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Joel Hanrahan really improved his stock heading into 2012 by putting together a really fine season in 2011. In 2011 he focused on ground balls as he raised his ground ball rate by 10.4% over his 2010 mark of 42%. He sacrificed strikeouts in 2011 for those gains, but he also lowered his walk rate remarkably. Moreover, he pounded the bottom of the zone, resulting in a 0.13 HR/9 and 1.9% HR/FB.
Hanrahan’s 2012 season could not have gone worse, and quite frankly, more opposite to his 2011 campaign. His K’s jumped back up a bit, but his walk rate went through the roof. In 2011, 5.8% of plate appearances ended in a walk issued, but in 2012 that mark was an enormous 14.2%! Amazingly, he was able to record a .225 BABIP and posted a strand rate of 89% which kept his implosion remarkably well hidden. Finally, he lost his GB gains from 2011, and even regressed down to 38%!
For Red Sox fans and prospective fantasy owners, the most troublesome news for Han...