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  • joined May 23, 2008
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I was a sporadic-at-best blogger. Then I built a PITCHf/x site. Now I'm a scout. Who knows what's next.

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Chris Carpenter Injures Hamstring, Berkman regrets signing with St. Louis

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"If I'd known the Cardinals were going to be a below average team like they are right now -- with Wainwright injured and Carpenter limping -- I would have signed with an average team like the Rangers instead." -Lance Berkman

A new PITCHf/x chart

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I added gravity to the normal "spin movement" chart. It's not a perfect chart, but it adds a velocity element to the typical movement chart without really complicating it. Let me know what you all think.

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Question about Spray Charts

Inspired by iamawesomer's original post about Fly Ball Charts (http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/2/2/744622/from-my-latest-post-on-rus), I've added some spray charts to TexasLeaguers.com...

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Neftali Feliz's change-up grip.

I was going to make this a FanShot, but it didn't really fit with the options... I am looking for a screen shot of the close up of Feliz's change-up grip. It was shown after his first strikeout (A...

Draft Prospect: Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS (Mechanics)

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I wanted to take a look to see why scouts like Matzek's mechanics so much, so here it is. So of the "opposite" of Matthew Purke, Matzek's motion is compared loosely to Purke's motion.

Draft Prospect: Matthew Purke, LHP, Klein HS (Mechanics)

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Some of you have probably read that scouts are concerned about Purke's mechanics. I have, but I was never able to find any specifics. I found a pretty good video on YouTube and published this quick but pretty verbose look at what they might be talking about.

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Video: Robbie Ross and Joseph Ortiz

Here's the final entry in my Texas Rangers prospects video series: Texas Rangers Prospects: Robbie Ross and Joseph Ortiz I also made a couple of changes to my site's appearance. A couple of...

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Video: Joseph Wieland and Matt Thompson

Here is my second-to-last Rangers prospects video entry. This time, I bring you two 2008 draft choices: 4th round pick RHP Joseph Wieland and 7th round pick RHP Matt Thompson. Texas Rangers...

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Video: Martin Perez and Juan Grullon

This is latest entry in my Texas Rangers Prospects video scouting series. It features LHP prospects Martin Perez of whom you've heard good things and Juan Grullon of whom you've probably heard...

Video: Wilmer Font and Evan Reed

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Here is the next entry in my Texas Rangers prospects series. This time it's Wilmer Font paired with Evan Reed. I've got very brief scouting reports on the two, and a more lengthy look at their mechanics.

Video: Brandon McCarthy and Ezequiel Rijo

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Here's the latest entry in my Texas Rangers Prospects series. (Yes, I'm aware that Brandon McCarthy is not a prospect.) This will be the first look at Ezequiel Rijo for most of you. I was shocked to see how similarly Rijo and McCarthy use their bodies to throw the baseball. Enjoy.

Video: Michael Main and Kyle Ocampo

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From the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, 1st round pick (#24 overall) RHP Michael Main and 13th round pick Kyle Ocampo are briefly profiled in this week's entry of my prospect video series.

Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz, PITCHf/x, and Plate Discipline

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Using some stats from FanGraphs and the PITCHf/x data from the first 10 games of the season, I take a look at the viability of Nelson Cruz continuing to hit like he has been since his 2008 call up.

Video: Neftali Feliz and Tae Kyung Ahn

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Here're the next pitchers in my Texas Rangers Prospects video series: Neftali Feliz and Tae Kyung Ahn.

Brandon McCarthy PITCHf/x: Sliders, Curves, and Slurves

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I take a look at Brandon McCarthy's April 9, 2009 start against Cleveland in which he debuted his new slurve for PITCHf/x. In the article, I compare the new slurve to the curve ball he was throwing on April 9, 2007 in just his second start as a Texas Ranger. Brandon McCarthy PITCHf/x: Sliders, Curves, and Slurves Joey Matschulat of Baseball Time in Arlington also took a look at the PITCHf/x data: Profiling Brandon McCarthy: A Pitch F/X Snapshot.

