D1 Analytics: 2020 Top Senior HittersAnalysis
After four weeks, the 2020 college baseball season and CWS have been cancelled. With the NCAA still due to announce a final decision on future eligibility, these seniors may be returning for another “senior” season in 2021. However, these lineup veterans were off to hot starts and today we recognize them for coming out of the gates swinging a hot stick.
To determine this we have broken down hitting into three categories: Plate Discipline, Hit Ability, and Game Power and combined them to calculate an Analytics Score. Plate Discipline is a measure of how well a batter controls the strike zone. Hit Ability simply measures a batter’s ability to flat-out hit and reach base while Game Power is straightforward: did the player produce extra base hits, getting to the power he may show in batting practice.
The rankings are based on the four weeks of statistics from the 2020 season. They are computed with an adjustment to account for park effects of the most extreme hitter and pitcher friendly parks, as well as an adjustment for a team’s strength of schedule.
Here are our top 50 senior hitters, led by LA Tech’s Parker Bates who batted .422 (27-for-64) with four doubles, eight home runs and 28 RBI. He also walked 11 times in 80 plate appearances.
Based on 2020 Statistics
|Rank||Hitter||School||Overall||Plate Discp||Hit Ability||Game Power|
|1||Bates, Parker||Louisiana Tech||92.7||84.3||83.4||92.5|
|2||Dirden, Justin||Southeast Mo. St.||91.6||81.7||81.3||93.0|
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