- Mock Battle: Ryan Braun vs Michael Brantley
with my first two picks, I found myself in just such a predicament. I wanted an outfielder, and Michael Brantley and Ryan Braun were clearly the best of the remaining. Given their respective ages
- Let's Find Ryan Howard a Happy New Home
to maintain one last link to the past, but it's clear the Phillies we knew are gone, and the next year or two (or more) are going to be a difficult transition.
I didn't mention Ryan Howard because
- Ryan Zimmerman, Sleeper?
to define a sleeper as anyone I believe to be undervalued, resulting in strong profit potential. But then that simply makes sleeper and undervalued synonyms. So be it. Anyhow, Ryan Zimmerman...sleeper
- Ryan Vogelsong Is Getting The Biggest Velocity Boost
Take a look at Ryan Vogelsong's career fastball velocity from Brooks Baseball:
So, yeah, he always gets a velocity boost when October rolls around. When I asked him about it, he mentioned
- Ryan Howard Flips and, Kind of, Flops
Contrary to what the headline says: I have no footage of Ryan Howard actually doing a flip. If you do, though, that'd be cool.
But in all seriousness Howard isn't what he used to be. We all know
- Is Nolan Ryan Overrated by FIP?
Nolan Ryan was a singular pitcher. He's unique in baseball history, so distinct that it's hard to know where to start. I'm going to begin with the obvious: strikeouts. Nolan Ryan struck out 5,714
- FG on Fox: Ryan Howard and the Worst Case Scenario
The Phillies' 2011 season ended with Ryan Howard crumpled in a heap between the batter's box and first base. What was suspected then was confirmed later: Howard had suffered a rupture of his Achilles
- Ryan Raburn as a Brief Study in Identity
, and maybe even a home run. There probably won't be, however, a walk-off balk.
This oddity has merit in its own right. But it offers Ryan Raburn something more. Raburn is used to being a batter
- A Response to Bob Ryan
to be at war with either. But yesterday, Bob Ryan published a piece in the Boston Globe that I think is worth responding to.
In some ways, the piece isn't that different from what hundreds of other sports
- Kevin Kouzmanoff & Ryan Roberts: Deep League Wire
in the lineup. Yesterday, he even hit his first home run in the Majors since 2011.
Ryan Roberts | 2B BOS | 1% Owned
Roberts burst onto the scene back in 2011 with the Diamondbacks showing power and speed
- Ryan Zimmerman And Trying To Stick At Third Base
, it's Washington's Ryan Zimmerman, who converted 93.9% of his 294 opportunities, and while that might not sound so bad, it means that he blew 18 of the easiest plays in the game. By comparison, Manny Machado
- The Many Faces of Ryan Braun, Artist
work speak for itself, as every artist should.'' - Ryan Braun, to USA Today's Bob Nightengale
I can’t help admiring the kind of chutzpah it takes to essentially place yourself among the greats
- Ryan Braun Leads The Majors in Confidence...
PHOENIX -- Ryan Braun lashed out today at MLB's new confidence testing program, insisting that his positive result for confidence was tainted by the anti-semitic Cubs fan urine collector who
- Ryan Dempster Sort of Retires But Not Really
From just missing out on the Marlins' first World Series title to being a member of the Red Sox's eighth, Ryan Dempster has experienced plenty in his big league career. He might have just had his
- Trading Ryan Doumit and the Possible End of an Era
There was what seems like a relatively unremarkable trade today, that went down between the Braves and the Twins. The Twins sent to the Braves one Ryan Doumit, in the last year of his contract
- Ryan Webb and Moving Out of Splitsville
Ryan Webb was one last week's more surprising non-tenders. Miami decided Webb wasn't worth his projected $1.5 million salary, according to Matt Swartz's arbitration projections. In the past two
- Keeping Ryan Zimmerman
Any conversation about keepers is always contextual. That is, keeping a player is highly dependent upon their price relative to performance. Duh, right?
I'll admit that I'm a Ryan Zimmerman owner
- Anthony Gose & Ryan Goins: Deep League Wire
to Gose's playing time. But for now, he's worth a look for his stolen base potential.
Ryan Goins | 2B TOR | CBS 2% Owned
The Blue Jays second base situation has been a revolving door all season
- NSFW: Brendan Ryan's Defense
- An Introduction to GRIT
- The Most Predictable Hitters of 2013
- Rebounding Ungracefully From Ryan Braun
University of Miami Braun jersey smoulders in the fireplace. Scribbled sharpie covers my caricatured Braun tramp stamp. My children Ryan and Joseph bang on the front door begging to be let in and fed
- Exclusive: Ryan Braun PED Scandal Outrage Meter
, in the wake of Ryan Braun's admission of guilt and subsequent punishment, is that the Outrage Meter has reached Dangerous Levels of Danger.
