- Finding Value in Pitcher Inconsistency
- Relief Pitching in Context
- Freddie Freeman, the Cardinals, and Coming Through When it Counts
- Joey Votto and the Value of a Walk
- CAIN: Counting a Pitcher's HR/FB Out-Performance
- Hunter Pence's Homerun Face
Hunter Pence is on the verge of exploding at all times.
That is all.
- A Tweet By Torii Hunter, Illustrated
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Today, a liberally literal interpretation of this fine tweet by Torii Hunter.
- Tommy Hunter's High Curves
Over the weekend R.J. Anderson, Zach Sanders and others tweeted about Tommy Hunter's curveball. R.J. noted that Hunter's curve was way up in the zone during Hunter's start on Saturday. I
- Torii Hunter: Newest Tiger
Torii Hunter is now back in the AL Central after spending the last 5 seasons with the Angels. The 38-year-old will provide needed support to a punch-less Tigers'lineup with the exceptions of Prince
- Torii Hunter, Right Fielder
further; tonight, Bourjos will make his major league debut, and he'll do so in center field. No, Torii Hunter is not getting a day off - the guy who has won nine consecutive Gold Gloves as a CF
- Torii Hunter's New Approach
Torii Hunter is a changed man. Remember when he was a power-hitting centerfielder in the middle of the lineup? Torii Hunter is the same man. See that smile? And that stolen home run? Hunter might
- Tommy Hunter's Closing Opportunity
After the contract with Grant Balfour to be Jim Johnson's replacement as the Orioles closer fell apart, Tommy Hunter stands out as the most obvious candidate to take over the job. The team
- Fantasy MVP Hunter Pence
Well, Chris Davis is obviously the "real" Fantasy MVP. His ADP according to FantasyPros was seven spots worse than Hunter Pence's, and he ended up eight spots better in the final rankings
- The Value of Hunter Pence
Over the weekend, the Giants made the first big signing of the off-season, even though it wasn't technically the off-season yet. Rather than let Hunter Pence get to free agency and potentially start
- News Illustrated: Hunter Fights Pujols
Last week, CBS reported that tensions in the Angels' clubhouse last season grew so high that Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols nearly ended up in a fight. Leading to this informative news illustration
- Kyle Lohse Propaganda
of baseball fans want no part of free-agent starter Kyle Lohse. Lohse is still out there, ready to be signed, but a market doesn't seem to have developed, and no team seems to be the frontrunner. No fan
- Hunter Pence's Sliding Production
product of Houston's barren player development outlet that figured to bear fruit was Hunter Pence. Plucked out of the University of Texas-Arlington in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft, Pence quickly
- Hunter Pence's Impatience
The biggest hacker, aside from Humberto Quintero, has been right fielder Hunter Pence. Houston's second round pick in the 2004 draft broke into the big leagues in 2007, hitting .322/.360/.539
- Existential Crisis and Kyle Seager
"Kyle Seager is having a terrible season."
I heard that at the bar three times last night. From three different sources. "Is he?" was my response.
Now, most fantasy enthusiasts would likely
- Daily Graphing - Kyle Farnsworth
Reports are that free agent Kyle Fransworth will likely be signed by the Yankees to a three year contract somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 million dollars. This past year he had his best season
- The “Exceptional” Kyle Lohse
After the 2012 season, Kyle Lohse declined the qualifying offer of the St. Louis Cardinals, and hit the free agent market. Lohse’s 2012 season was exactly what any starter would want
- His Name Is Hunter Pence...
- Torii Hunter Is Playing to His Contract
When the Angels signed Torii Hunter to a five-year, $90 million contract after the 2007 season it seemed like an overpay. In fact, given the teams competing for Hunter's services, it almost certainly
- Age is Just a Number for Torii Hunter
Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter continues to churn out effective seasons despite his age. The 38-year-old outfielder may no longer be in his prime, but that didn't stop him from ranking 17th
- Believing In Kyle Seager
the last 30 days. No one should be surprised by that. The second-highest wOBA (.470) in the last 30 days belongs to third baseman Kyle Seager. Considering he's been a four-win player already this year
- Free Kyle Blanks?
