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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 6/23/18

Paul Goldschmidt’s legendary week; plate discipline and PECOTA; Gabe Kapler on position players pitching

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: From June 11th to 17th, Mike Trout reached base 13 times out of 28 chances. Paul Goldschmidt had an even better week from June 4th to 10th, reaching base 16 times out of 29. He had the best week of the year (12.5 wRAA), which translates to Nelson Cruz’s full season value. It was also the ninth-best week since 2002.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Mains ($): Can “Effective Plate Discipline” explain a player beating their PECOTA projections? Well, not really. Players that have improved their plate discipline the most are Christian Vasquez, Logan Morrison, and Gerardo Parra, for example, so it’s a mixed bag. Plate discipline as a predictive tool is still an inexact science.

The Athletic | Matt Gelb ($): In Gabe Kapler’s quest to shake up the manager’s role, he is now looking seriously as position players as pitchers. If a team is behind significantly, it makes perfect sense to both save a reliever on your now-small 25-man roster and also see what talent you may have underneath the surface.