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Tejay Antone Cincinnati Reds

An article I read said it was him vs Lorenzen for the 5th starter role.

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Harrison Bader St. Louis Cardinals

Higher EV.....more HRs maybe.....which wouldn't change your BABIP to better or worse. 

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Jose Alvarez San Francisco Giants

Has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants for $1.15 million.

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Jake Odorizzi Houston Astros

Two-year deal with the 'Stros, terms not announced.

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Justin Bour San Francisco Giants
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SP Jake Odorizzi and the Houston Astros have agreed to a 2-year contract.

RP Jose Alvarez and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a 1-year, $1.15 million contract.

The Chicago Cubs have traded RP Duane Underwood Jr. to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 1B Shendrik Apostel.

1B Justin Bour and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a minor league contract.

RP Sam Dyson has been suspended for the entire 2021 season under the league's domestic violence policy.

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Lowest AB/HR ratio in 2020 Japan Central League (min. 200 AB)

Tyler Austin28YKO2382011.9
Kazuma Okamoto24YOM4403114.2
Yusuke Ohyama25HAN4232815.1
Munetaka Murakami20YKU4242815.1
Yoshihiro Maru31YOM4232715.7
Neftali Soto31YKO4282517.1
Seiya Suzuki25HIR4302517.2
Justin Bour32HAN3291719.4
Nori Aoki38YKU3571819.8
Jerry Sands32HAN3771919.8

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Harrison Bader St. Louis Cardinals

They don't. At least as I read it. That might be why the highest EV batters don't have a higher BABIP. They get the sweet part of the bat on the ball but don't center it.

Mickey Mantle had the longest hang time on his infield flies of any batter ever.

Luckily Statcast can't disprove that.

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Jose Martinez New York Mets
Tejay Antone Cincinnati Reds

The Reds are not acting like he's in the closer mix - throwing him out for a 3 inning start against the Rockies today.

Nice outing - 3 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K.  Early save speculators might get a payback anyway.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jordan Yamamoto New York Mets

3 inning start versus the Nationals best lineup today - only 1 walk (2 hits, 2 K's).

The plot thickens. 

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Tony Gwynn Sr. San Diego Padres

I've been wondering for awhile what the total value of publicly funded stadia in America that has been torn down in the last decade or so simply for lack of a good way to retrofit as many suites as the ownership would like ...

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners
Harrison Bader St. Louis Cardinals

I wonder what the exit velocity for a lot of pop flies are?

If the ball goes up at a 80 degree launch angle at 100 mph - they don't count it as a hard hit ball I assume.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

So, just as Quality Starts can be many different things, so can Barrels.You can have a really high quality Barrel or a barely qualifying Barrel.

In an attempt to answer how well Barrels correlates with success, I sorted all batters last year with a minimum of 100 plate appearances by Barrel percent, then averaged their other measurements of success. Here's what I found.

Averages for the 20 hitters with the highest Barrel percents in 2020

Barrels 17% 

BABIP .307 

BA .265

SA .548

The 20 hitters ranged from Miguel Sano (Barrels 22.9%) to Rhys Hoskins (14.8%). As a group they averaged 17%.

They averaged a well above average BABIP, a well above average batting average, and a dramatically above average slugging average.

Not at all surprising. When you barrel the ball you get good results.

It gets more interesting when you look at hitters who simply hit the ball hard (at least 95 mph), without paying attention to launch angle.

Averages for the 20 hitters with the highest Hard Hit percents in 2020

Hard Hit 54% 

BABIP .299

BA .255

SA .511

A group ranging from Fernando Tatis Jr. (62.2%) to Jorge Soler (50.0%) hit the ball hard, on average 54% percent of the time, which is outstanding. And they got good results: nothing wrong with a .511 slugging average. Just not nearly as good as the 20 best barrel hitters (lots of duplicates, of course; Tatis was second to Sano in Barrels).

What about the 20 hitters who simply hit the ball harder -- every time they put the ball in play -- than anyone else?

Averages for the 20 hitters with the highest average Exit Velocity in 2020

EV 93.3

BABIP .294

BA .249

SA .492

Tatis heads this list (95.9 average EV); Ronald Acuna is number 20 (92.4). In between are some players you don't find on the other two (Miguel Cabrera, Joc Pederson, Kyle Schwarber).

It's a good group but not a great group. The batting average is only five points better than the major league average. The BABIP is a little under..

I wonder why that is?

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Bobby Bradley Cleveland Indians

I mentioned earlier in an Aguilar post that Aguilar's success since he was released by Cleveland, after 58 at bats over 3 years, is part of the conversation this spring in Goodyear, where Bradley (looking trimmer, say the notes), is getting a chance to win the Cleveland job at first. Bradley's capabilities remind Cleveland of Aguilar, and they don't want to fail to give this guy a full shot at the majors, says Francona. 

Bradley, Bauers, Josh Naylor and Daniel Johnson all are competing at being the lefty either in RF or at 1st. Naylor is pretty much set as the starter in right, at least against RHPs, but first is open. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()

Baseball Prospectus link above takes you to Bradley of Pirates, not of Cle. Bradley has a shot at starting at 1st opening day. Trimmed down, and ready, he says.


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Jake Bauers Cleveland Indians

Bobby Bradley is who Francona hopes will play 1st. He's hit 2 HRs so far. Cle's middle of the order is weak. Once you get past Jose, Rosario and Reyes. probably 2-3-4. Bradley could be 5.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()

Is he in line for playing time at 1B in Cleveland? If not, who is?

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Raimel Tapia Colorado Rockies

The NL was from observer Jason Collette's twitter.  He was in the AL, so not sure he'd be the one to have such a list from it. Might show up on the LABR hashtag at some point.  Draft board here

John Thomas Roll2

Thanks for the Google link to LABR NL. Has AL been posted?

Alex Patton Alex

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