Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Few Good Stats

The Society for American Baseball Research celebrates SABR Day each year on the Saturday before the Super Bowl. We took part by spending a little time on Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs, ultimately sharing a quick discovery in tweet form

"For 16 years (age 21-36) Yogi Berra never OPS+'d below 109." 


Below are few different baseball stats for this Pro Bowl Sunday.

Most Pitches per Plate Appearance

PA
Pit
Pit/PA
Paul Goldschmidt
178
788
4.43
Curtis Granderson*
692
3069
4.43
Adam Dunn*
499
2184
4.38
Mike Napoli
432
1889
4.37
Jayson Werth
652
2833
4.35
Bobby Abreu*
588
2549
4.34
Brad Hawpe*
217
936
4.31
Chris Parmelee*
88
378
4.3
Jose Bautista
656
2805
4.28
Jim Thome*
326
1394
4.28

Fewest Pitches per Plate Appearance

PA
Pit
Pit/PA
585
1846
3.16
591
1901
3.22
236
777
3.29
80
265
3.31
627
2080
3.32
531
1804
3.4
248
846
3.41
345
1180
3.42
357
1224
3.43
504
1734
3.44

Lowest Swing Percentage on 3-0*
Ryan Braun (1 of 47) 2.1%
Alex Avila (1 of 44) 2.3%
Ben Zobrist (1 of 43) 2.3%
Shane Victorino (1 of 39) 2.6%
Nick Markakis (1 of 37) 2.7%

Highest Swing Percentage on 3-0*
Andre Ethier (15 of 41) 37%
Torii Hunter (12 of 33) 36%
Justin Upton (11 of 35) 31%
Albert Pujols (15 of 52) 29%
Ryan Howard (16 of 57) 28%

*Minimum 29 PA with 3-0 count (League Average)

We looked for batters with good combinations of patience and power, last February. The following is an exercise in patience and contact. According to Baseball-Reference, there were twenty-two batters in 2011 that swung at more than 51% of pitches seen.

Below are these free-swinging 22, by lowest contact %.


AS/Pit
Con
57%
64%
56%
64%
52%
66%
52%
69%
57%
71%
55%
73%
53%
74%
56%
75%
55%
75%
53%
75%
52%
76%
54%
78%
52%
78%
52%
78%
54%
79%
57%
80%
59%
81%
54%
82%
53%
82%
53%
82%
56%
84%
52%
86%

Carlos Peguero and King Felix
The top two spots of this list are teammates on the Mariners. Imagine how many strikeouts Felix Hernandez would rack up if he could face Peguero and Olivo. Mariners batting coach Chris Chambliss has an uphil battle with them.

Bill Hall is a free agent, but placing third on this leader board will not help him gain employment.

Brandon Wood, Eliezer Alfonso, and Tyler Colvin are on the Rockies. Their batting coach, Carney Lansford, was a good contact hitter. Can he connect with his hacking pupils?

Pablo Sandoval and Vladimir Guerrero have been known as free-swinging power hitters with good contact skills, so it is apropos to see them adjacent to one another here. Aramis Ramirez, Brandon Phillips, and Yuniesky Betancourt also stand out as well known aggressive hitters who make contact.
After a winter of cockfighting, Aramis looks ready to summer in Milwaukee.

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