In 2009, at the precocious age of 22, Kyle Blanks stormed into the Show and promptly swatted 10 big flies, and his .372 wOBA -- in a limited sample -- was third-best on the Padres. In other words, he
- Is Kyle Seager Fantasy Relevant?
I think it was Edison that once said something to the effect of "opportunity occurs when good fortune meets preparation." While motivational quotes might not inspire Kyle Seager, this should
- Kyle Seager, an Excellent Keeper
This is now two seasons of Kyle Seager we have under our belts and the two seasons look very similar with modest improvements in some key areas, which has pushed Seager from being a slightly above
- Kyle Lohse: Is He A Fluke?
Kyle Lohse turned in the best season of his career at age-33. Since joining the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008, Lohse has flashed the ability to be an effective pitcher. It wasn't until his walk year
- A Kyle Lohse Back-and-Forth
Below, a back-and-forth.
Michael Bourn finally got signed, right before the start of spring training. Bourn's signing leaves only Kyle Lohse among available free agents
- Kyle Farnsworth, Starting Pitcher?
The Royals haven't gotten much of a return on their 2 year, $9 million investment in Kyle Farnsworth so far. Rather than proving to be a relief ace to stabilize the bullpen, he's continued to be his
- This Is Not the Kyle Seager You're Looking For
. Small sample sizes may be the tools of the foolhardy, but that doesn't mean they don't produce a little bit of fun along the way. Take for instance the performance of Kyle Seager. No really, take
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Tommy Hunter
is a sign of good things to come from the 2009 rookie class.
Texas Rangers prospect Tommy Hunter has a good chance to see significant time in Arlington this season, even though he will begin 2009
- Promotion: Kyle Drabek
Less than nine months after being the centerpiece of the Roy Halladay trade, 22-year-old Kyle Drabek will make his first big league start tomorrow night against the Orioles in Baltimore. Doug's son
- The New and Improved Kyle Kendrick
Though he was originally called up as a full-time starter in 2007, Kyle Kendrick has been anything but full-time since 2009. In 2007 and 2008, Kendrick made 51 appearances and 50 of them were starts
- Kyle Blanks: Waiver Wire
There’s nothing like the threat of being sent down to light a fire under a player, and while Kyle Blanks had started his climb out of the depths before he was given his reprieve, Yonder Alonso’s
- Kyle Seager: Mining the Minors
Late Wednesday night, the Mariners called up Kyle Seager. In a related story, this edition of Mining the Minors got much more interesting just before midnight.
Similar to the other version
- Kyle Blanks Seeks Brand Ambassador
Kyle Blanks is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced brand ambassador . This position requires proven and tested customer service excellence, an outgoing “people person” personality
- A Very Quick Note on Hunter Pence
On Monday, we'll have a more thorough write-up of Hunter Pence's new $90 million contract with the Giants. For now, though, I figured this comparison was kind of fun: Here's Nick Swisher in the three
- Injuries Equal Opportunity For Hunter Morris
In Milwaukee, Hunter Morris will battle former shortstop Alex Gonzalez and fringe big leaguer Taylor Green for the opening day nod at first base. On paper, it seems like the odds are in his favor
- By Request: Hunter Pence in a Chanel No. 5 Ad
A participant in Dave Cameron's World Series Game One chat requested that Hunter Pence be placed in what hitherto has been known as "Brad Pitt's Awkward Chanel No. 5 Ad." Henceforth, it shall
- Planning for Your Future, with Kyle Farnsworth
"Hi, I'm Kyle Farnsworth. You probably know me as a longtime major-league reliever with the Cubs, Rays, Yankees, and other teams. Baseball is great, but my real passion is helping people plan
- Giants Upgrade Their Outfield With Hunter Pence
The San Francisco Giants today acquired Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph, and right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin
- Hunter Pence Heads West to SF
perennial fourth outfielder Nate Schierholtz and prospects Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence and cash considerations. From a reality standpoint, the trade
- How Hunter Pence Fits in Pittsburgh
Astros RF Hunter Pence "with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in mind." While the Astros are firmly in the sellers column, it's unknown whether they're interested at all in dealing Pence, who
- Hunter Pence: First Half Hero
and talk about Hunter Pence.
