- Jul 15, 2005
He seems to be a case of someone who has continued to work really hard on his game and continues to improve, he was an awful defensive SS for a while and turned himself into a solid one, which almost never happens. I'd be happy to have him on my team but I do think he is going to end up pretty pricy, maybe to the Mariners.I feel pretty good about Semien. He has developed some of the best plate discipline in the game, and that tends to age well. Like Schwarber, his chase rate is elite, the 16th best in baseball out of 159 eligible hitters (min. 1,000 PA) over ‘19-21, and his overall contact rate is also excellent at 81.3% (43rd in MLB).
Very few guys who fit the above criteria also hit for power. Here’s the total number of players who posted a chase rate of 26% or less, an overall contact rate of at least 80%, and an ISO of at least .200 (over 2019-21):
Soto, Betts, Bregman, Rendon, Winker, Semien
This is a relatively arbitrary set of criteria, but I’m trying to isolate guys with excellent plate discipline who also hit for power, and these are excellent players. I never want a team I cheer for to employ Alex Bregman, but I’d be happy if Marcus Semien was on it.