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0 Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy by Jeff Quinton
10 Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers by Bret Sayre
0 Two-Strike Approach: Jonathan Lucroy, Willing Cog by Cat Garcia
0 BP Milwaukee by Nicholas Zettel
6 Catchella by Harry Pavlidis
5 Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy by J.P. Breen
2 The Buyer's Guide: Jonathan Lucroy by J.P. Breen
1 What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals by Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch
3 What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem by Chris Mosch
18 Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Catchers by Bret Sayre
4 Tale of the Tape: Jonathan Lucroy vs. Carlos Santana by Alex Kantecki
7 Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers by BP Fantasy Staff
13 State of the Position: Catchers by Bret Sayre
0 Sporer Report: Under the Radar by Paul Sporer
5 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 9/20 by Ben Lindbergh
3 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 8/23 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 7/26 by Ben Lindbergh
7 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 7/14 by Ben Lindbergh
1 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/29 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/23 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/15 by Ben Lindbergh
4 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/8 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/1 by Ben Lindbergh
2 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/25 by Ben Lindbergh
11 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/18 by Ben Lindbergh
13 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/10 by Ben Lindbergh
10 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/3 by Ben Lindbergh
57 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26 by Ben Lindbergh
14 The Stats Go Marching In: Catching Up with Catcher Rankings by Max Marchi
0 Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 20 by Larry Granillo
3 Transaction Analysis: Extending Lucroy by R.J. Anderson
1 The BP First Take: Wednesday, March 28 by Daniel Rathman
71 Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation by Mike Fast
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January 13, 2014 6:00 am
A fantasy-oriented look at the present and future behind the dish.
The beginning of each week of pre-season positional coverage here at BP is going to kick off with a high-level view of that position before we start diving too deeply into rankings, individual players and the like. And as a reminder, here is what the rest of the week’s schedule will look like:
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September 25, 2013 6:00 am
You might have missed these 10 players' fine fantasy campaigns, but don't let them sneak up on you in 2014.
Are you running out the clock on a title run? Fighting off a team or two nipping at your heels to hold onto said title? Are you the nipper? Perhaps your season was over in August when a rash of injuries made that comeback just too far-fetched.
I certainly hope the majority of you are taking part in one of the first three scenarios, but regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, you likely missed some nice seasons in 2013. I don’t just mean those by players who weren’t on your fantasy team. You may have missed them altogether, because they weren’t on a competitor’s team or playing a lot of games against your hometown team. Here is a closer look at 10 solid fantasy seasons from sub-.500 clubs, which may have missed your radar in 2013.
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September 20, 2013 8:08 am
The best and worst receivers of the week(s) and year, with end-of-season minor-league stats.
2013 League Leaders
Welcome back. We’re going to start things off a little differently this time. These are the top five framers of 2013, according to Max Marchi’s model, through the end of August (it takes time to run, so it’s updated monthly). Negative numbers are runs saved, and numbers inside parentheses are called pitches.
, -24.6 (5259) Jose Molina
, -23.8 (7443) Yadier Molina
, -22.6 (5637) Alex Avila
, -20.1 (4947) Derek Norris
, -18.5 (5473) Brian McCann Read the full article... The best and worst receivers of the week (s) and season, with a cameo from Vin Scully and a closer look at Travis d'Arnaud.
Haven't done one of these
in a while, but absence from framing makes the heart grow fonder. Time to play catch-up!
We'll start with Vin Scully, who just
decided to return for season no. 65. If you don't follow me, you might've missed this, and we can't have that: Read the full article... The best and worst receivers of the week and season so far.
We were off last week because of the All-Star break, so this edition will cover the two weeks since
I did a guest spot on the Blue Jays Plus podcast to talk about 's receiving skills. As you'll probably recall from his J.P. Arencibia previous appearances at BP, Arencibia rated very poorly over the past two seasons, and at the beginning of this season. But in mid-June, he worked with Blue Jays roving catching instructor , and since then he's rated quite well. Small sample, of course, but the statistical improvement seems to be backed up by mechanical improvements. I might write more about this soon, but for now you can hear me talk about it if you're so inclined. The moral of the story is that Sal Fasano is still the best possible person. Sal Fasano Read the full article... The best and worst receivers of the week and season so far.
We were off last week for the holiday, so this edition will cover the two weeks since
2013 League Leaders (Out-of-zone strikes and in-zone balls, not adjusted for other factors) Read the full article... The best and worst receivers of the week and season so far.
2013 League Leaders (Out-of-zone strikes and in-zone balls, not adjusted for other factors)
The Best (min. 140 OZoneStrikes+ZoneBalls) Read the full article... The best and worst receivers of the week and season.
2013 League Leaders (Out-of-zone strikes and in-zone balls, not adjusted for other factors)
The Best (min. 120 OZoneStrikes+ZoneBalls) Read the full article... The best and worst receivers of the week and season.
As promised, Max Marchi followed up on his work on Retrosheet-based historical framing by applying the same method to the minor leagues. I was somewhat skeptical that the results would be useful, since there are a few aspects of minor league life that make receiving skills harder to assess: umpires call less consistent zones, pitchers have worse command, and because of the constant promotions and demotions, catchers are less familiar with their batterymates’ arsenals.
But Max found a fairly strong correlation between framing performance in the upper minors and the majors, so we know that by the time a catcher gets to Double-A, at least, his receiving talents are detectable. That’s a significant finding, and it’s possible that we could identify strong receivers statistically in the low minors or even at the amateur level, if we had access to reliable pitch-by-pitch data. If teams aren’t doing this analysis already, they will be before long.
Read the full article... The best and worst receivers of the week and season, plus a look at swing rates on borderline pitches.
comments section of a post at Tom Tango's site about Max Marchi's "Retroframing" article, commenter "pm" asked: Read the full article... The best and worst of the week and season.
A couple weeks ago I linked to a feature on framing I wrote for Grantland, as well as this Q&A on receiving skills with . I mentioned that I had another Q&A with Russell Martin on the way, and now that one is up at Grantland as well. You can Ryan Hanigan go here to see what Hanigan had to say on the subject.
Because the Martin and Hanigan interviews were so lengthy, only parts of them fit into the Grantland posts. I didn't want the leftovers to go to waste, so I put the tastiest portions together in
this BP piece. It's meaty. Read the full article...
The best and worst of the week and season, plus more on Matt Wieters and the Brewers.