August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 5/31/16
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viet conigliaro
12:30
hi August -- I love Jackie Bradley Jr.'s offense but it seems weird his defense has (apparently) sucked. Is this a conscious trade-off , small sample size or just YCPB?
august fagerstrom
12:30
All of the above, I'd imagine
It makes sense that with some (presumed) added strength, the defense could suffer. Also makes sense that a quarter of a season's worth of defensive metrics come with a ton of noise
12:31
I'm confident in saying Bradley is still a plus defender, if not still plus-plus
Jimmy
12:31
How do you deal with being pretentious? No diss - i rather like you, but curious if you're into it or think about it?
august fagerstrom
12:32
I deal with it by always trying to be myself
Tom
12:33
Any idea if anything David Ortiz is doing is sustainable? I am looking through the numbers and it appears like all of his numbers are around career normals.
august fagerstrom
12:33
Yeah, he's just a Hall of Fame caliber hitter playing like the best version of himself
12:34
Not gonna run a 200 wRC+ all year, but there's no reason to expect him to come crashing down to earth anytime soon
Matt
12:34
Aside from Kiley, what do you think of the Braves' front office?
august fagerstrom
12:34
Think they did a good job this year
Kole
12:34
What are your thoughts on the notion of "positional profiling"? For instance, corner players need to hit for power, etc. Seems a little close-minded considering the successes of Heyward, Gordon, Marte, Calhoun, Brantley, etc. Those guys aren't powerless, but they aren't stereotypical thumpers either.
august fagerstrom
12:34
Value is value and any player can contribute in any number of ways
Total Clown
12:35
Marco Estrada is good. Why is Marco Estrada good?
august fagerstrom
12:35
Deception!
12:36
Funky delivery. High-spin four seamer, the likes of which hitters aren't used to seeing. He repeats his mechanics very well and knows how to pitch
Bork
12:36
Chris Archer (I think) does a lot of work for other teams and is awesome. I know everytime he's in Toronto he does work for the Jays Care Foundation. Usually alongside Stroman.
august fagerstrom
12:36
Yep, what he did in Cleveland was not out of the ordinary. He takes it upon himself to give back to cities across the country as often as he can
The Farthammer
12:37
You might have alrea answered this, but when does Urias STICK, or is it a crap shoot
august fagerstrom
12:37
Probably next year
Even if he joins the rotation on a full-time basis this year, he'll eventually get shifted to the bullpen to preserve his arm
JJFad
12:37
Who is in the discussion for the best player, non-Trout, non-Harper edition? Machado? Kershaw? others?!
august fagerstrom
12:37
Kershaw is in the discussion with Trout and Harper
Machado and Donaldson kick off the next tier, IMO
Bork
12:38
Think Dickey retires at seasons end? Dude can probably pitch til he's 60.
august fagerstrom
12:38
Yeah, with knuckleballers, it seems more to do with their personal standing, whereas with everyone else it's physical
Dickey will likely continue pitching as long as Dickey desires to continue pitching, and that's not knowledge to which I am privy
Forsyth
12:39
I'm pretty confused by your take that Lindor is the best SS, and even moreso, that Bogaerts is the 4th best. Bogaerts has a 3.0 WAR this year, is hitting .350+, power starting to show, defense has been very strong, batted ball velo is increasing every month. Seems like Bogaerts is the best SS in all of baseball.
august fagerstrom
12:40
Bogaerts had a 119 wRC+ at the time of that article and a 179 wRC+ since
Would still take Lindor or Correa. Bogaerts is very good.
The Farthammer
12:40
Is alex wood going to be cingrani of a few years ago?
august fagerstrom
12:40
Wood has already achieved worlds more than Cingrani ever did
Big Joe Montferrant
12:41
Is it more impressive that Bonds hit .381/.749/.929/1.678 Ahead in the count or that he hit .286/.451/.594/1.045 with 2 strikes???
august fagerstrom
12:41
The Bonds 2-strike / 0-2 stats are among my favorite
Alan
12:41
How does a scout gauge a pitcher's deception? Is this based on hitters' reactions facing said pitcher?
august fagerstrom
12:42
Have no scouting experience, but I'd guess this plays into it. Sitting behind home (batter's view, essentially) and seeing when you can pick up the ball has a lot to do with it too. It's pretty apparent which pitchers hide the ball better than others
Eldridge Cleaver
12:44
Do the Astros call up Bregman to play 3b anytime soon?
august fagerstrom
12:44
To answer this and the one million other Bregman questions: Brian McTaggart, the Astros' beat writer for MLB.com, said yesterday in a tweet "Bregman isn't coming any time soon. "
12:45
He knows more than I do. I would also be surprised if a 22-year-old with 37 games above A-ball was close to the majors. Especially considering he just started playing 3B
Zonk
12:45
Is Albert Pujols already a Hall of Famer in your opinion?
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