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First off Happy 4th of July to all.  Hope you enjoy the time with friends and family (or whatever you choose to do).

I wanted to do a quick post investigating Colby’s success this year compared to last year at the plate.  I dug through the pitch f/x data and came up with a couple of observations.  First he’s hitting fastballs from RHers with much more authority this year (a 0.589 wOBAc compared to a 0.346 wOBAc in 2009).  Second he’s crushing the pitch middle in as shown in the following chart

I’d assume there’s a large overlap between the two points also (a lot of fastballs middle in being hit with power).

Those two points are the primary differences between the two seasons that I noticed.  There are other differences of course, but those appear minor compared to those I’ve highlighted.

UPDATE:  His HR’s for AZ

Steve Sommer

Simulation analyst by day, father and baseball nerd by night

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4 Responses to “Colby 2009 v 2010”

  1. I’d love to see a plot of his HRs. I’ve got a feeling you’ll see some fun golfball shots down and in.

  2. [...] I’ve done some pitch f/x analysis on 3 of the top hitters for the Cards (Holliday, Pujols, Rasmus), but have yet to really dive in on any of the “lesser” hitters. I’ll start today with Yadier [...]

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