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- The Chris Sale Conundrum
as both Bronson Arroyo and Chris Narveson. Even if Sale manages a season like Feliz's, he may produce the same value as a league average starter.
Although Sale has experience as a starter
- Chris Archer Conquers Lefties
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer lived up to expectations in 2014. While Archer's performance during his rookie season was strong, there were still some questions about his ability moving forward
- Chris Tillman: Sleeper
Chris Tillman is going to be a very popular pick at the end of most drafts this season. Every year, there are a couple of guys that get touted all offseason, causing other owners to make a fuss when
- Chris Cwik: RotoGraphs Chat
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- Chris Cwik's Bold Predictions for 2014
- Chris Archer & Danny Hultzen: Waiver Wire
to consider adding Chris Archer and Danny Hultzen.
Tampa Bay Rays
Owners should know
- Chris Sale: More Than Just a Slider
Chris Sale was far from a polished pitcher by the time he was drafted by the White Sox. Armed with two above-average pitches, some analysts believed he was bound for the bullpen. But in his brief
- Chris Cwik's 10 Bold Predictions For the 2013 Fantasy Season
- Chris Burke
On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks decided not to tender an offer of arbitration to Chris Burke. After coming over from the Astros in the Jose Valverde trade, Burke was a massive disappointment
- Chris Davis is Not on Steroids
@MichiganMagic1 No— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavis_19) June 30, 2013
When he's not quoting the Bible, Chris Davis takes time on Twitter to answer those who've been watching his incredible
- FanGraphs Chat - 1/17/11
Chris Cwik and Zach Sanders are co-hosting a chat today, so bring either MLB or fantasy related questions to the party.
- FanGraphs Chat - 12/28/10
Chris Cwik will swing by at 3:00 pm eastern time for his inaugural chat here on FanGraphs. Come meet the new guy and talk baseball for an hour or so.
- Daily Graphing - Chris Carpenter
Today my faith in the Baseball Writers' Association of America was restored after they voted to give Chris Carpenter his first Cy Young award. Despite Dontrelle Willis' MLB high 22 wins, and Roger
- Poor Chris Snyder
Chris Snyder who suffered an injury that can be considered "unfortunate."
You know what hurts? Getting a shot to the giggle beans. You know what really hurts? Getting hit in the giggle
- The Two Faces of Chris Archer
Opinions™ on the matter. I feel no need to offer more of these, but I do feel a need to talk about Chris Archer's face.
With the subtraction of James Shields and Wade Davis from the Rays’ rotation
- Chris Sale and a Dominant June
Now that Chris Sale’s historic strikeout streak has ended, it seems an appropriate time to marvel at the dominance Sale has shown. Over an eight-game stretch from May 23 through June 30, Sale had
- Chris Youngs and Occupying Extremes
There are two Chris Youngs in baseball, and they're independent of one another, linked only by profession and coincidence. Still, it's fun to compare them on account of their names
- Chris Heisey is Comparable to the 2009 Chris Heisey
Chris Heisey made his big-league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. A year earlier he put up a .900 OPS with 22 home runs and 21 stolen bases between Double-A and Triple-A. Following his break
- Mustache Watch: Chris Iannetta
In this inaugural (and maybe only ever) edition of Mustache Watch, we present Chris Iannetta, sporting a handlebar situation. Iannetta, as you're well aware, is competing with new Texas Ranger Mike Napoli
- Chris Davis Scouting Report
Baltimore's Chris Davis made his major-league pitching debut against Boston on Sunday, earning the win with two innings of scoreless work while striking out two, walking one, and allowing two hits
- The Two Chris Youngs
We all know there's the absurdly tall Chris Young, the talented pitcher who refuses to stay healthy and then there's also the absurdly athletic Chris Young who patrols center field in Arizona and has
- The Curious Case of Chris Coghlan
pick up came from a minor league contract and has been undervalued by the Cubs fan all season.
I’m here to talk about the Curious Case of Chris Coghlan.
