- Drew Stubbs
With a promotion to the major leagues today, Drew Stubbs is in an enviable win/win position.
If he performs well, he almost certainly sees his gig evolve into a full time one. On the other hand
- Mark Kotsay/Brian Anderson Swapped
Anderson. On the surface, the deal is a bit confusing. The two are essentially equals – although Kotsay has a better bat – but Anderson is nearly seven years younger. Kenny Williams cooperated
- Daily Linkage - 5/20/2009
Brian Anderson was activated from the disabled list Tuesday afternoon and is expected to resume his role as the White Sox' starting center fielder. The 27-year-old was pleased with his short rehab
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quality starts, Brett Anderson, who is coming off a 10-strikeout game and Vicente Padilla, who has struggled recently but is facing Washington.
Matt Snyder, also writing for Fanhouse, provides
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this season, the same number as Nationals reliever Drew Storen. The former closer’s slider left more than its share of hitters’ mouths agape, especially when paired with his changeup, a weapon he turned
- The Obvious Lessons of One Dimensional Hitters
that these players are useless. They’re all specialty items, the finishing touch for teams otherwise built out with more complete players. R.J. Anderson wrote at Fox Sports this week about Morse’s value
- The White Sox Load Up, Look Interesting, Remain Nimble
prospect Tim Anderson.
They have options, in other words. They can continue building for 2015, throw some more money around and try and to out-Royals the Royals. Or they ease into the season
- Garret Anderson Retires
Today, Garret Anderson announced his retirement, ending a long 17-year career, the verdict of which depends on which L.A. team you root for. Anderson hit .293/.324/.461 for his career with 287 home
- The Daily Grind: Anderson, Rodon, Plouffe
More Program Notes
Daily DFS - Anderson
Tomorrow's Targets - Rodon, Chen, Plouffe, Lagares
1. More Program Notes
I am reaching out to you from the distant past
- Atlanta Signs Anderson
One of the last standing California Angels has officially moved on. Garret Anderson and Ken Griffey Jr. were subjects of multiple rumors over the past few weeks as both were sought after by Atlanta
- Brett Anderson Gets an Extension
Since debuting last season, Brett Anderson has been one of the game’s top starting pitchers. He’s posted a 3.61 FIP in 187 innings and heck, he’s even leading the American League in ERA right now
- Oakland Sends Lottery Ticket Brett Anderson To Colorado
If it's possible to both buy low and sell low simultaneously, then that might be just what the Rockies and Athletics did by swapping 25-year-old lefty starters Drew Pomeranz and Brett Anderson
- The Daily Grind: Hutchison, Anderson, Weaver, Blanks
Daily DFS - Hutchison
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Weaver, Blanks, Aoki
1. Raisel Recap
After writing yesterday's Grind, I
- The Daily Grind: Bankroll, Graveman, Anderson, Stubbs
Daily DFS - RAIN, Graveman
Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Milone, Freese, Stubbs
1. Bankroll Management
I occasionally receive questions about how I
- Jerry Manuel Intentionally Walks Garret Anderson
and Joe Torre. There were about a dozen different moves and tweaks to analyze from this series but one in particular stood out as worthy of examination: intentionally walking Garret Anderson.
Let me set
- Anderson Dominating
As far as AL West aces go, most people could probably give you three easily: Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, and Jered Weaver. Brett Anderson of the Oakland Athletics has largely flown under the radar
- Introducing Josh Reddick
Meet the Red Sox’s insurance policy on Jason Bay and J.D. Drew. His name is Josh Reddick and he’s a 22-year-old outfielder who made his majors debut last Friday. The most noticeable thing when
- ALDS Coverage: Maybe Boston Left Their Bats at Fenway
No typos or miscalculations, two of Boston’s big bats literally have a zero wOBA. If this were an elementary school class the teacher
- Swing (Confessions About a Mechanic)
Cevallos, was a slap-hitting middle infielder who drew comparisons to Jay Bell. During his rookie year of 2006, Zobrist would show bunt in between having the bat knocked out of his hands. Over the last
- The Ones That Got Away: National League East
Best positional player: J.D. Drew (1997: Round 1, Pick 2). Oh come on, you knew it was coming. Drew didn’t sign and then re-entered the draft to be selected by the Cardinals a year
- D-Backs Can Bob Melvin
, and Stephen Drew on the upswing.
