On the Barrel Podcast Episode 25 – Adalberto Monstrosity

Jonathan Metzelaar and Dave Cherman talk all things hitting, including deep dives on Adalberto Mondesi, Mookie Betts, Cavan Biggio, Eduardo Escobar, Willson Contreras, Christian Walker, Avisail Garcia, and Adam Eaton.

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  • 1:53 – Home Run Derby thoughts
  • 3:30 – Midseason victory laps: Machado not a top-10 shortstop
  • 4:15  – Franmil Reyes 40 homers
  • 5:00 – Rendon as a borderline first-rounder
  • 6:10 – Muncy vs. Carpenter
  • 7:50 – Mookie Betts
  • 13:15 – Betts vs. Yelich
  • 13:50 – Betts vs. Bellinger
  • 16:10 – Cavan Biggio
  • 23:00 – Adam Eaton
  • 28:00 – Eaton vs. Benintendi
  • 30:20 – Christian Walker
  • 35:30 – Adalberto Mondesi
  • 42:00 – Who to target if selling high on Mondesi?
  • 43:30 – Avisail Garcia
  • 50:00 – Eduardo Escobar
  • 56:20 – Willson Contreras
  • 1:01:00 – Early 2020 catcher rankings
Jonathan Metzelaar

Jonathan Metzelaar is a writer and content manager with Pitcher List, and co-host of the On the Barrel podcast. He enjoys long walks on the beach, quiet dinners by candlelight, and essentially any other activity that will distract him from the perpetual torture of being a New York Mets fan. He's written for Fangraphs Community Research and created Youtube videos about fantasy baseball under the moniker "Jonny Baseball."




Just some thoughts on Mondesi from watching basically all his AB’s.

He swings and misses SO much and it’s pretty ridiculous. However, he consistently punishes mistakes even in AB’s where all the pitcher has to do is throw another ball in the dirt.

It almost seems like swinging and missing doesn’t get affect his confidence at all because he stays ready.

I think he’s going to continue to EAT.


Both Garcia and Mondesi avoid an obscene strikeout rate despite an obscene SwStr% by swinging a lot so they put the ball in play more often before the count gets to two strikes, i.e., the Javy Baez approach to plate discipline.

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