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Bill James Online:  2021 MLB Year-End Awards

The Hard-Hitter Award

Sports Info Solutions charts every batted ball as hard-, medium- or soft-hit, based on the ball’s location and velocity. The winner of the Hard-Hitter Award is the player who had the highest percentage of batted balls that were hard-hit among those batters with a minimum of 350 plate appearances.

For the second straight year, our winner is Fernando Tatis Jr., who recorded a hard-hit ball on 48% of his batted balls in 2021. He edged out Aaron Judge (47%) for the overall lead. Miguel Sano, Patrick Wisdom, Shohei Ohtani, and Joey Votto (all at 46%) rounded out the top six.

The Dodgers led the majors in team hard-hit rate for the third straight season with 35% of their batted balls classified to be hard-hit. They were followed by the Twins, Reds, and Blue Jays (34%).

The Contact Minimizer Award

The Contact Minimizer goes to the pitcher who most limited hard contact in 2021 (minimum 100 innings pitched).

The winner is Zack Wheeler, who allowed hard contact in 22% of the batted balls against him. He was followed by Brewers teammates Adrian Houser and Corbin Burnes (both 25%). Six pitchers were at 26%, a list that included up-and-comers Alek Manoah, Ryan Yarbrough, Ranger Suarez, and Logan Webb, as well as standouts Max Fried and Wade Miley.

The Dodgers (29%) edged out the Giants, Astros, Phillies, and Yankees (each at 30%) for the lowest hard-hit rate among team pitching staffs.

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 31, 2021 at 02:42 PM (#6059122)
Somebody might want to send James a link to baseball savant.

FWIW, Judge led in avg EV. Stanton, Vlad, Donaldson. Tatis was tied for 5th with Ohtani. The max EV leader was Stanton at 122 (jeepers). The
   2. bfan Posted: January 01, 2022 at 09:06 AM (#6059218)
If hard hit rates mean anything, it is amazing to me how the Giants had a better record than the Dodgers last year. I get the Dodgers not prevailing in a 6 game series against a then hot team that had re-constituted themselves over the last 40 or so games, but how did the Giants do better than the Dodgers over a 162 game schedule?
   3. A triple short of the cycle Posted: January 01, 2022 at 09:41 AM (#6059223)
Extreme fluke season? Giants 2021 preseason win predictions were between 70 to 79. (I just looked at a few.)

   4. SoSH U at work Posted: January 01, 2022 at 10:50 AM (#6059228)
it is amazing to me how the Giants had a better record than the Dodgers last year.


It really doesn't have much to do with the Dodgers. They won 106 games, so they didn't have that much difficulty turning their performance into wins.
   5. Jack Sommers Posted: January 01, 2022 at 11:49 AM (#6059233)
Somebody might want to send James a link to baseball savant.

FWIW, Judge led in avg EV. Stanton, Vlad, Donaldson. Tatis was tied for 5th with Ohtani. The max EV leader was Stanton at 122 (jeepers). The


Tatis did lead in Barrel Percentage though. Here is top 10. Old guys Donaldson and Votto making the top 10 surprised me.

Tatis 12.8%
Ohtani 12.2%
Donaldson 11.2%
Judge 11.1%
Perez 11.1%
Harper 10.9%
Vlad Jr 10.7%
O'neil 10.6%
Votto 10.5%
Alvarez 10.5%



LINK

   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 05, 2022 at 05:21 PM (#6059798)

If hard hit rates mean anything, it is amazing to me how the Giants had a better record than the Dodgers last year.


Probably more likely that hard hit rates alone don't tell you much, or aren't being measured properly. Somehow the Giants managed to lead the NL in HR, SLG, and OPS+ despite having a relatively low hard hit %. They scored the second most R/G and allowed the second fewest R/G in the league. The Dodgers were slightly better at both but the Giants were a really good team.

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