- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Skyrocket Smith
The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- Type-B Free Agent Compensation Pick Highlight Reel
of former major leaguers Dante Bichette and Dwight Smith.
Dante Bichette (junior), was compensation for the loss of Javier Vazquez for the Yankees. Bichette, 19, is a third basemen who posted a .342
- John Jaso is Free
." They jettisoned John Jaso and brought in Ryan Langerhans Mike Michael Morse. The fantasy impact has already been documented in these Rotographing pages. But I'd like to expand a little on Jaso.
First of all
- Michael Young and Benjamin Franklin
In May, Michael Young was the #9 consensus ranked third baseman. In June, he hit .257/.306/.327 with zero home runs and zero stolen bases, which was really only slightly worse than the .280/.306/.372
- Michael Pineda in Pinstripes
So Michael Pineda has parlayed his All-Star performance in Seattle into a gig in the Big Apple due to the overwhelming needs of Seattle's offense. Many are thinking Pineda slots in right behind C.C.
- Michael Saunders Makes Good
when it comes to Michael Saunders. After three failed experiments at the Major League level, Saunders, 26, finally showed some of the promise the club hoped for as early as 2007.
Over 553 plate
- 2013 Positional Power Rankings: Left Field
- Taijuan Walker Is Inexperienced and Who Cares
learning curve, and many point to his underwhelming results at AA in 2012 as a natural bump in the road of development before performing well a year later at AAA. But Mark Smith did an interesting
- Michael Cuddyer Defies Platoon Logic
As a fantasy manager, you look at Michael Cuddyer's 2013 season statistics and there should be giant flashing red lights around this number: .382. That's Cuddyer's BABIP. Granted, he earned a good
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
to right field. Harper is represented by Scott Boras, and is likely to set a draft record with the contract he signs. (Bryan Smith)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon | RHP | Texas HS
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Seattle
, but I truly believe it was complimentary -- Moore's floor is very high. The pitcher version of this would be Ryan Rowland-Smith, who will have his modest success in Seattle as long as Safeco Field
- Wait Til Next Year: 2011 Draft Preview - Hitters
. Rendon is worthy of Orioles fans to begin rooting against their team.
Best Player: Levi Michael, IF, UNC, .346/.480/.575. Michael skipped his final season of high school
- Michael Barr's 10 Bold Projections
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Building the Farm: American League West
- Building a Farm: National League West
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Oakland
(Brett Anderson, Ian Krol) to the polished college players (Dallas Braden, Tyson Ross); from the international heists (Pedro Figueroa) to the Dominican bonus baby (Michael Ynoa). It's fascinating
- 2011 Draft Summer College Notes
(.419/.472/.805) was because of a light schedule, and Springer continues to be the athletic Three True Outcome star of his class, a spot that helped Michael Choice get drafted in the top 10 this year
- Is the Corner Outfield Profile Changing?
The Indians outfield defense is going to be really good. As Jeff Sullivan noted, the addition of Michael Bourn makes the outfield defense very good as it pushes two good center fielders (Michael
- ALDS Game Five Review: Texas
in terms of OPS in the series. Both were fantastic, helping to make up for the mediocre (if that) series had by Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Guerrero.
But let us not confuse the narrative: like
- ALCS Game 1 Review: Texas
. He did not. Rodriguez jumped on the first pitch, and hit a screamer to third base. There are fielders in the league that make the play, but Michael Young is not one of them. Out came O’Day
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
- First Round History: Shortstops
Clayton 20.4 HS
Adam Kennedy 18.4 U
Felipe Lopez 12.5 HS
Preston Wilson 12.3 HS
Michael Tucker 11.7 U
- Building a Farm: American League East
- 2010 Draft Review: AL West
: Michael Choice, UT Arlington, of, 10th overall.
College/HS Breakdown of Top 10 Highest Drafted Signees: 5 college, 4 HS, 1 JC.
Pitcher/Hitter Breakdown: 3/7.
Notable Performances Thus Far: Michael
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cleveland
Garko and Carl Pavano, respectively.
Then, there's the big trades. The Sabathia trade, where I could point out the team chose Michael Brantley as the player to be named later, who could lead off
- Opening Day, v. 2.0
total that this community projected. We will have to wait until summer to see guys like Miguel Sano and Michael Ynoa, the players that recently broke their respective organization's bonus records. Montero
- The Guys Besides Smoak
in this organization. If the focus of the Mariners has shifted towards success when Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders peak, then this deal may have found the fourth starter, seventh-inning reliever
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- Keeping Up with Billy Hamilton
really have to hit if he’s awesome on the bases and in the field? If you give Hamilton the 2012 fielding and baserunning numbers of Michael Bourn — 23.3, 6.1 — and the 2012 offensive numbers of Jordan
- Dreamweaving the Draft
Jeremy Bonderman and Matt Clement are pretty accurate representations of slider-four seam guys that have had success.
10. Michael Choice, OF, Oakland Athletics
Skills they love: Big, raw power, good
- Building a Farm: Top Prospects
- Building a Farm: National League East
- FanGraphs Splits 3: Back to the Minors
a Jacque Jones or Michael Tucker career.
Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego Padres
Level AB LD-L% GB-L% FB-L% LD-R% GB-R% FB-R%
MLB 377 10.1 72.2 17.7 16.7 58.9 24.5
- Alternate Reality: Need-Based Mock Draft
perfectly for that type of player, but in this exercise, we have to fill the need. The pick: Michael Choice.
5. Cleveland Indians. The deepest farm system in baseball, so the most difficult to choose
- The Next First Round Shortstops
him a catcher, a la Joe Lawrence or Michael Barrett. We can wish for him the minor league success of Kevin Witt and Kevin Orie, the best comps as far as body type go, but better big league success
- New Prospects for Nats, Jays, O's
budge, and sent Michael Taylor instead, who Toronto immediately flipped for Brett Wallace. When Gose was pushed into the Roy Oswalt trade, Toronto saw their chance. I don't think these series of moves
- 2010 Draft Review: AL Central
sophomore Michael Goodnight in the 13th round -- he's a real talent. This is to say nothing of LeVon Washington, who was drafted in the first round in 2009, who has a lot of believers. A diverse and expensive
- AFL Thoughts: Mesa at Phoenix
. Romine has better bat speed, Lambo has a prettier and smoother swing, both did a nice job.
I wasn't as impressed with Michael Taylor, the member of the Roy Halladay trade that was subsequently
- AFL Thoughts: Phoenix, Surprise Pitchers
to the middle of big league bullpens. For unknown reasons, the visiting Surprise ballclub decided to substitute one Brewer farmhand for another, opting to start lefty Dan Merklinger rather than Michael
- Rated Rookies: Late April
- Player Development Case Study: Slap Hitters
, and maintained high BABIPs.