There’s only so much Hinch can do. Unless you believe the players quit on Melvin for whatever reason then Hinch will not be the reason things turn around in Arizona
- UZR Tidbits Through 5/10
), Mike Lowell (-2.3), and J.D. Drew (-2.2) are killing them. The team leader is Kevin Youkilis at 1.4 runs. As for the Dodgers, Orlando Hudson and Andre Ethier are sinking them. You hate to make
- Kevin Millar and the Knuckler
would not be complete without a few lengthy at-bats against Wakefield. In 2008, Millar racked up 23 pitches in six plate appearances, including a nine-pitch strikeout; in 2007, Millar drew 13 of his 29
- How Are the Stars Acquired: Outfield & Summary
J.D. Drew – free agent
Raul Ibanez – free agent
Nelson Cruz – traded
3 free agents
Overall, we sampled 115 of the league’s best and brightest. Of those
- ALDS Coverage: Boston's Lacking Offense
Drew singled to start the inning, advanced to second after an errant pitch, and was stranded as Casey Kotchman and Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to third and Pedroia lined out to second.
- ALDS Coverage: That's a Wrap for Boston
. A J.D. Drew two-run homer in the fourth gave the Sox a 5-1 lead. Kazmir would be lifted after six innings; striking out only one, allowing a homer, walking three, and officially giving up five
- More Than Balderdash on Baker
pretty fun to watch, even if they changed the outcome very little.
In the second inning, Jay Bruce and Jonny Gomes hit consecutive doubles to net the Reds a 1-0 lead. Drew Stubbs came up next
- The Ones That Got Away: American League West
draft the Rangers really went to work in the 16th round, selecting Anthony Ranaudo and Drew Pomeranz. For those living under a rock for the last several months, Ranaudo and Pomeranz are two of the top
- Rough Night for Relievers
(on a groundout) and Drew Stubbs (on a strikeout). The Reds’ win expectancy at this point was 0.4%. Suggesting it was highly improbable that the Reds would come back, not to even ponder a victory
- Under the Radar Keppinger
include being traded in the Kris Benson to New York deal as well as in separate deals for Ruben Gotay, Russ Haltiwanger, and Drew Sutton.
Sometimes I wonder if we’ve become so prone to looking
- The National League Owns in One Regard
and Troy Tulowitzki play the role of Shortstop #1 and #2. If you go by offensive numbers of shortstops with 250+ plate appearances, then Rafael Furcal and Stephen Drew are the next two, with Jose Reyes
- Welcome to the Majors, Daniel Schlereth
, but Pena would sit down a pair of former Astros as Brad Ausmus popped out and Mark Loretta struck out. Juan Pierre would single, placing runners on the corners for Rafael Furcal, who drew a walk
- Mark Prior Breaks The Cubs Ability to Draft
of the supplemental variety. They took college pitchers Luke Hagerty, Chadd Blasko, Matthew Clanton, and Bobby Brownlie. In 2003, the Cubs would take high school phenom Ryan Harvey who drew pre-draft comparisons
- Tyler Colvin's Big Chance
day 25-man roster over the weekend.
Colvin appeared out of place as the 13th overall selection in the 2006 draft. The Clemson Tigers’ outfielder drew comparisons to Steve Finley and Shawn Green
- Jeremy Sowers to Triple-A (Punless Version)
, and Chris Nelson. Even if one ignores the signability issues associated with Jered Weaver and Stephen Drew, there were some quality players taken a few picks later, though, that would definitely help
- Welcome Back, Austin Kearns
not be outlandish to expect Kearns’ names to raise in trade rumors as the deadline approaches either.
Back when Kearns signed with Cleveland, Matt Klaassen drew a comparison between his career arc
- The Dodgers' Improbable Victory
knotted at four, James Loney drew a leadoff walk from Esmerling Vasquez. Casey Blake then singled, raising the Dodgers’ expected win percentage to 80.5%. Here’s where things get tricky. Russell Martin would
- The Ones That Got Away: National League West
Best positional player: J.D. Drew (1994: Round 20, Pick 564)
Best pitcher: Brad Lidge (1995: Round 42, Pick 1,167)
Honorable mention: Barry Bonds (1982: Round 2, Pick 39). This goes
- Kenny Williams and Mike Rizzo Fall For Different Types
. As does Drew Storen (and so there too did Brian Bruney for a limited time and Matt Capps), and with no disrespect intended towards Storen or those other hard throwers in the pen, allow me to share the real
- Shifting Michael Young
of every possible benefit – some would call it The Extra 2% -- which includes shifting just about any batter they can. Teams usually only employ shifts against pull-heavy batters like J.D. Drew, David
- Smoltz and Baldelli Apparently Heading to Boston
if this is more of the same, there’s no way of telling whether an injury to J.D. Drew will also lead to an injury to Baldelli, and a promotion to Jonathan Van Every. Obviously the latter is the worst case
- The Defensive All-Stars
league worthy of your consideration for addition.