Chris Coghlan was the Rookie of the Year
- Daily Graphing - Chris Young
In what was a surprise move to me, the Rangers sent Chris Young, Adrian Gonzalez, and Terrmel Sledge to the Padres for Adam Eaton, Akinori Otsuka, and a minor leaguer. In Chris Young's first full
- FanGraphs Audio: Chris "Cwik"
Contributor Chris Cwik elaborates on his post from Thursday regarding the Marlins' free-agent spending power and also gives his expert opinion on whether or not Arizona's recent
- The Chris Sale Diet
The Wall Street Journal writes about "historically skinny" Chris Sale and his amazing feats of culinary indulgence:
In a four-hour masterpiece, Sale packed two ice cream sundaes and, by one
- Hot Pickup: Chris Coghlan
Gotta pick him up. Chris Coghlan won a rookie of the year, y'all. And he's got a job. Sort of -- a platoon with Justin Ruggiano -- but he's got a job in center field in Florida and he's a former ROY
- Daily Graphing - Chris Ray
With B.J. Ryan and Jorge Julio's departure from the Orioles, it looks like Chris Ray will get a shot at closing games. Ryan saved 36 games last year, blowing only 5 saves with an 2.43 ERA. Those
- Chris Johnson and Great Players
that people hardly notice. The leader in the National League right now is Chris Johnson, batting .342. Johnson didn't even begin the year as an everyday player.
Johnson went from the Diamondbacks
- A League of Chris Davis' Own
, then, one has to be careful not to be too casual about drawing comparisons. There is no more flattering offensive comp, so few will ever exceed the threshold of acceptability. But Chris Davis
- Chris Young and Dropping the Fastball
a look at that for 2014, inspired by something I've noticed about Chris Young. I've had a note to write about this for a week or two. I guess now I've waited long enough.
The idea: We're going
- The New Chris Capuano
There was some grumbling in Milwaukee when Chris Capuano signed with the New York Mets. After all, the 32-year-old lefty was a popular Brewer who had just survived his second Tommy John surgery
- Chris Tillman Finally Arrives?
The trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners is famous for bringing Adam Jones to Camden Yards. Jones wasn't the only big talent included in the infamous deal, though -- Chris Tillman, a 6
- The Other Chris Carter
When you share a name with perhaps the most powerful man in the minor leagues (Oakland's Chris Carter), and you have been toiling away for the past three years in one of the deepest organizations
- Meet Chris Davis
just .225/.309/.339 as a group. From Ben Broussard to Chris Shelton, they simply haven't been able to find a hitter who could provide legitimate offense, and so now their search has taken them to Chris
- Chris "K" Young
I talked briefly about Chris Young last night, but I wanted to cover him in more depth this morning. He’s an odd case. His peripheral numbers are essentially equal to B.J. Upton – 11% walks, 29
- Chris Carpenter: 2012 Debut
Chris Carpenter debuted on Friday night. He came away with decent results, 5 IP, 2 Runs allowed, 0 HR. Chris is usually a fantasy workhorse, but shoulder surgery has all but eliminated his 2012
- Is There Room for Chris Young?
. This is the season of minor-league contracts, as the pool of available free agents has been reduced to a puddle on an otherwise dry concrete foundation. But of those names still out there, Chris Young has
- Chris Iannetta's Peculiar Season
The BABIP gods are a most fickle bunch. They come and go as they please, gracing the bats of some while abandoning others altogether. Take Chris Johnson, for example. Aided by a .394 BABIP (roughly
- Jim Edmonds for Chris Dickerson
The Cincinnati Reds attempted to strengthen their postseason chances by acquiring OF Jim Edmonds from the Brewers today for OF Chris Dickerson. Edmonds was apparently a decently hot commodity
- Chris Young the Outfielder
the problems that lineup would normally entail.
With that strategy in mind, is Chris Young a viable option in 2010? If Bill James is to be believed, Youngs' power and speed could return and answer
- Chris Davis and His Pillars
Chris Davis was the bane of my fantasy teams for a couple of years. After breaking out in 2008 with 17 home runs in 80 games, he was my ace-in-the-hole of draft/auction day. The results were horrible
- Why Chris Tillman Will Disappoint
Yesterday, fellow RotoGrapher Chris Cwik outlined why he considered Orioles starter Chris Tillman a sleeper. He made some valid points and even sprinkled in some of the negatives that make my
- On the Surging Chris Carter
Chris Carter, as of this writing, has hit 28 home runs this season. That's more than Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, David Ortiz and Jose Bautista. Only Nelson Cruz, Jose Abreu, and Giancarlo Stanton
- Be Excited about Chris Davis
Power hitters playing in Texas are a fantasy player’s dream. Chris Davis certainly fits the bill.
Throughout his minor league career, all Davis has done is mash. Despite being young for his level
- Chris Sale the Starter?
