Earlier we focused on those MLB players with the worst luck to begin the season, looking at LD% and BABIP. Now we look at those around the Majors hitting lots of fly balls, and still owning a BABIP above .300. There have been just 27 players since 2010 that finished the season with a FB% greater than 43% and a BABIP over .300. 15 of those happened in 2010 and just Mike Trout last year.
Colby Rasmus has now surpassed Nelson Cruz atop this list, and even with a .314 BABIP, he still owns a .244 BA thanks to 46 K in 123 AB. The 5th highest K% in the league.
Evan Longoria has joined this list and is one of just 5 in the group to have a HR/FB below 10%. Troy Tulowitzki and Freddie Freeman are also members of that club.
Thanks to 10 home runs in 12 games, Bryce Harper owns a 35% HR/FB. Only Ryan Howard and Jim Thome have accomplished that in a full season since 1990. Just 9 times has one owned a 30% HR/FB in that time frame and Howard and Thome own 5 of those 9 seasons.
Stats via FanGraphs