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Rate Stabilization: Strikeout rate for hitters

Are your favorite hitters striking out above or below average so far?

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

As promised, I'm going to be writing about various stats as they stabilize this season.  I'm only going to be covering a few of the hitters included, but the whole list will be posted every week.  The first installment will be strikeout rate for hitters.  The good men at Baseball Prospectus found that hitters strike out rates are stable after only 60 short at bats.  That said, hitters career K rates are generally what hitters are going to hover around, but if a hitter made a real change to approach in the offseason, that data will be good to go already as many hitters are already over 100 PA.  I set my minimum at 60PA and came away with a list of 239 hitters.  Check them out below.

Rank

Player

K%

AVG

OBP

SLG

1

Michael Brantley

4.10%

0.338

0.384

0.485

2

A.J. Pierzynski

5.00%

0.377

0.4

0.604

3

Andrelton Simmons

5.10%

0.264

0.323

0.385

4

Ender Inciarte

5.60%

0.321

0.36

0.417

5

Freddy Galvis

6.80%

0.341

0.379

0.415

6

Nolan Arenado

6.90%

0.296

0.333

0.543

7

Josh Reddick

6.90%

0.385

0.444

0.615

8

Ichiro Suzuki

7.10%

0.266

0.314

0.344

9

Daniel Murphy

7.20%

0.213

0.268

0.36

10

Melky Cabrera

7.70%

0.286

0.322

0.31

11

Jose Altuve

7.80%

0.371

0.412

0.524

12

Adrian Beltre

8.10%

0.228

0.283

0.348

13

Yangervis Solarte

8.50%

0.323

0.38

0.477

14

Mike Moustakas

9.10%

0.337

0.398

0.49

15

Alcides Escobar

9.10%

0.291

0.329

0.367

16

Jean Segura

9.10%

0.298

0.327

0.394

17

Yunel Escobar

9.20%

0.275

0.333

0.388

18

Jose Iglesias

9.40%

0.351

0.398

0.494

19

Justin Morneau

9.40%

0.272

0.306

0.395

20

Eric Campbell

9.70%

0.2

0.323

0.32

21

DJ LeMahieu

9.80%

0.4

0.444

0.52

22

Alberto Callaspo

9.90%

0.238

0.31

0.317

23

Brandon Phillips

10.00%

0.295

0.311

0.341

24

Jon Jay

10.20%

0.266

0.341

0.291

25

Victor Martinez

10.30%

0.208

0.322

0.222

26

Kyle Seager

10.60%

0.244

0.298

0.372

27

Nori Aoki

10.80%

0.306

0.387

0.378

28

Prince Fielder

11.00%

0.348

0.4

0.478

29

Buster Posey

11.20%

0.273

0.337

0.432

30

Salvador Perez

11.50%

0.333

0.344

0.484

31

Ian Kinsler

11.80%

0.286

0.355

0.357

32

Dee Gordon

11.90%

0.44

0.463

0.51

33

Dustin Pedroia

12.00%

0.29

0.374

0.495

34

Stephen Vogt

12.00%

0.343

0.434

0.586

35

Brett Gardner

12.20%

0.319

0.405

0.42

36

Kolten Wong

12.20%

0.272

0.322

0.383

37

Anthony Rizzo

12.20%

0.324

0.48

0.5

38

Matt Carpenter

12.30%

0.366

0.434

0.634

39

Eric Sogard

12.30%

0.246

0.268

0.319

40

Joe Panik

12.40%

0.282

0.341

0.372

41

Desmond Jennings

12.50%

0.222

0.306

0.238

42

Logan Morrison

12.50%

0.214

0.25

0.357

43

Elvis Andrus

12.60%

0.229

0.257

0.313

44

Sam Fuld

12.80%

0.226

0.29

0.357

45

Rajai Davis

12.90%

0.283

0.387

0.396

46

Ben Revere

12.90%

0.218

0.269

0.31

47

Adam Jones

13.00%

0.373

0.413

0.651

48

Yonder Alonso

13.30%

0.333

0.411

0.436

49

Jason Kipnis

13.30%

0.245

0.305

0.34

50

Joe Mauer

13.30%

0.308

0.39

0.396

51

Albert Pujols

13.30%

0.21

0.289

0.395

52

Lonnie Chisenhall

13.40%

0.227

0.263

0.307

53

Chase Utley

13.50%

0.115

0.191

0.231

54

Adrian Gonzalez

