- Khris Davis and Others Who Have Pressed Before
Khris Davis has maintained excellent exit velocity all year, and has 33 home runs to his name, but that doesn't mean he hasn't pressed at times with his new team. His walk rate is less than half what
- Revisiting Chris Davis' Troubling Trend
in the 71st -- his lowest such mark since his first year in Baltimore, in 2012.
So, that could be viewed as a... good thing? With Davis' extreme pull rate last season, an already one-dimensional hitter
- Wade Davis, the Ultimate Deadline Gamble
pitchers who have thrown at least 30 innings in each of the last two years. Davis' drop in K-BB% is sixth-greatest. Some names around him: Mark Lowe, Drew Storen, Mat Latos, Clay Buchholz. I wouldn't
- Wade Davis Is Going on the Disabled List
, the injury bug is apparently moving over to the pitching side of things too.
Wade Davis is going on the disabled list with a right forearm strain. Brooks Pounders is being called up.— Rustin
- Spectrum Thinking with James Loney and Ike Davis
additional perspectives on what values these players could potentially provide.
The aforementioned players are James Loney and Ike Davis. Interestingly, both players are in New York now and on May 20th
- Sunday Notes: Khris Davis, Naquin's Pop, Reds, Rockies, more
The numbers suggest that Khris Davis should be labeled a power hitter. Since the beginning of last season, the Oakland outfielder is hitting .244/.308/.504 with 39 home runs in 603 plate appearances
- The Case For Jake Arrieta as the Most Dominant Pitcher of All Time
the internet, is not without flaws. It's arguable and perhaps even likely that Pedro's line, with that 34.0% K-BB%, is more impressive (that mark was 293% better than league average -- lolz). But Arrieta
- The Area Where Khris Davis Became Chris Davis
Chris Davis earned a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Orioles this offseason. Khris Davis was traded to the A's for a couple low-minors prospects. Chris Davis is a lefty, and plays first
- 2016 Composite Projections: Everything in One Place
- Projecting the Return for Khris Davis: Derby and Nottingham
The Brewers continued the rebuilding process on Friday dealing power-hitting outfielder Khris Davis to the Athletics in exchange for prospects. Here's what my fancy computer math thinks
- Khris Davis Has Four Assists
. I'll quote from just after the half-minute mark:
Khris Davis has covered a lot of ground out there in left field, but one thing the Diamondbacks have discovered very quickly is he does not have
- 68-Win A's Get Khris Davis From 68-Win Brewers
, Davis has just two full years of service, so he has another four years of affordable team control. There are similarities between him and Mark Trumbo, but when Trumbo brought back Hector Santiago
- The Last* of Mark Buehrle
It's over. Maybe.
Mark Buehrle has told reporters this offseason that he is "not planning on playing next season but is not ready to officially announce retirement," which is a sort of confusing
- I Don't Get The Hype: Ross, Davis, Pederson
noticing that his owners are picking him for a prominent role in their rotation. There's nothing wrong with taking a flier, just try to avoid relying upon him.
Unlike Ross, Khris Davis
- The Value of Deferred Money in the Chris Davis Deal
On Saturday, the Orioles agreed to re-sign star first baseman Chris Davis, and the price tag was staggering given his limited market: $161 million over seven years. Except, they aren't really paying
- The Other Side of the Chris Davis Contract
At the kind of money he wanted, Chris Davis basically had a one-team market. Other big-spending teams didn't have openings at first base, and other big-spending teams weren't buying Scott Boras
- With Chris Davis Deal, Scott Boras Strikes Again
baseman Chris Davis. The price? $161 million over seven years, giving Davis the same annual average value as Jason Heyward, the winter's best available position player. And Davis was able to land
- FG on Fox: A Possibly Troubling Trend for Chris Davis
Let's face it — there's no way not to feel uncomfortable about the Chris Davis sweepstakes.
I'm not just referring to how the Orioles and Davis seem to be at something of an impasse. I'm not just
- Chris Davis and the Free Agent Bottleneck
, Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon, to name just three, are still on the board. So is first baseman Chris Davis, whose recent offensive contributions outstrip even those three. The Orioles reportedly offered
- Let’s Find a Home: Chris Davis Edition
neighborly to take on a different, lonely, sad free agent this holiday season. So, people, won’t you help me find a new happy home for Chris Davis? He’s tall, he hits homers, and he is completely potty
- Projecting Mark Appel
on that trade, we've learned that Fisher wasn't actually involved. So I basically wrote about Derek Fisher for no reason in particular. Instead, the Astros included former first-overall pick Mark Appel. A couple
- Tigers Upgrade Bullpen with Mark Lowe
Magglio Ordonez to end the threat.
On that day, Mark Lowe began a journey that started with the Mariners and continued on to the Rangers (in the Cliff Lee deal), and then the Dodgers, Angels
- Mark Trumbo Will Do His Slugging in Baltimore Now
For the second time in as many years, Mark Trumbo has become to a fanbase one of those "Remember when we had Mark Trumbo?" guys. He received less than a year's worth of playing time in Arizona before
- Chris Davis: A Risk in Free Agency
profile, so within 10 points of Davis’ 121 wRC+ mark and at least a .200 isolated slugging (Davis’ is .251). This narrowed down the list to 42 players. Limiting the list only to players within 25
- BatCast: Bat Flip Tracker
- Free Agent Projection: Chris Davis
an Adam Lind or Mark Trumbo.
Similar players such as Nelson Cruz signed a 4yr/57m (14m AVV) at age 34 and Albert Pujols signed a 10y/240m (24mAAV) in 2011. This sets a decent basis for Davis. In terms
- Mark Melancon Is Shutting Them Down
Toward the end of April, things weren't looking so hot for Pirates relief ace Mark Melancon. His velocity was down -- way down -- and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was beginning to field questions
- The Daily Grind: Phillies, Tillman, Finnegan, Davis
A Phillies Remodel
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Matz, Finnegan, Davis, Aybar
1. A Phillies Remodel
- How Rare Is a Chris Davis Comeback?
