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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Pitch Framing – Which is it Gonna Be, Atlanta?

Last week, the Atlanta Braves added Kurt Suzuki as their backup catcher behind Tyler Flowers. With this new addition, let’s examine how the Braves stack up defensively at the catcher position. There are five different components of Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) for catchers: Stolen Base Runs Saved, Bunts Runs Saved, Good Play/Misplay Runs Saved, Adjusted [...]

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Trading for Defense

The Seattle Mariners have been busy this offseason with 11 trades. Including their deal with the Cubs back in July when they acquired Dan Vogelbach, there are now four likely changes to their starting lineup for 2017. Jarrod Dyson from the Royals and Mitch Haniger from the Diamondbacks will be replacing Nori Aoki and Seth [...]

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The Decline of an Elite Defender

In 2010, Alexei Ramirez saved 20 runs as a defender playing shortstop for the White Sox. He ranked 3rd in Major League Baseball behind only Alex Gonzalez (26) and Brendan Ryan (24). This past season, however, he was the worst shortstop defensively in all Major League Baseball costing his teams (Padres and Rays) 20 runs. [...]

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Cannon Arms in 2016

Which outfielders had the best arms throughout the 2016 season? To answer this question, we use Outfield Arm Runs Saved. This metric evaluates fielders’ arms by considering both their ability to throw out baserunners without the use of a relay man—Outfield Kills—and the percentage of the time a baserunner attempts to take an extra base [...]

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Yoan Moncada’s 12 K’s in 19 ABs

Yoan Moncada’s perceived value as a prospect took a bit of a hit last year when he struck out 12 times in 19 at-bats during his September call-up with the Red Sox. Obviously, if he hit .350 with 2-3 homers in those 19 at-bats, people would be more excited. But is it rare [...]

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The Flat Bat Award 2016

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 co-champions Delino DeShields and Dee Gordon both had limited playing time in 2016, which opened [...]

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Braves "New" Pitchers

In the last week, the Atlanta Braves signed former Cy Young Award winners Bartolo Colon from the New York Mets and R.A. Dickey from the Toronto Blue Jays. This gives the Braves the two oldest pitchers in Major League Baseball at 43 and 42 years old, respectively. Colon and Dickey will as of now be [...]

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2017 Bill James Handbook Projections

Published in the Bill James Handbook on November 1st of every year, Bill James and Baseball Info Solutions create player projections for the following Major League Baseball season. Let’s look at the projected 2017 leaderboards for home runs and batting average. For 2017, the projected leaders in home runs are as follows: Player Projected [...]

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Kris Bryant Baserunning

Kris Bryant’s baserunning yesterday was one of the keys to the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory. His baserunning was also excellent during the season. He had a Baserunning Gain of +29, meaning he gained about 29 bases on the basepaths more than an average runner (not counting basestealing). From the Bill James Handbook, which was [...]

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The 2016 Fielding Bible Awards

THE 2016 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS have been officially announced. Of the ten winners this season, four players are first-time Fielding Bible Award winners, while the other six have been honored for their defensive prowess before. Dustin Pedroia and Andrelton Simmons both won their fourth Fielding Bible Awards. Pedroia reclaimed his title from Ian Kinsler [...]

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