New BBCOR bats drain power from college baseball
April 25, 2011
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April 7 marked the halfway point of the 2011 college baseball season, and it provided a perfect opportunity for the NCAA to take a look at the effect the new BBCOR baseball bats are having on performance. In a release, the NCAA reported home runs per game have decreased by about 45 percent, from .85 per game in 2010 to .47 per game in 2011. At the beginning of the season we took a look at how the new bats were made and what effect they might have on power performance. After more than 4,000 at-bats, the data shows that many of the predictions in that piece have come true. An ESPN report from the folks at College Splits shows that just 1.7 percent of all batted balls this season have been home runs, down from 3 percent last season.
We’ve compiled another infographic taking a look at this power outage on a national scale. Check it out, and read more about how the bats have affected Mizzou baseball after the jump.
The Tigers have not been immune to the effects of the new bats this season. In 2010, Mizzou hit 53 home runs in 55 games, an average of .96 per game. This season, however, the Tigers have only hit 10 home runs in 39 games, an average of .26 per game. Additionally, the team’s cumulative batting average has dropped from .288 in 2010 to .262 this season. We’ll never know how much of this loss of power is due to losing Aaron Senne and Brett Nicholas (who last year combined for 28 of the team’s 55 home runs, but judging by the numbers across the league, the bats are somewhat responsible.
On the other hand, pitching statistics have improved. The Tigers had a team ERA of 5.06 in 2010, but it has decreased sharply this season, falling to 4.62. The Mizzou pitching staff has also given up significantly fewer home runs, allowing only 19 this season as opposed to a total of 63 last year.
We’ll be sure to revisit this topic once again at the end of the season to do a full side-by-side season comparison of 2010 and 2011.