- Is Delmon Young About to Break Out?
- Wellemeyer to San Francisco
figures to battle with Bumgarner and possibly Kevin Pucetas and Joe Martinez for the 5th spot in the San Francisco rotation.
With a very solid front four in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez
- Roster Additions: The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants recently added four young hurlers to the organization's 40-man roster: right-handers Henry Sosa, Joe Martinez, Waldis Joaquin, as well as left-hander Jesse English
- Prospect Reports: San Francisco Giants
Below is an analysis of the prospects in the San Francisco Giants farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations
- Evaluating the Prospects: San Francisco Giants
much in their international and domestic bonus pools, in addition to generally not trading for prospects. San Francisco tends to play the draft straightforward, taking the best player at each spot
- A Minor Review of 2016: San Francisco Giants
Martinez (RHP): Relievers that can hit the upper-90s and tickle triple digits are the new “in things” around Major League Baseball. Martinez, 22, could be that man in San Francisco after showing
- 2015 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago AL / Colorado / Los
- Martinez To Boston
. The one they landed on, Victor Martinez, is a great fit for their roster.
Martinez can catch when Varitek isn't, can play first when Lowell needs a day off, or can DH when Francona wants to give
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
Today, November 29, I hereby declare to be Other Pedro Martinez Day. As you surely know, Other Pedro Martinez, also known as Pedro A. Martinez and Pedro Martinez Aquino, born on this date in 1968
- Carlos Martinez's Change is Working
In seven innings this season, including six in his start on Sunday, Carlos Martinez has faced 10 right-handed hitters. None of them has reached base and four hitters have struck out. Martinez's early
- Lover, Not Fighter: Dennis Martinez
One night in 1977, Dennis Martinez was confronted by a decision: fight or go make love somewhere ...
When faced with an onrushing and plainly nettled George Scott, a gentleman scampers
- The Sustainable J.D. Martinez
Coming into 2015, baseball fans everywhere had the same question on their collective minds: “Is J.D. Martinez sustainable?” The question was more than fair, as there were plenty of indicators
- Dennis Martinez and French Perfection
Much like you, I slogged through this day encumbered by the grim assumption that, once again, I would not see the final outs of Dennis Martinez's 1991 perfect game broadcast in French. Thankfully
- Is Victor Martinez a Fit in Detroit?
Last week, on Boston radio station WEEI, Peter Gammons stopped by and made quite the bold statement:
I don’t expect Victor Martinez to come back, I think Detroit is going to give him four or five
- What To Make Of J.D. Martinez
With 3 home runs and a .371 average, J.D. Martinez is one of the big pickups in roto over the past week. The question around Martinez is sustainability. Obviously he won't hit .371 all season
- Victor Martinez To Detroit
as the reliever he wanted to acquire, and made them offers they couldn't refuse. Now he has reportedly lured Victor Martinez to Detroit with a four year, $50 million deal. Was Dombrowski's decision to outbid
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
Edgar Martinez presents one of the most interesting debates about the hall of fame to date. Certainly, he was a hall of fame caliber hitter, regardless of the metrics you use. For his career, he
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Victor Martinez
Yesterday, the news came out that Victor Martinez had rejected a two year contract extension that the Red Sox had offered, and is now set to test free agency. In the words of his agent, Alan Nero
- Victor Martinez is One of a Kind
Victor Martinez has been the best hitter in baseball this season.
Granted, that's just an opinion that I've presented as fact, but he has a strong case. The strongest part of his case
- Is Pedro Martinez Finished?
Regardless of what happens from this point forward, free agent Pedro Martinez will be known as one of the very best pitchers in the history of the game. A string-bean righty who was seen as too
- Free Carlos Martinez!
Heading into the 2012 season, Carlos Martinez was the 22nd-best prospect in the game, according to ESPN, and the 27th-best according to Baseball America. He was ranked in everyone else's top 100
- Projections & Victor Martinez
Over the last four or five years, Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, and Victor Martinez have been the gold standard for fantasy catchers. Jorge Posada was a fine fourth wheel for a while, and now Buster Posey
- Martinez heads to Detroit
The first big name free agent came off the board earlier this week, when the Tigers finalized a four-year, $50MM contract with catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez. GM Dave
- Adding Carlos Martinez
As a rather big fan of Carlos Martinez, it was disappointing to see him relegated to bullpen duty to start the season. Fortunately, that created a bit of leeway to get him on the cheap once he became
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
worthy candidates the game's ultimate honor.
Edgar Martinez is one of these players, and arguably might be the one single player (perhaps along with Mike Mussina) whose candidacy has been damaged
- Aoki and Martinez: Waiver Wire
be poised for a solid second half than owners will want to get in on.
J.D. Martinez (ESPN: 23 percent owned; Yahoo!: 17 percent owned)
Martinez showed up on a number of rosters after an April in which
- Pedro Martinez's Possible Suitors
Rumors surfaced today that Pedro Martinez was nearing an agreement with the Houston Astros. While the rumors seem at press time to be holding no water, it does appear likely that Pedro Martinez
- Hamels vs Martinez
rotation, and reports are surfacing that he may go with Pedro Martinez in the second game in lieu of Cole Hamels. The rationale appears to be based on recent performance - Hamels has struggled
- Victor Martinez: Stock ?
