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Tommy Edman St. Louis Cardinals

As good as Kike Hernandez was at one position, DRS says Edman was better at many.

2B 1

3B 2

SS 3

LF 1

RF -1

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Enrique Hernandez Los Angeles Dodgers

Now that is an impressive line for Games Played At Position (thanks, Colin).

The DRS for each:

1B 0

2B 8

SS 0

LF 1

CF 0

RF 0

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David Fletcher Los Angeles Angels

Does Fletcher qualify next year at three different infield positions?

If 20 is your standard and you multiply 8 by 2.7, he does with two to spare.

Two rounded off.

His Defensive Runs Saved:

2B 1

3B 2

SS 2

RF -1

I'd like to watch a tap of his one game in right field.

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The NC Dinos of the KBO have posted 31-year-old Sung-Bum Na. Na enjoyed a stellar 2020, finishing third in homers with 34 and driving in 112 runs. He was coming off a serious knee injury incurred in 2019 and was limited to only 50 games in the outfield in 2020. There's no doubt he can hit as he has been a consistent above-average bat his entire career. The question will be can the knee hold up so he can resume playing full-time in right field. Scott Boras will be representing him in his quest to find a home in MLB. 

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/kbo-slugger-sung-bum-na-posted-mlb.html 

https://mykbostats.com/players/532-Na-Sungbum-NC-Dinos 


Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Alex Verdugo Boston Red Sox

Verdugo batted .143 during the last week, dropping to fifth in the batting race (Tim Anderson batted .100), but still ended with very decent slash stats and, according to DRS, played an excellent left field.

His 8 Defensive Runs Saved in left field were one behind Tyler O'Neil, the leader, who played in 26 more games.

Playing in right, however, he was no Mookie Betts. -1 DRS.

I wonder why that was?

He placed third in the voting for Multi-Position in the Fielding Bible Awards, which is also odd, since the other contenders (Kike Hernandez, Tommy Edman, David Fletcher, Chris Taylor) truly played multiple positions.

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Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals

We now have games played by position. And we see that Merrifield moved around more than a few times during the game.

I imagine in leagues with a 20-game minimum, he'll again qualify at second.

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Mike Minor Kansas City Royals

Signed with the Royals for two years. Stays in the AL for those who still have him on cheap deals.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Chris Rodriguez Los Angeles Angels

From Baseball America:

Chris Rodriguez, RHP, Angels

Rodriguez showed some of the best stuff of any pitcher in Arizona. His fastball sat 94-96 mph with sinking, tailing life and he commanded three secondary pitches that all drew plus grades from evaluators. His slider, in particular, jumped forward to become the best pitch in his arsenal. Most important, Rodriguez was durable. After being beset by injuries throughout his career, Rodriguez handled a normal workload and didn’t miss any time while maintaining premium stuff throughout.

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Brandon Dixon Detroit Tigers

It worked for Tom Selleck.

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Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays

Doesn't MLB have enough on it's plate right now?  I would imagine the Mexican authorities can handle this without help from across the border.

Frank Smith Pancho
Cal Raleigh Seattle Mariners

From Baseball America:

Cal Raleigh, C, Mariners

The burly Raleigh got even bigger, shortened his swing and made some of the most consistent hard contact of any player in Arizona. The switch-hitter was extremely aggressive—frequently swinging at the first pitch—and did almost all his damage from the left side. Evaluators registered concerns about his size and righthanded swing, but the impact he made from the left side had them buzzing.

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Quinn Priester Pittsburgh Pirates

Another big arm coming out way. Where will Priester rank in the top 100 after his impressive showing in the instructional league?

Quinn Priester, RHP, Pirates

Priester blossomed from a projectable righthander with a low-90s fastball into a physical force who sat 96 mph and touched 99 mph this year. His curveball added power to become a borderline 70-grade pitch as well, and he did it all without sacrificing his advanced strike-throwing ability. Evaluators considered him arguably the top pitcher in Florida and didn’t hesitate to put front-of-the-rotation projections on him. 

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Garrett Crochet Chicago White Sox

Holy smoke -- he threw 61 100+ mph pitches this year!

Next best is Aroldis Chapman with 33. Then it's Trevor Rosenthal with 23. First starting pitcher on the AL list is Nathan Eovaldi with 13.

Crochet pitched in five games.

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Steven Matz New York Mets

Matz will find out on Wednesday if he's offered arbitration this year. I imagine he's not holding his breath.

https://nypost.com/2020/11/27/yankees-gary-sanchez-mets-steven-matz-may-soon-be-free-agents/

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Cy Sneed Houston Astros

For some reason we don't have his MLB stats. But the links do.

Cy Sneed (P) - Nov. 27

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=761723

Sneed agreed to a deal with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Sneed made 26 appearances for the Astros after the past two seasons, posting a 5.59 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 44:15 K:BB across 38.2 innings. The 28-year-old will continue his career in Japan in search of a more regular role. 

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Jesus Luzardo Oakland Athletics

Going to the Fangraphs link...

Luzardo's fastball averaged 95.5 this year.

Last year it averaged 96.4. Is that a significant drop? No question that the SO/9 drop is significant. Especially when you consider the big jump across MLB in K rate.

Here's something interesting at Fangraphs.

Luzardo's SL% this year: 22.4

Last year: 0

His CB% this year: 0.3

Last year: 31.0

Did he throw sliders instead of curves this year? Or did Statcast count the breaking ball this year as a slider that it counted last year as a curve?

Be that as it may... me personally? I'd take Triston next year.

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Triston McKenzie Cleveland Indians

Totally agreed NeauxBrainers. One thing I'd like to add is that I anticipate an increase in the velocity as he fills out. He can hit 95 mph now, but at some point in the future (his nickname is "Stick" for a reason) I'm betting that he puts on some weight and with it will come more consistent mid-90's fastball velocity. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

Slight negative with McKenzie, in the comparison with Luzardo for 2021, is the offense for the Indians (or whatever their name will be). CLE does let its fine starters hang around, so the chance of 5 innings is good. But wins? Without Lindor (probably), the Indians will need to replace most of his offense and improve themselves elsewhere in the lineup only to be the same offense or just a little better than in 2020.

Does baseball change the 5 innings rule for a win? If not, starters will continue on the path of lower values because they can't get a win. Alex, take a look at HQ's early values on starting pitchers. Lowest I've ever seen. 

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()

According to Baseball HQ, McKenzie's average velocity in 2020 was 92.8. 

McKenzie or Luzardo for 2021?

Scott Shea SJS

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