Cubs Quick Hits: Jason Heyward Doing More Damage Against Fastballs Than Ever Before

Jason Heyward looked helpless against four-seamers in 2016 and I remember thinking, “Um, there’s no way a player with his history against fastballs suddenly can’t hit heat anymore.” This year, however, is a different story, and the Cubs right fielder is once again blasting fastballs all over the field.

Whereas Heyward produced under league average runs against four-seamers in 2016 with a wFA/C of  -0.06, he has hit them to the tune of a 1.94 wFA/C so far this season. (The wFA/C stat is just a fancy way of saying how many runs Heyward has created per 100 pitches.)

Heyward’s current wFA/C rate is the best of his career. I repeat, Heyward’s wFA/C so far is the best of his career. I was pretty blown away when seeing that stat jump off the screen, considering he’s always been a fastball hitter. So for Heyward to be putting up the highest rate so far in his career should be extremely encouraging to us.

The best total wFA/C that Heyward ever recorded was a 1.81 in 2013 when he had a .344 wOBA. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take a .344 wOBA again with stellar defense because that is going to be worth around 4-5 fWAR or, in other words, exactly what the Cubs paid for.

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Brendan Miller is the better looking and smarter part of the Cubs Related Podcast duo with Corey Freedman. Brendan, who has twice as many Twitter followers as Corey, often writes about baseball analytics and scouting for Cubs Insider.

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