13.50%

0.371

0.417

0.753

55

Danny Espinosa

13.60%

0.273

0.385

0.436

56

Kurt Suzuki

13.70%

0.234

0.306

0.328

57

Logan Forsythe

13.80%

0.286

0.368

0.468

58

Jake Marisnick

13.90%

0.391

0.437

0.656

59

Omar Infante

13.90%

0.246

0.264

0.333

60

Jordy Mercer

13.90%

0.2

0.269

0.229

61

Ike Davis

14.00%

0.299

0.36

0.416

62

Kevin Pillar

14.00%

0.289

0.31

0.433

63

Nick Markakis

14.00%

0.306

0.41

0.341

64

Martin Prado

14.10%

0.286

0.327

0.407

65

Mark Teixeira

14.10%

0.2

0.323

0.563

66

Carlos Santana

14.10%

0.225

0.374

0.363

67

Hanley Ramirez

14.10%

0.281

0.333

0.618

68

Jacoby Ellsbury

14.30%

0.323

0.4

0.376

69

A.J. Pollock

14.30%

0.301

0.352

0.373

70

Erick Aybar

14.30%

0.2

0.258

0.222

71

Robinson Cano

14.40%

0.263

0.298

0.384

72

Wilson Ramos

14.50%

0.3

0.313

0.363

73

Angel Pagan

14.70%

0.347

0.373

0.432

74

Yadier Molina

14.80%

0.233

0.288

0.288

75

Johnny Giavotella

15.00%

0.3

0.359

0.386

76

Howie Kendrick

15.10%

0.294

0.355

0.506

77

Kendrys Morales

15.10%

0.313

0.358

0.485

78

Jose Reyes

15.20%

0.25

0.266

0.3

79

Derek Norris

15.40%

0.337

0.352

0.494

80

Pablo Sandoval

15.60%

0.329

0.406

0.447

81

Mark Trumbo

15.90%

0.291

0.317

0.494

82

Miguel Cabrera

15.90%

0.348

0.449

0.584

83

Tuffy Gosewisch

15.90%

0.169

0.217

0.169

84

Devon Travis

16.00%

0.325

0.404

0.614

85

Starlin Castro

16.00%

0.319

0.34

0.396

86

Jose Ramirez

16.00%

0.176

0.219

0.235

87

Alexei Ramirez

16.00%

0.213

0.247

0.307

88

Dustin Ackley

16.10%

0.19

0.23

0.362

89

Billy Butler

16.20%

0.26

0.324

0.406

90

Zack Cozart

16.30%

0.308

0.34

0.538

91

Alexi Amarista

16.40%

0.196

0.328

0.304

92

Ryan Zimmerman

16.50%

0.22

0.275

0.38

93

Eric Hosmer

16.70%

0.315

0.402

0.489

94

Aramis Ramirez

16.70%

0.214

0.236

0.357

95

David DeJesus

16.70%

0.241

0.317

0.333

96

Adam Eaton

16.90%

0.192

0.241

0.256

97

Carlos Ruiz

16.90%

0.226

0.324

0.242

98

Adeiny Hechavarria

17.00%

0.326

0.351

0.483

99

Josh Harrison

17.00%

0.202

0.237

0.337

100

Xander Bogaerts

17.00%

0.263

0.33

0.35

101

Didi Gregorius

17.10%

0.221

0.28

0.25

102

Leonys Martin

17.10%

0.224

0.26

0.306

103

Curtis Granderson

17.20%

0.232

0.364

0.329

104

Josh Donaldson

17.30%

0.316

0.382

0.561

105

Mookie Betts

17.40%

0.221

0.296

0.337

106

Torii Hunter

17.40%

0.25

0.291

0.388

107

Andre Ethier

17.50%

0.308

0.413

0.615

108

Todd Frazier

17.50%

0.225

0.32

0.539

109

Evan Longoria

17.50%

0.28

0.381

0.415

110

Luis Valbuena

17.50%

0.218

0.289

0.471

111

Lorenzo Cain

17.60%

0.333

0.402

0.5

112

Andrew McCutchen

17.70%

0.198

0.302

0.321

113

Seth Smith

17.70%

0.241

0.306

0.407

114

Rougned Odor

17.80%

0.156

0.278

0.26

115

Ryan Hanigan

17.90%

0.222

0.354

0.315

116

Jason Castro

18.10%

0.21

0.306

0.339

117

David Ortiz

18.10%

0.25

0.34

0.438

118

Caleb Joseph

18.20%

0.327

0.439

0.509

119

Jimmy Rollins

18.20%

0.186

0.283

0.326

120

Lucas Duda

18.30%

0.318

0.413

0.477

121

Kevin Kiermaier

18.30%

0.294

0.324

0.544

122

Kelly Johnson

18.30%

0.25

0.3

0.5

123

Brian McCann

18.50%

0.25

0.309

0.417

124

Odubel Herrera

18.60%

0.297

0.333

0.407

125

Neil Walker

18.60%

0.27

0.32

0.393

126

Nelson Cruz

18.60%

0.347

