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Early Season Plate Discipline

The following is Pitch/fx data from Fangraphs.

2013 2012
Name PA O-Swing Z-Swing O-Cont Z-Cont PA O-Swing Z-Swing O-Cont Z-Cont
Martin Prado 59 17.20% 51.70% 95.20% 95.20% 690 28.70% 48.90% 83.60% 95.20%
Miguel Montero 51 20.20% 70.10% 63.60% 75.40% 573 27.10% 68.60% 63.00% 80.80%
Aaron Hill 42 22.80% 64.20% 81.00% 90.70% 668 26.60% 61.40% 67.30% 94.00%
Paul Goldschmidt 54 23.10% 66.10% 70.00% 76.30% 587 27.20% 62.20% 66.20% 82.60%
Jason Kubel 32 25.00% 73.80% 72.20% 80.00% 571 26.70% 59.00% 55.10% 82.30%
Cliff Pennington 51 25.30% 66.70% 64.00% 88.20% 462 28.80% 65.70% 70.30% 85.70%
A.J. Pollock 33 28.30% 59.70% 60.00% 91.90% 93 30.00% 58.30% 75.40% 98.00%
Eric Chavez 24 35.60% 71.80% 81.30% 92.90% 313 31.70% 62.40% 69.20% 88.30%
Gerardo Parra 60 42.20% 66.70% 62.80% 91.40% 430 35.80% 66.30% 64.70% 86.50%

Something I found interesting is that 7 of 9 players have swung at less pitches out of the strike zone and everybody is making contact at a higher rate when they do compared to last year. 6 of 9 players have also swung at more pitches in the strike zone, with 5 of 9 players making less contact compared to last year.

I know it's early, and not sure if it's even a big deal or not, but I think it's a positive trend that the hitters are chasing less pitches out of the strike zone, especially Prado, Montero, Hill, and Goldschmidt. I think this is something worth monitoring as the season progresses.

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