BATTERS: Lefty-righty splits, 2016 updated

Let's take an updated look at the batters who have posted the most significant lefty/righty production and batting eye splits so far in 2016.

This exercise can help you maximize your daily lineups in leagues that allow for regular roster tinkering. It can also help you spot guys who might be one adjustment away from taking a big step forward.

First, the following bats own the widest lefty-righty OPS splits:

  • OPS, vs. LH/RH
    
    Name                League  Position     OPS vs. RH  OPS vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Smith, Mallex           NL           CF        .838        .288  -.550
    Conforto, Michael       NL           LF        .797        .290  -.507
    Reddick, Josh           NL           RF        .861        .437  -.424
    Moss, Brandon           NL        1B/RF       1.021        .622  -.399
    Lamb, Jake              NL           3B        .991        .627  -.364
    Profar, Jurickson       AL     3B/1B/2B        .836        .527  -.309
    Gyorko, Jedd            NL  2B/SS/3B/1B        .917        .611  -.306
    Seager, Kyle            AL           3B        .977        .676  -.301
    Travis, Devon           AL           2B        .904        .605  -.299
    Kepler, Max             AL           RF        .939        .646  -.293
    Herrera, Odubel         NL           CF        .855        .568  -.287
    Aoki, Nori              AL           RF        .722        .439  -.283
    Ortiz, David            AL           DH       1.090        .813  -.277
    Jones, Adam             AL           CF        .850        .573  -.277
    Mazara, Nomar           AL           RF        .828        .560  -.268
    Abreu, Jose             AL        1B/DH        .820        .562  -.258
    Castro, Jason           AL            C        .746        .499  -.247
    Castellanos, Nick       AL           3B        .902        .656  -.246
    Dietrich, Derek         NL     2B/LF/3B        .832        .591  -.241
    Rosario, Eddie          AL           LF        .780        .541  -.239
    Miller, Brad            AL        CF/SS        .865        .634  -.231
    Reimold, Nolan          AL           LF        .792        .561  -.231
    Realmuto, J.T.          AL            C        .811        .584  -.227
    Escobar, Alcides        AL           SS        .642        .419  -.223
    Trout, Mike             AL           CF       1.025        .805  -.220
    Cano, Robinson          AL           2B        .958        .745  -.213
    Dickerson, Corey        AL        LF/DH        .734        .521  -.213
    Turner, Justin          NL           3B        .899        .687  -.212
    Yelich, Christian       NL           LF        .944        .735  -.209
    Utley, Chase            NL           2B        .744        .535  -.209
    Goeddel, Tyler          NL                     .640        .436  -.204
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    Name                League  Position     OPS vs. RH  OPS vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Smolinski, Jake         AL           LF        .585       1.112  +.527
    Guyer, Brandon          AL        LF/DH        .619       1.113  +.494
    McCann, James           AL            C        .443        .889  +.446
    Flores, Wilmer          NL  SS/3B/2B/1B        .597       1.039  +.442
    Gutierrez, Franklin     AL           LF        .488        .904  +.416
    Castillo, Welington     NL            C        .613       1.028  +.415
    Ramirez, Hanley         AL        LF/1B        .696       1.091  +.395
    Choo, Shin-Soo          AL           RF        .706       1.094  +.388
    Leon, Sandy             AL            C        .942       1.320  +.378          
    Cain, Lorenzo           AL           CF        .622        .988  +.366
    Werth, Jayson           NL           LF        .682       1.046  +.364
    Prado, Martin           NL           3B        .729       1.089  +.360
    Ross, David             NL            C        .650        .999  +.349
    Carrera, Ezequiel       AL           LF        .619        .959  +.340
    Weeks, Rickie           NL        LF/DH        .649        .978  +.329
    Gomes, Yan              AL            C        .422        .740  +.318
    Kemp, Matt              NL           RF        .696       1.011  +.315
    Pearce, Steve           AL  1B/2B/DH/LF        .803       1.117  +.314
    Dozier, Brian           AL           2B        .801       1.114  +.313
    Santana, Domingo        NL           RF        .635        .948  +.313
    Freese, David           NL        3B/1B        .742       1.052  +.310
    Young, Chris            AL           LF        .734       1.042  +.308
    Valencia, Danny         AL        3B/LF        .719       1.021  +.302
    *min 50 AB vs. LH/RH

Here are the hitters who have posted the widest LH-RH batting eye ratio splits:

  • Eye ratio (BB/K), vs. LH/RH
    
    Name                League  Position     Eye vs. RH  Eye vs. LH  Diff
    ==================  ======  ===========  ==========  ==========  =====
    Panik, Joe              NL           2B        1.58        0.25  -1.33
    Zobrist, Ben            NL        2B/LF        1.53        0.65  -0.88
    Harper, Bryce           NL           RF        1.33        0.59  -0.74
    Votto, Joey             NL           1B        1.01        0.46  -0.55
    Ortiz, David            AL           DH        1.19        0.65  -0.54
    Mauer, Joe              AL        1B/DH        1.00        0.47  -0.53
    Ellsbury, Jacoby        AL           CF        0.83        0.30  -0.53
    Seager, Kyle            AL           3B        0.77        0.31  -0.46
    Aybar, Erick            NL           SS        0.51        0.05  -0.46
    Cabrera, Melky          AL           LF        0.71        0.25  -0.46
    Gonzalez, Carlos        NL           RF        0.53        0.08  -0.45
    Flores, Ramon           NL           RF        0.62        0.19  -0.43
    Burns, Billy            AL           CF        0.50        0.07  -0.43
    Vogt, Stephen           AL         C/1B        0.50        0.08  -0.42
    Wong, Kolten            NL           2B        0.75        0.33  -0.42
    Ramirez, Jose           AL  3B/LF/SS/2B        0.83        0.41  -0.42
    Pagan, Angel            NL           CF        0.70        0.29  -0.41
    Barnhart, Tucker        NL            C        0.56        0.16  -0.40
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    Smolinski, Jake         AL           LF        0.47        1.75  +1.28
    Grandal, Yasmani        NL            C        0.52        1.71  +1.19
    Leon, Sandy             AL            C        0.09        1.17  +1.08
    Prado, Martin           NL           3B        0.53        1.60  +1.07
    Ruiz, Carlos            NL            C        0.68        1.67  +0.99
    Cespedes, Yoenis        NL           CF        0.25        1.20  +0.95
    Simmons, Andrelton      AL           SS        0.46        1.33  +0.87
    Donaldson, Josh         AL           3B        0.69        1.50  +0.81
    Hernandez, Kiki         NL        2B/LF        0.21        0.88  +0.67
    Rendon, Anthony         NL        3B/2B        0.49        1.12  +0.63
    Santana, Domingo        NL           RF        0.29        0.90  +0.61
    Mercer, Jordy           NL           SS        0.53        1.09  +0.56
    Piscotty, Stephen       NL           RF        0.31        0.85  +0.54
    Posey, Buster           NL         C/1B        0.80        1.33  +0.53
    Zimmerman, Ryan         NL           1B        0.24        0.77  +0.53
    Weeks, Rickie           NL        LF/DH        0.28        0.80  +0.52
    Beltre, Adrian          AL           3B        0.49        1.00  +0.51
    Blanco, Gregor          NL           LF        0.50        1.00  +0.50
    Cervelli, Francisco     NL            C        0.67        1.17  +0.50
    Teixeira, Mark          AL           1B        0.31        0.78  +0.47
    Guyer, Brandon          AL        LF/DH        0.23        0.70  +0.47
    Turner, Justin          NL           3B        0.35        0.80  +0.45
    Carter, Chris           NL           1B        0.27        0.71  +0.44
    Iglesias, Jose          AL           SS        0.56        1.00  +0.44
    Fowler, Dexter          NL           CF        0.50        0.94  +0.44
    Duffy, Matt             AL           3B        0.38        0.80  +0.42
    Broxton, Keon           NL           CF        0.23        0.64  +0.41
    Ross, David             NL            C        0.41        0.81  +0.40
    Ramos, Wilson           NL            C        0.49        0.89  +0.40
    Arenado, Nolan          NL           3B        0.65        1.05  +0.40
    *min 50 AB vs. LH/RH

Let's take a closer look at some bats who own significant LH/RH production and batting eye splits.
 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Lorenzo Cain (CF, KC) barely is roster-worthy when he faces RH bats, as he hits for neither production (.622 OPS) nor power (.083 ISO) against them. His batting eye also is terrible against righties (0.20 Eye). Against lefties, he becomes a must-start in most formats, as all three marks soar: .988 OPS, .236 ISO, 0.58 Eye.

Brandon Guyer (LF/DH, CLE) is another hitter who can provide value to you if used in the right situations. Not only does he mash lefties (1.113 OPS, .263 ISO), he also has good control of home plate against them (0.70 Eye). The opposite is true when he battles RHers: .619 OPS, .126 ISO, 0.23 Eye.

