- Taylor Dugas, On-Base Machine
The 2014 Baseball America Prospect Handbook left outfielder Taylor Dugas off the Yankees' Top 30 prospect list, and the New York system isn't particularly well regarded, coming in 18th in BAs system
- The Dodgers and Jacoby Ellsbury
- Hitting Wins Championships(?)
- Billy Burns and Hamilton Share a Thing Besides a Name
- Picking Up Chris Taylor
With Hanley Ramirez out another week with his oblique injury, picking up and starting Chris Taylor as the Mariners play in Philadelphia and Boston looks like a decent replacement option in weekly
- Michael Taylor Vaults into Sleeperdom
When injury strikes, opportunity arises. This time, Michael Taylor is the beneficiary. Initially expected to step in for Jayson Werth as he recovers from right shoulder surgery, Taylor is suddenly
- Tale Of Two Taylor Guerrieris
Recently, Tampa Bay Rays first-round pick Taylor Guerrieri received a tremendous write up for Bullpen Banter by JD Sussman. In it, the young right-hander showed enough to "profile as a top
- Taylor Jordan: Sleeper Deluxe
There's an intriguing battle taking place on the Nationals between two rather similar pitchers. Both Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark debuted in Washington last year and impressed. Though Roark did
- Francoeur Denies Taylor Second Hit
Jeff Francoeur throws out Michael Taylor at first base from right field.
Your second major league hit was denied by getting thrown out by the right fielder. Yea... that sucks. I bet he
- Looking Back: The Brien Taylor Story
Most of us spent the holidays with friends and family, celebrating the New Year and making resolutions we probably won't keep. Brien Taylor was busy celebrating his 40th birthday the day after
- Stashing Chris Taylor in Dynasty Leagues
, Hanley Ramirez, and Chris Taylor.
The two most interesting names on that list are former top prospect Brad Miller and 2012 fifth round draft pick Chris Taylor. Having owned Taylor in dynasty
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Taylor Teagarden
well-rounded - is Taylor Teagarden, whom the club drafted out of the University of Texas in the third round of the 2005 draft. The 25-year-old's road to the Majors was slowed by injuries (including Tommy
- Lefties Can't Touch Taylor Rogers
If one were to go to Minor League Central, navigate to the 2013 High-A pitching stats against lefty batters, and sort by SIERA with a minimum of 30 innings (against lefties), Taylor Rogers
- Has Taylor Jungmann Righted The Ship?
When the Milwaukee Brewers selected Taylor Jungmann with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft, he was seen as a polished prospect with an advanced feel for pitching who would move quickly through
- Revisiting the Chris Taylor vs. Brad Miller Debate
to the start of the season, one player I was keeping a close eye on was Chris Taylor. Being stuck in a position battle with Brad Miller made him a questionable target, but I had confidence that he
- Mets Dig Deep, Find Logan Taylor
the resurgence of Steven Matz several weeks ago.
Enter Logan Taylor.
The Mets selected Taylor out of East Oklahoma State College in the 11th round of the 2012 Rule 4 draft. A right-handed starter, Taylor
- 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
- Steven Souza and Michael Taylor: Buried in Washington
Steven Souza and Michael Taylor enter the picture. They're both thoroughly blocked by veteran studs, and they both have massive fantasy potential.
We'll start with Souza. He posted a .350/.432/.590
- Michael Taylor Retired, But Don't Feel Bad for Him
"How many individuals are in the top 1% of anything? If you're a Stanford graduate and you made it to the major leagues, who's complaining about that?" Michael Taylor told me in 2013. He retired
- 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
- Quiz: Carson Cistulli, or Jonathan Taylor Thomas?
to identify whether a given photo depicts belovéd NotGraphs editor Carson Cistulli or former pre-teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas? Thank you.
NOTE: The quiz formatting is screwy, because I am
- 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
- Zach Walters & Chris Taylor: Deep League Wire
Taylor | SS SEA | 9% Owned
This recommendation makes me sad. I was a big fan of Brad Miller's heading into the season, drafting him in two of my three leagues, but outside of June, he's been
- 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
- Apropos of Something: Three GIFs of Taylor Jordan's Slider
As the largely irresponsible leaderboard published by the author today at FanGraphs indicates, Washington right-hander Taylor Jordan has been the best pitcher of spring training by an obscure
- 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
- Q&A: Taylor Guerrieri, Rays Pitching Prospect
The Tampa Bay Rays have a deep and talented pitching staff, which extends into their farm system. Of the bunch, Taylor Guerrieri has a chance to be as good as any.
