Slugging Percentage – Austin Meadows absolutely crushed it last season with a .558 slugging percentage.
OPS – When you combine Meadows’ .364 OBP with his .558 SLG, nobody was even close to him in OPS.
wRC+ – Austin Meadows finished number one in weighted runs created. His 142 was 17 better than the next closest on the team.
Best Hitter vs. the Shift – Brandon Lowe posted a 129 wRC+ against the shift and also led the team in nearly every other category when facing the shift.
High Leverage Hitter – Kevin Kiermaier was the best hitter with more than fifty PAs in high leverage situations. He posted a .806 OPS when in high-leverage situations last season.
Best Leadoff hitter – The Rays love to switch the lineup around a lot, but Meadows was the most reliable leadoff hitter on the team, hitting .307 with 13 homers from the top spot.
Best DH – Austin Meadows was by far the best DH on the team. Not only did he see the most plate appearances as DH but he led the team in nearly every statistical category finishing with an .821 OPS and a 128 wRC+.
HR vs. LHP – Travis d’Arnaud led the team with 10 homers against southpaws.
OPS vs. LHP – Yandy Diaz finished tops on the Rays with a whopping .976 OPS against lefties.
AVG vs. LHP – Tommy Pham finished with a .340 against left-handers.
OBP vs. LHP – Tommy Pham got on base at an incredible .467 clip against left-handed pitching in 2019.
Line-drive Percentage – Brandon Lowe had a fantastic 26.9% line-drive rate. A high line-drive rate is a key to a consistently high batting average.
Hard-Hit Percentage – Michael Perez was tops on the team with 48.1% of hit batted balls registering as hard hit.
Road wRC+ – Austin Meadows at 149.
Home wRC+ – Yandy Diaz led the club in wRC+ with 143 at home.
That’s enough from me folks. There are some interesting takeaways to be had here. I like seeing Michael Perez on the list a few times. What did you notice?