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« Who Is Benefiting from an Expanded Strike Zone? | Main | Breaking Down A.J. Burnett's Zones »

Learning Lawrie

Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays made a big splash during his first month in the majors.  Ten of his 20 hits so far landed for extra bases, with four doubles, two triples and four home runs.  Pitchers mostly worked Lawrie away but in the strike zone so far.

Brett Lawrie, pitch frequency, 2011.Lawrie demonstrated great play coverage so far.

Brett Lawrie, in play average, 2011.You can see why pitchers are working him a little lower and a little bit more away.  Going away outside the strike zone isn't that great an idea, however:

Brett Lawrie, swing rate, 2011.Note that Brett shows great selectivity on outside pitches, but is more likely to swing at something in on his hands.  The nice thing about that from the pitcher's point of view is that he generates little power inside:

Brett Lawrie, fly ball distance, 2011.Balls on the inside edge of the plate don't get hit for distance. 

Pitchers are learning Brett's tendancies.  If these hold up, look for them to bust him inside more.

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