Michael Bourn - 92 wRC+
- Can Michael Saunders Meet His Potential?
It seems like Michael Saunders has been tantalizing fantasy managers with his annual seven weeks of quality hitting for the better part of this century. Even for a Mariner fan, it's surprising
- Putting Michael Cuddyer's Hit Streak Into Perspective
as pretty cool, even as someone who knew that Luis Castillo’s streak wasn’t anything to write home about as it was happening back in 2005.
When the Rockies traded Seth Smith and signed Michael
- Risers at Third Base: Michael Cuddyer, Mark Reynolds, Scott Sizemore
a stab at what these gentlemen may produce from here on out, leaving that to the rest-of-the-season-machines, but I wanted to shed light on a few emerging developments over at the five.
- Great Moments in Forgettable Careers II: Cocklewarming Edition
pitchers with his exact same name (Michael Anthony Smith) have since played in the majors. (I feel your pain, Mike.) Clinging desperately to relevance for five seasons in the '80s, Smith appeared
- Joe Nathan & Matt Capps Enter Potential Walk Years
to imagine the Twins letting him walk. GM Bill Smith has exercised team options for players such as Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer, so he could choose to do the same with Nathan instead of bidding for him
- A Zany Factoid
What do these individuals have in common?
- NotDraft 2014
. Braxton "Law Firm" Davidson | T.C. Roberson HS (N.C.), Senior | OF
5. Bryce "Mountains of Geese" Montes de Oca | Lawrence HS (Kan.), Senior | RHP
6. Michael "Sprayberry" Chavis | Sprayberry HS
- KING OF ALL ERROR CARDS
Just as Aaron struggled to escape the corpulent shadow of Ruth, and Rose the wiry one of Cobb, it is often said (ad nauseam, really) of Michael Tucker that he played the game under the shadow
- 1989: The Greatness that Might Have Been
Baryshnikov would have made one hell of a shortstop. One once said similar things about Michael Jordan, but one bad apple doesn't spoil the bunch, now does it? And why stop there, really? Why
- The Damn You Auto Correct All-Stars
Jhonny "Perspex" Peralta
Miguel "Mongrel" Montero
Erick "At At" Aybar
Jason "Jetways" Heyward
Mike "Scolds" Aviles
Michael "Currier" Cuddyer
Jeff "Fran Prut" Francoeur
- Valley of the Dolls
Doll - Navy Blue Sailor Outfit w Stars
Barry Bonds - San Francisco Giants - Babooska Doll - Set Of 3 - SGA
VINTAGE KNOWLES YOLANDA PICTURE PERFECT DOLL BASEBALL MICHAEL~PRISTINE with BOX~
- Speaking American: A First Step
Charles St. Anne
Sergio the Snub-Nose
Michael the Goatherd
Manny the Hammer
Joseph the Baptist
- Culprit Named in Accidental McCutchen Beaning
as injured catcher Michael McKenry. One Pirate, who asked to remain nameless, referred to McKenry as "that insufferable attention whore" and said "He does his stupid little song and dance out there all
- Free Seth Smith
Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- The Rap All-Stars
Minus the disease, I admire my fitness
And under them jeans I admire the thickness
- C-Weav, "Chillin Wit Da Girls"
2B Joe Morgan
Michael Jordan I'm important, keep tapes recordin
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 5/3 Edition
feel good. There is something I have not implemented, this is no other." - Roy Halladay
Notes: For a crazy game, McCain's eyes poke a wrong team-mate Michael Byrne, high, five years after Homer
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- Donkey's Darkest Week
faced Andy Pettitte, Roy Oswalt, and the aforementioned Patterson, who ranked twelfth among all starters in K/9; and, most shockingly, he had the golden opportunity of two appearances against Michael
- Daily Notes: Featuring Some Purple Prose, and the Suspiciously Remarkable Henderson Alvarez
. 1. "Henderson Alvarez" allows a home run.
Fig. 2. "Henderson Alvarez" hits a home run.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
St. Louis at Colorado | 15:10 ET
Today's MLB.TV Free Game pits Michael
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 2014 Preview Edition
. But what Mother Nature will be ready to open all day." - Michael Boettcher
"As'm full. It is. Lawn We want to play very, very hard with the hopes of trying to make you jump, the family is the most stable
- Babe Ruth Was the Worst Base Stealer of All Time
seven came in under 67%. (Austin Jackson and Michael Brantley, who both went 12-for-21 for a 57% rate, were the worst offenders.) In 1923? Not so much. That year, there were 35 guys who took off 20+ times
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- Tweets That Weren't, Michael Cuddyer Edition
I feel bad for Michael Cuddyer.
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
Seth Smith is having the best year of his career at the plate. He has slowed down during the second half of the season after a monster first half, but his overall line is still quite good. These days
- Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
Joe Smith, who has long contended with Scott Baker and Jim Johnson for The Most Boring Name in Baseball, reportedly signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Angels over the weekend
- The Extent of Michael Bourn's Capability
, three of them, from the other end. Josh Hamilton hit one of them, and Curtis Granderson hit zero of them. Robinson Cano hit zero of them. Jay Bruce and Mike Trout each hit zero of them.
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- Michael Morse: Will the Production Continue?
Michael Morse is having his best season ever with 21 home runs and a 0.319 average. The 29 year old has filled in the void left at 1B when Adam Dunn signed with the White Sox this off season. I
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
- FanGraphs Audio: Bryan Smith on Prospects, Prospect Writing
Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Michael Young = Derek Jeter?
On the Monday evening ESPN SportsCenter, Dave Winfield was highlighting the big plays of the afternoon tilt between the Rangers and the Tigers. Since Michael Young went two-for-four with a big RBI
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- Michael Young's Value
Today, Michael Young was named the Gold Glove winner for the American League at shortstop, a selection that rivals some of the worst picks the managers have ever made. Young is, by pretty much every
- Michael Bourn, Chopped Liver?
Why isn't there more interest in Michael Bourn? A six-win center fielder is on the market, and our most recent article on the subject is whether or not his agent has waited too long to get him a deal
- Has Michael Brantley Arrived?
, but Zach Jackson washed out early, Rob Bryson still toils in the minor leagues, and the second-biggest piece, Michael Brantley, had struggled mightily in his short time with the big club, compiling
- Change of Scenery: Michael Aubrey
This week, the Orioles organization picked up former first-round pick Michael Aubrey, who never reached his potential in Cleveland thanks to a rash of injuries. The left-handed hitting first
- Michael Bourn's Market Value
If you go to the Free Agent Leaderboards, you'll see Michael Bourn's name at the top, as the sort for the list is set to descending 2012 WAR, and Bourn has the highest WAR this season (+6.1) of any
- The Versatile Michael Cuddyer
, it was not meant to be.
