Baseball links from around the sabersphere...
Fifteen Years of "Tainted" Titles? | The Platoon Advantage
As you can see, every single World Championship that has been won since 1995 has had at least one player who has either been formally accused, or admitted using banned substances.
Scouting Report on RHP Tyrell Jenkins | Penn League Report
He's a real project but projects as a top of the rotation arm should he make his way to the Majors.
Michael Pineda's Three Nastiest Pitches | Lookout Landing
Clips of Michael Pineda's three nastiest pitches by "nasty factor."
Sam Fuld and the Value of Defense | Fangraphs
In all likelihood, Fuld could be worth ~2.0 wins, depending on how much his defense is worth.
Phil Hughes' Early Season Blues | Baseball Analytics Blog
With only two starts under his belt, you can't really get too bent out of shape about any of these numbers, although they don't inspire much confidence going forward. His swing and miss rate is pretty awful even for the limited sample.
More links after the jump...
Slugging In Late 20′s & Not Always Playing | Baseball Reference Blog
A list of players with SLG of .475+ who didn't play all the time between ages 26-30.
Is Jason Heyward the new Freddie Lynn? | Tom Tango
So, if the choice is the 2nd or 6th slot, that’s 72 fewer PA for Heyward, and 72 more for whoever. If a pretty good hitter is about +35 runs above average per 700 PA, that means each PA is worth an extra .05 runs. At 72 "lost" PA, that’s 3.6 lost runs. A little lost leverage as well, and we’re talking about 4 runs.
The 1991 Amateur Draft 20 Years Later | MLB Trade Rumors
Jon Lieber, Brad Radke, Jason Schmidt, Shawn Green, Cliff Floyd, Aaron Sele and Paul Byrd are among the other successful big leaguers to emerge from the ’91 draft.
When was golden age for center fielders? | ESPN SweetSpot Blog
Willie, Mickey, and the Duke.
Carlos Delgado: MLB’s best two-time All-Star | Hardball Talk
He should have hit 500 homers, he should have made more than just one postseason and he should have gone to several All-Star games, not just two.