AL Batting Average Leaders

JOSE ALTUVE #1 AL BA Hitter at .357 April 20, 2016 "The Best of the Best"

JOSE ALTUVE
#1 AL BA Hitter at .357
April 20, 2016
“The Best of the Best”

 

Take a look at the 40 current batting average leaders in the 2016 American League season. Jose Altuve (.357 BA, 133 hits) is the leader in hits and  30 points up on David “Big Papi” Ortiz of the Red Sox for the BA leadership and he looks good to date to be well on his way to a second American League Batting title.

At the same time, take a look at the obvious. Altuve is the only member of the Houston Astros to qualify for member ship in the Top 40. You have to go all the way down the list to the player ranked # 48 to find Carlos Correa (.266 BA, 92 hits) as the next Astro – and to # 57 to find George Springer (.257, 98 hits) as the third man:

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As we feel sure you will also note, the Texas Rangers have 4 of their members among the Top 40 hitters for batting average.

The stretch run needs and possibilities for the Astros in 2016 raise the question, even if it sort of answers itself. – Do you see anyone out there among the best hitters for non-contending teams that would be worth a trade conversation – or are we looking at a list of MLB’s modestly talented best hitters that would still invite a mortgage on the farm as the cost of their acquisition?

The 40 AL Batting Average Leaders

Through the Afternoon Games of Wed., 7/20/16:

RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
1 Jose Altuve HOU 373 73 133 26 3 15 54 25 3 44 40 .357 .427 .563 .990 5.5
2 David Ortiz BOS 309 45 101 34 1 23 75 2 0 51 45 .327 .421 .667 1.088 3.7
3 Xander Bogaerts BOS 378 68 121 22 0 11 59 11 3 34 62 .320 .377 .466 .843 2.7
4 Mike Trout LAA 338 74 108 23 2 19 62 16 1 61 73 .320 .425 .568 .993 6.1
5 Ian Desmond TEX 371 67 117 22 2 17 57 16 3 30 98 .315 .369 .523 .892 3.8
6 Yunel Escobar LAA 334 41 105 21 1 3 28 0 2 25 45 .314 .364 .410 .774 1.3
7 Eduardo Nunez MIN 340 48 105 15 1 12 43 23 6 13 48 .309 .335 .465 .800 1.6
8 Manny Machado BAL 360 63 111 30 0 19 54 0 3 32 70 .308 .366 .550 .916 4.2
9 Josh Donaldson TOR 357 85 110 22 5 24 70 6 0 65 69 .308 .421 .599 1.020 5.9
10 Robinson Cano SEA 388 66 118 23 1 22 60 0 1 29 63 .304 .358 .539 .896 4.7
RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
11 Carlos Beltran NYY 319 46 97 20 0 20 60 0 0 19 61 .304 .343 .555 .898 1.4
12 Mookie Betts BOS 406 75 123 25 4 18 60 16 1 25 58 .303 .343 .517 .860 4.2
13 Melky Cabrera CHW 328 43 99 19 4 9 43 1 0 25 38 .302 .348 .466 .815 1.1
14 Francisco Lindor CLE 361 67 108 20 1 12 49 13 4 35 56 .299 .358 .460 .818 3.9
15 Eric Hosmer KC 355 49 106 19 1 13 51 4 1 32 77 .299 .356 .468 .824 1.6
16 Nick Castellanos DET 349 47 104 21 4 17 52 1 1 21 89 .298 .337 .527 .864 2.0
17 Danny Valencia OAK 272 41 81 11 1 12 34 0 0 20 65 .298 .349 .478 .827 0.5
18 Elvis Andrus TEX 311 44 92 17 5 4 45 13 6 26 42 .296 .348 .421 .769 1.6
19 Didi Gregorius NYY 318 41 94 18 1 11 41 5 1 12 40 .296 .328 .462 .791 1.6
20 Jonathan Schoop BAL 350 51 103 25 1 16 54 1 1 13 76 .294 .327 .509 .836 2.5
RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
21 Dustin Pedroia BOS 367 58 108 21 1 9 38 5 1 40 49 .294 .363 .431 .793 3.0
22 Jackie Bradley Jr. BOS 317 55 93 23 6 14 55 7 1 36 72 .293 .374 .536 .910 3.8
23 Ian Kinsler DET 380 76 111 18 3 19 56 9 3 26 73 .292 .347 .505 .852 3.5
24 Victor Martinez DET 333 38 97 14 0 17 55 0 0 23 53 .291 .339 .486 .825 1.0
25 Jose Ramirez CLE 309 46 90 22 1 4 41 10 5 27 37 .291 .352 .408 .760 1.4
26 Evan Longoria TB 368 51 107 26 2 22 54 0 2 27 87 .291 .338 .552 .890 2.9
27 Lorenzo Cain KC 286 39 83 12 0 8 39 6 4 19 64 .290 .336 .416 .752 2.1
28 Miguel Cabrera DET 356 50 103 17 1 18 53 0 0 43 68 .289 .366 .494 .861 2.2
29 Stephen Vogt OAK 277 35 80 20 2 8 30 0 0 16 42 .289 .331 .462 .793 1.9
30 Michael Saunders TOR 318 50 91 25 2 16 43 0 2 36 97 .286 .365 .528 .893 2.2
RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS WAR
31 Hanley Ramirez BOS 325 50 93 19 1 11 54 7 2 34 70 .286 .363 .452 .815 1.0
32 Jason Kipnis CLE 365 53 104 19 4 16 52 7 2 32 84 .285 .343 .490 .834 2.1
33 Mark Trumbo BAL 369 55 105 17 1 28 68 1 0 28 104 .285 .338 .564 .902 2.0
34 Kole Calhoun LAA 352 61 100 16 4 10 49 2 3 41 69 .284 .363 .438 .800 2.0
35 Nelson Cruz SEA 345 56 98 17 0 23 58 0 0 40 96 .284 .370 .533 .904 2.7
36 Kyle Seager SEA 357 56 101 27 2 18 63 1 1 40 66 .283 .361 .521 .882 3.9
37 Jed Lowrie OAK 293 26 82 11 1 2 25 0 0 23 56 .280 .331 .345 .676 0.1
38 Nomar Mazara TEX 321 38 89 10 0 11 37 0 2 24 58 .277 .330 .411 .741 0.7
39 Salvador Perez KC 311 37 86 19 2 14 43 0 0 15 77 .277 .314 .486 .800 3.0
40 Rougned Odor TEX 355 60 98 18 3 17 48 8 4 8 75 .276 .295 .487 .783 1.0

 

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One Response to “AL Batting Average Leaders”

  1. gregclucas Says:

    Bill, you are correct in saying the Astros must have more solid hitters in the lineup. And despite what the “nouveau stats guys” say the batting average is still the best way to determine who can hit. Certainly someone who doesn’t hit near .300 but has TREMENDOUS power can have more value than a .300 punch hitter. But how many .260 hitters with tremendous power who don’t strike out 150-200 times come around? (Don’t use players like Correa or anyone on the Astros as examples. They aren’t. They have good power, but are not threats to hit 45 or more homers.) And for the Astros hitting .260 is good! Used to be .260 hitters all batted 8th and played a defensive-minded middle infield position. Now they can hit in the main spots in the lineup because others are hitting .185 or .210 or .220.

    Folks those are the weak-hitting shortstop numbers or (horrors) what some pitchers can hit in the NL!

    Hopefully for the Astros when Bregman comes up he will follow the Altuve model of 2011 and not the White or Reed sample. He will hit on the MLB level right away. Hopefully when Gourriel joins the club he will be able to turn MLB into just another Cuban League game.

    Of course, it would also be nice if players like Castro, Rasmus, Gattis and Gomez could find the skills they once showed at the plate in MLB. Probably asking too much for all of them plus any newcomers to all get it together this year. But it sure would help and could lead this team to heights never reached before.

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