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SWING THEORY
JOE POSNANSKI
April 05, 2010
Last season Denard Span had the highest OBP of his pro career (.392), in large part because he became one of the most selective hitters in the majors. Overall he swung at only 18.3% of pitches out of the strike zone. (Compare that to the Giants' Bengie Molins, the majors' worst hacker at 43.9%.) Below is a breakdown of how many pitches Span saw in areas in and out of the zone and how often he went after them.
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April 05, 2010

Swing Theory

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Last season Denard Span had the highest OBP of his pro career (.392), in large part because he became one of the most selective hitters in the majors. Overall he swung at only 18.3% of pitches out of the strike zone. (Compare that to the Giants' Bengie Molins, the majors' worst hacker at 43.9%.) Below is a breakdown of how many pitches Span saw in areas in and out of the zone and how often he went after them.

111 26.1%

71 23.9%

239 11.3%

92 62.0%

99 63.6%

123 47.2%

77 37.7%

185 66.5%

208 65.9%

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