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How I View Players
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1. How I View Players
I discussed this topic
- FanGraphs Audio: Jeff Locke on Jeff Locke's Success
Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke has been worth about 1.3 wins by WAR calculated with runs allowed (as opposed to FIP) -- a figure that places him between the very effective Jake Peavy
- Jeff Locke and the Pirates Way
Before you understand Jeff Locke, you should know that you probably won't understand Jeff Locke. This will be a post without a real conclusion, but that doesn't mean it can't still be interesting
- Jeff Locke & Thanking His Defense
One of the biggest fantasy surprises this year has undoubtedly been left-hander Jeff Locke of the Pittsburgh Pirates. After getting shelled in his first 12 big-league appearances to the tune
- Relative Waiver Wire: Jeff Locke, Jesus Montero
to consider the first of these entries. It’s even possible that the second one will play in one, eventually, but let’s not get that far ahead of the curve just yet.
SP Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh Pirates
- 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
- On Game Theory, 0-2 Meatballs, and You
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
- 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
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- Two Jake Peavys
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- The Royals' Costly Baserunning Blunder
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- What does Brandon Morrow Offer?
- The Nationals Should Consider Trading Jordan Zimmermann
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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?
- The White Sox Load Up, Look Interesting, Remain Nimble
- What Do The Marlins See in Dee Gordon?
- Alex Rios And Problems of Perception
- Assessing Steve Pearce's Breakout
- FG on Fox: The Texas Rangers' Window Is (Briefly) Closed
- FG on FOX: About This Unusual Yankees' Offseason
- Emmanuel Burriss and Your Daily Links
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- What if Jeff Locke and Rick Porcello were Traded for Each Other?
Jeff Locke and Rick Porcello are two pitchers with large gaps between their xFIP and ERA. How you value them depends largely on your faith in defense-independent pitching theory. Porcello sports
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Drew Smyly Is a Strikeout Machine
observers. The argument in support of the Rays focused on the idea of surplus value. Willy Adames looked like a promising low-level prospect. Nick Franklin seemed useful, and Drew Smyly was a league-average
- 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
- It's Starting to Click for Drew Pomeranz
Let's take a little stroll through the big-league leaders in strikeout rate. Jose Fernandez. All right. Clayton Kershaw! Of course. Drew Pomeranz. Naturally. Danny Salazar. Predictable. Max Scherzer
- 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
- Is It All Smiles for Drew Smyly?
southpaw Drew Smyly. Up until 2016, Smyly enjoyed a fantastic beginning to his career, as he owned a 3.24 ERA/3.43 SIERA between the starting rotation and bullpen. But shoulder injuries hit in 2015
- Drew Pomeranz Is Here to Stay
After shutting out the Chicago Cubs offense over six innings of 10-strikeout ball, Drew Pomeranz lowered his season ERA to 1.80 and FIP to 2.61. He currently ranks 3rd among qualified starters in K
- Drew Pomeranz and Beating BABIP
Drew Pomeranz is in the midst of a breakout season. He's already surpassed his season high for innings and his ERA is a very low 2.47, while his FIP is a low -- if not quite as low -- 3.15. Those
- 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.
- The Mets, Stephen Drew, And the "Obvious Move"
As we sit here in mid-January, there seems to be no more obvious free agent fit than the idea that Stephen Drew should sign with the Mets. It's such an obvious pairing that the internet has been
- The Pitch That Drew Storen's Slider Became
When the Nationals picked up Jonathan Papelbon, they weren't doing so to replace Drew Storen, but they knew they'd be giving him a demotion. It didn't sit real well with Storen, nor did it sit well
- Q&A: Drew Stubbs, Continued Develpment
Six years ago, Drew Stubbs was a highly regarded Cincinnati Reds prospect about to play his first full professional season. He’s still looking to fulfill his potential. It’s happening with a new team
- Drew Storen's Havin' Surgery (Probably)
Drew Storen is off to see Dr. James Andrews about his elbow. Never a good sign. But at least he won't be hearing any gossip while he's there. From the website of one of Dr. Andrews's clinics
- Early Returns of the Drew Smyly Project
else's idea, putting together a deeper dive on another person's insight. So full credit to Ken Rosenthal, who wrote up a little section about Drew Smyly a day or so after talking about him on a TV
- Drew Hutchison Begs Your Attention
training and with the right approach you can identify and build it into your fantasy draft plan. This year, Drew Hutchison looks like one of those special gems.
The Blue Jays rotation
- Drew Storen Finds His Strikeouts
. Then, coming in a close third after Seth Maness, was Drew Storen. Unlike Gray and Maness, Storen has been around for a while, so the prospect of him tinkering with pitches (especially after four mostly
- Drew Pomeranz on His Knuckle Curve
On the day of baseball's non-tender trade deadline, the San Diego Padres traded first baseman Yonder Alonso and lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to Oakland in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz
- Drew Hutchison, 2015 Breakout Candidate
After undergoing Tommy John surgery over the summer of 2012, Drew Hutchison returned to the mound the following year, making 15 starts in the minors. Then in 2014, he arrived to spring training
- How Much Bounce is in Stephen Drew's Pillow?
