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The Fringe Five: Summary and Results and Discussion

Details By Carson Cistulli

Published: Sep 10, 2014, 3:52 pm EDT

Introduction The Fringe Five has been a weekly exercise (introduced last April) conducted by the author this year with a view to identifying the most compelling of those rookie-eligible minor leaguers excluded from three notable preseason top-100 prospect lists — Baseball America‘s, ESPN prospect writer Keith Law‘s, and also FanGraphs prospect writer Marc Hulet‘s — […]

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The Fascinating Free Agency of Melky Cabrera

Details By Mike Petriello

Published: Sep 10, 2014, 10:00 am EDT

Melky Cabrera‘s season ended on Friday with a broken finger. Normally, “team headed for 22nd straight year out of the playoffs loses second-best outfielder for the final three weeks” isn’t much of a story, but this situation is a little different. Cabrera is about to be a free agent in what looks to be a terrible […]

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Colby Rasmus, Enigma

Details By Drew Fairservice

Published: Aug 27, 2014, 9:00 am EDT

The Toronto Blue Jays season is a two-part story. What began as a pleasant surprise quickly descended into a lucid, waking nightmare. Two Blue Jays’ outfielders heading into free agency embody each of those characteristics. While Melky Cabrera is putting together a brilliant platform season before heading to free-agency, Colby Rasmus seems to have spent all […]

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Game Pace and the Mark Buehrle Effect

Details By Jeff Sullivan

Published: Aug 22, 2014, 4:23 pm EDT

We’re talking about pace-of-game again, in light of the recent vote to identify the next commissioner. Baseball games are taking longer and longer, with replay and constant shifting only adding to the length, and while certain fans believe it’s no issue because that’s just the beauty of baseball, this is one of those areas where […]

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Sunday Notes: Stroman; Kaat, Costas & Players on Flood and Free Agency, Smoltz Trade

Details By David Laurila

Published: Aug 3, 2014, 8:00 am EDT

Marcus Stroman has all the looks of an ace in the making. The 23-year-old Toronto Blue Jays righthander has won seven of his first nine big-league decisions and has a 3.03 ERA and a 2.97 FIP. Remove six-and-a-third relief innings from the equation and his ERA is 2.12. Drafted 22nd overall in 2012 out of […]

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Aaron Sanchez and the Trevor Rosenthal Experiment

Details By Blake Murphy

Published: Jul 18, 2014, 9:00 am EDT

On Thursday night, preseason consensus top-50 prospect Aaron Sanchez made his first appearance of the season out of the bullpen for the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Sanchez’s move to the pen is notable for several reasons, even though he already had 14 relief appearances on his minor league resume (though […]

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Sunday Notes: Baker’s Books, Barney’s Leather, Buehrle’s Bullets & More

Details By David Laurila

Published: Jul 6, 2014, 8:00 am EDT

John Baker isn’t a cookie-cutter catcher in the mold of a Yogi Berra or a Crash Davis. He doesn’t read comic books or converse in cliches. The Chicago Cubs backstop is a deep thinker who sees parallels between pitchers and a character in American Psycho. Baker attended Cal Berkeley, but the foundation for his pitch-calling […]

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Prospect Watch: Dalton Pompey and the Jays’ Dilemma

Details By Marc Hulet

Published: Jun 30, 2014, 10:00 am EDT

Each weekday during the minor-league season, FanGraphs is providing a status update on multiple rookie-eligible players. Note that Age denotes the relevant prospect’s baseball age (i.e. as of July 1st of the current year); Top-15, the prospect’s place on Marc Hulet’s preseason organizational list; and Top-100, that same prospect’s rank on Hulet’s overall top-100 list. *** Dalton Pompey, CF, Toronto Blue […]

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Jose Bautista: Force of Nature

Details By Tony Blengino

Published: Jun 27, 2014, 9:00 am EDT

For all of the natural ebbs and flows of individual player performance, the game’s ruling class — the elite of the elite — is a fairly closed society that remains fairly static from year to year. Any given season might have its Yasiel Puig breaking through, or its Albert Pujols conceding his seat. But the […]

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Is Brett Lawrie Putting Himself In Harm’s Way?

Details By Blake Murphy

Published: Jun 26, 2014, 9:00 am EDT

It’s kind of hard to pick apart Brett Lawrie’s game right now. Yes, the strikeout rate is up some and the walk rate down even further, but he already has a career-high in home runs, his isolated slugging is up and he is once again posting roughly a league-average weighted runs created plus (98), more […]

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Marc Hulet (26), Jeff Sullivan (25), David Laurila (20), Carson Cistulli (19), Dave Cameron (15), more+Eno Sarris (14), Jack Moore (12), Matt Klaassen (11), Joe Pawlikowski (8), Eric Seidman (7), Blake Murphy (5), Kiley McDaniel (5), Paul Swydan (4), Mike Petriello (4), Ryan Campbell (3), Tommy Rancel (3), Jim Breen (3), Chris Cwik (3), Tony Blengino (2), Brandon Warne (2), Jason Collette (2), Wendy Thurm (2), Mike Newman (1), Al Skorupa (1), Bradley Woodrum (1), Jeff Zimmerman (1), Bill Petti (1), David Appelman (1), August Fagerstrom (1), Steve Slowinski (1), Drew Sheppard (1), JD Sussman (1), Matthew Carruth (1), J.P. Breen (1), Drew Fairservice (1), less-

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