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May 30, 2011

Adam Dunn can’t figure out what’s wrong [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 30, 2011 7:33 pm
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Schouwen @ CST:

Dunn said he has watched video and studied what his swing looked like when he played with the Nationals and Reds. Hitting coach Greg Walker has talked to former hitting coaches of Dunn on numerous occasions.”I’ve done all that,” Dunn said. “I”ll let you see it and you tell me if you see anything. I can’t find anything. It’s baseball, I don’t know how else to put it. I feel like I’m fouling off the good ones and putting myself in a bind and swinging at the bad ones. It’s not a very good combinations.””I’m getting pitches like I do normally. It seems like when I get a pitch to hit, I foul it off. I’ve never fouled off this many balls in a year, let alone two months. It seems like every swing I take, I foul it off. I don’t know what it is. If I’m too late or what not. I don’t know. We’ll just keep grinding. It will come.”

“I feel timing wise I’m fine. I always look at stuff if getting deep on counts, I’m seeing it and on time. I’m not swinging at bad pitches. But the day before and it’s like I don’t know what happens. I wish I had the answer for you.”

UPDATE: A quick look at Dunn’s plate discipline numbers shows a few things:

  • His F-Strike% (First pitch strike percentage) is 4 percentage points above his career average
  • His Z-Contact% (Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown inside the strike zone) is 3 percentage points below his career average.
  • His O-Contact% (Percentage of times a batter makes contact with the ball when swinging at pitches thrown outside the strike zone) is 18 percentage points above his career average.
  • His overall Contact% [Total percentage of contact made when swinging at all pitches] is half a percentage point above his career average.

A look at Dunn’s Pitch-F/X numbers follows

From the texasleaguers.com Pitch-F/X database:

2011:

Type Count Selection Strike Swing Whiff Foul In Play
FF 391 46.2% 60.6% 43.7% 10.5% 19.7% 13.6%
SL 104 12.3% 51.0% 38.5% 19.2% 10.6% 8.7%
SI 86 10.2% 53.5% 39.5% 8.1% 20.9% 10.5%
FT 84 9.9% 66.7% 46.4% 14.3% 21.4% 10.7%
CH 76 9.0% 59.2% 48.7% 18.4% 15.8% 14.5%
CU 55 6.5% 43.6% 16.4% 7.3% 3.6% 5.5%
FC 38 4.5% 52.6% 36.8% 7.9% 28.9% 0.0%
FS 10 1.2% 80.0% 70.0% 50.0% 0.0% 20.0%
FA 3 0.4% 66.7% 66.7% 0.0% 0.0% 66.7%

2010:

Type Count Selection Strike Swing Whiff Foul In Play
FF 980 37.7% 61.1% 45.5% 11.6% 19.6% 14.3%
SL 405 15.6% 56.5% 42.0% 17.5% 14.3% 10.1%
CH 375 14.4% 57.6% 50.4% 20.5% 15.2% 14.7%
CU 251 9.7% 50.2% 32.3% 13.5% 9.2% 9.6%
SI 204 7.8% 59.8% 43.1% 13.7% 13.2% 16.2%
FT 186 7.2% 63.4% 41.9% 7.0% 16.1% 18.8%
FC 141 5.4% 61.0% 46.1% 12.1% 19.1% 14.9%
KN 33 1.3% 63.6% 54.5% 15.2% 21.2% 18.2%
FA 16 0.6% 75.0% 56.3% 18.8% 6.3% 31.3%
FS 10 0.4% 60.0% 50.0% 30.0% 10.0% 10.0%

2009:

Type Count Selection Strike Swing Whiff Foul In Play
FF 1312 46.6% 61.4% 42.5% 7.5% 20.6% 14.5%
SL 525 18.6% 58.5% 40.0% 13.7% 14.9% 11.4%
CH 432 15.3% 54.9% 43.1% 16.2% 13.7% 13.2%
CU 274 9.7% 49.6% 27.4% 11.7% 9.9% 5.8%
FA 91 3.2% 50.5% 38.5% 3.3% 14.3% 20.9%
FC 76 2.7% 55.3% 36.8% 14.5% 14.5% 7.9%
FT 71 2.5% 52.1% 39.4% 8.5% 12.7% 18.3%
SI 36 1.3% 38.9% 25.0% 2.8% 5.6% 16.7%
UN 1 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

2008:

Type Count Selection Strike Swing Whiff Foul In Play
FA 1503 56.2% 57.0% 40.9% 7.7% 18.1% 15.1%
CH 369 13.8% 51.2% 37.4% 14.9% 11.4% 11.1%
SL 364 13.6% 53.3% 38.2% 17.0% 10.4% 10.7%
CU 326 12.2% 53.1% 33.7% 14.7% 10.1% 8.9%
SI 34 1.3% 61.8% 47.1% 14.7% 20.6% 11.8%
FC 33 1.2% 54.5% 45.5% 9.1% 24.2% 12.1%
KN 16 0.6% 37.5% 31.3% 0.0% 12.5% 18.8%
FF 15 0.6% 40.0% 26.7% 13.3% 13.3% 0.0%
FS 11 0.4% 36.4% 27.3% 0.0% 9.1% 18.2%
FT 2 0.1% 50.0% 50.0% 0.0% 50.0% 0.0%

and

Pitch Types Key
FA Fastball
FF 4-seam Fastball
FT 2-seam Fastball
FC Cut Fastball
FS Split-finger Fastball
FO Forkball
SI Sinker
SL Slider
CU Curveball
KC Knuckle Curve
EP Ephuus
CH Change-up
SC Screwball
KN Knuckleball
UN Unknown

Foul% of fastballs and sliders seem stable. He’s seeing more sinkers and 2-seamers and fouls a higher percentage of both than in other years though.

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