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MLB: Highest and Lowest Whiff% on Sliders (Full 2019 Season) – Hitters’ Edition

Over the past few weeks, we’ve gone over Whiff% rates for pitchers, but today we move back to the hitters. Let’s take a look at which hitters whiffed the least and the most on the slider.

Most Whiffs on Sliders in 2019

Just like with the pitchers, we’ll go over which hitters whiffed the most on the slider, and a 40 home run hitter from last season tops the list.

# Team Player # of Whiffs  # of Swings
1 Royals Jorge Soler 162 341
2 Tigers/Cubs Nicholas Castellanos 147 360
3 Marlins Jorge Alfaro 132 277
4 Blue Jays Randal Grichuk 131 339
5 Padres/Indians Franmil Reyes 128 261

 

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler, who mashed 48 home runs last season, topped the list for the most whiffs. Nick Castellanos, who had the 13th highest Swing% rate (54.7%) last season, finished last season with the second most whiffs off the slider.

Also, in case you’re interested, both Soler and Castellanos were two of six hitters who saw at least 600 sliders last season.

Highest Whiff% on Sliders

In order to qualify for these lists, a hitter must have faced at least 200 sliders from opposing pitchers last season

Here are the hitters who had the highest Whiff% rate on the slider last season:

 

# Team Player # of Whiffs  # of Swings Whiff%
1 Rangers Joey Gallo 59 101 58.4%
2 Padres Fernando Tatis Jr. 82 148 55.4%
3 Yankees Aaron Judge 96 177 54.2%
4 Twins Miguel Sano 114 221 54.0%
5 Orioles Chris Davis 57 110 51.8%
6 Rays Brandon Lowe 80 155 51.6%
7 White Sox Welington Castillo 37 73 50.7%
8 Twins Nelson Cruz 117 231 50.6%
9 Braves Austin Riley 80 160 50.0%
10 Phillies Bryce Harper 115 231 49.8%

 

Joey Gallo made have had career highs in batting average and OPS last season, but he still whiffed on pitchers quite a bit last year, and his 58.4% Whiff% rate was proof of that. Interesting note on the top 10 here is that all but one of those players above swung at sliders at least 100 times, with the lone exception being former White Sox catcher Welington Castillo.

Lowest Whiff% on Sliders

 

# Team Player # of Whiffs  # of Swings Whiff%
1 Braves Nick Markakis 16 110 14.5%
2 Nationals Anthony Rendon 34 201 16.9%
3 Indians Jose Ramirez 20 118 16.9%
4 Orioles Hanser Alberto 38 220 17.2%
5 Rangers Logan Forsythe 15 84 17.9%
6 Angels David Fletcher 42 231 18.2%
7 Astros Alex Bregman 34 186 18.3%
8 Reds Jesse Winker 20 109 18.3%
9 Blue Jays/Rays Eric Sogard 19 99 19.2%
10 Yankees Brett Gardner 24 125 19.2%

 

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