Alex Rodriguez was pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez, with Ibanez instantly turning into a hero. Then Rodriguez was left out of the lineup. Then Rodriguez allegedly flirted with female fans
- 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: 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
- 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)
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- David DeJesus Out, Alex Gordon In
him this offseason or keep him until the end of his contract.
Alex Gordon was called up from AAA Omaha to take David's place. To say that Gordon's career has been a disappointment would
- Alex Rodriguez's First Big Deal
This post is not timely whatsoever, so apologies for that; also, props to Tommy Rancel for suggesting it and helping with the research.
On July 27, 1996, Alex Rodriguez turned 21 years old. He
- Alex Gordon Barely Had a Chance
at-bat. So many have turned to the play before, when Alex Gordon was stopped at third after sprinting on a single and an error. It's a frantic search for closure that resembles a frantic avoidance
- 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
- Alex Gordon and Alex Rios: AL Outfield Riser and Faller
next week, but to tide you over in the meantime, here are a pair of Alexes -- one Riser and one Faller. Consider your appetite whetted.
Alex Gordon, Royals
Mentions of Gordon in circles
- The Alex Rodriguez Legal-Morass Flowchart
Another day, another wrinkle in the Alex Rodriguez-Biogenesis-MLB-Yankees-Hip-Injury Saga. Some days, there are multiple wrinkles. It's not easy to keep it all straight.
The main event, of course
- Alex Meyer Progresses, Impresses in Arizona
Down in Arizona to get one last fix of baseball before the lean winter months, I had the distinct pleasure of getting to watch Alex Meyer pitch three innings of shutout ball against the AFL East All
- 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
- Alex Rios Folds Under Pressure
You always hear about how happy, excited, and relieved a player is to finally join a contender. These stories write themselves following an in-season trade. Well, Alex Rios hasn’t had much fun
- 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
- Concerning Alex Gordon, and His Value
Writer’s Note: Alex Gordon ranked 24th on Zach Sanders’ end-of-season rankings among outfielders.
I think the way I’ve always thought of/considered Alex Gordon is as the player whom, when stuck
- Alex Gordon, Superstar? Part the First
[Part Two is now posted here]
Near the end of his miserable 2010 season, Alex Gordon issued a proclamation: "I'm going to dominate next year." Later in the off-season, Gordon was more circumspect
- Alex Rios: Buy Low Candidate
Alex Rios finished the 2010 season as one of the biggest fantasy bargains. Though he was nearly a 20-20 player in 2009, his average and OBP dropped to unacceptable levels, making him an afterthought
- Alex Sanabia Might Be In Trouble For Spitballing
viewing events from afar, especially in a narrow timespan. It is possible that what you're about to see isn't what it looks like.
But, uhh, it sure looks like Alex Sanabia was caught on video
- 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
- Alex Gordon Gets Royally Rewarded
Word broke late Friday afternoon that the Royals and 28-year-old left fielder Alex Gordon reached a contract extension. The skinny on the contract is that it’s a four-year deal worth $37.5 million
- Nationals Try To Tame Alex Meyer
a scouting nemesis for much of early April, having Nationals first rounder Alex Meyer fall into my lap in Rome, Georgia after consecutive postponements was a welcome surprise. Meyer's start marked
- Alex Rios: Rebound or Dead to Me?
Seeing Alex Rios lumped in with uninspiring names like Brennan Boesch and Jason Kubel in the fifth outfielder keeper ranking tier reminds us just how much this recent five-category contributor has
- Alex Castellanos, Potential Bench Option
, who is almost certainly only still in the majors because the club simply has no viable alternatives to turn to.
Yet the Dodgers didn't come away completely empty-handed, picking up 25-year-old Alex
- Alex Avila: Disappointing, Bad, or Both?
. At that point, either branch of criticism is fair game; take it away, Dr. Zoidberg!)
Given the expectations heaped on him after 2011's tour de force, Alex Avila definitely had a disappointing season
- Alex Rios Heads South to Texas
After many weeks of speculation about whether Alex Rios would be donning a new uniform before season's end, the Texas Rangers nabbed their Nelson Cruz replacement they so desperately needed. Rios
- Alex Cobb’s Pitching Adjustments
As most of you already know Alex Cobb is a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. He is projected to be their “ace” in the upcoming season. In fact many people would argue that he’s the best pitcher
- 2011 Draft: Scouting Alex Meyer
Possessing arguably the highest ceiling of any player in this year's draft, Kentucky right-hander Alex Meyer shouldn't last long come draft day.
Standing 6'9", 220 pounds, Meyer is an imposing
- Alex Rios Is Good Again. Maybe.
Diego. Adam Dunn is back from the dead after a 2011 performance during which he simply looked finished.
And, of course, the enigmatic Alex Rios is hitting again in 2012 after a 2011 in which his
- Trying to Solve The Alex Guerrero Problem
for Alex Guerrero, who just publicly said he has no interest in being optioned back to the minors again this year.
And because of a provision in his contract, Guerrero has the right to refuse
- 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
- NCAA Weekend Rundown
- 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 - Pittsburgh
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - White Sox
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cincinnati
- Projecting Chapman
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cubs
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Oakland
- 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
- Peachy Comparison
- Jay Sborz's Career Revival
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Two
- Will Boesch's Production Be Light?
