Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 2/22/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:31
When ti's ready guys. This is a big project time of year for me!
Sirras
12:31
Name one player you legitimately think showed up to spring training in the best shape of his life
Dan Szymborski
12:32
I haven't looked at everybody's shape, nor do I frequently even notice unless they're particular fit or unfit
Lucroy reportedly did a lot of offseason work though
The_Oncoming_Ace
12:32
Is the Boston media blowing Sandoval's weight problem completely out of proportion or is it a legitimate concern?
Dave
12:33
Are you going to be submitting a list of projections that fell through the cracks? For instance, Vincent Velasquez was not on the Phillies when their zips were released and not on the Astros when theirs was.
Dan Szymborski
12:33
Well, it's natural to look for a reason why he sucked so much.
If it wasn't his shape that did it, then he just kinda sucks.
Vincent Velasquez PHI R 37 4 4 3.79 25 13 78.3 68 35 33 9 33 93 4 41% 4 10 0 0 99 1.1
FA ??
12:34
who are best remaining free agents?
Dan Szymborski
12:34
Fowler most notable
Sirras
12:35
Build an offensive catcher using one player's contact ability, one player's power, one player's speed (lol), and one player's goofiness (a good catcher should be goofy in my opinion)
Dan Szymborski
12:37
Posey, Schwarber (hey, I'm not taking his C defense), uhhh Hundley? Norris? Martin? (not a lot of great choices). I'm just infusing Patton Oswalt's goofiness because he's catcher worthy
Sirras
12:37
Gun to your head, why am I holding a gun to the head of a baseball writer of some repute?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
Emotional issues?
Matt
12:37
What would baseball be like if all teams were publicly traded corporations?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
Probably not all that much different - Indians were publicly traded for awhile
Alex
12:38
Can ZIPS project future minor league stats? Say a prospect is in AA, could ZIPS project him in AAA, or just in the majors? I noticed that Baseball Prospectus 2016 couldn't. I wanted to read about Anderson Espinoza's projections in the high minors.
Dan Szymborski
12:39
I *could* but I'd have to set it up differently
Bill
12:39
Is this the year Yelich breaks double-digit home runs?
Dan Szymborski
12:39
I think so
Sirras
12:39
How amused are you that Lupe Fiasco beat Daigo in Street Fighter V?
Dan Szymborski
12:39
I was amused, though I dont' know much about the variability of SF results.
Matt
12:40
Yu Darvish threw 113 pitches in 4 innings in his last start before going down. Is there evidence or research that 113 pitches is worse on the arm for 4 innings instead of say 7, 8, or 9?
Dan Szymborski
12:40
There may be but I haven't seen it
Sirras
12:40
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much longer do we have until the cats murder us all?
Dan Szymborski
12:40
3. We're clearly giving them what they demand.
Matt
12:40
You think Wil Myers can play a whole season of baseball now that he'll be consistently at firstbase?
Dan Szymborski
12:40
I think so
Sean
12:40
Can you provide a ZiPS for Shelby Miller? It's not provided on either ATL/ARI's pages.
Dan Szymborski
12:40
Ah, but I did on Twitter! Which is why you should follow me!
12:41
And looking at it, it was in the ZiPS rundown for Arizona
Steve
12:41
I find it interesting that ZIPS and Steamer project Machado's HR total in the high 20s while PECOTA says low 20s (it's basically his last 3 seasons HR/PAs). What does ZIPS see that PECOTA doesn't to indicate his breakout is here to stay?
Dan Szymborski
12:41
That would involve me knowing why PECOTA doesn't like him as much.
12:42
It's like asking me why I like pizza more than Lee Strasberg. I know why I like pizza, but without knowing Lee Strasberg's opinions on pizza and why, I can't say why I like pizza more than him.
Alex
12:42
Reminder that Sandoval looked like this here in SF too. Winning just made the fans over look it
Luke
12:42
If Schoop slugged .500 or more and had an OBP below .300 it would be a truly amazing feat. Only 2 seasons like that have ever occurred in MLB history. Dave Kingman in 1976 and Mike Jacobs in 2008.
Dan Szymborski
12:42
But he *could* though.
Q-Ball
12:42
White Sox bring Jimmy Rollins to camp on a NRI.....I really like that move for them, thoughts?
Dan Szymborski
12:43
Decent but they should only be interested in him in a reserve role - be more ambitious
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