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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 8/8/19

Kevin Gausman and the Reds; the draft disadvantage of Puerto Ricans; Juan Soto as Miguel Cabrera

Cincinnati Reds v Atlanta Braves Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

FanGraphs | Dan Szymborski: Kevin Gausman is on his third organization in a year, this time with the Reds, and they’re hoping they can extract something out of the once-promising starter. With an impossibly bad strand rate, and a high FIP-ERA differential, it’s possible his better release point and fastball/splitter combo will at least make him productive for the first time in a long time.

Baseball Prospectus | Gerald Schifman ($): Right now, there is an enormous disadvantage for Puerto Ricans in the draft compared to any other territory in it. Because of the high poverty rate and lower educational standards and economic opportunities, the signing rate is incredibly high, meaning that teams, like in Carlos Correa’s case, can essentially force upon Puerto Rican players below-slot deals that they are inclined to take.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Juan Soto has the same under-20 wRC+ as Ty Cobb, so what a start to a career he’s having. But he also had some issues with groundballs, which he’s now starting to alleviate. Another young player who had the same issue and became a future Hall of Fame slugger was Miguel Cabrera, who profiles similarly.