Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 4/18/16
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Carter
12:46
With Markakis off to a hot start, looks like he could be a nice addition for a contender who needs corner outfield help, or do you and all the fangraph folks still think he
Dan Szymborski
12:47
This isn't 1985. Teams aren't going to get excited about a middling 10-year-veteran that had two good weeks.
12:48
He's a league-average player (maybe) paid like one. Now, a team may get desperate for that at some point, but not right now
Chicago Mark
12:48
I once read Cameron say he thought defensive WAR was accurate +/-2. I'll ask him when I get a chance. But do you think it fair and realistic to put so much emphasis on WAR just yet? Also, when we compare players of yesterday (way back) to today how do you compute say Babe Ruth's defensive WAR?
Dan Szymborski
12:48
I'm not sure the context of the question or an answer.
Jason
12:49
AJ Reed gets called up before the __________________.
Dan Szymborski
12:49
heat death of the universe.
Jonny
12:49
Do you think Markakis will be a nice trade chip for the Braves, or is he worthless?
Dan Szymborski
12:49
What is with you guys and Nick Markakis today?
PieceOfCozart
12:50
Considering that swing rates are the first thing to stabilize, would you buy Cozart's hot start? Should the Reds hold on to him if they are serious about competing next year?
Dan Szymborski
12:50
It's encouraging but let's not go nuts yet
And no, the Reds aren't competing next year. If Cozart takes a big step forward, the interest to the Reds should be the package they get in return
Austin
12:52
Do you think Riley Pint should go top 5 in the draft? That shoulder action and short stride has me worried
Dan Szymborski
12:53
I think he doesn't fall beyond the Rockies. Given his apparent demands, I'd probably shy away from him personally
Chicago Mark
12:53
Sorry, but how can you say Velasquez consistency is there now after just three starts. April bias? I call foul.
Dan Szymborski
12:53
I'm talking from a stuff standpoint.
Enlightening Round
12:56
Nothing like watching Bryce Harper swing a bat right now is there?
Dan Szymborski
12:56
It's ridonkulous
Steve
12:56
Travis Shaw looks really good. Do you like him to outperform his projections, even after the BABIP comes down?
Dan Szymborski
12:56
I think he'll beat projections, but I'm not sold on him actually being *good*
mtsw
12:56
What would ZiPS project for Shohei Otani's WAR if he were in MLB this year?
Dan Szymborski
12:56
4.something WAR IIRC
senpaisanto
12:56
hi dan - any thoughts re: shane greene?
Dan Szymborski
12:56
His stuff actually isn't lifeless!@
12:57
Cautiously optimistic
Adam
12:57
Do you think its optimal for Girardi to assign Betances, Miller and Chapman a 7-8-9 role? Might it be better to use Miller as a match up lefty in high leverage spots earlier on and let Chasen Streve pitch some lower leverage 7th/8th innings?
Dan Szymborski
12:57
It might be, but let's be honest: They're there for the 7-8-9 role
Querques
12:57
Do you think Conforto will become a top player?
Dan Szymborski
12:57
Not elite, but he'll make some all-star games
Mike
12:57
I'm pretty sure that Aaron Sanchez is going to throw an 8 walk no hitter sometime. Not really a question but just a hunch I guess..
CamdenWarehouse
12:58
The Rockies have a loft problem stopping them from being contenders
Mike
12:58
Dan, is Joe Biagini-in-a-bottle the best thing since you invented Zips? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlOsnlnr33I
Dan Szymborski
12:58
Oh lord
Derek
12:58
Will Zach Lee ever get a shot at the Dodgers rotation? He's looked very good at AAA again but he seems lost in the shuffle with the Dodgers depth
Dan Szymborski
12:59
Given the dodger propensities for pitching injury disasters, I think Jerry Reuss might make an appearance
senpaisanto
12:59
Captain PoopyPants
1:00
So over the past two seasons, did you know Pearce has not been much worse vs righties than lefties? Maybe he'd be okay taking over for Lomo who sucks on both sides of the dish
Dan Szymborski
1:00
Don't go nuts about platoon splits.
Actual platoon splits don't predict future platoon splits as well as generic platoon splits until about 3000 total PA for hitters
DJ
1:00
Hard imagine a scenrior where Syndergaard doesn't eventually require TJ . Its such a sobering thought. Sure i get the "enjoy him while you can" but the idea he is possibly more susceptible to a major ligament injury due do to an elite skill (Top of scale velo) sucks.
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