, are just a half-game above the last place Red Sox.
However, the standings don’t appear to be having an effect on Chris Davis, the slugging Orioles first baseman who is in the midst of a hot streak
- The Daily Grind: Severino, McCullers, Tomlin, Davis
Martinez v Drew Hutchison
Mark Teixeira v Matt Wisler
4. SaberSim Hi/Lo
Wrong: I'm not buying Jayson Werth as the 11th best hitter today. I'm not even sure he's the 111th best hitter (hyperbole
- Chris Davis, Possibly Lingering Injuries and Looking Ahead
This is what Chris Davis does. He’s always going to swing hard, resulting in what Brooks Baseball lovingly refers to as a “disastrously high likelihood to swing and miss.” But sometimes he’s going
- The Improvement of the Indians Starting Rotation
- Wade Davis, Dellin Betances, and the 95+ mph Cutter
The video here depicts the last pitch of Wednesday night's game between Kansas City and Cincinnati, a contest won 4-3 by the Royals. What else the video depicts is a cutter thrown by Wade Davis
- The Evan Gattis Triples Game
of the Season: 05/24 vs DET @ Comerica
Wrong – which also makes us wrong on the triple hit at Kauffman so we miss the final 2 - "my bad".
It looks like Rajai Davis was positioned towards
- Chris Davis' Incredible Feat of Strength
Hitting a home run in Major League Baseball requires a considerable amount strength. It's probably fair to presume, however that, having previously hit 53 of them in a single season, Chris Davis
- Chris Davis and the Orioles Hanging in Playoff Hunt
Harper, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, and Mark Teixeira. He has improved as the season has gone on, and has done better at handling high-octane fastballs, per Mike Petriello at mlb.com. Davis has not been
- Rendering Paul Goldschmidt a Mere Mortal
- Wade Davis Deserves Better Than Some Footnote
the Meltdowns in the last field for your reference.
- Cole Hamels' No-Hitter and Pitcher Game Scores in the Game Before Being Traded
- Statistical Rarities Potentially Abound in 2015
primary player achieved this elite mark. A few players have come close, but the man who did it was Derrek Lee. The year was 2003 and the big, Marlins’ first baseman smacked 31 HR and stole 21 bases
- A Case For Wei-Yin Chen Ownership
- Is A.J. Pollock Really This Good?
- The Daily Grind: Heston, Heaney, Davis, DeShields
The Daily Grind Invitational
Daily DFS - Heston, O'Sullivan
Tomorrow's Targets - Heaney, Bettis, Lyons, Cooney, Davis, DeShields
1. The Daily Grind Invitational
In case you
- Mariners Trade for Mark Trumbo, Finally
Stewart stood by Mark Trumbo, calling him one of the team's biggest threats. Based on the circumstances, you wouldn't expect trades, generally. And based on the words, you might've figured Trumbo
- Mark Teixeira Has No Use for BABIP
the beginning of 2011, however, Mark Teixeira has nearly 2000 plate appearances and he's a hit on just 23% of balls hit in play, the lowest figure among MLB hitters with at least 1500 plate appearances. He's
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Iglesias, Davis, Phillips
Two Ways to GPP
Daily DFS - Eovaldi and Bolsinger
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Iglesias, Elias, Davis, Phillips
1. Two Ways to GPP
I focus all of my
- The Daily Grind: Travis, Norris, Davis
On Behavioral Framing
Daily DFS - Travis, Flores, Owings
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Norris, House, Canha, Davis
1. On Behavioral Framing
- Don't Get Too Excited About Mark Canha
Oakland A's first baseman/left fielder Mark Canha is off to a fine start to the 2015 season. Through the year's first week and a half, he's hitting a solid .333/.353/.515, and leads all rookies
- The Daily Grind: Bad Picks, Flores, House, Davis
A Disclaimer About Bad Picks
Daily DFS - Flores
Tomorrow's Targets - Bradley, House, Fowler, Davis
1. A Disclaimer About Bad Picks
Sometimes, a pick goes
- Ike Davis Looks to Connect
is simply noise.
Among players who had at least 300 PA in 2013 and 2014, two stood out as having the biggest contact rate improvements. Yasiel Puig and Ike Davis both had improvements of 7
- Indians Bullpen: The Next Wade Davis?
- FanGraphs Audio: Mark Armour on History's Best GMs
Mark Armour has contributed extensively to baseball's literary canon. His most recent work, co-authored with Dan Levitt, is In Pursuit of Pennants, an examination of baseball-operations
- Kris Bryant's One Offensive Question Mark
Shoppach, and Mark Reynolds. Only two other players in the group have made contact with fewer than two-thirds of their swings. This whole pool has averaged a 108 wRC+. The superstars are Jim Thome
- The Blue Jays' Version of Wade Davis
) is going to make all kinds of sense. It’s Wade Davis. Davis had an ERA of 1.00 and was worth 3.1 WAR in 72 innings after being something between unremarkable and bad in 135 innings of work in multiple roles
- The Real Reason for Mark Teixeira's Decline
When the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira to an 8-year, $180 million contract in the 2008-2009 offseason, they knew fully well that they were getting a hitter who liked to pull the ball. Like Jason
- Khris Davis: Kind of Like Chris Davis
The Milwaukee Brewers’ outfield is home to a pair of highly sought outfielders in fantasy baseball leagues. Khris Davis, after a .279/.353/.596 showing in 153 plate appearances in 2013, was the clear
- Aging Free Swingers (Josh Hamilton vs. Mark Trumbo)
Last year, Mark Trumbo was worth just short of a buck by our end-of-season values. Josh Hamilton cost his owners three cents. They are both free-swingers coming off bad seasons. That is the premise
- The Unexciting Rajai Davis
For the first time in his career, Davis posted a ground ball rate north of 50% this season. Again going back to his similar 2010 campaign, that was Davis' second best career mark at 47.6%, his previous
- On Mark Minicozzi, or Complementing Projections with Reason
Consider the case of Mark Minicozzi, for example. Selected by San Francisco in the 17th round of the 2005 draft out of East Carolina University, Minicozzi made every one of his minor
- Chris Davis, Swallowed By the Shift
a strong BABIPer and coming off two straight seasons with marks in the mid-.330 range, Davis posted a measly .242 mark this year, nearly 100 points below the last two years.
