- Mark Sappington Moves To The Pen, Throws Harder
and tried him as a starter. This year, that experiment appeared to end and, as Ron reports below, they're simplifying things to hopefully fast-track him as a late-inning arm. His delivery is higher effort
- 6'7" Prep Lefty Justin Hooper Flashes Potential
- Dodgers Righty Chris Anderson Flashes Big Stuff
- Rafael De Paula Shows Big League Potential
- Astros' Vincent Velasquez Flashes Mid-Rotation Upside
- Is Julio Urias Ready For The Big Leagues?
- New Padre Elliot Morris Flashes Power Stuff
- Dodgers' Lefty Tom Windle Shows Power Stuff
- James Baldwin Has Huge Upside, Huge Holes
- Rio Ruiz Keeps Raking, but Scouts Still Have Reservations
- Early 2015 MLB Draft Notes
- Baseball Bets: Forget Rose, Wattabout Joe Jackson?
No! Not this Joe Jackson! Oh well, he's alright too. The early stuff, at least.
Ol' Pete Rose seems to work on a lunar calendar. Because like any holiday based on a lunar calendar -- such as my
- Hot GIF: Dancin' Ron Washington
The thing is, you can't even be mad at Ron Washington. It was 14-1. And, let's face it, Ron Washington can dance. Better than most. Actually, Ron Washington needs to dance. And what better way
- Ron Santo's Legacy
An old Irish toast to the departed: "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
This seems written for a man like Ron Santo, who died last week at the age of 70. Cub fans cherished him
- Great Moments in Spectacles: Ron Kittle
The latest Great Moment in Spectacles comes to us via handsome NotGraphs reader Patrick D., who rightfully said, "Ron Kittle demands satisfaction."
If Bob Hamelin's Great Moment in Spectacles
- Ron Gardenhire Is Shaking His Head at That
Hey, Ron Gardenhire, your team is losing by 15 runs, a position player is on the mound, and your center fielder and shortstop just let a harmless fly ball drop between them. Is that Twins baseball
- Ron Paul: Six-Tool Superstar
Ron Paul has the range to play centerfield. (0:35)
He is “the best long-ball hitter on the [Republican] club, who has stroked a number of homeruns, not only in practice but during the course
- Ron Washington Loves to [Bleeping] Bunt
to read, but the information is simplified with the addition of several "The Book Says" callouts that would be easy for any reader, say a manager, to find.
Ron Washington tells us to take those
- The Amazing Instability of Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson is not happy with the way his market is playing out. News came out Tuesday, via Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, that Jackson has multiple three-year offers but would instead prefer
- Edwin Jackson in Control
It wasn't too long ago that Edwin Jackson was considered a bit of a bust after failing to produce with the Los Angeles Dodgers and his early career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Through his first
- The New Austin Jackson, Again
You remember what the concerns with Austin Jackson used to be. There weren't many questions about his defense, there weren't many questions about his athleticism, there weren't many questions about
- Athletics Acquire Conor Jackson
at that position today, acquiring Conor Jackson from the Diamondbacks.
This is a classic buy low from Beane. Conor Jackson has been struggling since an unfortunate encounter with valley fever in 2009. In his
- Austin Jackson Needs to Adjust
After acquiring Austin Jackson from the Yankees last winter, the Tigers wasted no time in testing their new center fielder. Even with Johnny Damon, a career leadoff hitter, on the roster, Jim Leyland
- Gauging Edwin Jackson
By the time right-hander Edwin Jackson got shipped from Tampa Bay to Detroit for OF Matt Joyce, he had acquired the pejorative "thrower, not a pitcher" tag.
You're likely familiar with Jackson's
- Assessing Conor Jackson
Going into the 2009 season, one player on top of everyone's "Must Watch" list was Diamondbacks 1B/LF Conor Jackson. Jackson, a former first round pick out of UC-Berkeley (smart guy), had put up a 3.0
- Edwin Jackson's New Slider
Edwin Jackson’s prospect status has always attracted a claque yet his performance through 2008 hardly warranted the hype. A lively arm capable of touching the upper-90s with a blazing fastball
- Is Edwin Jackson Clutch?
