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An Ode to Chumps

In my household, a “chump” comes as highly regarded as any baseball player not named Jose Altuve, Khris Davis, Geoff Jenkins, or Scott Podsednik. I owe this concept to one of my closest friends and baseball watchers, when we cut our teeth with a wrecking crew tasked with watching the likes of Seth McClung, Craig […]

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Minor League Context: Arms

Following the original April 25 Minor League Context post, and yesterday’s note on the batting environments for Brewers affiliates, it is time to look into the environments faced by system arms. I looked at pitchers with 13.0+ innings pitched thus far, which produced a smaller batch of pitchers than bats. Yet, many of the environmental […]

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Minor League Context: Bats

It’s been nearly three weeks since the first installment of “Minor League Context,” which is an attempt to understand the factors and environments in the minor leagues so as to not misjudge minor league performances. This is an essential antidote to “scouting the stat line:” given the minor league development assignments, different developmental standpoints, and […]

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Orlando Arcia and Elite Fielding

Going big picture, with as big a picture as possible, Baseball Prospectus has tracked approximately 95,480 Batter Seasons in MLB history. Through this lens, Orlando Arcia’s 2016 and 2017 Fielding Runs Above Average (FRAA) ranks of 5,858 and 5,733, respectively, do not seem particularly great. There are a lot of MLB players that have been […]

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Minor League Context: April 25

It seemed like only moments ago that the baseball season arrived, but now fans are approaching the end of April and analysts have more than ten percent of a season to consider. This is the time of year where performances creep into the territory where conclusions might be drawn, or at least interesting observations might […]

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2013 Top 10 Lists 3: The Players

Following my overview of the 2013 Baseball Prospectus Top 10 lists, I am presenting a detailed set of lists to showcase the full prospect class. This class features some stunning debuts by elite prospects (such as Carlos Correa), elite prospects morphing into steady MLB regulars (Gerrit Cole, Christian Yelich, and Julio Tehran, for example), and […]

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2013 Top 10 Lists 2: The Organizations

The Brewers rebuild, only insofar as it is interesting, is interesting for primarily two reasons: President Doug Melvin and GM David Stearns have rifled through the MLB roster in an astonishingly short amount of time, almost completely remaking the organization in 20 months thanks to the 2015 and 2016 Drafts, as well as through trades […]