Trevor Story: True
Story has the 3rd highest wOBA vs xwOBA gap on the team sitting at 44 points. It’s 21st-largest in MLB. That gap is also extremely misleading to those who aren’t looking closer at the numbers.
For starters, Story doesn’t hit the ball soft. He has the lowest Soft Hit Percentage on the Rockies at 12.6% (league average is 17.0%). The rest of that translates well into his Hard Hit Percentage of 43.6%, second on the Rockies. He hits a little bit below league average in terms of Barrels per PA %, but where he really excels is not hitting the ball on the ground. His GB% of 33.3% is nearly 10% below league average. When you play in a park like Coors, it’s a fantastic idea to hit the ball in the air and to hit it hard. Story does both and does it well.
Story’s gap is more related to him hitting for power, not due to Coors. His numbers are more true than xwOBA would have you believe.