How’s that for picayune?

]]>Are those comps for the players to perform like those players did in those specific years?

Or are they comps for the players career?

The Griffey one seems kind of out there, and I love Taveras! But I don’t see him having 50 home run power and being able to stay in center like Griffey…or eventually show 600 home runs.

I think he is more like a Vlad Guerrero personally.

]]>I checked out Freese’s home season hit chart.

Here is what I found unless I got the count wrong a little after staring at the blue and red boxes for awhile.

Freese had 74 hits at home, 73 hits away. At home, he had 33 hits to left and left-center, 16 hits up the middle, and 25 to right center and right field. Despite Freese being a RH hitter, he only “pulled” 45% of his hits

while going up the middle or going the “other way” 55% of his hits.

The breakdown is this:

Left- 45%

Center- 21%

Right – 34%

Despite Freese’s fairly high K-rate, he is a hitter who has a disciplined approach to use the whole field. This seems to be reflected in his batting average, as he has hit above .290 in all three of his last seasons, and is a .296 career hitter. He appears pretty consistent.

His HR numbers were even better going the opposite way.

Of his eight home runs at home, he hit five of them to Right, and three to left, none to center, during the 2012 regular season. The breakdown:

LF- 37.5%

CF- 0%

RF- 62.5%

Perhaps, as I speculated, being able to use all fields, increases the chances of a higher BABIP and may prevent a regression to a mean BABIP. If Freese decides to hit more HR’s, which he hit the ’20’ plateau for the first time this past season, and becomes more “pull happy,” no doubt, his BABIP will suffer.

Projection systems however, do not seem tailored to determine whether hitters use all fields consistently to determine BABIP on the high side, as such systems rely on numerical and statistical data. If this should stand as a reliable supposition, then such accounting of hit direction may contribute to a more subtle adjustment to BABIP and batting average projection.

I am not sure yet how this correlates with the whole spectrum at all as I have only time to do one sample, David Freese, but having watched Craig and Holliday some, I have seen them use RF fairly well too, with Craig getting the big hit off Obando in the ’06 Series… to right field.

The trend with the Cardinals’ hitters is that they have been taught to use

“patience.” Translated, this means to go with what is being pitched rather than get frustrated looking for something you like, get behind in the count, and then be forced to hit the pitcher’s best offerings. Mark McGwire was the hitting coach and despite his HR proclivities, was a fairly patient hitter.

Again, though, more samples would be ideal to make this more credible.

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