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%, xK/9 seems to find a reason to be optimistic when it comes to pitchers like Kris Medlen and Jarrod Parker who have underperformed their SwStr% and strikeout potential.
Devon Jordan is obsessed
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, and, as a generalization, those that do play in ten team leagues regress to their true talent level, which is not valuable enough to be ownable.
Devin Jordan is obsessed with statistical analysis, non
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), is to include a power component in xRBI: HR/FB ratio.
Devin Jordan is obsessed with statistical analysis, non-fiction literature, and electronic music. If you enjoyed reading him, follow him on Twitter
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with the generation of linear weight values for a bunt hit, we will have a more definitive answer for what a bunt hit is worth.
Devon Jordan is obsessed with statistical analysis, non-fiction
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Devon Jordan is obsessed with statistical analysis, non-fiction literature, and electronic music. If you enjoyed reading him, follow him on Twitter @devonjjordan.
- Does Troy Tulowitzki Suffer Without Carlos Gonzalez?
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The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- Daily Notes: The Effects of Burch Smith on the Human Brain
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To learn how Game
- Houston Astros Must-Follow Prospects
-average rotation. But for spots on a down-the-line depth chart to be depended on acquired talent from outside the organization is damning.
Jordan Lyles, the team's top prospect by a country mile
- Building a Farm: American League Central
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margin for error. The pitchers are all still getting rave reviews, with Jordan Lyles the front-runner ahead of Ross Seaton and Tanner Bushue. The best position player draftee still appears to be 2009
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - White Sox
prospect list is topped with almost-ready prospects that each have a ding against them. Jordan Danks had a breakout season last year, and has very nice OBP and defensive skills, but his power development
- Jay Sborz's Career Revival
for the Tigers, which started with Kyle Sleeth as the third overall pick, and has produced just these five big league players: Tony Giarratano, Virgil Vasquez, Brian Rogers, Jordan Tata and Dusty Ryan
- Building the Farm: American League West
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shown this year, it’s clear that he’s going to be a Major Leaguer.
Jordan Lyles' Change Up. Dave Cameron and I talked after the game and struggled to remember a single plus breaking ball we’d seen
- AFL Thoughts: Phoenix, Surprise Pitchers
each pitcher in detail, I will reflect upon the three with the pedigree and stuff to deserve it: Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers), Jordan Swagerty (Cardinals) and Danny Duffy (Royals). You'll note that two
- Slow the Lyles Express Down
Houston Astros top pitching prospect Jordan Lyles was promoted to Triple-A following his last start, his 21st appearance above A-ball. While with Corpus Christi in the Texas League, Lyles posted
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a bad night, so he may be due a mulligan.
Jordan Weems, C - Listed at 6’3/175, Weems has a thin frame, but there’s definitely room to fill out and get stronger. He worked a few counts, but he didn
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really have to hit if he’s awesome on the bases and in the field? If you give Hamilton the 2012 fielding and baserunning numbers of Michael Bourn — 23.3, 6.1 — and the 2012 offensive numbers of Jordan
- Alternate Reality: Need-Based Mock Draft
, Jordan Lyles and Tanner Bushue are a pair of recently drafted pitchers that turned in very good Aprils. You can't say the same for any offensive prospect south of Koby Clemens, and even the highly touted
- NCAA Regional Preview, Part 1
what they see from catcher/closer draft-eligible sophomore Jordan Swagerty, who is a gamer that should move quickly as a reliever in pro ball. The pick: ASU.
Coral Gables Regional: #1 Miami, #2 Texas
- MLB Draft: A Recent History of Criticism
adamant that Hobgood was ranked higher on their boards than the other high school talents. Given this position by the Orioles, I wrote last year that Scouting Director Joe Jordan was “ballsy to not blame
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Pitchers
with his unique combination of velocity, command and movement on the heater, so if he grabs hold of a breaking ball, he's got a good chance.
Jordan Lyles | RHP | Age 19 | Houston Astros | Double
- 2010 Draft Review: AL Central
-Penn League ... So, too, have Division I talents Jordan Cooper (4.90 FIP), Tyler Cannon (.247 wOBA) and Diego Seastrunk (.297 wOBA), all picked after the ninth round.
