I got a text from Grey the other day. He said to meet him in Hollywood because someone offered him a lifetime supply of boba. He was skeptical of course but that .00001% chance intrigued him. I get it. It’s why I always reply to that Prince in Nigeria. Anyways, as we sat down to meet our mystery man, someone lept from behind the conveniently sized and positioned plant and tried to rub Grey’s mustache. When angered, Bruce Banner morphs into the Hulk. In a similar vein, Grey turned into seven-foot anime Grey and went POW! BLAP! SOK! BIF! BAM! like in the 60s Batman shows. The power. The ferocity. I was flabbergasted like the first time I discovered pubic hair. A similar display of power has been experienced by fans of the Cleveland Indians recently. LuPLOW. LuPLOW. LuPLOW. LuPLOW. LuPLOW. LuPLOW. Jordan Luplow has six dingers on the season and has been added in 18% of ESPN leagues. Is there anything here?

Luplow is 27 years old, 6′ 1″, 195 pounds, and bats from the right side. He was drafted by the Pirates in the third round of the 2014 MLB draft. He spent four years with the organization before being traded to the Indians.

Throughout his minor league career, Luplow displayed excellent plate discipline numbers, walking over 10% of the time while maintaining strikeout rates below 20%. He had highs of 16 home runs and 11 stolen bases. The ISO bounced all over the place before settling in the .175 range.

In Triple-A during the 2018 season, Luplow hit eight home runs and stole seven bases in 357 plate appearances. The slash was .287/.367/.462 with a 10.9% walk rate, 17.9% strikeout rate, and .175 ISO.

In 2019, he received 261 plate appearances with the Indians major league squad. He hit 15 home runs and stole three bases. The slash was .276/.372/.551 with a .276 ISO, 12.6 walk rate, and 23.4 strikeout rate.

So, the power is real and the plate discipline numbers have been good throughout his career. But?

He’s much more successful against left-handed pitching than righties. The slash is .267/.377/.597 with a .329 ISO against lefties compared to the .198/.276/.354 slash with a .156 ISO against righties.

So far in 2021, though, he’s been more successful against righties. The slash is .263/.300/.842 with a .579 ISO vs. .207/.361/.552 with a .345 ISO. He has hit three of his six home runs against righties. As a result, the Indians have been playing him more against righties, and even batting leadoff at times.

Does anyone think this is real? Well, 18% of people in ESPN leagues do. The beauty of 56 plate appearance sample size. The funny thing is that the BABIP is a low .179 so he has been unlucky and I am impressed by the 18.2% chase rate. With that said, he is not a .438 ISO hitter. Has he figured out right-handed pitching? Well, the strikeout rate is still 30% against righties so….That’s a no from me, dog.

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Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Unfortunately, I agree. He’s great to watch and root for but I don’t think he sustains anything close to how he’s started.

Vash
Vash
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

I remember years ago, Fangraphs was looking for the next Mitch Hiniger I think, and Luplow was the guy they keened on.

Obvisouly Haninger flamed out, and Luplow never materialized. He has interesting talent that raises your eye once in awhile, but consistency and year to year production is what makes a starter in the MLB.

Keeping my eye, but best to assume he’s a bench guy.

Vash
Vash
1 year ago

Luv Luplow, but agree. Bear

Iguy
Iguy
1 year ago

Speaking of bulls and bears, someone dropped Kenta Maeda in my shallow league (thin bench). Would you drop Carlos Rodon and aggressively bid to buy low on Maeda?

Son
Son
Reply to  Iguy
1 year ago

I’d bid on Maeda for sure. Not sure I’d drop Rodon though. He’s your worst pitcher huh?

Anthony
Anthony
1 year ago

How could do you think bassitt is? I feel like a lot of you guys miss on the bassitts, civales, Irvin’s of the world Bc there stuff from a data perspective isn’t off the charts. Yet I watch all 3 pitch and impressed with changing of speeds, location and pitch quality. Thoughts?

Son
Son
Reply to  Anthony
1 year ago

He’s a very solid pitcher. Especially at home

Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho
1 year ago

Bull or Bear?
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