Just finishing up a few fillers while waiting for Opening Day...
I never followed up on this mid-year post that examined Baltimore sluggers using data from HitTrackerOnline.com....so here it is.
Home run leaders for 2008:
Now, who hit the longest shots of 2008?
Top home runs by Standard Distance:
Scott 450 5/20/08
Scott 437 9/8/08
Jones 435 9/1/08
Markakis 434 8/30/08
Huff 429 8/24/08
Look at Adam Jones in there with the big boys. He's got a lot of potential to hit 20+ very soon.
Who hit the longest home runs on average? Give them the Golden Sledgehammer!
Now for three classifications of home runs: No Doubts, Just Enoughs and Lucky. The names are pretty self-explanatory but if you want to see how Hit Tracker determines this, look here.
Raw power. Look at Luke Scott! Nearly 50% of his homers were never in question. See Nick Markakis? Make a note of that while we look at the next category.
R. Hernandez 8
Nearly half of Markakis' homers were just making it over the fence. Why? He's a line drive hitter, not a classic power hitter. That's why I don't think Nick will ever hit 30 homers regularly; he's just not that type of hitter even though he might have the power to do so. I don't think that's a bad thing either.
R. Hernandez 4
And just for kicks, let's take a look at the Isolated Power leaders.
Mora's ISO is startling, we haven't seen power out of Mora like this in years. From FanGraphs.com, Melmo's ISO compared to league average from the past few years.
Mora's power was up in the 2004-2005 range again. Can he maintain it for one last season?