A 20-year-old [as of tomorrow
- Anthony Rendon & Taylor Jordan: Waiver Wire
soon. Both Anthony Rendon and Taylor Jordan could end up playing a role on fantasy teams this season, but are they worth a pickup right now?
Anthony Rendon 3B/2B 75% owned in CBSSports.com
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Porcello, Taylor
Daily DFS - Pitchers Aplenty
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - E-Rod, Porcello, Joyce, Taylor
"Fading" is what anthropologists call
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Nathan Eovaldi & Taylor Jordan: Deep League Wire
Taylor Jordan | WAS SP | 8% Owned
Who? Yeah, don't feel bad. I had no idea who this guy was just two days ago either. Dan Haren's shoulder injury that landed him on the DL finally freed me
- Are Matt Wisler or Taylor Jungmann Worthy of a Pick Up?
What caused scouts and prospect gurus to turn on Jungmann was a severe lack of control. As only a two pitch pitcher with serious command problems, the likely destination
- Taylor Jungmann & Clayton Richard: Deep League Wire
for mono leagues, and the ownership percentages are by way of CBS.
Taylor Jungmann / SP / Milwaukee Brewers / 17%
Jungmann’s ownership suggests that his secret is already spilling out, as he’s been
- 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
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Billy Hamilton and Stealing 100 Bases
Because he is a man who hates joy, Walt Jocketty said yesterday that Billy Hamilton would "probably not" be called up to the majors in September, as the Reds put the finishing touches on a first
- Billy Hamilton's Realm of 2014 Possibilities
this offseason, and one question facing them is “what the heck do we do with Billy Hamilton?” In celebration of Hamilton’s spectacular and otherworldly speed, the present offer sought to present some
- Billy Hamilton: 2014 Leadoff Hitter?
brought a great deal of value to a team that needed his particular offensive skill set.
Walt Jocketty has stated that Billy Hamilton is the new center fielder and will likely bat leadoff
- Billy Hamilton's Reverse Lineup Protection
in the traditional sense. What’s more interesting today is that we’re seeing, at least in one case in the early going, a different kind of lineup protection.
Depending on how you looked at it, Billy Hamilton’s
- Billy Hamilton's Second Half Decline
Coming into 2014, the question wasn't if Billy Hamilton was going to steal a bunch of bases, the question was how many. I had my doubts he could hit well enough to stay in the lineup. He hit better
- The Future-Future Usage of Billy Hamilton
As the 2014 season approaches, the Cincinnati Reds are left with the unenviable task of figuring out exactly what to do with Billy Hamilton. After his September call-up, Hamilton electrified fans
- Michael Taylor, Liam Hendriks and Simon Castro: Prospect Chatter
1) Michael Taylor, A's
With news of Coco Crisp reportedly re-signing with the A's on a two-year, $14 million deal, Taylor's 2012 just got a bit murkier. While the 26-year-old
- Billy Butler Heads to the Bay Area
scratching signing by the Oakland Athletics. That, of course, was Billy Butler. He figures to be the team's every day designated hitter, and perhaps play a couple of games here and there at first base
- Jason Kipnis, Michael Taylor, Tom Milone: Mining the Minors
Michael Taylor, OF
Current Level: Triple-A
Statistics: .278 BA; .813 OPS; 10 HRs; 38 RBIs; 22:46 K:BB over 209 ABs
40-man roster: Yes
Opportunity Rating: 8
- The Royals, Billy Butler, and Young Pitching
position players for a young, high-end arm. Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, and even Eric Hosmer have been floated as trade candidates, ditto Billy Butler.
Butler, 26, is a .300/.362/.468 (121 wRC+) career
- Billy Hamilton's Potential Fantasy Value
The Reds' Billy Hamilton has been one of the biggest stories of the minor league season this year. You are probably well aware by now that the 21-year old broke Vince Coleman's minor league stolen
- JABO: Will Billy Burns' Speed Play In the Majors?
