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The Royals and Batted Ball Location So Far in 2014

Salvador Perez

Perez has pulled the ball 118 times in 2014. On those he has hit .347/.347/.664/.992 with 8 doubles, 9 homers, and a .430 wOBA.

Perez has hit the ball to center 85 times. On those he has hit .365/.365/.482/.847 with 7 doubles, 1 homer, and a .372 wOBA.

Perez has hit to the opposite field 53 times. On those he has hit .226/.226/.264/.491 with 2 doubles and a .216 wOBA.

Perez is at his best when he's pulling the ball - look for teams to shift him to left to try to make him go the other way.

Eric Hosmer

Hosmer has pulled the ball 108 times in 2014. On those he has hit .241/.241/.361/.602 with 7 doubles, 2 homers, and a .263 wOBA.

Hosmer has hit the ball to center 112 times. On those he has hit .355/.348/.482/.830 with 8 doubles, 2 homers, and a .360 wOBA.

Hosmer has hit to the opposite field 72 times. On those he has hit .348/.333/.435/.768 with 6 doubles and a .329 wOBA.

It looks like teams have the book on Hosmer, making him pull the ball into shifts as much as possible.

Omar Infante

Infante has pulled the ball 101 times in 2014. On those he has hit .371/.360/.567/.927 with 4 doubles, 5 homers, and a .398 wOBA.

Infante has hit the ball to center 70 times. On those he has hit .243/.243/.257/.500 with 1 double and a .222 wOBA.

Infante has hit to the opposite field just 30 times. On those he has hit .196/.193/.357/.550 with 3 doubles, 3 triples, and a .231 wOBA.

Infante really has killed the ball when pulling it this year. Look for more shifts there as well, although keeping the first baseman close to the line would be a good idea with those 3 doubles and 3 triples to right.

Alcides Escobar

Escobar has pulled the ball 115 times in 2014. On those he has hit .393/.386/.580/.966 with 15 doubles, 2 homers, and a .417 wOBA.

Escobar has hit the ball to center 83 times. On those he has hit .346/.346/.432 with 5 doubles, a triple, and a .341 wOBA.

Escobar has hit to the opposite field 64 times. On those he has hit .258/.258/.355/.613 with 4 doubles, 1 triples, and a .267 wOBA.

Esky is really hitting the ball well to left as well. Incredible for him to have that much power (ISO/SLG) from that little frame. Look for more shifts for him, too.

Mike Moustakas

Moustakas has pulled the ball 96 times in 2014. On those he has hit .232/.232/.558/.789 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, and 9 homers, and a .339 wOBA.

Moustakas has hit the ball to center 49 times. On those he has hit .277/.265/.426/.691 with 7 doubles and a .292 wOBA.

Moustakas has hit to the opposite field 40 times. On those he has hit .175/.175/.200/.375 with 1 double and a .166 wOBA.

Moose can not go the other way. He's pulled the ball over 1/2 of his PAs this year in which he's hit the ball. No wonder he's stunk this year. You can stack that side with 5 fielders if you really want to - it wouldn't matter. Bring the SS and CF to that side of the field.


Alex Gordon

Gordon has pulled the ball 123 times in 2014. On those he has hit .366/.366/.699/1.065 with 14 doubles, 9 homers, and a .460 wOBA.

Gordon has hit the ball to center 79 times. On those he has hit .316/.316/.392/.709 with 6 doubles and a .312 wOBA.

Gordon has hit to the opposite field 52 times. On those he has hit .240/.231/.300/.531 with 3 doubles and a .228 wOBA.

Gordon has pulled the ball like Moose (not quite as often) but when he does he is really striking the ball well. I haven't paid close enough attention to know if they're shifting on Gordon - but they should. I'd make him beat me the other way.


Lorenzo Cain

Cain has pulled the ball 62 times in 2014. On those he has hit .371/.371/.629/1.000 with 7 doubles, 3 homers, and a .434 wOBA.

Cain has hit the ball to center 64 times. On those he has hit .435/.422/.532/.954 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a .411 wOBA.

Cain has hit to the opposite field 50 times. On those he has hit .400/.400/.520/.920 with 6 doubles and a .403 wOBA.

This one is amazing. Lorenzo is using the whole field so well this year. He's been a huge bright spot - filling into what I thought his potential was when acquired in the Greinke deal. Defenses simply cannot know how to defense him this year. Period.

Nori Aoki

Aoki has pulled the ball 67 times in 2014. On those he has hit .308/.308/.431/.738 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, and a .321 wOBA.

Aoki has hit the ball to center 65 times. On those he has hit .246/.246/.292/.538 with 3 doubles and a .237 wOBA.

Aoki has hit to the opposite field 105 times! On those he has hit .324/.320/.373/.693 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, and a .304 wOBA.

Aoki is trying to slap the ball the other way on 44% of his PAs ending in a batted ball. That is way too much. In 2013 he pulled/center/oppo'd 182/200/186 and in 2012 it was 166/172/139. There's no reason he should be trying to punch the ball that way so often - even if they shift him ridiculously.

Billy Butler

Butler has pulled the ball 98 times in 2014. On those he has hit .265/.265/.357/.622 with 6 doubles, 1 homer, and a .273 wOBA.

Butler has hit the ball to center 84 times. On those he has hit .329/.310/.392/.702 with 5 doubles and a .299 wOBA.

Butler has hit to the opposite field 77 times. On those he has hit .400/.390/.533/.923 with 7 doubles, 1 homer, and a .399 wOBA.

Butler has been nails when trying to go the other way this year, but like Allen Craig, it seems to me that he cannot pull the ball with authority this year - and that is shown through these numbers. Look for teams to bust Butler inside with heat the rest of the year until he can come around.

Jarrod Dyson

Dyson has pulled the ball 30 times in 2014. On those he has hit .241/.241/.414/.655 with 1 triple, 1 homer, and a .283 wOBA.

Dyson has hit the ball to center 38 times. On those he has hit .432/.421/.486/.908 with 1 triple and a .395 wOBA.

Dyson has hit to the opposite field 39 times. On those he has hit .389/.389/.389/.778 with no XBH but a .347 wOBA.

What's incredible to me is that he's doing what Aoki is - sort of - but he's much better at hitting up the middle and the opposite field this year so it's working for him. Just concentrate on driving the ball up the middle, Jarrod!

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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