Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat
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harmony
1:27
Over the past three seasons Boston's Hanley Ramirez has an OPS+ of 117 in 380 games (including an OPS+ of 89 in 2015) while Seattle's Danny Valencia has an OPS+ of 116 in 393 games over the same period (including an OPS+ of 87 in 2014). As defensively challenged righthanded hitters born nine months apart, how different are Ramirez and Valencia?
Travis Sawchik
1:28
Apparently there isn't much difference outside of name value! .... I still like a healthy and motivated Hanley (when he's batting)
Quincy
1:30
Michael Conforto or Aaron Judge and why?
Travis Sawchik
1:31
Conforto. There's not the same contract concerns ... and he's still developing pull power as Eno wrote about
Ryan
1:31
Is Jameson Taillon a top 30 SP this year?
Travis Sawchik
1:32
Jameson is a great kid and talent. That's not impossible but I'm not sure he's there yet.
Kiermaier's Piercing Green Eyes
1:32
Shouldn't small market teams be jumping on corner sluggers if they're truly undervalued?
Travis Sawchik
1:32
Yes, including Tampa!
Will
1:33
Adam Eaton is an exceptional right fielder but his results in center are mixed. If you are the Nats, do you keep him in right, pushing Harper to center? Or do you move Eaton to center until Harper leaves and he can return to right?
Travis Sawchik
1:33
I want Harper to avoid as many potential injuries as possible so I think he's better in a corner
IsIt2015Yet?
1:34
Do you hope to/plan on trying to maintain your relationships with the Pirates fo and staff as you transition into your role at FG?
Travis Sawchik
1:34
I do hope and plan to
Hank
1:34
Which OF for the Pirates finishes 2017 with the highest WAR: Polanco, Marte or McCutcheon?
Travis Sawchik
1:34
Marte
El Duderino
1:35
If a random 30 year old guy held a showcase and threw 105+ MPH with a fluid motion and existing command. How much do you think he could sign for? (assuming he's 6'5 and athletic).
Travis Sawchik
1:36
The original Chapman contract, minus a year, plus inflation
Sal
1:36
Giancarlo Stantons career high in HR is 37, which he has done twice. Do you think he sets a new career high this season, and if so, how many do you think he ends up with?
Travis Sawchik
1:36
He's gotta eventually stay healthy a full year, right?
aspergilius fumigatus
1:37
Is there a stat that takes into account quality of opponent each at bat? For instance, is there a metric that will reward John Doe for getting a single off Clayton Kershaw more than for doing the same against James Shields? I would imagine that this would even out over time and not make any significant differences, but there’s got to be some players (or probably more likely whole teams) that are getting lucky in who they face (eg. Giants faced Kershaw 5 times in 2016, while the Dbacks faced him once).
Travis Sawchik
1:37
I don't believe there is a public tool available. Let's open- crowd-source this
Sal
1:38
Addison Russell quietly raised his OBP from .306 to .321 and his slugging from .390 to .417 in his first full season at SS. I continue to think Russell is wildly underrated on the national scene. If he can raise that OBP to the .340-.350 range(which won't be easy), he's an absolute superstar. Is he underrated, or am I a homer?
Travis Sawchik
1:38
Russell is going to be a star
soaktherich
1:38
In a blockbuster like the Sale trade, assuming Sale continues to be Sale on a bargain contract for 3 more years, how good do the traded prospects have to become before the Red Sox clearly “gave up too much?”
Travis Sawchik
1:40
The prospects have to pretty darn good. And I'm not sure we properly value the worth of a Sale-like pitcher in the postseason, when the game warps more in his favor (in terms of accounting for a larger share of inning, etc)
soaktherich
1:40
How many WAR has Ray Searage been worth in Pittsburgh and why isn’t he making $7-8M/WAR?
Travis Sawchik
1:40
A great assistant coach is probably very undervalued. Tough to quantify, though
Towel
1:41
Eno sarris wrote a whole article on Ryon Healy re: changing launch angle
Travis Sawchik
1:41
I will check that out
Sim
1:42
You get 20 pitches to get 1 hit off Kershaw. If you do you win $5 million. If you don't you go to jail for 5 years. Do you take the chance?
Travis Sawchik
1:42
I wouldn't take that bet for 2,000 pitches
dominik
1:42
Re launch angle increase: that is basically what murphy and altuve did. Probably a combination of pitch selection and swing plane ( more uppercut). Not easy to do though.
Travis Sawchik
1:43
Donaldsomn, JD Martinez, and Joyce, too. That philosophy seems to be more popular now and now we can measure launch angle. Curious players have an advantage
Uno Mas Keeper..
1:43
Story or Sanchez.
Travis Sawchik
1:43
Sanchez
Sonny
1:44
I believe we've just seen the future of Buster Posey and it looks a lot more like Joe Mauer's age curve than I'd like to admit. Please give me reasons this won't be true
Travis Sawchik
1:44
Nah. Posey has a much different body and the glove is still elite ... Mauer was not an elite receiver
Sonny
1:45
Boston has moved a ton of future assets for a 3-5 year window, how many teams, specifically teams with that much $$$ would do the same?
Travis Sawchik
1:45
Most smaller- and mid-markets probably would not
1:46
Thanks for all of the outstanding questions. We will do this again next week.
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