Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hitting for Average - Part 2

In my previous post, I examined the hitting for average skill of Tigers batters using the following statistics - batting average, contact percentage, strikeouts per at bat and line drive percentage. The purpose of that post was not so much to project into the future but more to see which batters displayed this skill in 2008. Later, I'll look at other skills: power and plate discipline. In this post, I'll present the hitting for average leaders in Major League Baseball in 2008. As before, the data were abstracted from Fan Graphs. Here are the highlights:

  • As most know, Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols were far ahead of the pack in batting average (Table 1).
  • The contact percentage leaders were mostly singles type hitters without a lot of power - Juan Pierre and Jeff Keppinger in the National League and Placido Polanco in the American League. The most powerful hitter in the top ten was Dustin Pedroia (Table 2).
  • The K/AB leaders included many of the same players with Keppinger and Cesar Izturis leading the majors. Polanco was the American League leader (Table 3).
  • Old friend Omar Infante topped the majors in line drive percentage. Jamey Carroll and Ramon Vazquez were the AL leaders (Table 4).
  • Combining all the stats together, the hitting for average leaders were Albert Pujols, Chipper Jones and Joe Mauer. (Table 5).

Table 1: MLB batting average leaders in 2008

player

avg

Chipper Jones

.364

Albert Pujols

.357

Manny Ramirez

.332

Joe Mauer

.328

Dustin Pedroia

.326

Mike Aviles

.325

Matt Holliday

.321

Milton Bradley

.321

Ian Kinsler

.319

Ryan Doumit

.318




Table 2: MLB batting contact percentage leaders in 2008

player

contact %

Juan Pierre

.936

Jeff Keppinger

.935

Brian Giles

.928

Placido Polanco

.927

Cesar Izturis

.926

Dustin Pedroia

.923

David Eckstein

.923

Ryan Theriot

.919

Marco Scutaro

.915

Ichiro Suzuki

.910




Table 3: MLB strikeouts per at bat leaders in 2008

player

K/AB

Jeff Keppinger

.052

Cesar Izturis

.063

Juan Pierre

.064

Yadier Molina

.065

Bengie Molina

.072

Placido Polanco

.074

Casey Kotchman

.074

Yuniesky Betancourt

.075

Dustin Pedroia

.080

Jason Kendall

.087




Table 4: MLB line drive percentage leaders in 2008


player

line drive %

Omar Infante

.301

Jamey Carroll

.273

Ramon Vazquez

.273

Andre Ethier

.266

Ryan Ludwick

.263

Brian Schneider

.257

Denard Span

.257

David Wright

.256

Darin Erstad

.255

John Bowker

.253



Table 5: MLB hitting for average leaders in 2008


player

avg

contact %

K/AB

line drive %

adjusted avg

Albert Pujols

.357

.901

.103

.224

.325

Chipper Jones

.364

.827

.139

.241

.321

Joe Mauer

.328

.908

.093

.226

.316

Dustin Pedroia

.326

.923

.080

.212

.315

Ryan Theriot

.307

.919

.100

.232

.309

Aaron Miles

.317

.909

.098

.210

.308

Cristian Guzman

.316

.883

.098

.225

.308

Ian Kinsler

.319

.867

.129

.242

.308

David DeJesus

.307

.903

.137

.247

.307

Brian Giles

.306

.928

.093

.213

.307

2 comments:

  1. Cool stuff, Lee. How about a post on the players whose actual AVG differed the most from their adjusted AVGs -- one for "luck" and one for "unlucky"?

    Do you plan on extrapolating this to SLG at all? If so, you've got an open-source PrOPS on your hands. Oh, and park- and league-adjustments would be the cherry on the sundae.

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  2. Sky, I just looked at your first question. it looks like two things happen: (1) lots of regression to the mean. A lot of the guys with big differences have very high or low BA. (2) power hitters tend to have lower adjusted batting averages than real batting averages which tells me that power is an important component of BA.

    An open source PrOPS is an interesting idea. I've got a lot of baseball projects going on at the moment. I will play around with this stuff more later. If this is something that interests you, feel free to run with it yourself.

    Lee

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