Before his numbers have a chance to change wildly – as they are wont to do in April – I just wanted to point out Jason Heyward’s crazy stats right now. Because it’s not just that he’s having a “good” start to his season, or whatever, it’s that his numbers are just kinda bizarre (and generally great!) across the board.
- First, there’s the slash line, which is .339/.461/.559, and each of those numbers would by faaaaar exceed the best individual marks of his career.
- But how about this? It isn’t just a matter of Heyward having a crazy BABIP. At .333, his BABIP is elevated for his career, to be sure, but before he signed with the Cubs, know what his career BABIP was? .309. Moreover, he’d TWICE approached or exceeded a .333 BABIP in a season. So this is not necessarily, entirely on its face, an obvious fluke.
- He’s generating 34.6% hard contact, which is his highest mark since his rookie season. At 23.1%, his soft contact rate is also his lowest since before he was a Cub. He’s hitting the ball harder, clearly.
- Oh, also, he’s got his best groundball rate (44.2%) since 2013, and his best fly ball rate 38.5% ever. So, on that BABIP front, maybe it’s inflated slightly by luck, but I would also say he’s coming very close to just earning it.
- It’s no surprise, given all that, Heyward is also posting the highest ISO (.220) of his career. He has the power.
- Now we get really wild: at 11.8%, Heyward’s strikeout rate is not only the lowest of his career, it’s the 15th best mark in baseball.
- Pairing with that crazy low strikeout rate? How about an *obscene* 18.4% walk rate, the third highest in baseball.
- Know who else is in the top 15 of both strikeout rate and walk rate? That’s right. NO ONE. JASON HEYWARD IS THE LIST. HE’S NOT ONLY HITTING THE SH*T OUT OF THE BALL, HE’S ALSO ARGUABLY THE MOST DISCIPLINED HITTER AT THE PLATE RIGHT NOW IN THE WHOLE DANG LEAGUE.
Ah. Just had to say all that. I didn’t jinx him if he strikes out four times tonight. Don’t put that voodoo on me.