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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Sconnie in POLL: Do you believe in tanking?   
    Do you believe in tanking, in a GM's heart?
    How the losses can give their rebuild a head start
    When it's tanking, losing is groovy
    Every loss means draft position's improving
    Seems contradict'ry, 100 losses the goal
    Like when a fair ball hits off the foul pole
    If you believe in tanking, you're losing to win
    Clutch hitting today becomes like a sin
    Fill your roster with enough AAA guys
    And they won't win a game no matter how hard they try
    The fans tune out and start leaving the stands
    Sell them on the five-year plan
    (two-year instrumental break)
    If you believe in tanking, just swallow your pride
    The success cycle's rolling, too early to ride
    But maybe, if your scouting is right
    You'll find the next Mike Trout on draft night
    Then draft and develop and the right FA signs
    And the future success will just blow your mind
    (Do you believe like the Cubs believed?) Do you believe, believer?
    (Do you believe like the Astros believed?) Do you believe in tanking?
    (Do you believe like the White Sox believe?) Do you believe in tanking?
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Squirrel in POLL: Do you believe in tanking?   
    Do you believe in tanking, in a GM's heart?
    How the losses can give their rebuild a head start
    When it's tanking, losing is groovy
    Every loss means draft position's improving
    Seems contradict'ry, 100 losses the goal
    Like when a fair ball hits off the foul pole
    If you believe in tanking, you're losing to win
    Clutch hitting today becomes like a sin
    Fill your roster with enough AAA guys
    And they won't win a game no matter how hard they try
    The fans tune out and start leaving the stands
    Sell them on the five-year plan
    (two-year instrumental break)
    If you believe in tanking, just swallow your pride
    The success cycle's rolling, too early to ride
    But maybe, if your scouting is right
    You'll find the next Mike Trout on draft night
    Then draft and develop and the right FA signs
    And the future success will just blow your mind
    (Do you believe like the Cubs believed?) Do you believe, believer?
    (Do you believe like the Astros believed?) Do you believe in tanking?
    (Do you believe like the White Sox believe?) Do you believe in tanking?
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Sconnie in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    That was a special kind of waivers, called "trade assignment waivers", and clearing them didn't remove a player from the 40-man, it just made the player eligible to be traded after the deadline. But in any case, those waivers don't exist anymore.
    So the August 1st deadline is pretty firm now. Basically the only guys who can get traded after that point are guys on minor league deals who haven't been on a 40-man roster this season. So Vasquez was eligible, but Shoemaker was not. Around the league, the only August trades were pretty much guys like Brad Peacock and Delino Deshields, guys playing on minor league deals who had failed to make it back to MLB yet in 2021.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Sconnie in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    Webster's defines "ace" as "a combat pilot who has brought down at least five enemy airplanes."
    So no, I don't consider Berrios an "ace" -- although I would be very interested to see any evidence otherwise! 
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from DocBauer in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    While it was a feel-good story, Maggi's call-up last weekend was fully legitimate -- we had a shortstop inactive for reasons unrelated to getting Maggi on the roster, and Maggi was the #1 shortstop in St. Paul with a respectable 122 wRC+ on the season to boot.
    And getting into a 4-run game late in Toronto, as either a pinch hitter or defensive replacement, would have served some legitimate purpose too -- get his feet wet in case we actually needed him to enter or even start a future, closer game.
    Maggi may still return to the Twins this season and see game action, but it's likely to look a bit more forced -- for example, a phantom IL trip for someone, combined with a scrubs lineup or mass substitutions in game 162. It still counts, of course, and he could have advance notice for family to attend, but it would have also been nice to take more advantage of the natural opportunity that presented itself last weekend. He earned it!
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Platoon in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    While it was a feel-good story, Maggi's call-up last weekend was fully legitimate -- we had a shortstop inactive for reasons unrelated to getting Maggi on the roster, and Maggi was the #1 shortstop in St. Paul with a respectable 122 wRC+ on the season to boot.
    And getting into a 4-run game late in Toronto, as either a pinch hitter or defensive replacement, would have served some legitimate purpose too -- get his feet wet in case we actually needed him to enter or even start a future, closer game.
    Maggi may still return to the Twins this season and see game action, but it's likely to look a bit more forced -- for example, a phantom IL trip for someone, combined with a scrubs lineup or mass substitutions in game 162. It still counts, of course, and he could have advance notice for family to attend, but it would have also been nice to take more advantage of the natural opportunity that presented itself last weekend. He earned it!