- Ryan Braun: ottoneu Trade Target
Fantasy owners across the internet were likely cursing at their monitors as they cut loose Ryan Braun this afternoon. Owners in re-draft leagues made the cut already; those in keeper leagues may have
- Ryan Braun Suspended For Rest of Season
Well, the first shoe in the BioGenesis case has fallen. Faced with the possibility of having the issue continue to linger into 2014, Ryan Braun has agreed to a deal with MLB, and will be suspended
- Who is the Real RBI Leader for 2012?
- LINK: Ryan Spilborghs Talks PEDs
sensationalized outrage, you don't have to look very far to find it. That's why I'm linking to this piece in the Denver Post by former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs.
In the piece, Spilborghs explains his
- Players' View: Who Was Better, Pedro or Ryan?
a right answer.
Who was better: Pedro Martinez or Nolan Ryan?
The question was phrased exactly that way. It was up to the people responding to interpret the meaning of “better” and to elaborate
- Reid Ryan Visits the Edward Jones Chatting Cage
president of the Houston Astros, Reid Ryan. Reid, thanks for joining us.
Thanks, for having me, JB.
Reid, you're only a few weeks into your new position with the Astros
- Dayn Perry Denunciation Guide: Nolan Ryan Loyalists
This first episode shall hold up for merciless ridicule those who materially contribute to the deification of Nolan Ryan and his billions of unintentional walks.
Come with me, won't you
- 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
- Not Quite Explaining Ryan Dempster
Sox as a team have a higher strikeout rate than both Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax. This is, of course, a team effort, but the greatest individual contribution so far has been made by Ryan Dempster
- Q&A: Ryan Dempster, Command Artist
Ryan Dempster has never been a flamethrower. Nor has he been an ace. What he’s been is Old Mr. Reliable, consistently logging innings and double-digit win totals. The 35-year-old right-hander comes
- Q&A: Ryan O'Rourke, Twins Future LOOGY
Ryan O’Rourke isn’t as talented as some of his 2012 teammates, nor is his future as bright as many of the hitters he faced in the Midwest League. The Minnesota Twins pitching prospect is realistic
- Asking Ryan Vogelsong About His FIP
Asking a player how he's over-performed his peripherals is a tricky thing. I settled on a toe in the water: "Have you ever heard of FanGraphs? WAR? FIP?" From Ryan Vogelsong's responses to those
- The Sabermetric Revolution, as Applied to Ryan Doumit
subtracting runs almost as fast as they were adding them. Whoopsadoodle.
I'd like to shift from the general to the specific, and I'd like to focus on Ryan Doumit as something of a case study
- Will There Be Another Ryan Braun?
be less willing to find room for an extremely bad defender. Which brings us to the case of Ryan Braun in 2007.
The last year of the other Ryan Braun's major-league career was the first year of this Ryan
- Don't Forget Ryan Kalish
-handed young man in left field that might have something to say about that. His name is Ryan Kalish.
If you read that link closely, you'll see management left the door open for a platoon all along
- Q&A: Ryan Hanigan, Underrated Red
Ryan Hanigan might be the most underrated catcher in baseball. He is definitely one of the most studious and verbose. The 32-year-old Cincinnati Red knows the game, and he can break down the nuances
- Ryan Dempster Moves East
When looking at Ryan Dempster’s ranking at the end of last season – 31st overall, $10 – my first reaction was “that’s about right.” That’s exactly who Dempster is. If you looked up “31st best pitcher
- Ryan Dempster, Quality AL Pitcher
According to Ken Rosenthal, Ryan Dempster is close to signing with the Boston Red Sox. Assuming the deal gets done, you're going to hear a lot about how Dempster is an NL pitcher transitioning
- Ryan Dempster Changes, Remains the Same
The Brewers aren't sure that they want to go to three years for Ryan Dempster, but they do need a pitcher now that Shaun Marcum is seeing other teams. There are good reasons to like him -- a few
- Ryan Madson: Bounceback Player for a Bounceback Team
At the start of last offseason, Ryan Madson had big dreams. For a time, it appeared he was on the verge of signing a big four-year contract. He didn't, ultimately having to settle for a one-year
- Ryan Braun: A King Even Without His Prince
It was just a year ago at this time that Ryan Braun’s name was starting to be whispered in connection to a failed PED test sometime at the end of the 2011 season. We all know how it shook out. Braun
- Ryan Doumit Sightings Uncommonly Frequent
In 2012, Ryan Doumit played in the most games in a season in his eight year professional career. That, right there, could be the beginning and the end to this post -- because almost every snippet
- Young Ryan Theriot
The name on Young Ryan Theriot's fake ID reads, "Fraternity Paddle Made Man."
"Are you the quarterback?" Angel Boudreux once asked Young Ryan Theriot. No, I play baseball, Young Ryan Theriot
- Ryan Zimmerman: A Tale Of Two Seasons
It was a nice comeback season for Ryan Zimmerman. After injuries held him to just 101 games in 2011, Zimmerman was going to need a good 2012 to restore the faith of fantasy owners. And while
- Ryan Vogelsong and the Pitches that Won the Game
, and still they got shut out by Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco bullpen.
