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  • ottoneu Keeper: Matt Joyce
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 10/13/2011 -  6
    About a year ago, I very happily traded Ian Stewart for Matt Joyce and Reese Havens in an ottoneu league. Joyce was just $3; Stewart was $12 (Havens was also $3 but that isn't really relevant

  • Chad Young's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/12/2014 -  42
    . Matt Dominguez will be a viable starting 3B. I have been selling this so hard this off-season, that Eno Sarris's entire fantasy season is now dependent on the Astro's 3B putting up solid numbers

  • Chad Young's 10 Bold Predictions for 2012
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/1/2012 -  23
    and torment the AL hitters who have never seen what he has to offer. Getting out of Colorado will only help things. 8) Ike Davis will finish in the top-5 in NL in Home Runs. Matt Kemp, Giancarlo

  • Chad Young's Ten Bold Predictions Revisited
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 9/29/2014 -  11
    . 1. Matt Dominguez will be a viable starting 3B. In short, no. No he won't. I play in a 20-team league with 45 man rosters and I am not even sure he was useful in the CI slot, let alone 3B

  • Chad Young's Ten Bold 2015 Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/18/2015 -  13
    in front of him (11 by my count) will primarily be used at other positions, so he is the 17th pure 1B. Ahead of him are guys like Justin Morneau, Eric Hosmer, Matt Adams, Mark Trumbo, Adam LaRoche

  • ottoneu Hot Right Now: Matt Adams
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 5/22/2012 -  6
    on Berkman was a bit better than expected (a little bit; perhaps a VERY little bit), Allen Craig should not be out long, and Matt Carpenter is also around. Craig, in particular, poses a problem

  • Chad Young's Bold Predictions Mid-Season Report Card
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 7/20/2015 -  6
    was that he would surpass five of Justin Morneau, Eric Hosmer, Matt Adams, Mark Trumbo, Adam LaRoche, Lucas Duda, Joey Votto, David Ortiz, Prince Fielder, and Victor Martinez. Well, he did - Morneau

  • An Untimely Meditation on Michael Young
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/5/2011 -  47
    Michael Young won't go away. He's 34 years old. He's a bad defender pretty much anywhere on the diamond. He doesn't walk much or hit for exceptional power. His biannual off-season whining when

  • Matt Stairs Is Forever Young
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 10/1/2010 -  17
    Will Venable’s injury allowed Matt Stairs to make a few starts for the Padres in left field this week. Those starts resulted in enough playing time to push Stairs over 100 plate appearances

  • Three Young Old Fogies
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/9/2011 -  21
    player skills" may be bigger than average, being big by itself isn't enough to make a young player an "old player skills" candidate. This mistake is often made -- for example, Travis Hafner's sudden

  • Ghosts of Young Old Players Past
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/14/2011 -  10
    Last week, I posted about three hitters who displayed "old player skills" during the 2010 season. Old players are (as defined by Nate Silver) hitters who at a relatively young age have higher walk

  • Michael Young's Three Most Significant Hits
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/7/2014 -  20
    that the available offers are not attractive enough to be worth it and retire. This seems to have been the case with Michael Young, who announced his retirement last week. He retired as as a member

  • Delmon Young's Free Agency and His Doppleganger
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/4/2013 -  46
    In a stunning development, the Yankees reportedly have no interest in former Rays, Twins, and Tigers designated hitter and "outfielder" Delmon Young. A glance at a current rumors (as of this posting

  • Exclusive Footage of Jon Daniels, Michael Young
    in NotGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/8/2011 -  1
    Last night, the baseball world was rocked by Texas Rangers second baseman shortstop third baseman designated hitter utility man team-leader-who-would-do-anything-to-help-the-team Michael Young's

  • Hiroki Kuroda's Case for the Cy Young Award
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/7/2013 -  35
    would put him into consideration for the Cy Young. Some will argue that RA should be used for WAR and stuff like determining awards anyway. That is longstanding debate, and I will not address

  • Extry, Extry: Matt Antonelli Is a Polite Young Man
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 12/1/2010 -  1
    Matt Antonelli and Wade LeBlanc are two-sport athletes. A frustrating thing about being a curious person who's never played baseball at the highest levels is that it's impossible to know with any

  • Dollar-for-Dollar All-Stars
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/9/2012 -  8
    a look at players who most exceeded their value in 2011. But while a guy like Matt Moore looks unimpressive on a pts/$ basis in 2011, he wasn't kept because of 2011, but because of the potential

  • Rookie Draft Review
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/8/2012 -  10
    of an $8 Matt Moore. Instead, not one but two owners passed on the young Rays stud. I can see an argument for Darvish (although it is not an argument I would care to make) but Cespedes, particularly

  • Second Half Breakouts Based on ottoneu Points: Part II
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 10/23/2015 -  5
    Yesterday I kicked off this party with Part I which covers my methodology and includes a table of all the folks we're talking about. It also looks at nine young guys - rookies and near rookies

  • Buy, Sell, or Stand - The Plight of a Team (Maybe) on the Verge
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 7/17/2012 -  9
    -of-season projections. Injury returns from Matt Joyce and Dee Gordon will also help in certain categories, particularly Gordon's steals, which were really my only source of speed when he went down. Add

  • Update on a Deep League Roster Reconstruction
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/9/2013 -  8
    in the last piece (James Shields for Lance Lynn, Jenrry Mejia and Yusmeiro Petit; Jeremy Hellickson and Josh Hamilton for Matt Dominguez, Jason Castro, and Asdrubal Cabrera; Cabreara, AJ Ellis and Luke

  • Handling a Timid Auction
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/25/2014 -  26
    to change. I was slow to adapt, and so instead of adding James Shields and Carlos Gonzalez, I ended up with Matt Holliday, a slew of young pitchers with potential, and flyers that could turn

  • Trading Scherzer (aka, the Difficulties of Valuing an Ace)
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 7/28/2014 -  17
    also has future value. He just turned 30 (Sunday, in fact - Happy Birthday, Max!), which isn't young, but isn't Jamie Moyer, either. Scherzer has consistently taken his rotation turns, hitting the 195

  • ottoneu Keepers - The Results
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/2/2012 -  19
    Tuesday night was the ottoneu keeper deadline and every owner was busy deciding who had earned a roster spot for 2012 and who was being tossed back into the pond. While I was debating a $40 Matt

  • Election Results: ottoneu Arbitration Summary
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/10/2011 -  5
    FanGraphs Experts League team. But I can take solace in the fact that I am far from alone, particularly when it comes to Hosmer - nearly 43% of Hosmer owners found themselves without their young

  • Zambrano and Volstad Swap Homes
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/5/2012 -  0
    The Cubs shipped off a pitcher yesterday, but it wasn't Matt Garza. Instead, the sent Carlos Zambrano to Miami in exchange for Chris Volstad. Neither player provided much fantasy value in 2011

  • 3 Guys I Won't Buy in 2012 ottoneu Leagues
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/15/2012 -  16
    and a bunch of injury time), you'll be cutting him. There are reasons to be optimistic about the Tribe SS (mostly that he's still young enough to have a legit break out) but a sudden boost in HR/FB

  • ottoneu Trade Recap: Shipping out the Panda
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/23/2012 -  11
    of a recap. And in my first trade in the new ottoneu FanGraphs Staff League, I believe I have made one of those recap-worthy trades: Pablo Sandoval and Hong-Chih Kuo for Matt Thornton and Paul Goldschmidt

  • Chronicles of ottoneu: FanGraphs Experts League, Year Two
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 4/5/2012 -  1
    (Tufts University) Neil FitzGerald (BaseballHQ) Tom Keppy (BaseballHQ) James Quintong (ESPN) Jack Moore (RotoHardball, FanGraphs) Eno Sarris (FanGraphs) Chad Young (ottoneu, FanGraphs) We'll

  • Off-season Roster Organization Part I
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/17/2011 -  2
    Arencibia 1B - Carlos Pena 2B - Chase Utley SS - N/A MI - Allen Craig 3B - Pablo Sandoval OF - Matt Holliday, Hunter Pence, Dexter Fowler, Matt Joyce, Nick Swisher Util - Eric Hosmer Bench

  • ottoneu Pitcher Rankings with Bill James Projections
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/4/2012 -  6
    1146.6 6 Matt Cain 1133.9 7 Roy Halladay 1129.9 8 Yu Darvish 1126.2 9 Cliff Lee 1125.4 10 Cole Hamels 1081.5 11 Zack Greinke 1072.4 12 David Price 1070.6

  • Cleaning Up Another's Mess: Taking Over Abandoned Teams
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 10/28/2013 -  4
    , a 20-team, 45-man-roster monstrosity, I am quickly discovering that almost every owner is focused on acquiring young talent, including prospects, with the hopes of hitting it big. This makes a lot of sense

  • Looking Back at 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/30/2013 -  7
    less of a stud. One that I am particularly proud of is a trade decision I touted in June. I was considering a push to acquire Matt Harvey or two offers on the table - one to acquire Anthony Rizzo

  • ottoneu Hitter Rankings with Bill James Projections
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/29/2012 -  1
    9 Matt Kemp OF 1041.8 10 David Ortiz 1B 1041.7 11 David Wright 3B 1036.3 12 Evan Longoria 3B 1023.8 13 Robinson Cano 2B 1016.4 14 Josh Hamilton OF 1006.4

  • ottoneu Cut Day Fallout
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/5/2013 -  7
    tied for being kept by the most owners, a list dominated by young stars and breakout performers: Name Sal Andrew McCutchen 38.24725642 Stephen Strasburg 32.74000661 Mike Trout

  • Trade Dilemma - Rizzo or Harvey, or maybe Verlander
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 6/11/2013 -  16
    Reynolds OF Starling Marte OF Carlos Gomez OF Allen Craig OF Jacoby Ellsbury OF Matt Joyce/Brandon Moss Util Nolan Arenado/Moss/Joyce There are a couple glaring

  • ottoneu Arbitration Update
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 10/21/2013 -  12
    Mike Trout 18 Yasiel Puig 16 Bryce Harper 14 Yu Darvish 14 Max Scherzer 13 Matt Carpenter 13 Chris Sale 12 Carlos Gomez 11 Adam Wainwright 9

  • Prying Away Prized Assets in Keepers
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/3/2015 -  23
    probably also have to overpay - those guys are studs, they are young, they are priced reasonably, and I have to overcome the endowment effect, which I find to be especially strong with guys who

  • Players ottoneu Loved (and Hated): OF Edition
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/27/2012 -  2
    1059.8 5 9 4 Matt Holliday 1010 688 954.2 6 6   Adam Jones 976 697 910.2 7 36 29 Alex Gordon 957 721 862.8 8 5 -3 Alex Rios 930 640 944.5 9 12 3 Josh

  • Ageism in Fantasy Baseball and How it Can Work for You
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/15/2011 -  15
    - Harper doesn't even have a strong track record in Double-A - yet they went before Matt Holliday or Ben Zobrist, both of whom have solid track records and seem quite likely to outperform the youngsters

  • Reshuffling the Top Five
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/26/2012 -  48
    outside the top 10. All five have an average draft position (ADP) below 4.75 and no one else is below 8.5. Matt Kemp, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Jose Bautista, and Troy Tulowitzki have established

  • The Quest to Predict HR/FB Rate, Part 2
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/29/2013 -  4
    and had an extended Twitter conversation about Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen that, by the end, centered on whether or not McCutchen's HR/FB surge in 2012 (8.7% in 2010, 12.2% in 2011 and 19.4% in 2012

  • Why I Won't Bid on Correa (and most draftees)
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 6/12/2012 -  18
    a couple of those), but there are plenty of busts, as well. But even more importantly, the path to the big leagues is often a long and arduous one. Let's all acknowledge that the Bryce Harper's and Matt

  • Seven Lessons from an ottoneu Auction
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/23/2012 -  5
    SP Matt Cain $20 $22 Matt Garza $14 SP Cory Luebke $8 $11 Cory Luebke $11 SP Brandon Beachy $10 $11 Chad Billingsley $5 RP Jonny Venters $3 $9 Kenley Jansen $8

  • Final Decisions in ottoneu
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/27/2014 -  11
    year (I see him passing Matt Carpenter), and he could even move up more than that. At 1B, as much as I love Goldschmidt, I expect him to fall behind Joey Votton in 4x4 and some others (Edwin

  • ottoneu Post-Keeper Deadline Round Up
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/3/2014 -  52
    nightmares if Matt Moore strikes out everyone in sight this year...), I thought I'd stop and take a look at where we are today. As of Friday night at midnight ET, every team in the ottoneu universe

  • ottoneu Hot Right Now: Lonnie Chisenhall
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 5/30/2012 -  5
    and settling in as a solid starter in all fantasy formats, providing value with base hits, doubles power and enough HR to be dangerous. Much like I said about Matt Adams a week ago, Chisenhall won’t win your