With their third basemen putting up just a .271 wOBA this season, the Twins have started Michael Cuddyer at the hot corner fives times in the last week or so (six counting today
- Michael Pineda's Not Messing Around
When the Yankees traded for Michael Pineda, they didn't know he'd need surgery on his shoulder labrum. Had they known that, they certainly wouldn't have agreed to the move. See, that's because labral
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first
- Michael Pineda's Debut
was Michael Pineda, a highly touted prospect who was making his Major League debut for the Mariners. At 6'7 and 250 pounds, Pineda looks the part of a dominating frontline starter, and after he showed
- Michael Fiers is the Fire
Michael Fiers is the fire that the Brewers rotation needed when Shaun Marcum went down. What remains to be seen is if he's the slow-burning campfire that will keep giving all year or the short-lived
- Shifting Michael Young
The Rays-Rangers portion of the American League playoffs is set to kickoff Wednesday. Michael Young might be the Rangers’ fifth or sixth best hitter depending on the day (and Lupe Fiasco’s favorite
- An Untimely Meditation on Michael Young
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
- Michael Pineda's Reduced Velocity
Michael Pineda made his Yankee debut yesterday - at least, Yankee-debut-in-games-that-don't-count anyway. He threw two innings, gave up just one hit, didn't walk anyone, and struck out two batters
- Michael Bourn: To Steal a Base
Since 2008, Michael Bourn has been a reliable stolen base threat, but those days may be coming to a close. Bourn managed to provide nearly $8 of value last season, but he did so with a career low
- Daily Notes: The Effects of Burch Smith on the Human Brain
, What One Might Learn
A thing a spectator might learn during the course of this game is what sort of claim Burch Smith might have to a starting role in the future. Despite having posted a 30.3% strikeout
- Michael Wacha as a Reliever as a Starter
for the Cardinals will be a still-mostly-unproven rookie in Michael Wacha, and on the face of it, that puts the Cardinals at a considerable disadvantage. But, a few things are working in their favor. One
- Michael Morse: Regular Outfielder
Sometimes the easiest posts to write turn out to be the most challenging. Earlier Thursday, the Giants signed Michael Morse for a year and a base salary around $6 million, and the plan is for Morse
- The Rockies' Alternatives to Michael Young
The Rangers and the Rockies started talking about Michael Young at the Winter Meetings. It appears that, two months later, they're on the verge of a deal. As reported by FoxSports.com, "a deal could
- Michael Cuddyer, Second Baseman
for granting Michael Cuddyer the opportunity to be his everyday second baseman for the next month or so whileTsuyoshi Nishioka recovers from injury is so that Gardenhire can get both Jason Kubel
- Michael Pineda Day
The green and gray certainly hope that Michael Pineda day doesn't end up pinata-like, but by all accounts it should be more of a commencement than a trial by fire. The 21-year-old came
- Michael Pineda's Instant Impact
Much has changed for Michael Pineda since he was a lanky, projectable 16-year-old who signed with the Mariners out of the Dominican Republic in 2005. The right-hander now stands 6-foot-7, 260 pounds
- The Michael Morse Approach
Michael Morse has emerged as a strong offensive force for the Washington Nationals over the past two seasons. After being a part-time player for most of his career, Morse has posted a .369 wOBA since
- Is Michael Bourn About to Decline?
Michael Bourn is the best free-agent left on the market. The main reason Bourn is still out there has to do with the market. After the other big-name outfielders signed, there were no teams left
- The Spring Resurgence Of Michael Pineda
One of the most pleasant surprises of the spring, and a very welcome sight for the Yankees, is the impressive performance of Michael Pineda. Acquired before the 2012 season in exchange for Jesus
- Michael Brantley's Steady Improvement
When should we begin to buy a breakout? Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has played the part perfectly this year. After two seasons of solid performance, Brantley has emerged as an elite hitter
- Q&A: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Comeback from Fear
From 2007-2009, Ryan Rowland-Smith was an effective pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Australian-born southpaw appeared in 88 games and logged an ERA below 4.00 for three years running. His move
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- Michael Bourn, Actually Chopped Liver
Sometimes it's hard to come up with a post.
And then I look at some of the actual articles on the main site.
Michael Bourn, Chopped Liver?
Yes, that seems like just the right
- Michael Young's Biggest Fan Asks "Are you Michael Young?"
A few days ago, Michael Young met his biggest fan: Three-year-old Gavin Justice-Farmer. You may remember the youthful Justice-Farmer from such homemade videos as "Breaking the Michael Young news
- Mariners Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
This past Winter, the Seattle Mariners were linked to Josh Hamilton, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Melky Cabrera (sort of), Andre Ethier, and Justin Upton, among a handful of others. Their anemic 2012
- Updated Third Base Rankings
Sandoval right now, although his HR/FB rate will come down soon, only meaning that he's not going to hit 48 home runs. Sorry.
- Colby Lewis: How Long Should You Wait?
Michael Young had some comments after the recent Colby Lewis implosion project demonstration:
"Colby's fine," Young said. "He was cruising the whole game...Colby's fine. Don't worry about Colby
- 2011 Player Rankings: Third Basemen
can't have a dozen tiers, can you?
Tier 4 presents some opportunities. The Panda
- Third Base Updated Rankings: August
if he produces like his owners expect.
Michael Young went
- 2011 Third Base Rankings: June
the young gun of the bunch, but owners are no doubt waiting for their investment to start paying off, so he's dropped out of the first tier (give him a mental red arrow if necessary).
- Third Base ADP: Know Your System
at ESPN (those that made his top 100 anyway).
- Early Ruminations on Third Base
There were some vultures overhead as Valencia was looking pretty lost at the plate early on. With Ron Gardenhire trying to find space for Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young, and Jason Kubel
- Third Base Help On The Way: Cody Asche
News today is that Cody Asche is being promoted from AAA Lehigh Valley and conventional wisdom says it's not to be a bench bat, which means Michael Young is likely to be dealt before the trading
- Third Base Updated Rankings: September
Tier 2 becomes kind of a kitchen sink of solid producers in a variety
- Preseason Third Base Tiers
project the same production over 600 plate appearances.
Call this your risk/reward tier
- Mariners Outfield of Broken Parts
they got free Skittles for doing so. Or I suppose lastly, because they needed to convert a former first round second baseman to the outfield. Sigh.
Jason Bay and Michael Morse were disasters without
- Is Kyle Seager Fantasy Relevant?
right handed pitchers, where most of his limited power lies.
If you're interested at all in Seager, the situation to watch is that the Mariners have one position for two players - Michael Saunders
- Eric Thames (Might Be) Useful In Seattle
to do for 2013 and beyond, and a lot of that is impacted by the play of Casper Wells, Michael Saunders, and now Eric Thames. Forget the fact that Wells and Thames are likely destined for a left field
- Deep Sleeper SP: Charlie Furbush
in massive luck nor a big platoon advantage.