Thoughts: This is a team
- 2010 Draft Review: AL West
college commitment. Missing third-round pick Ryne Stanek is a bummer, but mitigated by the fact that 16th rounder Jordan Shipers took $800,000 to sign. Assuming Paxton does sign, this team will likely end
- Chicago White Sox Farm System Depth
, and you have the only four talented potential Major Leaguers that played in Birmingham. Look up to Triple-A, and the list doesn't grow bigger, giving us just Jordan Danks and, depending on our optimism
- 2010 Draft Review: NL Central
think they definitely have a few big leaguers here. Jordan Swagerty should fly through the system and make the bullpen by 2012. Cox has some more volatility than I'd like from a college guy, but his
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- Building a Farm: National League East
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colloquially, and from which expression he's derived little pleasure previously.
Moving On, With Regards to This Game
Starting this game for San Diego is Burch Smith, to which right-hander's
- A Look Ahead: The Braves And Free Agency
This is the first of a series of guest posts that we'll be publishing from Ben Nicholson-Smith, one of the lead writers for MLB Trade Rumors. The guys over at MLBTR have an interesting perspective
- 1989: The Greatness that Might Have Been
Baryshnikov would have made one hell of a shortstop. One once said similar things about Michael Jordan, but one bad apple doesn't spoil the bunch, now does it? And why stop there, really? Why
- The Playoff Push, Backwards
, a part of baseball -- with neglect, at best, and more often than not with open contempt. I'm here right now to rectify that. Regard, for the first time, to the best of my knowledge, Smith's Universal
- The Rap All-Stars
Minus the disease, I admire my fitness
And under them jeans I admire the thickness
- C-Weav, "Chillin Wit Da Girls"
2B Joe Morgan
Michael Jordan I'm important, keep tapes recordin
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There's an intriguing battle taking place on the Nationals between two rather similar pitchers. Both Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark debuted in Washington last year and impressed. Though Roark did
- Mustache Watch: Jordan Walden
above captures Official Closer™ Jordan Walden, sporting what we might characterize as a business beard -- that is, one suitable for white-collar work, and which we might distinguish from the beards
- Tigers Sign Jordan Zimmermann
Well, the first major free agent domino has fallen, as the Tigers have agreed to sign RHP Jordan Zimmermann to a five year, $110 million deal. While I listed Zimmermann as a potential landmine
- The Overlooked Seth Smith
An apology is due here, and I'm sorry. I whiffed on Seth Smith in my American League outfield rankings, even though those are mostly for 5x5 formats. I nearly blanked on him in my home league as I
- Jordan Zimmermann: Unfairly Underrated?
Before there was Stephen Strasburg, there was Jordan Zimmermann. After missing part of 2009 and nearly all of 2010 with Tommy John surgery, Zimmermann was placed under a strict innings limit for his
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From Jeff Sullivan's chat that's happening *right now* on the site:
9:02 Comment From bdhudson
Jordan Zimmermann is developing a really unpleasant trend.
9:02 Jeff Sullivan
- Jordan Zimmermann And The Cost Of Strikeouts
still with me, welcome to an article about Jordan Zimmermann!
The Zimmermann I’m referring to, by the way, is the Zimmermann that pitches, not the Zimmerman who hits. The Nationals are lousy
- Prospect Watcher: Jordan Schafer
, the Prospect Watcher's 'Follow List' will include: Travis Snider, Elvis Andrus, Chris Getz, Brett Gardner, Chris Dickerson, Dexter Fowler, Jordan Schafer, Colby Rasmus, Cameron Maybin, and Travis
- Jordan Pacheco? Really?
In a testament to the weakness of the position, Jordan Pacheco spent 505 plate appearances being seven percent worse than league average with his stick, and yet he ended the season as the eleventh
- Jordan Schafer's Wacky Year
? Jordan Schafer lived all of it. 11 months later, he’s living off those memories.
Why? Because the dream start quickly gave way to night terrors. Schafer would rack up a total of 195 plate
- The Next Jordan Schafer
Perhaps our very worst prediction of 2015—there’s intense competition for the honor-- was that Jordan Schafer would lead the American League in stolen bases. As it developed, he tied for last
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one of the guys I covered, Jordan Zimmermann.
In my offseason post on Zimm, I noted how consistent his numbers had been from 2011-2013 aside from his win total. His ERA, WHIP and strikeout rate had
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Despite possessing above average fastball velocity, Jordan Zimmermann has generally posted strikeout rates right around the league average. Part of the reason for the disappointing strikeout totals
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Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- Jordan Lyles Is Kind of a Jerk
It’s a shame that pretty much no one saw this coming. The question, then: What now?
