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  1. Do you know if there is any correlation between player height and FB% on low pitches?

    Comment by Macek — November 16, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  2. Or player height and overall flyball percentage for that matter…..

    Comment by Macek — November 16, 2012 @ 9:34 am

  3. Just because these guys hit fly-balls against ground ball pitchers frequently doesn’t necessecarily mean they are the guys you want up in a situation where you need a fly-ball. Better hitters probably could hit more fly-balls if they wanted to. Instead, they end up hitting more line-drives which generally lead to higher BABIPs and better outcomes.

    Comment by Mitchell — November 16, 2012 @ 9:35 am

  4. I haven’t looked at that, no. But probably doable, even with the issues on biometric data available.

    Comment by Bill Petti — November 16, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  5. It’s possible, sure, but I haven’t seen anything empirical evidence to that point.

    Comment by Bill Petti — November 16, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  6. Bill Petti articles always make my morning better.

    Comment by Chummy Z — November 16, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  7. You’d have to temper this info with their DP threat as well, no? The likes of Barajas and Molina are good double play candidates as well right? A ground ball single or ground out RBI are also good outcomes.

    Comment by sporkless — November 16, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  8. And obviously if you have a batter who strikes out a lot, you probably don’t want him up there even if he hits lots of fly balls when he does make contact.

    You also have the issue of depth of fly ball. Maybe some of the high fly ball hitters hit lots of short fly balls (non-pop ups).

    And I certainly agree that in terms of “who you want up there” you want to include hits.

    So clearly the fly ball percentage on BIP does not answer the question, “Who do you want batting in that situation.”

    Comment by MGL — November 16, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  9. No surprise to see Bengie on top. The ground ball = the Molina family’s natural enemy.

    Comment by Brian — November 16, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  10. Fair point, maybe the language was a bit strong. If you want the best odds of hitting a fly ball, I think it gets you most of the way there. But, yes, the double play probability, etc., would give the fullest picture.

    Comment by Bill Petti — November 16, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  11. I don’t know you but my guess is you are a fine, upstanding citizen with a good head on your shoulders…

    Comment by Bill Petti — November 16, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  12. Notice no Rays on the list. I would have thought that a pitching and defence team would have some guys like this.

    Comment by JKB — November 18, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

  13. Defense. Although the bullpens at the Trop aren’t enclosed, so on that respect they are defenced

    Comment by JKB — November 18, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

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