Help Needed: Hitters Playing Through Injuries

(10/9: Thanks to everyone for the additions.)

One player class I target for potential bargains are hitters who played through injuries. These injuries drag down a player’s production as they and their team struggle with the tradeoff of a regular player at 80% or a replacement at 100%. With the season just ending and drafts months away, I want to create a draft season reference list while people still remember parts of the 2017 season.

A few years back, I examined the negative effects of playing through injuries, mainly power. In the following season, those effects are gone for hitters.

Projection systems don’t know about this error and use the suppressed available stats. It’s time to gain a small advantage over the projections by collecting data on players it under projects.

I went out to the Twitter-verse and asked for names.

Here are the players who readers have listed with any available article links. I’m adding any name for now but I would only trust the names with linked articles.

Verified Playing Through An Injury

Name: Injury (article link)

Rumored injuries

Name: Information

Again, let me know of anyone else to get a complete reference list for 2018 drafts. Thanks, Jeff.



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Jeff writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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Scott Schebler seemed to be injured for over a month before finally hitting the DL.