Lars Nootbaar- OF- STL- Stats- Nootbaar went 0-for-1 yesterday but drew 3 walks. It gives him a BB% of 14.8% for the season. Nootbaar's slash line is .273/.388/.443 so his OBP and OPS are helpful in leagues that count those. He has slugged 13 homers and stolen 9 bases in 427 PAs. Nootbaar's plate discipline metrics are outstanding. He has a chase% of 20.7%, Contact% of 83.7% and SwStr% of 5.7%. Nootbaar provides decent average and other numbers are contributions also. His value will increase in leagues that have more exotic categories. His plate discipline is a skill he is carrying through from his minor league days and likely to still be there in 2024.
Luke Raley- OF- TB- Stats- Raley has added a new dimension to his game this season. He is slashing .250/.333/.488 with 18 homers in 391 PAs but also has 14 steals. Pro-rated for a full season that gets him close to 20/20. The Tampa Bay announcers were talking about it yesterday and remarking that Raley had some decent sprint times, so this may be something that can be expected from him in the future also. The main obstacle to Raley becoming a better player is his plate discipline. His chase rate of 35.5%, Contact% of 63.5%, and SwStr% of 19.0% are poor. Thus his K% of 31.7%. Raley has an EV of 91.3 and 45.9% HardHit%, so when he hits the ball it can go a long way. His .333 OBP isn't terrible but if it was higher that would obviously give him more chances to steal. Unless and until he fixes his plate discipline he will have some value, but not as much as he could.
Zack Gelof- 2B- OAK- Hot- Gelof went 0-for-4 yesterday but walked and scored. He has had multiple hits in 5 of his last 7 games and is slashing .273/.338/.530 with 11 homers and 10 steals in 219 PAs. His EV of 91.0 and HardHIt% of 41.0% support his power results. Gelof has a chase rate of 31.9%, Contact% of 67.4%, SwStr% of 16.4% and BABIP of .328 so his average is likely due some regression. With Oakland he is probably going to keep his job in 2024 and has potential to produce again in homers and steals.
Evan Carter- OF- TEX- Rookie- Carter went hitless in his second start since being called up by the Rangers but he did draw his second walk. Plate discipline has been a strength of Carter's as he has risen up the Texas system. At AA Frisco this season he had a BB% of 16.0% and K% of 22.3%. After being promoted to AAA Round Rock Carter's BB% was 10.3% and K% was 15.4% in a small sample size of 39 PAs. He slashed .284/.411/.451 at Frisco with 12 homers and 22 steals in 462 PAs. Carter has the potential to help in numerous categories and will have a good chance of starting with the Rangers in 2024. His limited experience at AAA may require a little more seasoning there, but it shouldn't take long.
Pablo Lopez- P- MIN- Hot- Lopez threw 8 shutout IP yesterday, allowing 2 hits, walking no one, and striking out 14. He ended up with a no decision as the game was scoreless when he left and the Mets scored in the top of the 9th with the Twins unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning. It was the 7th quality start for Lopez in his last 9 outings. He is 1.1 IP from matching his career high. He has lowered his ERA to 3.48, raised his K% to 10.73, and lowered his BB% to 2.32. Lopez has an xFIP of 3.41 and FIP of 3.33 so the metrics support the results. Lopez is having his best year in his age 27 season and looks primed to keep it up in 2024.
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