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2017 Top Minor League Defenders

2017 Top Minor League DefendersDecember 22, 2017 While minor league prospects are often evaluated on their long-term outlook at the plate, their performance in the field can often make a more immediate impact upon their promotion to the major leagues. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top performing defensive minor leaguers ranked [...]

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The Defensive Value of This Year's Free Agents

The Defensive Value of This Year's Free Agents December 8, 2017 As the Winter Meetings begin in Orlando next week, you can bet that the previously dormant free agent market will heat up once more. To that point, it makes sense to check in with the current crop of free agents to determine who did and [...]

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The Flat Bat Award 2017

The Flat Bat Award 2017December 1, 2017 The Flat Bat Award is given annually to the best bunter of the year. To determine the winner, we look at run value—run expectancy gained or lost—for both successful and unsuccessful sacrifice and bunt-for-hit attempts for each player. Last season’s champion, Cesar Hernandez, fell to fourth this year as [...]

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Cannon Arms in 2017

Cannon Arms in 2017November 17, 2017 Which outfielders had the best arms during the 2017 season? To try and find out one must consider both the runners an outfielder has thrown out, as well as how frequently the outfielder prevented additional bases from being taken. To answer both of these questions we will use Outfield Arm [...]

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2018 Bill James Handbook: Injury Information

2018 Bill James Handbook: Injury InformationNovember 10, 2017 This year's edition of The Bill James Handbook, which was released on November 1, features a new section on Injury Information. Beginning with the 2015 season, Baseball Info Solutions has been collecting detailed injury data with the goal of creating a comprehensive database that would catalog all events [...]

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The 2017 Fielding Bible Awards

The 2017 Fielding Bible Awards October 30, 2017 The 2017 Fielding Bible Awards have officially been announced. Of the 10 winners this season, three players are first-time Fielding Bible Award winners, while the other seven have been honored for their defensive prowess previously. Andrelton Simmons made history by becoming the first ever player to win five consecutive [...]

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Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part II)

Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part II)October 19, 2017 Last week, we looked at the favorites and contenders for the 2017 Fielding Bible Awards and the Gold Glove Awards for catchers and infielders. This week, we will do the same for the outfield, pitchers, and the Multi-Position Fielding Bible Award. As in [...]

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Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)

Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)October 13, 2017 For the next two weeks we will be writing a two-part series examining who the likely 2017 Fielding Bible Award contenders are. We will also be giving our predictions for the Gold Glove winners at every position in each league. This week, for [...]

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The Total Runs Leaderboard and the MVP Race

The Total Runs Leaderboard and the MVP RaceSeptember 27, 2017 As the 2017 regular season winds down, the debate over major league awards like Most Valuable Player (MVP) will intensify. With that in mind let’s take a look at the MVP race using the Total Runs leaderboard. Total Runs is a statistic created by Baseball Info [...]

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Corey Kluber Rises to the Top

Corey Kluber Rises to the TopSeptember 20, 2017 On September 7, in the middle of what would become a 22-game win streak, the Indians' Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox, giving up two earned runs over seven innings while striking out thirteen batters and walking just one. With this dominant performance Kluber surpassed Max Scherzer (who [...]

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