Full Counting

Mike Trout has eight hits on full counts, the most in the majors. He's hitting .471 when the count is full.

Mike Trout has eight hits on full counts, the most in the majors. He’s hitting .471 when the count is full.


There is something inherently exciting about full counts, just by virtue of it being an ultimate pitch.

Seeing a batter often reach a full count is a good thing and not so good for pitchers. Working the count full means a minimum of six pitches in a plate appearance. This is particularly significant as the current average P/PA is 3.85.

Nine to Know: Teams whose pitchers have produced the fewest full counts

Pitchers hold batters to a .208/.454/.337 slash line on full counts which why it’s good thing that the Pirates pitchers produce the fewest 3-2 counts. The Braves 6.74 P/PA represents the MLB average which is why the A’s pitchers are so very impressive both with a low pitch count and a low BAA. Of course, the Braves pitchers are amazing on just about every count.

2014 Fewest full counts (by team)
G PA P/PA H XBH HR BB K AVG OBP SLUG
1. Pittsburgh Pirates 25 97 6.90 14 5 4 41 14 .250 .567 .482
2. Detroit Tigers 20 102 6.69 13 3 1 27 31 .183 .406 .254
3. Atlanta Braves 23 112 6.74 10 4 1 33 32 .127 .384 .203
4. Philadelphia Phillies 25 112 6.70 15 5 2 28 22 .181 .384 .313
5. San Francisco Giants 25 112 6.86 21 9 3 26 32 .247 .429 .435
6. St. Louis Cardinals 27 113 6.70 14 2 1 31 33 .175 .407 .225
7. Oakland Athletics 25 114 6.54 13 4 0 33 34 .160 .404 .210
8. Miami Marlins 25 115 6.86 14 6 2 40 24 .192 .487 .329
9. Minnesota Twins 22 117 6.77 17 6 3 33 24 .205 .427 .349

 

Nine to Know: Teams whose pitchers have produced the most full counts

Check out the Jays slash line on full counts.  Ugh! The Angels have too many 3-2 counts, but at least they are effective.

2014 Most full counts (by team)
G PA P/PA H XBH HR BB K AVG OBP SLUG
1. Chicago White Sox 27 186 6.70 23 7 1 66 34 .193 .478 .269
2. Arizona Diamondbacks 29 154 6.81 26 10 2 49 37 .252 .494 .398
3. Los Angeles Angels 25 153 6.63 14 4 3 45 48 .130 .386 .222
4. Los Angeles Dodgers 26 152 6.68 15 6 0 45 38 .143 .408 .200
5. Toronto Blue Jays 25 145 6.72 30 11 3 54 25 .337 .593 .539
6. Houston Astros 25 138 6.68 26 7 2 50 30 .299 .558 .425
7. Washington Nationals 26 137 6.74 25 9 0 46 30 .284 .526 .409
8. Milwaukee Brewers 26 135 6.74 14 4 1 36 41 .141 .370 .202
9. Kansas City Royals 24 134 6.59 17 3 1 33 44 .170 .381 .230

 

Nine to Know: Teams whose batters have produced the most full counts

The Twins and Red Sox sure know how to work the count, too bad they don’t hit better. And then there are the Astros.

2014 Most full counts (by team)
G PA P/PA H XBH HR BB K AVG OBP SLUG
1. Minnesota Twins 23 182 6.59 23 11 4 61 48 .192 .467 .358
2. Oakland Athletics 26 158 6.71 21 6 1 62 38 .221 .525 .305
3. Boston Red Sox 26 153 6.83 19 5 1 53 34 .194 .484 .265
4. Cleveland Indians 26 151 6.79 24 9 3 44 38 .226 .450 .368
5. Arizona Diamondbacks 29 142 6.75 24 8 0 31 38 .216 .387 .288
6. Tampa Bay Rays 26 141 6.54 20 5 2 44 28 .206 .454 .299
7. Philadelphia Phillies 25 140 6.68 20 6 1 40 27 .202 .436 .283
8. Houston Astros 26 139 6.56 15 4 2 49 39 .167 .460 .267
9. Miami Marlins 25 138 6.76 24 7 1 43 34 .253 .486 .368

 

Nine to Know: Teams whose batters have produced the fewest full counts

Look at the Reds BAA on full counts. Miserable is the word that comes to mind.