Hot off the presses, White Sox GM Kenny Williams has announced that Chris Sale, who has not started a game since college, will be in their starting rotation next season. So what might we expect from
- 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
- Chris Coghlan Promoted
recalled top prospect Chris Coghlan from Triple-A, where he was hitting .348/.425/.565 with a 12/10 BB/K ratio to go along with 12 extra base hits. The power was the nice surprise so far, as no one
- Pirates Lift Chris Snyder
Nobody expected the Pittsburgh Pirates to be buyers at the deadline, but here we are. Today the Pirates finalized a deal to acquire Chris Snyder (and minor league shortstop Pedro Ciriaco) from
- Pitcher Spotlight: Chris Sale
This week’s subject is 24-year-old Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, who is fresh off a dominating 13 strikeout performance in his last start. Sale is a deceptive low arm-slot lefty who fully utilizes
- Explaining the Chris Capuano Bargain
in seemingly every FanGraphs chat I either run or read, and my automatic answer has long been Chris Capuano. I don't even think about it anymore. It's Capuano, and then it's on to the next question. I don't
- The Unhittable Chris Archer
A little over a month ago, Owen Watson wrote a piece here entitled "Chris Archer and His Elite Slider, and in the piece, he noted that Archer had ramped up the usage of his off-speed stuff this year
- Projecting the Prospects in the Dustin Ackley Trade
- Projecting the Prospects in the Chase Utley Trade
nearest and dearest to Sweeney's, ranked from most to least similar.
PA thru 28
WAR thru 28
- Projecting the Prospects in the Andrelton Simmons Trade
The Angels and Braves swung a trade last night that sent Andrelton Simmons and catching prospect Jose Briceno to LA in exchange for Erick Aybar and pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis
- Why Haven't the A's had Any Good Pitch-Framers?
, Chris Stewart, and of course, Jose Molina.
MLB front offices have taken notice. Several teams, including the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Pirates, Padres, and Brewers have begun hoarding good-framing
- Mets Sign a Pair of Tommy John Survivors
surgery. While both Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz pitched in the majors last season, they were only able to accumulate 78 innings combined. The Mets realized the risks involved, however, signing
- Rockies Relying on Draftees
will need strong seasons from Dexter Fowler, Chris Iannetta, Seth Smith and Ian Stewart in order to make another run at Rocktober. Based on the Rockies' recent history in the draft, counting
- Angels Acquire Iannetta
Chris Iannetta is finally free. After employing the worst starting catcher in baseball last season (min 250 plate appearances), the Los Angeles Angels decided to seek out an upgrade. Despite some
- Waiver Wire: Borbon and Tillman
, and there aren't any performances we can fully trust, it's risky to fully commit to these types of players. That said, Julio Borbon and Chris Tillman are two players that aren't owned in many leagues that could
- Tony Cingrani, Shelby Miller and the Two-Pitch Approach
that sticks out is Chris Young. Young has able to get by with a middling fastball due to the deception in his size and delivery. The term "deception" is often mentioned with both Cingrani and Miller
- Chris Coghlan and the Future Marlins
Chris Coghlan the starting center fielder. While Coghlan has experience in the outfield, he has never played center as a professional, and his defensive numbers in left field have been below average
- Chris Davis Is Hitting Everything
The Orioles scored 20 runs in their 2-1 series victory over the Rays this week. Chris Davis drove in 11 himself and scored four more. His .971 wOBA -- 7-for-11, three home runs, three doubles, a walk
- Chris Carter: Waiver Wire
Chris Carter (ESPN: 21.7 percent owned; Yahoo!: 23 percent owned)
In the minor leagues, he never had a full season OPS under .800, nor has he hit fewer than 10 home runs in a season, yet Chris
- Valuing Chris Carter
Just in case you didn't know, Chris Carter finished the season tied for second in home runs with Giancarlo Stanton. Also in the top five were Nelson Cruz, Mike Trout and Jose Abreu. One
- Chris Young's Fatal Flaw
keeping Fowler out of the line-up.
However, this post isn't about Fowler. This post is about Chris Young. The tall pitching one, not the hack-at-everything center field version. See, Young
- Chris Sale to the Majors
and, by extension, not many would have benefited from his performances to date. Therefore, it should come as little surprise that the White Sox have called up their first round pick, Chris Sale, to work out
- Chris Coghlan Gets the Call
The Florida Marlins club has recalled its top middle infield prospect. Second baseman Chris Coghlan, who can also play third base, was brought up when right-hander Anibal Sanchez was placed
- Astros Throw Lance McCullers into the Fire
players whose performances were nearest and dearest to McCullers', ranked from most to least similar.
IP thru 28
WAR thru 28
- The Present and Future of Rob Refsnyder
to least similar.
PA thru 28
WAR thru 28
- In Celebration of Chris Sale
as the AL's premier starting pitcher.
But the more I watch him pitch, the more I think I might just pick Chris Sale.
