Code:Highest Hard-Hit Rate Minimum 200 Plate Appearances V Martinez Tigers 27% A. McCutchen Pirates 26% David Ortiz Red Sox 25% Evan Gattis Braves 25% Josh Harrison Pirates 25% T. Tulowitzki Rockies 25% Derek Norris Athletics 23% Lucas Duda Mets 23%http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/met...medium=twitterESPN uses a video-review service, one used by major league teams and media, which rates every batted ball as being hit either hard, medium or soft. They have visually-available criteria (was contact made on the sweet spot of the bat?) by which they determine the level they choose. Major-league teams have a tool known as Hit F/X and may use “exit velocity” as their primary criteria. That tool is not available publicly.
We’ve been sharing these rankings on Twitter throughout the season.
Duda has produced a hard-hit ball in 23 percent of his opportunities (at-bats plus sacrifice flies) this season. That ranks eighth among the 210 players with at least 200 plate appearances this season, fifth-best in the National League. Two Pirates, Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison, rank in the top three, sandwiched around Braves slugger Evan Gattis.
Duda’s 2014 rate matches that of Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, arguably the game’s top slugger, and well exceeds that of former teammate Ike Davis (14 percent).
Code:Hard-Hit Rates- Notable Mets Lucas Duda 23% Bobby Abreu 20% C. Granderson 18% Chris Young 16% Daniel Murphy 16% David Wright 16% * Current MLB average: 16%