Wednesday Links (20 Jul 11)

In honor of his latest opus, we’ll kick off today’s links with a look at Padres ace Tim Stauffer, work our way through a long-forgotten pitcher from the turn of last century, and finish up with a brilliant quote from one of the Padres’ reserve infielders. Good times…

  • Fluke Watch: Tim Stauffer (Hardball Times). From Josh Smolow’s article:

    The strikeouts remain the same, but his walks have fallen in half and suddenly he’s a strong GB pitcher. Where did this come from, and is it for real? He’s kept it up for two half-seasons now, but can he be trusted? Short answer: Yes.

    Stauffer’s 131 ERA+ since 2009 ties him with Jaime Garcia and Johan Santana for 18th among MLB pitchers who have worked at least 250 innings in that period.

  • Prospect Fuentes developing speed in Class A (Padres.com). The issue with Fuentes isn’t speed, it’s whether he can hit enough to be more than a fourth or fifth outfielder. Sure, he’s young, but a .272/.345/.333 line in the Cal League doesn’t impress.
  • Find Franchise Trade History (Baseball-Reference). Sean Forman delivers yet another dose of awesome. Here’s every trade the Padres and Mets have made, from Ron Herbel for Rod Gaspar in 1970, to Allan Dykstra for Eddie Kunz earlier this year.
  • Trade market snapshot (Inside the Padres). Tom Krasovic talks trade, delivering the unwelcome news that “baseball teams are valuing their better prospects and young big leaguers more highly now than a veteran National League executive can recall.” As said executive notes, “Seems like the big-market teams have caught on,” which is just peachy. Kras also discusses the home-away-from home thing that bugs the bejeezus out of me.
  • SABR 41: General Managers’ Role Takes ‘Total Dedication’ (SABR). Jed Hoyer speaks… the GM panel from SABR41 is now available online.
  • How I Got Suspended By ESPN (Baseball Nation). This is one of the best articles Rob Neyer has written in a while. My favorite bit comes in response to a commenter: “I was warned off Commissioner Bud, too. Maybe someday I’ll tell that story.”
  • Henry Schmidt’s West Coast Bias (Mop-Up Duty). Matthias Koster shares the story of a pitcher who excelled in the California League and Pacific Coast League around the turn of last century (when the latter played a grueling 225-game season). Among other things, Schmidt is the only player ever to win 20 or more games as a big-league rookie (in 1903 for Brooklyn, at age 30) and never pitch again in MLB (he spent five more seasons in the minors).
  • Getting Friendly with Pitcher K% (FanGraphs). Carson Cistuli talks strikeouts, while Matt Swartz talks SIERA.
  • Footloose and Fastball-Free (Baseball Prospectus). Sam Miller’s thoughts on pitching strategy make for a good read.
  • Organizational DT Reports for San Diego Padres (Clay Davenport). Davenport, one of the founders of Baseball Prospectus, is offering the venerable Davenport Translations at his own site for the very low price of free. The Peak Projected DTs yield interesting results, e.g., Cameron Maybin at .274/.337/.448.
  • 10 things I didn’t know about Bert Blyleven (Hardball Times). Chris Jaffe gives us the scoop on one of Cooperstown’s newest inductees. Jaffe also takes a more cursory look at the other, former Padres second baseman Roberto Alomar.
  • Winning with in-house reinforcements (SweetSpot). Here’s a little something I did for the home office over the weekend. It’s about Arizona’s victory over the Dodgers this past Saturday courtesy of a three-run homer by Brandon Allen, recalled a day earlier (ex-Padre Geoff Blum, activated from the DL the same day, scored ahead of Allen). In my other contribution to ESPN this week, I noted that the Padres have hit as many home runs in 2011 as Yankees teammates Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.
  • On Deck: Everth Cabrera Padre for a day? (U-T). Cabrera, recently recalled from Triple-A Tucson when shortstop Jason Bartlett went on paternity leave, delivers the quote of the year: “I am ready to play, I have no more hamate bones.”

There you go. Like I said, good times…