Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freddie Freeman's Line Drives

Freddie Freeman's rate stats this season are just a bit off. A .259 batting average and .313 on-base percentage pale to his rookie .282 and .342 rates. Aside from that minor blip, things are looking good for the Atlanta Braves' first baseman. His counting stats: Runs, HR, RBI, project higher than last year, when he finished 2nd in NL Rookie oh the Year voting.

In impressive fashion this season, Freddie Freeman leads the Major Leagues in Line Drive rate. 33% of the balls he's put in play have been line drives. That's not just the highest percentage among all batters who qualify for the batting title, it's also the highest of anyone with a minimum 200 plate appearances in any season since Fangraphs started tracking batted ball data in 2002.

2012 Line Drive %
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 33.0%
Joey Votto, Reds: 31.0%
Alejandro De Aza, White Sox: 29.4%
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 29.4%
Jason Kubel, Diamondbacks: 27.2%

Freddie Freeman is testing the sustainability of a 33% line drive rate

Best Line Drive % since 2002
2012 Freddie Freeman, Braves: 33.0%
2005 Cory Sullivan, Rockies: 32.3%
2006 Cory Sullivan, Rockies: 31.5%
2012 Joey Votto, Reds: 31.0%
2003 Mark Loretta, Padres: 30.7%
2003 Brian Roberts, Padres: 30.2%
2008 Omar Infante, Braves: 30.1%
2003 Chad Moeller, Diamondbacks: 30.0%
2003 Andres Galarraga, Giants: 29.9%
2002 Brent Mayne, Royals: 29.8%
2002 Mark McLemore, Mariners: 29.7%
2007 Robert Fick, Nationals: 29.4%
2012 Alejandro De Aza, White Sox: 29.4%
2012 Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 29.4%
2003 Tom Wilson, Blue Jays: 29.2%
2003 Lyle Overbay, Diamondbacks: 29.1%
2002 Todd Helton, Rockies: 29.0%
2003 Milton Bradley, Indians: 28.9%
2003 Todd Helton, Rockies: 28.8%
2006 Chris Coste, Phillies: 28.7%
2010 Jim Edmonds, Brewers/Reds: 28.3%
2002 Gene Kingsale, Mariners/Padres: 28.2%
2003 Mark Teixeira, Rangers: 28.2%
2003 Chris Singleton, Athletics: 28.2%
2005 Placido Polanco, Phillies/Tigers: 28.2%
2002 Dan Wilson, Mariners: 28.1%
2005 Mark Loretta, Padres: 28.1%
2008 Brian Buscher, Twins: 27.9%
2003 Juan Gonzalez, Rangers: 27.8%
2003 Mike Cameron, Mariners: 27.8%
2011 Kyle Seager, Mariners: 27.7%
2010 Adam Rosales, Athletics: 27.7%

2003 was an awesome year for line drives.

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