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Pitcher Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) Leaders: 2015 MLB Season

Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) is a pitching statistic that measures the rate of batters balls hit into the field of play that end up as hits. BABIP is often used to highlight pitchers that are having an unlucky or lucky season as the average ball hit into play will land around 0.300 of the time and pitchers that deviate far from this average are considered to be either lucky (low BABIP) or unlucky (high BABIP).

BABIP = Hits - Home Runs / At Bats - Strikeouts - HR + Sacrifice Flies

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Pitching batting average on balls in play (BABIP) leaders allow the lowest percentage of at bats that result in the ball being put in play (with the exception of home runs and sacrifice flies) to result in a single, double, or triple. The league average for BABIP is usually around .300, meaning about 30% of the time the ball is put into play against any given pitcher it will result in a hit other than a home run. The individual league leaders in BABIP will generally have a mark around .250, meaning they’ll allow a non-home run hit about 25% of the time. BABIP can greatly be influenced by luck as well as a team’s defense, so the individual BABIP leaders can change significantly from year to year. Pitchers with considerably high BABIP's in one season are thought to likely improve the next season, while pitcher with considerably low BABIP's are thought to likely decline in the next season. 

Pitcher Batting Average on Balls in Play - BABIP
1Marco EstradaTOR0.217
2Zack GreinkeARI0.232
3Jake ArrietaCHC0.247
4Hector SantiagoLAA0.254
5Sonny GrayOAK0.256
6R.A. DickeyTOR0.258
7Dan HarenCHC0.260
8Mike LeakeSF0.263
9Dallas KeuchelHOU0.269
10Erasmo RamirezTB0.273
11Max ScherzerWAS0.273
12Jake OdorizziTB0.274
13Scott KazmirHOU0.276
14Michael WachaSTL0.276
15Matt HarveyNYM0.277
16Garrett RichardsLAA0.277
17Jacob deGromNYM0.277
18Trevor BauerCLE0.279
19Danny SalazarCLE0.279
20Clayton KershawLAD0.283
21Johnny CuetoKC0.284
22Madison BumgarnerSF0.284
23Mike FiersHOU0.285
24Tom KoehlerMIA0.286
25Jimmy NelsonMIL0.288
26Shelby MillerATL0.289
27Mark BuehrleTOR0.289
28Kyle GibsonMIN0.290
29Jason HammelCHC0.290
30Felix HernandezSEA0.291
31Colby LewisTEX0.291
32Rubby De La RosaARI0.292
33David PriceBOS0.292
34Julio TeheranATL0.293
35Wei-Yin ChenBAL0.293
36Edinson VolquezKC0.293
37Taijuan WalkerSEA0.293
38Francisco LirianoPIT0.294
39Chris TillmanBAL0.296
40Chris ArcherTB0.297
41Aaron HarangPHI0.297
42Cole HamelsTEX0.297
43Alfredo SimonDET0.298
44Kyle HendricksCHC0.300
45Chris HestonSF0.300
46Corey KluberCLE0.300
47John LackeyCHC0.301
48James ShieldsSD0.303
49Yovani GallardoTEX0.303
50Carlos CarrascoCLE0.304
51Jeff SamardzijaSF0.305
52Jordan ZimmermannDET0.306
53Ian KennedySD0.306
54Jon LesterCHC0.306
55Yordano VenturaKC0.308
56Gerrit ColePIT0.308
57Wade MileySEA0.309
58Jonathon NiesePIT0.309
59John DanksCWS0.309
60Ubaldo JimenezBAL0.310
61Bartolo ColonNYM0.311
62Brett AndersonLAD0.312
63Collin McHughHOU0.312
64J.A. HappTOR0.313
65Jeff LockePIT0.317
66CC SabathiaNYY0.320
67Tyson RossSD0.322
68Alex WoodLAD0.322
69Anthony DeSclafaniCIN0.324
70Chris SaleCWS0.324
71Carlos MartinezSTL0.324
72Lance LynnSTL0.325
73Jose QuintanaCWS0.330
74Rick PorcelloBOS0.333
75Andrew CashnerSD0.335
76Mike PelfreyDET0.336
77A.J. BurnettPIT0.338
78Gio GonzalezWAS0.343
Pitcher Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) Leaders By Season:
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