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December 16, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: A Deeper Dive: WHIP


Scooter Hotz

We've run out of WHIP puns, which means it's almost time to move onto another category.

With rate stats like WHIP, the value in the category doesn’t help much unless it’s paired with a big enough exposure base to move the needle for your team. For hitters, that means at-bats for batting average and plate appearances for OBP. For pitchers, that means innings for ERA and WHIP. To keep my WHIP low in deep AL-only and NL-only leagues, I don’t just look for guys who are good bets to post shiny WHIPs. When it comes to starters, I value health and grip on a spot in the rotation as much as I value WHIP since a good WHIP doesn’t do much in the standings without a decent chunk of innings. When it comes to relief arms, I look to fill out the back end of my bullpen with guys who are likely to put up good WHIPs who will also throw 70 innings or more. Lastly, I look for pitchers whose success in WHIP is driven by a low walk rate rather than a low hit rate. Walks and hits count the same in WHIP, but hit rate is more variable from season to season while walk rate is more stable relatively, making walk rate the more predictive WHIP component.

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June 4, 2013 2:08 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, June 3


Zach Mortimer

Royals lefty John Lamb is slowly regaining his pre-injury stuff, but his stamina seemingly still has a long way to go.

Pitching Prospect of the Day: John Lamb, LHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. I was at the start tonight and it was filled with great excitement followed by a bit of a letdown. In the first three innings, Lamb’s fastball worked at 89-91 (T92); he showed plus command, spotting it wherever he wanted to; the curveball was 70-73 with tight spin and downward action; his changeup came in at 72-75 with good life and is a potential plus pitch. In the fourth and fifth inning, Lamb’s fastball worked 81-86; he was unable to command the curveball; the changeup was still quality at 70-74. The fact that Lamb showed he still has the ability to touch the higher velocities is promising, but now he will need to show his arm can sustain these velocities throughout an entire start.

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April 9, 2012 8:12 am

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack


Kevin Goldstein

A quick look at ten players with notable opening weekends in the minors.

Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis)
Though he was last year's Texas League MVP, Adams still hasn't gotten a lot of love, as he was a 23rd round pick out of a small school in Pennsylvania and he looks more like a cleanup hitter for a 16-inch softball team than a professional baseball one. He gained more support from scouts with an impressive spring, and while he went 0-for-3 on Sunday, he's still off to one of the hotter starts around: after going deep in Thursday's opener, he hit another on Friday and just missed a third, and after initially getting an off day on Saturday, he ended up providing a pinch-hit three-run shot in the ninth inning. No prospect is going to make anybody forget Albert Pujols, but Adams could make the loss a little less painful for Cardinals fans in 2013, if not earlier.

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