What I actually love about Pence, first and foremost, is the awkwardness with which he does everything. He looks so ridiculously ungraceful when he runs the bases
- Torii Hunter: My Fantasy AL Turtle
Fantasy Turtle balloting was as follows:
Derek Jeter: 2
B.J. Upton: 2
Carlos Santana: 2
Doug Fister: 1
Yoenis Cespedes: 1
Brandon Moss: 1
Alex Rios: 1
Torii Hunter: 1
With such a close vote, I
- Kyle Crick And Building The Scouting Profile
Kyle Crick enters 2013 as the top prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization. Having seen his final start of the 2012 season, I can attest to his having both the raw stuff and durable frame
- Apply to the Hunter Pence School of Just Kinda Flailing at It
Not getting the results you want at the plate? Tried all those fad swing tools without any progress? Had enough of your father's disappointed looks?
Then register today for the Hunter Pence
- Should Owners Pick Up Tommy Hunter?
Fantasy owners are always scouring the waiver wire looking for pitchers for the back of their staff. One pitcher gaining a lot of buzz for his performance so far is Rangers RHP Tommy Hunter. In six
- Things Kyle Blanks Is Standing in Front Of
In no case is this more clear than in the case of the above screenshot -- taken from last night's contest between San Diego and San Francisco. In said image, Padre outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks
- Q&A: Kyle Kendrick, Evolution of a Repertoire
Kyle Kendrick isn’t all that remarkable. The Philadelphia Phillies right-hander has a standard pitcher’s frame and fairly average stuff. Neither his velocity nor his repertoire particularly stands
- Q&A: Kyle Farnsworth, an Intimidating Career
Kyle Farnsworth is intimidating. The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander throws hard and isn’t afraid to come inside. He is also a sculpted 6-foot-4, 240 pounds with a background in martial arts. Charging
- Prospect Stock Watch: Kyle Hendricks
I've received more emails asking about Kyle Hendricks than any other prospect in recent weeks. Everyone seems to be curious about the Cubs' right-handed pitching prospect who posted a 1.85 ERA in 21
- Torii Hunter Takes Age Defying Magic to Detroit
necessary. Today, they made that upgrade by signing Torii Hunter to a two year, $26 million contract.
With Hunter, there are two competing viewpoints, both of which have their roots in factual basis
- Hunter Finally Finds Groove Over Heart Of The Plate
on their respective games, four was enough, and the Angels won just their second game in their last eight tries. The hero was Torii Hunter, who plated the Angels first three runs behind an RBI single in the first
- Kyle Farnsworth Shows Worth With Sinker
Kyle Farnsworth's free agent decision is expected to come soon, with the big right-hander having narrowed his decision down to the Tampa Bay Rays and the ever-present Mystery Team. Farnsworth lost
- Robinson Tejeda Versus Kyle Davies
, ESPN and Yahoo! each show Kyle Davies as having a starting spot. Davies got the start today but was ineffective. He allowed 6 ER, 7 H and 3 BB (no Ks) in 2.2 IP.
Davies was relieved by Robinson
- NotGraphs Video Scouting: Hunter Dozier, IF, Kansas City
Kansas City's Hunter Dozier is a rare sort of prospect. He's both physically impressive and athletic -- and appears, at least from a small professional sample, to have something in the way both
- Tommy Hunter Getting It Done One Way Or Another
, but they rank third in the AL in ERA at 3.80. They also have the largest discrepancy between their ERA and FIP.
Much of that discrepancy comes from 23-year-old Tommy Hunter. He has been quite
- Tommy Hunter, or Generics versus the Brand Name
organizations, with histories that suggest that they just aren't that good.
Perhaps no player typifies the 2012 Orioles more than Tommy Hunter. And it's guys like Tommy Hunter who are why we need
- Hunter Pence Literally Cannot Fathom Driving
After Giants right flailer Hunter Pence fell victim to the notorious scooter snatcher of San Francisco, he mentioned to reporters, "I can't fathom driving for some reason." The crack NotGraphs
- Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn: Trade Deadline Movers
of Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn looks from here on out.
