After I tore one of mine, before it was fixed, I went to a Virginia Tech football game. Big play happened, everyone jumps up, I land slightly awkardly and *bam*. Shooting pain in my knee. Agony.
That also happened after tear #2, when my regular doc was on reserve duty, and backup doc said "I don't think you really tore anything, just rest for a week or two and go back to playing soccer." Like a minute into my first game back, same thing, shooting pain in the knee. Went back to the backup doc, got an MRI, and whatta you know, he said it was the cleanest ACL tear he'd ever seen.
In 1880 the average batting average of the 55 qualifiers was .256, and the standard deviation was 0.037.
In 1893 the average was .290 and the standard was still 0.037
In 1941 the average was .282 and the standard deviation .033.
In 2000 the average was .282 and the standard deviation 0.028.
In 2019 the average was .272 and the standard deviation was .027.
That may not seem like so much of a difference, but George Gore was 2.8 standard deviations above the (qualifier) average when he hit .360 in 1880. Ted Williams was 3.8 when he hit .401, but he was a freak. Tim Anderson was 2.3 last year.
Since the peak of the 1990s average have fallen about 20 points, while the spread continues to tighten up as it has since the beginning of time. As players get better the distance between best and worst gradually shrinks. To hit .400 today a batter would be almost five standard deviations above the qualifier average. I'm reasonably sure that's never happened. Hugh Duffy was less than three when he hit .440 in '94. Tony Gwynn was only at 3.48 when he hit .394 in 1994, and that was in a short season. Just hitting .350 today is almost three standard deviations from the qualifier average.
Yaz was about 2.6 above the AL mark in '68 when he hit .301.
Yup, I'll second that. It's instant pain. Then feels like you re-tear it every time you make that same move. Torn both mine, both playing basketball, and then opted to hold off on surgery to play baseball with a brace on. The push moves you make at 3rd are really tough on a torn ACL.
Granted, I am no scout, so take my opinions for what they are worth: nothing. That said, I tend to view Martin, Torkelson, and Hancock as similarly graded prospects. An argument could be made for either one to be considered best player in this class. All three of these players are very acceptable outcomes as far as I am concerned. Personally, Martin has the highest ceiling of all of them.
+ handles the bat well
+ gets on base, walks a lot
+ doesn't strike out a lot
+ has a solid glove that can play multiple positions
+ good speed
That's a lot of quality attributes from a kid straight out of college. And Martin still has a lot of room to grow and add muscle to his frame -- I think the power will come. Martin checks most of the boxes and is exactly the type of player this organization needs -- the type of player we always lament about not having. I get that Hancock (or Lacy, if that's your preference) would be great additions and that the team could ALWAYS use more pitching, but Martin is worth bypassing the arms this year. When you factor in the volatility of pitching, give me the guy that plays every day. Just my $.02