Thursday, September 5, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, September 5, 2019 -- "Fun With Numbers"

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"That’s Acuña's peer group, with Mays at the top, Beltran the midpoint and Davis the downside risk. He’s a player who, at 21, is at the height of his powers. He leads the NL in steals and in runs scored. He’s hit 36 homers. He’s a plus center fielder, a Gold Glove candidate, playing the corners because Ender Inciarte is his teammate. Like almost all players of his era he has swing-and-miss in his game, 163 strikeouts. But on a rate basis he doesn’t stand out (25%) and his K/UIBB, 163/63, is essentially average, better than that for a player with his power."