Play the player-profile game every day this week at 1:00pm ET. We’re giving away a free annual subscription to FanGraphs+ to the first reader who guesses correctly the identity of that day’s mystery player. (Limit one copy per customer).
As the absurdly coiffed Eno Sarris announced on Monday, the newest iteration of FanGraphs+ is now available in exchange for your hard-earned money — and any other kind of money, too.
As in recent years, we’re celebrating this important Moment in History by way of the player-profile game.
Said game is easy: the author offers the text of an actual player profile from the newest iteration of FG+, being careful to omit any proper names that might reveal the identity of the player in question. The reader, in turn, attempts to identify the player using only the details provided in the profile.
First reader to guess correctly (in the comments section below) gets a free annual subscription to FanGraphs+, worth roughly the equivalent of Alec Baldwin’s watch in Glengarry Glen Ross.
Today’s entry comes to us by way of noted American falconer Brett Talley and is purposely more vague than Monday’s or Tuesday’s selections.
Who is it?
[BLANK] could not have had a better 2013. He stayed healthy and played in [a lot of] games which led to fantastic counting numbers. And his rate stats spiked thanks primarily to a big improvement in plate discipline. His walk rate improved thanks to a jump in intentional walks, and his strikeout rate improved because he swung less, particularly on balls outside the zone, and made more contact. His biggest improvement came on breaking pitches from right-handed hitters. This obviously bodes well for his future. It would be a stretch to imagine [BLANK] improving much on his most recent season, but there’s no obvious sign that his success was fluky or in any way subject to major regression. He may not be a top-five caliber fantasy player again, but there is little reason to think he’ll fall too far below that mark.
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