Alfonso Soriano (CHN) finished April tied for the Major League lead in home runs with ten. Although his other batting stats are weak, he's slugging like he did prior to the 2009 season. Soriano is once again able to catch up to the fastball:
|Season||Average Speed||wOBA||Slugging Pct.|
Sorinao's bat speed might have returned, but in 2011 it looks like pitchers are helping him with their fastballs. In the two down years, the fastballs Alfonso saw tended to be down and away or up and in:
There was a good reason for this pattern, as Soriano's power tended to be up and way and down and in:
So far this season, Alfonso has seen fastballs up:
And he's killing the high pitch.
He's catching up to the high and tight pitch, which says to me he improved his bat speed. He's even slugging better on the few down and away fastballs he's seen. The change in pitching pattern hasn't worked, as Soriano proved up to the task of smacking fastballs again.