Here’s an uber simple descriptive balls-in-play (BIP) expected homer (xHR) formula:
xHR = PA*Contact%*OFFB%*HR/FB. Looking at the outcomes from last year we have the following list first ordered by the most likely regressions:
I think it’s safe to say Albert Pujols, Alexei Ramirez, Nelson Cruz are likely to regress in the homer department. BHM agrees with Pujols, Cruz and Adam Jones who are all top 20 likely to regress by angle and distance as well. On the other hand, BHM presents Trout as the 2nd largest differential after Chris Carter. From a BIP xHR perspective, Mike Trout is on the exact other side of the spectrum:
The above verifies Trout’s HR total and then some. It’s nice to see Anthony Rizzo up there as well.
Using this formula (xHR = PA*Contact%*OFFB%*HR/FB), let’s see what are largest xHR totals are if everyone had exactly 600 PA:
Madison Grand Slam Bumgarner! Number 5 overall!
Dilson Herrera?! Not bad for a 20-year old second baseman. Sample-size-schmample-size.
In our Mock Draft, J.D. Martinez went in the 5th round. He should have ample opportunities to drive guys in, sure, but we are now in round 17 and Brandon Belt is still available. From a homer perspective, they were almost identical last year.
Nelson Cruz didn’t even crack 30 HR. It took luck, Baltimore and almost 680 Plate Appearances for him to hit 40 last year. This and a move to Seattle should help you appreciate Steamer’s projection of 26 HR for him next year in 570 PA.
When evaluating this list, keep in mind that guys like Paulsen and Scott Van Slyke are assets in a platoon or for daily fantasy sites. Their stats can’t be extrapolated as depicted, but the list is still fun and helps present sleeper HR options.
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