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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Most lefty batters may be opportunists. 1903-2012 and 2015 data, including Bryce Harper.

Qualified for 2015 league batting title baseball-reference.com:

Bats RH, Throws LH: ZERO batters found

Bats LH, Throws RH: 33 found and listed below.

Bats/Throws: Executive Summary Friday, March 1, 2013

1903-2012 righties:
63% PA
73% Innings

2012 righties:
60.42% PA
70.10% Innings

For 836 batters with at least 5,000 PA since 1901:
- 99.6% of righty batters throw righty
- only 42.2% of lefty batters throw lefty; this suggests that some lefty batters may be opportunists
- 54.9% bat right, throw right (RR) ...

There is virtually no such thing as switch pitching...

It seems pretty clear that changing how one throws is extremely rare but that right handed players can learn to bat lefty, either exclusively or as switch hitters.
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For 2015, Bats LH, Throws RH, (requiring Qualified for league batting title), sorted by greatest Batting Average
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Bryce Harper
Rk Player BA Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Bryce Harper .334 2015 22 WSN NL 102 432 347 74 116 25 1 29 69 81 11 87 3 0 1 8 4 4 .463 .663 1.126 *9/8D
2 Dee Gordon .329 2015 27 MIA NL 94 421 401 49 132 17 5 1 28 13 2 64 1 4 2 5 34 14 .350 .404 .754 *4
3 Jason Kipnis .326 2015 28 CLE AL 101 468 405 66 132 31 6 6 39 47 4 69 8 2 6 2 11 7 .401 .477 .878 *4/D
4 Prince Fielder .324 2015 31 TEX AL 106 463 411 53 133 22 0 16 63 40 11 53 8 0 4 12 0 0 .391 .494 .885 *D3/H
5 Joe Panik .309 2015 24 SFG NL 97 423 375 56 116 25 2 7 35 37 0 42 4 3 4 7 3 2 .374 .443 .816 *4/H
6 Joey Votto .309 2015 31 CIN NL 105 462 372 59 115 22 2 19 51 86 6 81 3 0 1 8 6 2 .442 .532 .974 *3/H
7 Ben Revere .295 2015 27 TOT ML 103 416 390 53 115 13 6 1 27 20 0 37 1 4 1 4 24 5 .330 .367 .697 *789/H
8 Odubel Herrera .286 2015 23 PHI NL 97 339 318 41 91 22 3 5 29 12 0 77 3 5 1 5 9 4 .317 .421 .739 *8H
9 Josh Reddick .281 2015 28 OAK AL 100 391 359 45 101 17 3 13 58 29 0 39 0 0 2 5 5 1 .333 .454 .787 *9/H8
10 Daniel Murphy .278 2015 30 NYM NL 85 348 320 28 89 20 0 8 38 24 10 26 2 0 2 10 1 2 .330 .416 .746 *45/HD3
11 Mike Moustakas .277 2015 26 KCR AL 98 416 372 47 103 18 1 10 39 26 0 47 11 3 4 10 1 2 .339 .411 .750 *5/H
12 Brock Holt .275 2015 27 BOS AL 89 344 305 35 84 17 4 2 26 33 0 72 2 3 1 4 5 1 .349 .377 .726 4957/63H8
13 Christian Yelich .270 2015 23 MIA NL 90 373 337 37 91 14 1 6 28 34 0 79 2 0 0 7 12 2 .340 .371 .711 *78/H
14 Kyle Seager .269 2015 27 SEA AL 109 456 417 55 112 24 0 16 44 35 5 58 2 0 2 14 4 3 .327 .441 .768 *5
15 Kolten Wong .268 2015 24 STL NL 106 445 403 55 108 20 2 11 46 26 2 67 13 0 3 7 11 8 .330 .409 .740 *4/H
16 Robinson Cano .268 2015 32 SEA AL 104 450 418 53 112 27 1 12 50 26 3 74 3 0 3 11 2 4 .313 .423 .737 *4/DH
17 Matt Carpenter .266 2015 29 STL NL 103 444 379 64 101 29 1 15 56 58 4 87 4 0 3 3 3 2 .367 .467 .834 *5/4H3
18 Joe Mauer .264 2015 32 MIN AL 107 443 398 44 105 20 2 6 46 40 11 73 1 0 4 15 1 1 .330 .369 .699 *3D/H
19 Brandon Crawford .263 2015 28 SFG NL 105 415 376 54 99 20 4 19 70 27 4 87 8 0 4 10 4 4 .323 .489 .812 *6/H
20 Pablo Sandoval .261 2015 28 BOS AL 97 379 353 32 92 16 1 9 35 20 1 54 5 0 1 12 0 0 .309 .388 .697 *5/H
21 Stephen Vogt .260 2015 30 OAK AL 102 391 339 46 88 15 2 15 60 43 5 73 2 0 7 8 0 1 .340 .448 .789 *23H/D
22 Didi Gregorius .259 2015 25 NYY AL 101 373 340 37 88 13 1 5 32 20 0 56 6 3 4 3 4 2 .308 .347 .655 *6/H
23 Curtis Granderson .257 2015 34 NYM NL 109 465 405 59 104 21 1 17 41 55 3 109 3 0 2 2 9 4 .348 .440 .788 *9/H8
24 Brian McCann .251 2015 31 NYY AL 89 350 311 44 78 12 1 18 65 28 2 65 6 0 5 5 0 0 .320 .469 .789 *2H/3D
25 Chris Coghlan .250 2015 30 CHC NL 104 350 308 37 77 18 1 11 25 39 6 59 2 1 0 3 10 2 .338 .422 .760 *7H/4359
Rk Player BA Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS OBP SLG OPS Pos
26 Jace Peterson .250 2015 25 ATL NL 104 432 380 42 95 19 3 5 48 41 3 85 3 5 3 1 9 9 .326 .355 .681 *4/H
27 Chris Davis .248 2015 29 BAL AL 106 437 383 57 95 18 0 28 79 47 2 137 2 0 5 4 0 1 .330 .514 .844 *39D
28 Lucas Duda .247 2015 29 NYM NL 106 445 381 57 94 26 0 21 53 49 3 115 12 0 3 9 0 1 .348 .480 .829 *3/H
29 Brad Miller .245 2015 25 SEA AL 102 363 318 31 78 16 3 9 35 36 0 73 2 2 5 6 11 1 .321 .399 .721 *6/DH7498
30 Kevin Kiermaier .244 2015 25 TBR AL 105 372 353 41 86 20 11 4 21 14 0 72 2 2 1 3 11 2 .276 .397 .672 *8H/9
31 Pedro Alvarez .235 2015 28 PIT NL 99 346 311 41 73 15 0 15 53 30 7 87 2 0 3 3 2 0 .303 .428 .731 *3H/D
32 Brandon Moss .213 2015 31 TOT ML 102 402 362 37 77 18 1 15 51 34 2 112 3 0 3 10 0 0 .284 .392 .676 *93/HD
33 Luis Valbuena .213 2015 29 HOU AL 92 379 338 50 72 11 0 21 43 34 0 82 5 0 2 10 1 0 .293 .432 .725 *5/3

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