- Seth Smith Would Be Great Fit for Mariners
remaining $105 million on his contract...), the San Diego Padres find themselves with an opportunity to move 2014 right fielder Seth Smith. Kemp's days as an everyday center fielder have long passed
- Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity
Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. "Will he start or not?" is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question
- 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
- Ryan Raburn Recites The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (Abridged)
In the eighth inning of Thursday night's contest between the Clevelands and the Kansas Citys, left fielder and modernist antihero Ryan Raburn did something extraordinary. Though it was difficult
- Game Recaps by World Cup Guy: WAS@MIL 6/23
A daring run by Jean Segura then produced a decent chance for the Brewers, but the disappointing Ryan Braun could only flail half-heartedly at the ensuing balls and by inning's end
- The Fall of the House of Smith
given up 11 runs in five innings, that leaves three: two middle relievers and a Padre. (As for Ryan Rowland-Smith, I have no time for a man who dilutes the family honor.) What is happening is nothing
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 2014 Preview Edition
...The group plans to allow the ball to grow even colder. I set out this month to receive the goods at the moment...Ryan Braun should talk left and right to worry about how to change a little local
- 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
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
. As an organization closer to rebuilding than contending, the Brewers want to see what Davis can do going forward, and with Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun also around, it wasn't hard to see coming
- The State of the NotAwards Races
are in serious doubt. (Ryan Goins, his replacement for now, is hitting .455 since his call-up.) But Maicer is pacing the majors in negative WAR by a full half a win, which should prove
- An Introduction to GRIT
- The Most Predictable Hitters of 2013
- Who is the Real RBI Leader for 2012?
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Burch Smith's Second Start
the fifth inning, on an 0-2 pitch to Ryan Zimmerman which would have ideally not been as hittable as it became:
Lesson Three: Smith's Changeup Can Also Be Pretty Excellent
Smith induced an even
- 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: 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
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- Building a Farm: National League West
- 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
- Building a Farm: American League East
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Building the Farm: American League West
- Arlington Power Struggle: Jon Daniels vs. Nolan Ryan
Daniels a promotion to CEO — Nolan Ryan's current title. Daniels declined, and so Daniels took a promotion to president of baseball operations.
Maury Brown notes that the promotion is a way of giving
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
You can certainly argue with the statistics I choose for each of these tools, but I preferred to use statistics with which
- 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
- The Year the Stars Went Out
). But last year, Jose Bautista was 81% better than league average. Also, Ryan Braun was 78% better, and Miguel Cabrera was 77% better. The year before that, Josh Hamilton was 76% better, and the year before
- The Playoff Push, Backwards
, a part of baseball -- with neglect, at best, and more often than not with open contempt. I'm here right now to rectify that. Regard, for the first time, to the best of my knowledge, Smith's Universal
- Introducing Handsome-Independent Pitching
corner, we have an indubitably illustrious group composed of Edwin Jackson, C.J. Wilson, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook, Cole Hamels, Clayton Richard, Ryan Vogelsong
- Casting ASG 2012: The Movie
ICHIRO as Carlos Beltran
HUGH JACKMAN as Ryan Braun
VIVIAN HSU as Melky Cabrera
GHEORGHE HAGI as Rafael Furcal
BAE YONG-JUN as Carlos Gonzalez
JAY HERNANDEZ as Buster Posey
- 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
- Today in Off-the-Field Antics: An Awkward Bounce
to take, but I figured if I could nail a Misty 540 and throw in a pike grab, the voters might get on board."
As for his partner-in-fun Ryan Flaherty, he declined to discuss the impromptu jump
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 5/30 Edition
gone through it just happened so fast." - Darwin Barney
"I should have just drilled his stuff." - Ryan Dempster
"I want to, I can I can this is my job, all the time." - Tony Campana
- Starlin Castro Is Good at Baseball
- The Boys of Summer
, [Ryan] Perry sighs. It’s been almost a week since he last spoke to Rick [Porcello] and he’s starting to go crazy. It’s like the bottom of his world has dropped away and he’s falling. He can never quite
- Brett Cecil's Descent?
