Tim Tebow is an outfielder for the Mets’ Low-A team, the Columbia Fireflies. He’s 29 years old in a league where the average player is seven-and-a-half years younger than that, and he’s batting .226/.324/.349. That on-base percentage is actually pretty all right, since the Sally League average is .318. But Tebow strikes out constantly at a level where Cheap Hockey Jerseys opposing pitchers are spending more time trying to refine a given pitch on a given night than they are trying to get Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys hitters out.
Gallo is, in a sense, a microcosm of this trend, but an improved contact rate would do wonders to help boost his average and OBP.
“I know he fixed and changed some things mechanically they’ve been working on. He’s been making a lot more contact,” Lucroy said.
Gallo is hitting just .155 in June, in part due to an absurdly low .194 batting average on balls in play, per Fangraphs, and his strikeout percentage for the month is at 38.1 percent. That’s still really bad, but not as bad as the 42.5 percent rate he posted in May.
“If you get a guy with that much pop and that much power and his contact rate goes up, the homers and power and power numbers are naturally gonna go up,” Lucroy said.
Fangraphs’ Quality of Contact stat quantifies how hard or soft a hitter’s batted balls have been struck, with information provided by Baseball Info Solutions. An “excellent” percentage, per Fangraphs, is 15 percent of a hitter’s batted balls being soft, 45 percent medium and 40 percent hard. Gallo’s quality of contact slash line is 17.6/38.2/44.3. That would put him in the “great” to “excellent” range.