  • ottoneu Hot Right Now: Furbush, Villarreal, Berry, Miley
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 6/26/2012 -  4
    Without any major news impacting the ottoneu player pool this week, no one is attracting the kind of attention afforded to Lonnie Chisenhall or Matt Adams the last two times I wrote this column

  • Arbitration by Team Rather than Player
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/11/2013 -  8
    supposed best arbitration target - a $7 Matt Harvey - has not had a single dollar allocated to him, as the other owners are waiting to see how he heals. Now, don't get me wrong - the Gerbils

  • Three Deals and a (Very Expensive) Keeper
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 9/5/2012 -  7
    the table for Prince included Josh Johnson and would have also cost me Matt Garza. I offered up the deal without the pitchers when the other owner was slow to respond, hoping to spur something to happen. Had

  • Players ottoneu Loved (and Hated): C Edition
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/13/2012 -  0
    on a per-PA basis among catchers this year. - It's not surprising to see Carlos Santana fall from 5th overall to 11th pro-rated, but Matt Wieters was even worse on a per-PA basis, ranking 13th - I

  • Rankings-Based Planning: Preparing for Year 2+ in ottoneu
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/19/2013 -  7
    (OF) Carlos Gomez Bench (OF) Nick Swisher Bench Dee Gordon Bench Brandon Moss Bench Matt Joyce SP1 Jered Weaver SP2 Mat Latos SP3 Jordan Zimmermann SP4

  • When Patience is Not a Virtue: The Experts League Auction
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/26/2013 -  8
    anticipated them costing - and yet I failed to pull the trigger. FanGraphs own Eno Sarris started us off by nominating Matt Kemp, a player I mentioned last week would cost "$55-$60." And yet, the bidding

  • The Waiting Game: Balancing the Use of SP in ottoneu
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 4/9/2013 -  5
    in the original league is C.J. Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Matt Moore, Matt Garza, Alex Cobb, Julio Teheran, Ryan Dempster, Josh Beckett and Edinson Volquez. Of that group, I put Wilson, Zimmermann

  • Know When to Fold'em
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 4/30/2013 -  15
    and falling to fourth (that team is third in GP and first in IP). The last thing I do, regardless of format is look at changes I expect in my team moving forward. For the original league, I know Matt

  • Players Who are Helping You Win
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 7/16/2013 -  10
    4.9 $6.11 565 Carlos Gomez 4.9 $5.40 561 Matt Carpenter 5.0 $6.56 603 Robinson Cano 5.0 $45.23 656 Josh Donaldson 5.0 $2.13 598 Jed Lowrie 5.1 $6.84 472

  • Evaluating a Slow Auction
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/3/2016 -  6
    at $17 ($21 value), Ben Zobrist at $17 ($20 value), Matt Holliday at $13 ($20 value), Evan Longoria at $16 ($18 value), and Matt Kemp at $12 ($18 value). That actually left me heavy on top 60 talent

  • Players ottoneu Loved (and Hated): SP Edition
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/11/2012 -  0
    5.18 8 28 20 Yu Darvish 981 191.1 5.13 9 5 -4 Matt Cain 1109 219.1 5.06 10 12 2 Chris Sale 966 191 5.06 18 24 6 Wade Miley 934 186 5.02 11 20 9 Zack

  • The Best (ottoneu) Team Money Can Buy
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 10/9/2012 -  4
    ), and Martin Prado (878 points and endless positional eligibility for $9). Other big scorers who missed the cut included Matt Holliday (1010 for $32) and Josh Hamilton (1037 for $31). The hardest pitcher

  • My ottoneu Year's Resolutions
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/1/2013 -  17
    : Player Salary Hunter Pence $28 Allen Craig $19 Colby Rasmus $16 Nick Markakis $12 Nick Swisher $11 Dexter Fowler $11 Alejandro De Aza $9 Matt Joyce $9

  • ottoneu Values Refreshed
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/12/2013 -  29
    kept a $30 Matt Moore because I believe he will produce at a much higher level than the rankings do); we keep players who we think have more value in the future than they do now (my $5 Trevor Bauer

  • ottoneu Vote Off Results
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/19/2013 -  3
    of the top ten most voted off: Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez tied for second, then Paul Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, Josh Donaldson, Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, with Wil Myers and Jean Segura tied

  • Carlos Santana - Fantasy 3B?
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/21/2014 -  13
    . He falls behind Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria, Matt Carpenter, and Pablo Sandoval, and is tied with Hanley Ramirez and Ryan Zimmerman. But with Carpenter likely playing 2B

  • Auction Assets: What I Bring to an ottoneu Auction
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/17/2014 -  27
    into any specific role on my team. Matt Dominguez is a good example. I have him because I am high on his potential. I think there is a chance he can break out this year and, if he does, I'll have some

  • Walk Down Memory Lane - 2006 ottoneu Rosters
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/9/2015 -  11
    Matt Cain, $4 Hanley Ramirez, $4 Prince Fielder, $3 Cole Hamels, $3 Dustin Pedroia, $3 Brian McCann, $2 Shin-Soo Choo, and $1 Carlos Quentin. That would be the core that allowed me to win years two

  • Getting Aggressive (or not) in the H2H Post-Season
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 9/14/2015 -  10
    2nd. But the playoffs could not have come at a worse time. Carlos Carrasco missed a couple starts, but should be back now (I hope). Yasmani Grandal is playing (or not playing) hurt. Matt Harvey

  • Themed Teams - Some Semi-Off-Topic Fun
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/17/2015 -  34
    are limited. You can add A.J. Pollock to the list. Anthony Bass. You can stretch for Matt CARPenter. Chris BASSitt. It would not be a good team, and you would have a lot of empty roster spots. So

  • Ottoneu Arbitration: Strategies for the First Off-season Activity
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 9/29/2011 -  12
    ignore value, of course. I am paying Matt Holliday $40 if I keep him, so even if you need an outfielder, you probably shouldn’t vote for Holliday. Take out your opposition – You can probably guess

  • Thinking '13: Three ottoneu Trades Focused on the Future
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/1/2011 -  3
    in the league in 2011 - they finished in 8th, but even in 2012, much of the talent on the Gerbils roster will be either just coming into its own (Matt Moore, Chris Sale, Lonnie Chisenhall, etc

  • Evaluating Pitchers Changing Teams
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 12/8/2011 -  6
    in. Park Factors One of the reasons it is easier to analyze this change than many others is that we can effectively ignore all park factors other than Texas and Los Angeles. Let's use Matt Garza’s

  • Pitching Scoring Change in ottoneu Points Leagues
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/12/2012 -  29
    60.8 Jeremy Hellickson 88.7 Daniel Bard 59.1 Matt Cain 78.1 Aroldis Chapman 59.0 Michael Pineda 77.2 David Robertson 55.6 SP Losers Diff RP Losers Diff

  • 10 Bold Predictions Re-visited
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 10/2/2012 -  7
    that same person declared that they didn't want to win and that they hated good pitchers! A couple years ago, I was sure that leaving the AL East would help Matt Garza more than moving to Wrigley would

  • Rebuild, Retool, or Restock: Prepping for Year 2+ in ottoneu
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/22/2013 -  17
    as much in the auction as he does now. That doesn't mean you should keep him. If you have a deep OF and you are torn on a $45 Matt Kemp, cut him loose and find a bargain at auction to fill that slot

  • Breaking from Consensus: Where ottoneu Rankings Differ
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/19/2013 -  7
    lists, as he should, but the consensus #2 (Verlander) is #6 in ottoneu, with Strasburg climbing from 4th to 2nd. Cole Hamels is 5th for the rankers, but 10th for ottoneu. Matt Cain suffers one

  • ottoneu Hot Right Now: Opening Day Auctions
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 4/2/2013 -  5
    faced a southpaw on opening day and battered Matt Harrison all over the park. The key with Maxwell is that you have to know what you are getting - the small side of a platoon. If you save him

  • Early Batted Ball Distance Gainers and Losers
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 4/23/2013 -  14
    Todd Helton 333.6 283.5 50.1 Colby Rasmus 319.0 273.5 45.5 Salvador Perez 330.6 284.5 44.1 Distance Losers Name 2013 Dist 2012 Dist Delta Matt Kemp 239.7

  • ottoneu Auction Recap: When the Available Players Don't Help
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 2/23/2015 -  8
    above my price-point. So I turned to my next biggest needs - RP and backup OF. There were some decent OF out there (Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday, Jayson Werth, Jason Heyward, Yoenis

  • Fantasy Awards: An Occasionally Dissenting Opinion
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 11/20/2012 -  0
    548 319 229 Melky Cabrera 4 526 257 269 Carlos Ruiz 2 479 213 266 Matt Kemp 1 315 393 -78 Joey Votto 1 671 219 452 Bryan LaHair 1 362 110 252 Tyler

  • Delmon Young & Updated Comparisons
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 1/17/2011 -  10
    increased as his ISO (.195) finished above league average for the first time in his career. Not everything is flowery in the world of Young. Matt Klaassen found that Young was one of the most average-est

  • Chad Young's Ten Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/24/2016 -  10

  • Is There Room for Chris Young?
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 2/18/2015 -  15
    that could've gone to Young. And that takes us to the Rays. The Rays want to contend. They have a fine team that isn't a great team, and Matt Moore will be sidelined for at least the first few months

  • Chad Young ottoneu deadline chat -- 1/31/13
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 1/31/2013 -  0
    I will be by from 10-11pm ET tonight to chat before the ottoneu deadline. The queue will open well before, so get your questions in! Chad Young -- Fantasy Baseball Chat

  • Tigers Acquire Delmon Young
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 8/15/2011 -  33
    Earlier today, Matt Klaassen praised the Tigers for being aggressive in their pursuit of a division title over the winter. This afternoon, Dave Dombrowski continued to add to his roster down

  • Chad Young's Ten Bold Predictions for 2013
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 3/26/2013 -  24

  • Johnny Cueto For Cy Young
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 8/30/2012 -  66
    the Cy Young races, and specifically, why it illustrates that Johnny Cueto should be the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young Award. Let's just start by looking at the value stats of the top five

  • Where to Rank the Young Aces?
    in RotoGraphs by Daniel Schwartz - 1/21/2016 -  39
    Michael Pineda and Matt Harvey using this approach. If he could leave more batters on base, he would have been Drew Smyly good. Other than overall command (K-BB%), Iglesias was better accross

  • To a Moth Dying Young
    in NotGraphs by Dayn Perry - 8/24/2011 -  4
    -- or was it the sun? -- is Matt Holliday's handsome ear canal. I present to you, thanks to what must have been an elaborate series of FOIA requests on the part of FOXSports Midwest, a photo of the corpse

  • Chad Young's 10 Bold Predictions Mid-Year Review
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 7/14/2016 -  14

  • Matt Garza No Hits Detroit
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 7/26/2010 -  35
    tonight are the reason that Tampa Bay was willing to deal a top prospect like Delmon Young for Matt Garza. Garza's performance immediately goes down as the most memorable performance by a Rays' pitcher

  • The Mike Young Bad Contract Swap
    in FanGraphs by Joe Pawlikowski - 2/8/2011 -  43
    The situation the Rangers face with Mike Young has little to do with Young's abilities as a player. In the past six seasons he has accumulated 19.6 WAR, which places him among the best shortstops

  • On the Cost of Moving Matt Kemp
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 11/13/2013 -  62
    in baseball that year were Jacoby Ellsbury and Matt Kemp. Ellsbury, at 27, was a nine-win everyday center fielder. Kemp, at 26, was an eight-win everyday center fielder. Both of them had the look of long

  • Matt Wieters This Year
    in RotoGraphs by Ryan Glass - 2/8/2009 -  11
    Peter Bendix took a look at Matt Wieters back in November and came away concluding that Wieters could be Joe Mauer with more power. Those are some pretty lofty expectations. David Golebiewski briefly

  • Matt Garza's Trade Value
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 1/3/2012 -  71
    If there was any question about the valuation that MLB teams put on quality young arms, it's been answered this winter - the returns garnered by San Diego and Oakland when they moved Mat Latos

  • Matt Moore, Finished or Unfinished
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 6/5/2013 -  34
    Matt Moore was a tippy-top pitching prospect, and like all tippy-top pitching prospects, he was supposed to become an ace. Based on his current sub-3 ERA and number of strikeouts, he's arrived

  • Is Matt Kemp overrated?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 7/10/2008 -  52
    With the trade deadline just a few weeks away and the C.C. Sabathia and Rich Harden moves thrusting the spotlight back on the veterans-for-young-players deals, one name comes up time and time again

  • Matt Harvey, Overwhelming
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  • The Cost of Moving Matt Kemp
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  • Matt Stairs Was Good at Baseball
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  • The Potential Rejuvenation of Matt Bush
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  • Texas Extends Matt Harrison
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  • Young Starters Dominate in St. Louis
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  • R.A. Dickey and Cy Young Hopes
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    for a Cy Young award? Yes. Probably very much: Yes. Well first of all: Matt Cain's perfect game last night certainly does not play in Dickey's favor. Cain currently sports a better ERA and FIP than

  • Gonzalez, Kemp, Bonifacio, Bourn, and Young
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    What do these fellow batsmen have in common? • Adrian Gonzalez • Matt Kemp • Emilio Bonifacio • Michael Bourn • Michael Young Well, probably a lot, seeing as how they all share a profession

  • Posnanski's Radical Idea
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    a "radical." His blog post today, in the aftermath of a series of Tweets and counter-Tweets regarding Matt Thornton's appearance in last night's All-Star Game, however, paints a different picture. While he

  • Matt Harvey's Dazzling Debut
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    Matt Harvey, whom the Mets drafted with the seventh overall pick in 2010, began the year as a much-ballyhooed prospect. Coming out of college, Harvey was expected to progress quickly, and he has

  • Matt Cain: The Workhorse
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    , Sergio Romo stood tall when closing out games and even Tim Lincecum deserved a healthy bit of gratitude for his relief work during the playoffs. But for me, it was Matt Cain who deserved most

  • Is Matt Dominguez the Answer?
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    Despite the fact that he's never played above AA ball, Matt Dominguez is the favorite to open the season as the starting third baseman for the Florida Marlins. Typically, a prospect that claims

  • Matt Bush Arrested for DUI
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    Matt Bush screwed up. Again. According to Roger Mooney, the former first overall draft pick was arrested Thursday night for DUI. As if that weren't bad enough, Bush is also responsible for a hit

  • Give Me (Matt) Moore
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    Matt Moore. Aside from a (nearly) full season from Stephen Strasburg, was there anyone the majority of fantasy owners were more excited about heading into the year? Well, okay, maybe Yu Darvish

  • The Daily Grind: Dynasty, Chavez, Young
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    : Odrisamer Despaigne, Kyle Hendricks, John Danks, Colome, Matt Garza, Matt Shoemaker, Williams, de la Rosa, Scott Feldman, Chris Tillman, Mat Latos, Archie Bradley 4. Tomorrow's Targets - Young

  • Fan Projection Targets: Jackson, Kemp, Markakis
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    , the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, and the Orioles' Nick Markakis. Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson was the main piece the Yankees sent to Detroit as part of the trade that saw fan favorite Curtis

  • The Case for Matt Kemp
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    . The Brewers have a pair of candidates, the Phillies have a pair of candidates, and the Dodgers have a pair of candidates as well. Clayton Kershaw already took home the Cy Young Award and doesn't have the same

  • Out of Order in Detroit
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    . Or is it MERRY JEFFMAS?). Delmon Young was hitting third. And it wasn't just a one game thing, or even a platoon strategy with the Tigers facing a lefty. Nope, it's been happening every game since

  • Searching for the True Matt Adams
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    Many people were disappointed with Matt Adams in 2014. Most were probably fantasy owners. In real life, Adams had a solid year, and hit a really important home run off of the best pitcher in baseball

  • The Five Average-est Position Players of 2010
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    for the first time since joining the Twins. I guess the Twins finally won that Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett-for-Young and Brendan Harris trade, huh? Sorry, couldn't help myself. Prior to the 2010

  • A Dip in Delmon Young's Consistent BABIP
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    the Twins regretted sending Matt Garza to the Rays. Yet not all was lost for the young Delmon. It's easy to forget, because he had been such a hyped prospect for so long, that he was just 23 years old

  • What the Minnesota Twins Should Do
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    what might happen if he gets hurt. To be fair, a Michael Cuddyer-Delmon Young-Jason Kubel outfield (in whatever positional combination) might finally beat out the Matt Garza-and-Jason Bartlett

  • What The Cleveland Indians Should Do
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    seasons, 2010 was acknowledged to be a rebuilding year. The trades of those earlier seasons have significantly added to the team's young talent, and the real question is how far off Cleveland is from

  • Martin Perez and Extensions For Young Pitchers
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    Last week, the Texas Rangers caught many off-guard when they announced they had signed young left-hander Martin Perez to a four-year deal that guarantees the pitcher $12.5 million dollars. Perez has

  • Examining the Young Zack Wheeler Replacements
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    News broke on Monday that Zack Wheeler had a tear in his UCL, and would need to undergo Tommy John Surgery. This sucks. It sucks every time we lose an exciting, young arm to injury, and this case

  • Looking for More Cy Young Separators
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    As I wrote yesterday, I have an NL Cy Young vote this year. It is a remarkably tough year to pick a winner, as there are three pitchers having award-worthy seasons; you can make a really good

  • The Orioles and Jason Vargas
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    ' rotation at the moment. Given that the playoffs are far from a sure thing for them, giving up good young, cost-controlled talent for the likes of Matt Garza would be a really bad idea at this stage

  • Guaranteed Panda
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    A year ago, the San Francisco Giants were coming off a shocking World Series victory. A curious side story was that the 2010 season was disappointing on an individual level for their young third

  • The Cardinals, Mark Ellis, and Depth
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    on the pitching side, but they are not a young team. Of the projected position players for 2014, every hitter besides Wong and Matt Adams will be at least 27 by the end of March 2014. Oscar Taveras

  • The Manny Market
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    , but they might as well give him a chance. But what about the Rangers? They already have a DH being paid very well in Michael Young, and even Manny might hit better, they cannot really just bench Young

  • 2012 Organizational Rankings: #22 -- Kansas City
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    Francoeur, one can also expect improvement from exciting young players like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. The loss of Salvador Perez for a large chunk of the season will probably hurt

  • David DeJesus and Dayton's Destiny
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/12/2009 -  51
    than Ethier and Jason "Do People Seriously Think I'm Anywhere Close to as Good as Matt Holliday?" Bay. All five are good, but would DeJesus ever be offered a 5/$90M deal? Would his agent ever compare

  • Kearns and Duncan in Cleveland
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    holes that need to be filled and not much money with which to do so. Matt LaPorta is a good young hitter, but he might be needed to fill the hole in 1B (unless Andy Marte works out there). Left field

  • What's Different About Barry Zito?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/23/2010 -  36
    Whatever else might be written about the 2010 San Francisco Giants, they have assembled an excellent pitching staff. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez are all tremendous young pitchers

  • Not So Fast, Atlanta: Philly Responds to Upton Monopoly
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    first acquired Rangers Legend Michael Young to play third and Delmon Young, who was a top prospect as recently as some current college seniors were in high school. Seeing the rival club from Georgia

  • Martin Prado on the Move?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/4/2011 -  42
    Prado and pitcher Jair Jurrjens, at least in part to free up salary. The Braves have a good collection of young pitchers, which is why they were able to execute a (partial) salary-dump by sending Derek

  • Matt Harvey Diagnosed with Torn UCL
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    _Rosenthal) August 26, 2013   A couple of years ago, Stephen Strasburg was the best young pitcher we'd seen in a very long time, and then his elbow gave out. Matt Harvey was the best young

  • Possible Ripples from Ramon Santiago's Return
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/2/2011 -  16
    , and he is not exactly young. Santiago does not offer much offensively, but it compares well to his peers listed above. The Hardball Times Oliver projection for Santiago in 2012 is for a .297 wOBA

  • Right-Handed Platoon Notes: Cuddyer, Trout, and Holliday
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/16/2013 -  7
    to discuss, they also turned out to be players with a big impact this year: the winner of the 2013 National League batting title, the most exciting young player in years, and the hero of last night's

  • 2010 AL Playoff Rotations: Tampa Bay Rays
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    good fortune on fly balls. His CHONE "true talent" projection might irk some, but one can't simply focus on the current season while ignoring prior performance. Price is a tremendous young pitcher

  • The Orioles of 2011
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/7/2012 -  33
    turn around and parley (among other things) a couple of good pitchers, a breakout performance from an young outfielder, some "luck" with respect to their run differential, and Joe Saunders

  • Barry Zito as a Disappearing Exception
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/9/2013 -  27
    , he was a three-time All-Star and the 2004 American League Cy Young winner. He was durable, as he had pitched more than 210 innings six seasons in a row for the As. However, Zito was going to be 29

  • Best Bunts of 2013
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    and Mets, the last game of the season for both teams, was not exactly the most significant of the season. Eric Young, Jr. finished the year by leading the National League with 46 steals (and stole two

  • The First Base (and DH) Train Out of Texas
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/23/2013 -  30
    -platoon with journeyman Jeff Baker. Moreland was only a bit better last season, which he finished with a 105 wRC+ after splitting first base duties with Michael Young and Mike Napoli. Moreland

  • SI's Underrated List of Underrated Position Players
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/18/2012 -  80
    than it actually is. 1. Michael Young. Okay, so the players did not get off to a strong start. Michael Young has been arguably the most overrated player in baseball for a number of years

  • Outliers, Breakouts, and the Owl of Minerva
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/2/2009 -  27
    performance. Some will claim that said season should be ignored when projecting a player, since it "obviously" does not represent his real skill. A "breakout" season is one in which a (usually young

  • A Logical Landing Spot for Lowell?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/13/2010 -  51
    at the relatively minimal cost. Michael Young is set at third, and first baseman Chris Davis projects as a good hitter for 2010. I suppose Texas could have moved Davis to DH and had Lowell play first

  • What the Chicago White Sox Should Do
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/21/2010 -  26
    now, they don't necessarily have to move their good young pitchers. Gavin Floyd might have some decent value on the trade market, and John Danks certainly would, but although the White Sox should

  • The J. J. Hardy Trade: Baltimore's Side
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/9/2010 -  17
    as the guy who stepped in as Ben Zobrist -- that's right -- crashed and burned during that season) and was moderately useful in 2008 after coming over to the Twins along with Delmon Young as part of Bill

  • Reds Buy Out Votto
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/17/2011 -  35
    . Moreover, unlike some recent players (including teammate Jay Bruce), Votto didn't give up any of his free agent years. He'll be 30 going into his first year of free agency, which isn't young

  • Some Other Rays
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/11/2011 -  19
    the infield, Reid Brignac is finally getting the shortstop job full-time. As a young prospect, Brignac's bat was a selling point while his chances of staying at shortstop were questioned. Although his bat

  • Baltimore's Hot Start and the Case of J.J. Hardy
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/7/2012 -  44
    thinks of the three hitters all over a .400 wOBA on the season so far: Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and Nolan Reimold. After his 30 home run "comeback" season in 2011, Hardy is off to something

  • The O's Enviable Outfield Logjam
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/28/2009 -  49
    operations in 2007, the Orioles have positioned themselves for a bright future. Part of this is manifested in their crowded, young, and skilled outfield. The two best players in the outfield are right

  • Semper Failcoeur
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/12/2010 -  48
    Francoeur. And yet here we are, with Francouer sitting at around his career averages. It's natural to want to believe in a (fairly) young player. And in a way, it's refreshing that two

  • Is Good Drafting Enough? World Series Edition, 2
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/2/2010 -  14
    Francisco Giants. I'll freely admit that at the beginning of the season I didn't see them as a playoff contender, but they made it in and won the whole thing with a mixture of young players

  • Four to Call About: Panda Plus Three
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/12/2010 -  66
    I don't know what it would take to get them, I want to highlight four relatively young ones that plenty of teams should be calling about. The World Champion San Francisco Giants managed to earn

  • 2012 Organizational Rankings: #8 Atlanta
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/4/2012 -  35
    . The Marlins invested in free agency, and exciting young talent like Logan Morrison and especially (and frighteningly) Giancarlo Stanton should continue to improve. The Washington Nationals also seem

  • The 2013 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/4/2013 -  18
    (.142 ISO in 2013 after a .215 in 2012)? Spend 110 games batting cleanup behind Matt Carpenter (.392 on-base percentage), Carlos Beltran (.339, not great in itself, but pretty nice compared to, say

  • 2009 Was a Million Years Ago
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/27/2012 -  65
    simply a down year for a young player (who was only 26 at the start of the 2009 season) who had been one of the most valuable players in baseball the previous four seasons. Three years and numerous

  • Putting Ross Into Perspective
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/12/2012 -  14
    that makes sense. Saltalamacchia's problems against southpaws would enable efficient platooning. However, that the Red Sox also have a promising young catcher in Ryan Lavarnway, and teams making noises

  • Positional Power Rankings: First Base
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/6/2012 -  80
    with player injuries with any expertise. More importantly, I am not a mind reader who can say how a certain manager will react if his young first basement has a nasty slump in June. I view this charts

  • The Three Worst Double Plays Ever
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/18/2011 -  31
    . Well, given the title of this piece, you know what happened next. He ended this particular game much like he ended his career. 1. Eric Young, -.5781 WPA, August 27, 1996, Reds (4) vs. Rockies (2

  • The Tigers Need...
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/15/2012 -  43
    in the corners alternately platooning with Raburn, but likely the easiest single place to improve their team as currently set up requires no defensive skill: designated hitter. Sure, Delmon Young is only 26, had

