Darin Ruf Analysis

In the comments of my post on the bullpen yesterday, there was a request for analysis of Darin Ruf, since there hasn’t been anything written about him here since he was brought up from Triple-A. At ESPN Sweet Spot, you can read my analysis of Ruf through his first 133 career plate appearances with a strong focus on what he has done this year.

Here are links to some other stuff around the Internet I found worth reading lately:

  • At Baseball Prospectus, former MLB player Gabe Kapler writes about how interns and their strong grasp of technology and statistics are among the more important assets within an organization.
  • At The Good Phight, Trev wrote a really well-thought-out piece on MLB and the Biogenesis issue.
  • At FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at just how far ahead the Braves are in the NL East.
  • At ESPN (Insider), Jim Bowden lists five August waiver trades he’d like to see. Michael Young is first on the list.
  • Aaron Gleeman wrote a recap of his time at the 2013 SABR convention in Philly. Fun fact: He pretended to be me.
  • Todd Zolecki explains why the Phillies’ deal with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez likely won’t happen after all.

If you’ve read anything good lately, feel free to share it in the comments.

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Investigating Kyle Kendrick’s Woes and His Future

Through his 16th start on June 25, Kyle Kendrick had a 3.46 ERA. We were singing his praises as a much-improved pitcher and a sneakily-good signing by GM Ruben Amaro when he got the right-hander to agree to a two-year, $7.5 million deal in February 2012 to avoid arbitration. Since then, Kendrick has turned into a tire fire, allowing four or more earned runs in five of seven starts since. Over his most recent 37 and two-thirds innings, his ERA is an ugly 6.93.

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