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Mets hitters' Statcast numbers through the end of May

Using MLB's new Statcast tracking system is a good way to get some more peripheral statistics on Mets hitters.

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

As we broke down last month, there appear to be four categories of well-hit balls when measured by exit velocity and launch angle using Statcast. Here are the notable Mets hitters and how many times they've recorded a ball in play (BIP) that fits into that criteria—and the percentage of their at-bats that ended in those types of batted balls.

Hitter BIP % of ABs
Yoenis Cespedes 45 26.16%
Curtis Granderson 40 20.83%
Neil Walker 40 22.22%
Michael Conforto 37 22.69%
Asdrubal Cabrera 35 18.52%
Lucas Duda 35 26.92%
David Wright 28 20.44%
Travis d'Arnaud 11 23.91%
Juan Lagares 20 24.39%
Alejandro de Aza 11 21.57%
Kevin Plawecki 13 13.54%
Wilmer Flores 8 13.33%
Eric Campbell 7 11.11%

And here's a breakdown of how many BIP they've recorded in each category. Keep in mind that the highest value category is category 3, hard fly balls, where average OPS for that type of contact soars to 3.600.

Player Category 1 (1.300 OPS) Category 2 (1.650 OPS) Category 3 (3.600 OPS) Category 4 (2.000 OPS)
Yoenis Cespedes 9 23 11 2
Curtis Granderson 12 14 12 2
Michael Conforto 9 13 13 2
David Wright 4 11 11 2
Asdrubal Cabrera 10 23 0 2
Lucas Duda 9 15 9 2
Neil Walker 5 19 12 4
Travis d'Arnaud 6 5 0 0
Wilmer Flores 2 5 1 0
Juan Lagares 2 16 1 1
Eric Campbell 4 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 0 12 0 1
Alejandro de Aza 3 6 2 0
Noah Syndergaard 0 0 2 1

Last month, we found that Yoenis Cespedes had the highest total amount of balls in play that fit the criteria as good contact to that point in the season. Cespedes remains the king of strong contact on the Mets through June, which is what you would expect considering his elite season. Cespedes has hit to a level 53% better than the average CF.

Since last month's posting, David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Travis d'Arnaud have hit the disabled list. It's resulted in a punch-less bottom of the lineup filled with names like Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds, Ty Kelly, and Rene Rivera.

Noah Syndergaard has had one-fourth of the at-bats Eric Campbell has had this year, and he's recorded the same number of batted balls hit 100+ miles per hour between a 5- and 40-degree launch angle: two. Campbell's percentage of at-bats ending with good contact is the worst among Mets hitters at 11.11%, and he's recorded zero batted balls in the highest value category.

Kevin Plawecki has hit to a significantly below average level this year, even by a catcher's standards. His 61 wRC+ is well below the MLB average for catchers, which is 81. A big part of his problem is the angles he hits his ground balls and fly balls at. His average launch angle on ground balls is -24.4 degrees, which is very poor—it's the worst in baseball. Major league average launch angle is -9.8 degrees on ground balls. Plawecki's average launch angle on all fly balls, including pop ups, is 48.8 degrees, which is also the worst in baseball. Major league average there is 39.4 degrees.

What this means is that the angles that Plawecki generally hits balls at are easy for fielders to convert into outs. He has also recorded zero batted balls in the highest-value contact range. Plawecki was excellent in the minor leagues, particularly through Double-A, but he hasn't hit much since then.

Hitting the ball well on paper isn't everything; it needs to be combined with other observations to paint a complete picture. But it can be a useful tool to point out which hitters are making the best type of contact, and the best type of contact over a long period usually leads to the best results.