Monday, August 10, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 10, 2020 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"


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 "If there’s a player in this era who might go on to be a Hall of Famer and still be underrated, it’s Acuña. He arrived during Peak Trout, and he may already be getting passed from behind by Fernando Tatis, Jr. He does just about everything on the field, although he’s more a right fielder than a center fielder defensively, and he may need to cut down his swing-and-miss at some point. He’ll play this whole season at 22 -- he’s about five months younger than Luis Robert -- and will start populating the lower reaches of those 'most WAR by age X' lists we spent the last decade making for Trout. In a baseball moment loaded with fun players, Acuña shouldn’t be overlooked."