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The Kids are Alright!




By @totdprods, AngelsWin.com Contributor



  • Currently on pace for 24 doubles, 20 HR, 20 SB, 40 BB over 161 G
  • Out of 176 plate appearances on the year, his last 100 of them are looking pretty good: .309/.350/.575/.925 with a reasonable .354 BABip. This is cherry-picking, yes, but I also don't think anyone expected a .900+ OPS from him. 
  • Starting to look a little like the Trea Turner-lite I hoped for. A 20/20 season is in reach. The power and contact have been a little better than expected and will probably come back to earth some. He's striking out a lot (on pace for 160 K) but not unexpected for a 23-year old that almost went straight to bigs. 


  • First 54 plate appearances: .093/.259/.163/.422
  • Last 118 plate appearances: .287/.328/.426/.754 and a .303 BABip, so not luck-driven.
  • If those last 30 games are a sign of what his actual 2024 output may be, I don't think anyone would complain. Sure, the bat speed, baserunning and fielding have been underwhelming, but the discipline has been well above-average, even if it's not culminating in a ton of walks. Eventually that should change. Maybe the approach to coax more power threw off the mechanics.


  • Despite a tough cold snap over the last month, still above-average offensive slash: .264/.321/.403/.723, 104 OPS+
  • Baseball Savant still has him well above-average as a hitter, with 75th Percentile or better in Sweet-Spot %, Hard-Hit %, Exit Velocity, and 65th Percentile or better for xwOBA, xBA, and xSLG
  • I'd sacrifice some offense so long as he keeps growing defensively and building a rapport with the pitching staff, and even then seems like he'll be a slightly above-average catcher at that. Maybe has some streakiness in him.

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