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16 May, 2018 · #1
One of the many pleasant surprises during the early stages of this season has been the renaissance of Nick Markakis. Going into this season, he didn’t inspire much confidence as a cleanup hitter. After all, he’s had middling power hitting stats for most of his time as a member of the Atlanta Braves. Even during his best season of power hitting as a Brave (which was back in 2016), he only hit 13 homers and put up an Isolated Power number of .129. To put that number in context, the magic number for being considered a threat in that department is to have an ISO of .200 Authentic Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey or above.
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