In recent years
- Andrew Miller, Wade Davis and the Battle of the Bullpen Aces
of that because that’s exactly what I already did. Here's the top 10:
Dellin Betances, Yankees, 3.5
Wade Davis, Royals, 3.4
Andrew Miller, Orioles 2.2
Kelvin Herrera, Royals, 2.1
- Mike Zunino, or Chris Davis, the Catcher Version
Chris Davis, the 2014 bust, was obviously a massive disappointment to fantasy owners. But did you know that he was also a catcher, playing for the Seattle Mariners? Check out these two cherry-picked
- Defining Balanced Lineups
- Chris Davis, 2014: What Happened?
Unless the Baltimore Orioles advance to the World Series, the 2014 book is closed on their slugging first baseman, Chris Davis. After breaking out in a big way with a 53-home-run tour de force
- Chris Davis Suspended for Amphetamine Use
Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun broke the news, since confirmed by MLB:
Waiting on official word but hearing Chris Davis has tested pos for amphetamines. 25 game suspension— Dan Connolly
- Cat Days of Summer: The Tigers and Schedule Effects
- Game Pace and the Mark Buehrle Effect
that pass between pitches. At least, that's how people frequently feel. They don't feel like that so much when Mark Buehrle's on the mound.
Buehrle's an old veteran approaching retirement
- Where Chris Davis is Really Struggling
It's not so bad in the bigger picture. Since the start of last season, Chris Davis has been worth more than seven wins, equal on our pages to the contribution from Jayson Werth. That's not quite
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: The Dumpster Dive
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Ben Revere and Speed
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: To Rise Again
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Nightmare Declines
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Chase Utley Still the Man
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Jon's Addiction
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Josh Donaldson Walks it Off
- Quarterly Report - Mark Buehrle
of this season's more noteworthy players and performances to date. "Noteworthy" doesn't always mean "best", though it does in most cases. Today, we'll take a look at the first quarter performance of Mark
- Ike Davis and the Missing HR
Anyone who regularly reads my work knows that Ike Davis has been a favorite of mine for years. More often than not, that love has proven to be misguided, leading me to spend money on a player who has
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Wither Danny Salazar?
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Buster Posey Has The Fear
- Wade Davis, Dominant Reliever
, and Max Scherzer near the top. All three are in the top 15, but a surprising name owns the top spot on that leaderboard - Wade Davis.
Davis leads all pitchers with a 43.8% strikeout rate as he has
- The Old Mark Buehrle's New Trick
Dave observed the other day on Twitter that, over the past calendar year, Mark Buehrle has been one of the better and more valuable starting pitchers in baseball. A lot of that has had to do
- FG on Fox: Crash Davis Was Wrong
"Relax, all right? Don't try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic." -- Crash Davis, in 1988's classic baseball
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Troy Tulowitzki Saves All
some power upside, but he's currently hitting a crisp .162/.237/.353. Here are some other options on the waiver wire: your namesake Mark Reynolds, Cody Asche, Lonnie Chisenhall, David Freese (currently
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: The Scott Kazmir Resurrection
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Buster Posey Struggling
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: An Introduction with Springer
- MLB's New Replay System: A Breakdown of Plays So Far
- Mark Buehrle's Perfect Imperfect Game
The fastest pitch Mark Buehrle threw Wednesday was just shy of 84 miles per hour. For Buehrle, in early April, that's not out of the ordinary, and he's long been a guy who's managed to make it work
- Brewers Outfield: Do You Believe In Khrush Davis?
Norichika Aoki to Kansas City to clear room for 26-year-old Khris Davis, who took the NL Central by storm with a .406 wOBA in his brief major-league debut last season.
Braun and Davis will anchor
- What Mark Reynolds Means To Milwaukee
here I am, talking about Milwaukee's decision to add Mark Reynolds to the first base mix on a non-guaranteed contract, partially because it seems likely that he will have a real impact on the team
- Mark Trumbo, Pedro Alvarez, and Perception
: the well-documented Mark Trumbo trade.
Plenty of writers have covered why this trade looks like a poor move for the Diamondbacks so I won't dive deeply into that. I desire to understand how Trumbo
- Seven Degrees of Mark Ellis
Hard for me to believe Mark Ellis is only 36.
Mark Ellis played with Randy Velarde on the 2002 A's.
Randy Velarde played with Joe Niekro on the 1987 Yankees.
Joe Niekro played with Ernie
- The Cardinals, Mark Ellis, and Depth
The Cardinals have reportedly signed Mark Ellis to a one-year deal. Ellis will turn 37 next season, but played well enough the last couple of years with the Dodgers that he was sure to find a job
- Mark Trumbo's Upside and Reality
slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, young starting pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to Anaheim, and catalyst CF Adam Eaton to Chicago. Dave and Jeff have already checked in with analysis
- The Overrated and Underrated Mark Trumbo
, and that is certainly a club to which Cruz belongs.
That description also works pretty well for the eminently available Mark Trumbo. His name is perhaps the most popular of the morning
- A Fun Tidbit on Rajai Davis
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Tigers have agreed to terms on a two year contract with Rajai Davis. Davis will give the Tigers a little outfield depth and form a nifty little
- Khris Davis Is A Sneaky Risk-Reward Option In 2014
Gennett showed flashes late in the season. Often overlooked, though, is the fact that Khris Davis established himself as a sleeper candidate, and even displayed some skills that could make him an impact
- Mark DeRosa Retires
Mark DeRosa announced his retirement Wednesday, after a 16-year career in which he played for eight teams, played six positions, hit exactly 100 home runs, and made approximately $29 million
- Mark Trumbo Is What He Is
Remember when Mark Trumbo came up in 2011 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year balloting, thanks largely to things like “29 homers and 87 RBI”, and we all laughed because his .291 OBP made
- 2013 Fantasy Baseball MVP: Chris Davis
points in ESPN leagues. Chris Davis was the best, according to Zach Sanders' rankings from earlier today.
