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Sabersphere 1/28: Pitching prospects, Earl Weaver, and ZiPS

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Clint Hulsey of I R Fast looks at which pitching prospects turn out the best: What Kind of Pitching Prospect Works out the Best?

There isn't much need for a real introduction here, but I wanted to continue my look at the correlation between velocity and success. Here, we will look at prospects using Baseball America. I think this gets rid of some of the selection bias that might have happened in my previous post on ZIPs and velocity when it came to prospects, as we do get to look at pitchers that failed to make the Majors.

Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus remembers Earl Weaver: Purpose Pitches

The job in the dugout has changed, the responsibilities of a skipper have changed, and perhaps most fundamentally, the game itself has changed. But however mechanically I might mound up that kind of obviousness risks missing something equally obvious: In his work, Earl was a teacher, and the lessons he offered to all, big and small, inside the game and out, remain as valuable today as they were 30 or 40 years ago.

David Golebiewski of Baseball Analytics looks at Atlanta's young outfield: Atlanta's New Outfield: Young, Fast, and Powerful

The Brothers Upton and Heyward all have youth on their side, and they can crack a game wide open with power or speed. How rare is it for a club to have three power-speed threats covering the outfield, let alone three young ones?

Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation looks at this off-season's most boring team: In Search of the Offseason's Most Boring Team

This is a search for the most boring offseasons to date. The winner last year was the Braves. No contest. They did nothing last year, absolutely nothing.

Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs looks at the 2013 ZiPS projections for the St. Louis Cardinals: 2013 ZiPS Projections - St. Louis Cardinals

Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, are being released at FanGraphs this year. Below are the projections for the St. Louis Cardinals. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.

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Today's BtB retro is brought to us by Steve Slowinski, and asks us what we know about BABIP (12/16/10)

BABIP: What Do We Know?