Each year we give the Flat Bat Award to baseball’s best bunter, and it’s time to hand out the 2010 award. First, let’s look at the best bunters in sacrifice situations. Here are the best sacrifice bunters in baseball for 2010, listed in order of most sacrifices:
|2010 Sacrifice Hit Leaders|
|Player||Successful Sacrifices||Sacrifice Attempts||Percentage|
|Clayton Kershaw, LAD||18||18||100%|
|Elvis Andrus, TEX||17||17||100%|
|Chone Figgins, SEA||17||19||89%|
|Ryan Dempster, CHC||16||17||94%|
|Nyjer Morgan, WAS||15||15||100%|
|Juan Pierre, CWS||15||21||71%|
Now we have the best at bunting for hits, listed in order of most bunt hits in 2010. As you can see, the most successful bunters have a very high average when bunting for a hit. Of the 23 players who attempted at least 10 bunt base hits in 2010, their combined average on bunts was .490.
|2010 Bunt Hit Leaders|
|Player, Team||Successful Bunt Hits||Bunt Hit Attempts||Average|
|Erick Aybar, LAA||18||35||.514|
|Julio Borbon, TEX||17||30||.567|
|Elvis Andrus, TEX||12||18||.667|
|Angel Pagan, NYM||12||18||.667|
|Gregor Blanco, KC/ATL||12||17||.706|
Last year’s Flat Bat award winner Erick Aybar again led the league with 18 bunt hits (in 35 attempts). Rangers rookie Julio Borbon gave Aybar a run for his money with 17 bunts hits. However, Aybar was also 11 for 13 in sac bunt attempts, giving him an edge over Borbon (8 for 11).
Congratulations to Erick Aybar for successfully defending his Flat Bat title!
Used with permission from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week®, www.statoftheweek.com.