Padres third baseman Ryan Schimpf is baseball’s biggest oddity.In many ways, Schimpf’s name could rightly be said alongside such sluggers as Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper. At the same time, Schimpf has also been one of the worst players in Major League Baseball. The history of the game has seen plenty of players who have hit home runs while sporting a low batting average, but Schimpf is perfecting the craft to a level that has never been reached before.Simply put, there isn’t a more distinctive player in the game today, with his eye-popping combination of fly balls, home runs, strikeouts and a batting average that would make Mario Mendoza blush.MORE: 10 single-season MLB feats we’ll never see againThrough the start of play Tuesday, Schimpf is hitting .167 in 181 plate appearances for San Diego in 2017. He has struck out 60 times (33.1 percent) and collected 25 total hits, but 13 of those hits are home runs. Despite having the lowest batting average in the majors, Schimpf is tied for 10th place on the home run leaderboard.And if you think that’s impre sive, consider that Schimpf has 33 home runs in 511 career plate appearances while posting a preposterous .200 batting average. That’ https://www.astrosedges.com/houston-astros/roy-oswalt-jersey s 33 homers out of just 85 total hits, meaning 38.8 percentof his baseknocks have gone over the fence.But what makes Schimpf truly stand out isn’t nece sarily the home run totals, but how he arrives at them. Schimpf hits fly balls at an unprecedented rate.Batted ball data has been kept as far back as the 2002 season, andaccording to FanGraphsthe league-average fly ball percentage is around 35 percent. Including all players with a minimum of 400 plate appearances since ’02, Schimpf isfar and away the major league leader with 64.8 percent fly ball rate. Second on the list is former White Sox slugger and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, at a comfortably distant 54.9 percent.That seems like astat that should accompany a well-known slugger such as Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stantonor Kris Bryant.If you’re thinking that Schimpf doesn’t really fit in the same sentence as those guys, you’re right. He’s not what you would typically think of as a major home https://www.astrosedges.com/houston-astros/anthony-gose-jersey run hitter, standing at 5-9 and 180 pounds with a frame more reminiscent of a running back than a baseball player. Even his name, which sounds suspiciously like shrimp, works to fool the brain into dismi sing him as a power hitter.The left-handed batter was 28 years old when he was called up in June2016after parts of eight seasons in the minors. He got off to a slow start after making his major league debut, but Schimpf collected his first home run (and fourth total hit) in a Padres uniform on July 1 in his 14th game played.That would be just the beginning for him.MORE: Padres now carry weight of San Diego’s sports expectationsIn the age of Statcast, launch angle and examining every aspect of how a ball is put into play, the Padres’ cleanup hitter is an anomaly one unlike the game has ever seen. But to better understand the fly balls, we have to briefly dive into the data.According toMLB.com’s Statcast definitions, the launch angle on a batted ball generally defines anything under 10 degrees as a ground ball, while line drives fall between 10 and 25 degrees, fly balls are between 25 and 50 degrees, and a popup is over 50 degrees. That makes sense, even to those of us who are geometry-challenged. Gue s who is leading all of baseballwith an average launch angle of 32 degrees. Schimpf. In fact, there are only 10 players with an average launch angle above 22 degrees, and Schimpf is the only one to cro s the 30-degree plateau.Hence, all the balls in the air many of which sail over the outfield wall.Schimpf’s fly ball pace appears to be unsustainable, but that’s based solely on the fact that we’ve never seen it before. He only swings at around 20 percentof pitches outside the strike zone, which falls well under the major league average of around 30 percent. The ability to wait for good pitches helps his cause quite a bit, ensuring that he’ll continue to get them and inevitably hit them in the air.All those fly balls helped Schimpf hit the first 30 home runs of his career in just 483 plate appearances and on just 81 hits. That was spread overparts of two seasons, but we can make comparisons by looking at what other players have done in a single year.MORE: MLB scores, standings, live updatesThe list of players who have hit 30 or more home runs with 81 or fewer hits in a single season has just one name on it: Mark McGwire, who accomplished the feat in2000 at age 36 with the Cardinals. At that time, Big Mac was still the single-season home run leader with the 70 he clubbed in 1998. He played just 89 games for the Cards in 2000, though, collecting 72 total hits 32 of them home runs in 321 plate appearances.Throwing out the extremely low hit totals, which is what makes Schimpf truly unparalleled, only 27 batters in MLBhistoryhave hit 30 or more home runs in a season in 483 or fewer plate appearancesand none did it with a batting average of .200 or lower.In 2017, Schimpf is on pace to hit more than 40 home runs but fewer than 40 singles. If he were to actually achieve that feat, he’d be the first player in baseball history to do so. The list of players to hit 30 or more homers and 40 or fewersingles in a season is contained to just three occurrences: McGwire in 1995 and 2000, and Barry Bonds in 1999.It seems weird to sing out such historic names such as Bonds and McGwire alongside Schimpf.But the early portion of his career has been a legendary run, at least when considering the fly ball rate, the home runsand the complete inability to do much else at the plate.Schimpf may not be an All-Star, a household nameor a future Hall of Famer, but he could be a once-in-a-lifetime quirk in the annals of baseball history https://www.astrosedges.com/houston-astros/brian-mccann-jersey .SN contributor Ryan Davis can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @RyanQDavis.