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Which position players have been the best hitters in MLB since 2010?

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What do DJ LeMahieu, Daniel Murphy and Jose Altuve have in common?

If you guessed that they each play second base, you are correct. If you also guessed that they finished 1-2-3 in highest batting average in the majors last season, you are also correct.

LeMahieu (.348), Murphy (.347) and Altuve (.338) were the top three batters last season and they all played the same position, second base.

It got me thinking about which positions have been the best batters over the past few seasons. For the sake of this blog, let’s look at the past seven MLB seasons and which position players who batted .310 or above in these seasons played.

Our results show that first baseman top the list. In the past seven seasons, there have been 20 players who hit .310 or higher in a season. All total, there were 86 players who reached this mark.

Following are the positions played by the players who hit .310 or higher in a season. (Note: A player who hit .310 or above in multiple seasons from 2010-16 was counted each season he reached this mark.)

First Basemen: 20
Second Basemen: 12
Center Fielders: 12
Third basemen: 10
Left Fielders: 8
Catchers: 8
Right Fielders: 7
Shortstops: 5
Designated Hitters: 4

 

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New York Mets’ Daniel Murphy has a post-season to remember

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Daniel Murphy

Although his team did not win the World Series, New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy was certainly a star in the just-completed MLB playoffs. Murphy, who has 62 career home runs in more than 900 games in his seven-year stint with the Mets, slugged seven home runs in the 2015 post-season, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record of eight held by Carlos Beltran, Barry Bonds and Nelson Cruz.

Murphy wasn’t the only player to go on a home run binge in this year’s playoffs. Cubs’ rookie Kyle Schwarber had five home runs in this year’s post-season.

What makes Murphy’s feat in the 2015 playoffs all the more interesting is that during the 2015 regular season he hit only 14 long balls in 130 games (his seven post-season homers came in 14 playoff games, although he went homer-less in the World Series). Of the 20 players who have hit six or more home runs in a post-season year, Murphy’s 14 HRs in the regular season is the third lowest of the 20 players. Melvin Upton in 2008 had seven home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays in their 2008 post-season run, but during the regular season Upton had only nine long balls.

Following is a look at the 20 players who had six or more HRs in a post-season year and the number of home runs they hit in the regular season that season.

Player, post-season year, HRs that post-season (HRs that regular season)

Melvin Upton, 2008, seven (9)
Pablo Sandoval, 2012, six (12)
Daniel Murphy, 2015, seven (14)
Rich Aurilia, 2002, six (15)
Larry Walker, 2004, six (17)
Ken Griffey, Jr., 1995, six (17)
Lenny Dykstra, 1993, six (19)
Nelson Cruz, 2010, six (22)
Bob Robertson, 1971, six (26)
Evan Longoria, 2008, six (27)
Nelson Cruz, 2011, eight (29)
Bernie Williams, 1996, six (29)
Tony Glaus, 2002, seven (30)
Alex Rodriguez, 2009, six (30)
Jim Thome, 1998, six (30)
Chase Utley, 2009, six (31)
Jayson Werth, 2009, seven (36)
Carlos Beltran, 2004, eight (38)
Barry Bonds, 2002, eight (46)
Albert Pujols, 2004, six (46)

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