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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 3/11/20

Coronavirus concerns through sports; food insecurity in minor leaguers; Nick Madrigal’s rise in the White Sox system

Cincinnati Reds v Chicago White Sox Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images

FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: With Coronavirus continuing to spread throughout the US, MLB is left with a stark choice: continue on and let the virus spread or take harsh measures like playing in empty stadiums to mitigate. As of now they have only separated press from players, a measure seen as maybe close to best practices but seems to just have the effect of... separating press from the players.

Baseball Prospectus | Russell A. Carleton ($): Minor league salaries are a big deal right now, and while teams are committing to raising them a hair, there are still many players who live in severe situations with housing and food insecurity. Meanwhile research shows that just upping living conditions to standard, a team can generate big leaguers from their system just on this alone, a paltry investment compared to signing free agents outright.

The Ringer | Ben Lindbergh: Despite the small frame and second base profile, Nick Madrigal has the combination of contact skills, plate discipline, and even some power to become a future star for the White Sox as they continue their rebuild.