Baseball

Walking Through a Potential Mookie Betts Trade

Making sense of Mookie Betts trade rumors can be a frustrating task. Betts is one of the best players in baseball, perhaps second-best to only Mike Trout. Every single team in baseball should love to have Mookie Betts on their team. A club competing for a playoff spot is even more ideal, or a team whose playoff odds without Betts are just so-so, but that with him head well north
Baseball

Fernando Tatis Jr., Defensive Conundrum

At times, Fernando Tatis Jr. is an absolutely incredible fielder. Try to imagine someone other than Tatis, Javier Báez, or Andrelton Simmons making this play: The speed, presence of mind, and arm strength needed to turn that ball into an out are simply breathtaking. If Tatis can do that, then why does every fielding metric dislike his defense? DRS rated him as two runs below average over 731.1 innings in
Baseball

Prospect Projections: NL Central rookies

First, a little background. Carlson was the 33rd overall pick in 2016 coming out of a California high school. St. Louis became enamored with his ability to switch hit, his potential to play the outfield (even though he'd been a first baseman in high school) and his life as a baseball rat playing under his father as a coach. It took some time for those pieces to come together in
Baseball

Job Posting: Mariners Professional Scout

Job Title: Professional Scout Department: Professional ScoutingReports To: Manager, Player Personnel (in addition to VP, Scouting)Status: Full-time Dates: Must be available to start by March 15th, 2020. Relocation to Phoenix, Arizona is desirable but not required. Primary Objective: Support the professional scouting department in all facets of player evaluation. Essential Functions: Provide written evaluations on players, with coverage to be assigned by management. Support the professional scouting department with video
Baseball

Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 1/28/2020

We hoped you liked reading Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 1/28/2020 by Meg Rowley! Please support FanGraphs by becoming a member. We publish thousands of articles a year, host multiple podcasts, and have an ever growing database of baseball stats. FanGraphs does not have a paywall. With your membership, we can continue to offer the content you've come to rely on and add to our unique baseball coverage. Support FanGraphs
Baseball

Job Posting: MLB Diversity & Inclusion Department SABR Analytics Conference Student Sponsorships

Major League Baseball’s Diversity and Inclusion Department is proudly sponsoring college students to attend the 9th Annual SABR Analytics Conference (Society for American Baseball Research) to be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown March 13-15th. The SABR Analytics Conference is a three-day event featuring guest speakers, presentations on the impact of analytics on the game of baseball, and features the Diamond Dollars Case Competition. The Diversity and
Baseball

2020 ZiPS Projections: Seattle Mariners

After having typically appeared in the hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have now been released at FanGraphs for eight years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Seattle Mariners. Batters The 2020 Mariners are a bit like going to a failing mall. There are still some stores you remember scattered about, though the logos appear to be from another era. The
Baseball

2019 Had a Lot of Meaningless Baseball

Have you ever been to a September game between two teams out of playoff contention? I have, and while I like a nice afternoon in the sun as much as anyone, the lack of excitement in the stadium is contagious. Empty seats are demoralizing to fans who want to root for the team — there’s no one around to echo their cheers, so the cheers start to feel perfunctory. If
Baseball

Diamondbacks Add a Full-Time Center Fielder in Starling Marte

The Diamondbacks won 85 games last year despite getting very little production from their outfielders besides Ketel Marte. On Monday, they continued to address that issue by trading a pair of teenage prospects to the Pirates in exchange for two-time Gold Glove winner Starling Marte (no relation). The move gives the team the full-time center fielder it lacked in 2019, and allows them to protect their best player from overuse
Baseball

Top 38 Prospects: Detroit Tigers

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Detroit Tigers. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from our own (both Eric Longenhagen’s and Kiley McDaniel’s) observations. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which all of our prospect content is governed you can click here. For further explanation of the merits and drawbacks of Future Value,