  • Trying to Vote for Dickey Over Kershaw
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/14/2012 -  30
    Later tonight, the National League Cy Young Award winner will be announced. My own fake awards picks have already been made public, and I am sure everyone was thrilled to read them. The NL Cy Young

  • Fastballs Are Pretty Important
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/5/2010 -  9
    As we begin the 2010 season, I'd like to take yet another (brief) look at something from 2009. If you're here, you probably know that three young American League pitchers took big steps forward last

  • Travis Snider in Adam Lind's Footsteps
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/14/2010 -  15
    Young Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider is off to another rough start. After spring rumblings that Snider would have to “earn his spot on the roster,” he apparently did so. After 34 plate

  • Elvis Andrus and the Leadoff Spot
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/25/2010 -  32
    of the Rangers' lead-off spot, the more I thought about it the less vehement I felt. I agree that Elvis Andrus is a talented young player who is at worst a good defensive shortstop, and given his age

  • Texas Is Boring, or Why Nelson Cruz Is Underhyped
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/16/2011 -  26
    -machine around Nolan Ryan "rebuilding" or "buying" the Rangers (I'm not sure which story is more overblown and annoying -- you pick), the fall out from Michael Young being "Misled and Manipulated

  • Five Worst 20-20 Seasons of All-Time
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/23/2011 -  23
    to rank that way because it adjusts for park, era, and takes the number of plate appearances into account. From the best-of-the-worst to worst-of-the-worst: Chris Young, 2007, -4.5 batting runs, 90

  • Making Reasonable Comparisons
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/14/2011 -  11
    + for Freeman) have rightly earned them recognition. Apart the passing glory of the Rookie of the Year award, what is most exciting for fans of both players is how such performances at such a young age

  • Farewell to Magglio: Four Bright Moments
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    things up in the bottom of the ninth and ended up winning in extra innings. 2. April 17, 1999. Way back in 1999, Ordonez was having his first good season as a young player on the White Sox

  • The Stranded Ones
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/18/2012 -  26
    against the Rangers, but Brett not only did not score any of team's four runs, but he did not drive in any of them, either. Eric Young, June 30, 2000. He was more of a "Northey" than a "Brett

  • Mr. Pudge Goes to Washington
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/8/2009 -  28
    he was younger and could regularly post a batting average over .300 with some power, but the "swing at everything" approach is a young man's game, as Pudge has slipped from a still-valuable

  • Organizational Rankings: Current Talent -- Pittsburgh
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/17/2010 -  14
    center fielder Andrew McCutchen is the only player here that has real star potential; at only 23, he's a very exciting young player who is good at the plate and in the field. The rest are much less

  • Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Florida
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/19/2010 -  7
    player or a bit better. Left fielder Chris Coghlan, another good young bat from the farm, would probably be playing second base this season if the club had been able to trade Dan Uggla (or moved him

  • World Series Game 3 Live Blog
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/26/2013 -  4
    ? 7:31Comment From Z SHi Matt, what do you think of Kelly getting the nod for game 3 over Lance Lynn (and the long lost Shelby Miller, for that matter)? 7:32Matt Klaassen: Well, I think Lynn is better

  • Scott Podsednik, Dayton Moore, and The Contest
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/8/2010 -  183
    One might be tempted to see the Royals' signing of outfielder Scott Podsednik as a move to steal the headlines in the wake of cross-state rival St. Louis' big Matt Holliday contract earlier this week

  • Team Preview: Detroit Tigers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/10/2011 -  43
    pitcher in the division, a potential Cy Young candidate every season. After a rough start in 2010 after coming over from Arizona, Scherzer turned in an impressive 2010 season, and might be the third

  • Trade Targets: Catchers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/3/2011 -  22
    of generic backup catchers (the Jose Molinas and Matt Treanors [Treanor!] of the world), there isn't much out there. Among the contenders, the Giants need to fill a Buster Posey-shaped hole and the Red

  • The Sizemore Effect (Grady Version)
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/2/2012 -  18
    and Matt LaPorta`s names will come up, but both have questions about their alleged Quad-A-ness, so we will leave them aside for now. Thomas Neal and Trevor Crowe are also mentioned, but at this point

  • The Mathis Mystique
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/15/2012 -  31
    of them are blown away by Mathis' as either a pitch-blocker or a gunner. That is not to say that those systems are perfect, but they do tend to like the catchers one would expect: Yadier Molina, Matt

  • Giancarlo and Carlos
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/27/2013 -  17
    was then and Stanton is now young, talented, and still a year away from arbitration eligibility. A comparison with Gonzalez is a helpful starting point, but beyond the increased money in baseball now

  • Baffling Michael Brantley Extension Talk
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/6/2013 -  12
    (the main "get" at the time was Matt LaPorta...). Brantley is going to be 26 this month, and he will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after this season. Brantley had a good year

  • Freddie Freeman, the Cardinals, and Coming Through When it Counts
    in FanGraphs by Matt Hunter - 9/27/2013 -  15
    Gonzalez Dodgers 625 29.6 14.9 14.7 8 Yoenis Cespedes Athletics 568 16.6 2.5 14.1 9 Brandon Phillips Reds 655 10.7 -2.4 13.1 10 Matt Holliday Cardinals 591 41.2

  • Victorino, the Red Sox, and the Ellsbury Aftermath
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/4/2013 -  13
    a long-term plan. Even if the Red Sox thought they could bring Ellsbury (something of a mystery prior to 2013) back in 2014, they would still be counting on a group of not-terribly-young part timers

  • Aceless in Milwaukee
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/3/2014 -  17
    . But this is not to say that their rotation is bad, either. If one looks at the rankings among qualified starters further down, the Brewers have two starters – Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse – in the “number-two slot

  • Frustrating Fish, or, Marlins Make Me Mad
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/22/2011 -  19
    young talent that, Coghlan disaster and Johnson injury aside (neither of which the Marlins could have predicted, of course) has lived up to and in some cases exceed expectations: Gaby Sanchez has more

  • The 2011 Carter-Batista Award
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/21/2011 -  27
    , 1.23 RBI/wRC, 134 wRC+, .296/.331/.561 I guess I need to take back what I said earlier about the changing quality of hitters on this list, since last year's #3 was Delmon Young, who, despite having

  • Marketing Mark Reynolds
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/23/2012 -  38
    be able to stand for an improvement over Mitch Moreland at first base, and have the money, but DH is taken up with Michael Young's salary, and despite the new cable money, the cash is not flowing

  • Translating Farm System Rankings into Wins
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 5/4/2012 -  43
    want their teams to be big spenders on veterans — and big farmers of young talent — but which is more important? What does a good ranking mean in the win and loss columns, and how much can payroll

  • Miguel Cabrera's Trade Value
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/24/2009 -  51
    salary. If so, what is his value? To reiterate: Cabrera is an excellent (and still young) player. However, as fans, we've lately become more aware that a player's value includes not only his

  • Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - KC Royals
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/15/2010 -  15
    Considering only current ability to win rather than value relative to salary, if one looks at the Royals' roster long enough, focusing in the decent rotation, the closer, and a couple of young (-ish

  • The As and the AL West
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/31/2010 -  15
    and have the best young talent, the Mariners had made many high-profile moves in the off-season, and the Angels still retained their core talent and, frankly, seemed to win every season whether people

  • Doubled Up 2010: The Best (So Far)
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/4/2010 -  10
    , Justin Morneau, Carlos Pena, Cody Ross, Josh Willingham, and Chris Young. The second best player in GiDP runs saved is Carl Crawford, who is 0-45 in DP situations so far, +1.75 runs. He's been

  • The 2010 Carter-Batista Award
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/1/2010 -  50
    ? LaRoche also placed on my list of the Five Average-est Players of 2010. 3. Delmon Young, 1.31 RBI/wRC, .352 wOBA, .298/.333/.493, 112 RBI Another guy from my "average" list... I'm not sure what more

  • Return of The Machine: Giants Re-Sign Burrell
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/3/2010 -  58
    and young, and the Dodgers are reloading. The Giants can't rest on their laurels, despite their tremendous rotation and one of the best young catchers in the game. They need to get better where they can

  • The Mark Reynolds Trade: Baltimore's End
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/6/2010 -  53
    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

  • Vlad in Baltimore: Mysteries and Opportunities
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/7/2011 -  91
    the MLEs are overly generous to Reimold (who could also be worth playing in the outfield). However, both players are relatively young (but not young enough that they need to waste time time in Triple

  • Francisco Liriano, the Twins, and the Towel
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/25/2011 -  64
    You are running a team that is coming off a divisional championship, thanks in large part to a Cy Young Level performance by a pitcher finally "all the way back" from injury. He's still under team

  • Shortstop Central
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/17/2011 -  48
    is a good young talent, but he isn't a superstar (at least not yet). The rest of the division is pretty sad (Yuniesky Betancourt, enough said), although Clint Barmes has been decent for Houston

  • Rookie of the Year, Playing Time, and WAR
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/2/2011 -  98
    A fair amount of Most Valuable Player and Cy Young discussion has been going around lately, and while it seems a bit early with a month left in the season, I suppose it is understandable. There has

  • 2011 NL Playoff Rotations: Philadelphia Phillies
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/26/2011 -  22
    his 2003 Cy Young run always seemed to be paying second fiddle to Johan Santana. Since then, he has increased his strikeouts, managed to avoid sandtraps, and he's headed to the Hall of Fame. A ring

  • The Best of Brian Schneider
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/30/2013 -  8
    Boone managed the Reds? Dmitri Young playing third base? Adam Dunn slugging .578 as a rookie? Good times. Schneider himself started the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth

  • Concerns About Polanco
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    direction. I started thinking back to other Pirates who were young and showed promise only to become mediocre players, and then I found this. Each through 131 Career Games: Player A: .286/ .341

  • Nationals Wisely Extend Ryan Zimmerman
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    of the ledger on this one. JUDGMENT: terrible deal. 6. In March of 2007, Michael Young and the Rangers negotiated a $80 million deal that covered his 2009 through 2013 seasons. The Rangers also

  • Calculated: More Component Park Factors for Kauffman Stadium
    in NotGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/21/2013 -  3
    David were sent back down to coach in the minors, where they can work their magic again with young Royals hitters, just like they did with Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas.] The K is not just

  • The Jay Bruce Extension
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/10/2010 -  27
    from him for a while. Deals like these with young, cost-controlled players almost always look good for the team, so let's see just how good. [Note: Since posting this, readers have pointed out

  • 2011 Organizational Rankings #8: Toronto
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/30/2011 -  95
    relatively good young talent on the current team. The farm system ("Future Talent") is also good -- while it is mired in the big "blob" in fifth place in the rankings, Marc's team-specific write-up places

  • In Praise of the Tigers and the Brewers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/15/2011 -  19
    Earlier this summer, I took an easy (but deserved) shot at the Florida Marlins' ownership for never really putting out the effort to win despite having a solid core of young talent for years

  • Hamilton or Fielder?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/16/2012 -  89
    not posing a significant obstacle and Michael Young [Young's potential reaction to the Rangers signing Fielder might be enough to make it worth it if Young's playing time is at all threatened] being a free

  • Heyward, Sophomore Slumps, and Old Friends
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/18/2012 -  21
    I've got, personally) of regression to the mean goes a long way in clearing up various "mysteries" we fans can get hung up on, e.g., why projection systems do not always project young players to get

  • Sal Perez At 198
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/6/2012 -  44
    " start from Luke Hochevar, a barrage of singles, and a random home run from Yuniesky Betancourt. The primary engine of the singles train was young catcher Salvador Perez, who hit four singles in five

  • Trading Willingham: For and Against
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/16/2012 -  29
    the Twins would be looking for prospects (or young players) in return, it is worth noting that teams really do not trade away good young prospects from the upper levels for veterans very often any more

  • New SIERA, Part Three (of Five): Differences Between xFIPs and SIERAs
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 7/20/2011 -  40
    7 Jon Lester 3.15 Justin Verlander 3.20 Roy Halladay 2.80 8 Rick Nolasco 3.23 Ricky Nolasco 3.23 Clayton Kershaw 2.85 9 Josh Beckett 3.40 Josh Beckett 3.30 Matt Cain

  • Air Gordon and the Price of Domination
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/5/2011 -  16
    (further), I consulted our own Matt Swartz, who has done extensive work on this topic. He suggests that Gordon would be likely to get around $4.4 million in arbitration this off-season, and assuming he

  • Adam Jones' Historical Plate Discipline Peers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/8/2014 -  13
    rate in baseball behind Ben Revere, although Jones is tied with Chris Johnson and Matt Adams (whose seasons deserves its own post) at the moment. Adam Jones seems to generate occasional controversy

  • The Case for Jose Bautista
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/21/2011 -  22
    and the Detroit making the playoffs, but he also had a legitimately outstanding season at 7.0 WAR. He already won the Cy Young, although it is worth noting that at least according to FanGraphs WAR, CC

