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Entries in Vernon Wells (5)


Alls not too Wells with Vernon

When the Angels acquired Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays they had two goals: one, to move the then disappointing Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera; and two, to compensate for losing the Adrian Beltre sweepstakes. They certainly had to anticipate they would get some semblance of the player who through 12 seasons had averaged .280 and had an .804 OPS.

They didn't get it.

So far this season, Wells has a .214 batting average and a .640 OPS.

Here is the Wells 2011 slugging picture

Wells is 70-for-327Clearly, Wells is doing practically nothing on the outside of the plate.

On the outside

Wells is hitting .188 on the outer zoneThe power numbers on the outside portion of the plate are even sadder than his batting average. He has just three doubles, one triple, and just one homer coming from that zone.

Wells is not doing well on inside pitches either.

Wells is hitting .187 on the inner zonePower numbers on inside pitches are clearly better with two doubles and seven homers, but still not great.

Wells is really struggling against righties

Against righties, Wells is hitting .179 with a .545 OPSWhat perhaps is most surprising is that this veteran hitter is overwhelmed when he has two strikes on him at any point in the count.

With two strikes

With two skrikes on him, Vernon is hitting .125It is crunch time in this season and while Wells is not going to end up with great numbers, he still has shown the skills in the past to have a hot final seven weeks. If he does, it could still end very well for the Angels in their race for the postseason.


Wells Taking Better

Vernon Wells rebounded from a poor 2009 to post good numbers in 2010, most of the improvement coming in his slugging percentage.  It rose from .400 to .515.  Vernon's highest power is up in the strike zone, but in 2009, Vernon was taking a lot of pitches high:

Vernon Wells take frequency, 2009.Their is way too much green in the strike zone that year.  In 2010, Wells attacked these pitches more:

Vernon Wells take frequency, 2010.Looking at where his power lies shows why this is important:


Vernon Wells, 2009-2010Slugging Pct.
Pitches up .497
Pitches middle .516
Pitches down .296


If Vernon can continue to attack pitches up, he may make the Angels trade for him worthwhile.

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