Who are the most aggressive hitters right now in baseball, the players that are the best first-pitch attackers in MLB?
Picture the best hitters in baseball, especially the guys that seem to come up to the plate looking to take a big swing at the first pitch they see. These are the players that are looking to take a hack from the on-deck circle if they could. I can picture Vladamir Guerrero in his prime, hitting pitches that bounce off of the dirt in front of home plate.
We are talking about the players that didn't go to the Ted Williams school of hitting, who preached that batters should always take the first pitch. In doing research for this project, we came across a research project by J. Eric Bickel and Dean Stotz from the University of Texas entitled "Batting Average by Count and Pitch Type, Fact and Fallacy".
Their research included detailed findings that the best hitters average about .70 points higher and slug .130 points more by swinging at the first pitch. Ted Williams is probably rolling over now in his grave.
This presentation will feature the 15 most aggressive swingers in baseball in 2012. They won't be mistaken for the "Greek God of Walks". At the end, we will include a bonus slide breaking them down into the top-five for a number of categories, including slugging, total bases and batting average.
To qualify for our list, batters must have registered at least 200 plate appearances this season as of June 5. All stats and averages were current when this was submitted for publication. Stats utilized are courtesy of ESPN.com., and a link to the stats can be found right here.