- Keeping Up with Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton is one of the most intriguing prospects in baseball. In a game where home runs are king, Hamilton’s speed still excites the imagination in a Pete ‘Wheelie’ Wheeler way. Drafted
- Who Won the Kimbrel Trade?
- The Braves Might've Fleeced the D-Backs Out of $225 Million
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
This offseason the Diamondbacks struck gold in winning the Dan Haren sweepstakes. The young, 27-year old ace looked mighty fine when placed right next to Brandon Webb. Billy Beane decided
- 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
- 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
- Braves Add Speedy Mallex Smith to Their Lineup
to harness his 80-grade speed, he could easily rack up 2+ WAR year after year a la Billy Hamilton. If he doesn't, well, that's what most scouts are afraid of. A Mallex Smith with iffy defense may not be good
- 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
- 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: 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 Next First Round Third Basemen
2008 - Brett Lawrie (Canada)
2007 - Devin Mesoraco (PA), Jon Gilmore (IA)
2006 - Billy Rowell (NJ), Travis Snider (WA), Preston Mattingly (IN)
2004 - Neil Walker (PA), Blake Dewitt (MO
- WAR's Favorite Position
similar examples: Billy Butler, Conor Jackson, Brian Dopirak, Jason Stokes, Mike Cuddyer, J.R. House, Pat Burrell, Paul Konerko, Dave McCarty, Tim Costo, Todd Zeile.
This is surely not the most
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Kansas City
for optimism. Behind Greinke, the best draft pick from this decade has been Billy Butler, who I still believe will flourish into a dominant hitter during his forthcoming arbitration seasons. And while
- Driving to See the Greenville Drive
as he’s rail-thin, and I’m not exactly sure where he’d add a substantial amount of weight. He fills out his uniform in a similar way to Billy Hamilton, which is to say almost not at all. What Vinicio
- Player Development Case Study: Slap Hitters
in the .060-.080 range. Boni’s speed, however, gave him high enough BABIPs to remain viable.
Prospect Focus: Billy Hamilton
- The Near Future of Wil Myers
that might be a bit light for shortstop. There’s major-league value here, but it’s not likely to be at short or of the impact variety.
I’ll also give a brief follow-up on Billy Hamilton. The speed
- Building a Farm: National League Central
-reward prospect, had the widest range of rankings in the system after an iffy first professional season.
- Building a Farm: National League East
- Building a Farm: Top Prospects
- Mallex Smith: Atlanta's Speedy Role Model Smells the Roses
Mallex Smith is a speed burner. He’s also a big leaguer. Atlanta called up the 22-year-old outfielder earlier this month when Ender Inciarte went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. He’s
- 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
- Shocking New Clues in the Gochnaur Case
year for this club was a perfectly capable shortstop in 33-year-old Billy Clingman -- a man of defensive repute coming off a respectable, .932-fielding full season with the Senators, who managed to bat
- The Year's Best Minor-League Base-Stealers, Feat. Billy Burns
, through yesterday:
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
Other Other Randy Johnson
Other Billy Williams
Other Chris Carpenter
- 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
- Valley of the Dolls
Rare Baseball Bobblehead S.S Corp Japan
c1969 OAKLAND A'S BASEBALL BOBBLE HEAD DOLL IN ORIG BOX
HUGE 1960's BASEBALL BOBBLE HEAD DOLL/BANK
Super RARE Gay billy Tyson baseball doll
- Walk Up, Walk Tall
No More" (Billy Ray Cyrus)
"Crazy Arms" (Ray Price)
"Falls Apart" (Sugar Ray)
"Too Drunk to Fish" (Ray Stevens)
"Beg, Steal, or Borrow" (Ray LaMontagne)
"Sexy Can I" (Ray J
- The Ex-Cubs Factor: A Look at Its Implications for 2013
-old Curse of the Billy Goat. The Cubs themselves are in little danger of overturning it, and yet there is indirect evidence for a weakening in its considerable force. I refer of course to the CBG's
- On the Beauty of Pudge
discerned -- edging out such lovelies as Billy Nash and Dom DiMaggio -- it's Ivan Rodriguez:
That is one hell of a picturesque curve. The El Capitan of careers, you might say. Its one real blemish
- Examining Chad Durbin's Hall of Shame Credentials
that Durb just didn't log enough time to warrant consideration. To them I say that Bruce Sutter pitched 1042.1 innings, and he is in the Hall of Fame. Billy Wagner pitched 903 innings, and a case has been
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 2014 Preview Edition
"The opening is the league, but there are other people like." - Billy Hamilton
"As we had some bad luck. Common, which is a party to the agreement, I think we're a bunch of tough, and I want
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Billy Martin Is Impressed by the Atari
Man of a Thousand Employers Billy Martin knows a thing or two about a thing or two about real baseball. As such, it should come as no surprise that Martin is profoundly impressed by the Realistic
- Billy the Marlin Is Rather Gauche
For as long as anyone can remember, Billy the Marlin has been the standard bearer for men's fashion. However, as you will soon see, this is no longer the case. Bear chagrined witness
- 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
- 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
- New Billy Hamilton Seeking to Replace Old Billy Hamilton
Those in the know know that Reds prospect Billy Hamilton is not content with merely pilfering bases and scampering home. Rather, it is his roguish aim to scrub from history the other, older Billy
- Billy Hamilton, Who is Not a Caricature
A common question in our chats has asked how much longer the Reds can put up with Billy Hamilton and his lousy numbers out of the leadoff slot. Hamilton was known to be a question mark coming
- The Obviousness of Billy Hamilton
-runner otherwise. Much about baseball can be surprising. The same cannot be said for much of baseball strategy.
