BATTERS: BPV leaders, September 2019

Let's complete our look back at the most skilled players of September 2019 by moving on to hitters.

Here were the most skilled bats in September/October:

75+ BPV, September/October 2019*

Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Bregman, Alex           AL          3B/SS  20%  87%  1.92  170   143  163   98  154
Pederson, Joc           NL          LF/1B  11%  77%  0.56  232   128  153  102  148
Semien, Marcus          AL             SS  13%  87%  1.13  152   141  131  105  129
Betts, Mookie           AL             RF   8%  90%  0.86  148   144   79  105  128
Marte, Ketel            NL       2B/CF/SS   7%  86%  0.56  161   124  135  123  126
Meadows, Austin         AL          RF/DH  13%  84%  0.88  167   140  147   94  123
Springer, George        AL          CF/DH  14%  74%  0.65  210   121  178   85  120
Suarez, Eugenio         NL             3B  15%  62%  0.49  246    99  155  130  115
Rendon, Anthony         NL             3B  21%  87%  2.17  119   132  146   86  114
Soler, Jorge            AL          DH/RF  10%  70%  0.39  224   123  196  108  114
Biggio, Cavan           AL             2B  18%  64%  0.66  210    75  137  156  110
Castro, Starlin         NL          2B/3B   8%  84%  0.56  154   128  127   92  105
Albies, Ozzie           NL             2B   8%  87%  0.69  125   115   83  116  100
Schwarber, Kyle         NL             LF  11%  69%  0.40  211   132  177  100  100
Hilliard, Sam           NL             CF   9%  69%  0.33  208    92  176  121   99
Bellinger, Cody         NL          RF/1B  14%  83%  0.93  126   128  114  120   99
Odor, Rougned           AL             2B   9%  69%  0.34  213   146  205   97   98
Edman, Tommy            NL       3B/2B/RF   4%  80%  0.24  141   116  123  177   98
Nimmo, Brandon          NL             RF  22%  65%  0.87  194    96  145  117   96
Arenado, Nolan          NL             3B  15%  80%  0.88  139   123  146   99   93
Soto, Juan              NL             LF  20%  73%  0.96  165   139  184   88   92
Newman, Kevin           NL          SS/2B   5%  89%  0.45  103    92   82  139   92
Name                League  Position       bb%  ct%  Eye   PX   HctX  xPX  Spd  BPV
==================  ======  =============  ===  ===  ====  ===  ====  ===  ===  ===
Hays, Austin            AL             CF  10%  81%  0.58  136    86  111  119   91
Castellanos, Nick       NL          RF/DH   4%  79%  0.22  169   117  184   99   91
Happ, Ian               NL       CF/3B/2B   4%  75%  0.19  191    90  130   87   90
Blackmon, Charlie       NL             CF  10%  85%  0.77  124   128  146   95   90
Profar, Jurickson       NL    2B/SS/3B/1B  13%  87%  1.20   99   121  105  112   89
Cabrera, Asdrubal       NL       3B/2B/SS  13%  86%  1.10  114   163  229   81   88
McNeil, Jeff            NL       LF/2B/3B   6%  89%  0.64  116   121  110   80   87
Jimenez, Eloy           AL             LF   4%  74%  0.18  173   108  130  132   86
Olson, Matt             AL             1B  10%  71%  0.41  189   114  151   88   86
McGuire, Reese          AL              C  11%  84%  0.75  120    69   71  100   85
Miller, Brad            NL    1B/2B/3B/LF   2%  71%  0.07  205   102  142  106   84
Wade, LaMonte           AL             CF  16%  84%  1.25   92   118   95  127   83
Kendrick, Howie         NL       1B/2B/3B   6%  90%  0.67   87   184  142  125   82
Realmuto, Jacob         NL              C   5%  82%  0.31  133   125  112  112   81
Grichuk, Randal         AL          RF/DH   2%  76%  0.09  170   117  146  116   81
Murphy, Sean            AL              C   7%  71%  0.27  192    86   99   84   80
Frazier, Todd           NL             3B  11%  80%  0.64  135   114  160   91   79
Contreras, Willson      NL              C   6%  73%  0.24  168    84  102  130   78
Ruiz, Rio               AL          3B/1B  12%  86%  0.91  100   109   94  101   78
Judge, Aaron            AL          RF/DH  14%  60%  0.42  213    96  158  115   76
Goldschmidt, Paul       NL             1B  18%  73%  0.85  142    98  116  104   76
Mancini, Trey           AL       LF/1B/DH  10%  78%  0.50  137   106  100  110   75
*min 50 AB

Let's take a closer look at a bunch of noteworthy September skill performances.
 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Luis Arraez (2B/LF/3B, MIN) put up some of the best plate skills in the game during the month of September: 10% bb%, 91% ct%, 1.22 Eye. While he didn't provide any thump (68 PX) and doesn't have the underlying skills to change that (58 xPX), Arraez is a near-lock for a .300+ BA given his bat-to-ball acumen and offers enough speed to take advantage of his elite on-base ability.