Let's start off with some numbers. Here's the AL leaderboard since Sale
- Chris Young Challenges the Data
"You should go look at the research again and see what the charts say," Chris Young, the Seattle Mariners pitcher, emphatically told me one afternoon this season. We were talking about high fastballs
- Chris Sale and Death by Diversity
We tend to take the greatest players for granted, so it ought to tell you something when even one of the established elites is raising eyebrows. Chris Sale's one of the very best starting pitchers
- Chris Archer Produces a Masterpiece
Amid the ever-increasing dominance of pitching this season, Chris Archer has been a singular figure among the leaderboard of best pitchers during 2015: he's not only a newcomer to the best handful
- Chris Young: Is It Real, Or Is It Safeco?
the vagaries of context. This just in, though - FIP is far from perfect itself. Case in point - Chris Young, the NBA-sized righty now plying his trade for the Seattle Mariners, currently possesses
- Daric Barton Returns, Brandon Allen Free Again
rated as a passable first baseman.
The problem is that Oakland's current first basemen are a bit of a motley crew. The team already had Barton, Allen and Chris Carter last season; but the team chose
- Projecting the Prospects in the Ben Zobrist Trade
- NL Starter Tiers -- August 2014
at the position? Let's find out.
Before we start, you’ll notice this is the NL post, so you won’t see Chris Sale ranked. Despite this, someone in the comments will say “where’s Chris Sale, you
- Is Josh Harrison's Approach a Concern?
- Starlin Castro Turns it All Around
- Another Year of Yordano Ventura
- Using low-A Stats to Predict Future Performance
performance, but isn't entirely guilty of "scouting the stat line."
It's come to my attention that Chris St. John of Beyond the Boxscore is doing something very similar with his JAVIER projection
- Brandon Moss has Become a Little Too Patient
, placing him third in baseball behind Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera over that span. Moss kept up the hot hitting to start the 2014 season, as well. The 30-year-old 1B/OF/DH posted a 162 wRC
- Steven Souza: The 26-year-old Rookie
- The White Sox Rotation: Can the Top Make Up for the Bottom?
There's very little to say about Sale at this point. Sure, there are always going
- Chris Carpenter is Back
be a good time to mention it.
Chris Carpenter effectively lost the last two years to injury, so coming into this year it was a question if he could stay healthy, and, if so, how effective he would
- Chris Tillman Throws No-No in AAA
-league door, yet again. Chris Tillman, once the club's top pitching prospect, made 12 starts in the Majors last season at the age of 21. The pitching depth in the organization allowed the club to send
- The Fascinating Story of Chris Resop
Chris Resop knew that last night was going to be his last in Triple-A. Signed to a minor league contract by the Braves this spring, his agent included an unusual out clause in the deal; if he
- Digging Into Chris Sale's Slider
Samardzija has relied heavily on his split-fingered fastball and has had a solid season; Lance Lynn was an all-star; and then there's Chris Sale — the player who made the most seamless transition
- Chris Iannetta's Transformation
By framing runs above average on StatCorner, Chris Iannetta was 54th of 78 catchers that caught at least 1000 pitches last year. This year, he's first. All it took was a little studying. After
- Valuing Chris Davis in 2010
After an outstanding half season in 2008, Texas Rangers first baseman Chris Davis generated quite a bit of buzz leading into fantasy drafts in 2009. Davis hit .285/.331/.549 with 17 homers and 55 RBI
- Chris Coghlan: Waiver Wire
- more often than not he's dumped when the hot hitting ends. A lot of fluky things can happen over the course of ~100PA. It's up to you to decide what is legitimate and what isn't. Take Chris Coghlan
- Chris Will No Longer Be On Sale
What a season for Chris Sale. I was a huge fan of his before the year began, going as far as predicting that he would outearn every White Sox and Diamondbacks starting pitcher. Although I ended up
- Chris Sale Keeps on Sailing
, then the following year I will switch gears and suggest that same player won't be worth his price. This is precisely what happened with Chris Sale. In 2012, he transitioned into the White Sox rotation and I
- The Plays Behind Chris Heston
the theory up, and without doubt, there are easier plays made, and more difficult plays made, every single time. One of the interesting things about Chris Heston's no-hitter is that no defensive plays
- Jorge de la Rosa Stays in Colorado
We're excited to be debuting two new writers today, of which Chris is the first. We think he'll be a great addition to the site and think you'll enjoy his writings on a regular basis here.
- Is Matt Dominguez the Answer?
with Omar Infante and Chris Coghlan.
As Joe Pawlikowski recently explained, the Marlins could choose to alter their lineup due to the versatility of Coghlan and Infante. Both players have limited
- The White Sox Can't Close the Deal
velocity appears fine, which could mean that a bullpen session will fix these early struggles.