  • Colby Rasmus Turns Back the Clock
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/19/2013 -  33
    . Coming into 2013, Rasmus was no longer thought of as the gifted young hitter still working out the kinks. If "bust" was too strong of a word, 2010 was beginning to look more like an exception than

  • I'm With PoPo: Molina Returns to the Giants
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/20/2010 -  110
    Manager announced that the 'ship has sailed'," thus (apparently) paving the way for the promising young catching prospect Buster Posey to be the starter in 2010. It was not to be. It's not as if Molina

  • The White Sox' Enigmatical DH Situation
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/5/2010 -  95
    puzzling. The White Sox decided to pass on Jim Thome, who then signed a cheap contract with the Twins. While I'm not sure how much a bench DH really helps the Twins (unless Delmon Young is terrible

  • 2003: The Best of Lima Time
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/24/2010 -  5
    By now, you've probably read at least one tribute to the Jose Lima, who passed away at the surprisingly young age of 37 on Sunday. You can surely find good accounts of his rather... flamboyant style

  • Russell Martin’s Future With the Dodgers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/26/2010 -  23
    It wasn't all that long ago that the Los Angeles Dodgers' young catcher Russell Martin ranked among the best at his position in baseball. After two disappointing seasons, including an injury

  • (Ch)end of an Era
    in NotGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/29/2011 -  12
    Chen the Cy Young he so clearly deserves. It is another thing entirely when that bias creeps into the allegedly progressive world of blogging, when he somehow garners only one vote

  • DFS Strategy: Utilizing Percentile Projections
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    (8.20), Xander Bogaerts (7.90), and Dustin Pedroia (7.84). Cubs (4.91 R/game) The Cubs face young Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias at home in Wrigley Field today. The top Cubs by projected DraftKings

  • Cleaning Up Kenny Williams' Mess
    in Community by Matt Zakrowski - 8/12/2010 -  12
    choice to replace him? Young Cuban slugger Dayan Viciedo is an interesting option. He’s posting a .361 wOBA (.310/.310/.521) in his first 71 PAs. On the surface, that looks great, but his .333

  • One Reason Not To Worry About Greinke
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/10/2010 -  36
    (not) factor into valuations of Greinke. First of all, despite the way many of the bandwagon-jumping pieces that came out during Greinke's 2009 Cy Young campaign made it sound, it's not as if Greinke

  • What the Kansas City Royals Should Do
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/16/2010 -  32
    might and might not be part of it. Buy or Sell Clearly, the Royals should sell, but whom? The Royals aren't young: the only player under 26 among the regulars and starting pitchers is Billy Butler

  • Can Colby Rasmus Hit Lefties?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/8/2010 -  12
    I'm loathe to discuss the (alleged?) rift between Tony LaRussa and Colby Rasmus. My personal opinion is that the young center fielder should be playing every day, but I don't have the desire, energy

  • Return of the Melk-Man
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/15/2011 -  25
    of Cabrera being very young for a major leaguer, at ages when almost all offensive skills are still developing for most players. The biggest component of Melky's offensive improvement this season has

  • Free Agent Market: First Base and Designated Hitter
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/14/2011 -  21
    nothing but hit since he broke into the league as a full-timer at age 22. Now reaching free agency for the first time at the relatively young age of 28, some are concerned about how the "big-boned

  • FAN Projections: Some Other Third Basemen
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/11/2012 -  7
    of excellent players, from the big guns in the New York and Boston to the young superstars in Tampa Bay and Washington to underrated guys in Cincinnati and Texas. But those sorts of players will probably get

  • Soria, Bullpen Depth, and Trade Value
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/19/2012 -  16
    than Christian Colon cancels out Moore’s general success in the draft), Moore has done a good good job of signing young talent like Billy Butler, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar to team-friendly

  • How to Worry About the Royals
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/16/2012 -  28
    Pythagorean record) and the "Our Time" marketing slogan, as I have discussed elsewhere, 2012 is not really the Royals' year. Yes, the team has some good young talent, but while Detroit

  • The Bourjos Inquiries
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/11/2012 -  44
    only partly justified by Melky Cabrera having a career year. The Diamondbacks are another team hurt by an outfield injury, in this case to their center fielder Chris Young. It is a bit difficult

  • Pale Hose Hero: A.J.
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/1/2012 -  22
    brouhaha, the talk of letting the kids play despite a dearth of good young talent and more all seemed to point to a year of mediocrity on the South Side. Yet, here we are: the White Sox currently lead

  • Cleveland and the Collapse
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/20/2012 -  20
    the division given their lack of starting pitching, but the young talent has been very disappointing this year -- Danny Duffy got hurt, Mike Moustakas has flatlining for two months, and Eric Hosmer

  • The Tigers' Royal Choke Job
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/31/2012 -  37
    by the Tigers for three runs, capped by a two-run shot from Delmon Young. It looked like things would get ugly quickly for the Royals, but after striking out the first two batters he faced, Verlander have up

  • The Best Bunts of 2012
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/7/2012 -  29
    come all the way back and taken a 5-4 in the top of the eighth on a Delmon Young home run (well, duh, Delmon Young is amazing). In the bottom of the inning, the Reds managed to tie it up when Todd

  • Farewell to Marcus Thames the Player
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/11/2013 -  15
    prime from ever generating the hopes and dreams that, say, Delmon Young (whose best seasons have never been as good as Thames') still might, or that mostly washed-up veterans like Raul Ibanez still

  • Home Runs and Bunts for Hits: A Different 20-10 Season
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/25/2013 -  7
    another promising young Nationals infielder. Injuries, terrible hitting when on the field both in the majors and minors, and Anthony Rendon have put Espinosa's role in doubt, but he really did have

  • The Worst Starts in Great Seasons
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/7/2014 -  22
    in the last decade. Greinke winning the Cy Young in 2009 seemed almost anticlimactic, given the obviousness of the choice. Coming into his start in Toronto on June 5, Greinke had pretty much destroyed

  • The Greatest BSOHL Story Ever Told
    in NotGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/26/2013 -  2
    a professional athlete, one who is supposed to be a great example for "the young guys," needed to be told by someone else that he was out of shape, slow, and needed to work out in the off-season. Dutton's

  • Curtis Granderson: Another Mets Free Agent Bust?
    in Community by Matt Epstein - 9/20/2014 -  1
    category as Jason Bay and Chris Young, forged in the hall of ineptitude? Here is a look at Curtis Granderson's numbers after 2010 when Granderson turned 29 and started his stint with the Yankees

  • 2014 Positional Power Rankings: Designated Hitter
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/25/2014 -  73
    Forsythe140.233.316.351.298-1.50.20.00.0Wilson Betemit140.234.298.371.295-1.9-0.30.0-0.1Total700.240.325.401.3204.50.20.01.1 Matt Joyce is not a terrible choice at DH, particularly given the Rays' lack of monetary resources. He is okay

  • C.J. Wilson: Starting Pitcher?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/19/2010 -  9
    ; even if sometimes the ball goes towards Michael Young that's better than it going out of the park), in 2009, he took it to a new level, at 2.25. Second, in 2009, Wilson's platoon split was remarkably

  • Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Oakland
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/22/2010 -  7
    of the Angels or the Rangers, but they will field better than the Angels and pitch better than the Rangers. The As have a lot of young players, so there is a lot of volatility in their projections -- perhaps

  • Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Colorado
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/30/2010 -  45
    young players with upside, a number of above-average performers, and useful role players. Taken as a group, the Rockies are one of the most talented teams in the National League. The Rockies don’t

  • The Wrong Way: Barton's Bunts
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/18/2010 -  34
    the As this season at the plate and in the field. Maybe he's playing games with the infielders. But while some might hail his play as the Right Way and a lack of selfishness for a good young hitter, the primary

  • What the Detroit Tigers Should Do
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/30/2010 -  62
    pre-season aggregate farm system rankings had the Tigers' system at #21. Jacob Turner and Casey Crosby are young pitchers with a lot of upside that the Tigers shouldn't be looking to move. After

  • The Decision (Outfield Version)
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/9/2010 -  38
    to decide between two teams with such a rich legacies? Let me lay out the two most likely scenarios. Scenario #1: All three meet in Miami. Isn't it obvious? Sure, the Marlins have some okayish young

  • Well Played, Mauer
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/12/2010 -  28
    in the division, the Twins have received great performances from Justin Morneau and Francisco Liriano, and perhaps most surprisingly, competence from Delmon Young. However, it is hard not to notice the relatively

  • Why Is Luke Scott Still in Baltimore?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/11/2010 -  22
    The Orioles have had a nightmare season (to put it mildly). Their off-season moves were not particularly brilliant, but given the young talent on the team -- as well as on the farm -- there were

  • The 2010 OBP > SLG Club
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/13/2010 -  25
    in the Rangers' launching pad is bad, especially the .038 ISO. It is difficult to find much "bad luck" in the numbers for Andrus, and while he's still extremely young (he just turned 22 a couple of weeks ago

  • Jeremy Guthrie as Baltimore's Bright Spot
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/17/2010 -  21
    2010 has been miserable for the Orioles. The vaunted young position players have been disappointing as a group, and no Orioles position player has reached three WAR yet this season. In particular

  • 2010 AL Playoff Rotations: Minnesota Twins
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/24/2010 -  6
    of moving Liriano to the bullpen? Ahem. Most of the AL Cy Young Angst indignation is for the sake of Felix Hernandez, and its justifiable, but spare a moment of for Liriano (Cliff Lee, too), who has been

  • 2010 AL Playoff Rotations: Texas Rangers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/27/2010 -  9
    forgotten AL Cy Young candidate, except I just remembered that what a player does in May and June doesn't count for awards voting. But hasn't Lee been a lot worse in Texas, anyway? Let's see, his K/9 rate

  • Should Cain Have Been Pulled for a Pinch Hitter?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/29/2010 -  40
    off of the bench), then Elvis Andrus (who has been hot in the playoffs, but still isn't much of a hitter), and then Michael Young. Hamilton would only come up if at least one runner got on, which

  • Pirate Scraps: Zach Duke
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/22/2010 -  21
    In an unsurprising move, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated pitcher Zach Duke (along with third baseman Andy LaRoche and infielder/outfielder Dewlyn Young) for assignment on Friday. Like most

  • Fan Projection Targets: Ground-Ball Pitchers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/14/2011 -  4
    always use more) are Blue Jays southpaw Ricky Romero (55.2%), Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (55.3%), and Twins Cy Young candidate Francisco Liriano (53.6%). However, there are two more pitchers who

  • Non-Singles Hitters
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/21/2011 -  6
    -than-50-percenters did well (including Reynolds), but Reynolds' teammate Chris Young managed only a .314 wOBA during that season. The 2008 list of hitters who had more extra base hits than singles makes

  • Travis Snider's Demotion
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/29/2011 -  59
    . On the other hand, the risk of losing a one win player in his thirties shouldn't weigh too heavily against the development of a promising young player during a season dedicated to rebuilding

  • The Curse of J. J. Hardy
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/13/2011 -  18
    for a pitcher like Zack Greinke. After 2010 season, he was one piece among others as the Brewers sent most the last and best of their young talent (particularly pitching prospect Jake Odirizzi

  • Farewell, Ronnie Belliard
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/15/2011 -  16
    apotheosis, at least in my mind. The 2004 team almost went .500 due to the contributions not only of then-relatively-young and promising regulars like Victor Martinez, Ben Broussard, Coco Crisp

  • Why Hasn't Cleveland Given Kipnis a Call?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/11/2011 -  22
    to call up Chisenhall (21) to play third base. Despite the exceptions I mentioned above, most prospect-watchers do consider Chisenhall to be the superior prospect to Kipnis, as his young age allows

  • Lillibridge! A Lack of Precedent
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/22/2011 -  12
    . Lillibridge is only 27 -- not terribly young, but not old, either. Could this be another lasting power surge (.245 ISO with a .370 wOBA) out of nowhere in the vein of Ben Zobrist or Jose Bautista

  • Yes, September Stats Count
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/7/2011 -  6
    to give them much time. There are also non-contenders like the 2011 Royals that have so many young players on the roster to begin with that they don't want to sacrifice that developmental playing time

  • Narratives From Formulas
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/14/2011 -  17
    of the 2007 and 2008 teams, which were cobbled together from previously available "talent" and some free agent signings of varying wisdom, and the 2011 team, which is mostly cost-controlled, very young

  • Panda's (Historically?) Big Boned Cycle
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/16/2011 -  49
    , who went from exciting young Giants third baseman to bench player during San Francisco's run to the World Championship in 2010. Criticized by the organization for his weight, he came into 2011 slimmed

  • 2011 NL Playoff Rotations: St. Louis Cardinals
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/30/2011 -  7
    is sort of a younger version of the old Carpenter: good strikeout rate, low walk rate, plenty of ground balls. He is not the ace that 2010's ERA seemed to indicate, but he is young and very good. It would

