No…Yuni B is Still as Yuni B as Ever.


Earlier today, Jim Breen / @JP_Breen – head writer at the wonderful Disciples of Uecker site and a contributor at – asked fans, via twitter, if they thought Yuniesky Betancourt had "fundamentally changed as a player."

This question was asked in light of Betancourt's unexpected offensive contributions as an everyday player so far this season. For those who believe it has anything to do with a more disciplined approach at the plate:

"His 57.5% swing rate is the highest of his career. RT @Holmgren34 @JP_Breen He is much more patient. I'm a believer right now."

which is, in fact, almost identical to his swing rate of 57.4% in 2011.

Breen then goes on to add that Yuni is swinging at a career-high 43.7% of pitches outside the strike zone.

Looking back again at his 2011 season with the Brewers, Betancourt swung at 40.3% of pitches outside of the strike zone. Basically, we're watching the same guy.



Jess Lemont

About Jess Lemont

Jess is mostly an illustrator, here, providing occasional theme music. As her profile picture would indicate, she does not (or, may not) have a the skill required for flipping bats, so a drawing has replaced it. Really, you could also think of her as the photographer without a camera, in that regard. And, really...maybe it's best not to ask beyond this point.