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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 9/5/19

Alex Bregman’s next level; how today’s MVP race would have been viewed yesterday; doubt and uncertainty

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FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: Alex Bregman is already a top-five player in baseball, and that’s without tapping into another one of his strengths: even more power. He’s drawn a lot of value from walks and not from taking advantage of power to the outside part of the zone, which would make him Mike Trout level if he took advantage of that.

Baseball Prospectus | Zach Crizer: Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger are duking it out for NL MVP, but how would past electorates have viewed their candidacies? In 2015, that likely would have been Bellinger for the better team, fewer strikeouts, and defense, while in 2012... Bellinger still wins.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): One of the biggest aspects of player development isn’t analytical, it’s doubt. Every player ever added to a 40-man roster is at least believed to be a possible success, even if they won’t be, it’s just that the information is all there to put it together. Anyone can be a Mike Tauchman in the right environment.