Furbush is just 26 and ZiPS seems to believe he's capable of a 27% K rate and a low-3's ERA over 55 relief innings, comparing him to Michael Gonzalez
- Punting Third Base?
about a .167 batting average and .193 OBP. Same goes for Mike Moustakas, who just can't be this bad, can he? Or maybe even "buy high" on guys like Josh Donaldson, Michael Young, or Juan Francisco
- Third Base Outcomes in Reader Mock Draft
- 2012: Year of Reliever Whiffs
- Honoring Ichiro
for 2014 and beyond.
The club ought to be thinking of trotting Franklin Gutierrez, Casper Wells, and Michael Saunders out there every day in 2013 to evaluate what their outfield will look like going
- Early Movers: Position Eligibility Updates
in need of a 2b is Michael Young as he recently got a start there and if there's enough tinkering with the lineup to keep Ian Kinsler fresh enough to avoid the DL, Young might qualify at his old digs
- Updated Third Base Rankings for July
for Ramirez to slot in behind ARod, all of these guys have been hitting well enough to keep their spot for now.
- Kotchman, Carp, and Blanks: Waiver Wire
Kyle Blanks (2% Yahoo; 0% ESPN)
I'll admit that I have a dream where Kyle Blanks and Michael Pineda form a Wrestle Mania tag team of destruction should their baseball careers go south
- Clayton Kershaw: Very Good To Great, Graphically
and he was one of only two starting pitchers to have a first-pitch strike rate above 64% that also had a swinging strike rate above 11% (Michael Pineda being the other). So while he was peppering
- Implications of Houston's Move on Brett Wallace
for Michael Taylor, and then dealt six months later to the Astros for Anthony Gose. Perhaps he's run out of geographical locations as a fit and whatever karma he's carrying decided that his entire team
- Martin Prado: Sleeper Candidate?
Headed into 2011, Martin Prado was ranked around 9th or 10th on most third base fantasy rankings, and in many, he was ahead of such gentlemen as Pablo Sandoval and Michael Young. Whoops
- Thoughts on Third Base Consensus Rankings
baseman on this list (without Miguel Cabrera on it, that is). If Zimmerman slips in drafts, I think he's a great pick.
Michael Young strikes me as one of the safer bets to give you solid
- Using The Disabled List To Your Advantage
Lastly, I've been known to try and poach some early steals since I always seem to be in scramble mode for steals by mid-season. For Thursday, I'm thinking about guys like Will Venable, Michael
- What To Do With Andrew Bailey
But no more.
Hi, my name is Michael, and I cut Andrew Bailey.
I owned Bailey in a non-keeper league with just one disabled list slot, already occupied by another player more likely
- Updated Third Base Tiers: May
of this, and Bautista will find himself in Tier 2, but I'm trying to not be too rash.
- Rotographs Mock Draft - Third Base Results
Bautista due to eligibility, Kevin Youkilis due to Kevin Youkilis, Alex Rodriguez to the girl in the fourth row, and Michael Young to relevance.
And this gives me pause.
My editorializing aside
- The Nationals Crowded Stable
headed into 2013. Sean Burnett, Craig Stammen, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Gorzelanny, and Ryan Mattheus all turned in pretty stellar seasons in 2012 (well, Mattheus was maybe just okay...). But, of course
- Not Quite Yet Third Base Targets
doppelganger. There's no guarantee he'll pick up the necessary games played at third base, but Pittsburgh likes Michael McKenry's bat enough to want to get him into the lineup occasionally
- Fantasy Judgment: Draft Day Drama
. Based on the foregoing, the commissioner’s actions in handling Puig’s team at the draft were deemed appropriate and fair, and Puig’s appeal was denied.
Michael A. Stein, Esq. is the Chief Justice
- Complete Game, Interrupted
and it suddenly got interesting. With Michael Saunders coming to the plate and Harrison holding lefties to a .209/.244/.327 line, I figured they'd just let him clean up his own mess. Just let him finish
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Three
. There aren't many hitters that you can take 30+ home runs to the bank with, but Reynolds is one of them.
Also ranked at second base will be Michael Young, and with a FVARz value of $22 bucks, he would
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Four
- Newsy Third Base Tidbits
.314 overall. However, Michael Saunders is hitting even better for Seattle -- and while you might wonder why the heck that matters -- if Saunders is the every day center fielder to start the season
- Third Base Tiers: June
then perhaps we should temper expectations. Sandoval and Longoria are here due to injury, but will likely jump up in a month.
- Yankees SP Depth Chart Discussions
and his FIP and xFIP stood at 4.49 and 4.16, respectively. So keep expectations in check.
Lastly, don't sleep on Michael Pineda who might show up sometime in July, and will ostensibly supplant
- The All Waiver Wire Team
, but his numbers are filthy.
Morse is on the DL
- How Batters Fared Who Whiffed in April 2013
- Michael Young: "He My Team!"
For the sake of that little guy, I hope Michael Young is a member of the Texas Rangers forever.
One day, that young fella's going
- Video: The Ozzie Smith of Cuba, More or Less
- Preseason Third Base Tiers
- Third Base Tiers: May
- Be a GM: Miami Marlins – Part 3 – Trade Deadline
at the 2013 Futures Game[/caption]
If a team wants to give you their entire future, then by all means go for the trade. But if I'm Michael Hill, and I'm not receiving everything that I want from
- 1001 Words on "Baseball" by Michael Franks
Michael Franks's "Baseball," from his album "One Bad Habit" (1980, Warner Brothers).
Today, we answer some important questions: Is baseball really that much like love? Did the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Michael Pineda Making the Mariners Rotation?
The momentum working through the media is that the Mariners are handing the fifth starter job to prospect Michael Pineda unless he bombs over the remainder of Spring Training. The reasons for doing
- Interview: Dave Magadan
- In Defense Of Signing Pedro Feliz
- Mat Latos: Velocity, Repertoire, and Command
- Change of Scenery Struggles to Hit Its Weight
- Beltran's Best Season?
- Jimmy Rollins's Vanishing Bat
- Chris Sale's Dominant Memorial Day
- The Atlanta Braves Suddenly Need A Starter
- Jeff Samardzija's Seesaw Season
- Chad Billingsley Gets Friendly With Strike Zone
- The Jon Lester Reclamation Project
- Wade Miley: Wonderfully Average
- Ervin Santana Making Meatball History
- Stop Throwing That: Rick Porcello's Slider
- Cliff Lee Stands Alone
- Matt Cain's Slider and Release Point
- The Market for Dan Haren
- Examining Gio Gonzalez
- Change You Can Believe In
- Kevin Millwood Tips His Cap
- Finding Jon Garland
- Chris Young Is Not A Minor League Pitcher
- Roberto Hernandez: New Name, New Team, New Pitcher?