In our ridiculously early draft, I picked Victor Martinez in the 10th round. I like the idea of picking up Martinez on the cheap, but I wasn't exactly sure what his value would be after missing all
- Victor Martinez, First Baseman?
If your league counts all players that have started once at a position as eligible there, well then Victor Martinez can catch for you next year. And you're luckier for it. But anyone else that played
- Edgar Martinez on Hitting
To say Edgar Martinez knows hitting would be to state the obvious. The Seattle Mariners legend slashed .312/.418/.515 between 1987 and 2004, and he won a pair of batting titles along the way. He
- What's Changed for J.D. Martinez?
Before the 2012 season, some folks drafted J.D. Martinez as a deep sleeper, coming off a decent debut with the Astros in 2011 and a solid minor league profile. He went on to slug only 11 HR in 439 PA
- The Potential New J.D. Martinez
he's going to do. Baseball's no less mysterious to those who get to play it.
But what I'm struck by are the similarities between this case and last year's case of J.D. Martinez. Martinez, this year
- Victor Martinez and the < 1 Club
, the fourth member is Victor Martinez. While not a power threat of the Albert Pujols or Ryan Howard ilk, he has hit 16-25 home runs each of the last four years with a steadily increasing OPS of .851-.879
- NotGraphs Q&A: Tino Martinez
NotGraphs reached out to Tino Martinez for some thoughts about hitting, coaching, Derek Dietrich, and bunny rabbits.
On hitting: "You've just got to make the f****** bat hit the f****** ball
- Is Fernando Martinez Worth a Waiver Claim?
Fernando Martinez's time as a New York Met might be coming to an end. To make room for Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston on its 40-man roster, the Mets placed Martinez on waivers. While it seems
- Carlos Martinez Found His Pitch
Carlos Martinez is a starting pitcher now. He's not some guy who throws 75 pitches and four innings a game. This year he's often exceeded triple digits, and he's one of the big reasons why the St
- Will Victor Martinez Bring Fantasy Spoils?
Victor Martinez was the top catcher on most draft boards prior to the 2008 season. He had an ADP of 29 following his 2007 season where he hit .301-25-114-78-0. Of course Martinez ended up a big
- A Sad Farewell to Victor Martinez's Streak
that called strikeouts happen, and that's even inevitable for Victor Martinez, But for the longest stretch, he was clean. For 641 consecutive plate appearances, he was clean.
Understand what we're talking
- Is Carlos Martinez the Next Carlos Carrasco?
Carlos Martinez. A starter throughout his minor league career, Martinez has started just eight games for the Cardinals, versus 70 relief appearances. It seemingly wasn't due to the Cardinals organization
- J.D. Martinez Broke His Elbow
J.D. Martinez broke his elbow Friday night, leaving an already depleted Tigers outfield even further depleted. Martinez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks according to MLB.com, and the team has called up
- Victor Martinez's Unlikely and Unique Comeback
Victor Martinez is in his age-35 season. He spent nearly a decade in the majors playing catcher, the most physically demanding position for a hitter to play. He missed the entire 2012 season after
- How Great Was Edgar Martinez's Bat?
While we've spent the last few days talking about the Hall of Fame, and this post is somewhat inspired by discussions about Edgar Martinez's worthiness for enshrinement in Cooperstown, this isn't
- Pedro Martinez Country Music Album
Because the waking life holds nothing for me, I took an afternoon nap recently. Within the gauzy bounds of that nap, I learned that Pedro Martinez, baseball merchant of the sublime, had recorded
- Joe Kelly vs. Carlos Martinez
is essentially between Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez. There really is no clear favorite, as Kelly is the incumbent, but Martinez carries much greater upside. The pitcher that fails to capture the 5th slot
- Nick Martinez is Different, Maybe Better
lines, especially when dealing with metrics that are designed to be useful over larger samples. Enter Nick Martinez.
Martinez was the 564th pick in the 2011 draft and likely only has a safe spot
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Victor Martinez
Well, we have our first Contract Crowdsourcing result that really surprises me. The votes are in, and you guys think that Victor Martinez is in line for a a pretty sweet deal.
- The Complete Juan Francisco (Abridged)
of now-Braves third baseman Juan Francisco remarkable.
Over the course of just two plate appearances during yesterday's victory over the Mets (box), Francisco behaved exactly like Juan Francisco would
- J.D. Martinez Finds His Stroke
talking about J.D. Martinez. He had changed his swing over the offseason and could tap into his latent power with a clean, easy stroke. The Astros were going to be pleasantly surprised.
It turned out
- Nick Martinez: Ranger Under the Radar
for Andrew Miller at last year's trade deadline, the promising 22-year-old left-hander will be making his big-league debut.
Nick Martinez will be on the mound for Texas. The fact that he'll be playing
- Miguel Montero and the Victor Martinez Contract
, $50 million contract Victor Martinez received from the Tigers in free agency prior to the 2010 season. The Diamondbacks do have Montero under contract for 2012 (the last of his team-controlled
- Fantasy Storylines To Watch: Carlos Martinez
history, the news was not shocking. It's the repercussions of the injury that are interesting for fantasy owners. Right-handers Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez now find themselves locked in a battle
- Victor Martinez Needs Surgery On Bat
Before the season started, the catcher consensus rankings put Victor Martinez sixth overall and one ranker had him as high as fourth. Now that we're two months in, Victor Martinez ranks dead last
- Lance Berkman, Edgar Martinez, and Cooperstown
the last couple of years rejecting a candidate with a similar resume.
