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  1. Shane Bieber 2018 Outlook

    This guy is only 23 years old. The hard hit rate is something to monitor but he still has a lot of time to develop. I am very encouraged by the first 40 or so innings of his career. His GB/FB rate is 1.50 (that would rank 20th out of qualified starters, he is only at 40 innings though) which will limit the damage caused by the hard hit balls. His hard hit rate and GB/FB will be something to keep track of as his career progresses. I looked at rookie seasons for 22 to 24 year olds since 2008. His swinging strike rate (11.4 %) ranks 22nd out of 217 starters. Link If you lower the innings requirement to 40 for this season, his SwStr % ranks 40th out of 158 starters. He is ahead of Greinke (11.1 %, 47th), Kluber (11.0 %, 51st), Kershaw (10.9 %, 52nd). He's behind Strasburg (11.6 %, 33rd), Nola (11.8 %, 31st), Berrios (11.5 %, 39th). Link
  2. 6/23 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Eddie Rosario with his 17th home run of the year. Slugging percentage at .583
  3. Mookie Betts 2018 Outlook

    That was unexpected.
  4. Danny Jansen - C TOR

    Hit his 4th home run today. Excited to see what he can do in the majors
  5. Franmil Reyes 2018 Outlook

    Regarding the whole pop-ups discussion, Fangraphs has an excellent article that overviews minor league averages; provides some more insight into the increased IFFB% in the minors vs majors. IFFBs occur twice as often in the minors compared to the majors. It's most likely a classification error (in the minors). I would not expect him to have such a high IFFB% in the majors, but it could still be an issue.
  6. Corey Knebel 2018 Outlook

    Latest report is that he might return this week. Thoughts on his role when he comes back? Do they ease him back into the closer role?
  7. Alex Verdugo 2018 Outlook

    Puig placed on DL. Verdugo not in tonight's lineup... 1. Chris Taylor (R) CF 2. Corey Seager (L) SS 3. Enrique Hernandez (R) RF 4. Matt Kemp (R) LF 5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C 6. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B 7. Austin Barnes (R) 2B 8. Kyle Farmer (R) 3B 9. Kenta Maeda (R) P
  8. Teoscar Hernandez 2018 Outlook

    Almost hit a second homer. He hit a 105mph 393 feet flyball that went for a double. Wow
  9. 4/29 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Teoscar Hernandez barely missed his second home run... hit a 105mph fly ball that traveled 393 feet and went for a double.
  10. Teoscar Hernandez 2018 Outlook

    389 feet to the opposite field
  11. 4/29 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Robbie Ray out after 21 pitches with what looks like an oblique injury...
  12. 4/29 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Opposite field home run for Teoscar Hernandez!
  13. Teoscar Hernandez 2018 Outlook

    I thought he had a pretty game tonight against some of the tougher pitchers in baseball. 1st at-bat: 5 pitch walk vs Sale 2nd at-bat: 3 pitch strikeout vs Sale (2 swinging strikes)... 3rd at-bat: 10 pitch walk vs Sale (2 swinging strikes) 4th at-bat: ground-ball double on first pitch against Matt Barnes 5th at-bat: 8 pitch pop-out against Kimbrel (1 swinging strike)
  14. 4/19 - GAME DAY THREAD

    wtf mookie is insane
  15. Franchy Cordero 2018 Outlook

    That's encouraging news. Hopefully he puts together some good at-bats