Let's acknowledge first that all of Ryan Vogelsong's pitches won the game. Let's acknowledge second that, outside
- Ryan Vogelsong's Most Perfect Pitch
The way people talked about him, Chris Carpenter was supposed to be unbeatable in the playoffs, and Ryan Vogelsong was supposed to be a little more beatable. Yet the NLCS between the Cardinals
- Will Ryan Dempster Attack The Zone?
It was almost too easy to call the demise of Ryan Dempster when he was dealt from the Cubs to the Rangers in July. DIPS theory will always have its share of headscratchers, but Dempster's case
- The Meaning of Ryan Howard's Toe
thinking about it.
Ryan Howard dropped a lead pipe that he swings in the on-deck circle on his toe and broke it. He won't play again this season. So here's your bizarre thing, and maybe
- Homer Bailey and Ryan Hanigan No-Hit Pittsburgh
in that pitcher-catcher connection.
Watching Homer Bailey no-hit the Pirates Friday night, I completely understand why.
Ryan Hanigan is nothing if not explicit when he shows his target behind
- The "Lucky" Resurrection of Ryan Ludwick
players such as Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman (still ridiculous to look at his numbers), and Todd Frazier.
Perhaps the most surprising Reds overperformer has been Ryan Ludwick. After bottoming
- Romney Picks Ryan
Over the weekend, Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate on the Republican ticket. I wish to make the case that Romney chose the wrong Ryan.
Paul Ryan: Wisconsin (10
- Bold Prediction: Ryan Dempster is Worthless
prediction doesn't quite sit at that level though, but I would say it is still pretty bold nonetheless. As a result of being traded to the Rangers, Ryan Dempster will be worthless in standard 12-team
- Rangers Swoop In On Ryan Dempster
With Ryan Dempster unwilling to go to Atlanta and the Dodgers unwilling to pay up, the door opened on this trading deadline afternoon for the Rangers to swoop in and grab one of the season's most
- Q&A: Terry Ryan, Twins general manager
Few people in baseball understand the ins and outs of scouting and player development better than Terry Ryan. His expertise in those areas helped turn the Minnesota Twins into a model small-market
- O! Ryan Braun!
Despite being the sixth most valuable position player in the National League (per WAR) this year, the third most outfielder, and, easily, the most valuable left-fielder, Ryan Braun is only starting
- Ryan Zimmerman's Struggles Continue
point in the season, the Washington Nationals are going to very much need Ryan Zimmerman to start resembling any close approximation to his former self if they're going to be serious about winning
- Ryan Braun Would Like Another
Walker, neat.Black Label if you have it.
I can't even get a second look from that blond over there. It's lunch time! I'm Ryan Braun! I hit a homerun yesterday. It was pretty cool. So it's like come
- Norichika Aoki & Ryan Cook: Waiver Wire
Aoki turned 30 years old earlier this year, but technically he's a rookie after coming over from Japan. He opened the season as a reserve player with Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and Carlos Gomez
- Q&A: Brendan Ryan, Shortstop Supreme
Brendan Ryan is the best defensive shortstop in baseball, despite what Gold Glove voters want you to believe. The slick-fielding Mariner is annually snubbed, but he boasts the highest UZR at his
- Ryan Cook and Pedro Strop in Holds Leagues
Ryan Cook has now pitched 19.2 scoreless innings in a set up role for the Athletics, while Pedro Strop has a vultures three wins, six holds, and a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings pitched. Let's see
- Ryan Vogelsong and Cause For Concern
Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong proved to be one of the feel-good stories of the year in 2011.
The 34-year-old owned an unsightly career 5.86 ERA through 315 major-league innings with the San
- Starlin Castro Is Good at Baseball
- Ryan Sweeney & Steve Cishek: Waiver Wire
The waiver wire is still full of quality options as we start the season's second month. Here's an outfielder and a bullpen arm who are likely better than someone on your roster...
- Spotted: Ryan Braun with Carla Bruni
heiress who is also a former supermodel."
Milwaukee Brewer outfielder Ryan Braun, known to be a great admirer of Austen's work, clearly agrees, as indicated by this totally undoctored image (courtesy
- Ryan Braun's Three Homer Game, In Perspective
slugger Ryan Braun had other ideas.
Braun's first plate appearance of the game came in the first inning. With a runner on first and one out, Braun flew out to center field. He next came to the plate
- Brett Cecil's Descent?
- The Fallout From Ryan Madson's Injury
It's been a pretty tough few months for Ryan Madson. First the 31-year-old right-hander reportedly had a four-year, $44 million offer pulled off the table by his former team before they went all
- Ryan Madson to Have Tommy John Surgery
The hits just keep on coming. Per Ken Rosenthal, Ryan Madson is the latest pitcher to need Tommy John surgery, and will be lost for the 2012 season. The falling dominos will push Sean Marshall
- John Dewan: Jeter vs Ryan and 10x10 Buckets
sessions he talked about a notable improvement to the Defensive Runs Saved system -- and why Derek Jeter costs his team a lot of runs.