- Fallers at First Base
- Third Basemen on the Rise
- Fallers at Second Base
- Shortstops on the Rise
- Ninth Inning Arms on the Rise
- Top Five Targets in the AL Outfield
- NL Outfielder for $1: Logan Morrison
- NL Starters for a Buck: Bud Norris
- AL Starter for $1: Marc Rzepczynski
- Chasing the Draft: Third Basemen
- Rookie at the Hot Corner: Brent Morel
- Bring Out Your Dead: Edwin Encarnacion and Chipper Jones
- Early Season Underperformers at Third
- Deep League Position Eligibility Watch
- Pedro Alvarez and Chone Figgins: Coming to a Waiver Wire Near You
- Jack Hannahan and Wilson Betemit as Stopgap Measures at Third Base
- Aramis Ramirez: Washed Up or Gearing Up?
- Mark Reynolds Cuts Down On K's, and Everything Else
- Dan Haren Likes American League Hitters
- What To Do With Shin-Soo Choo?
- Juggling at Third: Chase Headley, Ty Wigginton, Greg Dobbs
- Recent Developments at Third Base: Moustakas, Prado, Freese, Figgins
- Bullish on Carlos Santana
- Bullish on Aramis Ramirez
- Waiver Wire: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson
- What We Know About Mark Reynolds
- Is the End Near for Scott Rolen?
- Trade Deadline Retrospective: Jhonny Peralta
- A Chilly Reception for Mike Moustakas
- Youk and a Yo-Yo: A Look at Kevin Youkilis' Odd Season
- The Edwin Encarnacion Revival Project
- Joel Hanrahan: Hit It If You Can
- Casey McGehee and Rumors of Demise
- Luke Hochevar and Reason For Optimism
- Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Roberts: Third Base Stock Watch
- Snake Draft Retrospective, Ridiculous Bargains Edition
- Third Base 2011 Playoffs Edition: Worst In A Decade?
- Posada, Hart, and Victorino: Pick Six Values
- Roy Oswalt Ages, Adapts, Achieves
- Ryan Roberts and Burden of Proof
- Third Base Keeper Rankings: Tier One
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Two (Part One)
- Third Base Keepers: Tier Two (Part Two)
- What to Expect When You're Expecting Strikeouts
- Daniel Bard's Undefined Role
- Wiggy in Philly
- Taking a Chance on Chase Headley
- Can Mike Carp be a Big Fish?
- Matt Capps Returns to Close in Minnesota
- Who Closes for the Chicago White Sox?
- Huston Street Goes West (Again)
- Can Ian Stewart Return from Purgatory?
- RotoGraphs Mock Draft - Third Basemen
- How Will Travis Wood Fare in Chicago?
- Is Danny Valencia a Good Sleeper Target?
- Finding Value at Third: Pablo Sandoval and Edwin Encarnacion
- Can Jack Cust Awaken With The Astros?
- Mike Aviles Meets Value Catapult
- Jackson Goes To Washington
- Second Base Outcomes: Reader Mock Draft
- Corner Crunch - Staffing the "CI" Slot
- Third Base Auction Values: Morel, Roberts, Encarnacion
- The Stats of Spring
- Preemptive Playing the Market Post
- Final Preseason Newsy Third Base Tidbits
- Mark Trumbo, Chone Figgins: Stock Watch At Third Base
- No April For Old Men: Ramirez, Youkilis, Rodriguez
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Carpenter, Pollock, and Nieuwenhuis
- Strikeout Rates: Bumgarner & Gio Gonzalez
- Is Josh Johnson Back?
- Market Value: Draft Position in May
- Deep League Third Base Waiver Wire: Alex Liddi, Brett Pill?
- The Starter Bubble: Ricky Nolasco
- On Platooning Chase Headley
- The New Jon Lester
- Starting Pitcher Waiver Wire: Masterson and Arrieta
- Trending Third Basemen: Freese, S. Rodriguez, Alvarez
- Third Base Watch: Nolan Arenado
- The Two Chris Youngs
- Stock Watch: Plouffe, Ramirez
- Adrian Beltre and Left Handed Blues
- Ryan Zimmerman's Struggles Continue
- Ben Zobrist Playing 'Possum
- Trade Me Adam Wainwright
- Third Base Trends: Moustakas, Ramirez, Seager
- Pedro Alvarez More Than Platoon Option?
- Last Minute Third Base Trade Targets
- Starting Pitcher: Target the Soft Schedule
- Dumb Luck and You
- Has the Real Brett Wallace Stood Up?
- We're All Going Streaking
- Playing Hide and Seek with Aramis Ramirez
- Is Jhoulys Chacin Back?
- Kill Your Babies: McCann, Beltran
- Waiver Wire Spot Starts: Ellis, Denorfia, Davis
- Scrambling At Third Base: Donaldson, Dominguez
- Added Value of Late Season Position Flexibility
- Chasing Wins This Weekend
- Surprising Results From The Punt
- Streaming Weekend Starters: Johnson and Straily
- Ten Bold Predictions, A Mostly Terrible Retrospective
- Was Headley's Season Predictable?
- It's a Jake Sale! AL Fantasy Cy Young
- AL Mutant Ninja Turtles: Max Scherzer and Ben Zobrist
- The Good News: Kevin Youkilis is Ranked at First Base
- Two First Names, One Big Bat: Allen Craig
- Dustin Pedroia: Gritty and Stuff
- David Wright's Many Faces
- Don't Blink: Everth Cabrera
- Ryan Doumit Sightings Uncommonly Frequent
- Have We Seen the Best of David Price?
- Could Grass Be Greener for Ricky Nolasco?
- Shane Victorino to Rebound in Boston?
- The King Seeks Re-Election
- Change of Scenery Suits Zack Greinke
- Don't Forget Hisashi Iwakuma
- Mock Draft Rounds 1-10: The Shortstops
- Edwin Encarnacion: Who Knew?
- Braving the Hot Corner
- Eyeing Cheap Relief: Steve Delabar
- Who Steps In For St. Louis?
- Dodgers Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
- Seattle Mariners Rotation Depth Chart Discussions
- Pirates Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
- Pirates Starting Pitching Depth Chart Discussions
- Detroit Tigers Outfield Depth Chart Discussions
- Detroit Starting Pitching Depth Discussions
- Red Sox Rotation Depth Chart Discussions
- Marlins Rotation Depth Chart Discussions
- SP Position Battles That Might Matter
- Love Is A Battlefield
- The Kevin Youkilis Revival Tour
- Pedro Alvarez and Kyle Seager and Degrees of Bad
- Bizarro Jeff Keppinger
- Cole Hamels and Panic
- Travis Wood's Improbable Run
- Victor Martinez Needs Surgery On Bat
- Jonathan Lucroy: Will Work for Luck
- Mad About Bumgarner
- Don't Fall Behind Hisashi Iwakuma
- Buy Low on Alex Gordon and Chase Headley
- Definitive Guide To All That's Depressing
- Stock Watch: Jean Segura and Mike Moustakas
- Deep League Third Base: Luis Valbuena and Ed Lucas
- On Not Seeing That Coming: Ian Kennedy
- We're Not Dead Yet: Chisenhall, Headley
- Kris Medlen Is A Changed Man
- Is it Safe to Joe Saunders or Henderson Alvarez Yourself?
