Rougned Odor’s 2016 Performance Was Awfully Unique
The 2016 season was a fascinating one for Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, and contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with punching Jose Bautista. What actually made it fascinating was the connection between his power production and plate discipline (or lack thereof).
Through 632 plate appearances last season, Odor hit 33 home runs while drawing just 19 walks, giving him a HR/BB ratio (1.74) that has an interesting spot in history.
While that in itself is impressive, it’s only the beginning. When looking through his FanGraphs page, a few things caught my eye:
— His 47.3% pull rate was one of the highest among qualified hitters in 2016.
— His 35.4% hard-hit rate was also among some of the best in the league.
— His minuscule 3.0% walk rate was the lowest among all qualified hitters last season.
Considering how he arrived at his numbers (.271/.296/.502 with 33 homers, 88 RBI and a 106 wRC+), I was curious as to whether or not the above profile was a common one in recent years. Using FanGraphs’ splits leaderboard, I set out to find all the hitters who had at least 400 plate appearances with a walk rate less than 5.0%, a hard-hit rate greater than 35%, pull rate of at least 45% and 20-plus homers in a single season.
How do these performances compare to one another? And, more importantly, how did Odor arrive in this exclusive club after his third big-league campaign?