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  1. Update: They definitely did change it The phrase "strike calls on breaking balls in the dirt" surely explains at least a part of some of the wacky stat lines (like Sabato's 50%+ combined walk and strikeout rate) that have come from that league.
  2. Most likely not primarily due to the pitchers themselves but more the new automatic strike zone which has definitely messed with hitters and lead to sky high walk and strikeout rates. I think I heard that they even adjusted the limits of the zone midseason though I'm not sure about that.
  3. I've sort of been thinking he could have career similar to Duffey, though I think Duffey was more of a control guy at this stage of development. I'm not super confident Vallimont will be a starter long term but I could definitely see him being very successful reliever focusing on his fastball and slider while keeping the curve as more of a change of pace offering as Duffey does. Not that there needs to be any rush moving him off of the starter role, it just feels like that's where he might end up to me.
  4. There are a lot of ways that inexperienced, stretched, or just bad defense can lead to guys getting on base without the official scorer handing out an error.
  5. Personally I'd much rather see them fill the rotation with guys that might not quite be ready than sign more Shoemaker, Happ, or even Pineda types. I would have thought they'd have plenty of options earlier this year, but there is definitely a question of how many healthy pitchers they'll have next year. Obviously they will have to make a free agent signing for the rotation, but I hope they can convince someone good to come to Minnesota and concentrate the money on a bigger free agent splash. I think the opening day rotation could/should look something like this: 1. Free Agent 1 2. Ober 3. Free Agent 2? 4. Dobnak 5. Ryan AAA Depth: Jax, Duran, Winder, Balazovic, Sands, Strotman, Vallimont Potential options later in the year: Canterino, Woods-Richardson, Enlow, Maeda hopefully--depending on health I actually would feel ok about that rotation if they can actually get a decent free agent to lead it, and maybe they could even go without the second free agent, though I don't see a situation where they don't make at least two signings for the rotation. There's plenty of downside risk with unproven guys, and several of the minor league options also have potential health questions, but it still seems like they will have plenty of options to fill in if certain guys falter or get injured. If things go right they should get enough run support that their purported plan of competing next year wouldn't be out of the question. If things don't go so right it probably won't be any worse than Happ and Shoemaker this year, and we can at least get an idea of which of the young guys can be counted on as #2 or #3 starters going forward.
  6. Infield defenses in low A don't tend to be great at suppressing BABIP on ground balls
  7. That's Rodriguez's 8th homer in just over 100 plate appearances. He's showing some serious power for such a young guy, though has also struck out a bit more than you'd like to see.
  8. Thanks for the great article. I noticed his peripherals recently and remembered his name from being a second day draft pick, but it's good to get some recent scouting data. I wonder if he's a bit too in the zone which has lead to a bit higher batting averages against him than you might expect with the rest of his peripherals. If he's already got the command he can work on refining his approach in different counts and situations though. That slider looked perfectly placed to get hitters at any level though. We're starting to see a lot of potentially solid mid-rotation arms pop up from all over the system. It seems like developing those top of the rotation arms is still a challenge as always, but I definitely believe they've built up the depth to fill up the middle and back of the rotation with competent homegrown guys for years to come. Hopefully if the front office can stop needing to fill out the rotation in free agency they can get a couple top targets to build around.
  9. Fangraphs has a really good stats filter that lets you combine upper minors performance (AA and AAA) across all minor leaguers. Check it out here: https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/minor-league?pos=all&lg=2,4,5,6,7&stats=bat&qual=y&type=1&team=&season=2021&seasonEnd=2021&org=&ind=0&splitTeam=false&players=&sort=19,1 There's no one else who's still of prospect age and who's had enough plate appearances that has been any better than Miranda. I'm pretty excited about his future.
  10. Does Jefferson Morales have a chance to stick behind the plate with decent defense? He played more in the outfield than behind the plate in Fort Myers, leading me to think they didn't think much about his defense at catcher. His two starts in the field in Cedar Rapids have been at catcher now though. I've only seen about an inning of him behind the plate. It looked like he moved pretty athletically, but I didn't see anything to indicate how good his overall receiving and blocking were. His overall stats suggest a guy that's very good at controlling the strike zone, with a bit of pop too. If he can be a decent catcher and maybe even add more power he seems like someone who should be getting a lot more attention.
  11. I'm not sure I really do agree with this when it comes to AA and AAA stats. I think they get to be fairly projectable at that point it you are looking at the most predictive ones. There is obviously still variance, but particularly focusing on things like K%, BB%, and ISO, there aren't too many huge surprises, at least to the downside. My top predictor for hitters in the lower levels would be K rate anyway, and taking his whole career into account he's never had an issue there. I feel pretty comfortable projecting that he'll be at least a solid regular based off of this year. It's just hard to find counterexamples.
  12. A little nit-picky but you have to use PA as the divisor for K%, not AB. Sabato has been striking out in the 30-40% range, not 40-50% as you say. Still not good in the lower levels, and I don't disagree with anything else you've said, but all of those walks affecting the K% calculation have also kept his overall performance from being truly awful.
  13. I think the main knock on Miranda is that he'll provide minimal defensive value, but I think national evaluators will generally be a bit slow in acknowledging a breakout, even if he was reasonably well regarded early in his professional career. It hardly matters at this point though, he'll have his chance to prove it soon. I think an entirely statistically based approach will love his production this season though. The level of both power (ISO) and contact (K%) just aren't seen very often. And of course he just turned 23. I'm going to be very interested to see how ZiPS and some of the other projection systems treat him for next year. I'm still not entirely convinced on Wallner right now given his strikeout rates, though it's been better in the handful of games since returning from the IL. His left-handedness should give him a better chance of succeeding than a RHB with a similar profile though, and his raw power is undeniable.
  14. Good buy low pick. Seems like maybe he'll require a little bit of leftover money if he wants to rebuild his value and can leverage that. I like the idea in the 11th round though.
  15. This front office definitely likes college pitchers with big frames, and he certainly fits that bill. They haven't been able to improve all of them, but we've seen some success with Winder being the prime example, and the potential is certainly there with Hajjar. I expect they will have drafted a few more pitchers that fit that description before the day is done.
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