ISO is short for isolated power. It is a sabermetric statistic that looks a hitters power hitting. Anything over .200 ISO is a solid power hitter.
I simply used the sort function on FanGraphs.com and looked at hitters with 50 or more plate appearances in the last 30 days. Here are the top 10 ISO hitters on that list:
1. Tyler Flowers (Chicago White Sox): .429 ISO
Six home runs in your final 51 plate appearances certainly helps build the foundation of an amazing ISO number. On the season Mr. Flowers had a .155 ISO, but he sure did finish the season in beast mode at the plate!
2. Steve Pearce (Baltimore Orioles): .370 ISO
Mr. Pearce was a solid power hitter the entire season with a .263 ISO but he finished the season red-hot. Hopefully this great season has earned him every day at-bats next season.
3. Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers): .367 ISO
Nine home runs in his last 105 plate appearances is simply dominating. Mr. Kemp worked hard this year to restore fantasy baseball owners faith in him and rewarded those owners who had him down the stretch run of the season. Continue reading
Well then there was four. The MLB season is down to the LCS series and the teams left standing are the Royals and the Orioles in the junior circuit and the Giants and the Cardinals in the senior circuit. To me the Giants and the Cardinals are mirror images of each other. They are very good teams where the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Also these organizations know how to win in October. Both teams beat much more talented opponents in their NLDS respective series in 4 games. Teams with top talent such as the Dodgers, Angels and Nationals should analyze the Giants and Cardinals organization in helping them take the next step. But now the Giants and Cardinals face off against each other in the LCS for the second time in three ears.
When breaking down this series what jumps out at me is that this we be a long series and games that should be very tight contests in every game. In terms of the starting pitching these teams are similar. Both are lead by aces, Wainwright for the Cards and Bumgarner for the Giants and the rest of the starting staffs are solid. The bullpens are a strength for both squads as well. I would say the Giants do have a little more experience in the bullpen. Continue reading
Each year, early June can be a roller coaster of emotions for college and high school baseball players from around the country. With only 40 rounds in the MLB draft (not counting compensation rounds), hundreds of prospects unfortunately go undrafted each year. For college seniors, not being drafted could mean the end of a career; forcing them to hang it up and leave the game they’ve dedicated their lives to for the past decade or so. Of course, players who don’t get drafted have other options. Independent ball offers a way for guys to hold onto the dream of playing in the MLB, but chances of going from the Frontier League to the St. Louis Cardinals are slim to none. In 2012, outfielder Tanner Leighton, the #4 ranked NAIA prospect in the country from The Masters College in California was one of many players in the independent ball system who had been in contact with scouts during his college tenure, yet had no luck come June.
After a season of Independent ball, playing with both the Washington Wilds Things and London Rippers, Leighton went to play winter ball in Australia. It was in Australia, after speaking with a friend who asked Leighton, “would you rather see small town America or the world,” the decision to venture overseas was an easy one. Tanner soon found himself playing for the Solingen Alligators of the German Bundesliga (top league in Germany) in the spring of 2013 and returned this year for the spring of 2014 as well. Continue reading