Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Gain Access Now


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts

Hitters Advanced Metrics Leaders for Brls/PA % - Fantasy Baseball Studs and Duds (Week 3)

Shohei Ohtani - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Hello, RotoBallers! As another week of baseball wraps up, I will recap which hitters had the most impactful plate appearances in the past few days. Using Statcast's Barrels per Plate Appearance stat, or Brls/PA %, we can narrow our view to the hitters who are the most locked in to begin the season.

Statcast's Brls/PA % works by dividing the total number of barrels by the number of plate appearances within the given period. The higher the Brls/PA %, the more often the hitter makes ideal contact with the baseball. We will also examine other stats, but the Brls/PA % will be the main focus of this piece.

Take advantage of the rest of our Statcast analysis for fantasy baseball, including weekly Statcast Pitcher Studs and Duds.

Be sure to check all of our fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups and weekly lineup resources:


Brls/PA % Leaders

Player BBE K BB Brls Brls/PA%
Shohei Ohtani 58 16 7 14 17.7
Bobby Witt Jr. 47 16 5 12 17.6
Ivan Herrera 28 6 1 6 17.6
Luis Garcia Jr. 30 10 1 6 15.0
Edward Olivares 32 7 3 6 14.3
Yordan Alvarez 53 8 10 10 14.1
Taylor Ward 46 13 2 8 13.3
Edouard Julien 26 19 6 6 12.8
Salvador Perez 49 11 2 8 12.7
Michael Toglia 19 12 0 4 12.5
Jake Cronenworth 53 13 6 9 12.3
MJ Melendez 33 12 7 6 11.8
Austin Wells 23 5 6 4 11.8
Colton Cowser 24 9 3 4 11.8
Maikel Garcia 49 18 4 8 11.8
Michael Busch 34 14 6 6 11.5
Tyler O'Neill 30 13 10 6 11.1
Pete Alonso 43 15 7 7 11.1
Christian Yelich 31 8 6 5 10.9
Kyle Tucker 52 13 11 8 10.7
Josh Naylor 41 7 8 6 10.7
Matt Chapman 46 16 4 7 10.6
Shea Langeliers 29 14 5 5 10.4
Christian Walker 37 20 10 7 10.3
Christopher Morel 46 11 3 6 10.3


Notable Players

Shohei Ohtani has leaped to the top of this list within the past week and has earned every bit of it. The Dodgers slugger had his Brls/PA% jump from 11.8% to 17.7%. Ohtani also leads the majors with 14 barrels and 33 BBE of at least 95 mph. The Japanese superstar also has a bright red Statcast page to back up his success at the beginning of the year.

To begin the season, Ohtani ranks in the 98th percentile for xwOBA, xBA, and xSLG. The two-time AL MVP could be destined to take home the hardware for the National League if he keeps up his pace. Batting in one of the most stacked lineups in major league history also helps his opportunities to score and drive in runs.

Michael Busch is also off to a hot start to the year. The Cubs' first baseman is batting .327 with 16 hits and five home runs so far. The former Dodgers top prospect had shown his potential in the minor leagues but struggled to establish a permanent place in the Dodgers' ever-changing lineup. A fresh start in Chicago seems to be doing the trick for Busch.

The hard-hitting lefty has a Brls/PA% of 11.5% with six barrels in 34 BBE this season. Busch is also in the 95th percentile or better in barrel rate, xSLG, and xwOBA. Busch had a 33.3% strikeout rate last season in his 81 plate appearances, but that number dropped to 23.1% through 56 plate appearances in 2024. With his stellar minor league track record and improved strikeout rate to begin the year, Busch is well worth an add since he is available in more than half of leagues.

Although the headlines this past week focused on the promotion of the Orioles' top prospect, Jackson Holliday, another Baltimore prospect, stole the show. Colton Cowser displayed why the Orioles have one of the best farm systems in baseball. From Tuesday to Sunday, Cowser had 23 at-bats. The Orioles outfielder turned those 23 at-bats into 10 hits, 12 RBI, six runs, four home runs, and two stolen bases.

Cowser hit .435 this past week, which is lower than his season-long batting average of .441 to begin the year. The 24-year-old came in at 14 on our top-25 list this week, with a Brls/PA% of 11.8%. His pace is unsustainable, but considering his prospect pedigree, Cowser is worth rostering in most leagues. One thing to keep an eye on is his 30.5% whiff rate, which could come back to bite him once the bat cools off, but I suggest continuing to ride with him for now.

Edouard Julien is another new face on the leaderboard, but one that I fear may not be there for long. Julien had a strong week, especially on Wednesday when he cranked two opposite-field home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Twins second baseman also went yard on Saturday to bring his total for the week up to three. Despite being eighth on the leaderboard this week, Julien has several concerning stats to zero in on.

Despite his hot week, the 24-year-old has a .196 batting average this season. Julien's low batting average is also supported by his .208 xBA, which ranks in the 18th percentile. His quality of contact has been poor, along with his strikeout rate. The Twins hitter has an alarming strikeout rate of 36.2% this year. Now is the time to capitalize on his recent success and sell if another manager thinks Julien is breaking out.

