- Sunday Notes: Baez, Jankowski, Hughes, Opening Day, more
. In 2013, he had 71 steals in high-A.
Phil Hughes describes his year-to-year pitch mix this way:
“I’ve had the same four pitches for a long time. It’s just a matter of how I distribute them
- Appreciating Jim Edmonds
, you probably didn't click on this post to begin with. If you did, just think of this more as the appreciation of a career, tied to some voting results.
It should come as no real surprise that Jim
- The Daily Grind: Jim Abbott, Chen, Velasquez, Steve Holt!
Jim Abbott GIF
Daily DFS - Chen
Tomorrow's Targets - Velasquez, Teheran, Blanks, Holt
1. Jim Abbott GIF
Here we have Jim Abbott completing his no-hitter
- Both Sides of the Phil Hughes Argument
randomness as an answer. When it came to Phil Hughes in 2014, we didn't have to worry too much about randomness as an explanation.
Hughes rattled off the best K/BB ratio of all time and was somewhere
- FanGraphs Audio: Jim Callis on the Draft
Jim Callis is both (a) a writer for MLB.com and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio, during which he discusses Monday's MLB Draft with guest host Kiley McDaniel
- The Change: Hughes, Shoemaker, and The Limits of K-BB
Yes, the best in-season ERA estimator is strikeouts minus walks. You can use that tidbit to find a few sleepers in season, for sure.
But when you look at Matt Shoemaker and Phil Hughes right now
- Phil Hughes a Cy Young Candidate in 2015?
If you told me, at the end of 2013 (5.19 ERA) that Phil Hughes would have a chance to win a Cy Young, I would’ve told you, no way. If you told me in 2012 (4.23 ERA) that Phil Hughes had a chance
- Twins Reward the Phil Hughes Breakthrough
It was an exciting thing that Phil Hughes pulled off -- just last season, he finished with the best-ever ratio of strikeouts to walks. It sounds good. It is good. Strikeouts are good! Walks are bad
- Regarding Phil Hughes and 2014
Hughes ranked 22nd in Zach Sanders’ rankings among starting pitchers.
I have to admit, as a Twin Cities native I was super psyched to hear about Phil Hughes signing with the Twins while I
- Imagining Phil Hughes as Cliff Lee
went from "very good" to "most dominant pitcher in baseball"
You probably haven't forgotten, but Phil Hughes used to be really bad
Like, for a while
One year, he decided to stop
- Q&A: Jim Hickey, Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Coach
Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey is looking forward to next year. He should be. Erstwhile “ace” – a term Hickey hates, BTW – David Price is no longer part of the equation, but an enviable
- Another Look at Momentum in October
- Streaking with Phil Hughes
Phil Hughes is currently enjoying his most fruitful season as a starter. Indeed, he has already received considerable attention for his improved control and refined repertoire. Nonetheless, several
- The Remarkable Control of Phil Hughes and Hisashi Iwakuma
Phil Hughes of the Minnesota Twins and Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners both pitched over the Labor Day weekend and both picked up wins without issuing any walks. While not unusual as single
- The Chicago Cubs and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Junior Lake Season
- Phil Hughes Finally Found the Right Breaking Balls
Last year was a tough one for Phil Hughes. Worse than that. "Last year was a disaster for me," Hughes admitted to me before a August game with the A's in Oakland.
But this year has been much
- Bringing Bill James' Famous Arbitration Case to 2014
- NERD Game Scores: Phil Hughes, Out of Curiosity
Highly Rated Game
New York AL at Minnesota | 20:10 ET
Masahiro Tanaka (115.1 IP, 64 xFIP-, 3.0 WAR) faces Phil Hughes (103.0 IP, 85 xFIP-, 3.1 WAR). While the virtues of the former are conspicuous
- The Unique Path to Success in Oakland
- Three Mere Paragraphs Concerning Jim Thorpe's Whole Life
It was neither the best, nor entirely worst, of times for Jim Thorpe.
A brief inspection of the internet -- in particular the Baseball Reference part of it -- reveals that today (May 28th
- Phil Hughes to the Max
Fact: Phil Hughes has always been a tinkerer. All players are constantly making adjustments, so in that sense all players are tinkerers, but Hughes has been a tinkerer to the extreme. He's gone back
- Phil Hughes is Back to His Old Ways
On April 9th, Phil Hughes started a game for the Twins. He gave up four runs, striking out three and walking three. This isn’t entirely atypical of Phil Hughes, but he’s certainly done better. He
- Lest We Forget: Jim Fregosi Was Handsome
- Jim Henderson Gives Axford the Ax
3.1 innings, and gave up a whopping four home runs. It wasn't long before Axford was removed from the closer role and Jim Henderson replaced him.
