Manny Machado – Update
I hope you enjoyed today’s Special Cookie! Manny Machado is one of the largest free agents this game has ever seen. It looks like only one more special cookie will happen this offseason. Machado has signed a 10-year, $300MM Deal with the San Diego Padres. There are now reports coming out that at the end of 2018, Manny’s agent had requested that teams submit their best offer. Apparently they were not pleased with those offers. Only hovering around $250 and 8 years, Manny wanted that elusive $300MM. It only took signing the same week that spring training games start.
Carlos Martinez – Injury
Martinez (Cardinals) has been struggling this this shoulder issue for awhile now. Now, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports that he will be shut down for two weeks; potentially making him late for opening day. While previous reports point him to being in the bullpen anyway, this is a setback in either regard.
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Stat of the Day – Barrel
Created by Tom Tango (Twitter Link), the Barrel classification is assigned to batted-ball events whose comparable hit types (in terms of exit velocity and launch angle) have led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage since Statcast was implemented Major League wide in 2015.
But similar to how Quality Starts have generally yielded a mean ERA much lower than the baseline of 4.50, the average Barrel has produced a batting mark and a slugging percentage significantly higher than .500 and 1.500, respectively. During the 2016 regular season, balls assigned the Barreled classification had a batting average of .822 and a 2.386 slugging percentage.
To be Barreled, a batted ball requires an exit velocity of at least 98 mph. At that speed, balls struck with a launch angle between 26-30 degrees always garner Barreled classification. For every mph over 98, the range of launch angles expands.
For example: A ball traveling 99 mph always earns ‘Barreled’ status when struck between 25-31 degrees. Add one more mph — to reach 100 — and the range grows another three degrees, to 24-33.
Every additional mph over 100 increases the range another two to three degrees until an exit velocity of 116 mph is reached. At that threshold, the Barreled designation is assigned to any ball with a launch angle between eight and 50 degrees.
Note: The red-shaded area in the graphic above illustrates the exit velocity and launch angle combinations that yield Barreled status in 100 percent of cases.
TLDR: A barrel is the perfect combination of LA (Launch Angle) and Exit Velocity which results in damage at an exponentially better rate than a non-barrel
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