- NotSpeare: #1. The Tempest
- The Damn You Auto Correct All-Stars
Torii "Tirol" Hunter
James "Liner" Loney
Alcides "Al Idea" Escobar
David "Demeans" DeJesus
Ryan "Ludic" Ludwick
Hideki "Marduk" Matsui
Kosuke "Joshua" Fukudome
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Yadier Molina's Potential Payday and Catcher Aging
- Who Is Your $100 Million Pitcher?
- The Post-Injury Jeff Francis and DIPS
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Joe Saunders: A Fit for the New-Look Marlins?
- Yu Darvish's Landing Spot
- Red Sox Bring In Jesse Carlson
- Don't Sleep on the Angels
- 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
- 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
- Dan Duquette as GM: The Pitching Staff
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
season in the Twins’ 50-plus year history.
In Smith’s stead on an interim-basis is his predecessor, Terry Ryan. There are rumblings that either Wayne Krivsky or Mike Radcliff – whom the Twins denied
- 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
- How Will Prince Fielder Age?
- Edwin Jackson Is In Love With His Slider
- The Brandon McCarthy Saga - Part Two
- The Brandon McCarthy Saga - Part One
- Motte, Feliz Continue Tradition
- 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
- The Evolution of K-Rod
- Arizona Fall League - Arms to Watch
- 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
- 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)
- AFL Notebook: Pitchers
that currently resides between 82-84 mph. If he's anything, it's a middle reliever .... I remember when Jason Stoffel was the best member of a University of Arizona bullpen that included Ryan Perry and Daniel
- AFL Thoughts: Mesa at Phoenix
Both Ryan Brasier (Angels) and B.J. Rosenberg (Phillies) pitched in the low 90s, maybe touching 94 mph. Rosenberg was probably a little more impressive, with a big over-the-top
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- The First Cups of Coffee
mph. Allowed groundball single to Miguel Cairo, induced double play grounder from Paul Janish, and groundball out from Ryan Hanigan.
2010 Minor League Season: 2.23 ERA in 24 appearances spread
- 2010 Draft Review: AL East
assigned both first-round pick Justin O'Conner and third-round pick Ryan Brett, and their performances have been the opposite of what you might think. Brett has been amazing in 19 games, hitting .338
- 2010 Draft Review: AL West
, but underperforming, team in the complex league. This is certainly no exception with the Angels given the struggles of Chevez Clarke (.325 wOBA), Taylor Lindsey (.299 wOBA), Wendell Soto (.325 wOBA) and Ryan Bolden
- 2010 Draft Review: NL Central
. Ryan LaMarre has been a little better than average (.353 wOBA) in the Midwest League, which is more than Devin Lohman (.314 wOBA) or Brodie Greene (.304 wOBA) are doing in the Pioneer and Carolina
- The Guys Besides Smoak
Fister and Ryan Franklin. It’s because Zduriencik and his front office realize that pitchers don’t really need Jeremy Jeffress-like velocity to succeed in Safeco Field. They just need to not give up
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Hitters
to the latter being fantastic, so don't close the book on Revere -- multiple seasons replicating the 2009s had by Nyjer Morgan and Ryan Sweeney are in play.
Mike Trout | CF | Los Angeles Angels | Age 18
- Wait Til Next Year: Draft '11 Preview - Pitchers
with first round hurlers, following up Deck McGuire this year with Jed Bradley in 2011. The 6-foot-4 southpaw is 92-94 mph, and was around the strike zone all season.
