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KBO's top hitter also boasts highest batting average on strikes

All Headlines 11:02 April 29, 2019

SEOUL, April 29 (Yonhap) -- If you're a pitcher trying to pound the strike zone against Doosan Bears' Jose Miguel Fernandez, he will make you pay.

Fernandez, the Cuban slugger leading the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) with a .397 batting average, has also been the league's best hitter on pitches in the strike zone, data showed Monday.

According to Sports 2i, the official statistics provider for the KBO, Fernandez is batting .483 (42-for-87) on pitches in the zone, the highest mark among all batters who have taken at least 150 pitches inside the zone.

All seven of Fernandez's home runs have come on pitches in the zone.

Sports 2i also broke down zone numbers by the top, middle and bottom of the area. Fernandez is hitting .412 on pitches in the upper third, .556 in the middle and .441 in the bottom third.

On pitches outside the zone, though, Fernandez is batting just .188 (6-for-32).

Kim Tae-kyun of the Hanwha Eagles was second overall in the strike zone batting average with .431. He's batting .319 overall.

The league average on pitches in the zone is .306.

Fernandez, a first-year import for the Bears, is either leading or tied for the lead in runs scored, hits, home runs, RBIs, on-base percentage, total bases and multi-hit games.

With seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 31 games, Fernandez has already surpassed the combined production from the Bears' two foreign hitters from a year ago: Jimmy Paredes and Scott Van Slyke, who together had two home runs and eight RBIs in 33 games.

Jose Miguel Fernandez of the Doosan Bears hits a three-run home run against the Lotte Giants in the bottom of the second inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on April 28, 2019. (Yonhap)


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