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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Gonzalez, and Albert Pujols Combine to Set the Major League Record For Most Players to Finish a Season With 40 or More Home Runs and Less Than 100 RBIs

With the trend over the last several seasons showing a rise in strikeouts, drops in batting average, OBP, and runs scored, along with a sustained focus on power it is likely seasons of 40 or more home runs with less than 100 RBI may become more common.  In fact, Pujols was the only one of the five sluggers to complete the odd feat who was not a regular strikeout victim.  What’s more, none of the five 40 or more home run/sub-100 RBI seasons produced in 2015 were abbreviated by injury or had any other special circumstances.  However, having five players produce this rarely seen combination in one season amounts to a statistical anomaly that may never happen again.  Prior to 2015, the odd combination of the 40 or more home runs/less than 100 RBI season had only been completed sixteen times by thirteen different players.  Obviously not a celebrated group like the Triple Crown, 300-strikeout, or 40 home run/40 stolen bases clubs, the 40 home run/less than 100 RBI club, nevertheless, has its own unique history.  Not surprisingly, most of the players to join the 40 home run/less than 100 RBI club were feared power-hitters and were often among the best of their era.  However, a few of these odd seasons were produced by unexpected contributors

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Statcast identifies the rare ‘five-tool player’

The All-Craftsman Team!

Let’s lay out the rules. We identified the following five Statcast™ thresholds as stand-ins for the five traditional tools, and sorted by only the players who have had at least three qualified recorded data points in each of the five areas. That’s not the same as being above average for an entire season, but that’s not the point; we want to see the players who are blessed with the capability to do these things at all, and three times over six months didn’t seem too much to ask.

Hitting: Batting exit velocity of ≥ 110 mph
Hitting for power: Home run distance of ≥ 425 feet
Fielding: Route efficiency of ≥ 98 percent
Throwing: Throws of ≥ 85 mph
Running: Top baserunning speed of ≥ 21 mph

As it turns out, only eight players made our somewhat arbitrarily defined cut, which sounds just about right for a phrase that’s intended to apply only to a select few. The results? A pair of baseball’s biggest young stars, two free-agents-to-be hoping to strike it big this winter and a surprising entry who actually got sent to the Minors for a month this year:

The Statcast™ “Five Tool Players”
Mike Trout
Andrew McCutchen
Carlos Gomez
Yoenis Cespedes
Lorenzo Cain
Hunter Pence
Ian Desmond
Marcell Ozuna

Mike Trout making case for AL MVP award |

Mike Petriello breaks down some of the differences. Right now Donaldson has the lead in the context dependent stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, josh donaldson, mike trout, mvp

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Huston Street’s injury is a grim note in Angels’ dramatic win - LA Times

The Angels lose their closer and Mike Trout does Mike Trout things.

In the top of the ninth inning, they lost closer Huston Street to injury. In the bottom of the ninth, David Freese hit a walk-off home run, lifting the Angels to an emotional 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels remained one-half game behind the Houston Astros for the final spot in the American League wild-card race. The Angels have eight games left.

It appears unlikely that Street could pitch in any of those games. Manager Mike Scioscia said Street has a groin injury that is “not good.” Scioscia did not put a timetable on a recovery, but Street sat out 13 days because of a groin injury in July.


Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, huston street, mike trout

Monday, September 07, 2015

Digiovanna: Angels Manager Mike Scioscia disagrees that Mike Trout is average defender

Matt Harvey, Scott Boras, and Dr. James Andrews were unavailable for comment.

But some advanced defensive metrics rate Trout as average, in part because he doesn’t always get the best jumps or run the most efficient routes, an assertion that baffles and bothers Angels Manager Mike Scioscia.

“We have overhead [cameras] that read jumps, and he’s off incredibly quick,” Scioscia said. “From a scouting perspective, there’s no question this guy is one of the best center fielders in our game. The ground he covers is unbelievable.”

  I will take eight more “average fielder’s” like Trout in a starting line up any day of the week. Screw the metrics, we get too carried away with numbers. What numbers can’t calculate is the hustle and heart of a player. Trout will run through or go over a wall to make a…

According to Fangraphs, Trout entered Sunday with 3.0 defensive runs saved, 10th among 22 qualifying major league center fielders. His ultimate zone rating of -1.2 and overall defensive rating of 0.7 ranked 13th.

UZR quantifies how many runs a player saved or gave up through his fielding prowess. The overall rating measures a player’s defensive value relative to league average.

“The whole notion of using technology to quantify what we see is really good … but I want to know what the technology is, and if it’s accurate, what’s going on?” said Scioscia, who is skeptical of newer defensive statistics.

“I can show you our overhead of that catch [Saturday] night. The ball is just coming out of his swing, and you see Mike cross over [for his first step]. You can’t tell me he gets bad jumps.”

JE (Jason) Posted: September 07, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: advanced metrics, defense, mike scioscia, mike trout, sabermetrics

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Kevin Kiermaier channeled his inner Mike Trout to scale Camden Yards wall and steal a home run |

I say Kiermaier’s catch was just a little better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, kevin kiermaier, mike trout

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Month is cold one for Trout

The greatest player on the planet is struggling.

In 24 games this month, Trout is batting .200 (17 for 85) with one homer and six runs batted in. He has a .327 on-base percentage, .306 slugging percentage, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Monday, August 24, 2015

10 Degrees: The hard truth about RBIs - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan makes a case against the importance of the RBI in the MVP discussion. He also writes about a few other things.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mike trout, mvp, notes, rbi, sabermetrics

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Angels’ Mike Trout has MVP competition in Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson - LA Times

The difference in RBI will still kill Trout with a lot of voters.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: josh donaldson, mike trout, mvp

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mike Trout’s off-field obsession proves he’s a man for all seasons - Yahoo Sports

Mike Trout, a man for all seasons and weather.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Mike Trout having his best season of career |

NEWSFLASH: Mike Trout is a great player!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: mike trout, sabermetrics

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

All-Star MVP Mike Trout, HR Derby champ Todd Frazier share jet home to N.J.

Watching the pre-game on MLB Network, I was struck by how likeable most of the game’s great young players are.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, mike trout, todd frazier

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Friday, June 05, 2015

Best spot for Angels star Mike Trout to hit? Not as easy to figure out as 1-2-3 - The Orange County Register

Lineup talk and the greatness that is Mike Trout.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Tuesday, June 02, 2015



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