So, the notion of best isn't relevant when it comes to the Fantasy Baseball MVP. It truly
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Mark Ellis
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: Mark Ellis.
- Mark DeRosa Surprised to Find Mark DeRosa Still in Majors
A new discovery has left Mark DeRosa scratching his head.
After sitting down to eat breakfast on Wednesday morning over the previous night's edition of MLB.com's FastCast recap program, Toronto
- Chris Davis and Normalized Home Run Rates
- Player Development Case Study: Slap Hitters
- Khris Davis Reveals His Secret
Back in March, Khris Davis described his power as his secret weapon. “Me being kind of small, no one looks at me and is like, 'He's got power,'” Davis told Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy. “I do
- Emilio Bonifacio and Khris Davis: Waiver Wire
is fairly moveable, as most are, then adding Bonifacio for the final month or so could be worth a few points.
Khris Davis, MIL |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 18.2% Yahoo - 7.0%
While he's certainly
- Even Mark DeRosa Believed
The Toronto Blue Jays have let me down before. Many times. Regularly, in fact. But they haven't let me down like this. Worst of all: they let down Mark DeRosa.
The season's over. The eulogy
- Mark Reynolds and his Ilk
Note: I have no idea if I'm the first to do this, but quite frankly I don't care.
Today, it was reported that seven-year veteran and noted ump hater* Mark Reynolds was released by the Indians
- Mark Melancon Rises
The Pittsburgh Pirates have gone all in on Mark Melancon's rebound. After a disastrous season with the Boston Red Sox, Melancon has returned to form. With Jason Grilli currently on the disabled list
- Could Chris Davis Match Roger Maris?
figure out what Davis' chances are of reaching Roger Maris.
At Tom Tango's website, there was a discussion that tried to put a number on Davis' chances of reaching that mark. Tango performed
- B.J. Upton, Chris Davis and Breakouts
Chris Davis owners are experiencing an unexpected surprise this season. Instead of a possible corner infield or injury replacement, they have one of the top players in the league for pennies
- Rick Reilly on Chris Davis: An Entomologist Responds
Chris Davis's recent feats of strength haven't been achieved by the fairest of play.
Regarding Reilly's rhetorical liberties, the present author has little to say -- first of all, because
- A League of Chris Davis' Own
- Chris Davis is Not on Steroids
@MichiganMagic1 No— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavis_19) June 30, 2013
When he's not quoting the Bible, Chris Davis takes time on Twitter to answer those who've been watching his incredible
- A GIF and a Tune: Chris Davis and Lionel Richie
Jeff Sullivan over at the mother site took some time recently to examine the effortless home run swings of Chris Davis. Davis was at it again today, with such a breezy dong-piece, it deserves some
- Potential ottoneu Value in Minors: Davis, Ackley, Chisenhall
them back for more seasoning in the minors. I expected Ike Davis, Dustin Ackley and Lonnie Chisenhall to play key roles on teams for me, and all have been major disappointments. But the season isn't
- Catching Up with the Rome Braves
- The Near Future of Wil Myers
Wil Myers was the prize in the James Shields-Wade Davis trade. Ranked 10th overall in 2011, 28th in 2012, and 4th in 2013 by Baseball America, Myers has been a top prospect for a long time
- Chris Davis and David Murphy, in the [Pitching] Zone
For Chris Davis and David Murphy, “in the zone” doesn’t extend to the mound. Each has a successful pitching performance on his resume, but in neither case was there a feeling of being in command
- Ike Davis and the Malfunctioning Parachute
Ike Davis homered in the season's second game. He homered twice a couple weeks later, then he homered again a week after that. That makes it sound like Davis hit a flurry of home runs, which he
- Mark Appel and a New Kind of Leverage
without a valid alternative sign for a deep discount. That theory holds in some cases, but Mark Appel is about to demonstrate that leverage can come in other forms as well.
The Astros used the #1
- Can Zach Britton Turn the Tide?
- A Few Good PawSox
- Chris Davis's Oddly Historic Season So Far
A lot of ink (and pixels) have been spilled about Chris Davis' great season. It's hard to overstate just how great a .337/.432/.721 start through roughly one-third of the season is, especially
- Q&A: Mark Reynolds, Strikeouts and Bombs
Mark Reynolds knows who he is. The Cleveland Indians corner infielder is a slugger in the three-true-outcomes mode. His walk rate is maybe a little short of a purist’s TTO, but the long balls
- Ike Davis Can't Do Any Worse
NEW YORK -- Ike Davis, who recently claimed he "can't do any worse," did worse last night, as he went 0-6 with 9 strikeouts and 21 strikeout-assists, where he ran up to the plate and literally
- Adam Morgan v. Daniel Corcino (2013)
- Mark DeRosa on the Late George Sauer
professional football “a grotesque business” that “both glorifies and destroys bodies.” Lacking the passion to continue, he retired at age 27.
Mark DeRosa isn’t sure what to make of Sauer’s long-ago
- Keeping Up with Billy Hamilton
- What Is Up (Besides Your Frustration) With Ike Davis?
between his current figure and his xBABIP, his AVG/OBP looks closer to .210/.310 than the current .165/.265 mark.
