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Chasing Pitches

Chase Percentage Ranking through April 16

No surprise that Vlad Guerrero (BAL) tops the list for highest percent of swings on pitches out of the strike zone. Even the greater than 15% gap between Vlad and Trumbo in second should not come as a shock to anyone who's seen at least a handful of the slugger's ABs. However, over the last three years, Vlad has averaged around a 44% swing percentage on pitches out of the zone. So, as the season progresses, expect him to rein it in a little.

WOBA Ranking on pitches out of the Strike Zone through April 16

None of the players in the top 10 in chase percentage made the top 10 in wOBA on pitches out of the zone. In fact, none appeared in the top 50, and only Pablo Sandoval (SF) made the top 100 at #87.

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Reader Comments (3)

What were Adam Jones numbers like last year? Do you know?

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn S

Jones had a chase percentage of 40.0% in 2010, 36.5% in 2009, and 39.3% in 2008. So his high 2011 number is likely a product of a small sample size, although it wouldn't be that surprising if his chase% hovered around 45%.

April 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterJonathan Scippa

Thanks for getting back to me. I don't think his numbers are a product of a small sample size. He has been chasing a lot of bad pitches this year and looked pretty bad at the plate.

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn S

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