Arizona Diamondback Willie Bloomquist rocketed a leadoff home run off of Chicago Cubs starter Randy Wells yesterday afternoon. It was only the 14th HR in Bloomquist's major league career; in fact, he has more triples in his career (15) than home runs.
Taking a look at Bloomquist's slugging percentage heat map, we see that while he doesn't generate a lot of power, he does hit inside pitches well.
Randy Wells threw Bloomquist a 2-1 cutter that came up and in, usually a very tough location for a batter to turn on. However, Bloomquist deposited it into the left field bleacher seats at Wrigley.
The home run traveled 379 feet. In 2010, Bloomquist, then a Kansas City Royal, hit a game winning home run off a 92 MPH fastball from Detroit Tigers' Alfredo Figaro, which traveled 385 feet and landed in an almost identical location in the left field seats, albeit in Comerica Park. Where was that pitch located?
Bloomquist isn't a home run threat by any means. But pitchers should probably avoid that upper inside portion of the zone to keep it that way.