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 Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not? Swing/Whiff percentage
Fastballs 1,324 Good 80% 39% Exceptionally aggressive 13% average
Breaking Pitches 623 average 66% 35% steady 21% low
Off-Speed Stuff 217 Poor 73% 42% steady 16% 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 Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not? Swing/Whiff percentage              
Fastballs 1,160 Very Good 77% 28% aggressive 19% average              
Breaking Pitches 526 good 63% 29% steady 32% average              
Off-Speed Stuff 180 Good 78% 36% steady 44% 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 Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not Swing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs 963 average 66% 27% steady 18% average
Breaking Pitches 400 Exceptionally poor 53% 43% steady 38% above average
Off-Speed Stuff 217 poor 75% 47% steady 35% 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 Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not Swing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs 157 good 79% 34% Exceptionally aggressive 11% below average to strikeout
Breaking Pitches 66 Very good 59% 20% Very patient 32% average
Off-Speed Stuff 28 Exceptionally poor 67% 47% steady 40% above average to strikeout

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Ellis

  Pitches Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not Swing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs 1,501 poor 59% 27% patient 11% below average to strikeout
Breaking Pitches 512 poor 56% 34%% steady 29% average
Off-Speed Stuff 180 poor 71% 42% steady 14% 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 Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not Swing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs 802 good 68% 24% steady 13% average
Breaking Pitches 373 average 68% 44% Very aggressive 30% average
Off-Speed Stuff 163 Exceptionally poor 65% 44% steady 23% below average to strikeout

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

 

Matt Carpenter

  Pitches Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not Swing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs 2,171 average 57% 19% Exceptionally patient 9% low
Breaking Pitches 746 average 53% 29% patient 22% low
Off-Speed Stuff 279 poor 68% 37% patient 19% low

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

 

 

 

Pete Kozma

  Pitches Seen Good Eye of Bad Eye Swing at Strikes Swing at Balls Aggressive or Not Swing/Whiff Percentage
Fastballs 1,102 Average 67% 31% steady 13% average
Breaking Pitches 408 Exceptionally good 65% 23% patient 30% average
Off-Speed Stuff 175 Exceptionally good 84% 27% steady 34% average

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