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Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby CadensDad » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:06 pm

He is on pace for 27 hr, 108 rbi 90 runs. Guy has really been a strong hitter. My question is can he keep it up? Whats his value in a keeper?
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Re: Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby cordscords » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:11 pm

I touched on JD back in May. Feel the same way now.

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Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby lastingsgriller » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:44 pm

No, he isn't. Very middlebrooksy, I think.
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Re: Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby Skin Blues » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:01 pm

Middlebrooks has terrible plate discipline and a K-rate of 26%. Donaldson might be playing over his head but he is still only striking out at 17%. The power might come back to earth but the contact skills should remain. ZiPS/Steamer seem to think he's about a .260-ish hitter with 20 HR power. The extra fly balls that have been going over the fence have helped his average and obviously his counting stats. I wouldn't count on that to continue, but ya never know. His defense should also keep him in the lineup every day which is a bonus.
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Re: Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby TheTrith » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:03 pm

cordscords wrote:I touched JD once back in May. Felt real

Although I suppose It could've be a really cutting edge hologram?

Kidding aside, I think Donaldson is a very good hitter.
He has a solid walke rate (over 10%), he doesnt chase too many pitches out of the zone (better than league average), doesnt strike out excessively (under 17%), his contact rates are all improved, and his LD rate has always been over 22% which is very good.

That said, he *might* regress a bit power-wise. His HR/FB is at 17% which is not crazy by any means, but is much higher than the 11% hes shown previously. I think its likely it settles in somewhere around 14-15% and we see a 20 HR, 280+ avg, .370 obp hitter for the next few years.
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Re: Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby TheTrith » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:04 pm

Posted pretty much what Skin said at almost exactly the same time.
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Re: Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby The Thrill » Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:36 pm

July has not been a good month for Donaldson. Any changes in opinion or thoughts on him for the remainder of the season?
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Re: Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby Skin Blues » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:06 pm

It's just random variation. No real change in the skills. Still profiles as a .260 hitter with 20 HR power, just as he did at the start of the month.
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Re: Josh Donaldson is he real?

Postby ayebatter » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:28 pm

Dude hasn't had an RBI since the AS break. :-P
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