The funny thing is, the two aren't that different
- No Love For Jim Johnson?
and there, but if they're healthy, they've always seemed to slide back into the job. So why, after 101 saves in the past two season....yes, that's right, 101...does Jim Johnson get no love?
I did a mock draft
- I've Made a Hughes Mistake
Writer’s Note: Hughes ranked 132nd on Zach Sanders’ starting pitching rankings.
It might shock a few people to find out that if not for Ricky Nolasco’s pact, Phil Hughes’ three-year, $24 million
- A Farewell to Phil Hughes' Home-Field Nightmare
Sometimes, baseball analysis can reveal new truths, things that nobody had ever noticed before. Other times, it can simply confirm what's already obvious. Meander through Phil Hughes' FanGraphs
- Twins Remake Rotation With Nolasco And Hughes
. On Wednesday, they signed Ricky Nolasco for four years and $49 million; on Saturday night, it was Phil Hughes for three years and $24 million. In the span of four days, Terry Ryan added two pitchers
- Candidate to Replace Jim-Tim McCarver: Jon Bois
Although I (still) have no say whatsoever in who takes up ol' Jim-Tim McCarver's seat at FoxSports' Roundtable of Sports Insights & Sports Analysis (since the last time we checked in, word
- Candidate to Replace Jim-Tim McCarver: Dayn Perry
Although I have no say whatsoever in who takes up ol' Jim-Tim McCarver's seat at the Roundtable of Sports Insights & Sports Analysis (it will probably be Matt Vasgersian), I will nonetheless
- On Drew Smyly, Jim Leyland, & Stretching in Bed
(though Porcello's 4.80 first-half ERA belied his 3.03 xFIP during the same period).
In early July, however, Tigers' manager Jim Leyland put to rest any speculation on the matter of Smyly
- Who Should Replace Jim Leyland?
We knew this day would come, fair NotGraphs readers. We knew that some day, Jim Leyland would no longer be the manager of the Detroit Tigers. The Gods of Baseball have spoken, and they have taken
- Is Jim Leyland a Future Hall of Famer?
Jim Leyland is an elder statesman of the game, usually recognized as one of the best managers in baseball, and his Tigers just won their third straight division title. The three best managers
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Phil Hughes
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: Phil Hughes.
- Video: Jim Leyland Runs Gamut of Human Emotions in 1:26
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Not merely some -- but, in fact, most -- feature-length motion pictures fail to produce as much in the way of pathos as this short video of Jim Leyland does
- Concerning Jim Johnson and Groundball Relievers in General
Despite leading the AL in saves, Orioles closer Jim Johnson is having a rough year compared to 2012 when he posted a 2.51 ERA and saved 51 games in 54 opportunities. Early in 2013, an enthusiastic
- Q&A: Jim Wright, Colorado Rockies Pitching Coach
Jim Wright is currently entrusted with helping Rockies hurlers succeed in that hitter-friendly environment. He can’t do anything about the effect of altitude on batted and thrown baseballs
- Jim Leyland's Curious Choice of Relievers
of the game the Tigers walked off extra-inning losers, and it was basically all manager Jim Leyland’s fault.
With the game in the balance, on the road, against a streaking Pirates team, Leyland
- Q&A: Jim Summers, Astros Video Coordinator
Like most in his profession, Jim Summers goes largely unnoticed. That doesn’t mean he and his brethren aren’t invaluable to the teams that employ them. When it comes to day-to-day preparation
- FanGraphs Audio: Jim Deshaies, Impressively
Jim Deshaies was a major-league pitcher for 12 years and Astros broadcaster for 16 more of them (i.e. more years). He's currently both (a) in his first season as a Cubs broadcaster
- Jim Henderson and Lorenzo Cain: Waiver Wire
Jim Henderson (ESPN: 3 percent owned; Yahoo!: 41 percent owned)
The closer carousel is a fickle ride at the best of times, but it’s seldom worse than it is during the first few weeks of the season
- Discovered: The Jim Leyland Breakfast
Vine.co user Carl Skanberg provides a most excellent artist's rendering of what Jim Leyland ate this morning, and every morning previous.
- Jim Palmer, Near-Framer of the Constitution
It is an unassailable fact of the historical record that Jim Palmer was tasked with writing very specific passages of the Constitution. "But James," Gouverneur Morris cautioned him, "pen only
- Jim Kern's Four Incredible Seasons
, Jim Kern, might be a little less well known, but he had a significant impact nonetheless, albeit for a shorter period of time.
Before we get to them though, let’s take a brief look at how reliever
- Jim Joyce's Strike Zone: Not That Bad, Turns Out
Holliday or the TBS broadcast team or (later on) the entire internet -- is home-plate umpire Jim Joyce's strike zone.
