MLB Advanced Analytics: Fly Index: Part Two
Mike Alexander takes an updated look at Fly Index and which players could be in line for more (or less) home runs.
It’s time to take a look at the Fly Index leaderboard as we put May behind us. Brian Creagh updates the data most Sundays on his tableau page. This past week he added a great function: click on a player’s name to see their batted ball spray chart. It looks like this:
Here’s the top of the Fly Index leaderboard on 5/27/19 with a minimum 75 batted ball events.
Justin Smoak is heating up and the buy low window is closing. The lineup around him should get better as the young guys get acclimated.
Bask in the glory that is Gary Sánchez . He’s hit two more since these numbers were pulled.
Digging deeper on Kole Calhoun ’s stats you see a fairly high 38.6% FB-rate split vs LHP. He’s still putting the ball in the air from lefties, he just doesn’t get it over the wall at a great rate against them.
Can a team in a normal ballpark please trade for Brandon Belt ? We go through this every season when his quality contact comes into focus.