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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/22/18

The best 25-year-old’s ever; unlikely cycles; the importance of pitch framing

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: This year’s league has a ton of under-25 talent, like Mookie Betts, Matt Chapman, and Jose Ramirez. It is very likely the best generation of 25-year-old’s in the history of the sport, and it shows that even as the fan base may get older, the game itself continues to get younger.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Mains: Christian Yelich had two cycles in a month’s time, only the third player to have two cycles in a season. It’s understood that good players get to the cycle, but what about bad ones? Players like Chad Moeller, Andújar Cedeño, and Bengie Molina have all hit for the cycle despite very low wRC+’s.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: While Tyler Flowers may be the best framer, the gap between the best and worst is smaller than ever, meaning that the consequences of having a bad framer are bigger than ever. There’s also some interesting anecdotal information on how catchers prepare for catching, and adjust to data on pitching framing.