The first-level explanation for Billy Burns' impressive numbers last month? Spring-training statistics are irrelevant at best, misleading at worst. You know this part. However much there might
- FG on Fox: Todd Frazier and the Billy Hamilton Effect
With a guy like Billy Hamilton on first base, you're likely to get a fastball. That's a good thing for Todd Frazier, who has traditionally feasted on fastballs. But does Billy Hamilton also make
- Billy Jo Robidoux Would Have Boxed You
It was a different time, you understand -- 1987, or '88. A time when men like Billy Jo Robidoux and Mark Funderburk were the flying buttresses in the architecture of baseball -- beautiful appendages
- Billy Butler Stole Second Base: A Reflection
Billy Butler's nickname is Country Breakfast. You know that -- you've known that for years -- but at this point, the connection's automatic, and you probably don't really think about it. This time
- Let's Watch Billy Hamilton Make a Run Happen
One of the big conversations taking place in baseball right now concerns whether or not Billy Hamilton is going to hit enough to stick as an actual long-term regular. It's a justifiable worry
- Billy Butler In: The Good, The Slightly Above Average, And The Ugly
For the past two years or so, Kansas City has been torn about breakfast… Billy “Big Country Breakfast” Butler that is. During this past offseason there were many rumors that the Royals were going
- Why the Billy Butler Deal Probably is Crazy
I'll give Eno Sarris points for trying, although I fully expect his attempt to find value in Billy Butler's three year, $30 million deal with the A's will fuel the fires of those who think Billy
- Spectacles/Mustache Package Deal: Billy Martin
You're damned right I'd follow Billy Martin's mustache, and his spectacles, into the heat of baseball battle.
Adding to Martin's lore: Whiskey Slick, his nickname, according to Baseball
- LINK: An Even Better Article on Billy Hamilton
I wrote up the Billy Hamilton factoid this morning because I wanted to write about him, but I didn't have a fully formed post yet, so I used that as a tide-me-over until that post materialized. Well
- What Happens When Billy Hamilton is on Third Base?
When I first dreamt this post up, I figured the title would somehow include the phrase, "Billy Hamilton Effect." That was before I discovered Eno already wrote a post called "Todd Frazier
- Why Wasn't Billy Hamilton a Base-Stealing Dynamo?
down. In large part, presumably, because the opponents became prepared.
Along those lines, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton was supposed to be something different, something unique. Hamilton was going
- Old News: Billy Beane vs. Steven Levitt
of the A's success under Billy Beane.
From one such post:
I am not necessarily implying that Billy Beane isn't a good general manager who can stretch a small budget into a respectable record through
- Dee Gordon as the Poor Man's Billy Hamilton
at the center of most stolen-base conversations these days is Billy Hamilton. There are people who allege that Hamilton gets from first to second quicker than anyone ever, and even if Hamilton's speed
- Why Is Billy Beane Buying Relief Pitchers?
on their contract in order to collect the draft picks when they walked. Given the moves that Billy Beane and company have made over the last few days, should we assume that relief pitchers
- Billy Butler's Country Breakfast Doesn't Satisfy
Billy Butler headed into the 2012 season as a first baseman with moderate power whose greatest fantasy contributions came from his strong batting average and position in the middle of a Major League
- JABO: Billy Hamilton Should Work on His Bunting
Billy Hamilton is the fastest player in baseball. He's done some remarkable things on the field with his legs, including scoring on a pop-up that barely left the infield. He currently leads
- Billy Butler and the Royals' Off-Season Plan
Apparently some people do not respect the sanctity of World Series Week:
Royals ready to talk about Billy Butler deal for teams that would take on DH owed $8 million in '14, $12m in 2015
- Billy Butler: Very Talented At Sitting Around
A few weeks ago, Eno tried to make sense of Oakland's Billy Butler signing by wondering about the holistic impact that Butler will have in the A's lineup. Eno mentions the designated hitter penalty
- Why Billy Butler To The A's Makes Perfect Sense
Donaldson. In the ensuing days and weeks, onlookers were left scratching their heads, wondering what Billy Beane was up to this time, as Billy Butler and Ben Zobrist, two players not exactly made
- Free Agent Fantasy Impact: Billy Wagner
In a scenario that seemed ridiculous at the start of the year, Billy Wagner may be one of the most highly sought after relievers this offseason. Wagner missed the majority of the season after
- Daily Notes, Featuring a Question About Billy Hamilton
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Crowdsourcing: Billy Hamilton's Whole Career
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League
3. Pretty Excellent
- Stealing a Base, with Billy Hamilton and Jose Molina
Typical Billy Hamilton story outline: Ordinary introductory paragraph noting Hamilton's speed when running the bases. Reference to Hamilton's record-breaking stolen-base numbers in the minor leagues
- Why The Billy Butler Deal May Not Be Totally Crazy
At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year... three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had
- Billy Butler's 2009 vs. Alex Gordon's 2008
Other than Zack Greinke's historic season, the 2009 Royals had little go right. Billy Butler was one non-Greinke bright spot. After a disappointing 2008, Butler raked in 2009, hitting .301/.362/.492
- The Sophomore Report: Billy Hamilton, Mike Zunino...