In terms of rate stats, Berkman and Edgar Martinez are pretty darn similar. Martinez also had a delayed start to his career, so
- J.D. Martinez on His Many Adjustments
J.D. Martinez is a thoughtful baseball player who has made major changes to his swing mechanics. As much as writing is what gets me out of bed on Monday mornings, it seems a shame to sully this one
- Become Intimate with Pedro Martinez's Changeup
to their YouTube channel -- including (and, for the purposes of this post, limited to) one particularly hot and sexy and hot video featuring right-hander Pedro Martinez in the bloom of goddamn youth.
- My Fantasy co-MVPs: Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez
, or Nelson Cruz. Or Dee Gordon, Charlie Blackmon, or Corey Dickerson.
I couldn’t decide between my two choices, so they share my award.
Among players drafted pretty much universally, Victor Martinez
- Martinez, Crawford and Trumbo: Injury Update
Martinez torn his ACL on Tuesday and will likely be done for the season. The true nature of his injury, and therefore his return time, will not be known until he has surgery
- Garko To San Francisco
The Giants finally ended their long pursuit of a first baseman, acquiring Ryan Garko from the San Francisco Giants, reportedly for LHP Scott Barnes. Garko is a clear upgrade and should boost the San
- San Francisco Meetup: Tonight!
This Thursday, at the Stock in Trade bar in the Marina district in San Francisco, we're going to have a Dodgers/Giants meetup. We'll be talking beer and baseball with some of your favorite writers
- Pedro Martinez on the Art and Science of Pitching
Pedro Martinez was a genius with a baseball in his right hand. One of the most dominant pitchers of all time, he didn't just overpower hitters. He outsmarted them. When he was on top of his game
- The Daily Grind: Jimenez, Martinez, House
Daily DFS - Jimenez and Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Chavez, Norris, House, Valencia, Marisnick
1. Team Strikeouts
- The Daily Grind: Marisnick, Martinez, Gonzalez
Farnsworth on Marisnick
Daily DFS - Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Karns, Gonzalez, Uggla, Stubbs
1. Farnsworth on Marisnick
We're through about
- Appreciating Francisco Liriano's No-Hitter
You have probably heard that Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter last night. You may have also heard that he posted the lowest Game Score of any no-hitter in history, or that his xFIP for the game
- Francisco Lindor's Surprising Pop
Carlos Correa won the Rookie of the Year vote, and Carlos Correa is guy that most fantasy owners prefer, too. And mostly that's because we'll take Correa's bat over the one Francisco Lindor
- Francisco Cordero, The Blue Jay
Right-hander Francisco Cordero sat on the sideline as every other available closer on the free agent market found employment this winter. On Tuesday afternoon, however, it was reported
- Vogelsong Resurfaces in San Francisco
Francisco Bay. Once upon a time, Vogelsong was a prospect in the Giants system after he was selected in the 5th round of the 1998 draft. He jockeyed for position in the organization before he
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup
in the Bay Area.
On Tuesday September 6th, around five pacific time, we'll gather at the Gordon Biersch Brewery near the ballpark in San Francisco. Our friends at GB will be providing free
- Francisco Liriano's Dominating Slider
get you labeled a junkballer.
Francisco Liriano, with the Pirates season on the line, told that cliche to go pound sand.
Here are his final pitch tallies for the night, per PITCHF/x
- How to Age, With Francisco Rodriguez
. It's not like the Tigers have all that much youth to move around, anyway. This all led to an unsurprising end: the Tigers have picked up the more affordable Francisco Rodriguez, from the Brewers
- Beating Francisco Liriano, in Theory
pitches in the strike zone while getting batters to chase more and more balls. Most specifically, I'm interested in watching Francisco Liriano, the leader of the "throw strikes never" movement. The last
- An Argument for Saving Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano has pitched his way into consideration for today's American League Wild Card game by having been excellent since his return to the rotation -- during which period he's recorded 24.2
- Francisco Lindor: Stop Bunting
It's hard to find a flaw within Francisco Lindor's 2015 rookie season. The numbers say he was a top-five defensive shortstop in baseball; the eye test agrees. He had one of the best offensive debuts
- The San Francisco Firemen
When you think of the San Francisco Giants bullpen, you think of Brian Wilson. Since assuming the closer’s role four years ago, Wilson has been the face – and the beard – of relief pitching
- Francisco Liriano's Great Start
Francisco Liriano continued his excellent start to the season last night, with an 8 shutout inning, 10 strikeout start in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers. Now Liriano has only allowed 3 runs in 29
- Two Eras of Francisco Rodriguez
another commitment to Francisco Rodriguez, this one for at least two years and $13 million. It happened above the general manager's head, but it's not a nightmare; Rodriguez remains a useful pitcher
- The Pirates MVP Is... Francisco Cervelli?
that prevents me from starting my article on how Francisco Cervelli is the Pittsburgh Pirates MVP until very late. But I will persevere. Welcome to an article about how Francisco Cervelli is the Pittsburgh
- Francisco Liriano's Future
Back in 2006, Francisco Liriano pitched like a cyborg sent from the year 2029 to annihilate all American League Central competition.
