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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Mel Rojas Jr. Drawing Interest After MVP-Caliber KBO Season

The question is how Rojas’ KBO video game numbers would translate to MLB.  Rojas explained the difference in his interview with Koster: “Honestly, it’s harder to hit against Koreans than Americans sometimes. The average speed over here is 88-90 mph but it gets there quick and looks faster than it is. They’re very sneaky.”  Rojas hasn’t mashed at the level of Eric Thames, who peaked at a 216 wRC+ in KBO and landed a three-year, $16MM deal with the Brewers four years ago.  Thames has a 113 wRC+ in the Majors since returning, doing most of his damage against right-handed pitching.

When FanGraphs’ Dan Szymborski translated Rojas’ 2019 KBO season to its MLB equivalency, his .322/.381/.530 line in KBO became .266/.314/.448 in MLB.  That’s pretty similar to the work of an Eric Hosmer or Renato Nunez the last couple of seasons, though Rojas upped his game in 2020.  Unlike someone like Thames, Rojas has the ability to play the corner outfield capably, and appears to have the arm for right field.  A low-level MLB deal does seem possible for Rojas, but he’d likely have to wait until after Wednesday’s non-tender deadline when teams will have a better picture of who’s available.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2020 at 01:19 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: November 29, 2020 at 11:41 PM (#5991554)
When he was in the Braves' system a few years ago, my kid and I saw him play a couple dozen games at Gwinnett. He roped it somewhere almost every AB and nothing ever got over his head in LF. We always wondered why the Braves never gave him a look. He seemed like a perfectly cromulent potential fourth outfielder.
   2. Adam Starblind Posted: November 30, 2020 at 08:46 AM (#5991566)
The question is how Rojas’ KBO video game numbers would translate to MLB.

Well yeah.
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:05 AM (#5991569)
As a Mets fan, the name Mel Rojas still gives me PTSD.
   4. Zonk Opposes Trial by Combat Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:08 AM (#5991570)
As a Cubs fan, his name is Mel Blowhas. Get it right.
   5. crict Posted: November 30, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5991660)
As an Expos fan, his name reminds me of when we had a team. I'd take Mel Sr. as closer of 2021 team if it meant we had a team.

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