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Three
- 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
- The Recent First Round Shortstops
- NCAA Regional Preview, Part 1
- NCAA Regional Preview, Part 2
- First Round History: Third (And Second) Base
- But Yeah, Catcher > Outfielder
- College World Series Preview: Bracket 1
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Pitchers
- Colvin and Boesch Going Forward
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Hitters
- The Guys Besides Smoak
- Why Seattle Chose Smoak Over Montero
- 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
- The Evolution of Groundball Rates
- Showcase Circuit Hits Wrigley
- 2010 Draft Review: NL Central
- 2010 Draft Review: AL West
- 2010 Draft Review: NL West
- 2010 Draft Review: AL East
- 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 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
- 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 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?
- Taijuan Walker's Journey
- The Future of Catchers
- Building A Farm: A Summary
- Rated Rookies: Week One
- Tales of the Lexington Legends
- The Visiting Asheville Tourists
- Driving to See the Greenville Drive
- Rated Rookies: Late April
- Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves
- Keeping Up with Billy Hamilton
- Adam Morgan v. Daniel Corcino (2013)
- A Few Good PawSox
- Can Zach Britton Turn the Tide?
- The Near Future of Wil Myers
- Catching Up with the Rome Braves
- Player Development Case Study: Slap Hitters
- John Axford: the Cardinals’ newest reclamation project
- Spotted: Some Dude in an Alex Anthopoulos Jersey
So, some dude was spotted in Dunedin, Florida wearing an Alex Anthopoulos jersey. I'm assuming it wasn't Mr. Anthopoulos himself, because, well, that would be weird.
- Alex Avila: Can He Repeat 2011?
Alex Avila has been one the great surprises of 2011. Coming into 2011, his full time job as the Tiger's catcher was in doubt after they signed Victor Martinez. Alex jumped out to a hot start
- Acquaint Yourself with LSU Freshman Alex Lange's Curveball
a number of players who currently rank among the SEC's top hitters by (maybe) predictive stats -- including, for example, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman and Arkansas center fielder Andrew Benintendi.
- Lazily Testing a Theory with Regard to Alex Rodriguez
Jeff Passan of Yahoo has submitted a science hypothesis to the teeming masses by way of media sociale, as follows:
You could substitute Alex Rodriguez's name for Lance Armstrong and pretty
- Alex Gordon: He Is Who We Thought He Was
Alex Gordon has generally been seen as a disappoint since being called up to the majors. After spending a couple seasons bouncing to and from the majors and the minors, he is finally producing like
- Awful Alex Rios is Awful in So Many Ways
Chavez's Comeback 'Stache, and was reminded what an absolute bloody nightmare it is to watch Alex Rios play baseball.
In the third inning, the White Sox already down 10-1, Mark Teixeira sent
- Alex Gordon, UZR, and Bad Left Field Defense
Since Alex Gordon moved into first place in position player WAR (although he's now second again), quite a bit of back-and-forth discussion has occurred on if he is this season's best position player
- Alex Rodriguez Addresses His Tenants’ Concerns
investigates a recent news report revealing that an apartment complex owned by Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez isn't up to code. Coincidentally (or not!), the Preakness Stakes has announced an unusual
- The Value of Alex Gordon Not Using His Arm, Redux
Three and a half months ago, I wrote about Alex Gordon's arm. Among regular outfielders, Gordon has one of the very best throwing arms in baseball, and that's allowed him to pile up valuable runner
- FG on Fox: Alex Rios on Taking Pitches
During a conversation with Alex Rios about the changes he's made over his career, the Texas Rangers outfielder made a comment about an accepted truth in baseball. His comment was seemingly simple
- Ongoing Coverage of LSU Freshman Alex Lange's Curveball
Recently in these electronic pages, the author -- an amateur in all the saddest ways -- utilized the few skills he possesses to compose a paean in praise of LSU freshman right-hander Alex Lange's
- So Let's Talk About Alex Gordon
at the top of the WAR leaderboards every season, but what is somewhat controversial is the name of the player who has usurped Trout at the top of the list at this moment.
Alex Gordon, you see
- Request for the Texas Rangers: Allow Alex Claudio to Start
is as follows: that they (i.e. the Texas Rangers) allow pitcher Alex Claudio to start one and/or more than one baseball games this September.
For those readers who are less well acquainted with fringe
- The Value of Alex Gordon Not Using His Arm
the mistake of challenging Yoenis Cespedes. Outfielders with the best arms tend to be outfielders who rack up the most kills.
Alex Gordon's always had a great arm. Alex Gordon's always piled up the kills
- Buy Low on Alex Gordon and Chase Headley
need lightning in a bottle in order to get back into contention, and that's what these two have the potential to provide.
Over his first 40 games, Alex Gordon hit .343/.367/.535
- Waiver Wire: Ryan Hanigan and Alex Avila
Hanigan and Alex Avila fit the mold perfectly, as both have low ownership rates despite their strong starts. It's only been one week, but let's take a look at how these players should perform going
- Alex Wood & Wily Peralta: Waiver Wire
contributors. Alex Wood has seen his stock soar after a strong season in the minors, and has impressed in limited major-league action. Wily Peralta broke in with a solid rookie performance
- Alex Rodriguez and Avisail Garcia: Waiver Wire
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Alex Presley | MIN OF | 1% Owned
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and OBP, then he's easily going to be a backstop worth using the rest of the way.
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more production as well.
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actually contribute to your money spot finish.
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the reader -- and other (probably sad) people like the author -- to acquaint him-/her-/themselves with Alex Guerrero.
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