0.392

0.811

127

Matt Kemp

18.70%

0.327

0.355

0.465

128

Billy Hamilton

18.80%

0.204

0.26

0.333

129

Austin Jackson

18.80%

0.247

0.3

0.333

130

Jeff Francoeur

18.80%

0.172

0.232

0.313

131

Joey Votto

18.90%

0.322

0.425

0.622

132

Manny Machado

18.90%

0.247

0.322

0.455

133

Wil Myers

18.90%

0.279

0.324

0.462

134

Edwin Encarnacion

19.00%

0.221

0.276

0.379

135

Troy Tulowitzki

19.10%

0.302

0.315

0.512

136

Jose Abreu

19.10%

0.268

0.326

0.537

137

Nick Hundley

19.20%

0.328

0.384

0.463

138

Kole Calhoun

19.30%

0.321

0.391

0.487

139

Alex Gordon

19.30%

0.27

0.386

0.446

140

Matt Holliday

19.40%

0.342

0.473

0.438

141

Adam Lind

19.40%

0.317

0.387

0.549

142

Jason Heyward

19.40%

0.221

0.28

0.349

143

Chris Young

19.40%

0.317

0.386

0.698

144

Eric Young

19.40%

0.169

0.239

0.292

145

Jedd Gyorko

19.70%

0.145

0.23

0.2

146

Trevor Plouffe

19.80%

0.259

0.344

0.435

147

Jhonny Peralta

20.00%

0.302

0.347

0.442

148

Paulo Orlando

20.00%

0.25

0.3

0.446

149

Wilmer Flores

20.00%

0.24

0.278

0.387

150

Matt Adams

20.00%

0.307

0.338

0.48

151

Marcus Semien

20.00%

0.268

0.317

0.433

152

Casey McGehee

20.00%

0.2

0.257

0.292

153

Brian Dozier

20.20%

0.209

0.288

0.341

154

Dexter Fowler

20.20%

0.282

0.351

0.412

155

Jed Lowrie

20.30%

0.3

0.432

0.567

156

Mike Napoli

20.90%

0.16

0.267

0.253

157

Brad Miller

21.00%

0.25

0.304

0.361

158

Paul Goldschmidt

21.00%

0.341

0.44

0.612

159

Corey Dickerson

21.10%

0.298

0.344

0.548

160

Yasmani Grandal

21.10%

0.217

0.338

0.317

161

Charlie Blackmon

21.20%

0.3

0.354

0.511

162

Carlos Gonzalez

21.30%

0.198

0.258

0.333

163

Juan Lagares

21.40%

0.313

0.33

0.364

164

Everth Cabrera

21.50%

0.23

0.244

0.257

165

Jace Peterson

21.60%

0.238

0.315

0.27

166

Stephen Drew

21.80%

0.167

0.26

0.394

167

Chris Coghlan

22.10%

0.226

0.284

0.435

168

David Freese

22.20%

0.226

0.263

0.409

169

Ian Desmond

22.20%

0.222

0.287

0.323

170

Will Middlebrooks

22.30%

0.205

0.245

0.364

171

Matt Joyce

22.50%

0.147

0.188

0.187

172

Mike Trout

22.50%

0.333

0.441

0.619

173

Brandon Guyer

22.60%

0.24

0.361

0.38

174

Russell Martin

22.70%

0.214

0.364

0.457

175

Brandon Crawford

22.70%

0.24

0.352

0.493

176

Steve Pearce

22.70%

0.19

0.273

0.31

177

Michael Bourn

22.80%

0.202

0.264

0.25

178

Michael Cuddyer

22.90%

0.241

0.313

0.414

179

Justin Maxwell

23.10%

0.241

0.313

0.466

180

Micah Johnson

23.30%

0.236

0.3

0.255

181

Chase Headley

23.70%

0.231

0.278

0.396

182

Mark Canha

23.80%

0.297

0.35

0.459

183

Avisail Garcia

23.80%

0.32

0.363

0.413

184

Ryan Braun

23.80%

0.241

0.286

0.43

185

Yoenis Cespedes

24.00%

0.302

0.32

0.542

186

Freddie Freeman

24.00%

0.275

0.34

0.495

187

Jayson Werth

24.00%

0.169

0.24

0.2

188

Cody Asche

24.10%

0.284

0.322

0.407

189

Dalton Pompey

24.20%

0.193

0.264

0.337

190

Oswaldo Arcia

24.20%

0.25

0.306

0.357

191

Asdrubal Cabrera

24.20%

0.196

0.253

0.272

192

Francisco Cervelli

24.30%

0.262

0.304

0.323

193

C.J. Cron

24.30%

0.239

0.271

0.343

194

Gerardo Parra

25.00%

0.254

0.267

0.407

195

Shin-Soo Choo

25.00%

0.131

0.264

0.279

196

Marcell Ozuna

25.30%

0.321

0.396

0.41

197

Khris Davis

25.60%

0.225

0.311

0.338

198

