Hitting Visual Analysis

Hitting Visual Analysis

Rafael Devers At The Plate

Rafael Devers was not supposed to reach the majors this year. He finished last season in A+ ball, and the expected progression for him was to reach AAA Pawtucket around the mid-point of the season, and then spend much...

Is Christian Vazquez Blessed At The Plate?

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez came to the majors with a reputation as a defensive wizard with a weak bat. His offense in 2014 (.240/.308/.309/.617 for an OPS+ of 73) supported that. He lost all of 2015 to Tommy...
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Mookie Betts’ Hitting in 2017

Mookie Betts is having a poor season, by his standards.  Batting .261/.342/.435/.777 (102 OPS+) is fine, especially when combined with his excellent defense, but is a big step down from his 2016 MVP runner-up season (.318/.363/.534/.897, 133 OPS+).   Looking...
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What is Different About Eric Thames in This Go Around MLB?

Joseph Ferraiola compares the old Eric Thames with the new Eric Thames in an attempt to figure out what's different this time around.

How Do Hitters Perform With Their Eyes Wide Shut?

Mike Richmond analyzes a study performed in Japan that sought to determine the point at which hitters didn't need to see the ball to make solid contact.

Jackie Bradley Jr Needs to Make a Readjustment

The Boston Red Sox season has been a failure, but there have been some diamonds in the rough. The team's youth movement provided a boost in August and gave fans a glimpse of the future. However, Ian York thinks...

Has the New Strike Zone Stuck a Fork in Mike Napoli?

Heading into the 2015 season, expectations for Mike Napoli were very high. His offseason Bimaxillary Advancement surgery to help alleviate his sleep apnea gave Boston Red Sox fans hope that a well-rested Mike Napoli would have an excellent year. Unfortunately,...

Mike Napoli is Way Off Balance

It is no secret that Mike Napoli is having a bad season. One of the biggest reasons for this poor season is hidden in his swing. Damian Dydyn shows us that Mike Napoli is way off balance when compared...

Recently Promoted Sam Travis Can Rake

Prospects often struggle. It happens to top prospects as well as the fringe ones. Sometimes their struggles are short lived and they return to flourishing. Damian Dydyn wants to let everyone know that recently promoted Sam Travis can rake. With...

David Ortiz Adjusts His Mechanics

After the Boston Red Sox starting rotation struggled in April, their offense was abysmal in May. The primary culprit of this offensive malaise was their legendary designated hitter. After a brief time out with his coach, David Ortiz adjusts...

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