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Week 14 Hitting Planner: Water Slides And Launch Angles

Week 14 Hitting Planner

With the hot heat of the summer about to bear down on us, I can’t help but spend most of my days in the pool. Community pools, private pools, public pools, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re escaping the heat right? Wrong, pools with water slides are way better. The Week 14 Hitting Planner is here to help you escape the heat of the Fantasy Baseball season by allowing you to slide into some lineup help.

Week 14 Hitting Planner

Catcher

Robinson Chirinos, TEX (vs BOS, vs LAA)

The Rangers are at home for most of the Week 14 Hitting Planner, so their catcher, Robinson Chirinos, could provide some cheap home run potential. Since June 18, Chirinos is hitting fly balls and line drives at an average of 98.9 mph (EV). As someone who, after making a change to his swing, recently began hitting fly balls almost exclusively (87.4% FB% since June 22), Chirinos has a chance to continue his hot hitting by adding, even more, power numbers to an incredible .386 ISO in 2017.

 

First Base

Logan Morrison, TB (at CHC, vs BOS)

 

Over his past 50 PA, Logan Morrison has produced a 45.9% FB% and an EV of 96 mph on FB and LD, which is 75.6 % of the contact he has made in that same time frame. With the Cubs starting rotation and the Red Sox rotation both surrendering more than 1.3 HR/9, LoMo could add more home runs to an already productive 50 PA sample size (.310 BA, 3 HR, 8 runs, 11 RBI).

 

Second Base

Scooter Gennett, CIN (at COL, at ARI)

We are far enough away from Scooter Gennett’s monster home run game so it won’t skew his metrics; however, Gennett’s real value to the team comes from the Red’s matchup in the Week 14 Hitting Planner. Over his last 50 PA, Gennett has hit 45.7% of the balls he makes contact with as fly balls, and he also sports a 31.3% HR/FB. Gennett and the Reds could be in for a major power surge this week albeit against two good pitching staffs.

 

Third Base

Travis Shaw, MIL (vs BAL, at CHC, at NYY)

 

The Mayor of Ding-Dong Town, or as other know him, Travis Shaw, hits home runs. That shouldn’t change this week, but he has a 14.5% BB% and a 21.5% K% over his past 55 PA. Both are 5% points better than his career norms (8% BB%, 25% K%), and show a change in approach. With his BB% at or near his peak, Shaw looks to be locked in and could produce in multiple categories in the Week 14 Hitting Planner.

 

Shortstop

Franklin Barreto, OAK (vs CHW, at SEA)

The A’s prized prospect, Franklin Barreto, may not be doing much with the bat in his first 23 PA (.190 BA, 3 runs, 2 RBI). The stat of note for Barreto is his 54.4% hard contact rate, which sits him comfortably in the Top 10 for Hard% for shortstops over the last two weeks. Since joining the team, Barreto is third amongst A’s in EV at 92.3 mph and has an estimated swing speed of 63.8 mph (Khris Davis is at 64.2).

Barreto clearly has some pop in his swing, but a lot of bad luck has lead to a poor average. Look for the A’s young middle infielder to get to the top of the slide in the Week 14 Hitting Planner.

 

Outfield

Jorge Bonifacio, KC (at SEA, at LAD)

 

In his last 52 PA, Jorge Bonifacio has a .196 BA. Now that that’s out we can take a look at why he will excel in the Week 14 hitting Planner. From the start of the season till June 18, Bonifacio had a 91.6 mph EV on fly balls and line drive with a 26.1-degree launch angle. Since June 18, those marks have risen to 95 mph and a

Since June 18, those marks have risen to 95 mph and a 31-degree launch angle pushing Bonifacio into the home run sweet spot. He should be able to take advantage of an inexperienced M’s staff early in the week.

Adam Duvall, CIN (at COL, at ARI)

 

Adam Duvall is a major power threat, and since June 15 he is launching fly balls and line drives at 92.8 mph EV. Over his past 14 games, 78.1% of his contact is of the fly ball and line drive variety, so it should be safe to assume the home run numbers could balloon this week. Duvall has been hot as of late and there is a risk him falling off, but the Reds matchup is too tantalizing to avoid.

Scott Schebler, CIN (at COL, at ARI)

 

Scott Schebler’s 2017 season has been like a ride down the water slide. At one point Scott Schebler was leading the NL in home runs and now he’s slumping, but at the end of the slide is the sweet embraces of a refreshing pool. Schebler should begin to turn it around. He’s hitting fly balls and line drives at a 93.8 mph EV since June 15. His main issue has been his launch angle. Over the same time period, Schebler’s launch angle is down to 21 degrees (a small uptick over the previous week), so he will need to get closer to 30 degrees to cash in on the matchup.

 

Final Thoughts

Thank you for reading! Now let me slide on out of here, but don’t forget to tune in next week for…

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Aaron Hinckley

Aaron Hinckley

An aspiring stay at home dad, Aaron is a graduate of Mercer University who is a self proclaimed analytical nut and master grilled cheese maker.
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