2022 Category Breakdown: Home Runs

Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

HRs dropped through 729 to 5215, a 12% decline from 2021.

The league SLG fell to .395, the primary time underneath .400 since 2014.

Aaron Judge led the league with 62 HRs, simply outpacing the NL chief, Kyle Schwarber, and his 46.

Two different avid gamers hit 40+ with Mike Trout and Pete Alonso (40 every) becoming a member of Judge and Schwarber, giving us 4 hitters with 40+ HRs, down from the 5 in 2021.

Six avid gamers hit 35-39: Austin Riley (38), Yordan Alvarez (37), Christian Walker (36), Paul Goldschmidt (35), Mookie Betts (35), Rowdy Tellez (35). Down from 14 in 2021.

13 avid gamers hit 30-34: Shohei Ohtani (34), Matt Olson (34), Corey Seager (33), Anthony Santander (33), Manny Machado (32), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (32), Anthony Rizzo (32), Willy Adames (31), Eugenio Suarez (31), Giancarlo Stanton (31), Nolan Arenado (30), Kyle Tucker (30), Rhys Hoskins (30). Down from 24 in 2021.

22 avid gamers hit 25-29 (no longer going to record they all, figured it was once value highlighting the 30+ guys, despite the fact that). Down from 27 in 2021.

26 avid gamers hit 20-24. Down from 32 in 2021.

All advised, we misplaced 31 hitters within the 20+ HR team, shedding from 102 in 2021 to 71 this 12 months.

In the 10-19 HR magnificence, there was once an 11 participant leap from 2021 with 133 attaining that mark this 12 months.

There had been 5 guys who hit 30+ HR within the 400-599 PA vary: Trout, Alvarez, Tellez, Rizzo, and Stanton. Looking on the 600 PA tempo doubles this team with Cal Raleigh (hit 27; 39 in line with 600 PA), Hunter Renfroe (29; 33), Joc Pederson (23; 32), Julio Rodriguez (28; 30) and Brandon Drury (28; 30) becoming a member of the birthday party.

If the 200-399 PA participant team were given 600 PA, we’d have noticed 10 new 30+ HR hitters: Byron Buxton (28; 44), Albert Pujols (24; 41), Danny Jansen (15; 36), Jazz Chisholm Jr. (14; 35), Joey Meneses (13; 33), William Contreras (20; 32), Isaac Paredes (20; 31), Jack Suwinski (19; 31), Trayce Thompson (13; 31).

Obviously, there are boundaries with this workout as a few of these guys simply gained’t ever get 600 PA for any choice of causes, but additionally the straightforward incontrovertible fact that 200-399 PA is an attractive small pattern that may have a large number of noise in it so extrapolating it and taking that quantity at face worth is bad. Paredes, for instance, has some intriguing pop however he additionally controlled 3 multi-HR video games (3, 2, 2) and was once utterly all or not anything v. righties: .196/.297/.404 with 13 HR in 276 PA. He may toughen and make himself a 600 PA man, however as-is I don’t see the Rays committing to him on a daily basis.

There are some standouts I’d like to spotlight:

I believe Jansen (15; 36) unearths his method out of Toronto as they center of attention on Alejandro Kirk and Gabriel Moreno, however he wishes to search out some well being to maximise the talents we have now noticed from him the ultimate two seasons: .243/.321/.496, 26 HR, 72 RBI, 66 R, 19% Ok, and 9% BB in 453 PA. I’m keen to guess at the talents of the 28-year-old.

Jake Fraley (12; 29) was once somebody I in point of fact appreciated entering the season given the very good park improve after being traded from Seattle to Cincinnati. An extended-term knee damage restricted him to 68 video games, despite the fact that he was once ready to turn a large number of the upside in that point, posting a .259/.344/.468 line with 12 HR and four SB in 247 PA. His plate talents (22% Ok, 11% BB) flattened just a little which made sense as his 17% BB in 2021 felt inflated because of a nearly passive method that still helped push his Ok price as much as 27% Ok in spite of his forged 10% SwStr. His 0.48 BB/Ok continues to be sturdy and firmly above the 0.36 league moderate. I nonetheless suppose there’s giant upside right here as he must retain a full-time function heading into 2023 and grasp it so long as his frame lets in (4 IL stints since 2020).

The Cardinals had 3 younger standouts in newcomers Juan Yepez (12; 26) and Nolan Gorman (14; 27) in addition to 2d-year fan favourite Lars Nootbaar (14; 24). Gorman went off in May, Yepez in June, and Nootbaar in July and August so the Cards continuously had a tender bat supporting their famous person core. Yepez and Gorman fell out of fashion down the stretch, each getting despatched to the minors and Yepez struggling a forearm damage in mid-July. There is a trail for all 3 to begin in 2023, however Nootbaar is one of the most positive presently. He batted 1st/2d within the ultimate week and led off each playoff video games.

There might be some hope for Pirates with 4 notable bats rising on this workout with 3 newcomers – Oneil Cruz (17; 28), Jack Suwinski (19; 31), and Diego Castillo (11; 23) – in addition to 2d 12 months switch-hitter Rodolfo Castro (11; 24). Cruz and Suwinski led the Pirates in ISO at .218 and .209, respectively, however each have an all-or-nothing method (>30% Ok, sub-.300 OBP) that may want to be reined in for them to breakout. Castillo and Castro struck out much less, however nonetheless an excessive amount of (each at 27%) whilst additionally posting sub-.300 OBPs. Cruz and Castro would’ve posted a double-double in 600 PA with 18 and 11 SB paces, respectively.

Is there worth in a class rundown like this? If so, I’d be open to doing ones for a gaggle of counting classes (R, RBI, SB, Ks, no longer Ws & SVs, sorry!). I figured the write-ups on avid gamers with some energy upside would give it some forward-looking worth versus being only a evaluation app. Let me know what you suppose within the feedback, although it’s no longer for you that’s greater than OK to proportion, too!

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