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You canÆt hit home runs without hitting flyballs, right?á LetÆs take a look at which 10 hitters with at least 400 plate appearances in both 2008 and 2009 enjoyed the biggest increase in flyball rate and if they have an opportunity to deliver a significant number of home runs in 2010: Chris Young - Arizona Diamondbacks - +12.8%
ThereÆs no doubting that he has the power, but the significant number of flyballs coupled with an extreme number of strikeouts (30.7 percent in 2009) makes it nearly impossible for him to hit for a usable average.á I would almost expect the Diamondbacks to try to get him to hit less flyballs in 2010, allowing him to utilize his speed more.á Despite that, he hit 32 HR in 2007 with a flyball rate of 48.3%, so even if he does regress from 2009's 55.6 percen ...

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