Good Eye or Bad Eye- The Plate Approach of the St. Louis Cardinals Infielders

Good Eye or Bad Eye- A Look at the St. Louis Cardinal Infielders

 

Today we will take a gander at the Cardinal infielders and how well or poorly they see certain pitches that were thrown to them in 2013.

Yadier Molina

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at BallsAggressive or Not?Swing/Whiff percentage
Fastballs1,324Good80%39%Exceptionally aggressive13% average
Breaking Pitches623average66%35%steady21% low
Off-Speed Stuff217Poor73%42%steady16% low

Analysis: Molina has some issues with swinging at the off-speed stuff but he doesn’t strike out much on that pitch.

 

Jhonny Peralta

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at BallsAggressive or Not?Swing/Whiff percentage       
Fastballs1,160Very Good77%28%aggressive19% average       
Breaking Pitches526good63%29%steady32% average       
Off-Speed Stuff180Good78%36%steady44% high       

Analysis: Peralta has a good eye and swings at the pitches that are strikes except when it comes to the off-speed stuff and he has a very high whiff rate.

 

 

 

Matt Adams

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at Balls Aggressive or NotSwing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs963average66%27%steady18% average
Breaking Pitches400Exceptionally poor53%43%steady38% above average
Off-Speed Stuff217poor75%47%steady35% average

Analysis: If it isn’t a fastball, then Adams has problems hitting it. He strikes out too much on the breaking pitches.

KoltenWong

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at Balls Aggressive or NotSwing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs157good79%34%Exceptionally aggressive11% below average to strikeout
Breaking Pitches66Very good59%20%Very patient32% average
Off-Speed Stuff28Exceptionally poor67%47%steady40% above average to strikeout

Analysis: Kolten hits the fastball well but struggles mightily with the off-speed pitches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Ellis

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at Balls Aggressive or NotSwing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs1,501poor59%27%patient11% below average to strikeout
Breaking Pitches512poor56%34%%steady29% average
Off-Speed Stuff180poor71%42%steady14% low chance to strikeout

Analysis: Ellis has some issues at the plate by swinging at too many pitches but doesn’t strikeout out much.

Daniel Descalso

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at Balls Aggressive or NotSwing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs802good68%24%steady13% average
Breaking Pitches373average68%44%Very aggressive30% average
Off-Speed Stuff163Exceptionally poor65%44%steady23% below average to strikeout

Analysis: Very steady with the swing rate and doesn’t strikeout much.

 

Matt Carpenter

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at Balls Aggressive or NotSwing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs2,171average57%19%Exceptionally patient9% low
Breaking Pitches746average53%29%patient22% low
Off-Speed Stuff279poor68%37%patient19% low

Analysis: Just a great approach at the plate with low strikeout rates.

 

 

 

Pete Kozma

 Pitches SeenGood Eye of Bad EyeSwing at StrikesSwing at Balls Aggressive or NotSwing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs1,102Average67%31%steady13% average
Breaking Pitches408Exceptionally good65%23%patient30% average
Off-Speed Stuff175Exceptionally good84%27%steady34% average

Analysis: Good Eye and decent hitter just has no power and an average strikeout rate.

 

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