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Austin Jackson’s Hot Start

Posted by Steve Lombardi on May 1, 2010

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder - players since 1952 with 11+ games of 2+ hits within the first 25 games of their career:

Rk Gcar Player #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1   Mark Lewis 13 Ind. Games 61 56 31 8 0 0 11 4 6 .554 .583 .696 1.280 1 0 0 0 1
2   Curtis Goodwin 13 Ind. Games 55 50 27 2 0 0 4 2 8 .540 .566 .580 1.146 2 0 0 1 0
3   Delmon Young 12 Ind. Games 53 50 28 9 1 2 8 0 4 .560 .566 .900 1.466 0 1 0 2 0
4   Bill Virdon 12 Ind. Games 55 51 28 4 1 3 6 4 3 .549 .582 .843 1.425 0 0 0 0 1
5   Jose Lind 12 Ind. Games 58 53 26 3 3 0 5 3 3 .491 .518 .660 1.178 2 0 0 0 2
6   Matt Kata 12 Ind. Games 60 55 28 6 0 5 10 5 6 .509 .550 .891 1.441 0 0 0 0 1
7   Austin Jackson 12 Ind. Games 58 54 28 4 2 1 4 4 12 .519 .552 .722 1.274 0 0 0 0 1
8   Richie Hebner 12 Ind. Games 56 53 28 6 2 2 9 2 1 .528 .545 .830 1.376 1 0 0 0 2
9   Jeff Francoeur 12 Ind. Games 48 48 29 6 0 6 16 0 5 .604 .604 1.104 1.708 0 0 0 0 2
10   Darin Erstad 12 Ind. Games 66 56 28 1 0 3 10 8 4 .500 .554 .679 1.232 1 1 1 0 0
11   Chris Chambliss 12 Ind. Games 51 46 26 4 1 2 12 5 5 .565 .608 .826 1.434 0 0 0 0 0
12   Rocco Baldelli 12 Ind. Games 58 53 27 6 2 0 10 1 12 .509 .509 .698 1.207 1 2 0 1 1
13   Ichiro Suzuki 11 Ind. Games 54 52 27 2 1 1 6 2 2 .519 .537 .654 1.191 0 0 1 0 0
14   Kevin Stocker 11 Ind. Games 48 44 24 1 1 1 8 4 4 .545 .583 .682 1.265 0 0 2 0 0
15   Steve Staggs 11 Ind. Games 54 50 24 5 2 2 12 4 6 .480 .519 .780 1.299 0 0 0 0 1
16   Benito Santiago 11 Ind. Games 47 46 23 2 0 4 7 0 6 .500 .489 .804 1.294 0 1 0 0 0
17   Pablo Sandoval 11 Ind. Games 46 43 23 2 1 1 11 1 3 .535 .522 .698 1.219 0 2 1 0 1
18   Ernie Riles 11 Ind. Games 50 48 23 1 1 2 13 1 5 .479 .480 .667 1.147 0 1 0 0 1
19   Doug Rader 11 Ind. Games 48 44 23 4 1 2 11 1 5 .523 .521 .795 1.316 0 2 0 1 0
20   Kirby Puckett 11 Ind. Games 50 49 27 1 0 0 5 1 4 .551 .560 .571 1.131 0 0 0 0 0
21   Mitchell Page 11 Ind. Games 50 46 27 6 0 6 19 4 3 .587 .620 1.109 1.729 0 0 1 0 0
22   Bill Madlock 11 Ind. Games 45 41 23 5 2 1 5 3 4 .561 .600 .854 1.454 0 0 0 1 0
23   Fred Lynn 11 Ind. Games 49 38 26 3 2 5 21 8 4 .684 .729 1.263 1.992 1 1 2 1 0
24   Harvey Kuenn 11 Ind. Games 52 50 26 1 2 0 6 1 0 .520 .529 .620 1.149 1 0 1 0 1
25   Ricky Jordan 11 Ind. Games 46 46 24 5 0 3 11 0 5 .522 .522 .826 1.348 0 0 0 0 2
26   Brian Hunter 11 Ind. Games 62 59 31 4 2 1 9 2 7 .525 .548 .712 1.260 0 0 0 1 0
27   Bo Hart 11 Ind. Games 58 54 31 4 2 1 8 2 7 .574 .589 .778 1.367 2 0 0 0 0
28   Ken Griffey 11 Ind. Games 50 47 27 5 1 1 6 3 5 .574 .600 .787 1.387 0 0 0 0 0
29   Julio Gonzalez 11 Ind. Games 51 49 24 5 1 0 6 2 1 .490 .510 .633 1.142 0 0 0 0 0
30   Gil Flores 11 Ind. Games 52 48 24 5 3 0 9 3 2 .500 .529 .729 1.259 1 0 0 0 1
31   Daric Barton 11 Ind. Games 52 46 24 8 1 3 5 6 6 .522 .577 .935 1.512 0 0 0 0 1
32   Harry Agganis 11 Ind. Games 51 46 23 3 1 1 9 4 3 .500 .540 .674 1.214 1 0 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/1/2010.

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Some interesting names on this list - including some who didn't do all that well after the nice starts to their career.

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9 Responses to “Austin Jackson’s Hot Start”

  1. I am mad that I drafted Jackson in a fantasy draft in February and then cut him in March after reading negative predictions on him in Baseball Prospectus. This reminds me that I have had bad fantasy seasons whenever I buy that book.

  2. Interesting how few "greats" are on this list. One HOFer, one future HOFer, and a couple of borderliners in Kuenn, Lynn and Griffey, otherwise this is a pretty mediocre list of players. I would have thought a lot more of the greats would be on here.

  3. Good to see the Golden Greek! He's one of my alma mater's greatest athletes.

  4. Chauncey Says:

    @Zachary
    You should be proud of your alma mater's players' cumulative .302 BA! May I suggest sponsoring the site's BU page?

  5. Spartan Bill Says:

    He is already 2 for 2 in the 3rd inning today against Weaver.

    Goodwin had 2 hits in his 26th game, but leis didn't. so Austin Jackson is now tied for 2nd on this list behind Curtis Goodwin.

  6. Interesting that BU has a combined .302 average for all players in the majors. However, the only person with a higher average than .300 is Mickey Cochrane with .320. Shows a thing or two about sample size

  7. zlionsfan Says:

    This list is also a good illustration of the dangers of conclusions based on small sample sizes. If someone were to say "This just goes to show that Austin Jackson is definitely going to be a quality hitter" or something of the sort, you could respond "Yeah, like Matt Kata", and they still wouldn't get it. (I'm sure someone on TV has already made a comment to the effect that Jackson has an outstanding career in front of him.)

    Pretty much any list with a relatively small number of games is going to look like this one, with some duds, some stars, and some in-between players. Look at, say, most hitless games in first 25 (4 PAs or more per game), or most multi-HR games in first 50.

    They sure are fun to create, though!

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