Tag Archives: Brian McCann

What can April stats tell us about the Yankees hitters?

I recently crunched some numbers aiming to figure out the predictive value of various April hitting statistics. By comparing April performances, PECOTA projections, and rest of season performances from the last three years, I developed models that predict how a player … Continue reading

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Bulls and bears: Yankees’ updated hitting projections

Last week, Fangraphs’ Carson Cistulli examined some of the most improved pitchers by projected WAR, focusing on the daily updated ZiPS projections in comparison to its preseason forecasts. Today, a similar exercise for Yankees’ position players. By comparing ZiPS’ rest … Continue reading

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Trying to find meaning in Spring Training stats

Most baseball fans know that spring training stats mean next to nothing. The sample sizes are tiny and opposing rosters are often filled with guys from double-A. This explains how no-name players like Jon Weber and Jorge Vazquez can put … Continue reading

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A look at the Yankees’ catchers using Inside Edge fielding data

Last week, Fangraphs added fielding data from Inside Edge to their site for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Inside Edge is a company that employs scouts who measure the difficulty of fielding each ball in play. For each player, we … Continue reading

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New metrics: Brian McCann’s defense alone is worth over two wins

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus unveiled a new model for quantifying the value of catcher defense. Unlike previous framing stats, this new methodology incorporates pitch-types, count, and umpire tendencies. They also released a stat that quantifies a catcher’s ability to block pitches. According … Continue reading

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2014 projections: Catchers

Over the last couple of days, I looked at the projected stats for the starting pitchers and relievers in camp with the Yankees this spring. In the coming days, I will do the same for all of the players in big league camp … Continue reading

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Regrets from one offseason ago

In an clear attempt to subvert the competitive balance tax, the Yankees failed to retain a multitude of key players from 2012 at season’s end. A year later, some of those decisions are perplexing considering the spending spree the club … Continue reading

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Brian Cashman’s Free Agency Performance: Catchers

Another day, another view at Brian Cashman’s track record in free agency. Today, a look into his decision-making in free agency with catchers. Unlike the past two breakdowns on starters and relievers, this post will be a bit shorter. Not … Continue reading

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