Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, May 15, 2024 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"


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There’s not much in Chourio’s profile to hang your hat on. His 38/8 K/BB is bad. He’s got a lot of swing-and-miss in his game right now. When he makes contact, not much is happening: His expected stats on batted balls are a match for his actual ones. He has a 50% groundball rate and doesn’t even have a sub-split, say mashing breaking stuff or something, you can point to as a good sign.

As we’ve seen with some other rookies, there comes a point when having them work things out in the majors is counterproductive. Complicating matters for the Brewers is their early success, which means they have to value performance over development. If Chourio isn’t going to play every day in Milwaukee, then he’s better off in Nashville.