Found January 22, 2014 on Baseball Professor:
Torii Hunter is truly one of a kind. You don’t normally see a 38-year-old player coming off a three-year stretch where he averaged 147 games per season — especially playing in the outfield. It’s amazing enough that the man is taking the field (he’s averaged 133 starts in the outfield over the same time span), but when you add in the fact that he’s putting up legitimate fantasy seasons? That’s rare. Given his old age maybe it’s not a coincidence that Hunter has thrown his patience out the window. Take a look at his last three years: Year BB% K% O-Swing% Swing% Contact% SwStr% 2011 9.6 19.3 30.0 46.5 77.2 10.1 2012 6.5 22.8 35.3 51.2 74.9 12.4 2013 4.0 17.3 42.2 56.1 79.0 11.2 Is Hunter trading in his walks for a walker? You can immediately see how his walk rate has been cut from 9.6% to 4.0% last year, and it should come as no surprise that his swing rate both on balls out of the zone and overall has risen considerably. The good news is Hunter is making more contact than ...
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