Jordan Lyles, of the Colorado Rockies, has a 2.62 ERA. Yes, it’s after only seven starts (44 2/3 stanzas
- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- New Closer: Will Smith
With the departure of Francisco Rodriguez, the Milwaukee closer role is Will Smith’s to lose. Smith took big steps last season improving his K%, BB%, ERA (or FIP, if that’s more your cup of tea
- Jordan Pacheco Likes Free Stuff
But at least he's grateful for it.
Thank you @phonesuit for the battery pack...can't go anywhere without it.. pic.twitter.com/N1OPXux4hm— jordan pacheco (@JstyleP) July 26, 2013
- The Feast of Brian Jordan, Run Saver
Like the better films of Woody Allen and/or a gun that shoots knives, today's feast day is aimed simultaneously at the heart and the head.
Brian Jordan, Run Saver
Life: Along with Bo Jackson
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Where Jordan Zimmermann Is Trending Up
With Jordan Zimmermann, it's so easy to focus on the downside. You've got a pitcher, coming up on 30, who's already had Tommy John surgery once. He just posted a second-half ERA north of 4 despite
- Grab Jordan Schafer for Cheap Steals
With B.J. Upton’s struggles and Jordan Schafer returning from the disabled list a few weeks ago, the Braves have quietly moved to a platoon in centerfield. This obviously destroys almost all of B.J.
- Not About Jordan Zimmermann & Innings Limits
On Sunday, Jordan Zimmermann continued his excellent season with six and a third shutout innings at home against the Rockies. He struck out six, walked none, and it was the 17th time in his 18 starts
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Jordan Schafer
In a bit of a surprising move, Jordan Schafer has been named the opening-day starter in center field for the Atlanta Braves. Now to be fair, this is not the same Atlanta Braves team that dominated
- Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity
Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. "Will he start or not?" is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- Jordan Walden: The End Justifies the Means
Crawford in the Red Sox batting order against left-handed pitchers. Now, it's Mike Scioscia's move to make Jordan Walden the Angels' new closer, just four games into the season.
- Q&A: Jordan Zimmermann & Gio Gonzalez
Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez have a few notable things in common. The Washington Nationals mound duo have outstanding stuff and rely more on pitching to their strengths than on scouting reports
- Jordan Zimmermann: More Changeups, Please
Jordan Zimmermann has become an extremely reliable starter. In the last three years his ERA has been between 2.94 and 3.25, his WHIP has been between 1.09 and 1.17, and his strikeout rate has been
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- A Brief Note about Seth Smith
The Padres didn't need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- Scheming For Relief: Osuna, Baez and Smith
batters to just one hit, while striking out three and notching two holds.
Carson Smith | Seattle Mariners | 1% (Y!), .2% (E)
Smith is a hard throwing, lanky, right-hander that has more than 40
- Anthony Rendon & Taylor Jordan: Waiver Wire
soon. Both Anthony Rendon and Taylor Jordan could end up playing a role on fantasy teams this season, but are they worth a pickup right now?
Anthony Rendon 3B/2B 75% owned in CBSSports.com
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- Apropos of Something: Three GIFs of Taylor Jordan's Slider
As the largely irresponsible leaderboard published by the author today at FanGraphs indicates, Washington right-hander Taylor Jordan has been the best pitcher of spring training by an obscure
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- The Sleeper and the Bust 11/29/2015 – Jordan Zimmermann Heads to Motown
The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live!
