April 17, 2012 at 9:31 am by Ben Duronio under Player Analysis
Right now, Jason Heyward is hitting .375/.444/.656 with a 222 wRC+ and has been worth 0.8 fWAR over 10 games. Obviously those numbers will drop, but this has been exactly the type of start we wanted to see out of Heyward.
His .435 BABIP is fueling this hot start, which is obviously unsustainable. But, what has been really great to see so far are his batted ball rates.
I looked quickly at Heyward’s ground ball issues over the past two years in January. Right now, Heyward has hit 20% line drives, 32% ground balls and 48% fly balls. For his career, he has hit 16% line drives, 54% ground balls, and 30% fly balls. This is a change for the better, and maybe his altered swing will lead to the grounders becoming less frequent.
We will have to see if he sustains these rates over the course of the year, but right now this is the best thing I see when I look at his stats page. The production has been great, but the higher line drive and fly ball rate are even better to see.