The Best of FanGraphs: October 19-23, 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 Importance of Fly Balls for Hitters, by Jonah Pemstein
No, this post isn’t a Rorschach test, it just looks like it.

Jake Arrieta Is Probably Okay, by Dave Cameron
Unfortunately, he didn’t get another chance to start, so now the doubt will linger until next spring!

2015 Visualized: Catchers, by Alex Chamberlain
It was catcher review week at RotoGraphs, and Alex set it off in style here.

2016 Prospect Rankings, by Jeff Zimmerman
Do you like prospect rankings? I like prospect rankings.

Scoutee Pairs Handheld Radar Gun with Smartphone App, by Bryan Cole
Who wouldn’t want to have a handheld radar gun that syncs with your phone?

The Recent History of Contact Teams In the Playoffs, by Jeff Sullivan
It’s probably time to stop underrating the way the Royals play the game of baseball.

BatCast: Bat Flip Tracker, by dodski85
This article contains the subhead “Part II: (preachy commentary),” so you know it’s good!

Cliff Pennington Might Have a Career On the Mound, by Owen Watson

What the Average Hall of Famer Looks Like, by John LaRue
Warning: Awesome infographic ahead!

Vertical Command – Or Lack Thereof, by Eli Ben-Porat
This was one of three interesting articles that Eli posted to the Community blog this week.

Visualizing the Mets’ Series Domination, by Jeff Sullivan
“The games were won by just two, three, three, and five runs, but this was a trouncing.”

Initial 2016 Steamer Projections, by Jeff Zimmerman
Next spring is coming.

Slow Burn: A Look at My Ottoneu Build, by Brandon Warne
Not sure about that $18 Wil Myers. What do you think?

Theo Epstein: Free Agent Soothsayer, by Matthew Kory
I had a hard time finishing this article, because I just kept picturing Theo Epstein dressed like this.

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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