RESEARCH: Which hitters get platooned

Since the 1800’s, teams have been platooning opposite-handed batters compared the pitcher to gain a production advantage. It’s easier for hitters to see and hit a ball that isn’t initially coming directly at their head. If a hitter happens to be put in a platoon, his fantasy value plummets from the lost plate appearances. Today, I’m going to create a talent baseline to determine if a hitter can get platooned by examining historical examples.

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