SaberSphere 06/05: Offensive Variability, Brown & Biogenesis

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Which hitting style is the most consistent over multiple seasons? Domonic Brown was the NL Player of the Month due to the success of his new plate approach. Should a former top prospect consider a similar change? Biogenesis has found its way back to the headlines. All this and more in Wednesday's SaberSphere.

Are certain hitting styles more predictable of next season success? Domonic Brown's changed his patient approach in May and started swinging for the fences. His aggressive at-bats led to an offensive juggernaut. Should once touted prospect Brandon Belt revitalize his approach too? Biogenesis suspensions are seriously looming on the horizon now that Bosch will testify against some MLB players.

Previously on Beyond the Box Score

  • OBP, SLG, and the Variability of Seasons by Stephen Loftus | Beyond the Box Score
    Baseball seasons come with a certain amount of variability. How could we answer whether certain hitting styles lead to more variable seasons?

  • Revisiting Domonic Brown, Considering Brandon Belt by Andrew Shen | Beyond the Box Score
    As an avid Phillies fan, I've been rooting for my favorite player on the team, Domonic Brown, to succeed for quite some time now. His explosive May might be an indication of the once top prospect finally feeling completely healthy, settling down and not having to worry about playing time. Brandon Belt has been in a similar situation. Both players are often praised for their patience at the plate until Brown completely changed his approach that led to his unbelievable offensive outburst. Andrew puts together an excellent article wondering if Belt should consider a similarly aggressive approach.

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