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Entries in Adam Jones (6)

Thursday
Sep202012

30-homer hitters

Last night, Alfonso Soriano and Adam Jones became the 15th and 16th players this season to hit 30 homers.

This was the first time for the right-handed Jones hitting 30 homers.

Jones against righties:

Jones against righties has hit .283, slugged .512 and hit 23 of his 30 homers. he has struck out 80 times.

Jones against lefties:

Against lefties, Jones has .299, slugged .486 and only hit seven homers. He has whiffed 30 times.

Soriano has now hit at least 30 homers in a season six times.

YearAgeTmGPAABHR ▾
2006 30 WSN 159 728 647 46
2002 26 NYY 156 741 696 39
2003 27 NYY 156 734 682 38
2005 29 TEX 156 682 637 36
2007 31 CHC 135 617 579 33
2012 36 CHC 139 568 521 30
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table Generated 9/20/2012.
 

Soriano is now tied with Gil Hodges for 71st place on the all-time HR list, with 370.

Soriano has similar numbers to Jones homering eight times off lefties and 22 times off righties.

Active players with at least four 30+ homer seasons:

All-time leaders in 30+ homer seasons:

Rk YrsFromTo 
1 Hank Aaron 15 1957 1973 Ind. Seasons
2 Alex Rodriguez 14 1996 2010 Ind. Seasons
3 Barry Bonds 14 1990 2004 Ind. Seasons
4 Mike Schmidt 13 1974 1987 Ind. Seasons
5 Babe Ruth 13 1920 1933 Ind. Seasons
6 Albert Pujols 12 2001 2012 Ind. Seasons
7 Jim Thome 12 1996 2008 Ind. Seasons
8 Manny Ramirez 12 1995 2008 Ind. Seasons
9 Jimmie Foxx 12 1929 1940 Ind. Seasons
10 Carlos Delgado 11 1997 2008 Ind. Seasons
11 Sammy Sosa 11 1993 2004 Ind. Seasons
12 Mark McGwire 11 1987 2000 Ind. Seasons
13 Frank Robinson 11 1956 1973 Ind. Seasons
14 Willie Mays 11 1954 1966 Ind. Seasons
15 Rafael Palmeiro 10 1993 2003 Ind. Seasons
16 Fred McGriff 10 1988 2002 Ind. Seasons
17 Harmon Killebrew 10 1959 1970 Ind. Seasons
18 Eddie Mathews 10 1953 1965 Ind. Seasons
19 Lou Gehrig 10 1927 1937 Ind. Seasons
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/20/2012.

Seasons that produced the most 30+ homer hitters:

RkYear#
1 2000 47
2 1999 45
3 1996 43
4 2001 41
5 2004 37
6 2006 34
7 1998 33
8 1997 31
9 2009 30
10 2003 30
11 2008 28
12 2002 28
13 1987 28
14 2005 27
15 2007 26
16 2011 24
17 1993 22
18 1995 21
19 1977 19
20 1970 19
21 2010 18
22 1969 17
23 2012 16
24 1982 16
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/20/2012.
Friday
May252012

Adam Jones Pulls in Big Pay Day

Adam Jones is enjoying an MVP-caliber season for the first-place Baltimore Orioles, and the O's are now poised to give the 26-year-old a six-year contract extension in the range of $85 million

A perennial breakout pick who frustrated many by not making the most of his 6-foot-3, 225 pound frame at the plate (he averaged 18 homers and a 104 OPS+ during his first four years in Baltimore), Jones has finally tapped into the power that made him a top prospect in the Mariners' farm system. His 14 homers are tied for second in the majors, and his 161 OPS+ ranks in the top 20. Jones is about to pull in a lot of cash because he's pulling the ball more often and with more authority.

Jones' pull percentage has climbed considerably in 2012, from under 45 percent during his four decent seasons with the O's to nearly 57 percent:

Jones' Spray Splits

YearPullCenterOpposite
2008-11 44.6 33.6 21.8
2012 56.6 29 14.4

 

Pulling the ball more often is usually a good thing for a hitter. Righties have a .559 slugging percentage when pulling the ball this season, compared to .479 to center field and .458 to the opposite side. The extra pulled pitches have definitely been a positive for Jones, as his slugging percentage to the pull side has soared by over 250 points:

Jones' slugging percentage by side of field

YearPullCenterOpposite
2008-11 .660 .454 .528
2012 .912 .571 .571

 

Jones has the eighth-highest slugging percentage on pulled pitches among righty hitters, sandwiched between Edwin Encarnacion and Ryan Braun. Eleven of Jones' homers have been ripped down the left field line.

While Jones still isn't drawing many walks, he has shown slightly better plate discipline this season (35 percent chase rate, compared to 39 percent from 2008-11) and his list of comparable players on Baseball-Reference through age 25 includes the likes of Dave Winfield, Reggie Smith, Andre Dawson, Dwight Evans and Sammy Sosa. It's too early to say that Jones is Matt Kemp sans stolen bases, but this deal looks fair if he contributes three to four Wins Above Replacement per year. It's a steal if he remains one of the game's great pull hitters.

Wednesday
May162012

Top Hitters with Two Strikes

Most Hits with Two Strikes in 2012
RankPLAYERpaH2B3BHR
T1Adam Jones8324303
T1Derek Jeter7724600
3Josh Reddick8423400
T4David Ortiz7322304
T4Martin Prado8122410
T6Joe Mauer8521414
T6Rafael Furcal7621301
T8Mark Ellis7920201
T8Emilio Bonifacio10020510
T10Daniel Murphy7219310
T10Ryan Braun8219011
T10Bryan LaHair7419400
T10Prince Fielder7619704
T10Elvis Andrus8119503
T10A. J. Ellis7219404
T10Dustin Pedroia8319522
T17Edwin Encarnacion8917702
T17Joey Votto7817403
T17Jayson Werth6917202
T17Brett Lawrie7617301
T17Michael Bourn9217501
T17Michael Cuddyer8117100
T17Curtis Granderson9217003
T17Ian Kinsler8717111
T17Nelson Cruz8017200

Adam Jones has been on fire for the Baltimore Orioles. He's batting .302 with a .591 slugging percentage. And his .397 wOBA is 67 points higher than his 2008-2011 average. Jones is apparently doing much better with two strikes as well, as he's tied with Derek Jeter for the league lead in hits when one pitch away from a strikeout.

In 2011, Jones had 51 hits in two strike counts, and with not even a quarter of the current season finished he's almost half way there. His wOBA with two strikes between 2008 and 2011 was .245. In 2012: .388.

One possible reason for his success this year is that Jones has become more selective when down in the count. Between 2008 and 2011, Jones chased 54.0% of pitches out of the zone with two strikes. This season that number is down to 49.4%. Jones is also making more contact in two strike counts as his miss rate is down to 19.1% from 22.8% between the 2008 and 2011 seasons.

Of course, there's always a little bit of luck involved with balls in play, and Jones is no exception. His BABIP with two strikes is a rather high .408, compared to .312 between 2008 and 2011, and a .298 League Average BABIP with two strikes in 2012.

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