The Twins southpaw, just 22 at the time, snapped off mid-90's
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
After five terrible starts to open the season, it's time to wonder what the heck is wrong with Francisco Liriano. Finally healthy in 2010, Liriano delivered the best season of his career - in which
- Francisco Liriano Teases Again
Francisco Liriano has been a tantalizing player over his career. Occasionally, he can look like one of the best pitchers in baseball. But most of the time, his performance fails to live up to his
- The Pirates Version of Francisco Liriano
The Pirates had reportedly made re-signing Francisco Liriano their top priority, and on Tuesday they officially got it done, with Liriano returning for three years and $39 million. Dave wrote
- The Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous
of difference Francisco Lindor can make. A month and a half ago, I posted an InstaGraphs about the Cubs defending grounders. At that point, the Cubs led baseball in lowest slugging percentage allowed
- The Uncomplicated Francisco Liriano
Many fantasy baseball players don’t readily like or even accept Francisco Liriano. He walks too many guys, a lot of them say, and he’s a major health risk. He’s unreliable and difficult to predict
- What's Francisco Liriano Worth?
Joe Christensen dropped a minor bombshell on Minneapolis this morning, writing that the Twins may be open to trading Francisco Liriano at some point during spring training. According to Christensen
- Francisco Liriano, the Twins, and the Towel
with the Twins and Francisco Liriano. But can they contend in 2011 without him?
The Twins' (reported) perspective isn't ridiculous. There's no doubting that Liriano put on a dominating performance in just
- Francisco Liriano's Shaky Start
By the time he completed his third start in 2010, Francisco Liriano was already getting national headlines. He had thrown 21 innings, striking out 17, and allowing just three runs. After
- The Return of Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano is back. After a month-long banishment to the bullpen, Liriano has returned to the rotation looking like a completely different pitcher. In his six starts prior to his demotion
- Francisco Lindor, Simply Elite
When the Indians selected Francisco Lindor 8th overall in the 2011 draft, he possessed a high floor and upside. Drafted out of Montverde, Florida, he was an accomplished shortstop but questions about
- Declining Peripherals and Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez had a fantastic season in 2008, where he set the single-season save record and was the most valuable relief pitcher in fantasy baseball. But conventional wisdom says to avoid
- Deep Impact: Francisco Lindor
leads to an increase in quality of replacement-level and league-average players.
Today, I'm going to discuss the fantasy outlook of Indian's shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor will have no issue
- San Francisco DH Options
Guerrero will only start one of the first two games in San Francisco, but the Giants have not yet said what they're going to do at DH. Let's try to figure out what their best option is.
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
We’re only heading into the last week of April, but it’s already been a cataclysmic start to the season for Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano. To contextualize a bit for how bad the season has been
- Francisco Lindor's Fantasy Value
have smiled on me again with Francisco Lindor getting the call and likely to start his first major league game tonight.
Unfortunately, writing up Lindor isn't quite as fun and exciting
- J.D. Martinez Changes Everything, Changes Everything
The top Tigers regulars by wRC+, with first names left out in order to generate a surprise I've already ruined:
- Congratulations, San Francisco
- The Sad Crab of San Francisco
- Giving Carlos Martinez the Pitch-Comp Treatment
. We love comps for young players, because they allow us to pretend like we can see their futures. This is kind of along those lines, at least with regard to the unproven. Carlos Martinez is unproven
- Everything (Or Nothing) Is Different About J.D. Martinez
If you'd just oblige me by briefly viewing one screenshot and four .gifs, I believe I'll be able to neatly tie together all the different things that have been going on with J.D. Martinez this season
- Miracle GIF: J.D. Martinez vs. Gravity
The footage you see here comes to us courtesy (a) the eighth inning of Sunday's Giants-Astros game and (b) Houston left fielder J.D. Martinez's Arm of Wonder.
If we presume that the above
- Edgar Martinez Following Reese's Unfortunate Path
in Cooperstown. A few took steps forward -- Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines enjoyed substantial gains. Others, like Mark McGwire, took steps back.
Edgar Martinez was a member of the final
- Adding Juan Francisco in Daily Leagues
We all know the story with Juan Francisco. He hits for an insane amount of power, strikes out a ton, and generally does not play great enough defense to warrant regular play. The latter is actually
- So How Good Has J.D. Martinez Become?
Chisenhall posted a 163 wRC+. In the second half of this season, he's posted just about the same wRC+, except without the 1 in it. Chisenhall's gotten much much worse. Early on, J.D. Martinez was another
- Grant Balfour Utilizes Socratic Method with Victor Martinez
an urgent line of inquiry to better understand Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez's impressions of the world.
Asks Balfour of Martinez: "Why the fuck you looking at me, man?" And also: "What's your
- J.D. Martinez: Right-Handed Lefty Power Hitter
If you’ve been paying attention to baseball during the past month, you probably know that J.D. Martinez has been on a pretty good run. That might be an understatement: he’s hit 15 home runs
- Short-Term Tigers Re-Sign Victor Martinez
big win-now move, keeping Victor Martinez at a four-year guarantee worth $68 million. Per usual, there are questions about the back. Per usual, that's not the priority.
It's a fairly simple move
- Admiring Juan Francisco's Home Run
In case you missed it -- and I sincerely doubt that's possible -- Juan Francisco hit a really long home run last night against the Cubs. Compagno Cistulli already detailed the home run for us
- Trevor Story Sorta Looks Like J.D. Martinez
from the headline, is J.D. Martinez.