14 wins, a 4.42 ERA and 108 strikeouts. Not bad for a late-round flier, right?
Indeed, Edwin Jackson may have been the best fifth starter in baseball this year, and was a big reason why the Tampa
- Actual Thing: Ron Gardenhire Day in Minnesota
Ron Gardenhire is decidedly pro-chips.
Jehovah's Witnesses of the Upper Midwest are collectively kicking themselves today after Tim Pawlenty -- Governor of the State of Minnesota -- declared today
- Must Watch Video: Washington, Ron Washington
-eight, weighs a fucking ton. There's more, of course, but you'll just have to watch the video
The Texas Rangers have a manager whose last name is also Washington. And now Ron Washington also has
- Edwin Jackson's Great Start
In a matchup against his former team - although not against many of his former teammates - Edwin Jackson carved through the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday afternoon. Over eight innings he struck out 13
- The Post-Deadline Austin Jackson
handed bat at a minimum and they managed to do just that, bringing in Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia without giving up someone like Taijuan Walker. The Mariners brass had to be particularly thrilled
- Is Edwin Jackson Throwing a Cutter?
Jackson – is already showing signs of possibly throwing a cutter despite still being fresh-faced to the team.
For those unaware, Jackson has made five starts for the Pale Hose. Racking up over
- Edwin Jackson's Two Seasons
During the first half of the year Edwin Jackson looked like a different pitcher. For years his hype had preceded his performance, so much so that you began wondering whether he was ever going
- Cubs Sign Edwin Jackson
Last winter, I was flummoxed at the league's apparent lack of interest in Edwin Jackson. He'd just put up his third straight solid season at age 27, and had established himself as a durable
- A Closer Look at Austin Jackson
Austin Jackson is off to a brilliant start in his major league career. But any discussion of his hot start invariably leads to discussion of his strikeout total. His 63 have him just one behind
- The Benefits of Trading Conor Jackson
Trading season has officially opened. This morning the Arizona Diamondbacks, last place in the NL West by 7.5 games, traded outfielder Conor Jackson to the Oakland A's for 24-year-old minor league
- Recognizing Austin Jackson
fielder get the recognition he deserves for his 2012 season. And that center fielder is Austin Jackson.
24 different players were named on the 28 AL MVP ballots. Austin Jackson was not among those
- Ron Hunt Got Hit Like Nobody Else
however when it comes to plunkings though and for the same reason. Both Biggio and Baylor had large strikeout and walk totals to go with their painful free passes.
In contrast, consider Ron Hunt
- A's Acquire Conor Jackson
Oakland Athletics acquired OF/1B Conor Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Sam Demel.
Jackson, 28, is under team control through the 2011 season. The 2003 first-round pick out of Cal
- Jackson Goes To Washington
When Scott Boras and company decided they didn't like the smell of the longer term offers Edwin Jackson was receiving and started kicking the tires on a one-year deal, it was almost tailor made
- Does Ron Santo's Election Help Scott Rolen?
Today, Ron Santo finally got into the Hall of Fame. It's a long overdue honor, as Santo is clearly deserving of a spot in Cooperstown, and FanGraphs would like to congratulate the Golden Era
- Ron Gardenhire Nickname Generator Gets Put To Use
Brethren and sistren, behold! Today I bring you the latest Internet creation, which debuted and made its rounds just this week. This new innovation, my friends, is the Ron Gardenhire Nickname
- Austin Jackson: Breakout Candidate?
