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Breaking Down the Minors

So I finally finished my own top50 list. It's the first time I've attempted a more complete ranking of prospects, and I found it really really helped me to break down the prospects into three...

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Open Letter to Gustavo Cabrera

To my dearest son, My heartfelt sympathies, love, and prayers go out to you right now. I imagine this situation must seem so unfair and may even fill you with despair. Perhaps you are spending...

Brandon Crawford in IF defense

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Interesting FanGraphs article. "I’ve had the same pitchers, pretty much, since I’ve been in the big leagues." It makes sense, doesn’t it? Familiarity breeds comfort. If the shortstop knows the pitches that are coming intimately, he knows which way to cheat. He knows which pitches will break bats, and which could be scorched up the middle. To hear Crawford say it: "I know whether or not they are going to hit their spot with their pitches, who likes certain pitches, who will stay away."

and more Buzz about Wheelz

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Zack Wheeler‘s spring debut set the prospect world abuzz as the right-hander showed elite stuff in two scoreless innings of work. Having seen him pitch twice for the Augusta GreenJackets in 2010, Wheeler’s outing is an example of projection blooming into production.

For those who like self-torture: Wheeler QnA

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This season, the 23-year-old right-hander promises to knock down a different wall — the one standing between him and big-league stardom. Few pitching prospects have a higher ceiling. Wheeler throws four plus-pitches, including a mid-90s fastball and a rapidly improving changeup.

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Gustavo Cabrera: In Images and Video

As a dutiful parent, I'm here to promote my son. The scouting reports on him have been talked about, so I won't go into them much. I do have to share a few choice quotes, though: Cabrera...

How Tommy John Surgery Helped George Kontos

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"Things have a way of working themselves out, and I think they worked out pretty well for me," says Kontos of his trade to the Giants. The team would probably agree. They’ve got a platoon-neutral pitcher who has great control, gets ground balls, and strikes batters out — only six other relievers in baseball last year managed more than a strikeout per inning with above-average control and more than 50% ground balls (Sean Marshall, Wesley Wright, Fernando Rodney, Sean Burnett, Aaron Crow and Luke Gregerson), so it’s rare thing. Once you add in the platoon-neutral aspect, Kontos was one of four or five relievers with his statistical profile last season.

IF depth chart discussion

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More roto than anything else, but some interesting tidbits here.

Vogie on stranding runners

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A good article discussing Vogie's tendency to strand runners.

Tim Lincecum needs to learn how to pitch not throw

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Great Fangraphs article showing how Timmy just doesn't have very much control.

Kyle Crick profile by Mike Newman

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On the mound, Crick’s 6-foot-4, 220 pound frame screams 200-inning workhorse. With a high leg kick, long stride and the ability to create downward plane, Crick’s mechanics were picturesque at times. However, his inconsistency was on display as well as Crick’s stride shortened, causing him to land awkwardly on a number of pitches. Should repetition and coaching allow Crick to iron out the flaws, the potential exists for him to have average command. Marked improvement needs to come quickly. A 5.42 BB/9 may fly in Augusta, a park known for suppressing home runs, but won’t in San Jose.

If we look at what Brian Sabean did ..., it was very Fangraphs-y

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If we look at what Brian Sabean did ..., it was very Fangraphs-y

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/fangraphs-audio-dave-cameron-analyzes-all-baseball-16/

TGWTWS for a third of the years that they've been paying Barry Zito.

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TGWTWS for a third of the years that they've been paying Barry Zito.

http://www.lookoutlanding.com/2012/10/29/3572024/san-francisco-giants-world-series-seattle-mariners

Fangraphs SF Meetup

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It’s more fun to nerd it up in groups, I promise. You can only shake your fist at the computer so long before you look (and feel) like a crazy person. So, if you are in the bay area, come watch some wild card game wildness with FanGraphs friends and family at the 21st Amendment in Downtown San Francisco any time after four on October 5th. We’ll be upstairs, most likely, but you can always check my twitter feed closer to the event for updates. Come heckle us, Friday October 5th at the 21st Amendment brewpub: Eno Sarris, FanGraphs Writer, RotoGraphs Editor Wendy Thurm, FanGraphs Writer * Howard Bender, RotoGraphs Writer Noah Jackson, Former MLB Scout and Founder, First Base Foundation Patrick Newman, NPB Tracker Erik Malinowski, Freelance and Deadspin Steve Berman, Bay Area Sports Guy Scott Willis, Bay Area Sports Guy and Crazy Crabbers Hannah Ehrlich, River Avenue Blues *

Buster Posey Fights for His Pitch

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With Wendy and Argyle leading the charge, and Ben and Eno picking up the rear, Fangraphs has become a regular Giants cheering station. Here's one I missed. Sullivan talks about Buster's AB vs. Blanton during the Dogs series. Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Posey homered on the tenth pitch of his at-bat. The count was 2-and-2, and after the first three pitches, the count was 1-and-2. Posey fought back, and here’s what Blanton had to say about the showdown: "That’s one of the best at-bats I’ve ever had off of me," Blanton said. "I threw him at least five put-away pitches, I thought, and he just kept fouling them off." When players throw around words like "best" and "ever", whatever happened is worthy of closer examination, which is what we’re doing here.

