BABS charts early rookie progress

by Chris Doyle

As Ron pointed out in his piece on Minor League BABS back in January, there’s one weakness in BABS’ analysis that can group players together who otherwise may not actually share similar skill sets. The example he cited was Austin Slater and Boog Powell, who had...

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BABL at the first mile marker

It's May 15, and for me, that is an important date. Up until now, all we've been experiencing is statistical noise. And despite the fact that most stats never really stabilize fully, May 15 is the date I like to use to consider the "rough realness" of where my players...

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BABS May 2018 Update – Batters

by Chris Doyle

Access the first BABS update of the season here.

While we must remember that the small sample size caveat still exists, it’s nonetheless a fun and interesting exercise to try and spot the variances from pre-season rankings and attempt to explain or rationalize them.

Here are...

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BABS May 2018 Update – Pitchers

by Justin Cary

We are a little more than a month in the season and the first BABS scan has arrived. Owners should be reminded that playing time represents less than 20% of the total year's output. Be careful making assessments about skill sets. Instead, owners should be looking at...

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Early first round underperformers

This is my weekly article for ESPN Insider.

When we draft players in the first round, or spend $30 or more for them in auctions, we expect them to provide a statistical foundation to our teams. Although we are only a month into the season, the fates of these players...

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Deconstructing Didi Gregorius

by Chris Doyle

As is often the case this early in the season, a look atop the leaderboards can make your head spin. This time last year we were marveling at Aaron Judge’s power display and wondering if it was for real.

Fast forward 12 months and it’s another Bronx...

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Who’s joining the $30 Club?

This is my weekly article for ESPN Insider.

In a world where head-to-head games and snake drafts have become fantasy baseball's standards, the industry began nearly 40 years ago as AL/NL-only Rotisserie auction leagues. Millions still play those games and there is an artifact from that format with utility for...

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Surprise pitchers who could be for real

This is my weekly article for ESPN Insider.

There is a reason why four starting pitchers had first round ADPs last month. Elite pitching is precious and scarce. So if there is any hint that some new stars could be emerging, free agent foragers will be all over them.

Once...

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Deconstructing Ozzie Albies

by Chris Doyle

Usually scouts have an idea of who players are before they reach the major leagues.

“Player X is a power-speed guy who has the potential to go 20-20 someday.”

“Player Y throws hard but he has command issues.”

That said, every now and then someone surprises even...

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