NL: Juan Pierre, Jayson Werth, Casey Blake, Ryan Theriot, Clint Barmes
AL: Carl Crawford, Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, J.D. Drew, Aaron Hill
- Does Beltre Make Sense to Boston at $10M?
of $10-15M isn’t too far-fetched after all.
Worth noting: one of the four players represented by Boras on Boston’s roster is J.D. Drew, who shares quite a bit with Beltre in the means of unfair
- The Ones That Got Away: National League Central
). Mostly because of his name and he’s in the news.
Best positional player: Stephen Drew (2001: Round 11, Pick 324). Didn’t sign and signability issues caused him to sink in the 2004
- Jay Bruce's Oddity
season. Take the most heads-up baserunners; like Scott Rolen (51%), J.D. Drew (46%), and even Pete Rose (49%) and they don’t compare. That’s because Bruce is taking the extra base 70% of the time
- Halladay Versus Cincy
) and then a combination of Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce, and Jonny Gomes which tend to fare better than the guys in front of Votto, but not as good as Votto himself. Drew Stubbs and both catchers are also
- Abreu Overload
Jon Heyman’s drew the ire of many a blog in the past, including numerous times this off-season alone, but his latest column features this nugget about Bobby Abreu:
Abreu is getting a bad rap
- The Ones That Got Away: American League East
Stevens for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.
Honorable mention: Jayson Werth (1997: Round 1, Pick 22) who actually signed with Baltimore. Three and a half years later they traded him to Toronto for John
- When Interim Managers Restack
game but 10, with Stephen Drew leading off the last five. The only other significant and steady change has occurred lately with Kelly Johnson and Justin Upton switching spots, although that too has
- Why the Pirates Stink
the third, Nate McLouth from the 25th, and Ian Snell from the 26th.)
2001: John Van Benschoten (Jeremy Guthrie from the third, Zach Duke from the 20th, Stephen Drew from the 11th who didn’t sign
- Visually Comparing Clay Buchholz, 2012-2013
Greetings FanGraphs readers, I am Drew Sheppard, and if you recognize my name it is probably from the Yu Darvish pitch selection GIF that made the rounds last week. Over the coming months, it is my
- Andre Ethier and Your Daily Links
Hi, my name is Drew Silva. And I'm a baseball addict.
It's my first post here on this wonderful website and I'm absolutely ecstatic. I'll spare you too many details about my arrival, but I
- Brandon McCarthy: Tinkering or Regression
Note: We're thrilled to have Drew Fairservice join the FanGraphs team of writers. He'll be contributing here on a regular basis, and we think you'll like him a lot.
In the run-up to the trade
- Brett Anderson Close To Return
The surging Oakland Athletics are about to receive a big boost. Brett Anderson's rehab assignment comes to an end on Monday, and he's expected to rejoin the team. Anderson has shown a lot
- On Brian McCann and Arn Anderson
Brian McCann is the hard-hitting catcher for the Atlanta Braves. Arn Anderson once teamed with Tully Blanchard to haunt the squared circle and our dreams. Both are Gentlemen of Verona. They are also
- Matt Harvey's Nearly Perfect Outing
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- The Pablo Sandoval Dilemma
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- The Importance Of "The Good Miss"
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- The Nationals' Lineup, Not Their Rotation, Makes Them Great
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- The Most Unheralded Reliever in Baseball
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- 2014: Year of the Graybeard
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- Two Jake Peavys
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- What does Brandon Morrow Offer?
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- Let's Find a New Team for Yoenis Cespedes
- Toronto Keeps Upgrading, Adds Josh Donaldson
- What Can We Learn from The Josh Hamilton Contract?
