The Best of FanGraphs: June 20-24, 2016

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 and blue for Community Research.

2016 Broadcaster Rankings: Final Results, by Carson Cistulli
Keep this one handy.

Danny Valencia, Future Met, by Dave Cameron
Just you wait.

The Kenta Maeda Guide to Soft Contact, by August Fagerstrom
The Japanese import isn’t fond of letting his opponents hit the ball hard.

Freddie Freeman’s Delicate Balance of Power and Contact, by Corinne Landrey
Corinne digs deep on this one. Great stuff.

My National Past Time, by Sue Kolinsky
Never trust a Red Sox fan.

Clayton Kershaw’s Contribution to Bryce Harper’s Slump, by August Fagerstrom
Hint: It wasn’t an Edible Arrangement.

How Good Is Julio Teheran?, by Eno Sarris
The answer may surprise you!

Byron McLaughlin Avoids the Tag, by Patrick Dubuque
In one of the better researched and written pieces of the year, Patrick digs deep into a former pitcher’s life of crime.

Blake Snell Needs to Get Strike One, by Craig Edwards
It’s an important strike to get.

Andrew McCutchen Clearly Doesn’t Have His Swing, by Jeff Sullivan
This guy is the prime suspect:


Buying Yordano Ventura & Sonny Gray, by Mike Podhorzer
The numbers on Ventura are particularly encouraging.

Statcast FIP: Estimate The Home Runs, by Andrew Perpetua
A scary stat for A’s fans — Andrew estimates that Sean Manaea should be giving up more home runs than he already has been.

Oh Scorecard, My Scorecard, by Scott Ferkovich
Do you keep score?

How Much Will Yulieski Gourriel Cost?, by Dave Cameron
Dave has it pegged. Check back to see if he ends up being right!

Who Has Performed Better In the Draft?, by Oswaldo
This, and several more questions answered within!

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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