In this episode, Paul Sporer and Jason Collette are back talking Hot Stove! The big Jordan Zimmermann signing is first
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- Seth Smith Would Be Great Fit for Mariners
remaining $105 million on his contract...), the San Diego Padres find themselves with an opportunity to move 2014 right fielder Seth Smith. Kemp's days as an everyday center fielder have long passed
- Nathan Eovaldi & Taylor Jordan: Deep League Wire
Taylor Jordan | WAS SP | 8% Owned
Who? Yeah, don't feel bad. I had no idea who this guy was just two days ago either. Dan Haren's shoulder injury that landed him on the DL finally freed me
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
Seth Smith is having the best year of his career at the plate. He has slowed down during the second half of the season after a monster first half, but his overall line is still quite good. These days
- NERD Game Scores: Jordan Zimmermann Competence Update
Highly Rated Game
Colorado at Washington | 19:05 ET
Yohan Flande (5.0 IP, 91 xFIP-, 0.0 WAR) faces Jordan Zimmermann (97.2 IP, 84 xFIP-, 2.3 WAR). The latter has produced a park-adjusted xFIP (84 xFIP
- Braves Add Speedy Mallex Smith to Their Lineup
In this week's third unexpected outfield prospect callup, the Atlanta Braves summoned speedy outfielder Mallex Smith from Triple-A to replace the injured Ender Inciarte. Smith's been on a tear lately
- How Much Would Yu Pay for Jordan Zimmermann?
- The Nationals Should Consider Trading Jordan Zimmermann
. Jordan Zimmermann, Ian Desmond, Doug Fister, and Denard Span all figure to attract their share of attention as the Nats cannot retain all four players at market prices - to say nothing of workhorse
- Cubs Complete Bullpen Makeover with Joe Smith
, the Cubs made one more move to set up their bullpen for this year's championship run.
Jesus Castillo, the RHP acquired by #Angels in Joe Smith deal, is not ranked among #Cubs top 30 prospects by https
- Jordan Lyles & Josh Satin: Deep League Wire
Jordan Lyles | HOU SP | 10% Owned
An Astros starting pitcher? Blah. Well, 90% of CBS league fantasy owners clearly agree with you, which is why Lyles' ownership percentage sits
- Marcus Stroman: Your AL East Jordan Zimmermann
ahead of Corey Kluber and Jordan Zimmermann at 8th overall.
Stroman's release point consistency was very important to his contact/swinging-strike rates last year. If you sort the last column
- Jordan Walden, a Poor Man's Craig Kimbrel
There may not be a better value pick among closers this year than Jordan Walden. While much of the closer buzz is around Craig Kimbrel, Walden appears to be a poor man’s version of the number one
- Q&A: Jordan Pacheco, Rockies' Mr. Versatile
Jordan Pacheco proved last season that he belongs in the big leagues. In his first full year with the Colorado Rockies, he hit .309/.341/.421, with 32 doubles and five home runs. He appeared in 82
- Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
Joe Smith, who has long contended with Scott Baker and Jim Johnson for The Most Boring Name in Baseball, reportedly signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Angels over the weekend
- Jordan Norberto And The Non-Disciplinary Grievance Process
. That grievance procedure isn't often in the news, but it is this week, and therefore, worth discussing.
Relief pitcher Jordan Norberto filed a grievance late last week against the Oakland A's. Norberto
- Carter Capps, Jordan Walden, and Legal Deliveries
(@nick_pants) April 14, 2015
Jordan Walden has been doing this for years, but Capps looks to be taking the jump-towards-home-plate delivery to an entirely new level. He had a reduced version
- Relative Waiver Wire: Rymer Liriano, Jordan Danks
: COL (1), @STL (4), @LA (3), @ARI (3), MIL (3), LAD (3)
OF Jordan Danks, Chicago White Sox
Ownership: CBS 0% | Yahoo! 0% | ESPN 0.0%
Pretty much, no one wants this guy, at least in the fantasy game
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
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Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Giants Pay Steep Price for Brewers Reliever Will Smith
of the bullpen, have just paid a pretty high price to get the left-handed Brewers' reliever Will Smith.
Here are the full terms.
Will Smith (RHP)
Phil Bickford (RHP
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first
- Freshmen Report: Osuna, Sano, Smith, Taylor
to imagine Mauer being bumped from the Twins’ lineup despite his growing irrelevance.
Carson Smith, RHP, Mariners: A mostly unheralded prospect and former eighth round draft pick, Smith has found
- The Daily Grind: Josh Smith, Nova, Peralta
GPP Pitching Strategies
Daily DFS - Smith
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Garcia, Nova, Peralta, Holt
1. GPP Pitching Strategies
On most days, I use
- 2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1
doesn't have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)
- Q&A: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Comeback from Fear
From 2007-2009, Ryan Rowland-Smith was an effective pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Australian-born southpaw appeared in 88 games and logged an ERA below 4.00 for three years running. His move
- Bat-Flip Coverage: Twins Minor-Leaguer Jordan Parraz
Twins minor leaguer Jordan Parraz hasn't been a Twins minor leaguer for very long. Until the beginning of May he was a Braves minor leaguer. In 2011, he was a Yankees minor leaguer. Before that he
- The Freshmen Report: Lobstein, Sanchez, Smith, Tomas
sprinkling in extra base hits and free passes.