Martinez's backstory is pretty well known, as he was a fringy Quad-A outfielder who bounced around a bit, and got released by the Astros at the end of Spring
- Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Ben Francisco
On Wednesday night, Ben Francisco hit his second home run of the year, which, combined with his seeming comfort in a regular role on a contending team, probably caused more than one Indians fan
- How Can the Tigers Replace Victor Martinez?
Catching is supposed to be the activity that slowly robs young men of their athleticism, but it was training that felled Victor Martinez. After keeping his legs fresh while being a primary catcher
- Season in Review: San Francisco Giants
by the BaseRuns formula and adjusted for strength of schedule, which I feel is the best measurement of a team's actual talent level.
Number Twenty seven: San Francisco Giants
Looking at the respective
- Brad Grant on Scouting Francisco Lindor
When the Indians took Francisco Lindor with the 8th-overall pick in last year’s draft, they brought into the fold -- in the opinion of scouting director Brad Grant -- “a potential Gold Glove
- Angel Pagan Heads to San Francisco
coming off a bad year, with Angel Pagan heading to San Francisco in exchange for Andres Torres as well as reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Pagan joins fellow trade acquisition Melky Cabrera and incumbent
- How Did Pedro Martinez Get Bombed?
were 17% of Kershaw's regular-season total. In July, I tried to investigate what went wrong.
Kershaw, in 2014, had one of the better pitcher seasons ever. Pedro Martinez, in 1999, had maybe the best
- Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson at Their Best, Today
Among others, baseball's Hall of Fame will prepare to welcome Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson. For them, there was zero suspense: Hall of Famers don't get more automatic, and as easy
- FG on Fox: A True Myth About Pedro Martinez
64 beers on a flight once. It has been said that peak Pedro Martinez had four pitches and each was the best of its type in baseball. Legit or legend?
The current crop of Hall of Fame inductees
- Pirates Re-Sign Francisco Liriano
In a winter of runaway inflation, the Pirates have reportedly re-signed Francisco Liriano to a deal that looks downright reasonable.
Liriano in agreement with #Pirates on three-year, $39M deal
- Athwart the Numbers: Keppinger, Francisco, Decker
Francisco, Corner Guy, Cincinnati
Francisco's proof that, while you can't necessarily walk off the island, you can try to jack dongers from it all the way to the major league city of your choosing
- Game Four Preview: San Francisco
, a.k.a. the 'Brooks Conrad Game' managed to take things to a new level of surreality. Up two games to one, San Francisco is back in control, but given how this series has played out so far
- The Daily Grind: Age Bias, Martinez, Ramirez
, if not the star-level talent he’s been for 597 PA since the start of 2014.
2. Daily DFS - Martinez, Ramirez, Stacks Aplenty
Carlos Martinez (7:15 PM ET start)/Erasmo Ramirez (6:10 PM ET
- Pirates Keep Francisco Cervelli as a Bargain
The weakest free agent class in recent memory just got weaker again, as Francisco Cervelli has now joined Stephen Strasburg in taking a mid-season extension rather than testing the open market
- Rule 5 Dark Horse: J.D. Martinez
the change in rules for eligibility a few years ago. Outfielder J.D. Martinez was removed from the 40-man roster November 20th while putting together an impressive winter league season in Venezuela
- San Francisco Moves Lincecum Up
The San Francisco Giants begin their second-to-last regular season series tonight. The opposition is the Arizona Diamondbacks and the series precedes the biggest series of the season – three games
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup -- Tonight!
wild card game wildness with FanGraphs friends and family at the 21st Amendment in Downtown San Francisco any time after four on October 5th. We'll be upstairs, most likely, but you can always check
- Francisco Liriano and a League-Wide Trend
It's been true for each of the last five years, that Francisco Liriano has finished each season with a higher strikeout rate than the one before it. It's been true for each of the last four years
- Scouting the Prospects in the Francisco Liriano Trade
As part of yesterday's last-minute deal involving Francisco Liriano and Drew Hutchison, the Blue Jays also received two prospects in C Reese McGuire and OF Harold Ramirez.
- Putting Pedro Martinez's Minus Stats in Context
Although Pedro Martinez may not have had the longevity or durability of some of baseball's other pitching greats, there is little doubt that his peak years were some of the best, if not the best
- San Francisco's Giant Pitching Prospects
The San Francisco Giants organization recently promoted its two top pitching prospects from high-A ball to double-A. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Tim Alderson - 2007 first-round
- Francisco Liriano: My Fantasy MVP
Francisco Liriano made $1 million for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year in base salary. He can earn up to $3.75 million more based on incentives he almost surely hit, but the fact remains
- Francisco Liriano Has Stayed Down
When Francisco Liriano shut down the Athletics in his return to the starting rotation, many dismissed it as just one start, and one against the Athletics at that. Instead, Liriano has taken
- The Daily Grind: Martinez, Chavez, Van Slyke
Getting It Backwards
Daily DFS - Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Chavez, Lyons, Van Slyke, Davis
1. Getting It Backwards
Yesterday, I recommended
- Mets Trade Francisco Rodriguez to Brewers
Late last night, news broke that the Mets had traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers (along with $5 million to help off-set his contract) for two players to be named later. My immediate
- Reluctantly Talking Ourselves Into Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano's been kicking around the big leagues since 2005, and there's really just never been middle ground with him. Here's a fun trivia question: how many times has he had a seasonal ERA
- Q&A: Dennis Martinez, El Presidente Legacy
Dennis Martinez is among the least-appreciated pitchers in recent generations. Fans in Montreal certainly remember “El Presidente,” but the Nicaraguan-born right-hander is far from a household name
- Francisco Liriano and the Slow Death of ERA
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to sign Francisco Liriano to a two year, $14 million contract. It's an interesting deal, and we'll talk about the specifics of Liriano and the Pirates
- Francisco Liriano Made a Ballsy Decision
In a good way, Francisco Liriano is making life more complicated for the Blue Jays. Not that a team should take anything for granted, but as the Jays look ahead to the playoffs, it's hard to know
- Quick Looks at Buchanan, Fiers, Martinez and deGrom
be the backbone of his, or any pitcher's, production.
