Still editing the FanGraphs book, so content is a little lighter than usual. But I did do some research on young pitchers signing away their free agent years, and I found that despite the fact that there are good reasons for them to do so — security and a nice salary can be inviting things to a young pitcher getting his feet wet in the Major Leagues — pitchers that sign deals that go from arbitration into free agency are leaving money on the table.
For Groundhog Day, I looked at the state of the ground ball in the game today. There may or may not be more ground balls in the game today, and it may or may not have something to do with them pitching lower in the zone. So that’s settled. At least I got a ton of Ground Day references in there!
Oh and I diagrammed that two-ball play from last week.
(And I might have forgotten to link to my first post for The First Base Foundation, a charitable organization that helps young people prepare for lives as athletes and students. I wrote about why it’s baseball that I love.)