The Best of FanGraphs: June 5-9, 2017

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.

FanGraphs’ 2017 Mock Draft, by Eric Longenhagen
This piece represents a great deal of effort on Eric’s part. Also, there’s a pitcher who’s going to be taken in this draft named D.L. Oh the irony!

Max Scherzer’s New Toy, by Eno Sarris
Hint: It’s not this.

Or this.

But, could it be one of these?

No, no, it probably can’t be.

Tampa Bay and the Millennial Challenge, by Michael Lortz
They’re not to blame here, for once. They may become the saviors.

Tipping Pitches: How Good is Chase Anderson?, by Paul Sporer
Well, I’m not going to tell you here — you have to read the article!

You’ll Never Forget About Scooter Gennett, by Jeff Sullivan
Four homer games are tremendous, especially when they’re achieved by players who aren’t even home run hitters. What a fun moment in the season this was.

Joc Pederson’s Less than Ideal Batted Balls, by Joe Douglas
The Dodgers outfielder has had a bit of a rough year, but Joe still finds a ray of hope amongst the sadness.

Where the (Ballpark) Weather Comes From, by Richard Bergstrom
In his THT debut, Richard brings some interesting research to the table about where the weather coming from box scores does.

How the Teams Have Drafted in This Millennium, by Jeff Sullivan
Some important draft context as we prepare for it next week. Also important context — it’s not the “millenium,” it’s the “Newmannium.”

Jeremy Barfield on Returning from Oblivion (Not as a Pitcher), by David Laurila
One of the things that makes baseball great is players such as these who dare to succeed time and time again.

How Good is Zack Cozart?, by Dave Cameron
Not this good, is the likely answer.

The Collateral Damage of Victory Showers, by Britni de la Cretaz
Britni spoke with a senior VP from Gatorade, as well as both Guerin Austin and Ken Rosenthal about Gatorade/Powerade showers. Really fun stuff!

The Homepage Has Been Redesigned!, by Sean Dolinar
This has been a long time in the making, and Sean did an amazing job shepherding this project from start to finish.
Technically, this post should be on Thursday, but Sean published it just before midnight, so I’m counting it as Friday.

KATOH’s Top 250 Draft-Eligible College Players, by Chris Mitchell
One last bit of draft prep from Chris ahead of next week’s draft.

Have We Lost Our Appreciation for No-Hitters?, by Craig Edwards
Some great research by Craig. I certainly didn’t realize we’ve had that few no-hitters lately.

Give a Fat Guy a Chance? by TKDC
That’s all we really want. You’ll love us, I promise.

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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