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    Otto von Ballpark reacted to Sousy in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    Switching over to MLB's "Big Inning" after the Twins game jumped right to this at bat:
    https://ftw.usatoday.com/lists/dodgers-brusdar-graterol-silly-102-mph-pitch
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    Otto von Ballpark reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Clutch Gordon, Baseball Superstar   
    There is definitely a SSS issue with proclaiming Gordon a competent hitter but a Danny Santana comp doesn't really work here. Santana had that breakout season on the back of a .400+ BABIP, which many people brought up time and time again when others would expect sustained performance from Danny.
    Where Santana had a .400+ BABIP, Gordon's is a quite reasonable .341 right now. That's entirely sustainable, if a touch on the high side for a guy with his contact tool. But it's not stratospheric like Santana's was at the time.
    On the other hand, Gordon's wOBA is .310 right now... and his expected wOBA is .316. Those are closely aligned and don't show a lot of luck, either good or bad, involved in this situation. What we're seeing is both sustainable and real, now it's a matter of Gordon continuing to do it... which, of course, is far from a sure thing.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Brock Beauchamp in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    While it was a feel-good story, Maggi's call-up last weekend was fully legitimate -- we had a shortstop inactive for reasons unrelated to getting Maggi on the roster, and Maggi was the #1 shortstop in St. Paul with a respectable 122 wRC+ on the season to boot.
    And getting into a 4-run game late in Toronto, as either a pinch hitter or defensive replacement, would have served some legitimate purpose too -- get his feet wet in case we actually needed him to enter or even start a future, closer game.
    Maggi may still return to the Twins this season and see game action, but it's likely to look a bit more forced -- for example, a phantom IL trip for someone, combined with a scrubs lineup or mass substitutions in game 162. It still counts, of course, and he could have advance notice for family to attend, but it would have also been nice to take more advantage of the natural opportunity that presented itself last weekend. He earned it!
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Platoon in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    As for the Toronto series:
    Game 1: we won 7-3. Presumably Maggi plays solid defense? If so, we could have easily justified inserting Maggi as a defensive replacement for the bottom of the ninth, either directly at 2B for Arraez or at SS with Polanco shifting to 2B. (Pinch-hitting would have been a little tougher, you would have had to pinch-hit for Arraez leading off the top of the 8th.)
    Game 2: we lost 6-2. Astudillo played the whole game at 1B, seems like that would have been an easy spot to somehow switch Maggi in defensively for the last inning or two (Astudillo was the last out in the top of the 7th, Jays extended the lead to 4 in the bottom of the 7th). If you don't sub for Astudillo, note that Gordon, Polanco, and Donaldson went down quietly in the top of the 8th, so it would have been relatively painless to switch into one of those spots defensively for the bottom of the 8th. And if we still chose not to use Maggi on defense up to this point, once Kepler reached with 2 outs in the 9th, down 4 runs against the Jays closer, with Jeffers batting, Astudillo on deck, and Gordon in the hole, it seems like we could have pinch hit with Maggi without anyone thinking our "play to win" mission was particularly compromised.
    Game 3: lost 5-3. Fell way behind early but we hung around this game. FWIW, Jake Cave made the last out, again vs the Jays closer -- Cave represented the tying run, although Rortvedt was on deck so a rally didn't seem super-likely. But probably the toughest of the 3 games to justify inserting Maggi.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from chpettit19 in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    As for the Toronto series:
    Game 1: we won 7-3. Presumably Maggi plays solid defense? If so, we could have easily justified inserting Maggi as a defensive replacement for the bottom of the ninth, either directly at 2B for Arraez or at SS with Polanco shifting to 2B. (Pinch-hitting would have been a little tougher, you would have had to pinch-hit for Arraez leading off the top of the 8th.)
    Game 2: we lost 6-2. Astudillo played the whole game at 1B, seems like that would have been an easy spot to somehow switch Maggi in defensively for the last inning or two (Astudillo was the last out in the top of the 7th, Jays extended the lead to 4 in the bottom of the 7th). If you don't sub for Astudillo, note that Gordon, Polanco, and Donaldson went down quietly in the top of the 8th, so it would have been relatively painless to switch into one of those spots defensively for the bottom of the 8th. And if we still chose not to use Maggi on defense up to this point, once Kepler reached with 2 outs in the 9th, down 4 runs against the Jays closer, with Jeffers batting, Astudillo on deck, and Gordon in the hole, it seems like we could have pinch hit with Maggi without anyone thinking our "play to win" mission was particularly compromised.
