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SaberSphere 6/26: Home Runs, Draft Picks and awOBA

Where in the strike zone are the most damaging home runs being hit? Should teams be looking elsewhere to really maximize their return on draft picks? And how would a player's wOBA change if it was adjusted for the quality of opposition? All this and more in Wednesday's jam packed SaberSphere!

Victor Decolongon

Ever wonder where the pitches that ended up being home runs were located and how fast the ball came off the bat? Yes? Then, Chris has got a great visualization for you! With most of the first round draft picks being signed by now, how valuable are they? Is there room for teams to maximize their return? Quality of opposition differs throughout the MLB so how does it affect a hitter's wOBA? Max introduces a new adjusted statistic: awOBA.

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