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Vlad Jr. Could Capture the Triple Crown by Dan Szymborski June 15, 2021 Vladimir Guerrero spent 16 years in the majors, hitting .318 with 449 home runs and nabbing scores of overambitious baserunners with his cannon of an arm. Just a couple years ago, he gave his induction speech in Cooperstown after breezing into the
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FanGraphs Power Rankings: June 7–13 by Jake Mailhot June 14, 2021 After last week’s games, we’re around 40% of the way through the season. The halfway mark is quickly approaching, with the All-Star game soon after that. The form of the playoff races is slowly taking shape. And with few exceptions, too many of the
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On Max Scherzer and Saving Velocity by Owen McGrattan June 11, 2021 With the continual increases in league-wide fastball velocity each year, we’re beginning to understand that pitcher aging curves are going to change dramatically. As Jeff Zimmerman’s work makes clear, older pitchers are holding onto more of their fastball velocity and shedding usage at
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Goldilocks and the Three Bunts by Ben Clemens June 7, 2021 If you’ve read a lot of my work here, you probably know that I’m a huge fan of bunting. Some bunting, at least — I’m not talking about bone-headed sacrifices at the altar of small ball. There’s just something satisfying about a well-placed bunt,
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Daily Prospect Notes: 6/3/21 by Eric Longenhagen June 3, 2021 These are notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here. Santiago Florez, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates Level & Affiliate: Low-A Bradenton  Age: 21   Org Rank: 36   FV: 40 Line: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
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Checking in on the Hitter’s Count by Owen McGrattan May 28, 2021 There is a lot to dissect when it comes to understanding the increase in strikeouts in baseball. Pitchers at the plate are striking out at a higher clip than ever, but even when filtering out their plate appearances, we’re still seeing yearly increases
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Whose High Home Run Was the Most Impressive? by Justin Choi May 28, 2021 It’s true – compared to previous seasons, hitters are struggling against pitchers. The league batting average is the lowest it’s been in decades even if you exclude pitchers, the strikeout rate the highest. It’s easy to point fingers at the people
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Yadiel Hernandez, Sleeping Giant by Ben Clemens May 20, 2021 Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Why is it so easy to fill in the pool that the Washington Nationals own? That’s right — it has no depth. The Nats have relied on a stars-and-scrubs approach for years, hoping that their stellar headliners
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Much Ado About Luis Castillo’s Changeup by Justin Choi May 18, 2021 At some point in your baseball fandom, you’ll end up thinking about Schrödinger’s Baseball Player. The question posed by it is simple: When does a struggling hitter or pitcher stop existing as a superposition of states – either plain unlucky or genuinely worrisome
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Is Here by RJ McDaniel May 14, 2021 It’s April 27. The Blue Jays may not be dominant — their roster has been decimated by injuries — but they are getting by, at least so far. They have just taken a rare series from the Rays in St. Petersburg; after a lengthy
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Adrian Houser Broke the Sinker Mold by Justin Choi May 13, 2021 “Houser (3-3) picked up the win on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits over six innings in a 6-2 victory over the Marlins,“ RotoWire News reported. “He struck out ten without walking a batter.” That’s a straightforward blurb. Nothing really stands out,
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Where Did the Homers Go? by Devan Fink May 7, 2021 On Monday, I examined the new baseball’s impact on April home run totals. In sum, home runs were down in April 2021 compared to April 2019, with the home run per batted ball rate dropping by roughly 0.45 percentage points, a figure that would
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A Thursday Scouting Notebook – 5/6/2021 by Eric Longenhagen and Kevin Goldstein May 6, 2021 Prospect writers Kevin Goldstein and Eric Longenhagen will sometimes have enough player notes to compile a scouting post. This is one of those dispatches, a collection of thoughts after another week of college baseball and the return of minor league
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Daily Prospect Notes: 5/6/21 by Eric Longenhagen May 5, 2021 In past years, I’ve produced Daily Prospect Notes like this four times a week during the minor league regular season, combing through the box scores once all the games are complete and writing up a handful of the players who had great games for the
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