Regan's Rumblings: Strange Early Numbers

Regan's Rumblings: Strange Early Numbers

This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.

Aaron Judge's six homers in five games is clearly the talk of the league right now, but there are some other performances that stand out early. Let's take a look at a few of them:

Teoscar Hernandez' 70 percent hard-hit rate

That rate is tied with one Aaron Judge and is five percentage points behind league leader, Willson Contreras. The hard-hit balls have resulted in an early .321/.355/.821 slash, with six of his nine hits having gone for extra bases, including four home runs. He's still posted a subpar 9:2 K:BB in 31 PA, but if Hernandez can continue to be even close to this locked in over the rest of the season, the power numbers should be there at the end. The 27-year-old has yet to really lock down regular playing time, primarily due to a 31.8 percent career strikeout rate that has let to a .239 BA. With 64 career home runs in 1,225 PA, he's demonstrated 30 HR power. Just realize the batting average is likely to crash at some point.

Tommy Pham – Five steals in 10 games

From 2017 to 2019, Pham hit 65 homers and swiped 65 bases, but he appears to have ramped up the steals game early in 2020. The fact that he's running this much while hitting in the middle of the order is a bit surprising, making me a bit skeptical that he's going to run anywhere close to that rate the rest of the way. Still,

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David Regan
David Regan is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, including the 2015 Baseball Article of the Year and the 2010 Baseball Writer of the Year.
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