Kick off your All-Star break with Monday's edition of Saber-Links:
This isn't an article, but instead the box score from yesterday's MLB Futures Game. The United States' prospects blew out the World stars: World Futures vs. U.S. Futures - July 8, 2012 | MiLB.com Gameday | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball. Some interesting things to note, Rangers' prospect Jurickson Profar homered and Reds' speedy prospect Billy Hamilton tripled.
For some strange reason Dan Brooks and Henry Pavlidis decided to release this new tool on Saturday night; so for those of you who missed it, check out the Pitch F/X hitter profiles, they're awesome: Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing the BP Hitter Profiles. You can click this link to see how Mike Trout has performed against off speed offerings from left-handers in his career.
To continue with the BP theme, Russell Carlton returned to the Prospectus team today, and addressed Joe Morgan and his change in mindset about sabermetrics. Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Therapy: Hire Joe Morgan. The formerly monikered "Pizza Cutter" has returned from his work as a consultant with an MLB team, where he got the chance to delve deeper than ever before into the sabermetric monastery. His confidential work with that particular team lead to some interesting, albeit scary (for me, at least) conclusions:
I can’t get into specifics (so please don't ask) but I will say this: there are things that are generally publicly held as sabermetric doctrine—in some cases, crucial underlying assumptions—that are demonstrably false.
Chris Jaffe at THT, created an "All-Star team" of players who have aged quicker (and possibly collapsed) than the average star would: The 2012 All-Collapse All-Stars
For this team, I’m looking at guys who were good in the past but have really fallen far. Ideally, they should be in their early 30s, the point in life when age-related decline really can strike with unexpected fierceness. Also, there shouldn’t be any injuries to explain the flopping.
J.P. Breen of Fangraphs discusses the Blue Jays' interesting draft strategy under the new CBA Quality vs. Quantity: The Blue Jays’ Draft Strategy | FanGraphs Baseball
The Blue Jays took a huge chance with their draft strategy because it limits their opportunities to reap tangible benefits from their draft picks. At the same time, their draft picks have more upside and a better chance of developing into impact talent at the big league level — at least, according to scouts at this point in their respective professional careers — and in the difficult AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays desperately need to develop impact talent from their farm system to compete
Stay tuned for Tuesday's edition of Saber-Links, and enjoy the Home Run Derby tonight!