We can go back and forth forever about whether Johnny Cueto "is an ace" or not, or whether he was correct in turning down $120 million from Arizona, as MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reported he recently did. (From this view: close, and probably, particularly without a qualifying offer.) But what we do know is that for most of his career, Cueto has found tremendous success not by missing a ton of bats, as so many of his colleagues have done. He's done it by making sure the contact he allows is the kind of contact he wants.
For years, that's something that's either been measured anecdotally, by onlookers attempting to make judgment calls on the types of contact allowed, or from extrapolating other data. But now, of course, we have Statcast™, and so we can actually put numbers to this.
Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.