Comebacker Of The Year

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Comebacker Of The Year

Postby sherry2018love » October 16th, 2017, 2:44 pm

Paul just set up his early look at the Comeback Player of the season, but while this headline is similar, Im going to talk about something quite different. A day or two ago, Keith Law was being asked about comeback players on Twitter, and that i jokingly suggested that probably the award is going to the guy who hit the most ground balls to the pitcher, sometimes known comebackers, a minimum of by me anyway. Based on his terrible results and lack of power, I gue sed that Yunel Escobar might rank pretty highly on the list.
In fairly quick order, several people started requesting just such a list, and so I hit up query-master Jeff Zimmerman, who came through as always, presenting me with a list of batters who had hit into the most groundouts where the pitcher got an a sist. We are not giving any extra credit for hitting into exponentially increase plays this is just an upright count of balls hit back to the pitcher that led to an out.
The long awaited recent results for Comebacker Of The Year (So Far) following the jump.
RankPlayerComebackers1Yonder Alonso182Brian McCann173Jason Heyward164Michael Brantley165Jason Kipnis16Congratulations, Yonder Alonso your mixture of high contact rates, marginal power, and total lack of foot speed have made you the early leader with this dubious honor. Interestingly, though three other guys within the top five all run fairly well, so perhaps Im overstating the effect of Alonsos slugglishne s on his comebacker ranking. In the end, not too many guys are likely to outperform a ground ball to the pitcher
Yunel Escobar, if youre curious, has only hit back to the pitcher 4 times all year, tying him for 150th within the Majors within this a particular thing. So, apparently, Im not very good at gue sing. Sorry for besmirching your good name, Mr . Escobar.
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