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Ex-Twins in 2020


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The season hasn't started yet, but I was motivated to start this thread a bit early after getting a message from Van, suggesting that I start one for the new season. He also mentioned that Carlos Gomez had announced his retirement, which I hadn't heard yet. Anyway, this thread can serve as sort of reminder or "heads up" about what has happened to those well-loved and not-so-well-loved ex-Twins players who are still playing in 2020.

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Francisco Liriano signed with the Phillies for 1.5 million. Would’ve loved this deal if the Twins bullpen wasn’t already 10-deep with solid relievers

 

I always thought Liriano could've become a closer. Sadly his BB rate isn't that good. But he is a lefty who could throw multiple innings. The Phillies took a flyer on a spring training invite.

 

 

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Escobar led all of MLB last year with 10 triples. Not a bad triple slash line either. .269 .320 .511

35 hr and 118 rbi.

He did strike out 130 times and that obp would've been 8th on the Twins last year. His contract is smaller than Marwin's but he gets to play every day. 

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Escobar led all of MLB last year with 10 triples. Not a bad triple slash line either. .269 .320 .511

35 hr and 118 rbi.

He did strike out 130 times and that obp would've been 8th on the Twins last year. His contract is smaller than Marwin's but he gets to play every day.

I thought that was a typo when you listed his HR and RBI total last year. Good lord, I don’t want to hear anyone to pump up HR or RBI anymore after reading that. In no unjuiced baseball world would someone like Eduardo Escobar have 35 HR in a season.

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I thought that was a typo when you listed his HR and RBI total last year. Good lord, I don’t want to hear anyone to pump up HR or RBI anymore after reading that. In no unjuiced baseball world would someone like Eduardo Escobar have 35 HR in a season.

When Escobar tells his grand-kids that he hit 35 home runs in the major leagues in 2019, he probably won't mention that Danny Santana hit 28.

 

Danny Santana's career HR% going into 2019:----- 1.1% (13 in 1165 PA)

Danny Santana's HR% in 2019: -----5.5% (28 in 511 PA)

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The Marlins found their closer of the near future? https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/marlins-to-sign-brandon-kintzler.html

"Despite being in the bottom eighth percentile of hard-hit ball rate, opposing batters couldn’t do much with that hard contact, as Kintzler also posted a low exit velocity (19th percentile) and limited batters to a .265 wOBA that was only slightly lower than his .286 xwOBA."

 

Start cast people, this makes it sound like Kintzler is among the worst in limiting hard contact but very good at limiting exit velocity? Doesn't make sense to me...

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"Despite being in the bottom eighth percentile of hard-hit ball rate, opposing batters couldn’t do much with that hard contact, as Kintzler also posted a low exit velocity (19th percentile) and limited batters to a .265 wOBA that was only slightly lower than his .286 xwOBA."

 

Start cast people, this makes it sound like Kintzler is among the worst in limiting hard contact but very good at limiting exit velocity? Doesn't make sense to me...

This would mean that he also induces a lot of soft contact, which brings down his average exit velocity.

 

I would think this is true of a lot of extreme ground ball pitchers, though I haven't looked.

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