In Tuesday night's After Dark chat, several people wanted to know if Austin Jackson is having a breakout season. A triple slash line of 0.500/0.583/0.850 definitely looks impressive, but those
- Q&A: Austin Jackson
When the Tigers acquired Austin Jackson from the Yankees prior to the 2010 season, they did more than simply replace the popular Curtis Granderson in center field. They brought to Motown one
- Q&A: Ron Fairly on Dodger vs. Giants
Ron Fairly was a better player than you probably realize. In 21 major-league seasons he hit .266/.360/.408, with 215 home runs, while spending the prime of his career in an extreme pitcher’s park
- Trade Fallout: Austin Jackson to Detroit
Scherzer, LHPs Daniel Schlereth and Phil Coke and OF prospect Austin Jackson in a three-team swap, shipping Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson out of town in the process. Let's take a closer look
- Edwin Jackson and His New Contract
Earlier this week, the Arizona Diamondbacks settled with former Dodgers/Rays/Tigers pitcher Edwin Jackson, buying out his last two years of arbitration for $13.35 million. According to Cot's
- Edwin Jackson Is In Love With His Slider
Jackson has little use for this piece of baseball wisdom, as 2011 has seen him throw his slider more than ever in his career. Last night's World Series Game 4 was no exception, as Jackson offered
- Visualizing Edwin Jackson's Trade History
Edwin Jackson is a pitcher everyone wants to acquire, but then seemingly can't wait to unload as soon as possible.
Or at least, that's the impression you get from looking at his trade history
- Edwin Jackson's Struggles a Desert Mirage
A mid-90's fastball. A biting, mid-80's slider. A sturdy 6-3, 210 pound frame. Since his days as a prized Dodgers prospect, Edwin Jackson has been touted as a potential ace. However, Baseball
- Austin Jackson No Longer Cares For Ks
Austin Jackson has a fairly well-documented history of frequent strikeouts. But every day, Jackson seems to be creating a new history. That's because he's decided to stop striking out.
- Great Moments in Spectacles: Ron Kittle Bobblehead
- Edwin Jackson: NL Starting Pitcher
It’s way too early for “I told you so” except, of course, in situations that have already come to their conclusion. Three starts aren’t enough to make concrete judgments from
- Edwin Jackson's Increased Slider Use
I was listening to yesterday's excellent FanGraphs Audio with Carson, Jack and Matt, and they brought up Edwin Jackson. In the episode, they noted Jackson's soaring O-swing rate last year; wondered
- Nationals Sign Jackson, But to What End?
Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, 28-year-old right-hander Edwin Jackson and the Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth somewhere in the $8-12 million range. Pending
- Austin Jackson, Man of Action for Tigers
pedestrian 2010 form. And second base has been a pile of dreck among Brandon Inge (before he was released), Ramon Santiago, and Ryan Raburn.
The bright spot has been center fielder Austin Jackson
- Trade Fallout: Jackson Jumps to Motown
In terms of flashy major league debuts, no one can top Edwin Jackson. On his 20th birthday, the fireballing Dodgers rookie defeated Randy Johnson, punching out four batters in six scoreless innings
- The Edwin Jackson Trade: Chicago's Perspective
One of the league’s most active teams when it comes to the trading deadline, the Chicago White Sox have acquired Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg
- The Edwin Jackson Trade: Arizona's Perspective
to bite the organization, the D-Backs managed to get good value today in sending Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox for Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg.
Jackson, 26, was picked up by Arizona
- Edwin Jackson Heads to the Windy City
Yesterday, the Cubs officially inked Edwin Jackson to a four-year contract. Good for Edwin, now he has a chance to actually be with one team for four seasons. In just 10 seasons in the Majors, he has
- Austin Jackson: Now With More Walks?
When Austin Jackson, the Tigers' centerpiece in the Curtis Granderson trade, came out of the gates flying in early 2010, baseball was abuzz about the young gun patrolling the outfield grasses
- The Edwin Jackson/Matt Joyce trade
of payroll. Well, yesterday, he took all that good will and gave it right back, making a ridiculously bad trade with Tampa Bay, sending outfielder Matt Joyce to the Rays for RHP Edwin Jackson.