Chris Sale emerged as a potential candidate for saves this season as well, but he's also experienced some
- The Kids Will Play
While Gordon Beckham and Chris Sale reached the majors shortly after being drafted, it's tough to get too excited about their performances. After two seasons of regression, it looks like Beckham may
- Harrison Over Holland?
to throw Chris Carpenter, will Washington try and go with his higher upside starter? If the Cardinals elect to throw Kyle Lohse, will Washington be more comfortable knowing Holland can enter the game
- Volstad Heads to Chicago
Chris Volstad. While Volstad hasn't established himself as a top of the line pitcher in the majors, this deal might just work out in the Cubs' favor.
Chicago had lots of reasons to deal Zambrano
- Marlins Make Offer to Cespedes
, $30.25 million contract from the Cincinnati Reds.
Signing Cespedes would be a huge gain for the Marlins, who currently lack a true center fielder on their roster. The Chris Coghlan experiment
- Projecting the Prospects the Angels Traded for Outfielders
PA thru 28
WAR thru 28
- Projecting Boog Powell
- New Opportunities: Brandon Allen & Jerry Hairston Jr.
, but we can't be certain at this point. Jackson will be a free-agent at season's end and Barton will not be ready early on next season; leaving Chris Carter as the only real competition
- Is Grady Sizemore Still Fantasy Worthy?
they might affect him going forward). Since we cannot really know the true extent of Sizemore's health, we have to trust the Indians' thought process behind the signing. Indians' GM Chris Antonetti
- Keep an Eye on José Quintana?
. This year, however, things are a bit different. They've received surprise performances by Chris Sale and Jake Peavy, but their normal rotation stalwarts -- John Danks and Gavin Floyd -- have floundered
- Kevin Youkilis Changes Sox
healthy in the mid-to-late-2000s, and has properly managed Jake Peavy and Chris Sale this season. Outside of John Danks' injury this season, the White Sox's three main starters for quite some time -- Danks
- Finding Value in the Rockies
on huge hot streaks. If you're looking for one last move to push you over the edge, the Rockies may allow you to play "spoiler" during your championship.
Don't look now, but Chris Nelson
- Is Jake Peavy A Keeper?
Chris Sale's innings this season, even though many expected him to be an injury risk. Even though Peavy stayed healthy this season, there's no telling how he'll perform next season. Perhaps
- Is Curtis Granderson Slipping?
is tough to swallow. As Adam Dunn, Chris Davis and Pedro Alvarez can attest, there's still some value in striking out in nearly 30 percent of your plate appearances if you can hit for monstrous power
- Waiver Wire: Youngish First Basemen
, starting Davis against Chris Capuano. If you're desperate for power, Davis could be a nice pickup down the stretch. He's not a must-add yet in mixed leagues, but he could be useful as a platoon first
- Finding Comps for Brandon Finnegan Using PITCHf/x
. The ERA's were calculated over the last seven years: 2008-2014.
- Chris Coghlan and Brett Carroll
The Florida Marlins’ left fielder Chris Coghlan has received rookie of the year consideration from quite a few sources this year, on the wings of his impressive .372 wOBA rookie season. This puts
- Promotion: Chris Carter
One of the six players they received from the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade, the Athletics are actually Chris Carter's third organization. He was originally a 15th round pick by the White Sox
- Chris Johnson Heads to Arizona
for third baseman Chris Johnson. While the move gives the Diamondbacks and improved situation at the hot corner, it may not be so great for fantasy owners.
First of all, let's establish the fact
- Chris Young the Athletic
No, I'm not alluding to Alexander the Great or commenting on Chris Young's agility, which I'm sure he possesses boatloads of. Back on October 20, Young came to the Beane, as he was traded to Oakland
- Chris Coghlan: Waiver Wire
. Others, like Bobby Crosby, Dontrelle Willis, and Angel Berroa collect their trophy and promptly crater. It’s too early in Chris Coghlan’s career to unceremoniously drop him in that second category just yet
- Q&A: Chris Sale on the Draft
One year ago tomorrow, Chris Sale nervously awaited word on where he would begin his professional career. The Florida Gulf Coast left-hander didn’t have to wait long to find out, as the White Sox
- 2012 Organizational Rankings: #24 -- Chicago White Sox
since coming over from San Diego, but his 3.21 FIP last season offers some promise. Phil Humber was a big surprise early last season before fading down the stretch. Chris Sale will be making
- The Francisco Lindor Era Begins in Cleveland
- Cubs Promote Kyle Schwarber... For Now
*Batters who have yet to play their age-28 season.
