Backing up Camargo’s success is how hard he has hit the ball while serving as the Braves’ utility man and, more recently, starting third baseman. Among players with at least 30 batted balls going into Wednesday’s games, he is 28th in the majors with an average exit velocity of 92.1 mph, according to MLB’s Statcast. Only Freddie Freeman, who is 15th, ranks higher than Camargo on the Braves. Matt Kemp and Matt Adams rank 39th and 45th, respectively.
Perhaps helping him the most has been balls hit on the ground. Using exit velocity again, Camargo ranks 12th in the majors with his ground balls averaging 89.1 mph. The typical league average for batting average on ground balls is around .240, but Camargo is hitting .333 so far — likely thanks to his extremely high exit velocity on them. With an above-average 50 percent ground-ball rate, Camargo is utilizing his ability to hit the ball hard on the ground.