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July 31, 2013 8:03 am

Transaction Analysis: Breaking Down the Three-Team Trade

11

Ben Lindbergh

The Red Sox add Jake Peavy and Brayan Villarreal, while the Tigers get Jose Iglesias and the White Sox add Avisail Garcia plus prospects.



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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about young pitchers, prospects switching positions, Jose Iglesias' high BABIP, and base coaches.

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Can you tell Jose Iglesias' hits from his outs?

Jose Iglesias has a .507 BABIP this year. This article is not about that BABIP, exactly, but we are starting there. Iglesias entered the season with a .164 career BABIP in the majors, and a .300 BABIP in the minors, and a reputation as the best defensive shortstop in baseball, with a bat that might be just weak enough to support that glove. Finding out Jose Iglesias has a .507 BABIP is like finding out that Chin-lung Hu quietly signed with the Pirates and hit 14 home runs in May. Anyway, like I said, this article isn't about that BABIP.

A year ago, we did a blind BABIP test for a Jake Peavy start; 20 balls put in play, 10 were hits, and you tried to guess which were which based on all the information you could collect up to the point of contact. Gosh, did you ever do terribly. Given a 50 percent chance of guessing the correct answers blindly, you collectively got 52 percent of the answers correct. But maybe that wasn't fair; maybe focusing on the pitcher (who, as we know, controls his BABIP only a little bit) is a doomed exercise. Hitters control their BABIP some bit more than that. So maybe we should be focusing on the batter, looking to see if he's balanced and putting a good swing on the ball or flailing, jammed, late, or on top of the ball. So what happens if we do this from the batter's perspective? Will we be any better? I suspect... well, honestly, I don't know.

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March 13, 2013 5:00 am

Top Tools: Glove

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BP Prospect Staff

The minor leagues' best defenders in the infield, outfield, and behind the plate.

Infield

Top Infield Defender in the Minor Leagues: Jose Iglesias (Boston Red Sox)

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Looking for examples of a similarly strange managerial move.

Last Sunday, Bobby Valentine pinch-hit for Jose Iglesias with two outs and a 2-2 count in the seventh inning of a scoreless game against the Blue Jays. Iglesias wasn’t hurt. Toronto hadn’t changed pitchers. However, the situation had changed slightly: on the last pitch Iglesias saw, Pedro Ciriaco stole second. Iglesias is a weak hitter (at that point, he was 2-for-28 on the season), so with a runner in scoring position, Valentine called for Daniel Nava to drive him in. Had Ciriaco not stolen second, Valentine would have left Iglesias in to play defense. Maybe he wished he had after Nava grounded out on the next pitch.

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May 7, 2012 7:28 am

Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten Pack

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Kevin Goldstein

Interesting backstories dominate after this weekend's games, with surprise performances, defensive shifts, reclaimed prospect status, disappointing contracts, and accelerated big-league arrivals all on display.

Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (High-A Salem)
Throughout the entire month of April, it was pretty clear that Barnes didn't belong in Low-A, as the 2011 first-round pick allowed just one run over 26 2/3 innings while striking out 42. On Saturday, Barnes showed that he might not belong in High-A either, as he whiffed 12 over six four-hit innings in his Carolina League debut. Just as important as the numbers, Barnes has started to break out the secondary stuff, as after relying primarily on a fastball that can touch 97 in Greenville, he was generating swings and misses with a curveball that has been an inconsistent pitch in the past. His ceiling hasn't changed yet, but his timetable is quickly accelerating.


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Dee Gordon hits his first home run, two bench players push the limits of bad batting, Chris Davis keeps hitting, Clay Hensley exposes the unearned run, Derek Jeter hits cleanly in three of his five at-bats (or does he?), and more.

Five things I wanted to write about happened in last night’s games, but none of them was substantial enough on its own for an article. The solution: drop all five unrelated observations (plus a few more for good measure) into the same article draft and call it a column. Trick of the trade.

Derek Jeter goes 3-for-5 and gets accused of steroid use by this one guy I talked to
I live in a baseball discourse bubble.


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March 15, 2012 11:55 am

Future Shock: Florida Scouting Notes

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Kevin Goldstein

Some young prospects might be getting their assignments to minor league camp right now, but not before scouts get to see who has impressed and who has not.

Now that we're approaching mid-March, early cuts have begun at spring training sites. For some this makes the games more interesting, as the big leaguers play more innings; for others, the earlier games are the ones to watch since the younger players get to play more, even if they're not as polished. Many scouts fall into the latter group, as early games mean extended looks at 2011 draft picks, or introductions to big-name prospects who play for organizations the scouts don't normally cover. So before all of the prospects head down to minor league camp, here are some players opening scout's eyes–for good or bad reasons–in Florida so far.

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May 10, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Something Lost, Something Gained

9

Ben Lindbergh

The Red Sox summon a top prospect, the Tigers change their Rhymes scheme, the Mets get their Bay back, the Red Sox bullpen and the Mariners outfield are overhauled, and the Reds said Fred.

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January 28, 2011 12:00 pm

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects

57

Kevin Goldstein

The Adrian Gonzalez trade depleted the best of the Red Sox' already emptying farm system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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November 12, 2009 12:21 pm

Future Shock: Red Sox Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The perennial contenders have plenty of talent to win with in future seasons, or to peddle in win-now swaps.

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