And here's a list containing only players who made the majority
- Tempering Expectations for Atlanta's Matt Wisler
IP thru 28
WAR thru 28
- Projecting Yankees Catching Prospect Gary Sanchez
- Noah Syndergaard's Comps Imply Ace Potential
- White Sox Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
obviously believes in their current group, and will return the same cast of characters in the rotation this season.
Chris Sale even surprised his most ardent defenders last year. The 24-year
- On Orlando Arcia's Lack of Power
*Batters who have yet to play
- 2011 Organizational Rankings: #15 - Baltimore
, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta (to name a few) start to reach their potential, the Orioles major league talent could experience a significant jump in the rankings. The farm system
- Second Half Stories to Follow
on pace to reach the mark; while Ian Kinsler, Andrew McCutchen, Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Young all have an outside shot at reaching the milestone with strong second halves
- Should Cleveland Go All In?
reach, Indians' general manager Chris Antonetti announced that the team is going to be active around the trade deadline. While making the post-season would go a long way towards satisfying a long
- Royals Take A Page From Rays, Extend Perez
- KATOH Projections for Prospects 143-200
Chris Anderson, RHP
Daniel Vogelbach, 1B
Tyler Anderson, LHP
Wilmer Difo, SS
Braxton Davidson, RF
- Joey Gallo's Strikeouts Shouldn't Alarm You
despite their swings and misses. Giancarlo Stanton, Adam Dunn, Ryan Howard and Chris Davis come to mind. At the same time, though, all of the power in the world won't do a hitter any good of he can't
- Ketel Marte Continues to Fly Under the Radar
- Yankees Free (Greg) Bird
- Making Sense of Justin Ruggiano
, as the club decided to begin last season with Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan in center. It was hard to blame the team in that instance, not only was Ruggiano unimpressive as a 29-year-old
- Rays Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
him worthwhile in all but the deep fantasy leagues.
Control issues are the only thing holding Chris Archer back at this point in his career. He's already shown an ability to strikeout major-league
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Late Bloomer?
, the list is littered with extreme power hitters like Jim Thome, Adam Dunn and Chris Davis. While Saltalamacchia's recent power-surge has been impressive, it doesn't put him in their company. Even
- 2014 RotoGraphs Staff Picks
- Using Triple-A Stats to Predict Future Performance
- Carlos Correa Is Coming
- Joey Gallo Arrives in Texas
- Projecting the First Wave of September Call-Ups
- Chris Coghlan on Hitting
Chris Coghlan isn't the same hitter he was when he captured NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2009. His numbers aren't quite as good, but the Marlin-turned-Cub nonetheless feels he's better. At age 30
- Chris Young Against the Core
. So there's some discomfort there, some uncertainty, and now in a short while the Royals are going to throw Chris Young at the best offense in the league in the center of a homer-happy ballpark
- Chris Tillman's Travails
Right-hander Chris Tillman is expected to play a prominent role in the Baltimore Orioles' attempt to climb from the depths of the AL East standings. The 22-year-old, picked up as part of the February
- Chris Archer's Luck Turns
Heading into the season, Chris Archer was a pretty popular starting pitcher target in fantasy leagues. He was one of those non-sleeper sleepers, if such a term exists. You know, the guy everyone
- Chris Davis, Swallowed By the Shift
heart sink. Chris Davis ranked 20th among first basemen and amazingly was outearned by the likes of teammate Steve Pearce and power-starved James Loney. This was not the follow-up we expected
- Applying KATOH to Historical Prospects
- Trade Targets: Center Field
in the wings, meaning they could choose to make Mike Cameron available in July.
The Marlins could use some more stability in center. Acquiring Cameron allows the Marlins to end the Chris Coghlan
- The Best Pitches of 2011: Sliders
: Chris Sale technically had a higher wSL, but I'm giving the nod to Venters based on his exceptional 4.48 wSL/C. Per one hundred pitches, Venters' slider was the best pitch thrown by a reliever this past
- Positional Power Rankings: Second Base
The Royals have a ton
- Should Anyone Sign Derrek Lee?
in slugging percentage and think Lee will be miles better than either guy, there's no telling how much Oakland's park would suppress his numbers. Oakland also has Chris Carter coming up and looking
- On Terrance Gore's Upside
Jose De Los Santos
- Meet Odubel Herrera: The Phillies Opening Day Center Fielder
deviations of Herrara's marks from Double-A.
