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Week 19 Hitting Planner: Back To School Baseball Player Shopping

Week 19 Hitting Planner
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Shout out to all of the college students getting ready to head back to campus. Moving in was always my favorite time of the school year.

The Week 19 Hitting Planner could help those students heading back to school with a win in week 19.

Week 19 Hitting Planner


Yadier Molina, STL (at KC, vs. KC, vs. ATL)

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Leading all catchers in stolen bases with seven, Yadier Molina comes into the Week 19 Hitting Planner hitting .316 over his last 19 AB. A 4.3 mph increase in EV to 91.2 mph over the last week could help sustain a ridiculous 40% HR/FB ratio (last 19 AB) by converting on his 71.4% of contact off of the ground.


First Base

Joe Mauer, MIN (vs. MIL, at MIL, at DET)

The Twins first baseman’s bat has cooled some, but Joe Mauer could still be very productive in the Week 19 Hitting Planner. Over his last 48 PA, Mauer drew 12 walks while only striking out four times. This plate discipline has helped the veteran drive in six runs and chip in with a .429 average with runners in scoring position. Look for Mauer to continue getting on-base near his .458 clip (over last 48 PA).


Second Base

Jonathan Schoop, BAL (at LAA, at OAK)

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For the past month, Jonathan Schoop has been spectacular and that should not change this week The O’s second baseman has a 155 wRC+ and a .406 wOBA over his last 111 PA. His last 27 PA have been even better as he has produced seven runs, drove in six, and homered twice. 44.4% of his contact grades out as hard contact in that same span. Look for Schoop to continue hitting the ball hard against the Angles and A’s.


Third Base

Josh Donaldson, TOR (vs NYY, vs PIT)

Since last Wednesday, Josh Donaldson leads the MLB (only qualified players) in EV with 98 mph. In the same time span, Donaldson has launched four home runs, is hitting 62.5% of his contact as hard contact, and has a 62.5% FB%. All these things spell disaster for the Yankees’ and Pirates’ starters. Donaldson should power his owner’s teams this week.



Ozzie Albies, ATL (vs. PHI, at STL)

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Freshly called up from Triple-A, Ozzie Albies is slated to step into Atlanta’s infield mix. As the Braves top prospect, Albies should be given a shot to start. Currently 0-5 with two walks and a run, Albies hasn’t lit the world on fire yet. His Triple-A slash of .285/.330/.440 should give us the best guide as what he can do at this level. Without much power, look for Albies to chip in everywhere else (21 steals in Triple-A). He could have a 2015 Fransico Lindor type impact, and this all should start in Week 19.



Bradley Zimmer, CLE (vs COL, at TB)

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Lindor’s teammate, Bradley Zimmer, seems to be coming down from a hot streak. His EV has fallen 3.1 mph to 89.5 mph, but that should not keep Zimmer from producing this week. He has an interesting mix speed and power and could be a force this week.

Tommy Pham, STL (at KC, vs KC, vs ATL)

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All we need to say about Tommy Pham is look at his slash line over the last 30 days. Pham slashed .367/.437/.567 over 103 plate appearances. His peripherals statistics (batted ball percentages and EV) have begun to slip, but are still at a high enough ratio to be productive.

Nomar Mazara, TEX (at NYM, vs HOU)

One of the biggest leaps in EV, Nomar Mazara’s 9.9 mph increase (to 94.9 mph) has begun to trickle its way onto the field with a homer and three doubles over his last 21 AB. The power should play big this week.


Final Thoughts

Arizona plays at home all week, so they could have a few good weeks among the team. Pay attention to Baltimore as well as Camden Yards currently, has a 1.415 HR Park Factor. Big thanks to FanGraphs and Baseball Savant for the statistics. Thank you for reading and tune in next week for…


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