Total Pitches Seen details the total number of pitches a batter faces during the season.
More about Total Pitches Seen Leaders
Total pitches seen leaders generally have three qualities: 1) they consistently bat near the top of the lineup, thus getting more plate appearances in order to see a number of pitches, 2) they stay healthy, and 3) most importantly, they see a lot of pitches in each at bat. These batters will often also have a good batting eye, displaying a good knowledge of the strike zone. Many of these batters will often foul off a number of pitches, generally viewed as a good skill that allows them to “work the count” and wait for a mistake made by the pitcher with a pitch that a player can hit hard. Leaders in this category can be both a traditional leadoff hitter and also a power hitter more likely to hit in the third or fourth spot in the lineup.