Stephen Drew signed with Boston for a year and ten mill, hoping to use that pillow contract to bounce back and get a better long-term deal in the future. For a player that sports an above-average
- Boras Blinks: Stephen Drew Re-Signs with Boston
Last off-season, the Red Sox made Stephen Drew a qualifying offer, giving him a chance to return for 2014 with a $14.1 million salary. He turned it down, and sought a multi-year offer in free agency
- On Drew Smyly, Jim Leyland, & Stretching in Bed
Drew Smyly was a revelation coming out of the bullpen for the Tigers in 2013, posting a 2.31 FIP and 2.65 SIERA in 76 IP. With that number of innings, it's obvious that he wasn't just a LOOGY either
- Can Arizona Win Without Stephen Drew?
Stephen Drew could miss the start of the 2012 season. The soon-to-be-29-year-old has been slow to recover from a devastating ankle fracture, which ended his season in mid-July. With the Arizona
- Stephen Drew And Where An Opt-Out Isn't Insane
Camps are opening across Florida and Arizona. Baseball is happening! Yet we're still talking about Stephen Drew (and the other remaining qualifying offer players) because he doesn't have a job
- One Drew Was Not Enough: Red Sox Ink Stephen
sorting through those scraps, the Red Sox agreed to sign Stephen Drew to a one-year contract worth $9.5 million today with some more available via incentives. Give Jon Heyman credit for the scoop
- Davis, Smoak, Drew, Garcia, Carrasco: DL Returnees
it as a MLB 1B. He doesn't look like a league keeper and hopefully your team has found a better solution for 2011 at 1B.
J.D. Drew (shoulder, 2%): Drew has played the most games in RF for the Red Sox
- Yankees Gain Flexibility in Landing Prado, Drew
analysis here). For the Yankees part, they acquired Stephen Drew and Martin Prado. Both could be important to the team, but Prado's acquisition may affect the 2015 Yankees as well, which makes
- Shortstop News: Stephen Drew and Mike Aviles
home runs and steal 10 bases, Stephen Drew suffered a broken ankle in July, ending his 2011 campaign early. The 29-year-old had been hopeful for opening day but it’s now being reported that he’ll
- Report: Drew Smyly Has "Just a Little" Ebola
CINCINNATI -- Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control announced Tuesday that left-handed Tigers starter Drew Smyly has "just a little" Ebola.
"After extensive testing by a team of leading
- The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 374 – Cut Drew Pomeranz?
Aaron Sanchez staying in! (4:20)
Jon Lester sputtering (11:50)
Braden Shipley any good? (18:40)
Felix Hernandez 5.60 since return (24:20)
Drew Pomeranz assess in Boston (31:30
- How Good of a Weapon Did Drew Hutchison Find?
hundreds, and out of those questions, longer posts can occasionally germinate. This is one of them! Because I've noticed a recurring kind of question about Drew Hutchison, and how much he might
- The Red Sox Infield: What's Up, Stephen Drew?
Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia made that the case. And yet, on the verge of the 2014 season, the Red Sox infield has many familiar faces.
Except, of course, at shortstop. The Red Sox
- Free Help: Drew Smyly and Bud Norris
Drew Smyly and Bud Norris aren't unknowns. But you may not realize that both have been among the elite performing starting pitchers over their last month or so. And yet Smyly is owned in about
- Reimold, Drew, Holland: DL Waiver Wire
is a perfect opportunity for other owners to buy low.
Stephen Drew (21%, 25%) - If any good hitting shortstop is available, they should be picked up. Drew is no exception. He is currently playing
- Aaron Crow and Drew Smyly: Stock Watch
is as a ROOGY against the other teams' best right-handed hitters. It will take many injuries to the Royals' bullpen before Crow gets a chance of closing in 2012.
Truthfully, I had
- A's Trade Drew Pomeranz to Padres for Yonder Alonso
arbitration-eligible. The Padres will receive starter-turned-reliever Drew Pomeranz and minor-leaguer Jose Torres while the A's will receive first baseman Yonder Alonso and lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski
- Drew Pomeranz, Now With 50% More Pitches
never meant anything to me. But he's meant an awful lot to Drew Pomeranz. In a way, Higgs is partially responsible for turning Pomeranz into a complete starting pitcher.
As you know by now
- Drew Stubbs and the Expert League Standings: The Chronicles of ottoneu
on the team perhaps performing beyond their capabilities. Drew Stubbs is striking out 27.5% of the time and has a .349 BABIP supporting his .281 batting average right now. Once that BABIP returns to earth
- Q&A: Drew Smyly, Tigers Pitching Prospect
Drew Smyly will come to camp as a non-roster invitee, with an outside shot of making the Tigers starting rotation out of spring training. It’s more likely that the 22-year-old southpaw will begin
- Drew Smyly: Old School Relief Ace
to be your best relief pitcher. The Tigers might not have a closer, but in Drew Smyly, they have something even better: an old school relief ace.
Smyly has appeared in 26 games this year, which