Here it is another Monday and here I am presenting you with some pretty gnarly work by our team here. Was I the only one surprised the Houston Astros selected Mark Appel number one overall?
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
What Do Minor League Walk and Strikeout Rates Tell Us About Prospects: An Update - By Chris St. John - Beyond the Box Score
If you don't know by now then allow me to let you in on a little something, something. Chris St. John is a famous FanGraphs audio participant and he is very skilled with the analysis. In this piece he builds on his previous work regarding walk and strikeout rates and what they tell us about prospects.
Investigating the "Lefty Strike" - By Jon Roegele - Beyond the Box Score
The strike zone is called many different ways by many different umpires in baseball; it's frustrating for players and fans to say the least. Jon takes a look at the "lefty strike" and provides us with some interesting results from his research.
Matt Carpenter and Divergent Skills - By Andrew Shen - Beyond the Box Score
I'm a huge fan of Matt Carpenter and his particular skill set. And let's be clear - he does have a particular set of skills; skills he has acquired over a very long career playing baseball from youth league all the way up to the big leagues. Skills that make him a nightmare for pitchers who don't respect those skills.
The Best & The Worst 2012 and 2013 Hitting Style - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
This is a good look at the best and worst performers from last season and then comparing them to the best and the worst performers this season. Some players show up on both lists, and there are a few, and some don't repeat at all.
Around the Sabersphere
Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: One Small Step for Kansas City, One Giant Leap for Lineup Construction | By Ben Lindbergh
Of all the research done or topics of study within the sabermetric community regarding the efficiency of a team lineup optimization remains one of my favorites. The Kansas City Royals may be giving lineup optimization a real go here.
Mark Appel and a New Kind of Leverage | By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs Baseball
I was quite surprised when the Houston Astros made Mark Appel the number one overall pick on Thursday. The reason I was surprised is because I didn't think they would be interested in paying him what he would command. Dave breaks down how the negotiations could play out.
Visualization: the 2013 MLB draft - By Dan Lependorf - The Hardball Times
Here is a nice little breakdown, with colors and bars, that shows us the percentage of players drafted at each position and then compares this draft to previous ones.
Around SB Nation
Was Corey Patterson a bust? - By Rob Neyer - Baseball Nation
Corey Patterson was one of those players that you always thought was good, or had the potential to be really good, but just never got there. Rob asks the question; was he the bust or were we just expecting to much?
2013 MLB Draft: The draftees worth rooting for - By Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
Grant isn't one known to be a big softy, or maybe he is - depends on who you speak with I guess - but here he is giving us the rundown of some players drafted over the weekend that he is going to root for and wants us to root for as well.
Outside the Sabersphere