Thursday Liftoff Links

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Steve Thompson runs with the ball during an England IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 training session at The Trusts Stadium on September 28, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

While the Astros were playing the most meaningful game of the season, I was putting together these meaningful links for your meaningful day.


Down on the Farm

THT’s top 100 prospects, part 2
Players 26-50 on the top 100 fantasy baseball prospects list. Jonathan Singelton checks in at number 46 on the list, which is the first Astros. Could there be more after 50?

Farmstros: Rule 5 Eligible Players
The indispensable Farmstros with the players eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter.

THT’s top 100 prospects, part 3
Two Astros check in between the 51-75 rankings. George Springer at number 71 and Jarred Cosart at number 75.

Top 50 Pitching Prospects from 2007: In Review - Minor League Ball
Two Astros make the list. Unfortunately both are no longer with the club Troy Patton and Jimmy Barthmaier.

Appy Astros: Don't Run On.... Outfield Assist Leaders
Appy Astros looks at the arm guns in the Minor Leagues.



Pitchers in Review

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Henry Sosa - Seedlings to Stars - A Minor League Baseball blog
A very good article that breaks down what Henry Sosa has to offer in the rotation complete with Pitch F/X data.

Astros County: The Only Astros Blog That Matters: J.A. Happ: Season In Review
A good breakdown on the Happ's 2011 season.

Brett Myers: The Cardinals’ Final Obstacle | FanGraphs Baseball
We already know the outcome of the game but here's what FanGraphs had to say about Brett Myers.



Other Random Stuff Going on in Baseball

The Platoon Advantage: The 5th Wheel
An objective look at what the 5th playoff team adds to the postseason.

Analysis: Frank McCourt's Blood-Bath with Major League Baseball
I can't get enough of this Frank McCourt verse MLB battle. It appears McCourt is a man with nothing to lose.

Fun with Probabilities, Wild Card Edition - Beyond the Box Score
Bill Petti | Both the AL and NL Wild Card races have gone from perceived blowouts to neck and neck races during the final series of the season. What are the odds that these four teams would have played this good and bad over the past few weeks?

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