March 4, 2010
Twins 82 White Sox 79 Tigers 78 Indians 76 Royals 73
The Adrian Gonzalez -to-the-White Sox speculation has started to subside after last week’s rumor mill had the Padres and the South Siders in trade talks.
A Chicago White Sox official told me two days ago that the team has never put Gordon Beckham’s name in any negotiations with any team. Nevertheless, the rumors persisted, which left Beckham to wonder about his future. And although the team assured him he wasn’t in trade talks, it was still distracting to the second baseman. …
For someone regarded even by many of his own team’s fans as somewhere between daft and clueless, Williams certainly has a habit of making killer trades, identifying undervalued players and putting together winning ballclubs. His basic philosophy of running out an 85-win team every year in the expectation that in its better years it will be a serious pennant contender is a bit strange for a big city team in a small-town division, but he has a World Series ring and several division flags that say it works.
Rank Name, Position, Team Average of Ranks Number of Rankings Tier 42 Dan Hudson, rhp, White Sox 45.2 6 3 88 Jared Mitchell, of, White Sox 69.4 5 5 90 Tyler Flowers, c, White Sox 70.7 6 5
The goal is to measure a pitch’s quality using only the inputs provided by pitchf/x. I’ve decided to use the same five parameters as Moore, also opting against adjusting for release point, and instead simply excluding all pitchers I classified as sidearm. I’ve tried to control for count and handedness as well. I’m calling the metric fxRV, as its units are in terms of run value.
Player Type Pitches Usage rv100 fxRV100 Velocity Matt Thornton F4 857 75.04% -1.42 -1.27 95.74
Average Year Projection:
.270 / .354 / 18 HR / 30 2B / 1 3B / 83 RBI / 80 R / 75 BB / 118 SO / 2 SB / 2 CS
Prime Year Projection:
.282 / .382 / 23 HR / 33 2B / 2 3B / 93 RBI / 88 R / 82 BB / 107 SO / 4 SB / 3 CS
BTW, Beckham was #10 before losing his prospect status.