On Derek Jeter and Brendan Ryan: “In the first book
- Stanton's Possible Extension
to look like in order to get a deal done. As Jong notes, Prince Fielder made $33.5 million in his three arbitration seasons with this same skillset, while Ryan Howard achieved Super Two status
- Ryan Braun Case: PED Attitudes Changing?
A week after the arbitration ruling in favor of Ryan Braun, the controversy over the arbitrator's ruling shows no sign of abating. Eno Sarris did a good job of explaining why the decision did nothing
- Nationals Wisely Extend Ryan Zimmerman
When the Washington Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman began negotiating his $100 million extension, Zimmerman was already bound to the team for 2012 and 2013 seasons. Even still, the Nats decided to give
- Comps For Ryan Zimmerman's Extension
The Nationals continued to lock up their core talent today, agreeing to terms on a six year, $100 million extension for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The extension is tacked on to the end of his
- Ryan Braun and Confirmation Bias
belief in his own prior opinion.
Since the news came out about Ryan Braun's overturned suspension, the internet seems to be full of loud angry fans. People who "know" that Ryan Braun used steroids
- Redeeming Ryan Braun: Positive Test Overturned
Score one for those who reserved judgment: Ryan Braun has seen his positive test overturned by the independent panel headed by arbiter Shyam Das.
Braun put out a statement that this was a "first
- Yadier Molina's Potential Payday and Catcher Aging
- Who Is Your $100 Million Pitcher?
- The Cost of Making Ryan Zimmerman A National For Life
With 29.2 Wins Above Replacement in the past six seasons, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has the 11th-most WAR during that period. You read that right: 11th. That's more than Adrian Gonzalez
- The Post-Injury Jeff Francis and DIPS
- Ryan Ludwick Returns to The Land of the Powerful
The migration of players from San Diego to Cincinnati continued on Monday -- albeit with a stopover in Pittsburgh -- as Ryan Ludwick signed a one-year deal with the Reds. Assuming some unforeseen
- FAN Projection Targets: AL West Second Basemen
under his belt. He also has more Fan Projections submitted than pretty much everyone except Ryan Braun - and these projections are optimistic. In limited action last year, he posted a strong .340
- Ryan Madson: Loser of the Offseason
Ryan Madson has had a successful career spent entirely with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies signing of Jonathan Papelbon early in the offseason effectively ended that chapter of Madson's
- Joe Saunders: A Fit for the New-Look Marlins?
- Yu Darvish's Landing Spot
- Ryan Braun's Testosterone Levels Explained
- I Took Ryan Braun in the Dynasty Mock
today, is that I took Ryan Braun with my second-round pick in this dynasty league mock.
First: this was not a move that I would couch. I didn't pick Braun because this was a mock draft
- Has Your View Of Ryan Braun Changed?
On Saturday night, news broke that Ryan Braun failed a drug test during the playoffs, and unless he becomes the first player to successfully win an appeal, he'll be suspended for the first 50 games
- Replacing Ryan Braun
The weekend produced one of the most surprising and most controversial stories of the past decade in baseball. Ryan Braun tested positive for increased testosterone levels in a random drug test
- Red Sox Bring In Jesse Carlson
- Don't Sleep on the Angels
- Q&A: Brendan Ryan, Dog Catcher in Disguise
Brendan Ryan isn’t a scuba diver or a dog catcher. The 29-year-old Cardinal-turned-Mariner is a middle infielder -- a pretty good one at that -- but when a little subterfuge is in order, he can
- The Decidedly Photogenic Ryan Berry
As a Google Image search has quickly revealed, Ryan Barry -- that's Barry with an a -- is an underwear model with a seriously devout gay following.
For all of Barry-with-an-A's muscular muscles
- Ryan Braun's Constantly Improving Plate Discipline
Some idle Holiday Internetting has compelled the author of this piece to point his web browser in the direction of National League MVP Ryan Braun's player profile, which in turn has compelled
- A Brief Interview With 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun
In what was perhaps a moderately surprising result, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun beat out Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp by a comfortable 56 point margin. The award
- The Case for Ryan Braun
The race between Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp for National League MVP is so very close. Most analysts lean toward Kemp: he played 11 more games, hit six more home runs, stole seven more bases and ended
- Things Ryan Theriot Would Like To Forget
In doing "research" for a different post (seriously), I came across this article about Ryan Theriot in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, from September 19th.
