Although Ian Desmond bounced back with his fifth season with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, he finished with a disappointing .236/.307/.422 slash line. Playing in Coors should help a player’s batting average on balls in play, but given Desmond’s propensity to hit ground balls, it caps some of the upside Colorado provides. On the plus side, almost one-fourth of Desmond’s fly balls resulted in a home run, he generated a 62 percent ground ball rate.

Viewing his surface statistics, noting Desmond’s growth in hard hit percentage accompanied less contact along with more swings and misses. This parlayed into his BABIP crater to .279, a career worst. Even with the ground ball lean, Desmond’s home BABIP of .291 outdistanced his .267 mark on the road.

Over the last three years, Desmond’s accrued 1,519 at-bats with 236 runs, 51 home runs, 214 RBI, 56 stolen bases and a .265/.323/.421 slash. Within this sample, Desmond registered a 19.4 home run per fly ball percentage but...