That mark wouldn't be great, but you didn't draft Davis for average (although, I'll
- Mark Trumbo Knows, Improves Himself
"I'm not a tremendously gifted athlete," Mark Trumbo said. "I have to work at it, and be smart out there." That might be surprising given how country strong the six-foot-four, 225-pound outfielder
- Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves
- Breaking: Rajai Davis May Read NotGraphs
of actual Major League Baseball player Rajai Davis reading a post that your's truly made for the very site you are viewing at this moment. No more will NotGraphs be known as a holding cell for mediocrity
- Rajai Davis and Adam Lind: Using the Toronto DH Platoon
north of the border and using the DH spot from the Blue Jays.
Now that Brett Lawrie is back and Jose Bautista has returned to right field, Rajai Davis and Adam Lind will resume their place
- Driving to See the Greenville Drive
- A GIF and a Tune: Rajai Davis and Chet Baker
In the second installment of A GIF and a Tune, we watch Rajai Davis float along to the smoother-than-velvet-underpants stylings of Chet Baker.
- The Visiting Asheville Tourists
- Tales of the Lexington Legends
- Building a Farm: Top Prospects
- Is Mark Buehrle Going to Lose to a Teammate?
, the second one done by Franklin all on his own. Two, in April 2005, Franklin went head-to-head against Mark Buehrle in Chicago in a game between the Mariners and the White Sox, and it was all over
- Building A Farm: A Summary
- Chris Davis Is Hitting Everything
The Orioles scored 20 runs in their 2-1 series victory over the Rays this week. Chris Davis drove in 11 himself and scored four more. His .971 wOBA -- 7-for-11, three home runs, three doubles, a walk
- Building a Farm: National League East
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- Building a Farm: National League West
- Building a Farm: American League East
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Building the Farm: American League West
- Mark Teixeira and Still Not the End of the Yankees
broken, and he will be missing for several weeks. Now Mark Teixeira's got one of his tendons bothered, and he will be missing for several weeks. For at least a little more than a month, the Yankees
- Mark Teixeira the Latest Damaged Yankee
manager. Now they get to deal with a damaged Mark Teixeira on top of everything else. The word:
The Yankees' injury-riddled spring took another serious hit on Wednesday, as the team announced Gold
- The Future of Catchers
- Taijuan Walker's Journey
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
Bautista continues to sit just below the threshold, which basically means he could be included. Down at the bottom, we again find Pena, Bell, Mathis, and Burriss all just a hair above the .204 mark
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
You can certainly argue with the statistics I choose for each of these tools, but I preferred to use statistics with which
- Is the Corner Outfield Profile Changing?
- Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome
- Necessarily Censored Tweet: What Mark McGwire Is Signing
Home-run legend and current Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire will sign anything, it appears -- as the following (and necessarily) censored tweet suggests:
- 2013 Pod Projections: Mark Trumbo
The tribe has spoken. Thanks for all the player votes you included in your comments of the first edition of this year's Pod Projections. The winner was Mark Trumbo with 5 total votes. Clearly, many
- Mark Reynolds Enters the Land of Cleve
A couple of weeks ago, free agent slugger Mark Reynolds signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians to man first base on a full-time basis. He's coming off a disappointing season that saw a drop
- Wade Davis: The Best Case Scenario
In the wake of the Kansas City and Tampa Bay trade from Sunday night, many have speculated upon -- and Jeff Sullivan has considered with something not unlike aplomb -- how Wade Davis might perform
- Wade Davis, Starting Pitcher
Davis will attempt to buck these trends and be useful next year.
C.J. Wilson lost three miles per hour off his fastball when he went to the starting rotation from the bullpen, but he had a decent
- Wade Davis: Starting to Relieving to Starting Again
of thought on the deal, though, there's one thing all opinions have in common: Wade Davis is kind of the forgotten guy. James Shields is the rotation ace the Royals were after. Wil Myers is maybe the top
- A Gerry Davis Game 1 Preview
in anticipation of the start of the World Series. For tonight's Game 1, the crew chief and guy behind the plate will be Gerry Davis. You might remember Gerry Davis for drawing some strike-zone criticism
- Chris Davis and His Pillars
Davis is a strikeout machine with a career average north of 30%. In each of his five seasons, he has been near this mark except in 2009 when it jumped to 36%. A fantasy owner may care very
- Ike Davis: A Tale of Two Seasons
You'd be hard-pressed to find many guys listed on more "sleeper" lists last spring than Ike Davis. The 25 year-old Mets first baseman showed signs of breaking out in 2011, putting up an impressive
- Mark Trumbo: Fantasy AL Hare
into it and who else Mark Trumbo edged out for the honors.
For the record, there were 17 of us who voted on these awards and in this category, there were four players who received votes. Officially
- Davis Chasing Consecutive-Game Home Run History
On Tuesday evening, Orioles' first baseman Chris Davis launched a 445-foot home run to center field off Tampa Bay's James Shields to place himself in elite company. It marked his sixth-consecutive
- Deciding Whether or Not to Trade Ike Davis
In a piece of news that would have seemed impossible at one time, there's scuttlebutt that New York Mets might be open to trading Ike Davis this offseason. A source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNY
- Waiver Wire Spot Starts: Ellis, Denorfia, Davis
the utility of a spot start on offense is to simply play the platoons. There are probably some names on your waiver wire that could be useful if you're in such a pinch:
Owned very (very
- Physics to Mark Teixeira: Don't Dive
Most people will remember the bad out call of Mark Teixeira by Jerry Meals from Saturday's game against the Orioles. While Teixeira was obviously safe on replay, but perhaps the entire thing could
- Mark Reynolds is On Fire
Somehow, despite having the top OPS over the past calendar month, Mark Reynolds is still owned in just 51% of Yahoo! Leagues. Now, in most very competitive leagues, Reynolds is off the waiver wire
- Mark Trumbo's Month as Somebody Awful
know it, I haven't looked it up. Huh. The answer might be Mark Trumbo. If the answer isn't Mark Trumbo, then Mark Trumbo is probably close to being the answer, because over the past month or so, Mark
- Mark Rogers' Repertoire, Illustrated
Milwaukee right-hander Mark Rogers made his sixth start on Sunday since his late-July recall from Brewers Triple-A affiliate Nashville -- and, while he was slightly less impressive yesterday (5.0 IP
- Rajai Davis and Juan Pierre: Waiver Wire Speed
or not. Just as long as when they are on base, they've got a perpetual green light. That's all you need. Here are two that fit the bill.
