Harry breaks down the PITCHf/x debuts of two promising Astros arms.
Here at Baseball Prospectus, we don't hold grudges. So, when the Astros hired Mike Fast, no one took it out on their prospect rankings. Even when they hired Kevin Goldstein, and a real opportunity to get back at the poachers was presented, things remained cordial.
Now our old friends work for a club that doesn't get much love. But they did trot out a pair of pitchers in the last couple weeks that Jason Parks covered in his 2013 rankings. With a little bit of PITCHf/x data in hand, let's talk about Paul Clemens and Mike Foltynewicz. We'll give them a little love, tough love if required, but nothing like the love Gio Gonzalez shows his hand.
Another piece on the Astros, but a good one, at least.
By now you've read too many articles about Jeff Luhnow and his plans for the Astros to keep track of them all. Even so, Richard Justice's latest at MLB.com brings some new information to the table. Here's a snippet:
Baseball Prospectus visits some old friends in the Lone Star state
Baseball Prospectus and the Houston Astros invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, May 11 at Minute Maid Park. Thanks to the fine folks in the Astros front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:
Ben and Sam talk to Kevin Goldstein about his life after leaving Baseball Prospectus to work for the Houston Astros, what he's working on, and what he's learned about how baseball teams work. Also, what he's drinking.
Amazon.com gives us good evidence of just what kind of trendsetter Kevin Goldstein really is.
Earlier this week, I got it in my mind that I finally needed to buy a real, actual (nice) stopwatch. Remembering that our very own Kevin Goldstein has a very strong opinion about what the best stopwatch is, I went searching for a tweet I remembered him sending out once where he voiced that opinion (I know, I know, I was shocked to see Kevin voice an opinion too!).
Here's that tweet I found, complete with the proper stopwatch make and model:
Introducing the latest in the great line of Baseball Prospectus publications...The Call-Up 2012 e-book!
Like our bestselling annual, this mid-season debut provides the latest scoops and analysis to help fans follow their favorite teams and win their fantasy leagues. The e-book highlights the most notable teams and players of the season's first half, offering over 50 new player comments by 10 of your favorite BP authors, a preface by e-book editor Ben Lindbergh, and some of the best of BP's recent online articles, as well as rest-of-season PECOTA projections for all players profiled.
With the 2012 baseball season finally upon us, it's time to announce BP's full slate of interactive events...designed to bring you, our fans and readers, closer to all the action.
Beginning on May 5, we launch our 2012 ballpark tour in St. Petersburg, Florida with the Tampa Bay Rays. From there, the tour continues with confirmed stops in San Diego, New York, Anaheim, Arlington, Minnesota, Kansas City, and Houston. We've partnered with Major League Baseball teams across the country and other great organizations like the Negro League Baseball Museum, The Newberg Report, The Royalman Report, and Royals Authority to bring you a fabulous experience every step of the way. Each event includes a one to two hour pregame discussion and Q & A session with members of Baseball Prospectus, special guests, and baseball operations representatives. Additional activities will be planned for All-Star Sunday in Kansas City.
Looking for a replacement for your injured third baseman? Michael looks at plenty of hot-corner options this week, especially in Playing Pepper.
As Jason Collette and Paul Sporer covered in BP’s Towers of Power Fantasy Hour podcast this week, four front-line third-base qualifiers—Evan Longoria, Mat Gamel, Kevin Youkilis, and Pablo Sandoval—hit the DL this past week, leaving fantasy owners scrambling at an already-thin position. While many of the replacement players are marginal, sometimes a warm body is all you need to keep your fantasy squad afloat until more help arrives via an early-season callup. I’ll examine a few of those hot corner replacement options in this week’s column.
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Baseball Prospectus and the Oakland A's invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, May 12 at the Oakland Coliseum. Thanks to the fine folks in the A's front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:
Some comments in a BPro chat last week inspired me to share my scorecard from a recent game.
On Thursday, during our all-day, Opening Day chat marathon, I made a casual observation about Prince Fielder bobbling a ball at first-base and tossing it to the pitcher for the out rather than running to the bag himself: