Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/14/17
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Jeff Sullivan
10:49
But because it's so much trouble to calculate, the regular numbers work OK
uruguayan
10:49
Would it be a fun piece to find the best example the Taylor Motter/Holt/Zobrist/Bethancourt fellow in all 30 MLB organizations?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
I don't know how much fun people would have researching or reading about every team's utility players
Ben
10:50
The twins young players seem interesting, and the starting of a solid core, am I overrating Sano, Buxton, Kepler and on the way guys like Berrios, Gordon etc. ?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
It's really easy to see the upside in big-league youth. It's not hard to imagine how the Twins could get relevant in a hurry. But, just look at where Buxton is today. He's a disaster.
Six Ten
10:51
Any current free agents whose continued lack of employers surprise you?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
Fister and Pagan should be somewhere doing something
S
10:51
Greg Holland looking to be the steal of the offseason?
Jeff Sullivan
10:52
Well, he wasn't good yesterday, and the velocity isn't all the way back, but he does seem effective again. The Rockies bullpen is legit
John
10:52
How many innings do you see the multi-inning guys putting up over the season? Seems like Devenski could end up breaking the 120 mark. Also Ross Stripling is sort of establishing himself in that role too, 6.1IP in 4 appearances
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
120 might be right around the ceiling. Devenski last year got to 108. Started five times. At some point the guy is pitching so much he needs more days off
Matt
10:53
You, sir, have awful taste in hair.
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
Why would you expect me to have good taste in hair?
I'm just happy to still have any amount of hair
jon
10:53
The Cubs have a .246 BABIP allowed through 9 games.
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
Granted, the league mark is also a very suppressed .283
The Twins BABIP allowed is .216. Padres, .228
dave in slc
10:54
i am an insurance agent and one of the questions on the application is "do you have a trampoline" you don't need to know more than that to know they do real damage!
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
Thank you Dave
Bubba
10:55
How often do you see other fangraphs writers person? Have you actually met everyone in person?
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
I've met everyone in person. I guess I see Dave the most, but only a few times a year. I'll see him more now that he's in Oregon
John
10:55
Hitters and pitchers are better now than they were in the 70s (ignoring context), does this also apply to fielding?
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
Everyone's better at everything
Ben
10:56
Donaldsons calf has been hurt since the end f last year, this seems like more then a 10 day DL stint, which seems horrible for a team that is playing catch up
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
It's almost the worst possible news they could get on the position-player front
scrantonstrangler69
10:56
Is Harper going to erupt this year like he did in 2015?
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
I'm skeptical
But he'll be better than he was most recently
E
10:57
If you put Mike Trout on the worst AAA team would he turn them in to the best AAA team?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
Last year's worst AAA team went 58-82
The best AAA team went 91-52
Sorry, Omaha, but Trout couldn't take you that far
10:59
I could see Trout as a 30-win player in like the lowest levels of the minors, but not the highest
Kevin
11:00
I saw a typo where Josh Bell's OPS in AAA of .900 was listed as his OBP. What level would Mike Trout need to go down to for an OBP of .900? Junior college?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
High school
Jacob
11:00
Is a Kevin Kiermiers arm more valuable now because no one runs on him or less because he can't throw people out?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
In theory, my guess is that runners reach a certain equilibrium. So it should be roughly just as valuable
All right, I need to get rolling
So thank you everybody for hanging out, and I'm sorry for what I didn't or couldn't address. We'll do it again next week at the same time, and until then, be well and have great days
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