Teoscar Hernández and Catching the Ball Out Front

When I first looked at Teoscar Hernández back in July it was only a month since he had been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo. He had a new swing, lowering his hands, getting his bat to the ball quicker, and in turn making more contact. He was also using the opposite field more. Today I wanted look again at Hernández and see if those changes held up for the final months of the season.
Teoscar was great in his return from Buffalo. In 323 plate appearances he hit .248/.325/.548 with 23 home runs. That was good for a 126 wRC+ per Fangraphs, which ranked fourth on the team behind Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Reese McGuire. This was a substantial improvement from the 48 wRC+ he had to start the season.
The one big change we saw from this new swing was an increase in contact outside of the zone and a decrease in his walk rate. Everything else was relatively intact. If we take a look at it now we can see that he maintained this over the remainder of the season.

K%
BB%
O-Contact%
Z-Contact%
Contact%
SwingStr%
Mar 28-May 15
29.8%
9.2%
50.4%
78.5%
66.7%
15.7%
June 5-Spet 29
34.4%
9.9%
58.1%
76.8%
69.8%
14.3%
The primary takeaway here is that Teoscar improved his walk rate and …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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