Twitter Mailbag: Thornburg, RE24, Michael Young | Disciples of Uecker

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“If these were your only two options, what’s better long term – sign Michael Young and keep Thornburg, or trade Thornburg for Ike?” -@acmccabe

Because the Brewers would only be loaning Michael Young for a short-term rental, it comes down to which player–Thornburg or Davis–will bring more value to the team in the long run. And while I’m not a huge proponent of either of these deals, I’ve been starting to soften up to the idea of Ike Davis a bit more. If you think the Brewers should wait it out with Hunter Morris, remember that Morris is 25 and not yet “Big League ready” already and Davis is 26. Young would provide equal or lesser value at first than would Davis this year, and going forth that margin would grow in favor of Davis. You definitely don’t want to end up with a Yuniesky Betancourt playing first again, and in that respect a trade for Davis isn’t the team’s worst option.

However, if it involves trading Tyler Thornburg, I think the Mets would be getting the better end of that deal. Whether as a dynamic bullpen piece or a mid-rotation starter, the Brewers have a lot more use for Thornburg than they would get out of Davis. Finding a 1-2 win first baseman apparently isn’t the easiest task in the world judging by how this off-season has played out, but, long-term, the Brewers should be able to find an Ike Davis-level player. In the farm system, however, there is a wide array of fringe MLB pitchers with players including but not limited to Hiram Burgos, Mike Fiers, and Johnny Hellweg. Thornburg seems to be the only pitching prospect the Brewers have *complete* confidence in going forward, and rightfully so after his 2.03 ERA in 66.2 inning last season. As much as I would be in pain watching Michael Young play first base for the 2014 Brewers, if it means retaining Thornburg, then I’ll take the former option above.

“Whats your favorite, most useful baseball statistic that no one knows about or uses?” @nolanolanolan

Brooks Baseball  is quietly one of the most resourceful sites out there if you’re looking for specific splits, pitch F/X, pitch outcomes, plate discipline, and so on. As far as favorite, most useful stat, it’s hard to narrow it down to one, but compared to some of the most-utilized stats, here are a few that are much more effective and much less used by writers, analysts, and fans in general.  For example, RBI are the talk of the baseball writer world and that’s a shame considering how many uncontrollable variables go into it and how it doesn’t take into account a player’s overall offensive production. RE24 takes into account how many runs were expected to score by a team both before and after a player stepped to the plate. The difference, summed up over a player’s total amount of plate appearances is RE24. During Miguel Cabrera‘s Triple Crown MVP season of 2012 in which he blew away the field with 139 RBI, his RE24 was 47.43, compared to Mike Trout’s of 54.27 in far fewer plate appearances. So, in short, Trout was worth almost seven more runs expected over the 24 different base-outs than was Cabrera despite Trout finishing with 42 fewer RBI.

“You have 100 words to make as many Michael Young jokes as possible.” –@rcon14

185 Michael Youngs walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Get out, you Michael Youngs, we don’t serve you here!” And the Michael Youngs, in their anger, stab at the bartender and miss.

Make sense now?

I only need one joke to properly make fun of Michael Young


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