A little more than a month ago I had an article about guys who had made improvements over the season. Today I am dipping back into that well to look at Ryan LaMarre who has really turned his season around with a strong second half performance.
On July 1st LaMarre was hitting .220/.311/.307. Since that day he has hit .296/.363/.500. The difference in production has been huge. So, let’s take a deeper look into the peripherals from these two sets of stats:
|Jul 1 to Aug 25, 2013||.328||6.0%||16.3%||2.73||.204|
|Apr 4 to Jun 30, 2013||.268||10.4%||19.2%||1.85||.087|
There are differences all over the place here. First, LaMarre has seen much better luck on balls in play. In the first part of the season he had a very low BABIP, while in the more recent stretch he has been in a range that would fall in line with normal for the minor leagues, especially given his speed. The second is the plate discipline. While his strikeout-to-walk ratio has gone backwards, he has cut down on his strikeout rate. Perhaps being more aggressive earlier in the counts has resulted in more contact and thus lower walk rates. The biggest difference though has been the power. LaMarre simply didn’t hit for any power in the first part of the season and since July 1st has posted an IsoP (isolated power = SLG-AVG) that is well above-average.
So, where has the difference come from? Well, it is impossible to say for sure, but he has gone through some mechanical changes that could explain what is a big reason behind the big improvements.
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