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Five free-swinging MLB hitters who’ve been successful this season

Aug 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) hits an RBI double against the New York Mets during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves

Albies took his 244-plate-appearance rookie season from 2017 and apparently had one general takeaway — to swing a helluva lot more. After posting a 51.4% swing rate in 2017, the young second baseman has ramped that up to 58.0% this year.

His contact rates in each corresponding campaign look basically identical, but he’s been just as effective as last year from a wRC+ standpoint. He’s also added a 20-homer season to his ledger in the process.

The sample sizes are obviously lopsided, but the switch-hitter has been more effective against left-handed pitching (132 wRC+) than right-handed pitching (107 wRC+), although his ISO is similar regardless of the platoon split.

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