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Sunday
Feb062011

Line to Colorado

With rumors flying that Michael Young wants out of Texas, Colorado seems the most likely destination.  The Rockies and Young offer a great fit, since their offensive styles match.  Over the last three seasons, 20% of the balls the Rockies hitters put in play went for line drives.  With a large outfield that forces the fielders to play deep, line drives have a great chance of dropping in, and even hitting gaps for extra bases. 

Michael Young over that same time knocked out 342, 21.9% of his balls in play.  Even more impressive is that 247 of his 549 hits (including the post season) came on his line drives.  That's 45%. 

Young's line drive rate actually fell off in this time span.  Earlier in the decade he would often be in the mid 20s in terms of line drive percentage.  With the major league median around 18%, Young is still above average, and the big ball park in Denver will only add to his hit totals.

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