Stat of the Day: Niko’s impressive altitude

Detroit Tigers is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Tigers this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 1: Yankees 6, Tigers 4 — Niko lifts Tigers’ offense
Niko Goodrum’s eighth-inning home run was a loft to right field with a 34-degree launch angle, following a home run against the White Sox on Tuesday with a 40-degree launch angle. His other two homers this season had 31-degree launch angles. The increased altitude reflects a larger change in his game. Goodrum’s average launch angle has jumped from 13 degrees in 2019 to 16 degrees last year to 20.8 so far this season. His 4.8-degree increase this year puts him just outside the top 30 for the biggest jump among Major League hitters.

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