Rajai Davis, TOR |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 42.8% Yahoo - 21.0
- Rajai Davis & Chipper Jones: Waiver Wire
Let's kick off the week with an outfielder and an infielder...
Rajai Davis | OF | Blue Jays | Owned: 13% Yahoo! and 16.0% ESPN
This probably isn't the best time to suggest grabbing Davis
- Mark Trumbo Makes a Name for Himself
Mark Trumbo was the least recognizable player in the Home Run Derby. Sure, Trumbo finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year Award voting last season, but he lacked the star power of a true
- Ike Davis & Trevor Bauer: Waiver Wire
Two youngsters this week, one a corner bat off to a dreadful start and another a starting pitcher yet to throw a big league inning...
Ike Davis | 1B | Mets | Owned: 38% Yahoo! and 27.0% ESPN
- A Poem for Mark Prior
Mark Prior is making a comeback. Here is a poem in commemoration.
a rising and daring,
a burning without exhaustion,
a heat with dangerous form
- MLB TeeVee: Will (Clark) and (Mark) Grace
This is the eighth in a series of short excerpts from MLB Network's entirely imaginary new fall sitcoms. More details here.
Today's show: WILL (CLARK) AND (MARK) GRACE
- Rajai Davis & Quintin Berry: Cheap Speed on Wire
. Nothing left to see here. But if you're in an AL-only or mixed league, then these guys just might be able to help you out.
Rajai Davis, TOR |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 2.8% Yahoo - 4.0
- Mark Trumbo Turning Patience Into Power
Mark Trumbo has put the Angels offense on his back this year. His walk-off home run in last night's game against the Yankees pushed his total for the season to eight and his wRC+ of 172 sits sixth
- Viciedo and Davis: Waiver Wire
rate for most of his career. A 5-8 percent decline would put him in the same neighborhood that Mark Reynolds has been in for most of his career; Viciedo’s teammate Adam Dunn has been consistently over 20
- Chris Davis Scouting Report
Baltimore's Chris Davis made his major-league pitching debut against Boston on Sunday, earning the win with two innings of scoreless work while striking out two, walking one, and allowing two hits
- Craig and Davis: Waiver Wire
. Davis is a career .256 hitter, and while his career BABIP is above average at .338, he’s not going to maintain a .375 mark all year. His 28.8 percent LD rate and 8 percent walk rate do give me some
- Ike Davis Is the Punchline to a Steven Wright Joke
Step One: Regard the following, embiggenable image of Mets first baseman and noted Member of the Tribe Ike Davis dressed a cowboy.
Step Two: Regard the following animated video of a Steven
- Early Prospect Sleepers: Austin, Davis, Herrera, Lino
professional debut. Glynn Davis, an outfielder who signed as a free agent for $100,000 displayed tools worthy of a prospect with an additional zero at the end of his check stub. In fact, his tools rival
- Great Moments in Hating Mark Teixeira
- Braves Provide Preview of How to Approach Ike Davis
This past Tuesday on MLB Network's Clubhouse Confidential, I predicted that Mets first basemen Ike Davis would be the breakout player in MLB this coming season. Yes, it was a bit of a homer pick
- The Musical Decisions of Mark Trumbo
Angels slugger Mark Trumbo is famous for his power potential and his power potential. Insofar as musical tastes are concerned, however, Mr. Trumbo embraces a pregame oeuvre at which
- Marketing Mark Reynolds
The Orioles are reportedly looking to trade "third baseman" Mark Reynolds and reliever Kevin Gregg. You think so, doctor? It would be strange if the team really waited until this late to start
- Mark Appel's Development
It's the seventh inning of the first game in the opening series of the year. At about 55 degrees, the clear Palo Alto night is brisk but comfortable. Top prospect Mark Appel has held No. 10
- Sleeper Watch: Mark Buehrle
Calling Mark Buehrle a sleeper feels somehow wrong. He absolutely fits the criteria; he’s being drafted late in drafts with potential for a strong year, but he isn’t exactly under-the-radar the way
- Scouting Comparison: Anthony Rendon vs. Nolan Arenado
- Scouting Comparison: Andrelton Simmons vs. Tyler Pastornicky
- Scouting Comparison: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon
- Chris Davis: Legitimate Late Round Sleeper?
Between Davis, Reimold, Mark Reynolds, and even Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy, the Orioles seem to be playing for the long ball. They have made it abundantly clear that they will follow Weaver's
- 2012 Pod Projections: Ike Davis
HR/FB Ratio: 16%. Though he only posted a 12% mark in 2010, Davis has massive power. He did increase the rate to 17.1% last year, but it was in such a small sample, it is hard to put too
- Offseason Notes, With a Picture of Mark Gubicza
- Marlins Keep Adding With Mark Buehrle
big-name free agent signing, reeling in Mark Buehrle from the White Sox on a four-year, $58 million contract.
Buehrle is coming off a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox
- Mark Trumbo's Uncertain Future
, and Mark Trumbo and his .291 OBP came in second. Both Hellickson and Trumbo finished heads and tails ahead of the rest of the competition, despite posting Wins Above Replacement totals that ranked them
- Trying to Figure Out Mark Buehrle
whether you look at ERA or xFIP, the reality is that predicting how a given pitcher will do going forward is challenging.