Jose Bautista

25.60%

0.203

0.349

0.493

199

Travis Snider

25.80%

0.278

0.371

0.407

200

Eduardo Escobar

25.80%

0.167

0.194

0.25

201

Alex Rodriguez

25.80%

0.243

0.371

0.541

202

Pedro Alvarez

25.90%

0.219

0.284

0.438

203

Justin Upton

26.00%

0.281

0.323

0.539

204

Gregory Polanco

26.40%

0.291

0.33

0.407

205

Nick Castellanos

26.90%

0.226

0.29

0.369

206

Carlos Beltran

26.90%

0.181

0.231

0.292

207

Jay Bruce

27.40%

0.19

0.316

0.443

208

Michael Morse

27.50%

0.202

0.264

0.298

209

Ryan Howard

27.90%

0.177

0.235

0.38

210

Danny Santana

28.10%

0.271

0.279

0.329

211

Kris Bryant

28.60%

0.28

0.429

0.36

212

Rene Rivera

28.80%

0.143

0.178

0.214

213

Chris Owings

28.90%

0.215

0.235

0.304

214

Kennys Vargas

29.20%

0.194

0.25

0.254

215

Evan Gattis

29.40%

0.183

0.212

0.366

216

Marlon Byrd

29.50%

0.181

0.216

0.313

217

Nick Ahmed

29.90%

0.133

0.224

0.15

218

Brett Lawrie

30.00%

0.239

0.276

0.337

219

Joc Pederson

30.20%

0.292

0.447

0.646

220

George Springer

30.60%

0.2

0.315

0.389

221

Bryce Harper

30.60%

0.265

0.426

0.506

222

Alex Avila

30.60%

0.167

0.344

0.25

223

Alejandro De Aza

30.90%

0.219

0.265

0.375

224

J.D. Martinez

31.00%

0.25

0.28

0.5

225

Giancarlo Stanton

31.10%

0.27

0.359

0.562

226

Brandon Moss

31.30%

0.239

0.313

0.493

227

Brandon Belt

31.30%

0.214

0.313

0.25

228

Starling Marte

31.90%

0.253

0.3

0.506

229

Chris Iannetta

32.80%

0.086

0.194

0.103

230

Michael Taylor

35.50%

0.271

0.306

0.475

231

Adam LaRoche

35.70%

0.203

0.298

0.351

232

Jorge Soler

36.40%

0.261

0.333

0.398

233

Chris Carter

36.70%

0.152

0.256

0.241

234

Steven Souza

36.80%

0.214

0.305

0.393

235

Anthony Gose

37.10%

0.322

0.355

0.475

236

Chris Davis

37.50%

0.26

0.33

0.519

237

Mike Zunino

37.80%

0.136

0.216

0.288

238

Tim Beckham

38.30%

0.259

0.317

0.481

239

Colby Rasmus

38.50%

0.268

0.333

0.577

So the players that really jumped out at me were the guys at the top and bottom of this list.  Brantley has always been an excellent contact hitter and stands atop the leaderboard, but look at some of these other notables:

Ender Inciarte, OF, Ari

It seems that Ender is really enjoying the thin Arizona air this year as he's the #57 hitter on the ESPN player rater, and his lack of K's are helping the cause.  Not surprisingly he's making contact on over 90% of his swings this year, and is off to a strong start

Josh Reddick, OF, Oak

Another player off to a very good start. His contact rates are all above average or career bests, and his swinging strike rate is at a miniscule 5.2%.  His babip is .386 as of Sunday night, and while this is bound to change, he's at an incredible 30% line drive rate, indicating that he's been absolutely crushing the pitches he swings at this year, so the babip hasn't been boosted by a few lucky hops.

Colby Rasmus, OF, Hou

Rasmus has been fairly productive so far, but it's hard to imagine his success will be alive for much longer when he's whiffing at a league-leading rate.  Rasmus has never been a good contact hitter, but for him to get significantly worse than he's ever been, while off to a very good statistical production start makes me think this is a lot of smoke and mirrors.

If you have any questions about other players, ask about them in the comments section below.