Using a Hitter’s Batted Ball Splits to Build a Hybrid Platoon

The diligent and hard-working fantasy owner has always had the opportunity to utilize fringe platoon players to their advantage. Players such as Matt Joyce, Nelson Cruz and Alex Rios can offer a special advantage to teams with deep leagues, deep benches and sustained focus. Paired with a mashing platoon mate, these guys can turn a position of interest into a position of strength.

But the righty-lefty split isn’t the only platoon split out there. Just as there is a distribution of LOOGY- and ROOGY-killers, there is also a selection of hitters who excel against ground-ball and fly ball pitchers. Fantasy owners should be more aware of not only the advantages of a potential ground ball-fly ball platoon, but also the players who can help them to that end.

This, we should note, is Platooning: Advanced Edition.

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4 Responses to “Using a Hitter’s Batted Ball Splits to Build a Hybrid Platoon”

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  1. schoenbl says:

    Brilliant: this is amazing

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  2. schoenbl says:

    how would you combine a batters handedness split with their batted ball split?

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  3. Are you asking for the specific kind of programming language necessary to cull a player’s, say, LHP-GB split? Because that would be crazy complicated — at least given the way we’ve been doing this.

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  4. zachd2323 says:

    Any chance this is getting updated? Such great data here!

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