Bundy had a good 11-start short season. But he was also really good in his first 11 starts in 2017 (2.89 ERA in 71.2 IP). His performance degraded as that year went along. This year, Bundy was dominant his first 4 starts (1.57 ERA) but more spotty in the final 7 (4.66 ERA), in which he had 3 pretty poor starts. So, it’s really hard to know how he would have fared over 30ish starts.
I wish the league would tell batters who hang out with their bodies essentially in the strike zone that they're going to enforce the rules that say if you don't make an attempt to avoid the HBP you don't get first base.
Or maybe they just make the rule that the batter's box is three dimensional, and if you set up your stance with any part of your body outside the box it's illegal. Punishment: any HBP anywhere on the batter is a strike. Would have been awesome if they'd done that when Jose Bautista was still playing.
That’s complete malarkey. But as I said, AR isn’t anything except potential. It is illogical to give a grade on how our catching situation is right now, completely based on a potential that is two years away.
Their ranking in HBP actually went down from 2018-19 to 2020.
It's like Bob Gibson, you know, the guy who hit every 4th batter just for intimidation? John Means hit waaaaaaaaay more batters per PA this year than Gibson ever did.
HBP rhetoric almost always is far worse than reality.
The Diamondbacks have this guy Tim Locastro who is almost as fast as Billy Hamilton, can't really hit, but has managed to get himself HBP 27 times in 347 career PA.
In terms of Adley's ascent to All-Star teams and pushing the Orioles towards the top of that chart, Realmuto and Grandal kind of seem like the two daring anyone else to get by. The grades do seem high in this series - I'm not sure if System means Farm only, or including the major league level.