    Game 3: lost 5-3. Fell way behind early but we hung around this game. FWIW, Jake Cave made the last out, again vs the Jays closer -- Cave represented the tying run, although Rortvedt was on deck so a rally didn't seem super-likely. But probably the toughest of the 3 games to justify inserting Maggi.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from In My La Z boy in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    Maggi indeed did NOT have any family travel to Toronto, according to this:
    https://www.mlb.com/news/drew-maggi-called-up-to-twins-after-11-minor-league-seasons
    Making things tougher is the fact that his dad doesn't have a passport, and the short notice meant his family wouldn't be able to make it to Canada to potentially see him play.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Danchat in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    As for the Toronto series:
    Game 1: we won 7-3. Presumably Maggi plays solid defense? If so, we could have easily justified inserting Maggi as a defensive replacement for the bottom of the ninth, either directly at 2B for Arraez or at SS with Polanco shifting to 2B. (Pinch-hitting would have been a little tougher, you would have had to pinch-hit for Arraez leading off the top of the 8th.)
    Game 2: we lost 6-2. Astudillo played the whole game at 1B, seems like that would have been an easy spot to somehow switch Maggi in defensively for the last inning or two (Astudillo was the last out in the top of the 7th, Jays extended the lead to 4 in the bottom of the 7th). If you don't sub for Astudillo, note that Gordon, Polanco, and Donaldson went down quietly in the top of the 8th, so it would have been relatively painless to switch into one of those spots defensively for the bottom of the 8th. And if we still chose not to use Maggi on defense up to this point, once Kepler reached with 2 outs in the 9th, down 4 runs against the Jays closer, with Jeffers batting, Astudillo on deck, and Gordon in the hole, it seems like we could have pinch hit with Maggi without anyone thinking our "play to win" mission was particularly compromised.
    Game 3: lost 5-3. Fell way behind early but we hung around this game. FWIW, Jake Cave made the last out, again vs the Jays closer -- Cave represented the tying run, although Rortvedt was on deck so a rally didn't seem super-likely. But probably the toughest of the 3 games to justify inserting Maggi.
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    Otto von Ballpark reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    Weak, man. Get that man a B-Ref page, let him play one game!
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from glunn in Aaron Sabato finishing on a high note   
    Here's Sabato, age 22 this year in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Aaron Sabato MIN A+ — 97 19.6% 33.0% 0.59 .253 .402 .613 1.015 .360 2.2 .297 -0.2 21 8.1 .431 165 Here's Brent Rooker, age 22 in 2017 in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Brent Rooker MIN A+ 22 162 9.9% 29.0% 0.34 .280 .364 .552 .917 .273 1.2 .341 0.0 29 11.4 .415 166 Note that due to the minor league reorganization, Rooker's high-A experience was for Fort Myers in the Florida State League which is generally regarded as pitcher-friendly, while Sabato is in Cedar Rapids instead. Thus Fangraphs calculates their wRC+ as virtually the same despite Sabato having a 100 point advantage in OPS.
    Rooker's K% was about 7.5 above the league rate; Sabato's, about 6.4. Sabato's league BB% is about 2.1 higher than Rooker's league too, although Sabato to his credit is blowing that difference away!
    And while Sabato had a one year layoff due to the pandemic, he had 367 PA at A-ball this year to prepare for high-A. Rooker skipped A-ball in 2017, going directly from 99 PA in rookie ball to high-A.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from jmlease1 in Aaron Sabato finishing on a high note   
    Here's Sabato, age 22 this year in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Aaron Sabato MIN A+ — 97 19.6% 33.0% 0.59 .253 .402 .613 1.015 .360 2.2 .297 -0.2 21 8.1 .431 165 Here's Brent Rooker, age 22 in 2017 in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Brent Rooker MIN A+ 22 162 9.9% 29.0% 0.34 .280 .364 .552 .917 .273 1.2 .341 0.0 29 11.4 .415 166 Note that due to the minor league reorganization, Rooker's high-A experience was for Fort Myers in the Florida State League which is generally regarded as pitcher-friendly, while Sabato is in Cedar Rapids instead. Thus Fangraphs calculates their wRC+ as virtually the same despite Sabato having a 100 point advantage in OPS.
    Rooker's K% was about 7.5 above the league rate; Sabato's, about 6.4. Sabato's league BB% is about 2.1 higher than Rooker's league too, although Sabato to his credit is blowing that difference away!
