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The Week That Was
I haven't targeted Nomar Mazara the last couple of years in drafts as I thought he was a touch over drafted for the stat line he provided. His stats have been solid for how young he is (still just 24), but the 20 homers each year and a decent batting average haven't shown me much upside compared to the other outfielders that typically get drafted in his range. So far this season, he has started slowly from a batting average angle, hitting only .224 through his first 135 plate appearances but he has shown some pop with six homers. With the increased power he's showing, Mazara is also striking out less so far, currently sporting a 16.8 percent strikeout rate after a 21.6 percent rate last season.
Mazara's hard contact profile is very intriguing, as he currently has a hard contact rate of 44.4 percent after a career high 37.5 percent rate last year. He's also hitting more barrels this season with a 11.1 barrel percentage after a 8.5 percent mark last year. Even more positive is that he has taken a step up in his hard rate each of his four seasons in the majors. His fly ball rate is low at 30.3 percent, but it's up four percent from 2018, and if he could bump it up a bit more, paired with his new hard contact levels and his home park, he could break through that 20 homer plateau in a pretty big way.