  • In Defense of Intentional Walks
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/26/2011 -  27
    of an intentional walk, he had never intentionally walked a player before at any level. I have heard that about other young pitchers. That can be fun (unless you are rooting for the team providing

  • Rule Change Friday: Pickoff Throws
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/18/2011 -  116
    is. But that does not mean it might not be better to have more base stealing. James puts it this way: "baseball is supposed to be played by young guys who can run, rather than old fat guys who can hit

  • Gary Carter's Three Biggest Hits
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/17/2012 -  6
    of a young Gary Carter was included. Many pieces have been and will be written about Carter in the wake of his passing, pieces that will tell various stories of his memorable on-field exploits

  • Desmond's Big Game in Pseudo-Historical Perspective
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/6/2012 -  8
    an "undervalued" darling of saber-nerds such as myself and "hit" himself into the Angels' minor league system, he was actually part of a group of young players who revitalized the Braves. No doubt

  • Trying to Remember Jay Gibbons
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/11/2012 -  17
    -based low BABIP tendency, with his power and low strikeout rates, maybe if he would have gotten more of a chance as a young player these days rather than being unprotected in the Rule Five draft

  • Zack Greinke in His New Home
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/28/2012 -  19
    looks for the playoffs. On Friday I posted that 2009 was a long time ago. Greinke's 2009 AL Cy Young campaign was an incredible year, but it was obvious even at the time that it was a career year

  • 2011 Organizational Rankings #17: Seattle
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/25/2011 -  190
    Royals: high hopes among portions of the fan base for a flawed attempt to contend, things going south fairly quickly, and the team's young ace winning the Cy Young despite a relatively unimpressive

  • Memories of Melvin Mora
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/30/2011 -  24
    for infield playing time, and Larry Bigbie, Luis Matos, and Jay Gibbons were a promising young outfield. Um, yeah, sure they were. Maybe they would even give Jack Cust a chance to play DH! Nah

  • How Long Should the Giants Keep Melk-ing It?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/16/2012 -  37
    Melky "Carlos Beltran money," but while (most of) their young pitching is around, paying Melky could make sense. They should not go too many years. At the current market level and Melkey's projected

  • Elvis Andrus and the Future of His Bat
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/22/2013 -  27
    day be as good as future Hall of Famer (and at that time, future player) Michael Young. Judge that last part for yourself with respect to Derek Jeter. This was probably the most surprising name

  • Billy Butler and the Royals' Off-Season Plan
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/23/2013 -  34
    agency, leaving James Shields as the only reliable above-average pitcher in the rotation. The Royals have some interesting young pitching talent, and Jeremy Guthrie pitches a lot of innings

  • 2013 Positional Power Rankings: First Base
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/14/2013 -  122
    Lillibridge35.220.283.336.273-1.30.1-0.1-0.1Steve Clevenger35.257.314.354.294-0.7-0.1-0.20.0Total700.274.344.491.35721.4-1.32.93.6 Who had the Cubs fifth in the pool? Don't lie. Anthony Rizzo is a young (23) hitter who had a nice debut

  • Reflections on a Fired Hitting Coach
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/5/2012 -  10
    that the offense did well, relative to expectations. After the team sported a 102 wRC+ last year, it was expected that with young talent like Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas entering their second season

  • 2010 AL Playoff Rotations: New York Yankees
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/1/2010 -  41
    Sabathia CHONE 3.28 nERA, 3.60 FIP 2010: 4.8 WAR, 3.55 FIP, 3.78 xFIP, 3.34 tERA, 3.18 ERA To be clear: I don't think CC Sabathia should win the AL Cy Young. Nonetheless, 2010 isn't a constant, either

  • Rocco Baldelli: What Might Have Been
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/26/2011 -  18
    counting on every good young player working out. It is never safe to bet on any player being a Hall of Famer or even a superstar, but the numbers do suggest that, although he was already a good

  • Player Attitudes and Applied Sabermetrics
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/23/2011 -  39
    thing, and given that "the best hitters hit three and four" is taught to most players from a very young age, it's too easy to write off their potential resistance to doing otherwise when they have

  • Call It the Duke Snider Problem
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/28/2011 -  32
    a nickname given to him by either his uncle in recognition of young Edwin's pride after his first day of school) needs a nickname. I suppose it's not nearly as dumb as calling Jason Heyward the 'The J-Hey Kid

  • Stuck With Stewart
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/9/2011 -  18
    Iannetta (28) are currently showing, letting a young-ish player who has shown potential in the past keep playing despite their frustrating stretches isn't the worst option in the world.

  • Replacement Level Players, Playoff Teams
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/17/2011 -  33
    The Milwaukee Brewers' "all in" offseason, during which they traded a good chunk of young talent (including some of their best prospects like Brett Lawrie and Jake Odorizzi) to dramatically improve

  • Twins "All In" for 2012?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/9/2011 -  54
    Masterson is questionable. The Royals have a nice group of young position players, but their minor league pitching hasn't developed as the same pace. The Tigers also have some holes to fill. However

  • 2011 NL Playoff Rotations: Milwaukee Brewers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/27/2011 -  29
    projected ERA: 3.38 During the off season, some "experts" opined that Greinke, who had "only" put up a five win season in 2010 after his monstrous, nine win Cy Young campaign in 2009, was merely "good

  • 2011 NL Playoff Rotations: Arizona Diamondbacks
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/28/2011 -  16
    expensive. The Diamondbacks gave up Scherzer, a young starter with electric stuff. They also got Kennedy from the Yankees, who had his moments in the minors, but had an unimpressive repertoire and and fly

  • Alex Gordon, Superstar? Part the First
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/3/2011 -  32
    is expected of a player with Gordon's "draft status." There are at least two franchises who wish that former #1 pick overall Delmon Young, for example, had turned into as big a "disappointment" as Alex

  • The Five Peskiest Hitters of 2011
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/7/2011 -  58
    television announcers of the ALDS said of Beltre, Kinsler is another good complementary player to Michael Young. 3. Marco Scutaro, 2.516 PeRt, 94.7% contact, 37.6% swing. Along with Gardner, Scutaro

  • King of Little Things 2011
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/31/2011 -  10
    people are anticipating the Cy Young, MVP, and Rookie of the Year announcements, but I bet true baseball fans really pumped for stuff like today's award, which attempts to measure how much a hitter has

  • From Romance to Marriage: Cuddyer to Colorado
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/16/2011 -  15
    is a useful-but-overrated player that might have additional appeal to some teams because of his reputation for being a "good clubhouse guy." He's been compared to Michael Young, another decent bat

  • FAN Projection Targets: AL Central Second Basemen
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/2/2012 -  8
    aspects of his game have declined in successive seasons. Beckham is obviously still fairly young, but the recent signs have not been good. Beyond simply the question of his true talent going into 2012

  • Eternal Returns: Coco Crisp and Athletic Rebuilding
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/4/2012 -  18
    in with the Athletics plans. The As let the rest of their 2011 outfield (David DeJesus and Josh Willingham) go to free agency, and Crisp is currently be flanked by a couple of young players who are hardly

  • Musings on Zito, Cahill, and FIP
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/2/2012 -  22
    is nothing to get too excited about, especially with Oakland as his home park. In 2010, however, he was floated as a dark horse Cy Young candidate on the basis of a 2.97 ERA. Given that his 2010 FIP

  • Plate Discipline Strikes Again: Asdrubal Cabrera
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/23/2012 -  20
    far, that has not happened. Cabrera has been even better in the young 2012 season (153 wRC+ compared to 118 in 2011). How is he doing it, and to what extent is it sustainable? While the offensive

  • Andy Pettitte's Age 40-41 Predecessors
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/17/2012 -  10
    . At age 40, Johnson should have won the NL Cy Young with one of the best seasons by a pitcher in recent memory (2.60 ERA, 2.30 FIP, 9.9 WAR). He had stud reliever style strikeout and walk numbers

  • Trading Yunel as a Test Case
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/22/2012 -  26
    + for Atlanta. The prior three seasons he had put up wRC+s of 121, 106, and 120, very good for any young player, but excellent for a slick-fielding shortstop. One Braves player was pretty open about

  • On the Nationals' Interest in Adam LaRoche
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/19/2012 -  21
    relevant performance. While LaRoche out-hit Morse in 2012, Morse not only hit better than LaRoche in 2011 when LaRoche was mostly out with injury, but also in 2010. Although neither are exactly young

  • Does Adam Lind Have a Purpose?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/20/2013 -  30
    is not a young player, he is not terribly old, either. Lind has never walked much, but the jump in his walk rate to back around league-average probably helps him (and walk rate generally increases as a player

  • James Loney and a Case of the Kotchmans
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/13/2013 -  11
    , though. Both were in their late 20s (Kotchman 28, Loney will soon be 29) when signed by the Rays -- not young, but still in what are typically prime seasons (again, relatively speaking) for most

  • Verlander's Decline in Historical Perspective
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/5/2013 -  75
    of 2011 and 2012, but that is a pretty high standard. Actually, the 2013 Verlander has not really measured up to that standard all year. Verlander won both the Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player

  • Nick Markakis' Stunted Power
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/12/2013 -  17
    of possible explanations. One might simply be aging-based decline. Markakis might have seemed a bit young for that, but mid-20s was not terribly early for that sort of thing, and everyone ages differently

  • Jayson Werth is Not the Problem (Yet)
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/26/2013 -  23
    the Natinal League East. They lost to the Cardinals in NL Division Series, but given the excellent young talent they seemed primed to make a few more runs with Werth still is his decent years

  • Cleveland Signs David Murphy, Continues Loving Platoons
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/20/2013 -  8
    of the Central, and the Royals have enough young talent that they should not be written off. Still, with Chicago and Minnesota are in the throes of big rebuilding projects and the Royals having plenty

  • Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/25/2013 -  7
    into their plans going into the season). Instead, they supplemented an already promising young bullpen that would feature the likes of Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, Aaron Crow, and Tim Collins with bounceback

  • Yunel Escobar and the Value of Chemistry Revisited
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/7/2014 -  13
    guaranteed years were for Escobar's last two years of arbitration, which almost come at a discount relative to what the player would get in free agency. Even if Escobar is not as young, and his bat

  • Chisenhall, Brantley, and Regression Games
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/18/2014 -  17
    power. None of this should be taken to dismiss Chisenhall's improvements this season. He is still just 25 (even if 25 is not as young as it used to be), and his fly balls seem to be going further

  • Estimating True Talent in Past Years
    in Community by Matt Crawford - 4/16/2011 -  8
    accurate true talent estimate could be found by applying an age adjustment to the performance from the preceding and succeeding years. For most players this will not change much, since for young players

  • AFL Thoughts, Part 2: Meadows, Profar, etc.
    in Community by Matt Pullman - 11/10/2015 -  6
    , I'd compare him to a young Edwin Encarnacion (not anywhere the raw power, though). By no means is Diaz a surefire MLB contributor, but his main detractor is something he has a real chance to build upon

  • The Future of Analytics In Baseball: How Will Small-Market Teams Fare?
    in Community by Matt Kapelewski - 5/19/2016 -  7
    that players are). For example, the Cubs thus far this season seem to be a perfect confluence of young talent, effective free-agent signings based on a strong analytics department, and a hell of a lot

  • Dylan Cozens or Rhys Hoskins?
    in Community by Matt Foster - 8/11/2016 -  7
    in Double-A at relatively young ages (Hoskins is 23 and Cozens is 22), Hoskins has the superior hit tool and approach. Cozens offers more as a defender and a baserunner, but not enough to offset his high

  • The Greatest Switch-Hitters in MLB History
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/24/2011 -  51
    has during this season's Fall Classic, that "Michael Young didn't complain" when asked to change positions for Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre, or that "Tony La Russa doesn't lie," I just take it at face

  • How Compensation Picks Stifle Free Agent Salaries
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 11/28/2011 -  15
    offers. The amount that salaries are held down depends somewhat on alternatives. Suppose you increase taxes heavily on Jane, a working mother with young children. Jane may consider her time better

  • From Tragedy to Farce: The Return of Yuni
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/21/2011 -  46
    pattern of sub-optimal decision making. Heck, the Giants won the 2010 World Series with a good young core of pitchers despite years of terrible decisions by Brian Sabean. That is not to say

  • 2013's Valuable Bench Pieces
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/2/2013 -  19
    or in the cash Boston sent to Seattle) than just the minimum, took a chance on a player not an age where they usually have much upside (even 27 in Carp's case is not terribly young), and have put them

  • Great Months in Terrible Seasons
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/18/2014 -  16
    the decimals) by a player in a season with a wRC+ of 80 or below was had by a player on his way out of one organization and on his way to another with which he would have his best seasons. The young

