Originally Posted by Betterread
Nice graphic representations of where players' hits are on the field. If you can drive the ball to all fields, it is much harder to guess where your tendencies are.
Doug, what do you derive from these charts, with respect to the player development curve for these young players?
Well, while I have only looked at the 5 players shown, these charts seem to suggest that like what you would expect, when a player pulls the ball, the odds are more likely that they are going to get a hit. Maybin for example is a right hander, and 84% of the time he pulled the ball into the outfield, it fell in for a hit. At least from the guys I have looked at, it appears that Drew Stubbs had a lot more trouble getting opposite field hits than anyone else. Now there could be reasons for that, such as fewer line drives and things like that....but thats not true. Of the balls he put into right field, 45% of them were line drives, where someone like Jay Bruce (to left) was around 31% and Joey Votto (to left) was at 19%, but the latter both had much better hit percentages to their respective opposite fields. Maybe Drew Stubbs was a lot less lucky than the other two players?
HumnHilghtFreel, Here is a different chart that is what you are actually talking about that shows where a players hits actually came from. I have only done this chart so far for Jay Bruce, but it shows what percentage of his hits went to what part of the field (note the numbers wont add up to 100. I rounded the decimal points and there were also 8 hits unaccounted for on minorleaguesplits.com and before I realized it at the end, I had already made the chart).
Now I like this chart from Jay, as roughly the same number of hits go to center for him as they do to the opposite field. Now like I said, I havent done these charts for anyone else yet, but I think that for a 19 year old, he seemed to spread the ball around the field at a good rate.