Found February 13, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
High expectations doomed Brett Lawrie in 2012. While there were definitely positives to be taken from his first full season in the majors, most expected him to be a borderline 20/20 candidate after hitting nine homers and stealing seven bases in a 43-game audition in 2011.I was among those who were let down by Lawrie, but while the power numbers weren’t there — his .132 ISO was T-108th of 143 batters with at least 500 PA — he did manage to score 73 runs, steal 13 bases, and bat .273 in his first season. Peripherally speaking, Lawrie’s 20.0% line drive rate and 16.0% strikeout rate were pretty stellar too for a player with so little experience.What really ate into his numbers last year was his 1.69 GB:FB ratio. Grounders are generally preferable to fly balls when it comes to batting average, but it’s hard to hit doubles, triples, and homers off ground balls. He performed much better in this regard in 2011, so we’ll have to see if this is a trend that corrects itself early in 2013.At ...
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