These were not complaints that I actually heard with my own ears. Perhaps the one
- FanGraphs Audio: Former Major Leaguer Jim Abbott!
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with former major-league left-hander and co-author (with Yahoo's Tim Brown) of a recently released autobiography, Jim Abbott
- How Much is Jim Johnson Really Worth in Fantasy
Jim Johnson has 42 saves. You own closers for saves. Ipso facto bingo blatto, Jim Johnson is an elite fantasy closer.
-- or --
Jim Johnson has 36 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. The average
- Internal Monologue: Jim Bowden's Night Out
- Jim Henderson Suddenly an Option in Milwaukee?
Francisco Rodriguez, still the record-holder for most saves in a season. It was 29-year-old Jim Henderson, a veteran of ten minor-league seasons (and former Expos draftee!) who’d been called up
- Q&A: Phil Hughes, Evolution of a Repertoire
When Phil Hughes takes the mound against the Red Sox tonight, the New York Yankees right-hander will throw fastballs, curveballs and changeups. It is the three-pitch mix he has featured this year
- Jim Thome: Tater Masher
HI THIS IS JI-
Over the weekend, the Phillies did Jim Thome a solid, sending the future Cooperstown resident out to the equivalent of pasture for over-35 power hitters; the American
- Jim Leyland Is Only 67: America Reacts
So today I realized/learned that Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is 67 years old. Seriously? Just 67? Look at this guy:
Stunned by my discovery, I did what any sane person would do: I
- A Jim Deshaies Soundboard
I was surprised, at the completion our offseason crowdsourcing project, to find that FanGraphs readers had ranked Houston Astros broadcasters Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies fourth overall among
- Jim Baumbach Is Covering Hell Out of Clemens Case
baseman of his baseball team.
In maybe -- although not definitely -- related news, Newsday reporter Jim Baumbach's Twitter coverage of this morning's jury selection for Roger Clemens' impending
- The Disappointments of Youth: Phil Hughes
six of one, half a dozen of the other -- and it was actually a pretty apt diagnosis.
From the start of the 2011 season, Phil Hughes just didn’t have it; something was amiss in his arm and it showed
- Hughes and Burnett: Stock Way Down
With the Yankees trading for Michael Pineda and signing Hiroki Kuroda this past weekend, the fantasy values of both A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes took huge nose dives. While both did not even have
- Chris Parmelee, Phil Hughes and Non-Save RPs Values
to pick up Joakim Soria).
In 2012, Phil Hughes' season looked bad on paper because of his first 3 starts when he was hurt. In those starts he went:
- Jim Thome's Fantasy Value Goes Kaput
As Eric Seidman writes over in FanGraphs, Jim Thome heading to the Philadelphia Phillies on a one year, $1.25M contract is a good move in the real baseball world. However, from a fantasy baseball
- Jim Thome Returns to Philadelphia
The Phillies wasted little time in making its first move of the offseason, signing Jim Thome to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. With just those details, and no specifics about his potential
- Jim Leyland Did the Darndest Things
an option on where they batted him, and it didn’t need to be third. By the end of the night, it was one of many confusing decisions on the part of Tigers' manager Jim Leyland, who did not have his finest
- GIF: Jim Johnson's Jim Johnson
Because Oriole Jim Johnson plays for the Orioles, there's a strong chance that no one -- perhaps besides his teammates and Buck Showalter and Buck Showalter's grizzled and nameless manservant
- Q&A: Jim Hickey on James Shields
James Shields has had a career year, and at least some of the credit goes to Jim Hickey. The Rays pitching coach has played a hands-on role in the right-hander’s success, which has been fueled
- Jim Thome Homering Across Eras
Jim Thome mashed his first tater since rejoining the Cleveland Indians last night. There's just something kind of special about seeing Thome back with the Indians, as he was one of the guys who has
- Jim Thome Returns to Cleveland
In an Indians uniform, Jim Thome had a better on-base percentage than Manny Ramirez, a better OPS than Tris Speaker and more home runs than everyone by a country mile. And with Travis Hafner ailing
- Jim Edmonds as a Duck
originalist interpretations of the Constitution. So in some ways, a bewinged and bebilled Jim Edmonds fulfills Madison's fondest hopes. Stated another way, if Jim Edmonds had never been rendered as a duck
- Jim Hendry Leaves Mixed Legacy in Chicago
Coming into today, I can’t say I had more than a surface-deep opinion on Jim Hendry. I don’t follow the Cubs as closely as I do other teams, and while I knew that Cubs fans didn’t like him, I’d
- Soriano Contract Retrospective: A Jim Hendry Tribute
....or, the Return of the Contract Retrospective.