in 2015. Hahn, 25, has 200+ strikeout stuff if his body holds up.
Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds: I’m not a fan of speedsters that don’t understand the need to get on base. It’s the most important part
- Should We Start Worrying About Billy Butler?
. There's a bunch of great stuff in there, but something about ground ball rate stabilization piqued my interest. It did so because between whole stanzas of "cuuuuups of coffee," I also had Billy Butler running
- Billy Hamilton Had To Learn To Play Defense, Too
One of the more fascinating stories of last winter was the Cincinnati Reds' intention to replace the departing center fielder Shin-Soo Choo with the completely unproven Billy Hamilton. While
- Should Billy Burns Stop Switch-Hitting?
As hard as it might be to believe right now, Oakland front office asked center fielder Billy Burns to consider ending the switch-hitter experiment and bat solely from the right side when
- Billy Butler: Country Breakfast Served Up Hot
in 2012, added position eligibility and arguably one of the best nicknames in baseball right now, Billy Butler is headed towards being one of the sexier picks in fantasy drafts next season. Batting .313
- Billy Hamilton - Better Than We Thought?
Remember Bold Prediction season? Billy Hamilton was a popular subject, with nearly everybody (except me) weighing in on how the controversial speedster would perform. The most common view was a flop
- Billy Beane to Kurt Suzuki: Don't Get Hurt
, Billy Beane's Athletics have suggested a team-oriented way forward. Beane effectively ordered his catcher, Kurt Suzuki, to avoid injury:I said to him, "I don't want you planting yourself in front
- So You're Thinking About Taking Billy Hamilton...
An extraordinarily polarizing player in drafts this year is Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton. Especially so in 5x5 and traditional leagues, where one could make the argument where Hamilton
- Billy Butler’s Extension and Future Power
Underrated by casual baseball fans because he plays for the Royals, and overrated by many Royals fans because they don't have many recent examples of what a good position player looks like, Billy
- New Footage of Billy Butler's Stolen Base
- Let's Mostly Watch Billy Burns Make a Run Happen, Also
Earlier this afternoon, celebrated and young Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton produced a run entirely by means of his generational footspeed -- which sequence of events Jeff Sullivan
- The Story Behind Billy Ripken's F*ck Face Card
Readers over the age of 28 or so will almost definitely remember this very famous Billy Ripken card for at least two reasons: (1) because it was worth a whole bunch of money, and (2) because it had
- How Did Billy Butler Take His Extra Bases?
Remember when Billy Butler stole a base against the Angels in the playoffs? Of course you do. It was beautiful and it was absurd, and it psychologically cemented the notion that there was nothing
- The Year's Best Minor-League Base-Stealers, Feat. Billy Burns
Last year, then-Washington outfield prospect Billy Burns produced the most stolen-base runs among every minor-league player in the whole minor leagues -- about 12 of them, it would appear, using
- The Change: Manny Machado, Billy Burns, & Batted Ball Mixes
turn this spotlight on two very different players, Manny Machado and Billy Burns, to see what we can learn.
Machado is only 22, so maybe we don't need to declare him a certain type of hitter yet