Why I watched: K-BB% of -0.6 in 1H and 7.3% in 2H
Game Watched: 8/26 vs Mariners
• Works fast.
- Q&A: Dave Martinez, Tampa Bay Bench Coach
Dave Martinez is expected to become a big-league manager someday, and he’ll be well prepared when he gets the opportunity. The Tampa Bay Rays bench coach couldn’t ask for a better mentor. Following
- Quick Looks: Martinez, Eovaldi, Webster and McCutchen
Why I watched: He has been getting a little love and hate here at FanGraphs. Also, I wanted to see why the Cardinals are hesitant to make him a starter.
Game(s) Watched: 9/18/14
- Cody Ross in San Francisco: Nihilism?
Bowden is working as a consultant for San Francisco GM Brian Sabean.
It has been speculated that the Giants put a claim in on Ross to prevent divisional rival San Diego from filling their own need
- No Surprises in the San Francisco Giants Outfield
down for you over the next few weeks. You can find them gathered here.
Eight different players saw time in the San Francisco Giants outfield in 2014 with most at-bats dedicated to Hunter Pence, Gregor
- The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants
Congratulations, San Francisco. Three championships in five years is pretty incredible.
Madison Bumgarner. That was amazing.
- San Francisco Giants: Draft Review
) reached the Majors quickly out of necessity but he's a glove-only player who was lost on waivers to Toronto (who then lost him to Philly).
Up Next: The San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
- Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
Fifty-six years in San Francisco and one World Series title. Most Giants fans are probably set for another fifty-six years, and for some it’s time to get greedy. Unfortunately, despite some
- These Saber-Savvy San Francisco Giants
phenomenon in San Francisco.
Some of their most innovative moves have come recently. Look at their lineups against left-handed and right-handed pitchers this year, and you'll see a team rife with platoons
- The Francisco Lindor Era Begins in Cleveland
simultaneously, when both Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor joined their respective major league clubs. I covered Buxton yesterday, so today, I'll take a look at Lindor, who ranked 14th on Kiley
- A Status Update on the Francisco Liriano Experience
Francisco Liriano's most recent outing for the Pittsburgh Pirates ended with eight consecutive balls and the bases loaded. The Pirates won that game, 12-1, over the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Liriano
- Draft Reviews: San Francisco Giants
- Organizational Rankings: #23 - San Francisco
- The World Champion San Francisco Giants
- Daily Notes: Carlos Martinez to Make First Major-League Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Carlos Martinez to Make First Major-League Start
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete
- Mets Tab Francisco and Rauch to Revamp Bullpen
In a pair of moves that is sure to inspire derision, the Mets signed former Blue Jays Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to revamp the back end of their bullpen. While the pair made for an underwhelming
- Ranking Ben Francisco's 3-Run Home Run By WPA
Ben Francisco slugged a pinch-hit 3-run home run for the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLDS Tuesday night. The home run was decisive as the Phillies beat the Cardinals 3-2 to take a two games to one lead
- Braves Trade J.J. Hoover to Reds for Juan Francisco
With Chipper Jones on the DL for the first two weeks of the season, the Braves traded one of their top pitching prospects, J.J. Hoover, to acquire Reds third base prospect Juan Francisco. Hoover
- Juan Francisco & Jason Bay: Deep League Wire
he's just as worthy of joining your squad as these fine lads.
Juan Francisco | MIL 3B | 9% Owned
Two days ago, the Brewers, clearly tired of trotting out the plethora of non-first basemen
- Napoli for Francisco: Winners, Winners, Chicken Dinners
Mike Napoli is underrated. Relief pitchers are inherently overrated. We hold these truths to be (supposedly) self-evident. So why does today's trade of Napoli for Frank Francisco look just as good
- NL Outfielders: Ben Francisco, Lance Berkman
. Anything deeper than that, he's probably already owned.
Ben Francisco (9% owned in Yahoo, 7.5% in ESPN)
This is not to suggest that you should pick up Francisco because he hit that home run
- Juan Francisco & Norichika Aoki: Deep League Wire
that they could maintain their skills over every day at-bats.
Juan Francisco | ATL 3B | 5% Owned
Surprise, surprise, Chipper Jones is injured again. While his current ailment isn't serious
- Steamer Projects: San Francisco Giants Prospects
Earlier today, polite and Canadian and polite Marc Hulet published his 2014 organizational prospect list for the San Francisco Baseball Giants.
It goes without saying that, in composing
- Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, and a Nice Problem to Have
It seems like top up-the-middle prospects like Francisco Lindor don't come around very often. It seems like you can't get enough shortstop prospects, especially if you run the Cubs. It seems like
- A Minor Review of 2009: San Francisco Giants
on their teams' Top 10 lists. The popular series is back for the second year.
