Fast Ball Percentage
To what degree do pitchers feel comfortable throwing the heat? Are they pretty sure that you will chase junk in the dirt? I think answers to these questions should help a player focus on areas to improve during the offseason. The average player sees about 60% fastballs when they come to the plate.
Let's start with players around the league who should swing early and assume fastball. Pitchers think that they cannot get around on a good fastball.
|Juan Pierre||Dodgers||70.1 %|
|Chone Figgins||Angels||69.1 %|
|Placido Polanco||Tigers||68.1 %|
|Johnny Damon||Yankees||67.8 %|
|Matt Holliday||Rockies||67.0 %|
Two Rangers this year need to take notice:
|Taylor Teagarden||Rangers||70.8 %|
|Frank Catalanotto||Rangers||66.6 %|
As far as players who can't hold back on any pitch, the following are in the cellar. Pitchers think that they can get them to whiff on anything with movement. If this group does not stay planted on their back feet, they are toast.
|Alexei Ramirez||White Sox||47.0 %|
|Hunter Pence||Astros||49.8 %|
|Dan Uggla||Marlins||50.2 %|
|Aubrey Huff||Orioles||51.0 %|
|Ryan Howard||Phillies||51.2 %|
|Geovany Soto||Cubs||51.2 %|
The offending Rangers are:
|Hank Blalock||Rangers||53.2 %|
|Josh Hamilton||Rangers||53.4 %|
|Chris Davis||Rangers||55.3 %|
|Nelson Cruz||Rangers||55.4 %|