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The Saber's Edge: Upon Further Review: Eric Hosmer

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman writes about all things Baseball for RotoWire. He also handles scouting and reporting for PrepBaseballReport.com. Jeff also contributes to RoyalsReview.com, FanGraphs.com and BaseballHeatMaps.com.

Last week I looked at how to use available statistical information to find out the cause for a hitter's struggles at the plate. In the article, I mentioned that I also utilize video to review a hitter's recent at-bats. Today, I am going to use both methods to determine Eric Hosmer's struggles.

It does not require formal training as a scout to pick up on a few things the basic and advanced numbers don't immediately point to. Sometimes it is just a hunch. Other times, it is pretty obvious. While watching Hosmer hit, I found some items in his plate approach that are causing his struggles.

When I do the dual approach, I don't look at the stats first to get any ideas of the cause. I will know the hitter is struggling or overachieving, but I don't want to go in with any preconceived notions of what I should be looking for.


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