The Cardinals led the division until
- Is Ryan Doumit the New Mike Napoli?
was finally given the opportunity to shine. Ryan Doumit looks to be in a similar situation next season, as the Minnesota Twins may utilize him in a similar manner. Opportunity knocks for Ryan Doumit in 2012
- Ryan Doumit, Twins Ink One-Year Pact
Minnesota Twins interim GM Terry Ryan fired a second free agency salvo Friday as the club inked C-1B-RF Ryan Doumit to a one-year, $3 million deal. The deal, which is pending a physical scheduled
- Extending Shaun Marcum
consisting of Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Yovani Gallardo, Greinke and Marcum. It may be in their best interest to go with a one-year deal, as it allows them to cut bait if Marcum gets hurt
- Open-Market Value — The Free Agent Team
such as Bartolo Colon, Brandon McCarthy, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Vogelsong. Instead, Mr. Dave Cameron, in his infinite generosity, has given me a budget of $80 million FanGraphs Pesos to piece together a free
- Ryan Braun has the ability to hit for average and...
Editor's Note: The full original title broke FanGraphs (congrats Robert!), here it is in its entirety: Ryan Braun has the ability to hit for average and significant power and his fluid swing
- Ryan Doumit Needs the American League
While you never want to be cast aside by the only team you've ever called home for your entire professional career, the Pirates refusal to pick up Ryan Doumit's $7.25M option may have been the best
- Nolan Ryan Prefers Mitch Moreland to Albert Pujols?
Early Friday morning, Texas Ranger owner Nolan Ryan turned some heads with a surprising comment about the Rangers' offseason plans. While the Rangers had made it clear earlier this offseason
- Dan Duquette as GM: The Pitching Staff
- An Alternative to Pujols in St.Louis
Furcal or to bring in a capable alternative, and Cards fans would probably be looking at a lot of Ryan Theriot (+0.6 WAR over the last two seasons) or a low-cost free agent at short.
As luck would
- Young Ryan Braun
Young Ryan Braun isn't smiling because "intent with Buick-like seriousness" are his factory settings.
Young Ryan Braun doesn't like posed senior portraits.
Young Ryan Braun doesn't like
- The Many Faces of Nolan Ryan
Not for nothing is Nolan Ryan known as "the William H. Macy of principal owners of major-league franchises." Nor was his emotional range on display more conspicuously than during the late innings
- How Will Prince Fielder Age?
- Offseason Notes for October 28th
the contract of closer Ryan Quigley to the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Our Sports Central. That same source indicates that Quigley has a fastball that reaches 96 mph and an excellent slider. In 42.2
- Cake!: Nolan Ryan
good features Rangers frowning supreme exchequer Nolan Ryan in his younger, less jowly days. He is behorsed. He is cocksure. He twice walked more than 200 batters in a season.
- Edwin Jackson Is In Love With His Slider
- The Brandon McCarthy Saga - Part Two
- The Brandon McCarthy Saga - Part One
- Motte, Feliz Continue Tradition
- Ryan Roberts and Burden of Proof
I have to admit that I've been highly suspicious of Ryan Roberts all season long. Maybe it's his spotty performance history, perhaps it's my aversion to one-hit-wonders (I'm looking at you, Fernando
- Oblique Injuries in MLB
Longoria, Jason Bay, J.A. Happ, Curtis Granderson, Brian Wilson, Jair Jurrjens, and Ryan Zimmerman are some of the players who were slowed by oblique injuries in 2011, with Zimmerman drastically altering
- GIF: Nolan Ryan Is Super Judgmental Now
Many able baseballing commentators have noted that the media coverage of Texas Ranger (principal) owner and president Nolan Ryan is perhaps exaggerated relative to his actual role in assembling
- Replacing Ryan Howard At First Base
of the Division Series. Ryan Howard made the last out of the game, grounding out to the right side. Howard barely made it out of the batter's box on the play. He ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left
- The Evolution of K-Rod
- Ryan Howard's Torn Achilles
While the Philadelphia Phillies sit and scratch their heads, trying to regroup from their Friday night ouster from the playoffs, fantasy owners of Ryan Howard, especially those in keeper leagues
- Arizona Fall League - Arms to Watch
- Ryan Madson: Playoffs, Free Agency, and Fantasy Value
In his first (almost) full year as the Phillies closer, it's been an outstanding year for Ryan Madson. With the usual injury issues of Brad Lidge and the seemingly ageless Jose Contreras, Madson
- Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder: Baseball Friends!
Reader Adam (and also my former roommate Pete) have been so kind as to tip me off to this excellent cartoon featuring Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder spending a night together on the Miller Park grass
- Photo: Ryan Braun Crime Scene
Ryan Braun will be buried in an Ed Hardy t-shirt, reports suggest.
There's a conversation to be had regarding the role of the beat reporter in the Electronic Age. There's also a conversation
- Video: Laugh and Cry with Ryan Braun
Commentary: The ghost of Reggie Miller, who everyone knows died in 2003, is haunting Ryan Braun/got pretty decent seats for a ghost.
