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Graph – Dayan’s Plate Discipline


Mea culpa: Something got screwed up in my original graph that showed Viciedo only taking four balls this season. I should have noticed the gaffe from the get-go. Thank you readers for the comments pointing out the mistake. I will now hide my face in shame. 😦

After a disappointing 2009 season, Dayan Viciedo is living up to the hype. He hit for a respectable .369 wOBA for Triple-A Charlotte before the injury to Mark Teahen forced him up to the Southside. He now is the owner of a .357 wOBA. His performance to date is helping to overcome the Dayan doubters. But not all of them. It’s reasonable to be skeptical of any player with a 0.0% walk rate. That’s right, Viciedo hasn’t drawn a free pass yet, but at least so far he’s found success with a hacktastic approach. Whether or not he can keep it up is yet to be seen.

Small sample caveats apply, but here is a plot of what Viciedo is doing with balls thrown outside of the strikezone.

That’s some free-swinging! Viciedo has seen 101 pitches out of the zone, he’s swung at 43 of them. Of those 43 pitches, he’s come up empty 12 times.

The good news is Viciedo isn’t striking out a lot, either, (just 12.1% of his plate appearances) but you would like to see the big man have a bit of a more discerning eye. The Tank is probably not going to be the Cuban version of the Kung-Fu Panda. It’s fun watching Viciedo turn pitches out of the zone into line drives, but you wonder how he’ll adjust when the opposition adjusts.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/08/01 11:23 PM

    and just think what will happen if ozzie starts trotting him out against righties.

  2. The Wizard permalink
    2010/08/02 1:45 AM

    if the dodgers asked you for 2 years and 2 months of viciedo for 2 months of manny, what would you’ve done?

    • 2010/08/02 4:05 PM

      I’m not sure. Manny has been so injury prone and I still hold some hope for Viciedo. I don’t think I would have done it, but I could see the temptation to make such a trade.

      • The Wizard permalink
        2010/08/02 6:29 PM

        silly me. it’s not 2 years and 2 months. the guy’s a rookie.

  3. 2010/08/02 9:22 PM

    I knew what you meant.

  4. James permalink
    2010/08/03 12:00 AM

    Does this mean that there have only been 4 balls thrown to him this season?
    That doesn’t make any sense! As I missing something about this graph, because I looked at a few games on gameday and there have been plenty of called balls to him.

    • 2010/08/03 12:23 PM

      I pulled the Pitch F/X data for Viciedo, and while he certainly is a free swinger, he has quite a bit more discipline than shown above. And, of course, far more than three balls:

      • 2010/08/03 7:27 PM

        you’re right, I don’t know how but I screwed up and should have noticed it from the beginning. Thanks for pointing it out. How embarrassing.

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