Connor O'Brien

Connor O'Brien is a 17 year-old high school student and lifelong Mets fan. He embraces a sabermetric point of view in his articles, but also recognizes the importance of scouting, player development, and the immeasurable aspects of baseball. Follow him on Twitter @UpAlongFirst

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Is a Kazmir-Mets Reunion Possible In 2014?

An article by posted on September 6, 2013 0 Comments
Is a Kazmir-Mets Reunion Possible In 2014?

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Scott Kazmir will make his first career start against the Mets tonight, nine years, one month, and eight days after the Mets traded the budding prospect for Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato. The trade will always be remembered as one of the worst in Mets history, as Kazmir went on to […]

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Mets Minors: Top Underrated Pitchers In The System

An article by posted on September 4, 2013 0 Comments
Mets Minors: Top Underrated Pitchers In The System

With pitchers Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard rising through the minor leagues and dominating along the way, the hype surrounding those at the top has blocked out some of the performances of lesser-known prospects, even with a fanbase as critical and attentive as the Mets’. Last week, Vinny took a look at some […]

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Prospect Spotlight: 2B Dilson Herrera

An article by posted on August 29, 2013 0 Comments
Prospect Spotlight: 2B Dilson Herrera

With Tuesday’s trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck, the Mets got a very intriguing prospect from the Pirates, 19 year-old second base prospect Dilson Herrera. Herrera is a converted third baseman out of Cartagena, Colombia who is three years into his professional baseball career, and in his second year playing in the U.S., after spending […]

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Prospect Spotlight: RHP Vic Black

An article by posted on August 29, 2013 0 Comments
Prospect Spotlight: RHP Vic Black

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets and Pirates have agreed on Vic Black as the player to be named late in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates. The Mets sent cash to Pittsburgh as well in exchange for Dilson Herrera,who we profiled yesterday, and Black, who […]

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Den Dekker Gets Unexpected Audition With Four Weeks To Go

An article by posted on August 27, 2013 0 Comments
Den Dekker Gets Unexpected Audition With Four Weeks To Go

With the Mets trading Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates today, the door is left open for one of the biggest enigmas in the organization: Matt den Dekker. Den Dekker, 26, was a fifth-round draft pick in 2010 after an illustrious career at the University of Florida. The outfielder gradually rose through the ranks of […]

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Prospect Spotlight: First Round Pick Dominic Smith Tearing It Up With GCL Mets

An article by posted on August 24, 2013 0 Comments
Prospect Spotlight: First Round Pick Dominic Smith Tearing It Up With GCL Mets

After two consecutive reaches in the first round, the Mets went bold with this year’s first-round pick Dominic Smith from Serra High School in California. Smith, 18, has a very high upside, and is regarded by many experts as the top hitter in the draft. With a solid glove, a great hit tool, and the possibility of […]

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(Updated) Know Your Stats: Win Probability Added (WPA)

An article by posted on July 18, 2013 0 Comments
(Updated) Know Your Stats: Win Probability Added (WPA)

Every play in every game has some effect on the odds of winning a baseball game. Whether you are down by ten runs in the second inning or tied up in the bottom of the ninth, every action can be measured. Baseball has been played for over a century and a half. Major League Baseball […]

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Know Your Stats: Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA)

An article by posted on July 17, 2013 0 Comments
Know Your Stats: Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA)

We continue our intro to sabermetrics series with a relatively new statistic, but a very relevant one nonetheless: Weighted Runs Above Average. wRAA is essentially wOBA converted into runs, but understanding wRAA is crucial to understanding Wins Above Replacement (Fangraphs version). One of the biggest issues with rate statistics like wOBA and On-Base Percentage is […]

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Know Your Stats: Weighted On Base Average (wOBA)

An article by posted on July 15, 2013 0 Comments
Know Your Stats: Weighted On Base Average (wOBA)

For the next few days, I will be highlighting some of the most popular sabermetric stats available to the public. Earlier today, we began the series with OPS/OPS+. Now we continue with wOBA… Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, and Slugging Percentage are all incomplete. Batting average doesn’t account for what type of hits a batter has. […]

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Know Your Stats: OPS/OPS+

An article by posted on July 15, 2013 0 Comments
Know Your Stats: OPS/OPS+

For the next few days, I will be highlighting some of the best and most popular sabermetric stats available to the public.Today, we begin with OPS+ OPS, or On Base Plus Slugging was the first sabermetric stat to go mainstream. It is On-Base Percentage plus Slugging Percentage. It’s crude and simple, but it’s a decent […]

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