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Ozzie Albies has been a big surprise for the Braves, but can his power surge continue?

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Ozzie Albies is many things. He is a second baseman. He is a Brave. Broadly speaking, he’s a baseball player. But more than the others,Albiesis a surprise.Albies, scouted as having mediocre power and never showing an affinity for the long ball,currently leadsMLB in home runs.Acro s 154 games last year between the majors and Triple A, Albies hit only 15 homers double the number of home runs he had hit in his entire profe sional career before 2017. As of May 15, Albies has hit 13 home runs,tied for the most in the majors.Albies might have cooled off a bit in May, posting a 60 wRC+ as of themorning of May 14, but he’s still hit fourhome runs this month alone. What gives?POWER RANKINGS: Can the Braves make noise in the NL?One thing jumps out about Albies’ batted ball profile that could explain Albies’ power surge is his Fly-Ball Percentage (FB%). Albies hit a lot of ground balls early in his minor league career, but 2017 marked a huge spike in his fly ballnumbers, and 2018 continued the trend.More fly balls are a guaranteed recipe for more home runs you can’t go yard with a ground ball, after all andAlbies iselevating and getting under the ball more, resulting in https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/dj-lemahieu-jersey more power. But there’s more to Albies’ power surge than just elevating; Albies has never posted an HR/FB% greater than 7.8 percentin any season, but this year, he’s up to 19.7 percent.More of Albies’ fly balls are going out than ever before hence, Albies suddenly looks like Babe Ruth on paper. However Todd Helton Jersey ,large jumps in HR/FB% aren’t usually sustainable unle s the hitter is making good enough contact to back it up.Albies’ average exit velocity this season is at 87.5 mph, per Baseball Savant which is pretty mediocre territory, good enough for 134th in MLB among hitters with at least 80 batted-ball events. Here’s where Albies’ average exit velocity and HR/FB% rank among MLB hitters this season (minus Billy Hamilton;by virtue of having only hit 20 fly balls and two home runs while running an average exit velocity 4 mph lower than the second lowest hitter).Albies is marked with a red dot.Albies’ HR/FB% falls significantly above what would be expected from him given his launch speed. Hitters with exit velocities within .5 mph of Albies’ this year have averaged an HR/FB% of 10.4 percentacro s a combined 2800-plusplate appearanceswell below Albies’ 19.7 percentfigure. E sentially, Albies is making contact like Jason Castro, but getting results like Manny Machado something that can’t continue for long.Albies has also been lucky with his home/road splits. Thanks to numerous rainouts and scheduling quirks, Albies has played 25 games on the road and only 15 at home. According to Baseball Prospectus, Suntrust Park had a home run park factor of 91 for right-handed batters in 2017, fifthworst in MLB for right-handed batters. Albies is averaging only .03 HR/PA at home, but .09 HR/PA on the road. Albies’ torrid pace will certainly slow down as he plays more frequently at home.MORE: The power of park factors, explained, di sectedIt’s extremely unlikely that Albies finishes the season with 40 dingers, buthehas still displayedexcellent signs in terms of maturing power.Let’s say Albies continues to hit fly balls at his current pace (43.9 percent), but his HR/FB% regre ses to what it is for other hitters with similar exit velocities (10.4 percent).Over the course of a full season (650 plate appearances), Albies would be projected https://www.rockiesedges.com/colorado-rockies/chad-bettis-jersey to hit 24 home runs. It might be a bit fewer thanks to Suntrust Park’s factors, but that’s superb power for a speedy middle infielder.Albies has genuine 20/20 potential, maybe even 30/30 potential an exciting prospect for the Braves. Albies was already an elite prospect for them without the power, so this development is just the cherry on top.

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Required Reading in College

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Assigned reading is a dreaded task that many students with learning differences try to avoid at all cost.  While some students might enjoy a good fiction novel from time to time, I have met only a few students both with and without learning differences who say they truly enjoy reading assigned readings from professors. No matter how “easy” of a read teachers claim the 1,000 page textbook is, students may find themselves struggling to fulfill the demands of required reading for all their classes and retain the important information. For…read more

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Walter and Marie Williams’ STEPP Program

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When students are diagnosed with a learning disability they often have a limited amount of accommodations and support offered to them in school. From the time they are diagnosed to the day they graduate high school, the typical support they receive is governed by a 504 plan or IEP. This requires a meeting with teachers and parents each year to discuss with the student what is needed for him/her to be successful throughout the year. After the meeting, school professionals are required to assist students with the determined accommodations and…read more

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Study Apps

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Studying can be hard for anyone, but especially if you have a learning difference, and in college simply going over your notes before a test just isn’t going to be enough to make good grades. Fortunately, there are study apps out there to help you be a more actively engaged studier. Here are some very easy and helpful study apps that you might want to check out to make your study sessions more productive as well as help you be better prepared for tests. My favorite of all the study…read more

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North Carolina Public Universities’ Disability Support

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A lot of times students simply don’t know how to get involved with their school’s disability support services because not all colleges do a great job of advertising them. Then on top of that, many students feel too shy or self-conscious to talk about their learning differences with advisers or other academic personnel. But fortunately all public North Carolina universities have disability support that you can take advantage of if you are eligible. Below I have listed all 16 of North Carolina’s public universities with links to their disability support…read more

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Smart Pens

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Have you ever been in a lecture taking notes and found that the professor or guest speaker talks way too fast? I always get caught up in trying to write down every word and end up missing something important in my class lectures. Now one solution to this problem would be to interrupt the teacher and ask him or her to repeat what you missed. But really, how rude is that?! If only there was some way to just go back in time and hear that part of the lecture…read more

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Universities’ Support Services

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Many high school students today are worried about getting the same or similar accommodations in college that they received in high school. While these are very legitimate concerns, students can relax thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2006, which states that all universities must provide accommodations to their students. However, they  may not be exactly the kind you are used to. All public universities have some sort of disability support. At my school, East Carolina University, we have an office called Disability Support Services (DSS). DSS is…read more

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TEXTHELP Read and Write Gold

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Do any of these sound like you? I understand my textbooks better when I listen to them than when I read them. I spend a lot of time traveling on the road and would like to read or get schoolwork done, but I get carsick. I like reading books, but my eyes get too tired to focus on the words after a while. TEXTHELP is a company that makes different programs to assist people with learning differences. Read and Write Gold is one of their programs which offers several ways…read more

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