Billy Hamilton made his major-league debut Tuesday night, in a scoreless game between
- Improving Billy Hamilton
of 2014, which at one time promised to be The Year Of Billy Hamilton. And, to be fair, it was in a sense The Half-Year Of Billy Hamilton, but then Hamilton fell on harder times, losing a Rookie
- 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
- The Latest Billy Hamilton Development
It doesn't take much with the bat for Billy Hamilton to be a great player. He's a world class defensive center fielder. Of course he's a world class base-runner. Just between his defense and base
- 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
- The Poor Man's Billy
At some point in the next few days, or perhaps in the hours between when I wrote this and when it will be posted, you'll be treated to an article about Billy Hamilton. Said post will come courtesy
- Billy Wagner Returns
Assuming Billy Wagner’s appearances are nothing but an audition for another team, his first act went about as well as the Mets could script.
Wagner entered last night’s game in the eighth
- Billy Wagner Is Still Good
Billy Wagner turns 40 on the 25th of this month. His left arm, attached to a 5’10” frame, has tossed more than 870 innings and more than 8,300 pitches since 2002. The used car of free agent closers
- Billy Hamilton's Other Tools
With about a month left in the minor league baseball season, one of 2012's worst kept secrets has been the prodigious speed of Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton. With 139 stolen bases
- Billy Hamilton, As Advertised
Monday, against the Twins, Billy Hamilton stole four bases. In so doing, he reached 40 steals on the year before anyone else reached 30. Probably even more impressive: Hamilton now has more steals
- The Year of the Billy Burns Ambush
Billy Burns was going to be one of those interesting test cases. His numbers in the minor leagues were strong -- he drew walks about 12% of the time, and he infrequently struck out. He could motor
- Is Billy Wagner a Hall of Famer?
Yesterday, R.J. Anderson discussed just how impressive Billy Wagner's career has been and how magnificently he is pitching this season:
FIP supports that Wagner has pitched extremely well. His 2.12
- Billy Flips The Script
acquisitions, and when Billy Beane acquired him, we all just nodded our heads and said "yeah, of course."
Apparently Billy woke up this morning annoyed with his own predictability, because this afternoon, he
- Billy Buckner: Sleeper?
At first blush, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Billy Buckner looks like a toxic fantasy option. After all, he's an exiled Kansas City Royal who posted a-shield your eyes!-6.40 ERA in 2009. Why
- Deep Impact: Billy Hamilton
If starting Billy Hamilton guaranteed your team would win steals, where would you draft him? It would be arguable Hamilton is the best fantasy baseball prospect in the minor leagues, if that were
- Catching Billy Hamilton
The big secret isn't much of a secret. As a base-stealer, Billy Hamilton has seemed automatic — but he did get thrown out in the minors. In fact, he got thrown out a whole mess of times.
- Billy Wagner to Atlanta
We saw the first big move of free agency late last night, as the Atlanta Braves signed closer Billy Wagner. With the potential losses of Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez looming large, Frank Wren
- Signed: Billy Wagner with the Braves
Marking the first major move of the offseason, the Atlanta Braves are all set to acquire Billy Wagner if he passes their physical examination. The deal is for a reported $7 million this year
- Is Billy Butler's Power Real?
Billy Buter, AKA Country Breakfast, may finally be worth a slot as a full-time first baseman in standard formats. Butler's often had to be utilized as a fill in at the position or someone to stick
- Let's Talk About Billy McCool
Last month, NotGraphs lost a piece of magic as Billy McCool, left-handed pitcher and actual person, passed away. Let us take a moment to adore the man, the lefty, the only fella who could make your
- 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
- Billy Hamilton, 2nd Rounder
very well be aware of the firestorm that erupted after my second round selection. I drew the #11 draft slot, which meant that my second round pick was the 20th. I settled on Billy Hamilton and I
- For Billy Beane, On the Eve of Game Five
Billy, holy wow.
Holy crap, Billy, did you see that?
The elfin sprite that
stole my hat,
I see now how he floated
away from me
he was possessed of an afro puff,
and was he
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- For Billy Beane, As Game Three Begins
"Sonny gets sunnier day by day by day…" –Paul Simon
Billy Beane’s not a player,
he just walks a lot—
well, mostly it’s pacing through the muck
through the bleach smell
the rare scintilla from
- 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
- For Billy Beane, on the Eve of Game Three
Billy! -- I say it with my Rosie Perez voice
like you are Woody Harrelson, but
you are not Woody Harrelson, let's face it --
you are too much a lover
of soccer --
Billy, who should laud you
- 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
- For Billy Beane, on the Eve of Game Four
Someone photoshopped that helmet in
someone scribbled your name
someone who once liked your good face
when they see it.
That's how it goes.
How did it go last night?
- 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
- 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
- Where Did Billy Beane Eat?
Athletics Nation has an awesome interview with Billy Beane, conducted right after the A's were eliminated. A couple of highlights:
Bleszinski: What about Brandon Moss?
Beane: David (Forst
- 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
- Your Billy Hamilton Factoid of the Day
Our hero, Billy Hamilton, is tied for 8th in the NL in stolen base runs. He made his major league
- 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
- Proposed Trade: Billy Butler to the Rays
With the Royals recently calling up Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler looks to have been permanently moved to the DH spot. With Mike Moustakas ready to be called up to take over third base, that leaves
- Roman Quinn: A Better Billy Hamilton?
In a foot race, I'd place my money on Roman Quinn over any prospect not named Billy Hamilton. Heads up, it would be close -- very close. 2012 was a historic year for minor league base stealers
- FG on Fox: Billy Hamilton is Good
Thursday was an ordinary day for Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, in that it contained some extraordinary things in the Reds’ 4-3 loss in 12 innings at the Pittsburgh Pirates.