Simon: 2019 Baseball Info Solutions year-end awards

From SABR member Mark Simon at ACTA Sports on December 17, 2019:

We’re nearing the end of the year, so this seems like an appropriate time to bestow some statistically-driven baseball awards for 2019. These will round out the awards already given by the BBWAA a few weeks ago. Without further ado…

The Hard-Hitter Award

Baseball Info Solutions charts every batted ball as hard-, medium- or soft-hit, based on the ball’s location and velocity. The winner of the Hard-Hitter Award is the player who had the highest percentage of batted balls that were hard-hit among those batters with a minimum of 250 plate appearances.

That honor goes to Aaron Judge of the Yankees (54%). He beats out Miguel Sanó (53%) and Nelson Cruz (52%) of the Twins. A third Twins player, Jason Castro (52%), placed fifth, two-tenths of a percentage point behind Joey Gallo of the Rangers (52%).

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Originally published: December 19, 2019. Last Updated: December 19, 2019.