The Best of FanGraphs: August 3-7, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research.

The 2015 Strike Zone, Through July, by Jon Roegele
Jon doesn’t have any good news for right-handed hitters.

Grading the 58 Prospects Dealt at the Trade Deadline, by Kiley McDaniel
There were many, many prospects dealt at the deadline. Kiley recaps and sorts them out for you here.

Freshmen Report: Kang, Grichuk, Syndergaard, Jungmann, by Marc Hulet
Because there’s no reason to stop paying attention to prospects after they lost their prospect status.

How To Use R For Sports Stats, Part 2: Visualization and Analysis, by Brice Russ
If you read Part 1, you’ll want to read Part 2. If you didn’t read Part 1, you’ll want to read Parts 1 and 2.

Trades from the Trade Value Lists: Part 1 – 2007, by Christopher Liu
I love to take a trip down memory lane. Peep parts two and three as well.

RIP: Kaiser Carlile, by Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff was on hand for a tragic event, and as us parents so often do, it made him think of his own children. Rest in peace, Kaiser.

Pondering Another Big August Red Sox Trade, by Dave Cameron
If Ben Cherington and Co. could pull a rabbit out of a hat a second time with Dave’s proposed trade, they’d only have one giant albatross contract to worry about.

Blind Resumes, by Paul Sporer
Pop quiz, hot shot!

Michael Wacha Has Four Above-Average Pitches, by Alex Chamberlain
Contriving a group of pitchers doesn’t make them insignificant. Especially when it’s a group of pitchers with four great pitches.

Could MLBAM Be Making a Push to Become the Next Sling TV?, by David G. Temple
As David says, what once started as a distribution channel for baseball games has become a lucrative technology business.

The Limitations Of The 2015 StatCast Data, by Tony Blengino
New data is tremendous, but rarely perfect, and Tony breaks down why StatCast’s data is no different.

Is Carlos Correa Already Baseball’s Best Shortstop?, by Jeff Sullivan
Maybe not yet, but it seems as though it’s his destiny.

Jungmann, There’s No Need to Feel Down, by Paul Sporer
Title of the year candidate.

Don’t pretend you’re not dancing.

It’s Time for a Baseball Senior League, by Jesse Wolfersberger
Get on it, MLB!

Luis Severino and Defining the Debut Adrenaline Effect, by Eno Sarris
Eno takes a look at an interesting effect, and drops a bonus table on us at the end for good measure.

Paul Swydan used to be the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for and The Boston Globe. Now, he owns The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Acton, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan. Follow the store @SilUnicornActon.

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