The last hitter I want to highlight is Evan Carter. Carter had an excellent stretch with the Rangers last season, batting .306 with a 1.058 OPS in 75 plate appearances. Coming into this season, many assumed Carter would pick up where he left off last year, but that has not been the case. Carter is batting .245 with a .852 in 60 plate appearances this season, but several stats suggest that he could take a step forward as the year goes on.

Last season, Carter had a strikeout rate of 32% with a whiff rate of 30.2%. This season, Carter has a strikeout rate of 12.5% with a 16.3% whiff rate, both of which are in the 90th percentile. Despite his .306 batting average last year, the Rangers rookie had an xBA of just .249. Carter's xBA sits at .288 this season, suggesting that the young hitter's best is yet to come. If the buy-low opportunity presents itself, Carter is a player to go after.

Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy baseball app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, sleepers, prospects & more. All free!

More Statcast & Fantasy Baseball Analysis


Expert Advice
Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Player Comparisons
Rookies & Call-Ups
24x7 News and Alerts


Kyle Bradish1 hour ago

Tosses Seven No-Hit Innings Against White Sox
Ronald Acuña Jr.4 hours ago

Ronald Acuna Jr. Diagnosed With Full ACL Tear
Dereck Lively4 hours ago

II Injured In Game 3
Hunter Renfrow6 hours ago

Browns Considering Adding Hunter Renfrow?
Cristian Javier7 hours ago

Misses Bullpen Session
Tyrese Haliburton7 hours ago

Officially Questionable For Game 4
Luka Doncic8 hours ago

Available On Sunday Night
Luke Kornet9 hours ago

Questionable For Monday Evening
Jrue Holiday9 hours ago

Questionable For Game 4
Kristaps Porzingis9 hours ago

Remains Out For Game 4
LeBron James9 hours ago

Considering Phoenix In Free Agency?
Ronald Acuña Jr.10 hours ago

Ronald Acuna Jr. Says He Is Heading To Injured List
Julio Rodríguez10 hours ago

Julio Rodriguez Has Massive Day Against Nationals
José Urquidy10 hours ago

Jose Urquidy To Be Re-Evaluated On Tuesday
Brent Rooker11 hours ago

Out Of Sunday's Lineup
Kyle Larson12 hours ago

Will Miss Start of Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte; Do Not Pick Him in DFS
Ronald Acuña Jr.12 hours ago

Ronald Acuna Jr. Leaves Sunday’s Game With Left Knee Soreness
12 hours ago

Nikita Okhotiuk Moves To KHL
Jamie Benn13 hours ago

Pushes Point Streak To Three Games
Ronald Acuña Jr.13 hours ago

Ronald Acuna Jr. Leaves Sunday’s Game Early With Apparent Knee Injury
William Byron13 hours ago

a Strong Contender for the Coca-Cola 600
Martin Truex Jr13 hours ago

Looking for First Win of the Season at Charlotte
Denny Hamlin13 hours ago

Should Contend for Coca-Cola 600 Win
Wyatt Johnston13 hours ago

Ends Scoring Drought With Two Assists
Triston Casas13 hours ago

On Track To Start Hitting Next Week
Leon Draisaitl13 hours ago

Nullified For First Time In 2024 Playoffs
Blake Snell13 hours ago

Reinstated From Paternity List, Starting Monday
Mika Zibanejad13 hours ago

On The Cusp Of Making History
Jordan Beck13 hours ago

Officially Placed On Injured List
Jimmy Vesey13 hours ago

Out Week-To-Week
Ronel Blanco13 hours ago

Starting Sunday Against Athletics
Kristaps Porzingis13 hours ago

No Update On Kristaps Porzingis For Monday Night
Byron Buxton14 hours ago

Absent From Sunday's Lineup
Tyrese Haliburton14 hours ago

Unlikely Back For Game 4
Tyler O'Neill14 hours ago

Planning To Return Tuesday
Oneil Cruz14 hours ago

Getting The Day Off
Austin Riley15 hours ago

Sitting Out Series Finale
Jeimer Candelario15 hours ago

Sitting Against Dodgers
Shohei Ohtani15 hours ago

In Sunday's Lineup
Derrick Henry15 hours ago

Will Be Involved In Passing Attack
NASCAR17 hours ago

Bubba Wallace Will Start 12th In The Coca-Cola 600
Tyler Reddick17 hours ago

Why Tyler Reddick Is Not A Core Play This Weekend At Charlotte
Joey Logano18 hours ago

What Should You Do With Joey Logano This Weekend At Charlotte Motor Speedway?
Carson Hocevar18 hours ago

Is Carson Hocevar A Value Play At Charlotte?
Ty Gibbs18 hours ago

Will Start On The Pole In Sunday's Coca-Cola 600
Ryan Blaney18 hours ago

a Strong DFS Play at Charlotte
Chase Elliott18 hours ago

Is Chase Elliott A Core Play In Sunday's Coca-Cola 600?
Kyle Busch18 hours ago

a Value DFS Play at Charlotte
Alex Bowman18 hours ago

Why Alex Bowman May Be The Best Contrarian Play In The Coca-Cola 600
Noah Gragson19 hours ago

