Joe Sheehan has a great piece in the 5/13 edition of Sports Illustrated presenting the case for Justin Upton.
Sheehan writes about Upton, "He's swinging harder and missing more pitches (a 12% swing-and-miss rate, his highest since 2009), but he's crushing the ones he's hitting: An absurd 35.3% of his fly balls leave the yard."
This got me curious as to who else has a high flyball to HR percentage.
To his credit, Sheehan in his article was quick to point out, "Upton isn't going to hit 60 bombs. His home-run-to-fly-ball rate isn't sustainable; his career mark coming into this year was 13.2%. The league leaders in the category usually end up around 25%."
As you can see from the chart above, Upton has already dropped down to 30.2%.
Not surprisingly, right behind him are Ryan Braun and Bryce Harper, both with numbers in the upper 20th percentile. But it may surprise you (because it did me) how good Mets teammates John Buck and Lucas Duda's numbers are.
Their teams have to be wondering what happened to the power?
Looking at the AL and we see Mark Trumbo and Michael Morse's power in action
There is a lot of warning track power being exhibited these days, but just remember there is a much better opportunity for something good happening on a fly ball than on a strikeout.