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7 Transaction Analysis: The Rays Add Bell and Hanigan, Double Down on Catcher Defense by R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 337: Free Agent Spending So Far/The McCann, Molina, and Smith Signings by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
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December 4, 2013 9:36 am
A three-way trade unites Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan as a dreamy defensive duo.
November 26, 2013 6:00 am
Ben and Sam discuss the early movement on the free agent market, then break down the Jose Molina, Brian McCann, and Joe Smith signings.
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November 25, 2013 8:49 am
The Rays re-sign their skilled receiver, and an unlikely career continues.
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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...