July 25, 2021

Launch angle the key for Jorge Alfaro to tap into raw power in 2020 (Fish Stripes)

Everyone knows what kind of power Jorge Alfaro has. Not for nothing, he just smacked 18 balls out of the park—eight more than 2018—and he had the fourth-highest hard-hit rate among National League catchers with at least 250 plate appearances, according to FanGraphs. Jorge recorded 14 doubles, one triple, and 18 home runs, plus 57 runs batted in and a .425 slugging percentage.

But it seems the Colombia native is not taking full advantage of his enormous raw power. More than half of the balls put in play by Alfaro in 2019 (52.7%) were hit on the ground, resulting in a .276 average and only two extra-bases (two doubles). Although he’ll pick up occasional infield singles thanks to blazing speed, there’s the potential for him to have a greater impact on the Marlins offense.

Alfaro’s 4.7º launch angle was well below MLB average (11.5º) and was the seventh-worst in the big leagues (250 PA minimum). Usually, the sweet spot for extra-bases is between 10º and 30º.

Just as a reference, let’s compare the 10 highest launch angles in the MLB (250 PA minimum) and see how many homers every ballplayer of this group hit this season:


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