So, it's understandable why Mark Buehrle is such an attractive free agent
- Mark Cuban for Dodgers Owner
TMZ recently asked Mark Cuban if he'd be interested in buying the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"If the deal’s right and they’re fixable, then, yeah, I’m very interested," he said
- Historic Season for Rajai Davis
Rajai Davis was enjoying mixed results this season as the Blue Jays' center fielder before he endured a season-ending hamstring injury. He didn't hit for average (0.238) or hit home runs (1), but he
- Q&A: Chris Davis, Quotable Quotes
I like to go outside the box from time to time, and that includes asking my interview subjects to give their interpretations of quotable quotes. I did so last year with Chris Davis -- then a Ranger
- Mark Reynolds: Perhaps Not As Complacent As We Once Thought
When we last saw Mark Reynolds, he was being complacent and inspiring an internet meme.
With one poorly/perfectly timed mouthful of sunflower seeds, hundreds of photoshops were born
- Mark Buehrle Hates the Disabled List
Mark Buehrle will be a free agent after this season. It couldn't come at a better time for the 32-year-old, who will get plenty of interest from teams that need pitching because the thin free-agent
- Davis & Montero: Waiver Wire
Let's take a look at a pair of two young AL East players that can provide a quick boost for your team down the stretch...
Wade Davis | SP | Rays | Ownership: 13% Yahoo!, 21.3% ESPN
- Mark Reynolds Is Horri-Bad at Defense
this illustrious group? Mark Reynolds. After spending most of the season at third base or first base, Reynolds currently has the worst UZR score in the majors: 22 runs below average. And not only
- Davis, Smoak, Drew, Garcia, Carrasco: DL Returnees
As usual on Mondays, I will look at a few players coming off the DL that are owned in less than 50% of ESPN's leagues.
Rajai Davis (hamstring, 37% owned): In Toronto, center fielders Colby Rasmus
- Chris Davis: Fantasy Value After Trade to Orioles
If you haven't seen new Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' stats at Triple-A this season, you might want to put down your morning coffee to avoid spillage before you read on.
But before we get
- Q&A: Chili Davis
Whether he's offering a strong opinion or he's waxing philosophical, Chili Davis is always engaging. The former slugger can hold court on any number of subjects -- he was born in Jamaica and coached
- Mark Reynolds, Sunflower Seeds, and Complacency
reader Nate -- is worth at least 3,321 of them.
My initial reaction, upon seeing the photo in my inbox: Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg have nothing in common. Followed by: I wonder what flavor
- Eric Davis's Rather Large Firearm
and quite possibly in charge, that you see alongside Mr. Davis. The obvious one, I suppose, is that Mr. Davis's baseball-ing chops are so substantial, so prepossessing, so like a large gun
- Ike Davis & the Culpability of the Mets Medical Staff
Nothing is set in stone, but Ike Davis has some torn cartilage and a bone bruise in his ankle that is not healing. He'll face some more tests and try to run in three weeks, but if he can't, he'll
- Mark Reynolds' Odd Season
Very few fantasy players come with more risk than Mark Reynolds. His strengths can be great, but his flaws can completely tank your fantasy team. This made Reynolds one of the more controversial
- Q&A: Mark Buehrle
When Mark Buehrle takes the mound tonight, against the Tigers, he may or may not throw an indoor sinker to a right-handed hitter, which he recently did for the first time in several years. He might
- Waiting for the Wheels to Fall Off Wade Davis
Until last night, Wade Davis hadn't recorded an out in the eighth inning this season. In a few games he's gone seven strong and probably could have come out for the eighth, but he's always been
- Wade Davis Might Want To Ditch His New Approach
given up homers on fly balls (which isn't something a pitcher has much control over) at a rate close to the AL average, he'd have a HR/9 mark of 1.2-1.3 instead of his actual 0.41.
- Could Ike Davis Be Better than We Think?
Let's get all the Ike Davis caveats out of the way first.
He owes much of his .338/.421/.600 start to a blistering .397 batting average on balls in play. It's not reasonable to assume
- Mining the Minors: Cozart, Davis, Mathieson
" becomes too much to stomach.
Chris Davis, 1B
Current Level: Triple-A
Opportunity Rating: 3
Talent Rating: 7
Obstacle(s): Mitch Moreland; Jon Daniels
It's tough to get
- Rays Extend Wade Davis
Following the blueprint they used to sign a pre-arbitration eligible James Shields prior to the 2008 season, the Tampa Bay Rays signed 25-year-old Wade Davis to a contract extension on the eve
- AL Sophomore Starters: Davis and Matusz
The American League Rookie of the Year award may have gone to Neftali Feliz last season, and deservedly so, but the two sophomores I'm looking most forward to following this season are Wade Davis
- Whither Mark Teahen?
Earlier this week, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Chicago White Sox are interested in moving Mark Teahen. With rookie Brent Morel seemingly slated to start at third this season, Teahen (last
- Where Might Chris Davis End Up?
With Opening Day nearing, Chris Davis is staring at the prospect of a fourth stint in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Mitch Moreland is the favorite to win the Rangers' first base job. Mike Napoli
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Mark Reynolds
In today’s edition of ADP Crowdsourcing, we stay in the news and revisit our old voting format.
While Werth and Gonzalez were stealing headlines, Mark Reynolds was dealt to the Orioles in a deal
- The Mark Reynolds Trade: Arizona's End
-of-the-order hitter and be able to get a strikeout.
Towers began the rebuilding process on Monday, acquiring David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio from the Orioles for Mark Reynolds. While Hernandez
- The Mark Reynolds Trade: Baltimore's End
a guy who strikes out even more often than Upton: slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds. Baltimore is sending back young relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio to acquire Reynolds, who hit below
- The Jays Acquire Rajai Davis
of their outfield logjam by sending Rajai Davis to the Toronto Blue Jays for a pair of arms (with bodies attached!) named Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar.