Brandon McCarthy PITCHf/x: Sliders, Curves, and Slurves

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I take a look at Brandon McCarthy's April 9, 2009 start against Cleveland in which he debuted his new slurve for PITCHf/x. In the article, I compare the new slurve to the curve ball he was throwing on April 9, 2007 in just his second start as a Texas Ranger. Brandon McCarthy PITCHf/x: Sliders, Curves, and Slurves Joey Matschulat of Baseball Time in Arlington also took a look at the PITCHf/x data: Profiling Brandon McCarthy: A Pitch F/X Snapshot.

Video: Derek Holland and Zach Phillips

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I've added videos of Derek Holland and Zach Phillips to my site. I briefly analyze Phillips, but I go more in-depth on Holland. Specifically, I take a little time to break down the Lincecum comparison. I think you guys will enjoy it. [This was supposed to go up at 7:00 AM (like everything else I publish), but there were apparently some technical difficulties with the scheduled publishing feature at my blog.]

Video: Wilfredo Boscan, Ryan Tatusko

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Here are the next two pitchers in my Rangers series: Wilfredo Boscan and Ryan Tatusko. Video for both comes from my trip to spring training in mid-March. Video was shot at 210 frames per second.

Video: Richard Alvarez, Pedro Strop

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I've put up some high-speed video of 16-year-old Venezuelan Richard Alvarez and the goofy-armed Pedro Strop. The video was shot by me at Spring Training last week. I filled the piece with some fluff that most of you probably already know, but I thought it would look weird to have an entry with just two embedded videos.

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OT - A date with the knife

Since I rearranged my blog a couple of weeks ago, I don't really have a place to post this anymore. My long-held suspicion was confirmed this morning. I tore the labrum in my pitching shoulder a...

If I see a little-bitty snake, I go...Aaaaaaaaahhh!

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If I see a little-bitty snake, I go...Aaaaaaaaahhh!

Josh Hamilton, via T.R. Sullivan - Omar the snake charmer

DMN Blog, MJH: Diamond back to a slider

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This was hard to post while slamming my head into the wall repeatedly. I'm thinking that, later, I will be breaking my fingers one-by-one and tearing clumps of hair out of my scalp. Even if it's a good slider, where the hell did that curveball go?

Zip Curveball Trainer - Please, Don't Buy This

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This has nothing to do with A-Rod or steroids. Hopefully, it will be a welcome distraction. I found this horrible product one day, and I was waiting for a gap in my articles to publish something about it. Enjoy the write-up, but please, don't buy the Zip Curveball Trainer.

American League Playoff Probability

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This is a quick look at a simple model for predicting the probability of a playoff berth for American League teams with a given number of wins.

Win-Curve Part I: Wins vs Attendance

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As I promised, the first part of the Texas Rangers economics series is up at TexasLeaguers.com. Part I: Wins vs. Attendance attempts to establish something of base for developing a relationship between a team's win-level and its revenues. Discuss here.

Rewrite - Biomechanics: Ulnar Collateral Ligament

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I've been busy this past week or so working on a re-write of my Ulnar Collateral Ligament article. Based on the feedback of both laymen and doctor-types, I have re-arranged some concepts for better organizational structure within the article. I have also added about 700 words of explanation to better illustrate some of the points that were less obvious before. I still need to add some words to the glossary, but for the most part, these "new" words are explained in context. Post your feedback here.

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TexasLeaguers.com - Delayed Internal Rotation: Performance Implications

I've posted the first follow-up article to my UCL article from two weeks ago.  I've brought up some new words and concepts, but I'm sure I haven't explained all of them well enough. My goal is to...

BBTiA Scouting Series: Marcus Lemon

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Jason Parks has started a scouting series over at Baseball Time in Arlington. He leads off with the polarizing Marcus Lemon. Check it out.

Biomechanics: Ulnar Collateral Ligament

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I've posted the first real content at my new site (which is still a little bit under construction), TexasLeaguers.com. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with site memberships, but for the meantime, assuming Adam doesn't mind, I'd like to use the space here as a feedback thread.

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Gerry Fraley says the Rangers are asking about Sheffield.

Really? The Rangers are interested in a 40-year-old DH scheduled to make $14MM in 2009? REALLY? The guy threw this line at the world last season in 114 games: .225/.326/.400/.725. Sheffield...

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