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Entries in Jose Bautista (16)


HR Derby Tidbits: AL Edition

Team Cano (Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Mark Trumbo) takes on Team Kemp (Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen) tonight at Kauffman Stadium in the 2012 Home Run Derby (8 PM EST, ESPN). While the Royals' home digs aren't particularly friendly to power hitters during regular games, decreasing homers hits by 27 percent for lefties and 15 percent for righties according to StatCorner, these guys should have little trouble reaching the waterfalls beyond the outfield fences. Here's a closer look at the shots hit by Team Cano in 2012.

Jose Bautista

Home Runs: 27

Bautista is all about the pull power: 22 of his 27 bombs have screamed down the left field line, with just one shot going to the opposite field. That Bautista is the game's pre-eminent pull hitter is remarkable considering how loathe pitchers are to give him something inside. Just 23 percent of the pitches Bautista has seen have been thrown inside, compared to the 28-29 percent MLB average. That means he's hitting pull-side homers on pitches thrown on the outer half:

Pitch location of Bautista's HRs

Bautista has his 16 of his bombs on outer-half pitches this season.  

Robinson Cano

Home Runs: 20

While not quite Bautista-like, Cano has also pulled the vast majority of his homers this season (14 of 20). Ten of those 13 pulled home runs have come at home -- Yankee Stadium's short right field porch is a pull hitter's best friend. Cano has popped an equal number of homers this season against "hard" pitches (fastballs, cutters and sinkers) and "soft" stuff (changeups, curveballs and sliders). He likes the ball below the letters, hitting three-quarters of his homers on pitches thrown low or to the middle of the zone:

Pitch location of Cano's HR

Prince Fielder 

Home Runs: 15

Continuing the pull-happy theme, Fielder has ripped 12 of his 15 home runs into the right field stands. Prince has actually hit the majority of his homers on "soft" pitches, going yard nine times combined against breaking and off-speed stuff. Just over half of his home runs have come on pitches thrown around his considerable belt:

Pitch location of Fielder's HRs

Mark Trumbo

Home Runs: 22

Trumbo has distributed his homers a little differently than the rest of Team Cano, hitting 14 to the pull side, seven to center field and one to the opposite side. If the regular season is any indication, don't look for Trumbo to take many pitches tonight. He's tied with Cano and a few others for the second-most home runs hit on the first pitch this season, with five. Trumbo likes it when pitchers challenge him inside, as 15 of his homers have come on inner-half offerings:

Pitch location of Trumbo's HRs 


Best Mistake Hitters since 2010

Highest HR% on Mistake Pitches since 2010
Jose Bautista 474 183 .396 .956 6.6% 16.5%
David Ortiz 383 176 .405 .971 4.5% 15.0%
Matt Joyce 250 97 .389 .958 11.3% 14.7%
Shelley Duncan 204 75 .387 .893 21.3% 14.7%
Jim Thome 214 83 .402 .927 16.9% 14.6%
Russell Branyan 172 62 .306 .806 19.4% 14.5%
Matt Kemp 508 185 .379 .879 9.7% 13.7%
Pedro Alvarez 214 82 .415 .915 12.2% 13.4%
Mike Stanton 293 116 .421 .956 10.3% 13.2%
Pat Burrell 246 79 .408 .921 11.4% 13.2%
Josh Hamilton 252 124 .369 .820 8.9% 13.1%
Brennan Boesch 276 129 .414 .875 7.0% 12.5%
Ryan Braun 458 178 .434 .914 6.7% 12.0%
Brian McCann 301 109 .367 .789 11.9% 11.9%
Carlos Pena 361 139 .296 .741 12.2% 11.9%
Jorge Posada 237 101 .257 .644 16.8% 11.9%
Adam LaRoche 242 93 .376 .817 9.7% 11.8%
Joey Votto 420 165 .466 .975 9.7% 11.7%
Mark Reynolds 459 170 .293 .731 17.6% 11.4%
Carlos Quentin 303 109 .286 .705 7.3% 11.4%
Prince Fielder 368 159 .365 .755 6.3% 11.3%
Albert Pujols 407 162 .379 .814 4.3% 11.2%
Curtis Granderson 411 110 .336 .776 3.6% 11.2%
Kelly Johnson 412 153 .329 .763 9.2% 11.2%

Make a mistake to any of these hitters, and you're bound to pay for it. The above list includes only pitches that crossed the center of the strike zone since 2010. It's no surprise that Jose Bautista has a high HR% on mistake pitches; same for David Ortiz, Matt Kemp and a bunch of others.

I'm somewhat surprised to see Matt Joyce as #3 on the list. Of the 36 home runs he's hit since the start of 2010, 14 have come on pitches right in the center of the strike zone. Eight of those HRs came in 2011 when he hit 19 total long balls.

Nick Swisher has the most hits on mistake pitches with 80, while teammate Derek Jeter's 79 hits has him tied for second with Michael Young.

Mark Reynolds, #20 on the list, also has 30 strike outs on pitches over the middle of the plate since 2010. That's second only to Adam Dunn with 33.


Bautista's Bomb off Masterson

Jose Bautista started the 2012 season where he left off last year by taking a Justin Masterson slider over the left field wall for a solo home run yesterday.

Masterson made the mistake of hanging the pitch high in the zone, an area Bautista has done quite well in.

Jose Bautista vs. Sliders, 2011-2012You can see that Bautista did very well against sliders up in the zone last year.  Ten of his 43 HRs came off sliders, although only one of those was up in the zone.  His .456 wOBA against sliders actually led the league last year, so pitchers would do well to avoid throwing it against him altogether.

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