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Contact champions – by G. Scott Thomas

It was a pleasant run whereas it lasted.

Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez managed to maintain his batting common above .400 as late as June 24. He batted .402 in Miami’s first 78 video games this season, spraying 110 hits in 274 at-bats. Pundits started to debate the percentages of Arraez ending the 12 months as the primary .400 hitter since Ted Williams reached .406 in 1941.

That’s when 2023’s main hitter proved to be mortal. Arraez batted .286 from June 25 by means of the top of August — a pleasant common for many hitters, although not for a star who aspired to a superhuman feat. He entered September with a .350 BA for the 2023 season, nonetheless the most effective within the majors, although far wanting the promised land of .400.

However don’t really feel sorry for Arraez. He’s nonetheless in line to turn into the primary participant to win batting titles in separate leagues in consecutive years. (He led the American League in 2022 with a .316 BA whereas enjoying for the Minnesota Twins.) And he stands aside as the one huge leaguer to place the ball in play greater than 90 % of the time in 2023.

Arraez led the majors with a contact fee (CT) of .936 as of September 1. That put him 40 factors forward of the runner-up amongst all batters who had made a minimum of 400 plate appearances by that date (Keibert Ruiz of the Washington Nationals with a CT of .896) and 191 factors above the major-league CT of .745.

Arraez and Ruiz rank because the contact leaders within the Nationwide League. The 2 frontrunners within the American League each play for the Cleveland Guardians: Steven Kwan at .885 and Jose Ramirez at .884.

CT is a straightforward stat to calculate. We start by figuring out the variety of balls {that a} batter has put in play, subtracting his strikeouts from his at-bats. Then we divide the ensuing quantity by his whole at-bats.

Arraez, for instance, had solely 32 SO amongst his 501 AB as of September 1. Which means he had put 469 balls in play (the results of 501 minus 32). His CT was 469 divided by 501, equaling .936.

One other option to measure contact is to match a batter’s strikeout whole in opposition to the variety of instances a typical batter would have struck out beneath the identical circumstances. The outcome is named the batter’s strikeout worth (SOV).

The common big-league hitter struck out in 25.5 % of his at-bats in the course of the first 5 months of the 2023 season. If Arraez had matched that tempo, he would have piled up 128 strikeouts by September 1. His precise SO whole, as famous above, was simply 32, thereby giving him an SOV of minus-96, the most effective within the majors. (The perfect SOV, after all, is a unfavourable quantity, because it signifies fewer strikeouts than common.)

Kwan (minus-74) was the American League SOV chief as of the identical date. Look under to see the most effective batters in each leagues for CT and SOV.

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  • 1. Steven Kwan, Guardians, SOV -74

  • 2. Jose Ramirez, Guardians, SOV -69

  • 3. Masataka Yoshida, Purple Sox, SOV -55

  • 4. Alex Bregman, Astros, SOV -53

  • 4. Marcus Semien, Rangers, SOV -53

  • 6. Kyle Tucker, Astros, SOV -49

  • 7. Gleyber Torres, Yankees, SOV -48

  • 8. Tony Kemp, Athletics, SOV -46

  • 9. Andrew Benintendi, White Sox, SOV -45

  • 9. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays, SOV -45

  • 1. Luis Arraez, Marlins, SOV -96

  • 2. Jeff McNeil, Mets, SOV -68

  • 3. Keibert Ruiz, Nationals, SOV -64

  • 3. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves, SOV -64

  • 5. Nico Hoerner, Cubs, SOV -57

  • 6. Luis Garcia, Nationals, SOV -45

  • 6. Bryson Stott, Phillies, SOV -45

  • 8. Ildemaro Vargas, Nationals, SOV -39

  • 9. Alec Bohm, Phillies, SOV -38

  • 10. Miguel Rojas, Dodgers, SOV -37

  • 10. Mookie Betts, Dodgers, SOV -37

  • 10. Freddie Freeman, Dodgers, SOV -37



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