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Dave Cameron
12:33
Another example of a guy who would lose value from a position switch.
Having fewer balls hit to him = less chances to add value defensively.
Jose
12:35
If you were running a player development (i.e., amateur and minor league talent) machine, what's the one thing you would do that most teams aren't doing?
Dave Cameron
12:35
Rest my players way more.
12:36
Starting pitchers only travel on road trips if they're scheduled to pitch in that city.
Brendon
12:38
Thoughts on Hosmer over Goldschmidt, Kinsler over Murphey, etc. What would your ideal WBC lineup look like?
Dave Cameron
12:38
There's a reason Jim Leyland isn't an MLB manager anymore.
Choo Choo
12:39
Why all the hate for Hosmer? I know he's not AS good as some make him out to be, but he's talked about as a horrible player these days. He's still a solid major league that a lot of clubs would love to have.
Dave Cameron
12:39
No one says he's horrible. He's a +1 to +2 WAR player with some upside if he learns to stop hitting grounders.
Robin
12:39
Earlier this week, I was thinking about that old time silly boat that used to sit in LF at the Kingdome and I'll admit, I sorta wished it reborn in some way at Safeco. What do you remember of that old time boat? Any nostalgic things you wish would come back to any stadium?
Dave Cameron
12:39
We named our blog after that silly boat.
12:40
(We being USS Mariner)
Samwise
12:41
I hear Porcello's name a lot on the regression lists from pretty much all over. Do you think he is one of those guys peripherals/projections can't add in his real life talent of keeping runs off the board and being efficient in addition to being on a good boston team?
Dave Cameron
12:41
Porcello has, for his career, allowed more runs than his peripherals would suggest.
There's no real reason to think that he has magic run prevention skills now.
12 to 6
12:43
I love the enthusiam by the players and coaches in the WBC. Can this eventually bleed over into an everyday thing in the regular MLB season?
Dave Cameron
12:43
Probably not. The stakes are much higher than when one game is 0.6% of your season.
Erik
12:44
Will the apparently widespread fear of exceeding the luxury tax keep the Harper and Machado contracts from being as huge as some are predicting? Or will there be at least two teams (required for a bidding war) who have the ability and desire to meet their demands?
Dave Cameron
12:44
The Dodgers and Yankees aren't going to be like "eh, we probably should start caring about the tax now."
Hank
12:44
Everyone is all over Julio Urias, and for good reason. But, is there a chance that Yadier Alvarez is a best young pitcher the Dodgers have?
Dave Cameron
12:45
Anything can happen with pitchers, but there's no reason to believe, right now, that Alvarez is more likely to become great than Urias.
80-grades
12:45
If a pitcher had an 80-grade offspeed pitch, what's the worst his fastball could be if he were to be successful? And who is the closest to fitting that description in MLB? Ignore knuckleballers for the purposes of these questions.
Dave Cameron
12:46
Jamie Moyer made it work throwing ~82, and he didn't have an 80 off-speed pitch.
So at least that, and maybe a little lower.
A knuckleball might be a better comparison.
That's essentially an 80 grade "off speed" pitch and guys are good throwing 75-80 in between.
And yeah, I didn't read the end of your question until now.
Raindog
12:47
If we had Pitch F/x for spring training, could we tell which guys have actually added a useful pitch, versus just talked about it?
Dave Cameron
12:47
There is pitchf/x in some ST parks.
Tim
12:47
Who is the best defenders that few people talk about?
Dave Cameron
12:47
Nick Ahmed.
Going to be traded cheap, but is legitimately a plus plus SS.
12:48
Because he can't hit at all.
Paul
12:49
Re: resting players more, I totally agree. I came across something fascinating in an NBA column by Zach Lowe (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18843801/zach-lowe-2017-luke-walton-all-stars-nba). "[Luc Richard Mbah a Moute] credits his strong play to his new sleep regimen. He vowed in the offseason to sleep at least 12 hours per night... '12 is nice, but I want more. I can do 14 or 15 hours... he became obsessed during his season in Philly, where the team's sports science staff inundated player with data about their bodies."
Dave Cameron
12:49
Rest is the next big revolution coming to baseball.
CaptainPeanutbutter
12:49
I thought Goldschmidt was on the bench cuz the dbacks didn't really want him to play. Is it really because Leyland thinks that Hosmer is the better option?
Dave Cameron
12:49
Why would any team want their best player to not get at-bats?
Arms are a different story, but no one wants their guys to go sit and watch for a few weeks.
mtsw
12:50
Factoring in Price's injury, are the Red Sox now the most imperiled division favorite?
Dave Cameron
12:50
Yeah, for sure.
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