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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Complete Reinvention of Elvis Andrus | FanGraphs Baseball

These days everyone’s looking for new-age-y Statcast evidence, so I can tell you this much: In 2015, Andrus ranked in the 36th percentile in average exit velocity. That, obviously, combines his first three months and his last three months. In 2016, Andrus ranked in the 56th percentile in average exit velocity. He was right there tied with Jose Altuve, Mike Napoli, and Aledmys Diaz, so there’s enough strength there to be threatening. Andrus is never going to top any of these Statcast leaderboards, but you don’t need to be particularly strong to justify a more air-based approach. There has to be a cutoff somewhere, maybe around the Ben Revere level, but Andrus is above it, a better hitter than ever because he’s trying to muscle up.

For all I know, Andrus is still improving. Relatively speaking, this adjusted approach is fairly new to him. Maybe he’s still getting accustomed to the ins and outs of being a hitter worth worrying about. Yet if Andrus is simply what he is, it’s still been a remarkable surge, and the planned reinvention has been a runaway success. Andrus isn’t just an acceptable hitter for a shortstop. He’s an acceptable hitter, period. And that still undersells him. He’s a better hitter now than most other hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
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