That said, Fangraphs (where the tool below was found), Brooks Baseball, Baseball America, Baseball-Reference, Cot's Contracts, MLBTraderumors, and quite a few others provide the backbone of substantial fan-based research. All one has to do is seek and ye shall find. (There is even a Baseball Bible.)
So, analysis has to be done in a variety of ways, and represented in ways people can wrap their brains around. Which, for the analysts, requires more pictures, maybe less numbers, for some decision makers. (All people have their unique tendencies on how they like 'Data': some like verbal convincing or appealing word choices, some visual and graphic representation, while some are more about the emotive/feeling, or, if you will, the gut/visceral. Connecting across the spectrum is the only way to be more inclusive. Yet, this is difficult unless you know your crowd/audience.)
But back to baseball.
Franklin Gutierrez 2012-2013 Long Ball Spray Charts
From Brooks Baseball Landing Page for Gutierrez:
Against All Fastballs (480 seen), he has had an exceptionally poor eye (0.67 d'; 63% swing rate at pitches in the zone vs. 37% swing rate at pitches out of the zone) and a steady approach at the plate (0.01 c) with an above average likelihood to swing and miss (21% whiff/swing).
Against Breaking Pitches (206 seen), he has had a league average eye (0.80 d'; 62% swing rate at pitches in the zone vs. 31% swing rate at pitches out of the zone) and a steady approach at the plate (0.09 c) with an exceptionally high likelihood to swing and miss (47% whiff/swing).
Against Offspeed Pitches (77 seen), he has had a poor eye (0.77 d'; 71% swing rate at pitches in the zone vs. 41% swing rate at pitches out of the zone) and a steady approach at the plate (-0.17 c) with an above average likelihood to swing and miss (39% whiff/swing).
|BALLPARK||TEAM||HOME RUNS||RUNS SCORED||HITS||DOUBLES||TRIPLES||LHB-Rating||RHB-Rating|
|PNC Park||Pittsburgh Pirates||0.580||0.907||1.007||0.950||0.677||0.89||0.91|
|Marlins Park||Miami Marlins||0.715||1.072||1.030||1.189||1.383||0.95||0.91|
|AT&T Park||San Francisco Giants||0.741||0.850||0.951||0.989||1.914||0.99||0.94|
|Safeco Field||Seattle Mariners||0.781||0.921||0.989||1.070||0.661||0.94||0.95|
|O.co Coliseum||Oakland Athletics||0.801||0.910||0.979||1.089||1.400||0.90||0.98|
Gutierrez is now a dead pull guy in a bad park for home run generation. But 2013, offered him hope as the Seattle's Safeco Field walls were slightly moved in to increase home runs. A total of 88 dingers were seen at Safeco, as the Mariners (from Baseball Reference), did not enjoy the park that much:
So what value does The Death to Flying Things have?
He's a platoon guy against lefties that can plausibly hit soft tossing right handers as the slugging graph below reflects and this Brooks Baseball link will further bare out for RHP woes from 2011-2013.
Guiterrez, you pair in a platoon with a lefty hitter that cannot face lefties. The Death to Flying Things has a deadly problem against right-handed pitching. Only soft tossing righties who live on only cutters and curves are fine. Gas. Sinker/sliders put the Gut on the bench. In 2013, Seattle attempted this usage best they seemingly could as both May and July were totally lost due to injury.
If one can hope for optimal health, Gutierrez plays against 30-40 LHP starters, Pinch hits against lefties, plays against those rare righties without gas or wicked sliders, so he can marginally be effective against that, and one would hope as a fielding substitute in RF. Get around 225-250PAs.
Optimally you pair him with Nate Schierholtz if you are the Cubs. Who can handle the other 450-500PAs, optimally. Here's why:
So you have the ideal match up of guys that have flaws but together could be a slugging force in Wrigley, where it plays to Gutierrez natural pull tendencies on windy days. Gutierrez is the more part-time player, likely at best a .5-1.0 WAR player, if you get optimal results. Scheirholtz is the 1.0 to 2.0 type of player.
Together, it works for the salary it will entail to have both.