Friday, July 1, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, July 1, 2022 -- "Players' Weekend"

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"I retired the “my guys” conceit a while back, but had I done it this year, Luis Arraez would have been high on the list. I have Arraez in both Mixed LABR and AL Tout, valuing his bat-to-ball skills and positional flexibility. Arraez leads the AL with a .340 batting average thanks in part to being one of the best contact hitters in baseball: an 8% strikeout rate this year, 9% in his four-year career. Since his debut in 2019, Arraez is one of just three players, with Alex Bregman and Juan Soto, to walk more than he’s struck out."