Carson Smith, RHP, Mariners: Current Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has been successful in nine of 10 attempts but his ERA currently sits at 5.65
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
to right field. Harper is represented by Scott Boras, and is likely to set a draft record with the contract he signs. (Bryan Smith)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon | RHP | Texas HS
- The Next Step
Smith. Templeton provided insane value to the Cardinals.
In fact, in their first seven seasons, Garry Templeton produced 20.5 WAR. Ozzie Smith, who peaked in Years 7-12 of his career, produced just
- Arbitrary End Points
like Benson, those strikeout numbers will keep the batting average down.
Marquez Smith hit .198/.291/.327 the first two months. He hit .337/.405/.650 after.
Aaron Hicks hit .246
- Weighing Dee Gordon
Lance Johnson - 7 seasons (2.0, 3.2, 3.9, 5.1, 1.5, 3.4, 6.5)
Luis Polonia - 4 seasons (2.1, 0.6, -2.3, 0.8)
Ozzie Smith - 4 seasons (3.3, 5.4, 2.7)
Tim Raines - 3 seasons (2.8, 3.3, 6.1)
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part One
We're really excited to introduce you to the newest writer to join the FanGraphs team - Bryan Smith. He's covered minor league and college baseball for nearly every site on the planet, and we're
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Seattle
, but I truly believe it was complimentary -- Moore's floor is very high. The pitcher version of this would be Ryan Rowland-Smith, who will have his modest success in Seattle as long as Safeco Field
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Twins
today. Just know that the Twins have a scouting philosophy that is tried and true, and a budget on the rise. After all the recent extensions, the next person Bill Smith should be contacting for a new
- What the Cubs Must Do
, and to ensure some eventual success.
Dear Mr. Ricketts: Fire them all. Start over. Faithfully, Bryan Smith.
- Florida Marlins Farm System Discussion
pick in the 2007 draft was Jameson Smith, who hasn't been able to stay on the field, and when he has, few catchers in the minors have been worse throwing out opposing baserunners (11-for-114 in full
- Building a Farm: National League West
- Risky and Rosy
Presently, there are both quantitative and anecdotal offerings available, thanks to Sean Smith's TotalZone play by play metric (offered at MinorLeagueSplits), or any
- The Next First Round Third Basemen
2003 - Chris Lubanski (PA), Eric Duncan (NJ)
2001 - Joe Mauer (MN)
2000 - Rocco Baldelli (RI), Corey Smith (NJ), Scott Thorman (Canada), Aaron Herr (PA)
Even there, you can see that New Jersey
- Chicago White Sox Must-Watch Prospects
of the two brave enough to tackle them. Bryan Smith will flank the rankings with a pair of articles on each team: one a micro view at the top prospects (for the fan whose minor league interest is only
- Wait Til Next Year: 2011 Draft Preview - Hitters
; Casey McElroy, SS, San Diego; Taylor Motter, SS, Coastal Carolina; Austin Nola, SS, LSU; Joe Panik, SS/3B, St. John's; Tyler Rahmatulla, 2B, UCLA; K.C. Serna, SS, Oregon; Adam Smith, SS, Texas A&M
- Building a Farm: American League East
- Video: The Ozzie Smith of Cuba, More or Less
- Historical Position Adjustments
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part Two
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part Three
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Final Part
- Riley's Choice
- Changing the Natural Order
- NCAA Monday: Checking in with the Champs
- Lessons from Hollywood
- NCAA Monday: Born on the USA
- FanGraphs Splits 3: Back to the Minors
- NCAA Opening Day: Where the Scouts Will Be
- NCAA Weekend Rundown
- Comping Castro
- NCAA Weekend Preview: The Enigmatic
- WAR's Favorite Position
- Blanks Canvas
- Say Heyward in May
- Fan Projections: Strasburg
- Moore Analysis
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Kansas City
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- Projecting Chapman
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cubs
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- Projecting Chapman Results
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Texas
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- Opening Day, v. 2.0
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week One
- Peachy Comparison
- April Draft Report
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Two
- Will Boesch's Production Be Light?
