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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 2/27/20

Anthony Rendon’s improved form; the most valuable PECOTA players; when teams discovered the Astros’ sign-stealing

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FanGraphs | Ben Clemens: Anthony Rendon has been great, but he’s really only ratcheted up that greatness over the last three years. That’s because his quality of contact in that time has drastically improved; the sheer number of hard fly balls he generates makes him now one of the more potent threats in the AL West.

Baseball Prospectus | Jeff Wiser ($): PECOTA has its WARP projections out, so which of these players make up the greatest percentage of the teams’ production? Mike Trout and Christian Yelich are obvious ones, but I won’t ruin the others, with the best one being a good player for a poor team that will make up ~40% of the WARP on the team.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: In 2018 some teams were aware of the Astros’ sign-stealing, like the Athletics and Edwin Jackson, and they tried to change signs after every single pitch. One could tell because in 2018, a pitchers’ pace increased dramatically for runners on base. Because MLB didn’t rememdiate, teams had to do it themselves.