  • Small Things Adding Up: Michael Bourn's Speedy Decline
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/15/2014 -  30
    happen for them this year. They have both a serious Cy Young contender in Corey Kluber and (in a Trout-less world) a legitimate MVP candidate in Michael Brantley. The team has also made some free agent

  • The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/22/2014 -  8
    in August of 2013. At least one study has suggested that laser eye surgery has not made a difference, on average, for hitters. Chad Young has pointed out some problems with that study and presented some

  • Ambiguous Victory: Thoughts on the Dayton Moore Extension
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/2/2013 -  13
    to repeat their success. The Twins and White Sox are rebuilding. The Royals do have a good base of young talent, even if it needs to be supplemented properly, and with a second wildcard spot, the Royals

  • Why First Basemen Get Paid So Much
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 8/6/2012 -  72
    use salary to define “at little cost,” unless you limit yourself to players with service times close to or exceeding three years, since most young players get paid little but are not easily available

  • Stop Thinking Like a GM; Start Thinking Like a Player
    in Community by Matt Corbett - 9/15/2015 -  36
    for the organization's young backstops. These traits are likely to keep him around the game long after he has stolen his last strike. For now, the framing alone is enough—the Rays inked Molina to a new two-year

  • Have You Seen Delmon Young's Power?
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 11/5/2008 -  1
    Pridie and Brendan Harris, Young was traded to the Minnesota Twins last offseason in exchange for Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett and Eduardo Morlan. While Garza posted a solid 1.81 WPA/LI for the AL champion

  • The Matt Harvey News Isn't Good
    in FanGraphs by Craig Edwards - 7/8/2016 -  34
    Three seasons ago, Matt Harvey was one of the best pitchers in all of major-league baseball. Over 26 starts, his 2.00 FIP was the best among all starters. His 2.27 ERA placed behind only Clayton

  • The Edwin Jackson/Matt Joyce trade
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 12/11/2008 -  56
    is. To get Jackson, the Tigers parted with Matt Joyce, one of the few promising young players they had left in the organization. I generally don't go for one for one comparisons that often

  • Matt Adams and Beating the Eye Test
    in FanGraphs by August Fagerstrom - 6/25/2014 -  31
    where Matt Adams succesfully chased down Chris Young. Put your hand down, damnit, no you didn't. This is about as athletic of a play as a first basemen gets a chance to make and boy did Matt Adams own

  • Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Matt Garza
    in FanGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 10/11/2013 -  19
    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: Matt Garza. Some relevant

  • JABO: Matt Harvey's Excellent Return
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 4/10/2015 -  13
    You almost couldn't dream of a better matchup. Thursday in the capital, Stephen Strasburg went up against Matt Harvey. It would technically be possible to improve on that. Some would suggest Corey

  • The Odds of Matt Harvey Breaking Down
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Zimmerman - 8/27/2013 -  49
    Yesterday, it was reported Matt Harvey may need Tommy John surgery because of a torn UCL in his right elbow. Some people may say they saw the injury coming and the Mets were crazy to let him throw

  • Have Some Pridie, Young: NL Outfielders
    in RotoGraphs by Eno Sarris - 9/26/2011 -  4
    . Unfortunately, Young goes into San Francisco for the final two games. The Giants have caught 32% of runners this year, good for fifth in the NL. Well, at least Wednesday's starter, Matt Cain, has given up 18

  • Has Matt Wieters "Finally" Arrived?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/20/2012 -  33
    to good starts. The Orioles currently have three hitters with a seasonal wOBA of around .450: outfielders Adam Jones (.447) and Nolan Reimold (.457), and also former future franchise savior Matt Wieters

  • Salary Arbitration Projection: Matt Harvey
    in Community by Michael Tampellini - 9/22/2015 -  7
    In his first year of being eligible for arbitration, Matt Harvey will be able to substantially increase his salary for the 2016 season. Since beginning his career with the New York Mets in 2012, he

  • What Reasons Are There to Not Believe in Matt Shoemaker?
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 8/27/2014 -  21
    there exist certain minor-league blind spots. This is the year in which Corey Kluber has a realistic case as a Felix Hernandez challenger for the Cy Young award. Is Matt Shoemaker's success that crazy

  • Counterpoint: Matt Christopher, Misunderstood Genius
    in NotGraphs by Patrick Dubuque - 5/14/2013 -  9
    is in vain, simply because it’s already completed. We have the text that encapsulates our youth, our dynamism, our hope. We have Matt Christopher’s The Kid Who Only Hit Homers. In Sylvester Coddmyer III

  • Rays Call Up Matt Moore
    in RotoGraphs by Chris Cwik - 9/12/2011 -  6
    Good things come to those who wait. If that's true, then Matt Moore better be really really good. Even though Moore was regarded as one of the top -- if not the top -- pitching prospect in the minors

  • Scouting the Prospects in the Matt Moore Deal
    in FanGraphs by Eric Longenhagen - 8/1/2016 -  0
    Bahamian (won't ever get tired of typing that) SS Lucius Fox is headed to Tampa Bay as the primary prospect return for LHP Matt Moore. Fox was receiving late-first-round grades as a domestic amateur

  • 2009 Impact Rookie: Matt LaPorta
    in RotoGraphs by Marc Hulet - 3/14/2009 -  1
    from the Milwaukee Brewers. Matt LaPorta was selected seventh overall by the Brewers in the 2007 amateur draft after a four-year stay at the University of Florida. With a young star named Prince

  • How Matt Carpenter Destroyed the Dodgers
    in FanGraphs by Drew Fairservice - 10/9/2014 -  6
    MVP and Cy Young winner. But if you’re looking for the true catalyst of the Dodgers’ demise and the author of a short series win, look no further than Matt Carpenter. The Cardinals’ third baseman

  • FIP Flashpoint: Matt Guerrier to the Dodgers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/15/2010 -  16
    In a continuation of the free-agency bonanza for players in general and relievers in particular, Matt Guerrier is reportedly going to be signing a three-year, $12 million dollar contract with the Los

  • Are You There, Ben Bernanke? It's Me, Matt.
    in NotGraphs by Matt Swartz - 1/16/2013 -  17
    policy. I know who you are, and it seems like you might just know who I am. And also, we should be BFFs. Just imagine it. “Oh, hey Matt, what you are up to today?” “Not much. I’m working on a new piece

  • Matt Davidson Displays Power In Double-A
    in FanGraphs by Mike Newman - 6/29/2012 -  2
    Arizona Diamondbacks third base prospect Matt Davidson began the 2012 season in quite an offensive groove. In April, his .330/.450/.549 slash line left the 21-year-old amongst Southern League Leaders

  • Is Adam Jones Pulling a Matt Kemp?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 5/18/2012 -  41
    memories of Matt Kemp's breakout year last season, and the two might be a bit more similar than you think. Through their age 25 seasons, their numbers shared quite a few similarities. Kemp had 2,469

  • Some Matt Moore PITCHf/x
    in FanGraphs by Lucas Apostoleris - 9/19/2011 -  9
    Matt Moore has pitched in two major league games.  Considering the fact that came into the year as one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, his debut garnered plenty of interest.  A four

  • Matt Wieters: Joe Mauer With Power?
    in RotoGraphs by Peter Bendix - 11/11/2008 -  3
    Matt Wieters had quite the start to his professional career. The 5th overall pick of the 2007 draft began the season at high-A ball, where he destroyed poor souls on the mound to the tune of .345

  • Projecting Matt Garza at Wrigley Field
    in FanGraphs by Albert Lyu - 1/14/2011 -  56
    The addition of Matt Garza to the Cubs rotation looks like an upgrade in a vacuum. On the surface, Garza appears to be a decent pitcher, holding a sub-4.00 ERA with a healthy 200+ innings each

  • Sorry, Bryce: Matt Williams is Right
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 7/1/2014 -  112
    Ibanez 2,785 3.5 -15.5 Matt Holliday 4,107 3.1 -3.8 Josh Willingham 2,735 2.5 -10.5 Delmon Young 1,755 1.8 -12.5 Michael Morse 2,092 1.6 -21.2 Yeah

  • My 2011 Sigh Young Award Picks
    in NotGraphs by Eric Augenbraun - 9/2/2011 -  12
    uncoveted Sigh Young Award, honoring those courageous men who put their elbows, shoulders, and faces on the line every day for your entertainment. Let's jump right in. AL Sigh Young: 1. Brad

  • Tempering Expectations for Atlanta's Matt Wisler
    in FanGraphs by Chris Mitchell - 6/30/2015 -  14
    Matt Wisler's big-league debut went about as well as anyone could have expected. The 22-year-old tossed eight innings of one-run ball two Fridays. His performance was good enough to outduel Jacob

  • Roberto Osuna and the Aging Curve for Young Relievers
    in FanGraphs by Chris Mitchell - 10/21/2015 -  21
    and Jonathan Broxton pitched well through most of their 20s, but they're the outliers. Most of these relievers fizzled out relatively young, and never even crossed the five-win mark, including Matt Capps

  • The Perils of Young Pitching, Featuring Skaggs & Gausman
    in RotoGraphs by Eno Sarris - 5/28/2013 -  22
    Young pitching is killing it this year. My staffs, full of Matt Harvey, Shelby Miller, Jose Fernandez and David Phelps are treating me very well right now. From one standpoint, it makes a lot

  • The Greatest Non-Cy Young Seasons in History
    in FanGraphs by August Fagerstrom - 11/20/2015 -  84
    League MVP victory wasn't quite as clear-cut -- 23 to seven over Mike Trout -- and Dallas Keuchel's AL Cy Young even less so -- 22 to eight over David Price. Still, most of the major award victories

  • Financial Cost Of Tommy John Surgery To Young Pitchers
    in FanGraphs by Wendy Thurm - 5/16/2014 -  44
    Jose Fernandez. Patrick Corbin. Jarrod Parker. A.J. Griffin. Luke Hochevar. Matt Moore. Brandon Beachy. Cory Luebke. Bruce Rondon. Bobby Parnell. Kris Medlen. Ivan Nova. And now Martin Perez. Top

  • Rangers Nab Darvish, Stay Forever Young
    in FanGraphs by Paul Swydan - 12/20/2011 -  45
    forever young. We have killed a lot of fake internet trees on Mr. Darvish already this offseason. The half-Iranian, half-Japanese righty should be better than Daisuke Matsuzaka, and a good comp for him

  • Young Pitchers Potentially Facing Innings Limits
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Podhorzer - 8/4/2015 -  20
    If you're a H2H league owner, September could be a frustrating time. It's when veterans sometimes take a seat as their out of contention teams choose to give young hitters a look and young pitchers

  • Matt Harvey Action Footage: 99 MPH Fastball
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 8/30/2012 -  5
    Brown would say is "any actual reason" and, instead of "where we're going," he'd say "apropos Action Footage of young Mets right-hander Matt Harvey striking out Laynce Nix on a 99 mph fastball

  • Introducing the Handsomeboard
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 3/7/2014 -  21
    types like these fading away, it's encouraging to see a few young bucks like Trout and Ackley (and Matt Harvey, who's just off the Top 40 but rapidly rising) ready to fill their shoes. Here's

  • Matt Moore, The Most Valuable Trade Chip In Baseball?
    in FanGraphs by Steve Slowinski - 12/9/2011 -  66
    Thanks to Josh Frank for the photoshop. Earlier this morning, news broke that the Tampa Bay Rays had signed top pitching prospect Matt Moore to a rather unbelievable contract: 5 years, $14 million

  • Walk Up, Walk Tall
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 1/31/2013 -  8
    Longoria: "Down and Out" - Tantric Elliot Johnson: "Foxey Lady" - Jimi Hendrix Jose Lobaton: "We Are Young" - Fun Matt Joyce: "I Can't Stop" - Flux Pavilion Sam Fuld: "Electric Feel" - MGMT Sean

  • Introducing Handsome-Independent Pitching
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 8/30/2012 -  30
    , in no particular order, we have Aaron Harang, Bud Norris, Clay Buchholz, Mat Latos, R.A. Dickey, Trevor Cahill, Bartolo Colon, Felix Hernandez, James McDonald, Jeff Samardzija, Matt Harrison, Wandy Rodriguez

  • Matt Moore Unleashed: What Should We Expect?
    in FanGraphs by Steve Slowinski - 2/21/2012 -  21
    , the Rays rarely put their young starters on a strict innings limit in the majors, and according to GM Andrew Friedman, they're not about to start with Matt Moore: Friedman said rookie LHP Matt

  • NERD Games Scores: Matt Boyd Debut Event
    in FanGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 6/27/2015 -  6
    Chris Young KC 1 7 4 5 5 OAK Scott Kazmir 16:05 John Danks CHA 4 1 4 5 5 DET Kyle Ryan 16:08 Wade Miley BOS 3 4 4 6 5 TB Matt Andriese 16:10 Mi. Lorenzen CIN

