Matt Joyce – Player Card | The Process Report

Matt Joyce – Player Card

Throughout the rest of the offseason, we will be publishing player cards for most of the 25-man roster. It is our hope that these cards become points of reference for you during the 2014 season. All data via ESPN Stats & Info

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Strengths (vs RH pitching) 2009-2013:

  • The Month of May: Has a career .423 wOBA in the month of May over 359 plate appearances
  • His .357 OBP , .476 SLG%, and .357 wOBA are each in the top 15th percentile for all qualified batters
  • His 23.9% Chase% is in the top 25th percentile
  • Excels in hitters counts: .359/.529/.733 (.511 wOBA) when ahead in the count
  • Has hit .328 with a .624 SLG% off fastballs

Weaknesses 2009-2013:

  • Has hit .167/.247/.269 off breaking balls throughout his career. Has 54 hits in 365 plate appearances involving breaking balls (1898 pitches)
  • His wOBA when facing lefties is 99 points lower (.258) than it is when he faces righties (.357)
  • Hits .194/.318/.350 on pitches in the lower half of the zone compared to .278/.353/.509 on pitches in the upper half of the zone
  • Hits .219 with a .270 SLG% to the opposite field; .365 with a .783 SLG% when he pulls the ball.  This is why most teams prefer to pitch him away.
  • Due to success against fastballs, the percentage he has faced has declined each season: 51.8, 49.1, 46.9, and down to 46.4% last season.  He has hit .178/.262/.292 against non-fastballs in his career.  Those numbers slightly improve to .182/.272/.302 when filtering to those from RHP.

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