    And while Sabato had a one year layoff due to the pandemic, he had 367 PA at A-ball this year to prepare for high-A. Rooker skipped A-ball in 2017, going directly from 99 PA in rookie ball to high-A.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from wabene in Aaron Sabato finishing on a high note   
    Here's Sabato, age 22 this year in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Aaron Sabato MIN A+ — 97 19.6% 33.0% 0.59 .253 .402 .613 1.015 .360 2.2 .297 -0.2 21 8.1 .431 165 Here's Brent Rooker, age 22 in 2017 in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Brent Rooker MIN A+ 22 162 9.9% 29.0% 0.34 .280 .364 .552 .917 .273 1.2 .341 0.0 29 11.4 .415 166 Note that due to the minor league reorganization, Rooker's high-A experience was for Fort Myers in the Florida State League which is generally regarded as pitcher-friendly, while Sabato is in Cedar Rapids instead. Thus Fangraphs calculates their wRC+ as virtually the same despite Sabato having a 100 point advantage in OPS.
    Rooker's K% was about 7.5 above the league rate; Sabato's, about 6.4. Sabato's league BB% is about 2.1 higher than Rooker's league too, although Sabato to his credit is blowing that difference away!
    And while Sabato had a one year layoff due to the pandemic, he had 367 PA at A-ball this year to prepare for high-A. Rooker skipped A-ball in 2017, going directly from 99 PA in rookie ball to high-A.
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    Otto von Ballpark reacted to weneedneshek in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    Been a lurker on this site for awhile but this definition of 'ace' finally motivated me to make an account. I have come up with a somewhat interesting way to define an "ace". It has to do with what I call a lockdown start. I define this as
    5-6 IP: 0 ER, 7 IP: 0-1 ER, or 8-9 IP: 0-2 ER
    If a pitcher has such a start in at least 25% of starts I consider that an 'ace' year. If a pitcher has done this in at least 2 out of their last 3 years I would call them an 'ace' pitcher.
    With that your 2021 aces are:  (AL) Ray, Cole, Rodon, Bassitt, Eovaldi. (NL) Wheeler, Scherzer, Urias, Buehler, Miley, Burnes, Woodruff, Gausman, Wainwright, Alcantara, Desclafani,
    Some notable exceptions: Peralta, Lynn, Ohtani, Kershaw (not enough IP) Musgrove, Stroman, Mccullers, Berrios (not enough lockdown starts)
    One might ask, how is Eovaldi with his 3.58 ERA an ace but Stroman with his 2.88 ERA is not? Well that is where some other stats come in handy. Eovaldi leads the AL with a 2.72 FIP. Stroman has a 3.27.
    I went with lockdown start as my metric because it evokes what a lot of us think of when we picture an 'ace'. Has a good chance to completely shutdown the opposing lineup everytime they take the mound. I quite literally have only had this idea in my head for the last 2 hours though so I'm sure there are holes and bad outliers, would love to hear further discussion.
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    Otto von Ballpark reacted to Matthew Lenz in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    I also co-sign! It's funny because people think that by saying he's not an ace is the same as saying "he's not good" and that's just not the case. Like many have stated in here, Berrios is a good pitcher but I don't want him headlining my rotation heading into a postseason.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Matthew Lenz in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    It's fair to want more innings, but Berrios only threw 88 and 75 pitches in those two starts. 88 in 4 IP (vs NYY) isn't great but he set down the side in order on 12 pitches in his final inning -- it's not like he forced the Twins to remove him after 4 (although he likely wasn't going 6). And 75 in 5 IP (vs HOU) is pretty normal for any good pitcher -- his last inning saw a leadoff single stranded, 14 pitches thrown. It's certainly not Berrios's fault that he was removed at that point in that particular game.
    I'm not arguing Berrios is an ace -- I co-sign the Radke comp, a quality starting pitcher but ideally more of a postseason #2 -- but I'm also not sure how much his postseason record to date should be held against him.
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    Otto von Ballpark reacted to bean5302 in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    I did some research into my own questions around this a few years ago and I noticed some pretty distinct break lines between pitchers having a career year, mid rotation arms and "aces." Aces are consistent. They almost never give up 5+ runs in a game. A mid rotation type pitcher will have a streak of at least 3-4 games in a row without having a non-quality start as defined by 6.0+ innings and an ERA of less than 4.00 (3 ER starts need to go 7.0 IP+ to meet that definition). Ace pitchers are usually 5+ games at least once during the season.
    Zack Wheeler - Wheeler has only allowed 5+ runs twice. The 8 game streak of quality starts makes it clear though, it's not luck driven, he's the real deal.
    1 QS, 3 NQ 1 QS, 1 NQ 8 QS, 1 NQ 2 QS, 2 NQ 1 QS, 4 NQ 2 QS, 1 NQ Max Scherzer - Again, only 2 games allowed all year with 5+ runs and a 5+ game quality start streak.
