Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 12/16/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:40
Unless Ziegler has signed during the course of this chat...
He has not!
Kristen
10:41
How old is Fangraphs, and can you briefly describe its origins? Just a couple of guys shooting the shit and it went from there?
WhiteSox2020
10:42
The poor framing of the White Sox catchers is well documented. I believe this impacted Robertson significantly given he relies more on control than a big arm. If the Sox eat some of his salary what is a realistic return? Any chance at Robles from the Nats?
Jeff Sullivan
10:42
Robles is unrealistic. Maybe if the White Sox paid every last penny
Even then I'm not sure
10:43
Easier for the Nationals to just sign a free agent or two
Wil Myers
10:43
Great article on Odubel. Better than Austin Jackson in 5 years or also toast?
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
I'd never project the weird-ass Austin Jackson path
But I'd be comfortable projecting Jackson's overall five-year performance
Alex
10:43
Travis Shaw or wilmer Flores?
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
Flores
Ant
10:44
AL/NL Rookies of the year will be ___________.
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
Benintendi is eligible, right? Andrew Benintendi in the AL
10:45
In the NL, I'm feeling some JP Crawford
Dudley
10:45
how do i talk the wife out of buying a trampoline?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
Go to the nearest trampoline gym and observe the customers for one hour
Alternatively, go to the nearest emergency room and survey the patients for one hour
CarrotJuice
10:46
Sometimes I get scared thinking how close we came to electing a person who once used a private email server.
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
I send all of my correspondence by bird. Try and stop me, communists
Stuafoo
10:48
Care to predict the starting pitcher the Ms bring into the fold to round out their offseason?
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
Someone boring
Jason Vargas again? Sure, why not
CamdenWarehouse
10:49
So you're saying I should save my pessimism for when the Orioles resign Trumbo to a four year contract?
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
Bidding against themselves!
Twice is nice!
Dr. Frank Jobe
10:50
Looking back, was there anything in Odubel Herrera's profile in the minors that hinted towards him becoming the (currently, at least) quite good player he is today?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
He hit well and ran fast between High-A and Double-A in 2014. With speed and limited strikeouts, you could already easily imagine a half-decent floor. He's exceeded defensive projections, and he's grown into some improved power
10:51
When Herrera really gets a baseball, he kills it. There's more pop in there than his minor-league record would suggest
Andrés
10:51
True or False: David Peralta and Michael Conforto will help teams this year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
True
Hell, guaranteed to be true!
If you're not helping your own team, you're helping your own team's opponent
Technicality!
Andrew
10:52
Your Kevin Pillar/Joey Votto article was awesome. Has anyone ever analyzed that idea of average v. peak exit velo before? Seems like a very useful tool for projecting younger players, no?
Jeff Sullivan
10:52
I think it's a fun way of thinking about fairly standard ideas. "Raw power" is not a new concept. And efficient hitters are mostly line-drive hitters, who we mostly already know about
10:53
There's ground to be gained, but probably not that much. I just like new thought processes
Bob Pollard
10:53
So in some of the Fangraphs chats, and sometimes in Keith Law's chats, the phrase "Player X isn't good" will be tossed out. Then I'll look at some of the stats and think, hmm, this guy seems at least semi-good. A guy might have 30 HRs, have a decent OPS (.820) etc., and while the flaws can be easily identified (low OBP, high strikeouts), he's called "not good." I'm just wondering what the baseline is for "good" or at least not bad.
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
People have their own different definitions of "not good"
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