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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 2/15/20

The value of a banging scheme; pitchers who could break out this year; the best homegrown players from each team

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MLB: NLDS-Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: The benefit to sign-stealing, as can be seen in this piece, is enormous. On a 3-2 count, for example, your average hitter can have the patience of Joey Votto while also having the contact abilities of Jose Altuve, which can make an immense difference in a close game given a period of time to accumulate.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Based on stuff alone, we can expect a few pitchers to potentially break out in 2020. Dustin May of the Dodgers, has elite stuff despite below-average command, so he could be poised for a big year. Dylan Cease needs to add some rise to his fastball and some bite to the change, but he’s getting there. Sandy Alcantara has bumped the use of his sinker and has great command, so he could use that to devastating effect.

ESPN Insider | Bradford Doolittle ($): If you were to rank each team by the players they raised in their farm system (even if they don’t have them now), how would those teams rank? Probably not out of left field, with the Astros and Dodgers leading the pack, with the Giants, Royals, and Athletics rounding out the bottom.