Jose Bautista is a great hitter. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that. Aside from watching him hit baseballs over the wall in left, well, kill baseballs over the wall in left, you can look at some ordinary statistics to get your scoop of what Bautista does or what he’s made of. If that doesn’t suit you, you can look at advanced stats that depict his wOBA, wRC+, and WAR as being near the best in baseball if they aren’t there already.
I took on something new. I wanted to gather what Bautista was doing with the bat that stats didn’t necessarily show. I wanted to see if Bautista was doing certain things at the plate that inflated his numbers or gave him more of an advantage and I came across some data in which I was able to compile that displayed the “speed off bat” in which Bautista hit.
It should be noted that because only the speed off bat of home runs is available, there is a large standard deviation at play. The league average speed off bat has increased every year since 2008, and despite there being a lack of complete numbers measuring the speed at which balls leave bats, it’s still an interesting aspect of home runs.