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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Is Patrick Wisdom a viable building block for the Cubs?

What Wisdom is at this point isn’t a secret. He’s a big power guy with an absolute ton of whiff in his game. That combo first manifested itself in Triple-A back in 2017, when he hit 31 home runs with the Memphis Redbirds and struck out at a rate of nearly 30 percent. He followed that up with another 31 homer campaign in 2017 with the Nashville Sounds. The K% that year? 27.6.

So nothing about his line this year comes as any sort of surprise. Wisdom has slashed .259/.321/.586/.907 for the Cubs, with 25 homers and a .327 ISO through those 275 PAs. His strikeout rate sits at 39.3 percent, which is easily the highest among any Major League hitter with at least 250 plate appearances under his belt. His whiff rate is 19.3, which trails only former Cub Javier Báez among that same group.

It’s definitely a situation where you have to take the good with the bad. On one hand, you have that power bat. When Wisdom is making contact, he’s hitting the ball hard. His Hard% is at 46.9 percent; only Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Aaron Judge have done so at a higher rate. His Barrel% is at 17.6, which puts him 12th among his position playing counterparts. The ISO trails only Shohei Ohtani, Mike Zunino, and Tatis. Not terrible company to keep.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2021 at 01:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
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