Commentary: Ryan Braun developed an inner-ear
- Boston Promotes Ryan Lavarnway
Due to a back injury to veteran Kevin Youkilis, the Boston Red Sox club has promoted catcher/designated hitter Ryan Lavarnway to the Major Leagues. He made his debut Thursday night against the Kansas
- Ryan Lavarnway: Welcome to the Show
of the season Ryan Lavarnway is having. He hit well in Double-A putting up an .869 OPS in 239 plate appearances, but he’s really shined in his stint in Triple-A. With Pawtucket he’s put up a line of .301/.385
- Ryan Raburn: Second Half Stud
at least, is Adam LaRoche. He has a .56 point jump in his OPS after the break. The gap was most noticeable in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Ryan Raburn seems to be taking a similar career path. In 587 career
- Ryan Roberts: Irrational Infatuation
I always love an under dog story and this season that love story has come in the form of Ryan Roberts. The thirty year-old has hit 5 more home runs this season than in his 5 previous MLB seasons
- Ryan Roberts Breaks Out
Ryan Roberts entered 2011 as an unknown commodity. Though he was drafted in 2003, the 30-year-old had only accumulated 453 plate appearances in the majors. With the Diamondbacks having few options
- Ryan Ludwick, NL Outfielder
Ryan Ludwick was traded from the Padres to the Pirates on Sunday. Once you get past the surprise that the Buccos were buyers, there are another three levels of analysis to go, at least. The prognosis
- Johnny Giavotella and Ryan Lavarnway: Mining the Minors
down the line.
Ryan Lavarnway, C
Organization: Red Sox
Current Level: Triple-A
Statistics: .318 BA; .990 OPS; 27 HRs; 78 RBIs; 64 runs; 83:42 K:BB over 359 ABs
40-man roster: No
- Ryan Howard and the RBI
statistics to back up their position, then declares that the other side's statistics are worthless.
Ryan Howard is one of those players. Traditionalists love him because he posts huge home run and RBI
- Mustache Watch: Brendan Ryan
Little to nothing is going right for the Seattle Mariners this year. Save for the mustaches of Eric Wedge and now Brendan Ryan, and, well, all their stellar pitching, Seattle's 2011 season
- Q&A: Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks
hitters think exactly alike, so in this week’s Q&A we’ll hear from a pair of Brewers teammates -- and National League All-Stars -- Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks.
Editor’s Note: The duo answered the same
- Ryan Vogelsong's Miracle Season Continues
Trying to play the "If you thought..." game with Ryan Vogelsong can get so out of hand, that we'll just start here -- if you thought Ryan Vogelsong was a good pitcher heading into the 2011 season
- Shane Victorino Is Better Than Ryan Howard
that Victorino has been the best hitter on a team with Ryan Howard; the Phillies first baseman might be overrated, but he's still a good hitter, and he has outhit Victorino by a good margin for most
- Bullish on Ryan Dempster
to win at a .368 clip or less from here on out -- but it figures to be a somber summer in Wrigleyville.
At first blush, Ryan Dempster looks like yet another well-paid underachiever. The 34-year-old
- Bearish on Ryan Dempster
This is part of an ongoing pro/con series on RotoGraphs over the next couple of weeks. Today we’ll look at the positive/negative side of Ryan Dempster. Expect the opposite side shortly.
- The Criminally Underrated Ryan Zimmerman
Hanley Ramirez, Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, and Ryan Zimmerman. Obviously, my board was quite a bit different than most of the others drafting, as Ramirez went #20, Bautista #26 (to the other FanGraphs
- What's Wrong With Ryan Dempster?
Chicago Cubs' pitcher Ryan Dempster might have thrown seven innings of one-run baseball last night, but some uncomfortable questions still linger for the former 17-game winner and staff ace
- Ryan Vogelsong: Worth the Waiver Wire Claim?
. San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong made his first start of the season in replacement of the injured Barry Zito this past week, pitched 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks
- Ryan Madson: Closing Once Again
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Due to an injury to a Phillies's closer, Ryan Madson will take over the 9th inning duties until further notice. No, really, Ryan Madson is getting
- Is Ryan Braun's Extension Worse Than Howard's?
Almost exactly one year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Ryan Howard to a five year contract extension that was, shall we say, not exactly well thought of. The Phillies already had
- Brewers Extend Ryan Braun
The news this afternoon broke seemingly out of nowhere. Ryan Braun had just signed a five-year, $105 million extension that locks him in through the 2020 season. If it feels as though we just
- Closers Update: Joe Nathan and Ryan Franklin
a few saves in a row? If you’re named anything other than Mariano Rivera you’re likely in trouble. That was the fate endured by Joe Nathan and Ryan Franklin over the weekend.
