Rays Shift Against Youkilis

On 3/24/13, the Rays put the following shift on Kevin Youkilis of the Yankees.

Rays Infield In

I decided to the Batted Ball Location application to see how often he pulls the ball which would cause the Rays to put on such a shift. Dividing the field into fifths, here is how often he hit ground balls into each area:

Location: GB%
LF: 29%
LF-CF: 45%
CF: 15%
RF-CF: 9%
RF: 2%

89% of Youkilis’s batted balls went to the center to left side of the field. The extreme shift, especially against a right-henaded hitter, makes sense considering the heavy pull nature and the lack of speed from Youkilis.

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