August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/23/16
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London Tribe
12:38
If indeed the Dodgers are looking to part company with Puig, would the Indians be interested? Seems like a good fit, but it would presumably depend on how much the Dodgers would be asking. Seems like a trademark buy-low Tribe candidate though.
august fagerstrom
12:38
I don't think anyone can reasonably say whether Team X or Y would be interested in Puig. On paper, he makes perfect sense as a fit for the Indians. Puig's particular situation goes so far beyond paper, though.
Jack Glasscock's Cup
12:39
So, August, any way for you to get a message to Lindor regarding his swing path? If he had another few degrees of loft, he might legitimately hit .400 instead of grounding into 20 DPs a year. And how great is he that his top-10 league WAR seems like he is leaving some hitting on the table?
august fagerstrom
12:39
I'm not sold that he's leaving much hitting on the table. He's still outperforming his projections
12:40
The projections are admittedly probably a bit low, as we've probably got enough evidence to support the claim that he's changed fundamentally as a hitter since breaking into the bigs, therefore discounting the weight of his minor league numbers some, but his true-talent level being around the 115 wRC+ he's at now doesn't seem so far-fetched
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:40
Orlando Arcia has been underwhelming in his MLB stint so far. Certainly, he's young, and there are SSS issues in play, but is it better for his development to let him plunk around and figure out MLB pitching while on a low expectation team, does he need more time at AAA? When is one more appropriate than the other, does the team's level of pressure/expectations dictate it?
august fagerstrom
12:40
Man, he's had 77 plate appearances
He's 21
Remember when Alex Bregman was a bust two weeks ago?
Jared
12:41
What are your thoughts on what the jays are doing with Sanchez? Which camp are you in.. limit a guys innings to prevent injury or let him throw and believe it will make him better in the long run because his arm will get used to the work.
august fagerstrom
12:42
It's different in every case, and each team has loads of medical information on guys that we don't have that makes their decisions far more informed than ours could ever be, so who are we to really say?
Generally, I'm more sympathetic toward the latter view. But tough to argue with what the team does. So many hours and so much information went into their decision
Erik
12:43
As a baseball fan and also decent human being, should I be worried that the Yankees will go right back to being good next year? It seems only just that Yankee fans endure their fair share of misery between powerhouse teams, but it looks like that may not happen.
august fagerstrom
12:43
It wouldn't surprise me to see them be good next year, no
Q-Ball
12:43
In terms of COMMAND, is Kyle Hendricks tops in baseball? There's no other way to explain what he's doing with middling stuff
august fagerstrom
12:43
Tops? Almost certainly not. And impossible to say. It sure seems he possesses excellent command
12:44
I'm also not sure sure that middling stuff describes what Hendricks has. Stuff is not = to velocity. There's still good life on that fastball
Nick
12:44
Did you bite the bullet and subscribe to Apple Music for the new Frank Ocean music? I really want to hear it, but I already subscribe to Spotify, and it would be a pain to pay for more than one music subscription service.
august fagerstrom
12:44
I guess I already have it? Idk
It's worked for me
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:45
Sporcle taught me today that Chase Utley had a nearly 60 WAR stretch from '05-'14. I had no idea he was that good for that long - is he HOF material, or does he miss out because so many other good players will take up the limited amount of votes?
august fagerstrom
12:45
If he's on the ballot 10 years from now when I get my vote, I will likely be writing his name down
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:45
How many holes have you aced in disc golf in your lifetime?
august fagerstrom
12:45
zero
I have also not been playing disc golf for very long
KJ
12:46
How would you describe Joey Votto since the all-star break? Does he have the most advanced approach at the plate?
august fagerstrom
12:47
I would describe him as Joey Votto, max
And to the latter question: yeah. Just, yeah.
Josh
12:47
FYI, Joe Blanton is the Dodgers' primary setup man and has been by far their second best and second most consistent RP
august fagerstrom
12:47
Yeah, I was referring to starter Joe Blanton. That guy died. Reliever Joe Blanton is an entirely different human with entirely different DNA
Zonk
12:48
Say something nice about the Angels, without mentioning Mike Trout
august fagerstrom
12:48
asking the tough questions I see
hated ape
12:48
hi August -- not sure if you can answer this. how often does Fangraphs' defensive data update? For instance, if I look at DEF on a player page, it stays the same for a while and then one day changes. Can you shed any light?
august fagerstrom
12:48
once a week! can't remember which day!
Nick
12:49
Corey Seager is behind only Crawford and Lindor in shortstop defensive value this year. When he was coming up as a prospect a common opinion was that he wouldn't be able to handle the position. Is this a fluke? Is he good at defense?
august fagerstrom
12:50
I think it's still too early to tell, though I think it's fair to be more encouraged now than we all were a year ago. That being said, he still has a very unconventional body type for shortstop, so it's still fair to wonder how gracefully that ages, which I believe was the root of most skepticism to begin with
Jack
12:51
Who is your Favorite to win the Cy Young this year? I feel like 6 different guys have a chance
august fagerstrom
12:51
My gut tells me that by the end of the year, I'll feel that a White Sox pitcher is most deserving, but that Kluber ends up winning it
CamdenWarehouse
12:52
Troy Glaus's 2000 season was awesome. Like really awesome. And he didn't receive a single MVP vote. It makes me wonder what the best seasons were that received zero MVP consideration.
august fagerstrom
12:52
Someone has to have written this article
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