PAs thru 28
WAR thru 28
- Projecting Kris Bryant
hitter. Adam Dunn, Chris Davis, Giancarlo Stanton and George Springer all rocked the high-strikeout, good-everything-else offensive profile, and made it work. Bryant can make it work too, as long as he
- Austin Hedges is Here to Help the Padres
and Chris Stewart managed to stick around so long. But even if he's Ivan Rodriguez 2.0 behind the plate, Hedges will need to hit at least a little bit to be anything more than a backup
- A Look at Wilmer Difo, the Newest National
- Byron Buxton Gets the Call to Minnesota
- The Domingo Santana Experiment Comes to Houston
And here he is looking even more lost against the soft-tossing righty, Chris Young.
Santana's inability to make contact is concerning, but the 22-year-old has plenty of other things going for him. He
- Projecting the Prospects in the Johnny Cueto Trade
- Projecting the Prospects in the David Price Trade
- Projecting Yankees' Speedy A-Baller, Jorge Mateo
- Projecting the Prospects Traded on August 31
, the Royals landed Jonny Gomes, the Giants swung a deal for Alejandro De Aza and the Dodgers acquired Justin Ruggiano and Chris Heisey in separate deals. The Jackson, Ruggiano and Heisey deals all
- The Near-Term Outlook for Tommy Pham, 27-Year-Old Rookie
- Roberto Osuna and the Aging Curve for Young Relievers
- Projecting the Prospects in the Craig Kimbrel Trade
- Cardinals Rotation: Depth Chart Discussions
. There was some thought that Lynn would wind up back in the bullpen based on the Cardinals' young pitching talent, but Chris Carpenter's injury all but assures Lynn will reprise his role as a starter. As Jim
- Early RotoGraphs Mock: Let's Get it Started
an argument for at the end of the first round. Is Felix Hernandez or Chris Sale a better pick than Gomez? Maybe, but I get not wanting to take a pitcher that high.
- Actually, a little more on Tulo
- The Cubs Rotation: Arrieta, Lester, Hope it don't fester
that his numbers stayed the same in the few months he has in Oakland. On top of that, he'll be working with Chris Bosio, who is quickly becoming one of the better pitching coaches in the league. Bosio has
- The Nine-Man Defense
that's it. That's all the rules have to say about the catcher. It's almost silly how few references there are to the role of the catcher in the rulebook.
“Okay, Chris. I acknowledge that there may be some
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hand, hasn’t done much of anything in parts of two seasons with the Blue Jays, and at 26, he's unlikely to get much better than he currently is. Non-roster veterans Chris Dickerson, Ezequiel Carrera
- Devon Travis Gets His Shot in Toronto
, Chris Getz and Steve Tolleson. Unsurprisingly, this quintet ranked last in our preseason, second base positional power rankings with a collective projection of 0.1 WAR. Nonetheless, the Jays rolled
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Scott Van Slyke*
- Projecting the Prospects in the Hamels Trade
- Projecting the Prospects from Smaller, Miscellaneous Trades
- KATOH's In-Season Prospect Update
on his "Minor-League Pop-Up Guys List."
I know you probably know this, but I'd like to reiterate that you shouldn't think of this as "Chris Mitchell's Top 100 List," and certainly not "FanGraphs' Top
- Baseball America Top 10 Prospects Retrospective: Part 1
he was involved in a big trade that sent him as well as Carlos Baerga and Chris James to the Indians for Joe Carter. The following season Alomar solidified himself at the major league level and would
- The Remaining First Basemen
- The Mark Reynolds Trade: Arizona's End
- Crawford Shakes Up Boston's Outfield
- Fan Projections: Getting to Second Base
- What the Cliff Lee Signing Means for Texas
- Are the Brewers the Favorite in the Central?
- Handling Young Pitchers
- Adjusting Our Opinion on Pitch Counts
- Renteria to the Reds
- Rafael Soriano Finds His Treasure
- Qualls Moves to San Diego
- Galarraga Joins Arizona's Rotation
- Dickey Stays With Mets
- Royals' Flawed Off-Season Continues
- Jered Weaver Goes to Arbitration
- Sabathia's Opt Out
- Pujols to the Cubs?
- What To Do With Barry Zito?
- White Sox Extend Thornton
- Team Preview: Texas Rangers
- Will Stars and Scrubs Approach Derail Brewers?
- 2011 Organization Rankings: #25 Kansas City
- Gamel Rides the Bus (Again)
- Replacing Brad Lidge
- The Return of Cahill's Curve
- Matt Garza's Crazy Start
- Sunday Night Live Blog
- Oakland Extends Cahill
- What's Upton with Justin?
- The Return of Josh Beckett
- John Danks: Ace?
- Ethier En Fuego
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
- What's Wrong with Yovani Gallardo?
