In the age of Statcast, launch angle and examining every aspect of how a ball is put into play, the Padres’ cleanup hitter is an anomaly — one unlike the game has ever seen. But to better understand the fly balls, we have to briefly dive into the data.
According to MLB.com’s Statcast definitions, the launch angle on a batted ball generally defines anything under 10 degrees as a ground ball, while line drives fall between 10 and 25 degrees, fly balls are between 25 and 50 degrees, and a popup is over 50 degrees. That makes sense, even to those of us who are geometry-challenged. Guess who is leading all of baseball with an average launch angle of 32 degrees. Schimpf. In fact, there are only 10 players with an average launch angle above 22 degrees, and Schimpf is the only one to cross the 30-degree plateau.
Game Mens Brandon Coleman Jersey Of course, BABIP — which stands for batting average on balls in play,basically what percentage of balls become hits when the batter puts the ball in play to end a plate appearance — is a bit of an inconsistent metric, if used by itself. A line drive crushed directly at the shortstop is probably going to be an out, while a check-swing blooper down the line is usually a base hit.
Game Mens Darren McFadden Jersey So let’s look what type of contact hitters have made against Wainwright, using batted-ball metrics from Baseball Info Solutions, which tracks the quality of contact on balls put in play and sorts them into three categories: hard-hit, medium-hit and soft-hit (info from FanGraphs).