    0 QS, 1 NQ 3 QS, 1 NQ 2 QS, 2 NQ 2 QS, 2 NQ 2 QS, 2 NQ 4 QS, 1 NQ - 1 game 3.1 inning game 0 ER shortened by rain 5 QS, 0 NQ Berrios - Berrios is awfully close to meeting the definition. He's only had 2 games giving up 5+ runs this year and 2 of his last 5 starts have been 6.2 IP with 3 ER = 4.05 ERA. All he needed was 0.1 IP more in each of those without giving up a run and he'd have 5 consecutive starts doing that. Still, Berrios isn't quite as rock solid as what somebody might expect of an Ace; I think he's a very good pitcher, but just not the kind of guy you really want leading your rotation in the playoffs.
    1 QS, 4 NQ 1 QS, 3 NQ 1 QS, 1 NQ 1 QS, 1 NQ 1 QS, 1 NQ 1 QS, 2 NQ 3 QS, 3 NQ 1 QS, 1 NQ 2 QS, 1 NQ
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from wsnydes in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    It's fair to want more innings, but Berrios only threw 88 and 75 pitches in those two starts. 88 in 4 IP (vs NYY) isn't great but he set down the side in order on 12 pitches in his final inning -- it's not like he forced the Twins to remove him after 4 (although he likely wasn't going 6). And 75 in 5 IP (vs HOU) is pretty normal for any good pitcher -- his last inning saw a leadoff single stranded, 14 pitches thrown. It's certainly not Berrios's fault that he was removed at that point in that particular game.
    I'm not arguing Berrios is an ace -- I co-sign the Radke comp, a quality starting pitcher but ideally more of a postseason #2 -- but I'm also not sure how much his postseason record to date should be held against him.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from wsnydes in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    Berrios left his last two playoff appearances (and his only 2 playoff starts) with the game tied, and left no baserunners either. No decision in both.
    His first playoff appearance, he did leave while trailing and was credited with the loss, although it was in long relief of Ervin Santana, rather than a start. (FWIW, Berrios also started that 2017 season in the minors too. Not sure how much it should count against him, relative to the later appearances and accomplishments.)
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from roger in Aaron Sabato finishing on a high note   
    Here's Sabato, age 22 this year in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Aaron Sabato MIN A+ — 97 19.6% 33.0% 0.59 .253 .402 .613 1.015 .360 2.2 .297 -0.2 21 8.1 .431 165 Here's Brent Rooker, age 22 in 2017 in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Brent Rooker MIN A+ 22 162 9.9% 29.0% 0.34 .280 .364 .552 .917 .273 1.2 .341 0.0 29 11.4 .415 166 Note that due to the minor league reorganization, Rooker's high-A experience was for Fort Myers in the Florida State League which is generally regarded as pitcher-friendly, while Sabato is in Cedar Rapids instead. Thus Fangraphs calculates their wRC+ as virtually the same despite Sabato having a 100 point advantage in OPS.
    Rooker's K% was about 7.5 above the league rate; Sabato's, about 6.4. Sabato's league BB% is about 2.1 higher than Rooker's league too, although Sabato to his credit is blowing that difference away!
    And while Sabato had a one year layoff due to the pandemic, he had 367 PA at A-ball this year to prepare for high-A. Rooker skipped A-ball in 2017, going directly from 99 PA in rookie ball to high-A.
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    Otto von Ballpark got a reaction from Dman in Aaron Sabato finishing on a high note   
    Here's Sabato, age 22 this year in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Aaron Sabato MIN A+ — 97 19.6% 33.0% 0.59 .253 .402 .613 1.015 .360 2.2 .297 -0.2 21 8.1 .431 165 Here's Brent Rooker, age 22 in 2017 in high-A:
    # Name Team Level Age PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+ 1 Brent Rooker MIN A+ 22 162 9.9% 29.0% 0.34 .280 .364 .552 .917 .273 1.2 .341 0.0 29 11.4 .415 166 Note that due to the minor league reorganization, Rooker's high-A experience was for Fort Myers in the Florida State League which is generally regarded as pitcher-friendly, while Sabato is in Cedar Rapids instead. Thus Fangraphs calculates their wRC+ as virtually the same despite Sabato having a 100 point advantage in OPS.
    Rooker's K% was about 7.5 above the league rate; Sabato's, about 6.4. Sabato's league BB% is about 2.1 higher than Rooker's league too, although Sabato to his credit is blowing that difference away!
    And while Sabato had a one year layoff due to the pandemic, he had 367 PA at A-ball this year to prepare for high-A. Rooker skipped A-ball in 2017, going directly from 99 PA in rookie ball to high-A.
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