Max Kepler (RF, MIN) has soared into a premium growth target recently, and it has been the result of dominating RH pitchers: .939 OPS, .306 ISO, 0.68 Eye. His production, power, and plate control all wane against southpaws: .646 OPS, .141 ISO, 0.29 Eye.

Sandy Leon (C, BOS) continues to produce in spurts. He's someone you want active as your second catcher when lefties are on the mound: 1.320 OPS, .317 ISO, 1.17 Eye. He still shows power (.220 ISO) and production (.942 OPS) against righties, but he sells out to get both of them (0.09 Eye).

Nomar Mazara (RF, TEX) remains an adjustment away from becoming an impact MLB bat. He's a steady producer against righties (.828 OPS, .175 ISO, 0.54 Eye). But he's hopeless against southpaws: .560 OPS, .040 ISO, 0.20 Eye.

Jurickson Profar (3B/1B/2B, TEX) is another young, talented TEX hitter who could be an adjustment away from taking a big step forward. Profar offers well-rounded production against righties (.836 OPS, .163 ISO, 0.50 Eye). He struggles a lot against lefties: .527 OPS, .017 ISO, 0.27 Eye.

Kyle Seager (3B, SEA) hasn't reached his ceiling yet, due in large part to some significant struggles against LH pitchers (.676 OPS, 0.31 Eye). Both his production and pitch recognition soar when righties are on the mound: .977 OPS, 0.77 Eye.

Jake Smolinski (LF, OAK) holds the widest LH-RH splits you'll find in the game. Against lefties, he produces at an elite level (1.112 OPS), has premium extra-base power (.306 ISO) and a sharp batting eye (1.75 Eye). Problem is, all of those marks completely tank against righties: .585 OPS, .059 ISO, 0.47 Eye.
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Keon Broxton (CF, MIL) has generated some nice value as a 4th or 5th OF since being recalled from the minors. Just keep in mind that his numbers profile him as a liability against right-handed pitchers: .650 OPS, 0.23 Eye. His production (.809 OPS) and batting eye (0.64 Eye) are much better against southpaws.

Chris Carter (1B, MIL) continues to be a lefty-masher (.991 OPS, .379 ISO, 0.71 Eye). While he still hits for good power against righties (.233 ISO), his overall production dips (.731 OPS) and he struggles to make consistent contact (0.27 Eye).

Michael Conforto (LF, NYM) has gone from an early breakout target to a massive disappointment. Truth is, nearly all of his struggles have come against lefties (.290 OPS, .022 ISO, 0.14 Eye). All of those marks become much more roster-worthy against RHers: .797 OPS, .232 ISO, 0.41 Eye.

Wilmer Flores (SS/3B/2B/1B, NYM) has been the beneficiary of increased playing time due to all of the injuries in the NYM lineup. A closer look suggests that Flores possesses some impact skills. He produces at an elite clip against southpaws (1.039 OPS). He also hits for tons of power against them (.308 ISO) while not swinging for the fences (0.71 Eye). With a tweak against RHers (.597 OPS, .115 ISO, 0.41 Eye), Flores would become an impact bat.

Matt Kemp (RF, ATL) clearly is a hitter on the downside of his career, but he's one that can have value to you if you have the depth to use him strictly against southpaws. He has a 1.011 OPS and .327 ISO against them. Those marks dip to a mediocre .696 OPS and .188 ISO against same-sided pitchers.

Stephen Piscotty (RF, STL) looks like a budding superstar against lefties (1.018 OPS, .283 ISO, 0.85 Eye). Problem is, all of those metrics dip significantly against RH pitchers: .731 OPS, .152 ISO, 0.31 Eye. Piscotty remains a great hold in keeper leagues, but he still has work to do to become a consistently impactful hitter.

Gregory Polanco (RF, PIT) started the season by showing excellent growth in pitch recognition. He has tailed off in that area since then, but he has held on to some of those gains against RHers (0.62 Eye). He has a rough 0.31 Eye against southpaws. Fortunately, he's hitting for power against both sides of pitchers (.190+ ISO vs. LH & RH). Polanco will enter 2017 as a premium breakout target.

Rickie Weeks (LF/DH, ARI) is someone who is available in many deep leagues. If you can use him judiciously, he can give you some decent value at the end of your roster. He is excellent against LH pitchers (.978 OPS, .294 ISO, 0.80 Eye). His value wanes significantly against RHers: .649 OPS, .118 ISO, 0.28 Eye.


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