The Obstacles for the Underpowered First Baseman | FanGraphs Baseball
"...the challenge of employing an underpowered first baseman: while his lack of extra-base strength requires him to compensate by means of the four categories represented here, expecting a batter to meet the necessary thresholds is unreasonable."
JABO: Honoring the Minor League Home Run King | FanGraphs Baseball
"Hessman hit a lot of them. Out of a total of 454 professional dingers, he hit 433 in the minors, 14 in the majors, six in Japan, and one while playing in Venezuela."
KATOH’s Top 100 Prospect List for 2016 | FanGraphs Baseball
Odd one. Crawford #2, but Tocci #38? In any case, the Phillies are 2nd in the number of players ranked (8), and in projected WAR by age 28 (both behind the Dodgers).
AP Source: Cueto turns down $120 million D-Backs offer - Yahoo Sports
Johnny Cueto has rejected a six-year, $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday. Arizona wants a front-line starter and would have made the right-hander by far the highest-paid player in the organization. The Diamondbacks met with Cueto and his representative last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the offer had not been made public.
With Happ, Blue Jays Complete Purely Cromulent Rotation | FanGraphs Baseball
"Normally I’d say those who think Happ has turned a corner need to look at the man’s player page because we’ve got over 1,000 innings detailing his mediocrity. But..."
The Worst Opposite-Field Hitter on Record | FanGraphs Baseball
"It seems like a great fit. Young can rip balls off the big giant wall, and intuitively, that should help him more than most ballparks. Of note, over Young’s career, he has his best numbers in Houston. He has his second-best numbers in Boston."
Barry Bonds under consideration to become Miami Marlins hitting coach
Barry Bonds, MLB's career home run leader, is part of internal discussions among the Marlins to join the team's coaching staff, a source told ESPN.
The three-man rotation could be the future of baseball - SweetSpot- ESPN
Wishing your team's top starters could throw more often? Bill James makes a case for why a three-man rotation could work.