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Saturday
Jul092011

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies Rocket Launcher

Fly balls are a mixed bag for batters.  A high fly gives an outfielder plenty of time to get under the ball and record the out.  On the other hand, batters that get the launch angle right see those balls come down in the seats instead.  Here are the top 25 batters at turning home runs into fly balls in 2011, minimum 75 fly balls:



HitterTeamPlate App.HR/FB
Jose Bautista TOR 83 0.313
Mark Teixeira NYY 88 0.25
Curtis Granderson NYY 98 0.245
Mark Reynolds BAL 78 0.244
Matt Kemp LAD 93 0.237
Paul Konerko CWS 90 0.233
Ryan Howard PHI 81 0.222
Prince Fielder MIL 83 0.217
Jay Bruce CIN 96 0.198
Adrian Gonzalez BOS 86 0.198
Danny Espinosa WSH 76 0.197
David Ortiz BOS 88 0.193
Troy Tulowitzki COL 83 0.193
Kelly Johnson ARI 81 0.185
Alfonso Soriano CHC 82 0.171
Brian McCann ATL 85 0.165
Carlos Quentin CWS 87 0.161
Chris Young ARI 96 0.156
Alex Rodriguez NYY 77 0.156
Kevin Youkilis BOS 79 0.152
Albert Pujols STL 87 0.149
Andrew McCutchen PIT 88 0.148
Adrian Beltre TEX 109 0.147
Mitch Moreland TEX 75 0.147

 

Notice that the list is littered with all-stars and all-star snubs.  About in the middle, ranked 13th, is Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.  While he's joined by middle infielders Danny Espinosa of the Washington Nationals and Kelly Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks, long term Troy dominates the shortstop position.

 

HR/FB, 2008-2011, shortstops. Minimum 250 fly balls
ShortstopTeamPlate App.HR/FB
Troy Tulowitzki COL 422 0.190
Hanley Ramirez FLA 413 0.157
Alexei Ramirez CWS 434 0.129
J. J. Hardy BAL 377 0.125
Jhonny Peralta DET 510 0.110
Alex Gonzalez ATL 366 0.098
Derek Jeter NYY 358 0.095
Stephen Drew ARI 560 0.089
Miguel Tejada SF 484 0.089
Yunel Escobar TOR 395 0.084
Jerry Hairston WSH 296 0.084
Jimmy Rollins PHI 484 0.083
Ronny Cedeno PIT 250 0.080
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE 368 0.073
Jose Reyes NYM 397 0.071
Yuniesky Betancourt MIL 506 0.063
Marco Scutaro BOS 525 0.059
Jed Lowrie BOS 250 0.056
Edgar Renteria CIN 294 0.054
Jason Bartlett SD 382 0.045
Erick Aybar LAA 375 0.045
Cliff Pennington OAK 265 0.042
Jamey Carroll LAD 252 0.012
Cesar Izturis BAL 267 0.011

 

The average among this group is just 0.085 HR/FB.  Troy more than doubles that, giving the Rockies a great offensive weapon at a position known for defense.  In case you want to blame Coors Field for his high rate, over the same period his rage on the road is 0.180, still the best in the majors among shortstops.  His power is for real.

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