- Third Base Help: Moustakas, Arenado
- Dan Haren Is Suddenly Great Again
- The Evolution of Ivan Nova
- Blow Up Your Innings
- The Curve of Jason Kipnis
- Pablo Sandoval, Speculative Best Shaper in 2014
- What To Do With Jean Segura
- Keeping Ryan Zimmerman
- The End Is Near: Dallas Keuchel and Scott Kazmir
- Jean Segura, Fantasy MVP
- Choose Your Jonathan Lucroy
- Russell Martin and Fantasy Relevance
- Kendrys Morales and Fernando Tatis
- Ian Kinsler In Decline
- Martin Prado Will Do Just Fine
- Raul Ibanez Is Gritty
- Jason Kubel Meets The Face Of The Earth
- Nelson Cruz Defies Real World Value
- Value Pick: Josh Hamilton?
- Derek Holland Is All Grown Up
- C.J. Wilson Rebounds
- Max Scherzer Throws Us A Curve
- Chris Tillman Changes Not At All and Improves
- Joakim Soria Running Low on Ligaments
- An Enviable Cincinnati Reds Rotation
- The Moderately Interesting Detroit Tigers Outfield
- The New Look Twins Rotation
- The Miami Marlins Outfield
- Boston Red Sox Outfield Depth Chart
- Almost Totally Necessary Bullpen Fliers
- Where To Punt Third Base In Your Draft
- Fantasy Judgment: Balls Deep vs. Who's Your Daddy
- Barr Bullish, Bearish, Bold-ish Predictions
- Who Starts on Day Five for the Cleveland Indians
- The All Waiver Wire Pitching Staff
- Fun With Tiers, Third Base April Edition
- Third Base Waiver Wire: Cody Asche and Matt Dominguez
- This Is Not the Kyle Seager You're Looking For
- Hot Corner Infirmary
- What In The Sam Hill Is Going On With Miguel Cabrera
- Shiny New Plate Discipline: Trevor Plouffe
- Third Base Rankings: May
- The New Miguel Montero
- Existential Crisis and Kyle Seager
- Martin Prado Lurks
- Moustakas Clawing Way Out of Irrelevancy
- Buying and Selling at Third Base
- Buy and Sell: Starting Pitchers
- Line Drive Oddities: David Freese and Josh Donaldson
- To Buy or Sell: McGehee and Donaldson
- Closer Carousel Creates Holds Opportunity
- Josh Harrison Eats His Wheaties
- Holding Their Own: Familia, Morris, Maurer
- Free Help: Drew Smyly and Bud Norris
- First Five Disappointments: The Early Busts
- Emerging Holds Market
- Annual What To Do Now That David Wright Is Hurt
- Concern, Keeper, Kazmir
- Blow Up Your Innings
- The All Undrafted Rotation
- Interview: Jed Hoyer
- A Better MLB Playoff System
- The Curious Case of Cody Dent
- What Kind of A-Rod Will We See?
- How Much Work are AL Starters Doing, and What Difference Has It Made in Team Success?
- Where is Matt Carpenter and What Have You Done With Him?
- 2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1
doesn't have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)
- More Keeper League 'Would You Rather?' -- Michael Trout or Michael Bourn
talking speed....and a lot of it!
Would you rather keep Michael Trout or Michael Bourn?
Trout has received an amazing amount of fanfare this season being just one month shy of his 20th birthday
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Burch Smith's Second Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Burch Smith's Second Start
2. Today's MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- Michael Wacha's Day as Somebody Else
From Michael Wacha's start Wednesday night in New York, there might be something to learn about the notion of a pitcher either having it or not having it on a particular day. Conventional wisdom
- Michael Saunders' Struggles with Outside Pitches
At USSMariner, Dave Cameron posted a rundown of his projected Mariners opening day roster. He thinks that the Mariners should (and it appears the team will) start the season with Michael Saunders
- Michael Pineda Diagnosed With Torn Labrum
According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with an "anterior labral tear", and surgery is set for May 1st. Compared to elbow surgery, which has become almost routine
- Baffling Michael Brantley Extension Talk
If you thought the Chase Headley/Padres extension rumors were exciting, just wait until you get a load of the Michael Brantley situation! Cleveland has been rumored to be talking to Brantley and his
- Kicking Rocks: Hating Michael Young
For two of the last three off seasons, Michael Young dominated the headlines with his contempt for the Texas Rangers and his demands for a trade. He was angry with the team for asking him to move
- Adding Michael Saunders For Fantasy Playoffs
He isn't the best player and he most certainly does not play in a favorable stadium, but Michael Saunders is worth adding in mixed leagues if you need outfield help. With a wRC+ above 100 and 14
- The Rockies Should Trade Michael Cuddyer
Michael Cuddyer will remain a member of the Colorado Rockies. Even though the team has allegedly received numerous calls about the veteran outfielder, Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd has insisted that Cuddyer
- Will Michael Wacha Pitch Enough to Matter?
The other day, while looking for starting pitchers to stream in one of my leagues, I stumbled across Michael Wacha on the waiver wire. (This league only has one DL slot, so players who miss
- Daily Notes: Doubling Down on San Diego's Burch Smith
colloquially, and from which expression he's derived little pleasure previously.
Moving On, With Regards to This Game
Starting this game for San Diego is Burch Smith, to which right-hander's
- A Quick Note On Michael Pineda's Splits
Since the swap of Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero became public last night, a few talking points have become pretty commonplace. Some of them - Pineda's reliance on his fastball and slider due
- The Potentially Historic Comeback of Michael Pineda
for the comeback currently being attempted by the Yankees' Michael Pineda.
Pineda's 2011 debut with the Mariners was stellar by any measure. He was dominant through the season's first half, and after
- Michael Young a Good Bet for Philadelphia
The Phillies have a hole at third base, and Michael Young is a man without a position in Texas. These two problems look to be coalescing into a trade between the Rangers and Phillies, where Texas
- Michael Cuddyer Moves A Mile Higher
The strange square dance of Josh Willingham, Michael Cuddyer, the Twins, and the Rockies seems finally to have ended, and everyone -- for the time being anyway -- is happy with their new partner
- Michael Morse Goes Cross Country
In a bid to get out of the cellar in runs scored in the American League and team wOBA in all of baseball, the Mariners made another move to bolster their offense. This time they acquired Michael
- Michael Brantley Flies Under the Radar
In his second full season with the Indians, Michael Brantley quietly earned the 34th most fantasy value among outfielders. Who would have predicted that Brantley would earn nearly identical value
- Michael Wacha Requests Your Attention
Young candidate Justin Verlander, and he outdueled him the first time. But Cardinals youngster Michael Wacha stole the show with his five postseason outings. He earned the NLCS MVP along the way
- 2014 Pod Projections: Michael Wacha
The Pod Projection train has left the station and is gaining momentum, as today brings another forecast for your reading pleasure. The young Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha dazzled over nine
- The Next Step
Smith. Templeton provided insane value to the Cardinals.
