Collette Calls: Breaking Down Christian Yelich
Collette Calls: Breaking Down Christian Yelich

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Christian Yelich accounted for Milwaukee's only run in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh last Saturday with his 30th homer of the season. He added his 31st homer Monday. I was a proud papa because him accomplishing that feat was one of my bold predictions of the season as I gave the 30-homer goal to a number of hitters, but I want to focus on Yelich because of its improbability.

Yelich has a career groundball to flyball ratio of 2.93 for his career. Only Ben Revere and Derek Jeter have higher rates for players that have seen at least 2500 plate appearances since the start of the 2010 season. His career 20 percent flyball rate is also only bested by the aforementioned Revere and Jeter. Hitting 30 home runs is hard to do when such a high percentage of a hitter's batted balls have negative launch angles. Coming into 2018, there were eight instances of batters with at least 15 home runs who also had groundball to flyball ratios over 2.0 and sub-25 percent flyball rates:

SEASONBATTERHRGB/FBFB%
2017Eric Hosmer252.522
2016Christian Yelich212.820
2005Derek Jeter192.921
2015Starling Marte192.423
2009Derek Jeter182.523
2002Derek Jeter182.522
2003Jacque Jones162.821
2012Derek Jeter153.916

Jeter making up half of the list should come as no surprise, given his inside-out swing and the comically short porch in
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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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