- The Twins Pitching Woes
- Is Howie Kendrick for Real?
- Curtis Granderson Loves Lefties
- Will Ubaldo Jimenez Bounce Back?
- Is it Time to Panic in Cincinnati?
- Jay Bruce's May Surge
- Eating (Aaron) Crow
- The Best Third Baseman of All Time?
- The Forgotten Ace
- Has Ozzie Guillen Officially Gone Mad?
- The Demise of Scott Kazmir
- Passing on Jose Reyes
- Learning to Appreciate Josh Tomlin
- Cory Luebke Joins the Rotation
- Zack Greinke Can't Catch a Break
- Ryan Vogelsong's Miracle Season Continues
- The Value of Joe Mauer
- Andrew McCutchen Arrives
- Should MLB Alter Their Marketing Strategy?
- A New & Improved Phil Hughes?
- Wilson Betemit Goes to Detroit
- A Season for the Ages
- Kenny Williams' Quiet Trade Deadline
- Ryan Roberts Breaks Out
- Sunday Night Baseball Live Blog - 8/7/11
- Dan Uggla Surges
- Thome Hits 600
- Inside the Brewers Hot Streak
- Pirates Extend Tabata
- Roy Halladay for NL MVP
- Don't Worry about Carlos Santana
- Is Craig Kimbrel the NL Rookie of the Year?
- Will Pitching Sink the Diamondbacks in October?
- White Sox Face Tough Decisions this Off-Season
- Who Is Number Two in New York?
- The Troubling Case of Justin Morneau
- Aramis Ramirez Opts Out
- Ozzie Guillen Out in Chicago
- An Amazing Night
- Yankees-Tigers, ALDS Game Four Chat
- Time for Terry to Go?
- Beating Colby Lewis
- Vintage Porcello
- Should Teams Be Worried About C.J. Wilson's Post-Season?
- Will Cleveland's Strategy Work?
- Will the Rays Trade James Shields?
- Mets Want Angel in the Outfield
- The Miami Marlins Will Sign Everyone
- Why Jeremy Hellickson Won
- Clint Barmes Is Mr. Popular
- Was Verlander Better than Halladay?
- Is Anyone Hurtin' for a Murton?
- Capps Returns to Minnesota
- Is Gio Gonzalez Worth the Hype?
- Casey McGehee Is a Pirate
- Twins Better Off Without Cuddyer
- Who Will Play Center in St. Louis?
- Dank(s) You Sir, May I Have Another Five Years?
- Boston Lands Bailey
- Are the Padres Acquiring the Right Hitters?
- Is Fernando Martinez Worth a Waiver Claim?
- Giants Extend Vogelsong
- Seattle Mariners, Pitcher Salesman
- Making Sense of Brandon Morrow's ERA
- Is Tim Lincecum Taking a Big Risk?
- Brandon Beachy's Secret Weapon
- Should Mike Trout Hook A Starting Job?
- Boston Unlikely to Add Starter
- Hanson Ready for Spring
- Prior, Webb on the Comeback Trail
- Manny Being Relevant?
- Rich Harden to Miss 2012
- Can Arizona Win Without Stephen Drew?
- Chone Figgins, Leadoff Hitter
- Brewers, Axford Working On Extension
- Salvador Perez Suffers Knee Injury
- Rangers Extend Holland
- Bard Back to the Bullpen
- Matt Bush Arrested for DUI
- Blue Jays Extend McGowan
- Game Two Live Blog
- Ubaldo Jimenez Suspended Five Games
- Brandon Belt Gets His Opportunity
- Tim Lincecum's Early Struggles
- Estimating a Buster Posey Contract Extension
- Josh Beckett's New Approach
- Is David Wright Worth $100 Million?
- Is There Hope for Gordon Beckham?
- The Brewers Will Struggle to Replace Mat Gamel
- What Is Andre Ethier Worth?
- Jed Lowrie Rewards the Astros
- Royals Lose Danny Duffy for the Season
- Zack Greinke Will Get Paid
- Injuries Mounting for the Red Sox
- What Is Cole Hamels Worth?
- Paul Konerko and Father Time
- Mike Trout Is Pretty Good, Too
- Justin Upton Is Having A Rough Week
- White Sox Need Help at Third
- The White Sox's Biggest Surprise
- What Is Kevin Youkilis Worth?
- The Return of Francisco Liriano
- The Rockies Should Trade Michael Cuddyer
- Red Sox Have Too Many Outfielders
- Marlins Acquire Carlos Lee
- Mark Trumbo Makes a Name for Himself
- What's Wrong With John Axford?