I am a firm believer in the saying "when presented with new information, one must be willing to revise previously held positions"
I am going to do that with Adam Eaton, and my oft stated concerns about his low line drive rate. I have been referencing the data at Minor League Central, and up until very recently that data was showing Eaton as having very low line drive rates. I had checked them several times during and at the end off the minor league season , and they showed him as having a 14% LD rate at both Reno and Mobile this year. Running a search of the leaderboards, they showed him as ranking in the mid 80's among 120 players.
However, his CURRENT page shows him with a 17.5% line drive at Reno this year, and 15.6% at Mobile.
That is considerably better and a lot more reasonable. Accordingly, I must view his current lack of line drives in his first dozen games in the majors as a statistical anamoly, and not an extension of a weakness that was showing in his minor league data.
Also a hat tip to Blue Bulldog, who has mentioned before I should be less trusting of minor league balls in play data. Honestly, it's one thing to have some variance in the way balls are classified. It's another to have the rug completely pulled out from me and have such a radical revision to the data set.
Oh well.....this is GOOD news , and I am very happy to find out this new information, and have my previous position turn out to be wrong. It significantly bumps up my optimism for Eaton and his ability to hit and get on base at the major league level long term.
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