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Monday, May 29, 2017

Statcast: Taylor’s speedy grab | MLB.com

I bet this wasn’t on Sportscenter.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How a Defensive Leap Has Fueled the Twins’ First-Place Run

It’s in the third phase of the game, defense, that the 2017 Twins exhibit signs of a remarkable turnaround. Last year, the Twins supplemented a bad pitching staff with a porous defense, which ranked 28th or 29th in MLB by all three major advanced defensive metrics. This year, the staff is just as poor, but it’s supported by a defense that leads the majors with 27 defensive runs saved — no other team exceeds 17 — and ranks second in fielding runs above average and third in ultimate zone rating. The effect on the Twins’ bottom line is stark: Last year they allowed 5.49 runs per game, just six-thousandths of a decimal point out of last place, but this year they’re allowing 4.58 per game, directly in line with the league average.

The Twins’ transformation from MLB’s worst team to a division leader — albeit one that’s unlikely to maintain its current pace — is attributable mainly to that defensive leap.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, twins

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pretty in pink: See Buxton’s gorgeous grab | MLB.com

This guy is pretty, pretty good with the glove.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, defense, twins

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Jedlovec joins MLB Now | MLB.com

Tip: If you can’t always watch MLB Now, here’s a link to a segment archive on MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, drs, sabermetrics

Monday, April 24, 2017

Peter Gammons: The integration of science and humanity - GammonsDaily.com

Gammon on catching.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 11:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, defense

2017 UZR Updates! | FanGraphs Baseball

MGL updates UZR.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 10:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, uzr

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Do MLB Teams Undervalue Defense — Or Just Value It Differently? | FiveThirtyEight

Whether because of Statcast or scouting, the Cubs and now the Cardinals have seen something in Fowler’s performance that current fielding valuations don’t seem to capture. And when two of the smartest front offices in baseball appear to be discarding defensive metrics, it makes you stop and wonder whether the metrics might just be wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 19, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, defense, sabermetrics, statcast

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eaton out to prove he’s still an elite center fielder - Nationals Pastime

In the bigger picture, Eaton admits at least some motivation this season to show his detractors he still can be an elite center fielder.

“Yes and no,” he said. “A part of me thinks: Who cares what other people think? That’s kind of been my motto my whole life. You can tell me I can’t do something, and I don’t really care what you think. I’m just going to go out and do the best of my ability. That’s one of my thoughts.

“And the other one is: Yeah, tell everybody that I can still do something that they don’t think I can do. But five years ago, if you asked any scout if they thought I was going to be in the big leagues, they’d say no, too. So there hasn’t really been much praise throughout my career in most aspects. So I wouldn’t say it’s any different. I’m getting kind of used to that.”

 

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam eaton, defense, nationals

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Rey Ordóñez And The Outer Boundary Of Range | VICE Sports

Debates about Rey Ordonez were a thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, rey ordonez

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Twins project for strongest 2017 outfield arms | MLB.com

More wonderful Statcast stuff.

So the way we’ve identified “competitive throws” is to identify a player’s 90th percentile arm strength, and then take the average of all throws above the 90th percentile, as a good proxy for tracking only throws where a fielder was trying to make play with some urgency. Of the 107 outfielders who had at least 10 such throws last year, Aaron Hicks’ average of 99.4 mph was baseball’s best (remember this?), and Khris Davis’ average of 72.5 mph was the weakest. That’s a big gap, yet it passes the eye test.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Monday, February 06, 2017

Jim Bowden quote on analytics and metrics impacting managers

Analytics and metrics are really helping MLB teams quantify defensive abilities and along with their scouting eyes are encouraging managers to align their outfielders better than ever before. This has been highlighted by the Marlins decision to move Yelich to CF and Ozina to LF & Pirates intention of moving Marte to CF and McCutchen to LF. Who else should make a similar move? The Rockies should move Dahl to CF and Blackmon to LF.

Jim Bowden, ESPN Senior Writer

Jim Furtado Posted: February 06, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, statcast

Thursday, December 22, 2016

On Players’ and Coaches’ Skepticism of Defensive Metrics

When Statcast fixes the missing plays problem, DRS and UZR will go the way of RF and Fielding Pct. Nobody will use them. Regardless, most often it’s a misunderstanding of what the numbers mean and using them improperly that is an actual problem.

“I’ve seen the defensive statistics that say that Hechy (Adeiny Hechavarria) is not a good shortstop, and that’s just stupid,” says Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. “You can’t say that and have any sort of credibility at the same time. I think a lot of sabermetrics and a lot of the numbers don’t tell the whole story. You’ve got to watch the game, as well. You can’t just look at a sheet of paper, look at what it says, and say, ‘This guy’s good, that guy’s not good,’ just based on looking at paper.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, defensive metrics, drs, sabermetrics, uzr

 

 

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