While the 2014 Prospect Guide has spray charts and isolated power for the position players in the Top 40, I do not include that information for the bonus prospects for space and time concerns (which in turn causes pricing issues and I want to keep the price as low as possible). What I did do though was look at all of that information for all of the players as part of my process for evaluating them and I kept track of all of the data for all of the position players for use to look at today. There were 45 players of the 100 who were position players in the 2014 Prospect Guide, and I broke down switch hitters for each side of the plate, several players did not have enough plate appearances to warrant viewing the data as the sample simply isn’t large enough to make anything of. All players are listed at the bottom of the post in alphabetical order.
With this data there are several factors that need to be noted, particularly the park factors for each stadium as well as the league factors. I don’t have the league factors, but generally speaking this is how the various leagues break down:
Hitter friendly leagues: California League (Bakersfield), Pioneer League (Billings) and Arizona Rookie League (AZL Reds).
Neutral leagues: International League (Louisville), Southern League (Pensacola) and Midwest League (Dayton).
Now, simply being in a certain league doesn’t mean your park plays that way and some parks play very different to left field than to right field or to center field. So I am also going to include the park factors for the 2013 season. You can read more in depth about the park factors here.
Where you really want to pay attention to in the image above is the far right column and the bold numbers for how the home stadiums played and you can do some adjusting in your head based on those numbers.
Which players showed the best pull power in 2013?
The top player here was Jose Ortiz. The 19-year-old catching prospect absolutely crushed the ball when he pulled it to left field where his isolated power was 1.214. That means when he had a hit to left field, he averaged more than a double. That is flat out incredible. It is also worth noting that his home stadium hurt power to left field. For the players in full season ball, the top pull power hitter in 2013 was outfielder Kyle Waldrop. Waldrop had a slight edge over teammate Juan Duran with a .786 isolated power. Right field in Bakersfield was slightly friendly versus the league, and the league overall does favor hitters.
Which players showed the least pull power in 2013?
It isn’t surprising that the top (or bottom depending on how you want to look at it) three players in this category are all switch hitters, but one of them stands out among them all. Tucker Barnhart had zero extra-base hits as a right hander to left field, giving him a .000 isolated power. Among those in rookie ball is another non-surprise, Alberti Chavez. The youngest player on the list who played his age 17 season, his isolated power was just .158 in 2013 to the pull side. The next closest from the rookie levels was .333 by Avain Rachal. The number for Chavez though does include his brief time spent in Bakersfield.
Which players showed the best power to center field in 2013?
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