Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 3/10/17
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Jeff Sullivan
10:28
although he might not be in MLB anymore
Jacob
10:29
Top prospect most likely to flop?
Jeff Sullivan
10:29
Any pitcher
Giolito still count?
The Tone
10:31
I feel like the Nationals' lack of pitching depth is not being mentioned nearly enough in the general blogosphere. Everyone, fairly, focuses on the question marks surrounding the Mets' pitching health (though they definitely have better depth than the Nats), but it's not like the Nats don't have their own health questions with Strasburg, Ross, and (to a degree) Scherzer and his injured knuckle. The Nats seem screwed to me if they have even moderate injury issues in the rotation this year, do you agree?
Jeff Sullivan
10:31
I think AJ Cole works okay as a sixth starter and I can see the modest upside in Austin Voth. The Nationals clearly don't have the deepest rotation, and there are major questions at least about Ross. But their situation isn't desperate.
Hannah Hochevar
10:33
I have a lot of trouble remembering which is McHugh and which McCullers. Can I get a mnemonic from you? The best I can think of is if Carson likes McCullers better for some reason, then that would be a literary deal...
Jeff Sullivan
10:33
McCullers is the one whose curveball is almost as fast as McHugh's cutter
Heathcliff Slocumb
10:34
What are we to make of Sonny Gray's latest injury? Damaged goods at this point?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
It's a different injury but it's not good. Strained lats have ruined full seasons
mtsw
10:35
Will the Orioles regret not trading Zach Britton this offseason? Even if they're trying to maximize their 2-year window, there are certainly plenty of other holes in the roster he could've helped fill and their bullpen is very deep.
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
They could trade him in July for basically just as much if they really wanted to
So in that sense they didn't miss much of an opportunity
Terrible Ted
10:35
What do you expect from Felix this season? Sitting 91-92 in his last start.
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
My cautious optimism points me toward a season similar to his 2015
Bur
10:35
Do you think the astros are shooting themselves in the foot for signing Correa for the minimum? Short sighted or non-issue?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
The Angels did this with Trout. Didn't matter.
Scraunch Haunch
10:36
Who's gonna sign Byung Ho Park?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
He's still with the Twins
Z
10:38
Is this the season that Giancarlo Stanton finally breaks the 40HR plateau?
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
I just can't trust him to play often enough
Gest
10:39
Have you heard anything on Jameson Taillon's new look changeup?
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
I haven't sought it out yet or anything, I just know he's trying to have it mirror his two-seamer instead of his four-seamer. I'm a bigger fan of the two-seam changeup grip, and I think it should allow Taillon to more consistently keep the pitch down
bosoxforlife
10:40
Familia was touching 100 last night. Any thought on what his suspension might look like?
Jeff Sullivan
10:41
Chapman is the baseline
John
10:42
What's your take on Alex Bregman's offensive potential in light of Tony Blengino's 2016 Hitter Contact Quality Report?
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
Think there are still a lot of the elements of a good player in there, but after the 2016 numbers it would be easy to overrate his actual power. He's not that much of a power hitter, and even his peak exit velocities in the majors were mediocre
Nat
10:43
In two recent articles, you referred to "sinkers and two seamers" as if they're different kinds of pitches. Aren't they two names for the same thing? Or am I wrong? I could be wrong. In the same vein, if you're looking for article ideas, I would love to see you and and/or Eno break down the basic pitch types using all the new research that's come out on spin and release point. I've always wanted a numbers-oriented reference for each pitch - how it moves, what the grip is, what count it's used in, etc.
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
Sinkers and two-seamers are basically the same, but the general PITCHf/x pitch classifications split them apart for some reason
10:44
If you look at Brooks Baseball, pitchers just have either four-seamers or two-seamers
CamdenWarehouse
10:44
Did you fight Eno and lose over who got to write about Broxton and Santana?
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
I don't have anything more to say until after the season starts. It was Eno's turn
baseman
10:45
Let's say Domingo Santana breaks out, but Brinson is good and the Brewers want to keep Braun. Wouldn't Santana get a bigger package in trade than Braun anyway? Young, team controlled versus old, $20m/yr
Jeff Sullivan
10:45
Of course, the Brewers want young and team-controlled
Cody
10:46
Do you think James Paxton's diminished velocity this spring is an issue?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
What diminished velocity? He was throwing 95 on March 4
10:47
Best velocity he's ever had in a spring-training game, and we're still almost a month from the start of the year
Tim
10:47
Is Cistulli writing your headlines now? Your one today is a real doozy.
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
When I get to my last article of the week I'm basically out of brain function
Will
10:49
Is Freddie Freeman the best player (non-pitcher) in the NL East?
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