At the beginning
- Waiver Wire: Ryan Hanigan and Alex Avila
more than likely waited to find bargains at the catcher position. Thankfully, some catchers have gotten out to hot starts this season, making your life easier if you are playing the waiver wire. Ryan
- The Ryan Braun/Zack Greinke Clubhouse Dynamic
and Brewers superstar Ryan Braun. Both of these players have remarkable personalities, and they aren't exactly kindred spirits. If they are peas, they certainly live in separate pods, if you
- Brendan Ryan Has Mustache Powers
On Sunday, the Mariners pulled the trigger on a deal which sent Brendan Ryan to the great Northwest from the St. Louis Cardinals. Surely, the homepage will have some sort of "analysis
- The Brendan Ryan Trade: Mariners Perspective
Brendan Ryan, an elite defender at the shortstop position whose bat, although light, may be an improvement as well. In exchange, the Mariners sent right handed A-ball reliever Maikel Cleto to St. Louis
- Ryan Theriot: Let the Flamewar Commence!
to those two AL East squads who combine every year to spend more than $300 million. Fortunately, Ryan Theriot has taken it upon himself to reinject a little genuine venom.
"I'm finally on the right
- Cardinals Acquire Ryan Theriot
As seen here, yesterday, as written by yours truly, regarding the Juan Uribe acquisition:
If the move is simply to replace [Ryan] Theriot with Uribe, it is a mistake.
If I'm one to stick by my
- Don’t Blame Ryan Howard
Even before Ryan Howard struck out looking to end the NLCS on Saturday, he was already being fitted with goat horns, especially by broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. If you watched any
- Ryan Raburn Wishes August Would Never End
at a player whose seasons has taken the opposite path: the Detroit Tigers' Ryan Raburn.
Back at the end of June, I suggested that the Tigers should be prepared to give some of Brennan Boesch's playing time
- Expanded Four Factors: Ryan Howard
Expanded Four Factors links:
For our first use of the expanded four factors with a real, live Major League Baseball player, let's take a look at Ryan Howard. Howard
- Promotion: Ryan Kalish
, and Cameron has been back in the fray for a while. But Boston decided to give Ryan Kalish a promotion yesterday, calling up the top prospect and DFA'ing Hermida.
A New Jersey prep product, Kalish
- Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers
Word is coming out that the long-awaited rumor of Ted Lilly to the Dodgers is happening, and the Boys in Blue will also be receiving infielder Ryan Theriot when the dust settles. However
- Cardinals Add Jake Westbrook, Lose Ryan Ludwick
rediscover his old form.
It wasn't all gain for St. Louis, though. As part of the deal they'll send their starting right fielder, Ryan Ludwick, to San Diego. He's part of a powerful outfield trio that can
- The Ryan Ludwick Trade: San Diego’s Perspective
In a surprising move, the Padres have pried outfielder Ryan Ludwick away from the Cardinals as part of a three-way deal with the Indians. In exchange, the Padres will be giving up two (currently
- Acting Like Adam Dunn Is Ryan Howard
Mike] Rizzo is acting like Dunn is Ryan Howard,'' the source said.
I suppose that on the surface, this comparison might seem kind of ridiculous. Adam Dunn wasn't even offered arbitration upon leaving
- Ryan Braun's Power
As a 26-year-old slugger signed through the 2015 season for a total of $40 million, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is one of the most valuable assets in the game. The former Miami
- Ryan Braun and Infield Hits
, and Carl Crawford aren’t unexpected whatsoever. The sight of Ryan Braun, however, had me taken aback when really it shouldn’t have.
Braun is of course a former third baseman moved to the outfield who
- Can Ryan Howard Hit Lefties?
, statistics, and psychology. Although Ryan Howard's name is in the title, this isn't really about him (I promise my time at Fangraphs won't be spent solely on Ryan Howard and philosophy).
As a baseball
- Ryan Howard's Odd Decline
We want to welcome a new writer to the fold today - Pat Andriola has joined the team, and will be contributing daily in this slot.
Ryan Howard certainly has not produced as Phillies fans would
- Ryan Perry's Implosion
Here at FanGraphs, we describe a relief outing as a “meltdown” if it results in a -0.06 WPA or worse. By that definition, Ryan Perry's -.819 WPA performance in the 8th inning of last night's Tigers
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
under further scrutiny. As the Mariners evaluated questionable candidates for the bottom half of the rotation, fans and the front office could at least rest easy thatFelix Hernandez and Ryan Rowland
- FanGraphs Audio: Ryan Howard Gets Some Benjamins
In which the panel beats a near-dead horse.
Ryan Howard: Ya Heard?!?
CPL Watch: Lee and Lewis Do Battle
Carlos Silva: What Gives?
… and other mind-bending
- Ryan Howard's Extension
In the four seasons from 2006-2009, Ryan Howard has accumulated 16 wins, according to http://www.baseballprojection.com/war/h/howar001.htm . If we look at all players born since Babe Ruth
- Ryan Howard and the Opposite Field
Over the last couple of days, I've been discussing opposite field hitting. One name that has come up both in my head as I considered this issue, as well as in the comments section, is that of Ryan
- Ryan Sweeney: We're Selling Jeans Here
My friend Danny and I have harbored the notion over the last year or so that no single baseball player looks more baseball-y than Oakland outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Sweeney is 6-foot-4, muscular
- Sabean Strikes Back: Non-Tenders Ryan Garko
This move is flabbergasting.
