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  • Is Matt Kemp the best player in MLB?

    Tools:
    1. Hit for average: Check
    2. Hit with power: Check
    3. Run: Check
    4. Field: Check
    5. Throw: Check

    1st player in history to win 3 consecutive NL player of the Week awards (and going for 4).

    "Runner up" *cough* MVP last season nearly winning the triple crown

    This season thus far:
    Avg: .451
    OBP: .491
    HR: 7
    RBI: 18
    OPS: 1.432
    SLG: .941

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  • #2
    Maybe.....
    "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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    • #3
      Perhaps.....

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      • #4
        Quite possibly...
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        • #5
          I believe he deserved the MVP last season.
          Chop! Chop! Chop!

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          • #6
            What about Jeff Francoeur?

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            • #7
              He makes a very, very strong case at the moment.
              He's on fire!
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              • #8
                He's a true 5 tool player but personally there are still a few guys I would take over him given the choice.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BondsOverBabe View Post
                  He's a true 5 tool player but personally there are still a few guys I would take over him given the choice.
                  Who are these "few guys"?
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                  • #10
                    he is a beast but I'd like to see him taking a few more walks.
                    last year was the first year that he walked over 70 but this included 24 IBB. At his normal IBB rate he would still have only walked a little over 50.

                    If he can stabilize at 70-90 he would be even more effective because then he would really use his fear factor and force the pitcher to throw the ball over the plate.
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                    • #11
                      I still have a hard time trusting him with two strikes on him.
                      Using a stolen chant from Boston Celtics fans whenever an L.A. team is playing up there just reeks of inferiority complex.

                      If hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in sports, then pitching must be the easiest thing to do in sports.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by UnderPressure View Post
                        I still have a hard time trusting him with two strikes on him.
                        most hitters don't hit well with 2 strikes. Good hitters don't hit with 2 strikes. They just get to 2 strikes less frequently because the don't miss the ball over the plate and swing at less bad pitches.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dominik View Post
                          most hitters don't hit well with 2 strikes. Good hitters don't hit with 2 strikes. They just get to 2 strikes less frequently because the don't miss the ball over the plate and swing at less bad pitches.
                          I know Pujols is a career .302 hitter with 2 strikes. Not sure how that compares with other guys, especialy free-swingers like Vladdy for example.
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                          1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Matthew C. View Post
                            I know Pujols is a career .302 hitter with 2 strikes. Not sure how that compares with other guys, especialy free-swingers like Vladdy for example.
                            On two strike counts Vlad hit .234/.285/.374:

                            0-2: .214/.233/.334
                            1-2: .229/.262/.376
                            2-2: .256/.334/.426
                            Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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                            • #15
                              Here's his home run scatter plot so far this year:

                              two things to note: first, no homers to his pull field yet (which I think is a good sign: oppo power and willingness to use it ia a big plus). Second, 6 of 7 homers have cleared the fence by 10 feet or less (classified as "JE" = "Just Enough"). Normal fraction of JE's is around 30%. So he's been a bit lucky so far.

                              However, overall, I think I like his power results so far: the oppo power reminds me of when ARod hit 54 homers in 2007.


                              Kemp 2012:

                              Kemp_Matt_2012_scatter.jpg


                              ARod 2007:

                              Rodriguez_Alex_2007_scatter.jpg
                              ESPN Home Run Tracker
                              Home run distances for every home run hit in MLB

                              http://www.hittrackeronline.com

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