That’s not an aberration; Cust has more power to left-center field than anywhere else. His career splits when he makes contact:
Pull: .382 BA, .679 SLG
Center: .468 BA, .841 SLG
Opposite: .358 BA, .787 SLG
He has pull power, so he will be able to take advantage of Safeco at times, but he doesn’t pound the ball down the right field line like, say, Michael Saunders. He’s going to hit some balls to left center that would have been out of other parks and get run down in Seattle. He’s still worth $2.5 million, but when you hear him described as a “left-handed power bat”, perhaps temper your expectations a bit. He’s not going to be a guy who hits 35 bombs into the right field seats.
Also, just because it’s kind of funny, the list of pitchers that Cust hit a home run off last year.
There’s a lot of arms who throw 88 on that list. Hopefully, he turns around a few 95 MPH fastballs in April and shows that he’s still got some bat speed left.