August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 4/12/16
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BakedBean
1:15
Would the Diamondbacks make sense for Rusney Castillo? I know they lost their CF and depleted their farm system. Could the Sox kick in some cash and mid-tier prospect(s) for Rusney+salary relief
august fagerstrom
1:15
That sounds reasonable, yeah
Snarfle
1:15
Is Ketel Marte a good baseball player or just a speedy guy with a fun name? Btw, the cafe I'm in is playing Green Day.
august fagerstrom
1:15
I will always love pre-Warning Green Day
1:16
my first favorite band
I think Ketel Marte is both those things, too
Cecil Fielder
1:16
where are you moving to?
august fagerstrom
1:16
Cleveland, right across the street from the stadium
Otis
1:17
Is there any chance Mazara sticks all season long? regardless of who else comes back healthy
august fagerstrom
1:18
yes
Tyler White
1:18
Obviously, my current BABIP (and Triple-A and spring training) is unsustainable, but am I a legit high-BABIP guy? btw I am NOT fast.
august fagerstrom
1:19
the minor league batted ball data to which Dan Szymborsik has access says no. Certainly plenty of room for error in that, though. We'll have to see more of the approach -- if he sprays hard-hit balls to all fields, a .330 BABIP isn't out of the question. For now, it's tough to assume anything other than league average being his true talent ability
Zonk
1:19
Why are you getting rid of all your furniture? Doesn't fit in the new space?
august fagerstrom
1:20
Just wanted new stuff
All the furniture I had was my furniture from my college houses. My new apartment is pretty nice and it would've felt weird. I wanted a fresh start
KErry
1:21
Thoughts on Rangers Rotation this year?
august fagerstrom
1:21
wasn't a fan before, not a fan now
BakedBean
1:21
How shocking is Hanley at 1B? Is it possible that Hanley could be playing the best defense of his entire career? Could he potentially be a better 1B than he ever was at SS? And doesn't he sort of play 1B like a SS, or like Pedroia diving around in the dirt?
august fagerstrom
1:22
Don't wanna pat myself on the back too hard because a) who cares and b) no proof that Hanley is actually a plus defensive first baseman yet, but I was saying all offseason that I had completely faith in first baseman Hanley. He's a lifelong infielder. As long as he could figure out scoops and stretches there's no reason he shouldn't be a plus first baseman
Nick
1:23
With the uptick in Home Runs and scoring in general, do you feel that steroids have found a way to sneak back into the game?
august fagerstrom
1:23
I hope not
and doubt it
Cecil Fielder
1:23
the orioles are not going to dominate the Al east.
august fagerstrom
1:23
I agree, Cecil
Reginald Denton III
1:23
Where do you live, August?
august fagerstrom
1:23
Kent now Cleveland Friday
Jason
1:24
There's a Fangraphs newsletter? How do I sign up?
Scott
1:24
As a Pirates fan, I can tell you Arquimedes Caminero has the most hittable 99 mph I've ever seen.
august fagerstrom
1:24
then you haven't seen Austin Adams pitch
Wardo
1:24
August, are you the rap guy? I just got on board with Kanye and I need some guidance - if I love No More Parties and Ultralight Beam what older Ye do i need to check out?
august fagerstrom
1:26
Don't know if I'm "the" rap guy but I listen to plenty of hip-hop. Ultralight Beams sounds like nothing he's ever done. NMP bears some resemblance to early Ye. Late Registration is one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time
Check out that and College Dropout
Axe
1:27
Other than Kershaw, which under-30 pitcher is the best bet to make the HoF?
august fagerstrom
1:27
Bumgarner? He's already a third of the way there at 26. Sale, too, at 27
1:28
For that question, with pitchers, think you've got to go with the guys who already have banked performance over the crazy-upside Syndergaard/Fernandez types
Just never know what's going to happen with the young guys, as sad/scary as that is to think about
Cecil Fielder
1:28
how badly does the scwarbs injury hurt the cubs?
august fagerstrom
1:29
they'll feel it, just significantly less than every other team in baseball would
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