Found May 10, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
One year ago, Eric Hosmer was a day away from hitting his first MLB home run en route to a .293-19-78 season in just 128 games. Today that all seems like a distant memory as he’s hitting just .181-5-16 in 30 games and is being talked about as a second-year bust. I say not so fast ye whom are quick to judge. First let’s take a look at his plate discipline: It’s evident from the table that Hosmer has greatly improved his approach at the plate. He’s become much more selective by swinging at fewer pitches outside the strike zone, but also fewer pitches overall. This has helped him increase his walks and cut down on the strikeouts (not that he was ever striking out a lot before). Also, his .172 ISO is identical to last year’s mark so the power is about the same. So what is causing Hosmer to under produce so much? You guessed it, his .168 BABIP. Here’s a table with his batting average broken down by batted ball: You can see that Hosmer has had bad luck in every type of batted ball ...
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