For the second straight season, Josh Hader led all qualified relievers in strikeouts racking up 138 over 75.2 innings. His strikeout percentage rose to 47.8-percent but so did his home run per fly ball percentage to 21.4-percent. It’s amazing since Hader limited hitters to a 61 percent contact. Of course, batters cannot hit home runs when they swing and miss. Hader owned the best swinging strike percentage among qualified relievers of 22.7 percent. A perk to Hader’s resume, he tied for third in the majors with Aroldis Chapman with 37 saves.

Hader owned value due to his immense strikeout totals but also recorded a 2.62 ERA, 2.36 xFIP and 0.81 WHIP. Beneath these numbers, Hader recorded the best SIERA (1.78) and best strikeouts minus walks percentage (40.8) among relievers. Elevating fastballs and deploying a devastating slider fuels Hader’s arsenal. Here’s a look at his pitch plot from last season:

According to Statcast, Hader yielded 127 batted ball events including 16...