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In an effort to monitor his innings, the Blue Jays optioned starter Aaron Sanchez to Single-A.
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Mookie Betts swings like Andrew McCutchen, says Nick Cicere of Beyond the Box Score.
And as good as McCutchen was so quickly, his career ISO arc is being put into the shredder by Betts’, whose power is no fluke. Even if his slugging numbers fluctuate a tad as McCutchen’s have, we’re still looking at a corner outfielder who prototypes as an organizational cornerstone, and if you didn’t know who he was, you’d never guess Betts was only 5’9 and happens to play plus-plus defense.
As an Orioles fan, I’m equally terrified as I am bewildered by the prospect of Betts playing with the BoSox for the next few years and beyond, because even though his sample size of roughly two years across three seasons isn’t quite enough to stamp him as a star, he looks like he’s just getting better.
Is Kris Bryant the best all around player in the National League? Dave Cameron of FanGraphs thinks he might be.
Put it all together, and you have a guy who performs like the classic five-tool superstar. He hits for average and power, he runs well, he fields, and he’s got a strong throwing arm. Given his lower-tier contact rates, he’ll probably never be described as a traditional five tool guy, but performance is what counts, and Bryant’s ability to hit the ball hard when he does make contact makes up for the strikeouts, leaving Bryant as one of the game’s most complete players.
The Cubs have a lot of great players, but Kris Bryant is their greatest player, and given what he’s doing in every part of the game this year, he might just be the most complete player in the National League.
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