Today's edition of sabermetric linkage includes Jeremy Hellickson, as clutch of a pitcher as you can find, a Hall of Fame expert on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, top Red Sox prospects and more..
His FIP says he is not this good, but 400 innings into his career, the young narwhal continues to keep the luck dragons at bay.
Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated gives an overview of the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot: New Hall of Fame ballot weighty in talent and controversy | Hit and Run - SI.com
Debate over the propriety of holding their alleged transgressions against them in this context will suck up much of the available oxygen, deflecting attention away from other impressive first-timers such as Craig Biggio, Curt Schilling and Kenny Lofton. Meanwhile, a trio of holdovers (Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Lee Smith) have crossed the 50 percent threshold, suggesting they’re on their way to eventual enshrinement, while others such as Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Edgar Martinez are still trying to get similar attention from the voters.
Also in Hall of Fame news, Tom Tango and Jonah Keri's Tim Raines site is fantastic: TIM RAINES - HALL OF FAME, 2013
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus lists off the top 10 prospects in the Red Sox system: Baseball Prospectus | Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects
After two straight disappointing seasons that have ended in turmoil and the late August blockbuster trade that saw Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford shipped to Los Angeles, the organization has entered a retooling phase focused on a combination of more disciplined acquisitions and an infusion of younger talent. The crown jewel of the system, Xander Bogaerts’ star shines bright, highlighted by his impact bat potential that will play at any spot on the diamond. Bogaerts’ easy bat speed and lightning-quick wrists enable him to consistently barrel offerings up with authority to all fields
Eno Sarris of FanGraphs looks at relievers who throw a low percentage of fastballs: The Reliever Without a Fastball | FanGraphs Baseball
Sort the 2012 relievers by fastball usage (minimum 10 innings pitched), and then click it again, and you get a proxy for the worst fastballs in bullpens last year. You’ll also get a list of players that includes Burns (fourth-fewest fastballs with 31.7%) and Storey (17th-fewest, 37%). You have to go all the way down to 25th on the list — Mike Adams, with 39.8% fastballs — before you see a player that might sign a multi-year major league contract this season.