Yuli Gurriel got the hype first, but perhaps Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is the Gurriel we should really be looking at here in 2020. While somewhat underrated, the guy is a pure hitter at the game’s highest level. In 84 games last season, he slashed .277/.327/.541 with 20 home runs, 52 runs scored, 50 RBI and six stolen bases. His .264 ISO would have ranked within the top 20 in baseball last season, and would have been just a hair behind notable power bats Juan Soto and Max Muncy . In the minors, he wasn’t necessarily a big power guy, in terms of home run totals, so are the power numbers at the big league level a product of juiced baseballs, or is it for real?

Spoiler alert: He can be a 20+ home run guy on a regular basis.

His at-bats per HR mark improved, as you’ll see below, but it’s explainable, and encouraging.

Courtesy of ESPN

Now, take a look at the graphic below, and you’ll see how the home run spike occurred.

The ground balls are down and fly balls are up....