Small School Lefty: Ryan Carpenter
- Wait Til Next Year: 2011 Draft Preview - Hitters
; Casey McElroy, SS, San Diego; Taylor Motter, SS, Coastal Carolina; Austin Nola, SS, LSU; Joe Panik, SS/3B, St. John's; Tyler Rahmatulla, 2B, UCLA; K.C. Serna, SS, Oregon; Adam Smith, SS, Texas A&M
- 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
- The Recent First Round Shortstops
of Ryan Dent as a bust, as he did have a .350 OBP in Low-A as a 20-year-old, but I don't have super-high hopes for the former 62nd overall pick. I have more confidence calling Anthony Hewitt a bust, as he
- 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
- First Round History: Catchers
holds true for marginal prospects like Ryan Christianson, and for a bad defensive player like Jeremy Brown. Finding a way to continue improving, and slight improvements from year to year might hold
- 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
- Castro Called to Cubs
the team for this weekend's tilt in Cincinnati, and presumably, will become the starting shortstop, with Ryan Theriot moving across the bag to second base. Castro turned 20 on March 24, and has
- What We Learned from MiLB: Week Three
to the performances of Ryan Lavarnway, Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda.
Lavarnway is the elder statesman of the group, as he will turn 23 in August. A sixth-round pick in 2008 out of Yale, Lavarnway was a guy
- Jay Sborz's Career Revival
for the Tigers, which started with Kyle Sleeth as the third overall pick, and has produced just these five big league players: Tony Giarratano, Virgil Vasquez, Brian Rogers, Jordan Tata and Dusty Ryan
- From 5 to 25
of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco. Last year, his usual group of infielders were Mark Trumbo, Ryan Mount, Hainley Statia and Wilberto Ortiz. I bring this up because, back
- 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
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - St. Louis
starters. And while half of them feel like second-division starters (David Freese, Skip Schumaker, Brendan Ryan), the presence of Pujols and Colby Rasmus overshadows a lot of the organization's other
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Milwaukee
line to draftees like Prince Fielder, Matt LaPorta, and Ryan Braun. But, even more than just losing Jack Z, we have to remember this team also lost his right-hand man in scouting, Tom McNamara
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cleveland
of baseball. It was the heist of all heists, and it sure makes you wonder about Connor Graham, Scott Barnes, and Yohan Pino, the three pitchers Shapiro acquired last year for Rafael Betancourt, Ryan
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cubs
. Soto (and to a lesser extent, Ryan Theriot) was destined as pay-back for the many disappointments: Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Brian Dopirak, and more. But nothing comes easy to this organization
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Oakland
, but in the other, the team seems dedicated to defensive fast-twitch guys like Ryan Sweeney, Rajai Davis and Jemile Weeks. The pitching side is just as schizophrenic, with the talents ranging from prep stars
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Detroit
Every scouting director has his preferences, and Chadd is as transparent as anyone. Porcello is 6-foot-5. Ryan Perry is 6-foot-4. Turner is 6-foot-5. Casey Crosby is 6-foot-5. Etcetera
- Comping Castro
this week we've seen Carrie Muskat of MLB.com profile his Spring Training debut, and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune interview Ryan Theriot on potentially moving to second base. Thankfully, the notions
- NCAA Monday: Born on the USA
baseball than being selected to represent the country in competitions like the World Baseball Challenge. The alumni speak to the selectivity of the fraternity: Mark Teixeira, Ryan Zimmerman, Geoff
- Lessons from Hollywood
-- not the assurance, as it's spoken in the film -- that concerns the baseball element in "Sugar", a story about assimilation into the United States told by fimmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Final Part
, with a quick trigger to Double-A, should be in the cards. Note: fellow Australian and Cubs prospect Ryan Searle was a finalist for this article.
Luke Putkonen, 24, Detroit Tigers
Level BB/9 K/9 HR/9
- 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
- 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
- Free Seth Smith
. It's hard to break out when you're sharing time with inferior players. Smith has appeared in 16 games this month, starting eight of them. He has 41 plate appearances in June, the same number as Ryan
- 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
- 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
- Matt Wieters This Year
- What Shakes out in the Rays Bullpen?
- Is Magglio Done?
- Khalil Greene: Worse than Unlucky in 2008
- Figgins Got Lucky?
- Historical Position Adjustments
Hairston, Willie Bloomquist, Ryan Freel, and Chone Figgins. How many outfielders are sent to play second, third, and short? Very, very few, mostly in emergency situations, such as when multiple players
- 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
- 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
- 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