Jim Hendry is reportedly out as the general manager of the Cubs. I'll leave a general summary of Hendry's tenure to someone else. In the meantime
- Jim Palmer Is Fit, Orange, Barely Clothed
I was but a young lad when Hall of Famer Jim Palmer began doing print ads for Jockey underwear -- ads that presented Palmer to the world as the thinking man's beefcake. Survey them, and you'll find
- Santana, Hughes: AL Starting Pitchers
On a night when Ricky Romero was a Desmond Jennings' home run away from a no-hitter, when the White Sox were thankful that the rain saved them from three more innings of Phil Hughes, and when David
- The Chicago Cubs Need Less Jim Hendry
The Chicago Cubs general manager, Jim Hendry, has been described by many as a lame duck, but team owner Tom Ricketts may want to get out the hunting rifle now before the situation deteriorates any
- A New & Improved Phil Hughes?
For a pitcher who has thrown 21.1 innings of mediocre baseball this season, Phil Hughes' return to the majors has garnered quite a bit of media coverage. It's not entirely undeserved either. Hughes
- Hughes, Niemann & Worley: Waiver Wire
Welcome back from the weekend. Here's three young-ish starting pitchers that could help your team in the short-term...
Phil Hughes | SP | Yankees | Ownership: 44% Yahoo!, 36.3% ESPN
I was kinda
- Webb, Hughes, Santana, Broxton: DL Pitchers
give on him over 12 innings, but I would be keeping track of his progress and see if he can begin to put it together.
Phil Hughes (shoulder): Phil's ownership rate has crept up as he is getting closer
- Jim Riggleman, As He Should Be Remembered
I break no news, only hearts, when I remind readers that it's been an eventful 24 hours for defrocked Nats skipper Jim Riggleman. First he witnessed a walk-off victory that was as taut as the tautest
- Pagan, Rolen, Hughes, Matusz: DL WW
Hughes (arm) – 29.3% owned, down 20.5% - Phil's value will come down to him regaining his fastball velocity which dropped from an average of 92.6 MPH to 89.2 MPH. In my opinion, the Yankees knew
- FanGraphs Audio: Jim Walsh of Maple Street Press
Jim Walsh, President and Founder, Maple Street Press
Finally, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things.
Audio on the flip-flop. (Approximately 30 min play time.)
- Video: Jim Bowden Gives Inside Look at GM Meetings
Video: Bowden: Inside GM meetings
Former MLB GM and current crack TV personality Jim Bowden details for the unwashed the exact goings-on of the GM Meetings, taking place this very second in hell
- An Open Letter to Jim Tracy
- Year of the Pitcher?...Think Again
- 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
- Jim Leyland on Chemistry
Enter the name Jim Leyland into your mind’s version of Google, then hit search – or “I’m feeling lucky” if you’re feeling lucky. What comes to mind is probably a variety of descriptive terms. “Old
- Philosophy and Jim Joyce
In looking at whether or not Commissioner Bud Selig should overturn Jim Joyce's call and award Armando Galarraga a perfect game, I want to take a philosophical approach. Unfortunately, most
- Jim Tracy's Creative Bullpen Management
Franklin Morales, the Rockies closer, was brought in to protect a four run lead on Sunday. Normally, this type of move would lead to criticism of Rockies' manager Jim Tracy for wasting Morales's
- O's Call Up Rhyne Hughes
With the worst wOBA in the American League, the Baltimore Orioles club is looking to kick-start a sluggish offense. As a result, the organization promoted triple-A first baseman Rhyne Hughes
- Mariano, Hughes, and an Obvious Point
to be gained from Rivera’s career, and that’s this: Phil Hughes’ season was of teeth-rotting quality out of the pen last year.
Hughes as reliever posted some incredible numbers. He struck out a little
- Jim Thome
Jim Thome hits free agency this offseason, after playing out the last season of his 2003-2008 (with 2009 vesting in 2008) contract. Injuries in Philadelphia and his eventual inability to play
- Phil Hughes as Shutdown Reliever
Since June Phil Hughes has been recast from disappointing former top starting pitching prospect to shut down reliever. He started off as a sixth/seventh inning guy, but by mid-July had established
- Jim Rice Makes It In
worthy player no matter what rational criteria you use and disappointment that Jim Rice finally made his way in. Mostly though I was left with a resounding apathy. Like every award that is voted
- Recalling Jim Johnson
to the minors and recalled 24-yr old pitcher Jim Johnson. Johnson, a starter in the minor leagues, had made two "audition" starts for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, racking up the undesirable line of 5 IP
- Daily Graphing - Jim Thome
For the first time in 7 years, Jim Thome failed play in over 140 games after having season ending elbow surgery in mid August. Before his decision to shut things down, he was easily having the worst