Pitchers with high BABIP, last 50 years

In the last 50 years, among pitchers with at least 150 innings pitched, Bobby Parnell has the highest batting average against on balls in play by a sizable margin:

Rk Player BAbip IP G GS H ERA ERA+ Tm
1 Bobby Parnell .361 165.1 151 8 190 4.57 88 NYM
2 Felipe Paulino .347 301.1 78 46 342 5.29 77 HOU-TOT
3 Dana Eveland .347 330.2 95 54 401 5.74 74 MIL-ARI-OAK-TOT
4 Travis Miller .347 267.1 203 14 331 5.05 98 MIN
5 Heath Murray .345 158.2 88 15 204 6.41 66 SDP-DET-CLE
6 Manny Parra .342 454.1 110 74 520 5.13 81 MIL
7 Matt Perisho .342 276.0 177 28 346 6.39 73 ANA-TEX-DET-FLA-TOT
8 Terry Clark .342 232.1 91 27 299 5.54 79 CAL-HOU-TOT
9 Jason Berken .341 220.2 98 24 282 5.47 80 BAL
10 Andrew Miller .341 337.2 89 62 392 5.78 75 DET-FLA-BOS
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/11/2011.
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4 responses to “Pitchers with high BABIP, last 50 years

  1. Wow, that is staggering. It’s .393 this year.

    • Patrick Flood

      In that many innings, the standard deviation is something like .022 for BABIP. The average is .295, something like that, so Parnell is three SD away from the mean. If I remember correctly, that’s statistically significant. So I think we can say that it’s something about Parnell that causes him to give up more hits on balls in play than an average pitcher.

      • Ah. You answered me while I was blathering on about BF > PA. Sorry, I’m a thorough-yet-inefficient researcher… made all my school term papers misery to finish!

  2. This is… troubling. Usually a spike is a sign of unluckiness, but with this sort of sustained difficulty, is it just that the kid’s stuff is really hittable? It still only adds up to 3/4 of a season of work.

    PS – regarding BABIP for pitchers v. hitters, I think the spread is lower for pitchers in part becauase they average more plate appearances in a season than hitters, and it smooths out the spreads somewhat. A starter could face 1000 guys if he’s busy, and historically the number could reach 1200 or more… no hitter is going to top 800 plate appearances.

    In the NL over the last five years, these are, in order: the avg # of batters faced per 180 IP, the league leader among hitters for PA, and the number of pitchers whose BF was more than that number:

    2010- 772 BF, 754 PA (Weeks, MIL), 40
    2009- 777 BF, 725 PA (Rollins, PHL), 38 (1)
    2008- 780 BF, 763 PA (Reyes, NY), 40 (2)
    2007- 783 BF, 778 PA (Rollins, PHL), 33 (3)
    2006- 784 BF, 758 PS (Rollins, PHL), 36 (4)

    (1) Ross Ohlendorf “tied” Rollins, facing 725 hitters.
    (2) Another tie, thanks to David Bush.
    (3) Reyes had 765 and finished second, mostly because Rollins’ total was and remains the most ever in major league history. Reyes’ ’07 total is fifth, and his ’08 is seventh.
    (4) This is the first season in major league history, except for the strike-affected years, where no pitcher faced 1000 hitters.

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