Last year at this time, the focus of the Morning Report was on the switch-hitters in the system and their splits from each side of the plate. One of the things that really stood out was how bad Cole Tucker was doing against left-handed pitching. Here are his slash lines on this date last year:
vs LHP .143/.262/.163
vs RHP .271/.332/.371
Tucker would finish the season with a .164/.263/.194 slash line in 77 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, so the improvement over the final few weeks was minimal. The obvious reason to mention those stats now is to see if things have improved. Those are the type of splits that turns someone into a platoon player if they continue, or they stop switch-hitting and stick with their strong side.
This season, using the split between Braden...
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