A Look at the Rays Positional Players by Pitch Result

A few days ago I took a look at the pitch result outcomes for the heart of our order.  It turns out that Longoria is the aorta, who knew?  I wanted to ramp this up for all players and included a few more games of data.  The following includes the first series against Bodymore, Murdaland and the series against the New York Yankees (amirite?) or through 4/11/10 if you know how to work a calendar.  I will solely be looking at the pitch result outcomes produced by the Pitch F/x data of Ball, Called Strike, Foul, In Play, and Swing Strike.  Here is a column chart showing the breakdown for each player that has a PA thus far:

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Click to embiggen (what it's a perfectly cromulent word) and click the jump to see a batter-by-batter breakdown of where in the strike zone these pitches are.

First off, here's a table showing how many pitches each guy has seen.  If you are ambitious you can multiply the total by the percents above to get a raw number of each outcome:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Pitches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.J. Upton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Zobrist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Crawford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Pena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dioner Navarro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan Longoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

92

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabe Kapler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Bartlett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

103

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Shoppach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Burrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reid Brignac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willy Aybar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

834

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will feature less commentary this time around as my goal is to let you, the audience, point out that which we are seeing as I think everyone gets an idea of what the data is showing.  

Ben Zobrist

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B.J. Upton

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Kelly Shoppach

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Sean Rodriguez

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Carlos Pena

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Dioner Navarro

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Evan Longoria

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Gabe Kapler

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Carl Crawford

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Pat Burrell

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Reid Brignac

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Jason Bartlett

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Willy Aybar

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So what say you community?  What do you like?  What troubles you?  I'll go through one quick point on each just to get some dialog going:

Zobot:  Most of his swing strikes are clustered around the middle of the plate and low.

Upton: Looks to be swinging at just about everything that's middle-in but is having more success putting higher pitches in play, while fouling off the lower ones.

Shoppach: Besides leading the team in Swing Strike%, he's also got a mess of them in the zone.

Rodriguez:  Could be one guy that could benefit from getting more aggressive, lots of called strikes, especially in zones that he should be able to do some damage on.

Pena:  Getting a ton of pitches away where he has had less success putting the ball in play.

Navarro:  0 swing strikes, and with only 5 pitches as a RH he is getting a steady diet of away, away, away.

Longoria:  Still doing most of his damage on inner-half pitches, but is starting to put a few outer-half pitches in play.

Kapler:  One of our smallest samples, hard to draw any conclusions.

Crawford:  The data has him as one of the smallest strike zones, yet swinging on a lot of the higher pitches, would like to see those dead center fouls turned into in plays.

Burrell:  Doing a pretty good job of staying within the zone, but would like to see more aggressiveness on inner-half pitches.

Brignac:  Small sample that doesn't include Monday's dinger, interesting that he has the majority of his BiP on up and away.

Bartlett:  The cluster of away swing strikes is not nice to see, as is the cluster of inner called strikes, my guess is that he's taking early batting leadoff and then getting more aggressive and chasing the outer half pitches.

Aybar:  Pretty even split of L/R pitches, seems hungry for the low pitch at this point.

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