Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 2/8/16
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Sean
12:37
What if the MLB implemented a division switching mechanism each season - at the end of each season, the winner of each division would switch with the winner of the same "direction" from the other league? E.g., the Dodgers would move to the AL West and the Rangers would move to the NL West after last season.
Dan Szymborski
12:37
One of those things that's fun to spitball, but too chaotic.
sportznut
12:37
What's your general rule of thumb when projecting guys below AA ball? If they're on the 40 man, are they assured one?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
Depends.
I like hitters to have some time at high-A and pitchers AA
But I usually don't project a hitter if he's just, say, awful in the California League
Lee
12:37
Do you think we'll see any long term extensions this off-season? Seems to me the players seem to be getting smarter and more likely to wait free agency out.
Dan Szymborski
12:38
I think we'll still see the usual. It's not about being smart or not, it's about being risk-averse or not.
Marc
12:38
Its pretty obvious that with the current pirates rotation, they are looking to keep it close until after the Super 2 and for hopefully Glasnow to come up and dominate. My question is how close do they have to keep it (ie games back) before its too late?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
I think they hope to take the lead. Very few players are their own catchup mechanisms.
Jason
12:38
Looking for 2 things from Fangraphs: 1) An article on opposite-handed battery-mates vs same-sided battery-mates in regards to pitch framing. It would seem that opposite-handed catchers would need much less movement in receiving sliders and curves, which often are the "out pitches" with 2 strikes. The ball is coming into their gloves, they do not need to extend their arms, turn their torso, or pull the ball back in to the plate. They essentially just can smoothly receive it as it comes toward their gloves, rather than away. 2) Looking for pitchers "pitch value" splits for their pitches vs LH and RH batters. Thank you.
Dan Szymborski
12:39
Write a David
Bork
12:39
So the Angels realize that they are wasting Mike Trout and his value and decide to put him on the trade block. What kind of return would they get for him? Can you trade an entire farm system for 1 player?
Dan Szymborski
12:39
Fun mental experiment but he's probably impractical to trade.
Pietraynee
12:39
Is Arky Vaughan the most underrated SS of all time? Also, where do you stand on the hotdog as a sandwich argument?
Dan Szymborski
12:40
Actually, I think Ripken kinda is. A lot of people think he's just a very good SS that had a big streak.
When really, the streak itself while cool, isn't what made him great.
A lot of his early career stats were suppressed by playing before a big hitters' explosion in Memorial
And he still remains an underrated fielder.
DMBOdude
12:40
Two, questions, Dan: when will you be posting the Zips spreadsheet, and any idea if DMB will be offering a projection disk based on Zips this year?
Dan Szymborski
12:40
Yes and Yes
Matt
12:40
Odds that Orlando Arcia and JP Crawford open the season in MLB? Or are they more likely to be kept in the minors until June-ish?
Dan Szymborski
12:41
I don't think they open, but I'll be surprised if we don't see a lot of them
Antonio
12:41
Do you expect Tanaka to improve this season after the offseason elbow surgery? He still maintained a great WHIP and K rate.
Dan Szymborski
12:42
All the Yankees starters frighten me to some degree except for Severino.
and Severino still a young pitcher!
Tanaka's bone spur isn't the only issue he's had
Rick
12:43
Do you know of any articles that have compared the accuracies of the various projection systems?
Dan Szymborski
12:43
There usually are a few every offseason
Bork
12:43
The D'backs are reportedly close to signing Clippard. Could this be a terrible, terrible decision for everyone not named Tyler Clippard?
Dan Szymborski
12:43
He's a fine depth signing as long as Arizona doesn't like him *too* much
Josh
12:43
AL Central seems like a strong contender: Indians, Royals, Tigers, Twins, White Sox
Dan Szymborski
12:44
Eh, I think the Twins are the worst team in the division and White Sox one of the better ones.
Need fewer things to happen for alphabetical order.
Bork
12:44
You're the #1 Szymborski who's first name is Dan.
Dan Szymborski
12:44
TAKE THAT MICHIGAN DAN SZYMBORSKI
Chuncey Wiggins
12:44
Will we look back on Trout and marvel how bad the Angels botched his best years?
Dan Szymborski
12:44
Probably
hi eno
12:44
billy butler comes lathered in BBQ sauce
Dan Szymborski
12:44
Wait, what?
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