The Jays get the only player in the deal
- Taking a Swing at a Mark Reynolds Trade
Mark Reynolds’ skill set is one of the most combustible in the majors and this season he busted more than he boomed. That Kevin Towers is supposedly looking to shear some strikeouts from his new
- Mark Reynolds’ Whiffs by Pitch Type
Mark Reynolds is perhaps one of the more interesting power hitters heading into his prime this season. He has led the entire league in strikeouts since 2008, holding the all-time record for most
- xBABIP Experiment: Mark Kotsay
I am tired of Mark Kotsay. I am tired of his automatic 4-3 ground outs. I am tired of his lazy fly balls to left center. I am tired of his .190 batting average with runners in scoring position. I am
- Mark Reynolds' Path to Success
Mark Reynolds is a special breed. The stereotype of the slugger swinging from his heels is well known, but Mark Reynolds has been setting a new benchmark for that this season, far eclipsing his peers
- Arrieta and Davis
Jacob Arrieta and Wade Davis are both aged 24, right-handed, and rookie starting pitchers cutting their teeth in the frenzied American League East. Neither is recording the kind of whiffs their stuff
- Wade Davis' Lack of Whiffs
Heading into the 2010 season, Wade Davis looked poised to shoulder a full season's workload and join the Tampa Bay Rays' cavalcade of impressive young starting pitchers. Selected out of a Florida
- Hyphen Out, Question Mark In
- Mark Buehrle and the Hall of Fame
as Mount Elephant.
Mark Buehrle is well-accomplished. He has a World Series ring. He’s thrown a no hitter. He even threw a perfect game that was preserved by one of the more miraculous catches
- Rajai Davis & 80 Steals: Part Two
Part one dissected the claim and found that Davis attempting enough steals to successfully swipe 80 was improbable due to a number of factors. In part two, let’s focus more on the analytical side. I
- Rajai Davis & 80 Steals: Part One
Rickey Henderson is not one for conservative claims. Not during his playing career and certainly not now. Henderson, working as Oakland’s baserunning instructor, recently said that Rajai Davis could
- Doug Davis and the Milwaukee Rotation
on Wednesday as the Brewers picked up Doug Davis on a 1 year, 4.25M contract with a mutual option for 2011.
Davis is an underwhelming talent, but he's managed to get outs over his career. Despite
- The Tale of Tommy Davis
who chose to read on, consider Tommy Davis. He has more than a few things in common with Bay. Both are left fielders, stand around 6’2”, and weigh around 200 pounds. Davis even played with the Mets
- Sleeper: Rays Pitcher Wade Davis
With the Red Sox and Yankees recently adding big names to their respective rotations other guys like Wade Davis tend to slip under the radar. Davis doesn't have the name recognition of a John Lackey
- Mark Teahen's Curious Deal
Since a promising 2006 season, Mark Teahen's career has been on a downhill slide. Perhaps this off season will mark a turning point for him professionally. Traded away from Kansas City to the White
- The Market for Mark DeRosa
Figgins signed with Seattle at 4/$36M. Mark DeRosa’s agents must be feeling pretty relaxed going forward, with the market ostensibly being set. They’ve let their demands be known that their client
- Valuing Chris Davis in 2010
lineup, and expected his average to hover around the .285 mark he posted in 2008.
What we didn't see coming, was a devastating start to the 2009 season for Davis. In the first half of the season
- Fantasy Owners Whiff on Mark Reynolds
In 2008, Mark Reynolds put up a .239-28-97-87-11 fantasy line as a 24-year old. The RotoTimes Player Rater valued that season at $12.14, making Reynolds the 76th most valuable hitter in fantasy
- 2009 Prospect Duds: Mark Hallberg
Infielder Mark Hallberg entered the 2009 season as the fourth-best prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, according to Baseball America. The 23-year-old hitter was originally selected
- Wade Davis Debuts
out the side to start your major league career of course.
Wade Davis did just that yesterday against the Detroit Tigers. A (somewhat) local product, Davis’ jitters were likely intensified pitching
- Ike Davis Sheds the Bust Label
posted a .288/.376/.486 line in 59 games.
Facing more advanced pitching has not slowed Davis down any. After 40 games in the Double-A Eastern League, Davis has a .299/.379/.519 mark, with 8 HR
- Mark Kotsay/Brian Anderson Swapped
For the second time in a week the Boston Red Sox make a move with a player previously designated for assignment. This time they swap Mark Kotsay (and cash) to their brothers in stockings for Brian
- Chris Davis Had a Hard Time Making Contact
On Sunday the Rangers sent Chris Davis down to AAA. After a good rookie season last year Davis' performance took a step back this year. His power is still there (23% HR/FB), but his already poor
- The Mark DeRosa Trade
Mark DeRosa was moved to the Cleveland Indians for a trio of C grade pitchers, it was a salary clearing move to enable the Cubs to sign Milton Bradley, who has predictably been unable to stay
- Big Question Mark
- The Consistently Excellent Mark Teixeira
Over the last four seasons, Mark Teixeira has averaged a .298-35-120-100 fantasy line. Last year he nearly perfectly matched those numbers. Teixeira is one of a dozen or so players to consider
- The Consistently Inconsistent Mark Buehrle
The past eight seasons, Mark Buehrle has been guaranteed to pitch 200 innings and win in double digits. That marks him as one of the most durable pitchers around. But from a fantasy standpoint
- Be Excited about Chris Davis
Power hitters playing in Texas are a fantasy player’s dream. Chris Davis certainly fits the bill.
Throughout his minor league career, all Davis has done is mash. Despite being young for his level
- Free Agent Values: Mark Teixeira
Like we did this afternoon with CC Sabathia, let's take a look at what we think Mark Teixeira should sign for this winter if the market is somewhat rational. The first step in ascertaining
- Meet Chris Davis
Davis, newly promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma.
If there is one thing we know about Davis, it's that he can hit the baseball a long way. Between Bakersfield and Frisco last season, playing at age
- Don't Forget About Wade Davis... But...
Wade Davis was nabbed in the third round of the 2004 draft out of a Florida high school. The right-hander made 13 starts in his pro debut but was roughed up and had an ERA over 6.00 and allowed
- What's Up with Mark Teixeira?
Mark Teixeira hasn't had a good first half. He's batting .282 with an OBP of .366, figures that are very much in line with his performance the last three years. But he's only hit eight home runs