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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 5/21/19

Josh Bell’s power explosion; Ryan Feierabend’s return as a knuckler; trade block if the Nats don’t recover

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FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: Josh Bell was once a former top prospect and then widely considered to be destined for league average first basedom, but instead he has tweaked a timing mechanism that has unleashed his power to the tune of the fifth-highest ISO in baseball.

Baseball Prospectus | Lucas Apostoleris ($): Ryan Feierabend made his debut with the Blue Jays after a decade-long hiatus in the KBO, and now he’s back as a left-handed knuckleballer. He’s the first of his kind in literally decades, and despite the fact it has only made up two-thirds of his arsenal, the experiment is interesting enough that we’ll have to keep an eye on him.

ESPN Insider | Buster Olney ($): The Nationals look like they’re crumbling, and if they continue to, expect the likes of Anthony Rendon, Sean Doolittle, and Adam Eaton to be on the trade block come July, and considering that the core of their team is still talented, they could still manage to pull a Yankees a la 2016 and come back better than ever.