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Monday
Jun252012

Best, Worst Hitters vs. the Heat in 2012

When it comes to the fastball, velocity is power. Sure, some hurlers manage to torture hitters with lower-octane fastballs that sink or dart, but there's an undeniable link between the radar gun and a batter's ability to drive the ball. Check out the average slugging percentage against fastballs this season, by velocity:

VelocitySlugging Pct.
Under 90 MPH .501
90-92 MPH .467
93-94 MPH .406
95+ MPH .364

 

Against sub-90 MPH fastballs, hitters slug about the same as Billy Butler. When pitchers ramp it up to 95+ MPH, batters morph into Placido Polanco. Velocity is power.

So, which hitters are hammering the heat this season, and which are getting manhandled? First, here's a look at hitters who are raking against 95+ MPH heat in 2012:

Highest slugging percentage vs. 95+ MPH fastballs, 2012

BatterSlugging Pct.
David Wright 1.077
Pedro Alvarez .929
Josh Willingham .889
Lucas Duda .875
Mark Trumbo .857
Corey Hart .833
Adam LaRoche .793
Alex Rios .760
Michael Bourn .750
Jason Kipnis .750

 

And here the the hitters getting scorched by 95+ MPH fastballs this season:

Lowest slugging percentage vs. 95+ MPH fastballs, 2012

BatterSlugging Pct.
Cameron Maybin .000
Michael Young .000
Rafael Furcal .000
Gordon Beckham .050
Michael Cuddyer .059
Delmon Young .059
Brendan Ryan .083
Erick Aybar .087
Josh Hamilton .091
Ty Wigginton .091