In fact, in their first seven seasons, Garry Templeton produced 20.5 WAR. Ozzie Smith, who peaked in Years 7-12 of his career, produced just
- Arbitrary End Points
like Benson, those strikeout numbers will keep the batting average down.
Marquez Smith hit .198/.291/.327 the first two months. He hit .337/.405/.650 after.
Aaron Hicks hit .246
- Michael Brantley: A Studious 4-for-5 Night
Michael Brantley has been no better than a league-average hitter in his three-plus seasons with the Cleveland Indians. It isn’t for lack of a studious approach, though. The 24-year-old puts a lot
- Michael Pineda And Trying To Make It Back
, it probably is.
For the last two years, Michael Pineda has been on that list too. In the 25 months since Seattle traded him to the Yankees as part of a deal for Jesus Montero, Pineda has thrown as many
- Michael Morse Is Having Fun Out There
The Giants are fourth in the National League in runs, and they've got a new Big Bat in the middle of the lineup. Michael Morse didn't have a great season last year, and he came to the Giants
- Michael Brantley and the Value of a 20-20 Season
Earlier this afternoon, managing editor of FanGraphs Dave Cameron suggested that, given the opportunity to vote on this year's American League MVP award, that he'd place Cleveland outfielder Michael
- Daily Notes: Mostly Concerning Burch Smith's Debut Today
debut in this game for San Diego -- is 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith.
Regarding Burch Smith, Who the Hell He Is
In terms of who the hell is Burch Smith, Burch Smith is one of the minor
- Weighing Dee Gordon
Lance Johnson - 7 seasons (2.0, 3.2, 3.9, 5.1, 1.5, 3.4, 6.5)
Luis Polonia - 4 seasons (2.1, 0.6, -2.3, 0.8)
Ozzie Smith - 4 seasons (3.3, 5.4, 2.7)
Tim Raines - 3 seasons (2.8, 3.3, 6.1)
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part One
We're really excited to introduce you to the newest writer to join the FanGraphs team - Bryan Smith. He's covered minor league and college baseball for nearly every site on the planet, and we're
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Twins
today. Just know that the Twins have a scouting philosophy that is tried and true, and a budget on the rise. After all the recent extensions, the next person Bill Smith should be contacting for a new
- What the Cubs Must Do
, and to ensure some eventual success.
Dear Mr. Ricketts: Fire them all. Start over. Faithfully, Bryan Smith.
- Florida Marlins Farm System Discussion
pick in the 2007 draft was Jameson Smith, who hasn't been able to stay on the field, and when he has, few catchers in the minors have been worse throwing out opposing baserunners (11-for-114 in full
- Risky and Rosy
Presently, there are both quantitative and anecdotal offerings available, thanks to Sean Smith's TotalZone play by play metric (offered at MinorLeagueSplits), or any
- The Next First Round Third Basemen
2003 - Chris Lubanski (PA), Eric Duncan (NJ)
2001 - Joe Mauer (MN)
2000 - Rocco Baldelli (RI), Corey Smith (NJ), Scott Thorman (Canada), Aaron Herr (PA)
Even there, you can see that New Jersey
- Chicago White Sox Must-Watch Prospects
of the two brave enough to tackle them. Bryan Smith will flank the rankings with a pair of articles on each team: one a micro view at the top prospects (for the fan whose minor league interest is only
- Mike Morse and Seth Smith: Outfield Help on Your Waiver Wire
Smith |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 41.4% Yahoo - 27%
It's tough to land a full time gig when you can't hit lefties, but Smith still plays enough, and hits well enough, to make an impact on your fantasy
- Historical Position Adjustments
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part Two
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part Three
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Final Part
- Riley's Choice
- Changing the Natural Order
- NCAA Monday: Checking in with the Champs
- Lessons from Hollywood
- NCAA Monday: Born on the USA
- NCAA Opening Day: Where the Scouts Will Be
- NCAA Weekend Rundown
- Comping Castro
- NCAA Weekend Preview: The Enigmatic
- WAR's Favorite Position
- Blanks Canvas
- Say Heyward in May
- Fan Projections: Strasburg
- Moore Analysis
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Houston
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Kansas City
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Pittsburgh
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - White Sox
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Detroit
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cincinnati
- Projecting Chapman
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cubs
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Milwaukee
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Angels
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - St. Louis
- Projecting Chapman Results
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Texas
- From 5 to 25
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week One
- Peachy Comparison
- April Draft Report
- Jay Sborz's Career Revival
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Two
- Will Boesch's Production Be Light?
- Good Developments on the KC farm
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Three
- Stanton's Got That Super Swing
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Four
- Castro Called to Cubs
- Gibson's Great Start
- First Round History: Catchers
- The Recent First Round Catchers
- The Next First Round Catchers
- Age Is Relative, Anyway
- The Recent First Round Shortstops
- NCAA Regional Preview, Part 1
- NCAA Regional Preview, Part 2
- First Round History: Third (And Second) Base
- Drafting the Third Plus Pitch
- MLB Draft: A Recent History of Criticism
- But Yeah, Catcher > Outfielder
- Wait Til Next Year: Draft '11 Preview - Pitchers
- College World Series Preview: Bracket 1
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Pitchers
- Futures Game Preview: The World Hitters
- Colvin and Boesch Going Forward
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Hitters
- Futures Game Preview: The World Pitchers
- The Best of the Futures Game
- Why Seattle Chose Smoak Over Montero
- The Guys Besides Yunel
- Haren's "Haul" (UPDATED)
- Viva Valencia
- Wednesday's Traded Prospects
- The Jorge Cantu Trade: Florida's Perspective
- The Roy Oswalt Trade: Houston's New Prospects
- Adjusting Mental Minor Adjustments
- Slow the Lyles Express Down
- Mike Minor's Up and Down Debut
- The Evolution of Groundball Rates
- Showcase Circuit Hits Wrigley
- 2010 Draft Review: NL Central
- 2010 Draft Review: NL West
- 2010 Draft Review: AL East
- 2010 Draft Review: NL East
- Belt Closer to the Bay
- Prospects Chat – 8/30/10
- Myth and Legend, Meet Cincinnati
- The First Cups of Coffee
- Five More Early Cups of Coffee
- Prospects Chat - 9/9/10
- Nick Franklin's Historic Season
- The Midwest Wasteland
- The Minors in Context: Introduction
- The Dirt on Drabek's Debut
- Prospects Chat - 9/20/10
- The Braves Go to Beachy
- Stauffer's Survival
- White Sox Need Morel at 3B
- Prospects Chat - 9/27/10
- Numbers for the Numbered Starters
- Prospects Chat - 10/5/10
- ALDS Game One Review: Texas
- ALDS Game 3 Preview: Carson Cistulli's Druthers
- Game 4 ALCS Review: Derek Holland
- ALCS Game 5 Chat
- Prospects Chat – 10/25/10
- AFL Thoughts: Tuesday BP
- My Bryce Harper Experience
- AFL Notebook: Pitchers
- Prospects Chat - 11/2/10
- Chicago White Sox Farm System Depth
- Houston Astros Must-Follow Prospects
- Houston Astros Farm System Depth
- Detroit Tigers Prospects: Top Tier
- Detroit Tigers Prospects: System Depth
- New York Mets Prospects: Top Tier
- San Diego Padres Farm System
- Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome
- Taijuan Walker's Journey
- The Future of Catchers
- Building A Farm: A Summary
- Rated Rookies: Week One
- Tales of the Lexington Legends
- The Visiting Asheville Tourists
- Driving to See the Greenville Drive
- Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves
- Adam Morgan v. Daniel Corcino (2013)
- A Few Good PawSox
- Can Zach Britton Turn the Tide?
