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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 6/21/18

Yoshihisa Hirano’s deception; beating 90th percentile projections; the best rotations in baseball; Alex Bregman’s budding stardom

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FanGraphs | Stephen Loftus (former BtBS writer): Yoshihisa Hirano made his mark in the 2017 WBC, but now it’s coming with the Diamondbacks, as he is using deception to land a more permanent spot in the bullpen.

Baseball Prospectus | Aaron Gleeman: Gleeman takes a look at the hitters that are beating even their 90th percentile PECOTA projections, including Mookie Betts, Matt Kemp, Max Muncy, and Brandon Nimmo.

ESPN Insider | Jeff Sullivan ($): Sullivan ranks all 30 starting rotations in baseball, with the usual suspects populating the top: the Astros, Nationals, and Indians, for example, and investigating what has made the Dodgers so effective, too. The bottom of the list is populated by, well, the worst teams in baseball.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Alex Bregman has all the ingredients to be a star third baseman: high walk rate, high contact rate, fly balls, and decent defense. He could “just” ending up being an above-average regular, but the comps are definitely encouraging.