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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 6/1/19

The Twins as “overdogs”; an app for pitch analysis; the best pitch framers

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MLB: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Dan Szymborski: The Twins were the only real threat to the now-middling Indians, and they have proven to be potent. They sport the third-highest projected percentage of runs going to home runs, and they lead the league in reducing their zone swing rate from 2018. That has meant a more patient Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, and Mitch Garver, a few players that very well could send them to an AL Central title.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: TrackMan is coming to Division I schools, which means players like Sean Boyle, because of his dad’s app PitchGrader, can see PitchF/X data we would only be able to see for major leaguers now applied to himself. It’s leading to profound changes to the draft and how players are targeted, not to mention existing big leaguers who are using the technology to improve themselves, like Ross Stripling or James Paxton.

The Athletic | Mark Simon ($): SIS creates its own pitch framing data, so we really have three of them including Baseball Prospectus and FanGraphs. SIS rates Tyler Flowers the best framer, followed by Max Stassi, Austin Hedges, and Austin Barnes.