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- Alex Rios And Problems of Perception
- Assessing Steve Pearce's Breakout
- FG on Fox: The Texas Rangers' Window Is (Briefly) Closed
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- Emmanuel Burriss and Your Daily Links
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- Brett Anderson: Ace in the Making
Oakland's Brett Anderson fits the profile. One of the shiny baubles picked up in the December 2007 Dan Haren deal, Anderson ripped through the minor leagues (9.7 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 56.5 GB
- Green Athletic: Brett Anderson
punch of Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson will fill out a rotation worn thin by the continued health issues of nominal ace Justin Duchscherer. Starting with Anderson, let's meet Oakland's latest
- Garret Anderson's Gotta Go
Since he was drafted back in 1990 by the then-California Angels, Garret Anderson has enjoyed a fine, respectable career. The three-time All-Star established himself as a steady two-to-three WAR
- On Chase Anderson's Two Changeups
Chase Anderson started out with a curveball, back when he was barely a teen. But the young Diamondback starter was told to shelve it, found a changeup, and the rest is history. Except that it looks
- The Plummeting Stock of Lars Anderson
The Indians acquired Lars Anderson from the Red Sox on Tuesday, sending knuckleballing prospect Steven Wright -- not to be confused with this guy -- to Boston. Anderson was once considered one
- FanGraphs Audio: Drew Fairservice on Drew Fairservice
Drew Fairservice (@DrewGROF) has written for Walkoff Walk and The Score, and is writing currently for FanGraphs. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
- Anderson's Step Forward
I watched Brett Anderson carve up the Mariner offense (granted, one missing both Ichiro and Adrian Beltre) last night and was highly impressed, as is getting to be routine. If you watch this 21-year
- J.D. Drew's Contract
. One of the more notable is Boston’s acquisition of J.D. Drew prior to the 2007 season, which has once again surfaced in the Boston media now that the Red Sox season is over. According to Cot’s
- Up and Down: Stephen Drew
The highly touted Stephen Drew exploded onto the big league scene with Arizona towards the end of the 2006 season with a .367 wOBA in 59 games. An inflated .394 mark on balls in play aided his slash
- Stephen Drew: Waiver Wire
Stephen Drew (ESPN: 14 percent owned; Yahoo!: 19 percent owned)
How much venom has been lobbed at Stephen Drew by jilted fantasy owners over the years? Like Francisco Liriano and any number
- The Other Drew (Arizona Version)
well. The fourth member of the infield, shortstop Stephen Drew, has gotten relatively little attention this season. However, he's actually leading the Diamondbacks' value leaderboard as of today at 1.6
- J.D. Drew Worth The Money
When J.D. Drew signed his 5 year, $70 million contract with the Red Sox, they were destroyed by national media writers such as Bill Simmons who pushed the narrative that Drew was an unclutch loser
- The Problem With Stephen Drew's Market
If Stephen Drew were a better player, he'd be in greater demand. I guess you could say that's the main problem with the free agent's current market. The better a player is, the more that player
- Brady Anderson on Analytics
Brady Anderson's title within the Baltimore Orioles' organization is Vice President of Baseball Operations. According to the team's media guide, the 51-year-old former all-star “collaborates with Dan
- Replacing Stephen Drew
Last night, Stephen Drew broke his ankle and will be out for at least the rest of this season. It's horrible timing for the D-backs, with both J.J. Hardy and now Jose Reyes off the market. So what
- Stephen Drew Goes to Beantown
The perennially blah Stephen Drew is packing his bags again, this time heading to Boston after signing with the Red Sox last week. Drew was limited to just about a half season worth of at-bats after
- Stephen Drew Cares
So let's dissect this bounceback. Stephen Drew put up a 109 wRC+, nearly 30 points higher than his 2012 mark. We can't point to improved strikeout or walk rates; in fact, both of those trended
- Brett Anderson Looks Like Brett Anderson at Just the Right Time
. In one regard, this was a profoundly bad time for the A's given their position in the playoff race, but on the other hand, Colon was suspended a day after Brett Anderson made his 2012 season debut
- Photographic Evidence of Real R.J. Anderson
For years now, the exact identity of former FanGraphs contributor (now of mortal enemy Baseball Prospectus) R.J. Anderson has been a subject of no little speculation.
Was he a 13-year-old boy
- The Other Uncertainty Regarding Brett Anderson
the official signing by the Dodgers of left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract upon which the two parties agreed in principle about two weeks ago (and which could pay even more
- Drew Stubbs: Power Threat?