Anyone that moves from the Astros to the Phillies is automatically going receive a boost to their fantasy value
- Why the Astros Should Trade Hunter Pence
The question applies to a few players on the Astros roster, but perhaps none greater than Hunter Pence. His name appears in trade rumors almost as frequently as Carlos Beltran's, though his status
- Phil Coke & Tommy Hunter: Beatles and Stones Songbook
Phil Coke and Tommy Hunter know a good song when they hear it. The same can be said of song titles and how they might pertain to baseball. Neither the Detroit Tigers southpaw nor the Baltimore
- Q&A: Hunter Renfroe, Padres Outfield Prospect
Hunter Renfroe finished his amateur career with a bang. The 21-year-old outfielder was one of the top players in the college ranks, hitting a robust .345, with 16 home runs, at Mississippi State
- A Chuckle-Worthy Site Gag Featuring Kyle Blanks
If you've ever seen Kyle Blanks -- in person, on TV, in a dream you had this one time but'd prefer not to talk about -- then the above image (captured from the official site of Minor League
- The Rangers and Approaching a Kyle Lohse Valuation Convergence
Not a whole lot of players were extended a qualifying offer at the end of last season. Those who were extended such offers were good baseball players, and Kyle Lohse was among them. Lohse is a good
- Kyle Blanks & Wilmer Flores: Deep League Wire
Today's waiver wire features a recent tradee and a middle infield speculation. As usual, these recommendations are geared to mono leaguers.
Kyle Blanks | 1B/OF OAK | CBS 2% Owned
- Philly Receives Respectable Return for Hunter Pence
- Kyle Parker Debut A Mixed Bag For Rockies
Colorado Rockies 2010 first round pick Kyle Parker posted impressive power numbers, but lofty strikeout totals in his full season debut in the South Atlantic League. Given his being age appropriate
- Kyle's Future in San Diego May Be Blank
Kyle Blanks has certainly made a name for himself in the past two seasons by hitting more than .300 with in both High-A and Double-A, while driving in a total of 207 runs in 251 games. His OPS
- Trading Kyle Parker in Long Term Leagues
A former first rounder and college quarterback, Kyle Parker has finally been called up to the Colorado Rockies. Parker seemed like he was going to get an opportunity to start at first base this year
- Kyle Seager and Breaking the Safeco Field Curse
This is known, of course. I haven't broken new ground here. So with that in mind, here's the question: What in the world is Kyle Seager doing?
Seager has 12 homers so far this season, tied
- Pedro Alvarez and Kyle Seager and Degrees of Bad
Pedro Alvarez and Kyle Seager entered the season ranked 19th and 13th, respectively, in the Rotographs consensus rankings back in March. Although neither were likely to be your first choice to occupy
- Kyle Seager Still Seems a Bit Undervalued
Entering his second full season of major league play, most projection systems have Kyle Seager taking at least a minor step back in terms of his overall fantasy production. ZiPS and Steamer have him
- Derek Dietrich & Kyle Blanks: Deep League Wire
and the organization is making questionable decisions, might as well take advantage. If he remains in the middle of the order, that will obviously benefit his runs scored and RBI totals.
Kyle Blanks | SDP
- Kyle Lohse: Teaching an Old Curve New Grips
Ostensibly, Kyle Lohse and I talked about the evolution of his approach last week before a game against the Giants. He showed me some grips and talked about how his arsenal has changed since he
- Dissecting the Kyle Lohse Start: Beware! FIP!
Opening Day 1.5 featured a one-game series with the defending world champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the league's latest makeover recipient, the Miami Marlins. Righty Kyle Lohse earned
- Kyle Seager: How Much Breakout is Left
Kyle Seager broke the F out this season. He hit 20 home runs, stole 13 bases, and basically cemented himself a starting role going forward. Though it's also great news that all of this production
- Jarred Cosart, Kyle Gibson & Ground Balls Galore
strikes and also make batters swing and miss more frequently. Jarred Cosart and Kyle Gibson have quite a bit in common, at least in terms of their results. But of course, they take a different path
- Kyle Lohse and Other Pillow Contract Players
Players choose the services of Scott Boras for a simple reason. The simplest reason, even: he gets money.