Should Be Better Than Record at Charlotte
Christopher Bell19 hours ago

Why You Should Limit Your Exposure To Christopher Bell At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Chase Briscoe19 hours ago

Likely Looking at a Mediocre Run at Charlotte
Ricky Stenhouse Jr19 hours ago

Don't Be Afraid to Roll the Dice with Ricky Stenhouse Jr at Charlotte
Kyle Larson19 hours ago

Could Miss Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte
Josh Berry19 hours ago

Isn't a Great DFS Option at Charlotte
Justin Haley19 hours ago

Looking to Keep Momentum Rolling at Charlotte
Ryan Preece20 hours ago

Not On Fire But Improving For Charlotte
Jaylen Brown1 day ago

Helps Boston Claim Game 3
Jayson Tatum1 day ago

Leads Boston To A Comeback Win
Mike Conley1 day ago

Questionable Again For Game 3
Luka Doncic1 day ago

Back On The Injury Report For Sunday
Shohei Ohtani1 day ago

Dealing With A Bruised Hamstring
Joe Burrow1 day ago

No "Special Pitch Counter" For Joe Burrow
Joe Mixon1 day ago

Dameon Pierce Viewed As A "One-Two Punch"
Brandon Aiyuk1 day ago

Reportedly Looking To Double Annual Salary
Jrue Holiday1 day ago

Available For Game 3
John Collins1 day ago

Jazz Reportedly Expected To "Shop" John Collins
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope1 day ago

Nuggets May Not Re-Sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Luke Kornet1 day ago

Won't Play In Game 3
Grayson Murray1 day ago

PGA Tour Player Grayson Murray Passes Away At 30
Jrue Holiday1 day ago

Remains Questionable For Game 3
Tyrese Haliburton1 day ago

Out For Game 3
Michael Massey2 days ago

Held Out Saturday
Karl-Anthony Towns2 days ago

Struggles Again In Game 2
Anthony Edwards2 days ago

Struggles In Game 2
Artturi Lehkonen2 days ago

Doubtful For Training Camp
Roope Hintz2 days ago

In Contention To Return To Action On Saturday
Sergei Bobrovsky2 days ago

Looks To Continue Hot Streak In Game 2 Against Rangers
Igor Shesterkin2 days ago

Attempts To Turn Around Form On Friday
Filip Chytil2 days ago

An Option To Join Top Line Friday
Kaapo Kakko2 days ago

In Danger Of Being Scratched For Game 2
Pat Freiermuth3 days ago

Developing Chemistry With New QB
Russell Wilson3 days ago

Looking Good At OTAs
Caleb Williams3 days ago

Has Struggled At OTAs
Christian Watson3 days ago

Hoping To Move Past Hamstring Issues
Anthony Richardson3 days ago

Won't Change His Playing Style
Blake Corum3 days ago

Rams Seeking Three-Down Role From Blake Corum
Javonte Williams3 days ago

Newcomers Threatening Javonte Williams' Role
Samaje Perine3 days ago

Jaleel McLaughlin Facing Threat To Workload
Courtland Sutton3 days ago

Not At OTAs
Travis Etienne Jr.3 days ago

Jaguars Plan To Ease Travis Etienne Jr.'s Workload
Derrick Henry3 days ago

Ravens Not Putting A Cap On Derrick Henry's Workload
Rome Odunze3 days ago

Expected To Practice Next Week
Marvin Harrison Jr.3 days ago

Cardinals Sign Marvin Harrison Jr. To Rookie Deal
Jameson Williams3 days ago

A "Man On A Mission"
Darren Waller4 days ago

Absent At OTAs
Daniel Jones4 days ago

Has No Doubt He'll Be Ready For Week 1
Si Woo Kim5 days ago

Misses First Cut In 2024
Nicolai Hojgaard5 days ago

Debuts At Charles Schwab Challenge
Harry Hall5 days ago

Returns To Charles Schwab Challenge
Grayson Murray5 days ago

Looks To Continue Playing Well At Colonial
Garrick Higgo5 days ago

Struggling For Form Heading To Colonial
Scottie Scheffler5 days ago

A Favorite To Win At Colonial
Rafael Campos5 days ago

A Risky Play At Charles Schwab Challenge
Lucas Glover5 days ago

A Healthy Option At Charles Schwab Challenge
Hayden Springer5 days ago

Can Hayden Springer Turn Things Around At Colonial?
Tyson Alexander5 days ago

Needs More Than A Putter At Colonial
PGA6 days ago

J.T. Poston Is Risky But Has A Lot To Like At Charles Schwab Challenge
Mark Hubbard6 days ago

Trending Up Ahead Of Charles Schwab Challenge
Alejandro Tosti6 days ago

Headed For Trouble At Colonial
Chan Kim6 days ago

A Potential Value At Charles Schwab Challenge
PGA6 days ago

S.H. Kim A Sneaky Option At Colonial
Justin Suh6 days ago

A Player To Avoid At Charles Schwab Challenge
PGA6 days ago

Matthi Schmid Looks To Regain Form At Colonial