- They're Too Strong for Clippers: The Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame
is 70.5. We'll round down to 70. Which means that our inaugural Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame class is as follows:
Old Hoss Radbourn, 94 votes
Ty Cobb, 89 votes
Nolan Ryan, 80 votes
- Readings: Reggie Jackson, Part III
I say that the basic idea is to share lightly annotated passages and ideas from interesting baseball-related books.
Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October
- Readings: Reggie Jackson, Part II
Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October by Dayn Perry
A Note on the Notes
Today's edition of Readings is both bullet- and trivia-heavy
- Prospect Impact: Bundy, Wheeler, Jackson
, the power right-hander is even more tempting, especially given his home park.
ACTION: The Cubs sign OF Scott Hairston
IMPACT: OF Brett Jackson, Cubs
My thoughts on Jackson have been well documented
- The Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame Official Election Results
It's that time again. The time where I get to write one last post about the Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame and then am forced to think of new and original posts for this godforsaken website
- "The Public Is Stupid:" Voting For the Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame
misuse it the first chance I’d get), and so I’m reduced to creating and maintaining a fictional Hall of Fame based on the teachings of fictional character Ron Swanson. This gives me some infinitesimally
- The Ron Swanson Baseball Hall of Fame, Part 2: "People are idiots, Leslie."
Almost two years ago, I made the mistake of empowering you, the reader, with the ability to create, from whole cloth, the Ron Swanson Hall of Fame, honoring the mustachioed dynamo equally skilled
- FG on Fox: Austin Jackson's Comfort Zone
Sometimes, you can just do everything right and the results aren't coming," Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson said before a late-May game against the Athletics. And if you look at what Jackson
- Mortal Combat: Ron Washington's New, Injury-Proof Lineup
starters – landing on the disabled list, in the ICU and/or in a Tommie Copper commercial.
Earlier today, in response to this graphic demonstration of human frailty, Texas manager Ron Washington opened
- Traded: Edwin Jackson, Curtis Granderson, Max Scherzer
The Yankees, Tigers, and Diamondbacks have just finished up a deal that involves Max Scherzer, Edwin Jackson, Curtis Granderson, Ian Kennedy and Austin Jackson.
Yankees Receive: Granderson
- Strong Finishers: Edwin Jackson and Brian Matusz
is often viewed as a player on the rise. Edwin Jackson and Brian Matusz are two players that fall into that category this season. Despite their strong finishes, both players still enter 2011
- Cubs Call Up Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson
The future is now for the Chicago Cubs. With very little to play for this season, the Cubs have called up prospects Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. Entering the season, Marc Hulet ranked Jackson
- Readings: Reggie Jackson by NotGraphs' Dayn Perry
Boston's David Ortiz gets to second base with Reggie Jackson.
Recently, in these pages, I made a case for a way of discussing books in a manner conducive to NotGraphs. You can read those exact
- Expanded Four Factors: Austin Jackson's BABIP
will be taking a look at Austin Jackson, who leads all qualified hitters with a .422 BABIP. That's 29 points above the second highest BABIP, Josh Hamilton's .393, and 123 points above the MLB average of .299
- Edwin Jackson's Changeup Doing Him No Favors
Last night Edwin Jackson experienced the worst start of his career. It isn't particularly close, either. The 10 runs he surrendered in just 2.1 innings trumps his next worst start, his final one
- Edwin Jackson and Brandon McCarthy: Pitchers to Watch
struggles on the market last season, Edwin Jackson is going to be an interesting player to watch this offseason. Jackson has proven himself to be a useful player, finishing with an ERA under four
- Austin Jackson: More Than a One Category Contributor?
Hovering around replacement level in several categories does have its value. Despite offering near replacement level production in three of the five roto categories, Austin Jackson was still the 41st
- Austin Jackson Doesn't Like Throwing Fish
I guess I could have said Austin Jackson hates rain since everyone thinks it pours 365 in the Emerald City, but then again, Safeco Field is civilized enough to have a roof so inclement weather
- John Danks: The Left-Handed Edwin Jackson
save themselves the hassle of giving up talent and just sign Edwin Jackson instead.
