Last week we looked at players who saw a power surge in 2009 and tried to decide whose was for real and whose was an aberration (click here to read). Today, let’s take a look at who saw their HR/FB regress dramatically and decide if it is cause for concern or if a rebound should be in order: 1) Jack Cust: Oakland Athletics: -12.0%
It wasn’t that is power waned, as he hit 25 HR, it was that he saw an increase in the number of flyballs (he’s gone from 34.6% to 38.5% to 42.9%) he hit. Still, we’d have liked to see the home run numbers grow thanks to those extra flyballs. Could he have grown too fixated on the long ball? Quite possibly, which, when coupled with all the strikeouts, make it impossible for him to hit for a strong average. Unless he rebounds to 30+ HR, ...
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