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#1 stringer bell

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 12:20 PM

While Max Kepler hasn't exactly been consistent this year, I think his season has gone very well. After the excellent series against the White Sox, Max's OPS is .889, second only to Shin-Soo Choo of the Rangers among AL right fielders. Kepler's WAR is listed as 1.6, again second among AL right fielders (behind Mookie Betts).


We are just about to the 1/3 mark of the season. Multiplying the traditional stats by three would yield a season of .276, 36 homers and and 99 RBI. I guess that would be pretty good!


Batting at the top of the lineup a 3 or 4 game snag could end up being a 1-20, but right now Max is rolling. Combined with his very good defense and youth (26 years of age), it looks like the Twins made a good move extending Kepler.

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#2 Linus


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 02:11 PM

I’ve always felt that Kepler would be a good hitter just because his swing is so solid. Some guys have to obtain the pitch recognition and make changes in their. Max is starting to understand big league pitching so I think everything is pointed up
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#3 dbminn


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 02:17 PM

I think Max has changed his swing a bit this year. Swinging less with his hands and more with his core? His follow through is more abbreviated too. I could be wrong...


I vote that Parker Hageman should publish a Kepler swing analysis!


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