I know that on the surface, they don't seem all that similar. Danks is a lefty, Jackson is a righty. Jackson
- FanGraphs Audio: Three Aces (and Edwin Jackson)
FanGraphs Audio surprises even itself sometimes.
In which the panel considers pitchers young and old-ish.
Second Half Jackson
Scherzer to the Max
The First Word
- Kuroda & Jackson: One-Year (Contract) Wonders
the Pedro Martinez/Roger Clemens route and sign midseason. The other two guys -- Hiroki Kuroda (#8) and Edwin Jackson (#10) -- signed nearly identical one-year contracts. Eight months later
- Edwin Jackson's HR Prevention Against LHBs
At the risk of Edwin Jackson overexposure I wanted to look at one more thing that piqued my curiosity when I was putting together my post last Thursday. Guys who predominately throw sliders
- Luke Jackson and A.J. Cole: High-A Flamethrowers Of Note
someday join that club: Texas prospect Luke Jackson and Washington prospect A.J. Cole. Both righthanded pitchers are having excellent campaigns in High-A and have big velocity behind those numbers. Let's
- NLCS Statistical Scouting: Jackson vs. Marcum
now we move on to tonight's NLCS matchup: Edwin Jackson vs. Shaun Marcum.
Talking through Jackson's history as a pitcher would take well over 1,000 words and probably bore
- Fan Projection Targets: Jackson, Kemp, Markakis
will do in 2011. The projection targets offered for your consideration this afternoon are three outfielders facing different sorts of questions going into the next season: the Tigers' Austin Jackson
- George Brett, Bo Jackson, and the Finger of Honor
the result of that cause.
What one will find in this photo, after the appropriate measures have been taken, is Hall of Famer George Brett and teammate Bo Jackson, circa 1989, presenting from the lush
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Conor Jackson, Darwin Barney, Wilson Ramos
In today's Deep League Waiver Wire, we look at three players who could help your batting average, among other things.
Conor Jackson | 0% Owned (Y!) | 0% Owned (ESPN)
Playing for the Arizona
- In Austin Jackson, Mariners Land Decent Player and Massive Upgrade
with David Price, but they did get themselves involved in the deal, adding Austin Jackson and subtracting Nick Franklin. Jackson has only another eight months of team control, and it would appear he
- Shoeless Joe Jackson Died 62 Years Ago Today
Joe Jackson was born July 16, 1887, in Pickens County, South Carolina. He died sixty-four years later, on December 5, 1951, exactly sixty-two years ago. He is remembered for two things: his nickname
- Would Taking a One-Year Deal Help Edwin Jackson?
, and Edwin Jackson. Fielder is still available due to a strategy decision by his agent, who has dragged out the process to try and lure more teams into the bidding. Oswalt is reportedly being picky about
- Brett Jackson, Phillippe Aumont, Brad Peacock: Prospect Chatter
DeJesus is a good thing, whether Jonathan Papelbon killed the fantasy value of a Phillies' relief prospect and how owners are going to wind up hating Chien-Ming Wang.
1) Brett Jackson, Cubs
- Mariners' Scouting Director Tom McNamara on Alex Jackson and High School Picks
With the sixth-overall pick of this year's amateur draft, the Seattle Mariners selected 18-year-old Alex Jackson out of Rancho Bernardo [CA] High School. Their second selection, which came
- Video: Bo Jackson Throwing Out Mike Gallego in 1993
- Tigers may trade Scherzer, Porcello, Jackson, Castellanos, Smyly this winter before cost skyrockets
to get expensive. But so are Rick Porcello, Austin Jackson, Nick Castellanos, Drew Smyly, and, uh, anyone else who is at one point young and then gets good. Yep, it's those young, good, about-to-get