Hill, Lind and Snider: Toronto’s Young Guns
If the Blue Jays are going to have a fighting chance in 2010 and beyond, they are going need their young guns to deliver. Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, and Travis Snider are undoubtedly the pillars of the offensive charge moving forward for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Combined, these young guns accounted for 38 percent of all home runs hit by the Blue Jays in 2009. If their success is going to continue, all three must continue to perform well – and that includes the ability to take any pitcher out of the yard.
Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see what the home run distribution was like for Aaron Hill, Adam Lind and Travis Snider inside the Rogers Centre and on the road. There really isn’t a lot of analyzing to do here, but it’s interesting to see where the majority of their home runs landed.
If it seemed like a lot of Aaron Hill’s home runs barely cleared the left field wall, it’s because they did. Hill only ever once hit one over the fence anywhere than left field, and most of them were relatively shallow.
Travis Snider, on the other hand, showed some pop and went opposite field numerous times at home in 2009. Distribution is about even from left to right field, which is very promising for Snider.
When it comes to the Adam Lind data, it’s easy to see why he’s such a versatile hitter. He has power to all parts of the field, even dead centre field on multiple occasions. Lind could easily take almost any pitch and deposit it over the fence in any part of the ballpark.