  • The Rap All-Stars
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 4/16/2013 -  8
    composure to become one of the baddest - Paul Wall, "Sippin' The Barre" SP Cy Young Maybe I'll die dumb Leaving behind a beautiful corpse known for my hand on my balls like Cy Young Eyes numb from

  • Kershaw vs. Palau: A Cheat Sheet
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 1/21/2014 -  9
    College. Cuisine Donuts, Mexican food Cassava, taro, yam, potato, fish, pork Career highlights 2x Cy Young winner, 3x All-Star, 2011 NL Pitching Triple Crown Featured in Journey 2

  • Matt Moore Needs a Better Breaking Ball
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 6/15/2012 -  33
    Coming into the season, big things were expected of Matt Moore. He was ridiculous down the stretch and in the playoffs last year — striking out 23 batters in 19 innings pitched between the regular

  • Matt Kemp's Wish is a Pitching Staff's Nightmare
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 7/17/2014 -  70
    The Dodgers' outfield situation might be more complicated than ever. Yasiel Puig is one of the league's better young players, you're all familiar with the three expensive veterans, Scott Van Slyke

  • This Year's All-Star Travesty: Matt Joyce's Snub
    in FanGraphs by Steve Slowinski - 6/2/2011 -  51
    of the fact that the Yankees are leading the voting in six out of nine slots - is the fact that one of the game's best young outfielders isn't even within the top 15 vote receivers at the position

  • Nostradamus Calls the Series
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 10/22/2013 -  14
    margin of victory. 4-2 Sox is your final. Game Three The young lion will overcome the old one on the field of battle in single combat: He will put out his eyes in a cage of gold: Two fleets

  • Rangers Looking To Lock-Up Matt Harrison
    in FanGraphs by Mike Axisa - 11/26/2012 -  0
    Darvish, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler, and left-hander Matt Harrison. Harrison, 27, has been the team's best pitcher over the last two years, so it wasn't a surprise when Jeff Wilson of The Fort Worth

  • Launch Angle, Matt Duffy, and Potential Power Surges
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 4/7/2016 -  38
    that's relevant to the newest big slugger in the game, Matt Duffy. We all knew he'd bust out like this, and now we know why. Turn back to Alan Nathan's excellent post on the long ball yesterday at The Hardball

  • Matt Duffy: In Which Direction Will He Trend?
    in RotoGraphs by Randy Holt - 4/6/2016 -  1
    As we sort through this early season slate of games in the very young 2016 Major League Baseball season, there's still plenty to determine about this year's crop of third basemen. Obviously

  • Shocking New Clues in the Gochnaur Case
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 5/7/2013 -  4
    in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where a young, still-hopeful Johnny would scamper off to Columbia Park at every opportunity to catch the Altoona Mountain Citys (of the fledgling Union Association) in action

  • Dylan Higgins' and Matt Dewoskin's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Dylan Higgins - 3/25/2016 -  12
    Predictions for the first time. We went halfsies though, so you get five from each of us. 1. Matt: Bud Norris will out earn every other Braves starter. What this pick boils down to is Bud Norris

  • The Rays Make a Smart Bet on Matt Duffy
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 8/1/2016 -  15
    After months of rumors, the Rays finally traded a starting pitcher, shipping Matt Moore to San Francisco in exchange for a three player package headlined by infielder Matt Duffy. Eno Sarris already

  • Imagining a Matt Harvey-Joc Pederson Trade
    in FanGraphs by Craig Edwards - 12/18/2015 -  203
    in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. It's possible, however, that it's Matt Harvey who could best solve the Dodgers' problems. Despite likely losing Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy to free agency

  • The State of the NotAwards Races
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 8/29/2013 -  11
    among the league leaders in playing time. And in the Money Blown Department, let's be sure to recognize B.J. Upton (.182 average) and Matt Kemp (5 HRs). But each of these guys plays either for a team

  • My Story for ESPN.com
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 10/10/2013 -  5
    or Matt Adams. But ask anyone who was there. Ask anyone in the champagne-soaked St. Louis clubhouse. Ask anyone, in fact, who bleeds Cardinal red. They'll tell you who the real hero

  • These Guys for Cys
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 9/27/2012 -  6
    than any season ever posted by Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, or Randy Johnson, to name a few. Hint 2: it was said

  • Booty's Knuckles
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 2/26/2013 -  4
    at his reflection in its copper-mirrored walls." - Several enigmatic tweets. ("Booty knuckle hand ass hoe" - Young Dro.) - A video titled "KNUCKLE BOOTY ACTION!!!!!!" which I declined to watch

  • Mad-Libbing the News, Episode 1
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 9/3/2013 -  10
    physical sensation 12. Past-tense verb 13. Type of mistake 14. Name of a talented young Californian person 15. Surname from 4 16. Location 17. Another location 18. Name of a Mexican or Mexican

  • Legend's Secrets Revealed: Star Pitcher Creighton Relied on "Onionball"
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 1/17/2014 -  11
    pitches, allegations that balls sometimes "flew apart" before reaching the plate, and anecdotes involving the peculiar stench that often accompanied the young hurler. "Rules about equipment were

  • Matt Moore is the Sell Highiest Starting Pitcher
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Podhorzer - 5/21/2013 -  76
    performing this exercise, Matt Moore was not the biggest SIERA outperformer. But, given his name value and preseason draft cost, he is the one most worth shopping. He currently ranks eighth among all

  • Matt Koch: Present Control, Future Potential
    in RotoGraphs by Nathaniel Stoltz - 7/4/2013 -  4
    , and Ryan Rua with his home runs. Today, I'm going to talk about another player leading the minors in something: righthanded pitcher Matt Koch, who sports a 61/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. No, K/BB ratio

  • Matt Wieters And His Frustrating Handedness Splits
    in RotoGraphs by Blake Murphy - 10/17/2013 -  1
    Matt Wieters has not lived up to the enormous expectations placed upon him as a prospect and as a young player. In his age-27 season, Wieters posted his second worst season in terms of wRC+ (86

  • Jay Bruce, Matt Kemp, Perception, and Reality
    in Community by OTBB_Sean - 8/4/2016 -  8
    Over the weekend, the Atlanta Braves swapped their bad infielder embroiled in a domestic violence incident, Hector Olivera, for nice-guy outfielder Matt Kemp. The deal was largely panned within

  • Jason Kipnis or Matt Carpenter: A Preference Test
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 4/4/2014 -  35
    A few weeks ago, the Cardinals signed Matt Carpenter to a six year, $52 million contract. Today, the Indians have signed Jason Kipnis to a six year, $52.5 million contract. Both players were four

  • Scott Schebler & Matt Reynolds: Deep League Wire
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Podhorzer - 8/3/2016 -  4
    on his swings and misses and hit more line drives (his career MLB LD% is a pathetic 6%). He's already 25 yers old, so he's a bit old to still be considered a prospect, but young enough to believe that he

  • Daily Notes: Featuring Some Purple Prose, and the Suspiciously Remarkable Henderson Alvarez
    in FanGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 9/19/2013 -  8
    to report, have gonads forged of brass. And if you feel confident picking Wacha this afternoon, that young darling of fortune, I would hasten you to a nearby statistics viewing kiosk that you might

  • Chinese Postgame Quotes, 2013 Inaugural Edition
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 4/9/2013 -  15
    ." - Roy Halladay "When you come to Philadelphia, you usually launch a higher than usual. I want to tone it down, when you are faced with the file, this is something special." - Matt Harvey NOTES

  • InDigestibles, #1: Know Your 1978 Stars
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 6/4/2012 -  4
    remember a player being so good, so young. Maybe you have to go back to Mickey Mantle." "'He does almost everything better,' said Cub manager Herman Franks, no rapturous soul. 'He makes the double

  • Remembering the Tabasco Kid
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 1/29/2013 -  6
    barnstorming basketball team called the Elberfeld Sisters), and dropped $22 to buy a young Casey Stengel his first suit. The Elberfeld Sisters. Kid Elberfeld died in 1944 on Signal Mountain

  • Enough is Enough on Risky Awards Photoshoots
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 11/14/2013 -  4
    of the same, with Cy Young winners Scherzer and Kershaw literally rubbing elbows, and endangering their prized arms in the process: But it was only this morning, when I saw the picture below

  • New Fantasy Baseball Web Site
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 11/26/2013 -  8
    ! "Megatalented young shortstops Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Alex Gonzalez and Benji Gil are maturing before their Roto owners' eyes." He may not have as many wins as some -- but according to the sophisticated

  • Why I Wouldn't Have Signed Matt Cain
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 4/2/2012 -  170
    A couple of hours ago, the Giants announced that they reached an agreement with Matt Cain on a five year deal worth just over $110 million. Wendy Thurm has already recapped the contract and why

  • Daily Notes: May 2, 1916
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 5/2/2013 -  11
    " Shawkey vs. Raymond "Rube" Bressler Shawkey, man of "mystifying hooks and fast ball," makes his return to Philadelphia after moving to the Bronx last season. Handsome young southpaw Bressler, "among

  • Hot Stove Rumors: Trojans, Greeks in Talks about Hector-Achilles Megatrade
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 12/3/2013 -  33
    is that of the young speedster Polydorus. It's also worth noting that Achilles' agent, the bright-eyed goddess Athena, is famously protective of her clients and may be pushing for contractual modifications. Meanwhile

  • Rays Have a 'Nice Problem' with Matt Moore
    in FanGraphs by Marc Hulet - 9/12/2011 -  32
    talent through minor league development. Entering 2011, the Rays' FanGraphs Top 30 prospect list began with Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, and Desmond Jennings. Both Hellickson and Jennings have

  • Matt Garza, Legitimate Number One Starter
    in FanGraphs by Ben Duronio - 4/13/2012 -  39
    Matt Garza has always had the stuff to be an elite top tier starter, but never quite put it all together until last year. As Dave Allen and Josh Weinstock explained during this past season, a heavier

  • Matt Harvey's Excellent Debut and the Next Step
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 9/21/2012 -  15
    Matt Harvey's first MLB season is over. In 59.1 innings, the 23-year-old gave the Mets everything they could hope for and more from a top-tier pitching prospect. His seven-inning, one-run performance

  • Matt Moore and Others Likely to Lose Velocity
    in FanGraphs by Bill Petti - 8/21/2013 -  4
    overall velocity change since April of this season. So, let's talk about Matt Moore. Last month I noted that Moore's velocity appeared down and headed for a real velocity loss based on his

  • Can Matt Garza Duplicate Last Season?
    in RotoGraphs by Ben Duronio - 3/12/2012 -  8
    Matt Garza’s first four seasons in the Major Leagues were all very comparable. His ERA fluctuated between 3.69 and 3.81 while his FIP was between 4.18 and 4.42 in each season. Garza’s performance

  • Chinese Postgame Quotes: 2014 Preview Edition
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 4/1/2014 -  21
    of this issue. We and our energy problems will make your day." - Ryne Sandberg NOTES: Years, states Al Cy Young award-winning series trip to Philadelphia and months before the United Nations

  • The Year the Stars Went Out
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 10/11/2012 -  4
    average, if you're down with wRC+. That's good, and in fact, it made him the best offensive player in baseball (not to be confused with the most offensive player in baseball, which is Delmon Young

  • Today in Baseball Joe, Pt. 2
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 11/27/2012 -  4
    The madcap adventures; the uproarious hijinks; the wholesome schoolyard violence; the uncannily articulate young men continue! -- in the second installment of "Baseball Joe." Published in 1912

  • Andruw to Rakuten
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 12/13/2012 -  7
    bestowed upon the seven young gentlemen above, however, Druw can look forward to an exceptionally friendly atmosphere. Here are some excerpts from their introductory press conference (tip of the cap

  • Great Canadian Literature: A Sampler for R.A.
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 12/18/2012 -  15
    , was often more reprehensible than that of the poor Irish emigrants, to whom they should have set an example of order and sobriety. The behaviour of these young men drew upon them the severe but just censures

  • Donkey's Darkest Week
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 5/21/2013 -  6
    the highest strikeout rate, over at least 600 PA's, of all time. He is the definitive, the inimitable master of the strikeout. In Mark Reynolds he has a worthy young rival, but because Dunn swings less

  • Matt Holliday: The Game's Most Underrated Star
    in FanGraphs by Tony Blengino - 4/7/2015 -  21
    , is that in these days of swinging for pull power at all costs, the base on balls and the opposite field be damned, Matt Holliday is the antidote, the model whom young hitters with power potential should emulate. He

  • Postseason 2012: A Prose Poem, Devoid of Meaning
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 10/15/2012 -  4
    . These are the type of games we've played all season long. We are a gritty-and-grinding team. They are a very good club and they are a very resilient club. You have a bunch of young kids over there that just

  • Today in Baseball Joe
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 11/20/2012 -  1
    were desperate. They even adopted unfair tactics, and several decisions of the umpire were manifestly in their favor. The crowd hooted and yelled, but the young fellow who was calling strikes and balls

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