The Sad, Neglected Fog Horn at AT&T Park

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Fangraphs continues their spotlight on the Giants: A glimpse at the current [homerun] leaderboard: Miguel Cabrera, 24 Edwin Encarnacion, 22 Ryan Braun, 22 Giants, 22 ... They’ve also allowed more than twice as many home runs at home than they’ve hit. In San Francisco, the Giants have been out-homered more than two to one, and still they’ve won far more often than they’ve lost.

MadBum's slider

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Ben Duronio writes a love letter to MadBum's back door slider.

The most underrated Giant

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Although Pagan may be underrated across all of baseball, Eno argues Blanco is the most underrated Giant.

The most underrated player in baseball

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Dave Cameron identifies Pagan as the most underrated player in all of baseball.

Sept. callups!

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First to post! Adoption Draft, baby! The Giants will activate right-hander Shane Loux, right-hander Brad Penny and first baseman Aubrey Huff from the 15-day disabled list, Bochy said. They’ll add another bench bat in Brett Pill, who will be recalled from Fresno. And along with Nady, the club also will purchase the contract of right-hander Jean Machi from Fresno.

The thorny issue of Barry Bonds’ Cooperstown candidacy

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SI.com talks about Bonds' candidacy: Conclusion: The wide consensus among voters is that Bonds certainly isn’t going to get in on the first ballot. Unless he receives less than five percent of the vote — highly unlikely given the precedents of McGwire and Palmeiro — he’ll have 14 more years to gain entry. It may be several years before he gets in, but the evolution of the electorate — which began admitting members of the electronic media (such as Rob Neyer, Keith Law, Christina Karhl and even this writer) — in recent years could work in his favor. So too might the pressure on voters to hold their noses and recognize that the Hall is a private institution whose revenue is based upon tourism; a failure to accurately reflect the era as part of baseball history may doom it — and by extension, the voting body — to irrelevance. It certainly won’t be a pretty process, but in time, Bonds should get his bronze plaque.

What's wrong with Hunter Pence?

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Baseball Analytic's David Goboliewski takes a look at his strike zone discipline and notes that he's contracted the Giant free swinging bug. Pence has chased 37% of pitches thrown out of the zone in San Francisco. He's 1-for-24 on those outside pitches, striking out 16 times in the process. While Pence's pep endears him to teammates, he's got to tone it down at home plate to help the Giants' playoff prospects. PS> I posted this just for shankbone! More Adoption Points Padding!!!

Baseball Prospect Nation Scouting Report: Kyle Crick

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Ingredients are there to be a classic power arm but he remains very, very raw. ... Summation: Great frame and potential for plus-plus FB that can miss bats on its own. Shows willingness to throw secondary pitches but all of them need work. Given inexperience, may benefit from narrowing arsenal for a while and focusing on FB, CB and CH. Has ingredients to be a number two starter but is a long way away from reaching that potential. Boom or bust type that could have any number of things go wrong at this early stage. Hard worker and excellent competitor. Steady improvement could land him in the middle of a rotation while he tantalizes with raw stuff that you believe should have better results. A perfect world scenario sees him topping out as a strong number two with strikeout stuff.

Giants pitchers excel at 'stealing' strikes

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Chris Quick of BCB writes for ESPN: I noticed that Mike Krukow, color commentator for the Giants, kept making mention of Matt Cain and how he would often "steal strike one" by flopping over a big curveball into the strike zone or tossing an offspeed pitch when hitters were expecting a fastball. The theory is that in 0-0 counts batters are most likely to see a fastball. I think that makes sense to almost anyone that's watched five minutes of baseball in their life. Pitchers often start hitters off with the hard stuff -- fastballs, cutters, sinkers -- and then proceed to use their specialty pitches -- sliders, curveballs, changeups -- in order to finish them off.

Is HBP a skill?

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It's BPro, so it's behind a pay wall, but the intro is worth taking a gander at. It especially applies because Gary Brown has such a high HBP rate, and we've been discussing whether it translates as a skill. Here's a free snippet: Some guys are really, really good at getting hit, though, and I’ve always thought they were pretty interesting. Carlos Quentin is the overall leader among players to have compiled at least 2000 plate appearances since 1961 (I put the cutoff, somewhat arbitrarily, at the onset of the 162-game schedule; here’s the top 200)—he’s been hit by pitches in 4.1 percent of his career plate appearances, better than the career walk rates of Yuniesky Betancourt, Miguel Olivo and Bengie Molina. All those plunkings do add up; if Quentin’s 4.1 percent HBP rate were reduced to the 2012 NL average of 0.76 percent, he’d have 21 career HBP instead of 112, and his career .349 OBP would drop all the way to .326.

2 sport star wants to play in San Francisco

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27 year old in A ball? At least he has more of a chance than a 33 year old in Birmingham AA ball.

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Do the 2013 Giants have enough payroll to re-sign Melky?

This was going to be a post in the other thread about 2013 Free Agents, but it got way too long. Here's a look at Giants salaries in 2013 according to Cot's:

Bonds opens up

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MLB.com: You talked to the Giants about possibly coming back as a coach. What do you envision your role might be for the organization? Bonds: I'd just like to do what I'm trained to do, and that's teach players how to hit. I'm an expert at it. I am one of the best experts you will ever find in this game, and I would love to teach professionals about something I'm an expert at doing. I'm not a computer person. I'm trained to do what I do and that's what I deserve to do.

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