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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 6/4/19

Clint Frazier and the defensive metrics; Adley Rutschman’s Posey-like potential; waiting on first rounders

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Clint Frazier made crucial errors in a loss to the Red Sox on Sunday, and it was a reminder that his defensive metrics by Statcast have been truly dreadful. He has -11 Outs Above Average, worse in baseball, and his catch added percentage is -20%. He has traditionally been considered a better defender due to his speed and athleticism, but that has been called into doubt recently.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: As expected, Adley Rutschman is an Oriole now. Not only is he the best catching prospect in a long time, he’s the best draft prospect in a long time, as well, probably since Bryce Harper. He’s also been comped to Buster Posey, which if he comes even at all close to his hitting and defensive potential, would be the best catching pick since then.

ESPN Insider | Eric Karabell ($): The first rounders have been drafted, which means fantasy owners are already considering the long-term consequences. But they’ll have to be pretty patient, as it will likely take years for any of these picks to bear fruit. Even the 2017 draft only has Keston Hiura and Kyle Wright among the promoted ranks.