San Francisco Giants
The Graduate: Merkin Valdez, RHP
As Buster Posey will probably tell you in private
- Nate Schierholtz and J.D. Martinez: Outfield Help From the Waiver Wire
playing time now.
J.D. Martinez |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 14.7% Yahoo - 4.0%
When the Astros began trading off their team, a door opened up for both you and Martinez. He gets promoted from Double
- J.D. Martinez & Chris Capuano: Deep League Waiver Wire
could guess which is which.
J.D. Martinez | OF DET | CBS 3% Owned
After being released by the Astros toward the end of spring training, the Tigers signed Martinez, perhaps as an option
- 2012 Organizational Rankings: #12 - San Francisco
#18 - Colorado
#17 - Miami
#16 - Arizona
#15 - Cincinnati
#14 - Chicago NL
#13 - Milwaukee
San Francisco's 2011 Organizational Ranking - #12
2012 Outlook: 54 (14th)
- Relative Waiver Wire: Juan Francisco, Trevor Cahill
Francisco, Toronto Blue Jays
Ownership: CBS 30% | Yahoo! 14% | ESPN 15.0%
It’s that time again. Edwin Encarnacion is expected to miss anywhere between two and four weeks (it’s been roughly one already
- NLDS Game One Preview: San Francisco
that Tim Lincecum fell back to earth this season is like saying that Princeton dropped behind Harvard in the 2011 U.S. News rankings. Of the pitchers in the playoffs, only Roy Halladay and Francisco
- NLDS Game One Review: San Francisco
singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. With one on and no outs, and Pat Burrell at the at the plate, either San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy (or perhaps Posey himself) decided it would be a good
- NLCS Game Four Preview: San Francisco
Despite having to face the Phillies' annoyingly-nicknamed (but awesomely talented) "H2O" pitching trio consisting of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, the widely-panned San Francisco Giants
- Francisco Liriano & Matt Garza: Waiver Wire
, but at least you're picking up players who are close to getting guaranteed playing time. Both Francisco Liriano and Matt Garza are close to making their 2013 debuts, and should be targeted by owners who
- Scouting Cuban OFs Luis Moiran Robert, Julio Pablo Martinez
of Robert and thought he might have left the island.
Julio Pablo Martinez, CF, 5'8, 160, L/L
Martinez is a plus runner and plays a flashy center field. He made a great sliding play in the right
- Danny Hultzen, Fernando Martinez, Andrew Brackman: Prospect Chatter
leaguers, too, but more as a spot starter.
2) Fernando Martinez, Astros
Though no longer eligible to be a prospect based on the number at-bats accumulated during fits and starts over three different
- Fernando Martinez & Matt Dominguez: Deep League Waiver Wire
thing about being a weak team is that most of your players are unowned in fantasy leagues. So that gives me multiple options for this very column.
Fernando Martinez | HOU OF | 3% Owned
- The Case for Francisco Lindor as Baseball's Best Shortstop
and received zero preseason MVP picks, whose case for baseball's best shortstop might be just as strong as Correa's. It's time we consider whether it's actually Francisco Lindor who is baseball's best
- Closer Updates: Thornton, Wilson, Francisco, Kimbrel
serious injury. If Wilson is still a question mark a week from now, then start worrying.
Frank Francisco | Blue Jays
Frankie Frank had to visit Dr. James Andrews to get the tightness in his
- Salvador Perez & Francisco Cordero: Waiver Wire
your starting catcher for the Kansas City backstop might be the best possible move you can make.
Francisco Cordero | RP | Astros | Owned: 30% Yahoo!
Oh the joys of real life trades and fantasy
- Francisco Cervelli: Surprisingly Useful Fantasy Catcher
of Francisco Cervelli that he was the guy they sent to Triple-A when they acquired Stewart last year. Considering their track records, it was no surprise the Yankees ranked 29th in our Catcher Power
- SOSA Projections: Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor
Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor were called up for the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians respectively. Both players are 21 years old, Buxton in the outfield and Lindor at shortstop. SOSA
- 2010 NL Playoff Rotations: San Francisco Giants
at hand. But that scenario is still not likely. The odds are heavily in favor of San Francisco playing in the postseason.
While the Phillies have a seemingly unstoppable rotation, the Giants have
- San Francisco's Offense: A Glass Half Full and Empty
The San Francisco Giants' offense should be better than we have seen thus far. On the other hand, the Giants' offense should be a lot worse than we've seen thus far. But then again, maybe the Giants
- Victor Martinez: The Best Fielding First Baseman in the Majors (No, Really)
Note: I have no idea if I’m the first to do this, but quite frankly I don’t care.
It's been one crazy season for Victor Martinez. In the first half, he was one of the worst players in baseball
- Francisco Sosa, Silly Parks, and Half-Samples
If you're the sort of person who likes to look around minor league statistical leaderboards for under-the-radar performance prospects, the name Francisco Sosa may have emerged on your radar in 2013
- 2016 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston
- NLDS Game Three Preview: San Francisco
After Friday night's surreal game in San Francisco, the Giants might be ready for a change of scenery. However, the trip to Atlanta won't be a leisurely visit. The Giants managed to knock Tommy
- NLDS Game Three Review: San Francisco
Another Giants-Braves matchup, another one-run game. Unlike Friday's splash hit special though, the drama ultimately went in San Francisco's direction this time.