2014 Fewest full counts (by team)
G PA P/PA H XBH HR BB K AVG OBP SLUG
1. Kansas City Royals 22 87 6.97 12 3 1 19 20 .176 .356 .265
2. Milwaukee Brewers 24 95 6.80 10 4 1 32 26 .159 .442 .270
3. Baltimore Orioles 24 96 6.68 17 7 0 33 21 .270 .521 .397
4. Cincinnati Reds 25 96 6.72 6 2 2 31 25 .094 .385 .188
5. Colorado Rockies 26 111 6.83 13 5 2 39 25 .186 .477 .329
6. Detroit Tigers 20 112 6.75 15 4 1 33 28 .192 .438 .269
7. Seattle Mariners 22 114 6.82 21 9 4 27 32 .244 .430 .442
8. Chicago Cubs 24 115 6.76 16 5 2 31 35 .193 .409 .313
9. Los Angeles Dodgers 26 120 6.77 21 6 1 36 23 .256 .487 .354

 

Nine to Know: Pitchers who have produced the most full counts

Maybe it has to do with having initials instead of a first name, but the pitchers with the most full counts are C.J. Wilson, A.J. Burnett, and R.A. Dickey. But at least they each have good batting averages against as opposed to some other pitchers (hello, Jon Lester).

2014 Pitchers with the most full counts
G PA P/PA H XBH HR BB K AVG OBP SLUG
1. C.J. Wilson (LAA) 5 33 6.61 3 0 0 8 13 .120 .333 .120
2. A.J. Burnett (PHI) 6 28 6.75 3 1 0 8 6 .158 .393 .211
3. R.A. Dickey (TOR) 6 27 6.59 3 0 0 10 5 .188 .519 .188
4. Hyun-jin Ryu (LAD) 7 27 6.89 4 1 0 5 4 .190 .370 .238
5. Dallas Keuchel (HOU) 5 27 6.41 6 2 0 5 7 .273 .407 .364
6. Yovani Gallardo (MIL) 6 26 6.69 3 1 0 7 5 .158 .385 .211
7. Jose Quintana (CWS) 5 26 6.73 6 3 1 7 5 .316 .500 .579
8. Jon Lester (BOS) 6 26 7.42 7 3 1 5 7 .333 .462 .571
9. Jake Peavy (BOS) 5 26 6.88 2 1 0 9 8 .118 .423 .176

 

Batters who have produced the most full counts

Really impressive batting performances on 3-2 pitches from Mike Napoli, Jhonny Peralta, Shin-Soo Choo, Trevor Plouffe, Carlos Santana, and Christian Yelich. But what’s the deal with Brian Dozier and Joey Votto?

2014 Pitchers with the most full counts
G PA P/PA H XBH HR BB K AVG OBP SLUG
1. Mike Napoli (BOS) 17 26 7.00 5 1 0 10 7 .313 .577 .375
2. Jhonny Peralta (STL) 18 25 7.04 5 3 1 9 5 .313 .560 .625
3. Jason Kubel (MIN) 15 25 6.60 4 3 0 7 9 .222 .440 .389
4. Carlos Santana (CLE) 18 25 6.56 5 2 1 9 5 .313 .560 .563
5. Brian Dozier (MIN) 16 25 6.72 1 1 1 11 4 .071 .480 .286
6. Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) 16 24 6.46 5 1 0 5 7 .263 .417 .316
7. Trevor Plouffe (MIN) 16 23 6.43 6 2 0 6 6 .375 .565 .500
8. Shin-Soo Choo (TEX) 13 23 6.70 5 2 0 10 4 .417 .652 .667
9. Joey Votto (CIN) 15 23 7.13 1 0 0 11 3 .083 .522 .083
10. Christian Yelich (MIA) 15 23 6.91 5 1 0 7 3 .313 .522 .438
11. Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 15 23 6.91 4 3 1 10 3 .308 .609 .692