Ignore, for a moment, that the Giants essentially gave away Scott Barnes. Brian Sabean acquired Ryan Garko in late July. Up until that point, he was hitting .285
- 2010 Projection: Ryan Doumit
Ryan Doumit's battled a slew of injuries since he began his professional career with the Pirates as a second round pick in 1999. He was mentioned in each of Baseball America's first prospect
- Low-Hanging Fruit: Ryan Church
After Frank Wren went on his used-to-be great closer binge, Rafael Soriano threw a big fat monkey wrench in the Braves' plans by accepting salary arbitration. Ryan Church is now the scapegoat
- Jeff Fiorentino: 2010's Ryan Langerhans?
Last offseason, many bloggers sighed when Ryan Langerhans passed through waivers. Despite one horrific season in 2007, Langerhans profiled at about 1.5 Wins Above Replacement (WAR), and perhaps even
- Ryan Howard Against LHPs
The biggest issue for the Phillies is Ryan Howard, who is a very bad hitter against LHPs.
On the splits page, you can see that the biggest difference is in his ISO and K rate. On the other hand, in recent
- The Blue Jays dump B.J. Ryan
. But wasn't this a bit premature? The Jays will take a real bath here, eating $15 million of B.J. Ryan's salary. Combine that with last year's dump of Frank Thomas, and you have twenty-five million bucks worth
- Where are Ryan Howard's HRs going?
Ryan Howard's HR/FB rate, at 23.5%, is lower than his HR/FB rate in any of his full years of play, in which it was always above 30%. He has replaced some of those HRs with doubles and 23.5% is still
- Ryan Down, Downs Up
Blue Jays lefty B.J. Ryan has gotten his 2009 season off to just about the worst start imaginable. The 33 year-old is doing a pretty good Kyle Farnsworth imitation, with 5 walks, 2 homers and seven
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 1: Ryan Spilborghs
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
- Ryan Perry Makes An Impression
Right-hander Ryan Perry was selected 21st overall in the 2008 draft and he already has people talking. According to a story at MLB.com, the club has been really impressed with him so far this spring
- Ryan Braun, Upside and Average
Ryan Braun is one of the first outfielders to go in nearly every mock draft so far this year. With two solid seasons of production under his belt, Braun has an ADP of nine according to the latest
- Matt Wieters This Year
- What Shakes out in the Rays Bullpen?
- Is Magglio Done?
- Khalil Greene: Worse than Unlucky in 2008
- Figgins Got Lucky?
- Trevor Hoffman on the Move
- Unlucky Beltre
- Derek Lowe the Brave
- The Lucky Riot
formulate a new version of xBABIP that takes into account a number of components of the hitter and models the way their BIP should be converted to outs/hits.
Last year Ryan Theriot had his best season
- Will Elvis Andrus Make a Fantasy Impact Next Year?
- Unlucky R-Ho
will probably come back to earth and those that were unlucky are due to breakout. This can be very helpful when deciding to draft one player or another. The first player in the series is Ryan Howard
- Will B.J. Ryan Regain Reliever Royalty?
One of the game’s top closers in 2005 and 2006, B.J. Ryan came down with an elbow injury in 2007 that required Tommy John surgery. Ryan was back pitching in 2008 and after a month regained his
- Is That the Same Ryan Madson?
The setup man for the Phillies, otherwise known as "The Bridge to Lidge," is the 6'6" righty Ryan Madson. A minor league starting pitching prospect, Madson jumped onto the scene in 2004 and made
- Daily Graphing - Brandon Watson & Ryan Church
After winning the starting center fielding job from Endy Chavez last season in spring training, Ryan Church did a credible job, hitting .287 with 9 home runs in just over 250 at-bats in between
- Daily Graphing - Ryan Freel
A little over a month ago, the Reds signed Ryan Freel to a two year, 3 million dollar contract. In his second full season, the utility man bat .271 with 36 stolen bases which is almost exactly what
- Daily Graphing - Ryan Franklin
The Phillies have signed Ryan Franklin to a one year, 2.6 million dollar deal. Ryan Franklin has been around a little while now (5 seasons) and he's been less than good. He also holds the dubious
- Daily Graphing - Ryan Howard
Congratulations to Ryan Howard for winning the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year award! In his first full season he hit 22 home runs in only 348 plate appearances. There are only 25 other
- Daily Graphing - B.J. Ryan
, and again, and again.... The worst part is, this play on the now famous cry of a small boy in reference to the 1919 White Sox scandal never actually happened. Rant over. Let's take a look at B.J. Ryan