In the minor leagues, Cincinnati Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs hit 28 home runs in 1847 plate appearances, a rate of just over nine every 600 PAs. Stubbs posted a SLG over .425 and an ISO over
- GIFs of Ecstasy: Chase Anderson's Changeup
Let's not consider, reader, what course of events has led the childless and otherwise unencumbered author not only to seek out video of Arizona right-hander Chase Anderson's plus changeup
- Corresponding Points (with Drew Fairservice)
is Drew Fairservice. Because you frequent better blogs everywhere, you've almost definitely seen Mr. Fairservice's work at Walk Off Walk and Ghostrunner on First (GROF), his Blue Jay-centric blog
- Replacing Stephen Drew
By now you've probably heard. Diamondbacks' shortstop Stephen Drew will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle sliding into home last night, an injury that was Jason Kendall-esque. I
- Brett Anderson Ascends Via Descent
"It's his second start and he looks like he's in midseason form!"
An exasperated Matt Underwood of SportsTime Ohio let out the preceding utterance after Brett Anderson dropped a 78 MPH curveball
- 2009 Prospect Duds: Lars Anderson
Boston Red Sox first base prospect Lars Anderson entered 2009 as the top overall prospect in the system, according to Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus. Anderson, 21, had originally been signed
- The Rays, Drew Smyly, and the Changeup
to create them.
Recently, the Rays were ridiculed for giving up David Price for a package whose most proven player was Tigers’ 5th starter Drew Smyly. At the time of the trade, Smyly had a 3.93 ERA
- Toronto Calls on Drew Hutchison
Drew Hutchison has received the call to The Show.
Taken in the 15th round of the 2009 draft, Hutchison wasn’t even on the radar of a lot of teams prior to the draft. Toronto scouts, though, saw
- Drew Stubbs and the Strikeouts
A great band name? Definitely. Especially if you've got a series of gigs in downtown Cincinnati. But we're going to stick to fantasy baseball here and talk about the fact that Drew Stubbs' league
- The Return of Drew Storen
The 2014 Nationals will enter the playoffs with a familiar face at the back of the bullpen. After a turbulent 2013, Drew Storen has emerged as the team's late option after Rafael Soriano went through
- Smiling on Drew Smyly
Drew Smyly wasn't supposed to be here. Going into the season, it was the more heralded Jacob Turner that was supposed to move into the Detroit Tigers' starting rotation. But then shoulder woes felled
- Brian Anderson Calls It What It Is: A Pad
the Brewers play-by-play man Brian Anderson was a bit excited. His partner, former Brewers catcher and longtime color man Bill Schroeder, initially said the original ruling probably wouldn't be overturned
- Rookie Roll Call: Anderson and Cahill
are Anderson, Porcello, Cahill et. al faring so far? After taking a peek at Porcello and Perry last time around, let's now shift our focus out West to Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill.
- DeGrom, Whitley, Anderson: Checking on the Changes
You want to see three of the best new change-ups in baseball? Call up the highlights for Jacob DeGrom, Chase Whitley, and Chase Anderson. Of course, there's not a heralded prospect in the trio, so
- Raul Ibañez Is for Paul Thomas Anderson...
If you like the composition of this recent image of Raul Ibañez, you might like Paul Thomas Anderson to direct.
Raul said that's that, mattress man.
Consider these images from
- Should You Add Chase Anderson?
performance over the last 30 days and found Chase Anderson as the best available pitcher according to that metric. I didn't know much about Anderson other than the fact that he's from Wichita Falls
- Brett Anderson's Elbow Eaten by Sliders?
was so high, and the innings minimum non-existent, our 25-pitcher sample was made up entirely of relievers. Now with Brett Anderson reporting some general elbow soreness and a hefty slider percentage
- Aggressive Approach Works for Stephen Drew
Heading into the 2004 amateur entry draft, Florida State star Stephen Drew was considered to be the top talent available. A lefty-hitting shortstop with power and enough leather to stick at a premium
- The Challenge of Stephen Drew Changing Positions
I think it's safe to say Stephen Drew's in a pretty weird position. He's a free agent, and he's 30, so he's not super old. He spent last year playing with the eventual MLB champion. By our numbers he
- The Tigers Don't Need Stephen Drew
four months and maybe the entire season, all eyes turned to Stephen Drew. He's the only free agent SS of substance left on the market, a solid contributor who held down the position
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Stephen Drew
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Stephen Drew.
- GIF: Chase Anderson's First Blessèd MLB Changeup
Earlier today, in the pages of FanGraphs proper, the author noted that Arizona right-hander Chase Anderson would be making his major-league debut against the Chicago Americans. Later today