But not even Boras can truly command the invisible hand of the market. See Kyle Lohse
- Q&A: Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher
When I asked Kyle Lohse if he’ll be a pitching coach someday, his response was, “In some ways, I already am.” The 35-year-old right-hander is more than a mentor to the younger members
- Torii Hunter Classifies Instantly Jason Heyward's Batted Ball
The image above of Torii Hunter (which image one can embiggen most expediently by clicking) appears merely to depict the Tigers right fielder taking advantage of a free moment to stretch his legs
- Cobb Estate to Torii Hunter: "Ty Was the Original T-Nutts!"
outfielder Torii Hunter kissing an alligator went viral this week, revealing in the process that Hunter's Instagram user name is tnutts48 -- a name Cobb's living family members say is the rightful
- Torii Hunter: All Japanese pitchers have "same style"
Yesterday, ESPN's Mark Saxon asked Torii Hunter how he felt about facing Yu Darvish this year, and Hunter gave him an interesting reaction:
Torii Hunter said the early edge will be Darvish's
- Kyle Drabek Live-Tweeted Last Night's Blue Jays Game
After his second Tommy John surgery Tuesday afternoon, Kyle Drabek, still only 24-years-old, has a long road of rehab in front of him. And, let's be honest, nobody likes rehab. It's a real drag
- Q&A: Hunter Dozier, Kansas City Royals Infield Prospect
The Kansas City Royals were pleased with the numbers Hunter Dozier put up this summer. The 22-year-old infielder hit .308/.397/.495 between rookie-level Idaho Falls and Low-A Lexington. Given
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Kyle Gibson's Debut Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. A Brief Review of Kyle Gibson's Debut Start
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- James McDonald, Kyle McClellan, Josh Johnson: NL Starting Pitchers
a dominant pitch for him over his last five starts (coming into Tuesday). If you’re willing to sacrifice some wins, McDonald is a great guy to have in your stable of starters.
- Juan Rivera and Kyle Weiland: Deep League Waiver Wire
is done. But we cannot forget he hit 25 home runs just two years ago. If he hits well out of the gate, he could easily win more playing time and provide some deep league value.
Kyle Weiland, BOS SP | 4
- Why I am Not Only Keeping But Targeting Kyle Seager in ottoneu Leagues
Six games into the 2012 season, Kyle Seager has a .333/.360/.417 line and is owned in approximately 40% of ottoneu leagues. And that rate is dropping.
Seager is playing every day right now
- Q&A: Kyle Crick, San Francisco Giants Pitching Prospect
Kyle Crick isn’t a nibbler. The 6-foot-4 right-hander’s approach is to attack hitters, and while his command isn’t where it should be, he’s going about things the right way. In 14 starts this year
- Q&A: Kyle Parker, Colorado Rockies Power-Hitting Prospect
Kyle Parker has a simple approach to hitting. The 24-year-old Colorado Rockies prospect likes to hunt fastballs, and when he gets one, he takes a healthy rip. Parker has power. He hit 23 bombs
- From Busch to Miller, Kyle Lohse Finds a New Home
Given his initial contract demands, three years at about $15 million per year, and what he signed for, three years at $11 million per year, it’s hard to argue that Kyle Lohse was one of the offseason
- Kyle Blanks, Trayvon Robinson, Brad Brach: Mining the Minors
, I'll include a player's Talent Rating; but just as important is the Opportunity Rating, which points out the likelihood that a player will make his way to the majors during the year.
- Kyle Seager's Cold Finish Shouldn't Scare You Off
Kyle Seager settled in as a full-time third baseman in 2013, and while no longer having positional flexibility is inconvenient, he remained a top option at the hot corner.
A year after ranking
- Michael Pineda, Kyle Drabek & Jeremy Hellickson: AL Starting Pitcher Rookie Update
for this season seem promising. We obviously cannot expect much run support from an inept Mariners offense, but he could very well continue to generate mixed league value all year.
Kyle Drabek, TOR