- Good Developments on the KC farm
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Three
- Stanton's Got That Super Swing
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- Gibson's Great Start
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- Age Is Relative, Anyway
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- The Recent First Round Shortstops
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- Drafting the Third Plus Pitch
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- The Guys Besides Smoak
- Why Seattle Chose Smoak Over Montero
- The Guys Besides Yunel
- 2011 Draft Summer College Notes
- Haren's "Haul" (UPDATED)
- Viva Valencia
- Wednesday's Traded Prospects
- The Jorge Cantu Trade: Florida's Perspective
- The Roy Oswalt Trade: Houston's New Prospects
- New Prospects for Nats, Jays, O's
- Adjusting Mental Minor Adjustments
- Mike Minor's Up and Down Debut
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- Showcase Circuit Hits Wrigley
- 2010 Draft Review: NL West
- 2010 Draft Review: AL East
- 2010 Draft Review: NL East
- Belt Closer to the Bay
- Prospects Chat – 8/30/10
- Myth and Legend, Meet Cincinnati
- The First Cups of Coffee
- Five More Early Cups of Coffee
- Prospects Chat - 9/9/10
- Nick Franklin's Historic Season
- The Midwest Wasteland
- The Minors in Context: Introduction
- The Dirt on Drabek's Debut
- Prospects Chat - 9/20/10
- The Braves Go to Beachy
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- Numbers for the Numbered Starters
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- ALDS Game One Review: Texas
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- ALCS Game 1 Review: Texas
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- Prospects Chat – 10/25/10
- AFL Thoughts: Mesa at Phoenix
- AFL Thoughts: Tuesday BP
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- San Diego Padres Farm System
- Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome
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of Eno Sarris's write-up of Angel reliever Jordan Walden.
As a service to the entire United States, I've inserted Jason's responses below. Certainly do not hesitate to provide your own version
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Burch Smith's Second Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Burch Smith's Second Start
2. Today's MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- Daily Notes: Mostly Concerning Burch Smith's Debut Today
debut in this game for San Diego -- is 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith.
Regarding Burch Smith, Who the Hell He Is
In terms of who the hell is Burch Smith, Burch Smith is one of the minor
- Jordan Lyles, Brandon Belt and Tyler Colvin: Mining the Minors
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MIXED LEAGUE RELEVANT
Jordan Lyles, Astros SP
Minor-League statistics: 3-3 WL; 3.20 ERA; 1.24 WHIP; 41:16 K:BB over 59 IPs
- Mike Morse and Seth Smith: Outfield Help on Your Waiver Wire
Smith |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 41.4% Yahoo - 27%
It's tough to land a full time gig when you can't hit lefties, but Smith still plays enough, and hits well enough, to make an impact on your fantasy
- Sunday Notes: Tal Smith, Scouting, Padres, Orioles, Cloninger, more
No one hacked into the Houston Astros database 40 years ago. Had that been possible, they could have gleaned valuable information by doing so. Tal Smith is the reason why.
Smith was ahead of his
- Sunday Notes: Rays' Motter, Carson Smith, Rangers, Brewers, Angels, more
for balls. I want to be known as the guy who comes off the field dirty.”
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, 2 BB, 5 K, 0.793 WPA) who was this epic's undisputed hero.
April 6, 1984: Mike Smith Debuts in Style
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to imagine the Twins letting him walk. GM Bill Smith has exercised team options for players such as Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer, so he could choose to do the same with Nathan instead of bidding for him
- The Next Crop of $100 Million Players
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a staff member of MLBTradeRumors.com. This is the second in a series of guests posts he will be writing for FanGraphs, which will appear on Mondays.
It won’t surprise anyone
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How can I get people to know that I love baseball more than anything in the world?
If we are both wearing baseball caps, is this guy invading personal space?
If the tips of our baseball
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- Effectively Wild Episode 386: Listener Emails/Ricky Smith on Losing His Date to Derek Jeter
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- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 2013 Inaugural Edition
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- Mash That 'Stache
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- Meaningless Infographics #1: 2012 wOBA by Birthplace
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- Today's Starters, in Counterfactuals
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- GIANT TIGER GIANTS!!
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- Today in Creepy Vintage Baseball-Themed Memorabilia: Fan & Fannie
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- This Week in Hot Stove Action: Picture Edition
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