- The Near Future of Wil Myers
- Catching Up with the Rome Braves
- John Axford: the Cardinals’ newest reclamation project
- Exclusive Footage of Jon Daniels, Michael Young
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
- Michael Wacha Thinks Throwing Inside is Stupid
Note: I don't actually know if Michael Wacha thinks that. The headline is hyperbolic in nature, designed to convey the ideas from the article in a way that make you want to read said article
- FanGraphs Audio: Fantasy Friday with Michael Barr
It's the Fantasy Friday edition of FanGraphs Audio. RotoGraphs contributor Michael Barr joins the podcast to discuss topics of interest to the nation's fantasy owners. Items addressed
- Giancarlo Cruz-Michael "Bam-Bam" Stanton
Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton will now be known by his legal first name instead of half of his middle name. That's pronounced like "shoncarlo" in case you were wondering.
But this quote was more
- A Brief Eulogy for Michael Weiner's Substantial Dignity
Fortune until such a time as my body stops functioning.
This doesn't at all resemble late union head Michael Weiner's particular strategy for dealing with his own diagnosis and subsequent illness
- The Next Michael Pineda (Part 1 of 2)
that the title of this post is, in part, disingenuous: insofar as every player is unique, there is no "Next Michael Pineda." There are pitchers who will surprise us with their success in 2012, for sure -- some
- Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn: Trade Deadline Movers
of Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn looks from here on out.
Anyone that moves from the Astros to the Phillies is automatically going receive a boost to their fantasy value
- Michael Young's Three Most Significant Hits
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
- Michael Bourn Joins Indians' Roster of Interest
Michael Bourn was supposed to become a very highly-paid player. Then all the teams with center-field vacancies started filling them with other guys, leaving Bourn on the market. It was an impossible
- FG on Fox: Michael Brantley's Amazing Season
Last February, Michael Brantley and the Indians agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $25 million. The Indians figured it was a safe bet for an average player with upside. Some
- Michael Brantley: Better than you Think
In my FanGraphs+ write up of Michael Brantley, I wrote, "Michael Brantley out-earned Bryce Harper this year. That is probably the last time I'll be able to type that sentence, but it does give you
- Michael Bourn's Questionable Future Defensive Value
Michael Bourn is a pretty terrific defensive center fielder. Last year, he was the best defensive outfielder in baseball by UZR (after you account for the positional differences), grading out as 25
- Michael Young For Carlos Lee Makes Sense
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- What Should the Yankees Do With Michael Pineda?
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With yesterday's signing of free agent pitcher Carl Pavano, the Cleveland Indians may have finally cut ties with former No. 1 draft pick Michael Aubrey, who was designated for assignment to make room
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projected for 84).
When trying to think of a comp for Cabrera, Michael Bourn kept coming to mind. And Bourn's 2009 and 2010 seasons are good examples of what I think the most likely scenario is for Cabrera
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, after chasing the un-chase-able Michael Wacha.
I don't need to explain who Wacha is, and I don't need to explain what Wacha had done recently. I'll confess that I didn't even know all
- Michael Saunders and Donovan Solano: Waiver Wire Help
of things? With that consideration in mind, here are two guys I was looking at recently...
Michael Saunders, SEA |OF| Ownership: ESPN -- 26.7% Yahoo -- 23.0%
Maybe there's just an overabundance
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of the wild card pace, and are one hot week away from injecting the name of Michael Brantley into the discussion.
Brantley has always been a relatively "quiet" player. The son of former major league
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Last night, the Indians signed Michael Bourn to a four year, $48 million deal. It's less than he was asking for, but still a pretty significant investment for a low power/high strikeout guy headed
- Is My Fantasy Man-Crush on Michael Bourn Wrong?
The text came in on January 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM.
"Happy New Year! Michael Bourn in the 4th round? Dubious."
"Happy New Year! Last of the true burners. Still a good value in roto-based leagues
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Yesterday, as Part 1 of this post, I looked at the accomplishment that was Michael Pineda's 2010 season in the minor leagues -- an accomplishment, specifically, for his ability to limit walks while
- Yankees Land Michael Pineda, Don't Pay Retail
, Felix Hernandez is not the one donning pinstripes - the Yankees landed 23-year-old (in five days, anyway) Michael Pineda instead.
While Pineda isn't King Felix, he's a pretty terrific young
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in the 2012 draft ahead of 19th-overall pick Michael Wacha, the Texas A&M product who has pitched excellently for the Cardinals this postseason just a year-plus after having been acquired.
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- Michael Schwimer: Pitch-by-Pitch Stat Geek
Michael Schwimer wasn’t happy with his performance last Friday. The 26-year-old right-hander threw a scoreless ninth inning when Triple-A Lehigh Valley beat Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He also earned
- Michael Roth, Los Angeles Angels [Smartest] Pitcher
When I talked to Michael Roth, he said he wasn’t too familiar with Eric Stults. I suggested maybe he should be. Stults, a savvy southpaw for the San Diego Padres, mixed and matched his way to 11 wins
- The Triple Dunce Cap
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by the name of Germany Smith. Germany was a local boy from nearby Pittsburgh, and as he paced his short-lived team with a .315 average and eight doubles, little Johnny Gochnaur was quickly smitten.
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Angeles Dodger Michael Young.
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