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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 11/13/18

Prospect valuation; an Orioles free agent thought experiment; Ohtani is the ROY

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: At the core of prospect valuation and the 20-80 scouting scale is a dollar valuation. We tend to think of scouting as “old school” but it’s in fact sabermetrics; you’re trying to put players on a bell curve where each degree of 10 is as a standard deviation. What if we converted scouting grades/discount values into total dollar values. This makes Vladimir Guerrero Jr. easily the most valuable at $112 million, followed by Fernando Tatis Jr. and and Eloy Jimenez.

Banished to the Pen | Kyle Lobner: The Orioles have a long way to go before rebuilding into a contender, but what if you did a thought experiment where you tried to build an entire team atop the 2018-19 free agent class? If you spent over a billion dollars on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel, and Patrick Corbin, to name a few, how good would they be? It would both make them one of the better teams in baseball, and their payroll would still be lower than the Dodgers.

ESPN | David Schoenfield: The Rookie of the Year is in, and the award goes to Shohei Ohtani in the American League. There was a lot of debate as to whether he was more valuable than Miguel Andujar (he was), but you can’t deny this is a pretty amazing story for Ohtani and baseball in general.