Cavan Biggio (2B, TOR) was the most skilled 2B in the AL during September (110 BPV). He featured an intriguing collection of walks, power, and speed: 18% bb%, 210 PX, 156 BPV. His 20.1 degree launch angle gives him the uppercut to convert his upper-tier power skills into HR.

Willie Calhoun (LF, TEX) quietly put together a September that reflected his prior prospect pedigree. He paired very strong plate skills (10% bb%, 85% ct%, 0.73 Eye) with solid underlying power (111 xPX). His overall post-July stats (17 HR in 243 AB) suggest that he could make good use of those skills if he's given an extended opportunity.

Austin Hays (CF, BAL) struggled with injuries and inconsistency in 2019, but when he got another shot at the majors in September, he made the most out of it (.313 BA, .958 OPS in 64 AB). His multi-category skills foundation was in play too: 136 PX, 111 xPX, 119 Spd. And his plate skills were solid: 10% bb%, 81% ct%, 0.58 Eye. Hays carries some good post-hype value heading into 2020.

Austin Meadows (RF/DH, TAM) finished the 2019 season as one of the game's most elite bats. He was electric in September: 10 HR, 1.153 OPS in 104 AB. And he didn't reach that production by hacking his way there: 13% bb%, 84% ct%, 0.88 Eye. His power was backed by an elite 147 xPX too. There's a $30+ season coming here soon.

Marcus Semien (SS, OAK) showed some nice post-peak growth in 2019, especially during September. He was one of the best hitters in the game that month: .330 BA, 1.082 OPS in 115 AB. That production was paired with elite plate discipline: 13% bb%, 87% ct%, 1.13 Eye. They also came with a 152 PX, 141 HctX, and 131 xPX. There's no reason to expect a pullback from Semien in 2020.

LaMonte Wade (CF, MIN) didn't produce much in September, at least on the surface (.220 BA, 2 HR, 5 RBI in 50 AB). That said, Wade continues to carry one of the best approaches at the plate: 16% bb%, 84% ct%, 1.25 Eye. And his speed in September (127 Spd) suggests he could be a sneaky speed speculation in 2020.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Tommy Edman (3B/2B/RF, STL) is another emerging bat that had an excellent finish to the 2019 season. Check out his production in September: .374 BA, 1.105 OPS in 107 AB. Sure, a 43% h% drove those results. And his Statcast metrics were more mediocre than good. But his propensity to hit line drives and his good speed skills give him the path for continued BA/SB value.

Garrett Hampson (2B/CF/SS, COL) entered the 2019 season with a lot of hope, as he had a big spring and showed good BA/SB potential in the minors. While he struggled for most of 2019, his bat started to come alive in September (.352 BA, 5 HR, .964 OPS in 88 AB). His plate skills went from terrible to passable (7% bb%, 82% ct%, 0.44 Eye). And his 164 Spd says we can't dismiss the 9 SB he delivered in September.

Sam Hilliard (CF, COL) converted his HR potential into results after his recall to the majors in September. He had 6 HR in 68 AB. And his power was backed by an elite 176 xPX. In addition, his 121 Spd reminds us that he owns the HR/SB package he displayed at multiple levels in the minors. While his swing-and-miss approach (69% ct%) will keep him a BA liability, his strong defense in the outfield and multi-category potential make him one of the game's premium sleepers moving into 2020.

Kevin Newman (SS/2B, PIT) is another middle-infielder that showed some significant growth late in 2019. He posted a .337 BA in September, a mark that was the result of his high-contact approach (89% ct%). And that contact rate came with an excellent 139 Spd. He's another MI that has some solid BA/SB upside.

Joc Pederson (LF/1B, LA) quietly carried the offense of many of his owners during stretches in 2019. Take September, for example: .319 BA, 9 HR, 16 RBI, 1.183 OPS in 69 AB. Those results also came with some solid plate skills (11% bb%, 77% ct%, 0.56 Eye) and very strong underlying power (153 xPX).

Jurickson Profar (2B/SS/3B/1B, SD) followed up a mini-breakout in 2018 with a disappointing performance in 2019. And moving from one pitcher's park to another in the off-season probably won't send him sailing up 2020 draft boards. But Profar's September actually was better than it appeared. His plate approach was excellent: 13% bb%, 87% ct%, 1.20 Eye. And his multi-category upside was still evident (105 xPX, 112 Spd). There's some good profit potential here.


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