Through the seventh inning, I
- NLDS Game Four Review: San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants didn't exactly take Game 4 in convincing fashion, but was able to capitalize on timely hitting on rare opportunities. When it looked like Derek Lowe was on a roll after five
- NLCS Game Five Review: San Francisco
aren't going to get any more favorable for San Francisco. I won't review every key play of Game Five, but rather a few bad and good points that the Giants can take away from it.
Errors in last
- Taijuan Walker, Francisco Lindor and Cactus League Sleepers
should spend the year at Double-A refining his secondary pitches.
Francisco Lindor - Life is full of hard decisions, but when faced with the choice to scout Lindor or a slew of Mariners' studs you take
- A Minor Review of 2015: San Francisco Giants
a brief look toward the 2016 season and beyond. It can also be a handy feature for fantasy baseball players in keeper and Dynasty leagues.
A Minor Review of 2015: San Francisco GiantsThe Graduate
- Why Francisco Cordero Doesn't Have A Job
on Francisco Cordero's ability to return to his prior team, and now that the music has stopped, he finds himself as the guy without a home.
It's no coincidence that Cordero is the odd man out, however
- Playoff Rookies in Review: San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants organization has received some key contributions from its system at key positions over the past three years, including catcher, shortstop and starting pitching
- Prospect Stock Watch: San Francisco Giants
The author attended a Double-A Eastern League game on Sunday between the Richmond Flying Squirrels (a San Francisco affiliate) and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto) in Manchester, NH (box). What
- San Francisco's Secret Home-Field Advantage
also said something interesting about San Francisco's park.
"The one thing I look for in a park is whether you see the ball well and Petco Park is a great place to see the ball," Upton told me
- What Can We Make of Francisco Lindor?
be baseball's best shortstop rookie. In basically identical playing time, Correa finds himself a hair behind Francisco Lindor in WAR. In the second half alone, Lindor's posted a WAR of 3.0, tied with Bryce
- KATOH Projects: San Francisco Giants Prospects
Francisco Giants. In this companion piece, I look at that same San Francisco farm system through the lens of my recently refined KATOH projection system. The Giants have the 26th-best farm system
- Did Francisco Lindor Get in Jon Lester's Head?
. Again, on paper.
One of those stolen bases belonged to Francisco Lindor, though. Not only did the young shortstop steal a base in the first inning, but he preceded it with some of the same sort
- The Non-Decline and Fall of the San Francisco Giants
The Chicago Cubs, hinting that this year they may have magick stronger than The Goat, recently brought the San Francisco Giants' even-year playoff dominance to an end. It was an offensively offensive
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants organization has a reputation for being a geriatric ward for professional athletes - and deservedly so. General manager Brian Sabean's love of veteran players (at the expense
- NLDS Game Two Review: San Francisco
, and in the bottom half, San Francisco again looked poised to put the game away. It was potentially (and still may turn out to be) a disastrous inning for the Braves, as Billy Wagner injured his oblique after
- Which Melky Cabrera Will San Francisco Get?
Francisco confidence he can be the first brick in the rebuilding of the Giants' lineup.
- Bold Prediction: Francisco Liriano is Top 10 Starter
that Francisco Liriano would be a top 8 pitcher. However, for this post, I will be slightly less ballsy and go top 10. Now let me explain why there is at least a 20% chance of such insanity happening.
- Caleb Joseph Could Be 2016’s Francisco Cervelli
of Francisco Cervelli, who the Pirates smartly signed to an inexpensive contract because of his excellent defensive numbers on a per inning basis. Of course, Cervelli became a breakout fantasy player
- Is Cleveland Being Too Conservative With Francisco Lindor?
obviously turns to the farm system, where top prospect Francisco Lindor currently resides. As one with flashy leather tools on his tool belt, it would seem natural that Lindor would be summoned to help
- Hank Conger, Fernando Martinez, Adam Eaton: Mining the Minors
and leagues that require two starting catchers.
POTENTIAL FANTASY ROLE: C1 in 12-team AL-only leagues or C2 in mixed 12-team leagues
Fernando Martinez, Astros OF
- 2013 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
-- for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Don't hesitate to leave notes regarding format/presentation in the comments section, as the author frequently has no idea what he's doing.
- Top 10 Prospects: The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants
2010 MLB Record: 92-70 (1st in the NL West)
Minor League Power Ranking: 20th (out of 30)
Click for: Last Year's Top 10 Prospect List
1. Brandon Belt
- Q&A: Francisco Lindor, Indians Top Prospect
Francisco Lindor is the Cleveland Indians’ shortstop of the future and the top prospect in the system. At the age of 18, he also likely several years away from the big leagues. Drafted eighth overall
- San Francisco Giants Top 15 Prospects (2012-2013)
ground-ball rate. He should open 2013 in triple-A. With San Francisco's pitching depth, Kickham's big league hopes likely hinge on an injury to the big league staff and he could possibly make his debut out
- San Francisco Has the Best Infield in Baseball
The San Francisco Giants began the season with what appeared to be an adequate, but perhaps underwhelming, infield. Buster Posey was the star at catcher and Brandon Belt seemed like a solid young
- Top 15 Prospects: San Francisco Giants
at the MLB level. As a starter he has to potential of a No. 2 or 3 pitcher.
8. Francisco Peguero | OF
BORN: June 1, 1988
EXPERIENCE: 6 seasons (AA)
ACQUIRED: 2006 international free agent
- 2014 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL