Found February 27, 2013 on
Alejandro De Aza
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Austin Jackson has a career .370 BABIP, which last year resulted in a .300 average. In his third major league season, Jackson saw his walk rate continue to rise (up to 10.3%) and his strikeout rate drop precipitously (down to 21.7%). A down 2011 aside (16.8% line drive rate, .249 average), Jackson has consistently shown he can make great contact, drive the ball hard, and use his legs to get on base.While I love the improvements in his walk and strikeout rates and bow down to his elite line drive rate, I’m not sure any player can carry a .370 BABIP from year to year. In any one year, sure, Jackson could have a BABIP bordering on .390-.400 (which would likely yield a .320+ average nowadays), but year in and year out it’s almost impossible for any player to have a BABIP that high.Over the last three years (since Jackson broke into the majors) there have been 230 players who have registered at least 1,000 plate appearances. Of those 230 players, his .370 BABIP is the highest in the leag...
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