Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat
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Max Power
12:22
Is Gregory Polanco broken? Was the power gain last year a mirage or sapped by the shoulder this year?
Travis Sawchik
12:22
A lot of Polanco inquiries
12:23
It's shocking he has zero home runs through 111 plate appearances
He's going to be better ... He showed in the first half last year before the shoulder injury that he can be a quality hitter
12:24
But the injuries, the inconsistency, have perhaps lowered the ceiling. He seemed like a player, to me, who really presses and gets in his own way when he's struggling
Lord of the Infield Flies
12:24
Who would win a bare-knuckled fist-fighting tourney among the FG staffers?
Travis Sawchik
12:25
I feel like Eno would have the reach advantage
Phoenix
12:25
Is Conforto a better ballplayer than Schwarber? Do you think the majority (at least 16) of teams would take Conforto over Schwarber straight up?
Travis Sawchik
12:27
Conforto is the better all-around player thanks to his glove .... And he might be a comparable (better? *gasp*) offensive player. Schwarber did miss all of last season, and he's going to be really good, I think, but Conforto looks like a star who is not a threat to become a DH.
It's not like Conforto did not come with pedigree. He was the 10th overall pick in 2014, Schwarber was 4th
Sam
12:27
Hold on to Bautista or drop him?
Travis Sawchik
12:29
I thought he was going to be better this year as he had some poor luck on balls in play. His expected batting average was much higher than his actual BA, etc
12:30
What concerns me now is the K rate is way up, the zone contact rate way down
12:31
Humans start losing visual acuity at Age 29 which means it might harder for baseball players to beat age curves no matter how well they take care of themselves like Bautista
Anonymous
12:31
How many people does Fangraphs have on the backend writing queries and maintaining all the data on the site? How much coding do you and other writes do?
Travis Sawchik
12:33
I believe this is proprietary! Haha. But there are FG staffers on the back-end helping with queries and data and a few writers can code
AFan
12:33
Outside of ASG, video games, and fantasy baseball, what would it take to get Trout, Harper, and Machado on the same team?
Travis Sawchik
12:33
The Yankees
Machado and Harper could both be Yankees in 2019
Zimmerman
12:34
given I somehow stay healthy, what do you see for my end of season line? Moreover, is my health a bigger threat to my current campaign than my skills?
Travis Sawchik
12:35
Health would be my foremost concern. I don't think you will ISO .450 the rest of the way, but if you stay health I think there's at least 20 more homers ...
Twoseamers
12:35
Any thoughts on Rosario in a points league? Will he be an above average contributor sometime this year?
Schmets
12:35
What happens to Amed Rosario? Worth a stash, or will the Mets refuse to bring him up until September?
Dexter
12:35
True or False: once the time finally arises when Amed Rosario gets called up, he will be so good that Met fans will be saying "wtf was this guy doing in the minors all season??"
Travis Sawchik
12:37
It depends how deep your league is ... Rosario is going to be a very good player, but he does not have the power (yet) to be on that Lindor/Seager/Correa tier
Moltar
12:38
Isn't it kinda premature to make sweeping judgements about young players' careers after only five weeks of the season? At some point Conforto and Judge are gonna hit cold streaks and Schwarber is gonna hit a hot streak, and the questions around those players will reverse.
Travis Sawchik
12:38
As I said, Schwarber missed about all of last season. I still think he's going to hit. But given his glove, he's going to have to hit a lot more than Conforto to be better than Conforto
captainpeanutbutter
12:39
Dansby Swanson has looked absolutely awful. Is this just bad luck/sss, or was he less ready for success than many thought after his performance last year?
Travis Sawchik
12:39
It's surprising how bad he's been. It's been a real tough stretch. I think most baseball folks still very much believe in the player. But he was always viewed as being a notch or two below the elite young SS tier
YoOoOOo
12:40
In defense of Theo, I think plenty of GMs would make costly mistakes if they had the same money to work with. Can't spend it blindly.
Travis Sawchik
12:41
True. It's not easy to win anywhere. You can make bad decisions anywhere.
Ralph
12:41
on the subject of super 2, what players are currently being held in AAA strictly because of super 2 factors?
Travis Sawchik
12:42
Amed! I don't have an exact number in mind
CubFan
12:42
Ref Justin Wilson....a number of articles mention he may be better used in the high leverage situations he's been used for and that there is no one to take that spot. So, who else could be used to close?
Travis Sawchik
12:42
This situation will be interesting to follow. He's a former starter, like Andrew Miller, and I'd be curious to see him used in a similar fashion
Erik
12:43
Do you think Theo will eventually take on a small market team just to challenge himself?
George
12:43
I'm sure if Theo was given the opportunity to tank for 3 decades like the Royals did, he could win a WS in a small market!! I bet he could turn it around in less!
Travis Sawchik
12:43
I've said before, if a GM really wants to make a legacy statement he should go to Colorado
Anon
12:43
Aaron Judge: great RF or greatest RF?
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