D1 Analytics: 2020 Top Freshmen HittersRankings
After four weeks, the college baseball season and the 2020 CWS have been cancelled. However, many players around the country were off to hot starts and today we recognize the freshmen hitters who came 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 freshmen hitters, led by Oklahoma’s Peyton Graham who batted .358 (24-for-67) with eight doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. He also walked 12 times and stole eight bases in nine attempts.
Based on 2020 Statistics
|Rank||Hitter||School||Overall||Plate Discp||Hit Ability||Game Power|
|2||Glancy, David||St. John’s (NY)||87.3||78.4||80.0||90.9|
|3||Coffee, Roderick||Texas Southern||87.2||65.7||85.4||93.2|
|5||Farman, Matthew||Boise St.||87.2||79.8||84.3||78.1|
|8||Cornblum, Couper||Wichita St.||86.7||87.1||78.7||74.3|
|9||Rombach, Nate||Texas Tech||86.3||79.6||76.3||84.5|
|10||Martin, Evan||Southern Ill.||86.1||84.8||81.9||71.4|
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