Monday, January 18, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, January 18, 2021 -- "DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees"

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"What’s most impressive, and the biggest reason to like this deal, is LeMahieu’s contact rate. LeMahieu has the 14th-lowest strikeout rate in baseball the last two years, and his combination of contact and power is rare -- among the top 25 players in contact rate, just six have slugged at least .500. LeMahieu, since turning 30, has a much better contact rate than he did in Colorado, and better than even his best couple of years with the Rockies. Everyone else is striking out more, and LeMahieu is striking out less."