Uncategorized

There Are Still a Lot of Home Runs by Sara Sanchez June 18, 2021 After MLB announced they were deadening the ball for 2021, we’ve spent a lot of time chasing the effects of those changes. Devan Fink has looked at what happened to the hits that used to be home runs and compared the
0 Comments
Effectively Wild Episode 1709: Number One With a Bullet by Ben Lindbergh June 18, 2021 Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley follow up on previous discussions about player predictions and game postponements, answer listener emails about a sticky-stuff pitcher protest, the talent level in the College World Series, the wave as a player-distraction device, a six-year-old
0 Comments
Here’s a look at Thursday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: Cubs: Brennen Davis, OF (MLB No. 47), Double-A TennesseeDavis broke out of a 7-for-40 start to his Double-A career with a homer and a personal-best four hits to pace Tennessee’s offense. The 21-year-old reached safely five times, scored four
0 Comments
ATLANTA — Now that Mike Soroka has pinpointed what was ailing his surgically repaired right Achilles tendon, he can extend his long rehab process in pain-free fashion. But it’s still too early to know when the Braves hurler might pitch again. “It’s going to be something that we’re going to have to take week by
0 Comments
Tablesetter. Catalyst. Sparkplug. Guys at the top of the lineup have been saddled with many well-worn nicknames over the years, but it’s not always so easy to find true leadoff hitters these days. The role has changed over time, from when it used to only be a pure speed guy to kick things off, to
0 Comments
We’ve seen plenty of young All-Stars over the years, but this trio could still set two notable marks. The youngest leading vote-getter Either Guerrero, Acuña or Tatis would be the youngest leading vote-getter since voting was returned to the fans in 1970. Four players have been the top overall vote-getter and been 24 years old
0 Comments
Here’s a look at Wednesday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: Rays: Wander Franco, SS (MLB No. 1), Triple-A DurhamFranco is having exactly the type of month you’d expect from the game’s top prospect, with hits in all 13 games and a healthy dose of extra-base knocks. He added to
0 Comments
Major League Baseball has updated its COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated Tiers 1 and 2 personnel (including players and coaches), reports Britt Ghiroli of the Athletic (Twitter link). Most notably, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be tested for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms of or have been exposed to the virus. The handling of fully
0 Comments
ATLANTA — There might be time for the Braves to be better than they have been. But as their struggles mount and they repeatedly taste late-inning frustrations, they have to face the fact they are who they have been for this season’s first 11 weeks. Attempts to remain optimistic became even more challenging as the
0 Comments
ATLANTA — Any lingering fears of Tucker Davidson possibly needing Tommy John surgery were erased on Wednesday, when an MRI exam showed no structural damage in his left arm. Braves manager Brian Snitker said the imaging results showed Davidson is simply dealing with a left forearm strain. The southpaw will be shut down for 10
0 Comments
Some stability in the ranks. For only the second time this season, we have a repeat selection at the top of the Rookie Power Rankings. Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers continues to dominate on the bump as Major League Baseball heads toward the season’s midpoint, thus solidifying his place as the player most likely to claim
0 Comments
18 months ago, Cole Hamels was an $18MM pitcher.  Back in December 2019, the Braves signed the veteran southpaw to a one-year contract, just shy of his 36th birthday.  Atlanta headed into Spring Training with Hamels, Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz as rotation locks, with Sean Newcomb, Felix Hernandez, and others competing for the fifth
0 Comments
ATLANTA — Chipper Jones understands why MLB will begin enhancing enforcement of its rules against pitchers applying foreign substances to baseballs. “People always used rosin and a little bit of spit,” Jones said. “That should be enough to give you enough of a grip to be able to control the baseball. But I think we’re
0 Comments
It’s Moving Week across the Minor Leagues. In the last few days alone, Top 100 prospects Spencer Torkelson, Hunter Greene, Cade Cavalli and Shane Baz have each been promoted to new levels within the Minors following dominant starts to the 2021 season. Before them, Grayson Rodriguez and Francisco Álvarez also received bumps up the ladder
0 Comments
MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list in our Prospect Rankings is eligible. Spencer Torkelson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 Draft, was so good last week that he not only earned Prospect
0 Comments
Ben Clemens FanGraphs Chat – 6/14/21 by Ben Clemens June 14, 2021 2:01 Ben Clemens: Hey everyone, happy Monday. I’m taking tomorrow off (hooray), so I’m very excited to get some chatting in before a quick refresher. Let’s get started. 2:01 John: what is your take on the Brewers?  They seem to have a staff that,
0 Comments
The races to determine who will advance to Phase 2 of the fan voting for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard are starting to take shape. On Monday, Major League Baseball provided the first standings update since Phase 1 of the voting launched on June 3, revealing the top 10 vote getters at
0 Comments
The Worst Bunts of the Season (So Far) by Ben Clemens June 14, 2021 Here at FanGraphs, we’re always looking for an excuse to paraphrase Tolstoy, so let me introduce you to a principle I’ve recently noticed about sacrifice bunts. Successful sacrifice bunts are all alike (and boring). Every unsuccessful sacrifice bunt is unsuccessful in
0 Comments
Here’s a look at Sunday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: Orioles: Adley Rutschman, C (MLB No. 2), Double-A BowieRutschman shook off a hitless Saturday night and kept rolling with his fourth three-hit day of the season in Bowie’s blowout 10-0 win over Binghamton. Rutschman went 3-for-6 and launched his
0 Comments
Even though it was his birthday, veteran lefty Drew Smyly gifted the Braves with an impressive performance to lead the Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday at loanDepot park to end the three-game set. “He was driving the ball today. I mean, it was really good,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.
0 Comments
We will get our first update on All-Star voting on Monday, which means it’s time to start getting serious. Every team will end up having at least one All-Star selection. But the voting is the only thing you and I have any personal say in. It’s the one we have to get right. With that
0 Comments
Despite a solid start from Max Fried, he remains winless against the Marlins in his career as the Braves fell, 4-2, at loanDepot park in Miami and dropped their fourth straight since reaching .500 on Tuesday. “In a game like that … you know you can’t go out and just shut everybody out all the
0 Comments
Within the next few days, Major League Baseball will send a memo to teams detailing the existing rules against the use of foreign substances on the baseball and how the league will plan to enforce these rules going forward, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports.  The official order to umpires is expected to come around June 21,
0 Comments
Despite another highlight-filled performance from Ronald Acuña Jr., the Braves’ hopes of sweeping the series and finally getting over .500 drifted away in the opener of a three-game set against the Marlins on Friday night. Acuña notched a pair of doubles, including one for his 400th career hit in the top of the third, but
0 Comments
Effectively Wild Episode 1705: Spit Takes by Ben Lindbergh June 11, 2021 Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about another prescient player prediction (this time involving the Phillies’ Luke Williams), Nick Madrigal’s hamstring injury, another aspect of the baseball scene in A Quiet Place Part II, and a few observations about the foreign-substance scandal, including
0 Comments
His early struggles in the Majors notwithstanding, Cristian Pache remains very much a key part of the Braves’ future. A performance like he had Thursday night is the reason why. MLB’s No. 11 overall prospect homered twice and drove in four runs during a three-hit performance as Triple-A Gwinnett rolled past Memphis, 11-0. Pache was
0 Comments
If you’re having trouble keeping up with 120 Minor League teams and 3,000-plus players on those clubs, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you which affiliate in each organization is most worthy of your attention. The most stacked Minor League club is the Triple-A Durham Bulls, who feature the No. 1
0 Comments