K, BB and Pull Changes

Keep or Kut? Sell high? Pete and Chad have the answers.

Keep or Kut –  This early in the season, a lot of numbers lie to you, but changes in K-rate, BB-rate and pull percentage for hitters can be telling. Pete (@PeteBBaseball) and Chad (@ChadYoung) look at some of the biggest changes in baseball across those three stats. Join Pitcher List Plus and get an ad-free website and access to the Pitcher List Discord community, while supporting the podcast.


3:56 – Five most improved k-rates: Gio Urshela, Joey Wendle, Yordan Alvarez, Alec Bohm, and Javy Báez. The drop in K’s for Javy is a surprise, and there are reasons to doubt it’s validity.

10:48 – Five biggest increases in strikeout rate: Carson Kelly, Franmil Reyes, Tucker Barnhart, Jarred Kelenic, and Carlos Correa. Should we just wait on Reyes?

14:48 – What to do about Kelenic.

21:14 – Biggest year over year gains in walk rate: Jesus Aguilar, Jesse Winker, Eduardo Escobar, Michael A. Taylor, and Anthony Santander, including a deep dive on Santander and a detour to Alec Bohm.

31:02 – Biggest drops in walk rate: Carson Kelly (again), Shohei Ohtani, Jonathan India, Bryce Harper, and Yasmani Grandal

38:34 – Biggest increases in pull rate: Ryan McMahon, Jurickson Profar, Rhys Hoskins, Charlie Blackmon, and Eric Hosmer. We’re not ready to sell Profar.

47:04 – But we aren’t buying Hosmer either.

50:39 – Biggest decreases in pull rate: Joey Wendle, Brad Miller, Wil Myers, Andrew McCutchen, and Mike Zunino. Zunino with power is a poor man’s Salvador Perez, but otherwise…

58:34 – Anthony Rizzo and the short porch

1:05:05 – Lightning Round! Featuring: Julio Rodriguez, Randy Arozarena, Willy Adames, Trey Mancini, Jose Berrios, Framber Valdes, Tyler Mahleand Trevor Rogers.

Pete Ball

Pete Ball is a graduate of Emmanuel College and a die-hard Red Sox fan. Most of his work for Pitcher List can be heard, not read, on the Keep or Kut Podcast. Download and listen to hear his undying love for Tanner Houck.

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