2017 was a fun year for offense, there’s no question about that. We witnessed the most total home runs in a season by a wide margin. According to baseball-almanac, 2017 saw 6,105 total home runs shattering the previous record set in 2000 at 5,693. Below are five other crazy hitting stats!
Jose Ramirez – 56 doubles!
Yes, Jose Ramirez racked up a whopping 56 doubles over 152 total games played in 2017. How crazy is this number? Well, Ramirez was only the 19th player (according to baseball-reference) in baseball history to record at least 56 doubles in a season. The last to achieve this number was Brian Roberts (2009), although Matt Carpenter came close in 2013 with 55. Can he do it again? Read More
Avisail Garcia had BABIP of .392!
.392 is a high BABIP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) for any player, albeit one who does not display blazing speed nor an upper echelon hard hit rate. Garcia certainly has some speed and fared well with a 35.3% hard hit rate, which ranked him 53 of all qualified hitters, but a .392 BABIP takes a good amount of luck. How repeatable is this? Read More
By the way, the last person to achieve a .390+ BABIP was Chris Johnson on 2013 who ended the season at .394. His BABIP the following season, while still very good, dropped to .345.
Joey Gallo had a .51 ground ball to fly ball ratio!
You really didn’t think Joey Gallo wouldn’t be on here somewhere right? Pick a number, many of them are a little crazy, but this one stands out and truly represents the type of all or nothing player Gallo is. This is the lowest ratio since Aramis Ramirez brought in a .48 ratio with a 56.8% fly ball rate in 2010. For comparison, Gallo has a 54.2% fly ball rate. Pair this high fly ball rate with a ridiculous 46.4% hard hit rate and you have a perfect storm for a lot of homeruns and a lot of outs.
Giancarlo Stanton‘s 59 home runs!
Sure, this is an obvious one, but it has to be here. Giancarlo Stanton is now one of only 10 players in MLB history to crack 59 or more home runs in a single season and the first to do so since Slammin Sammy Sosa hit an absurd 64 home runs in 2001. And you know what is crazy? He had his highest soft hit rate and the second lowest hard hit rate of his career.
Joey Votto held a 1.61 walk to strikeout ratio!
In today’s game, where it’s not uncommon to see a player a player strikeout over 30% of at bats, it’s rare you find a hitter walk more times than he strikes out – albeit walking 1.6 times per K. Votto was only the second player since 2010 to achieve a BB/K of more than 1.61. And for reference, the second best qualifier in 2017 was Justin Turner at only 1.05.