Atlanta Braves: 2019 Statistical Leaders on Offense
Strikeouts – Acuna amassed 188 strikeouts last season, good (or bad) for 33 strikeouts more than second place. Interestingly enough, the three players who struck out the most were also the top three in home runs on the team.
Beanballs – If you asked me to guess, I’d say Acuna was the easy choice for most bruises on the team. It was a lot closer than I thought, Acuna
finished with nine and Josh Donaldson earned second place with eight.
Grounded into Double Plays – A result of hitting with runners on base so often, Freddie Freeman led the team with 17 ground balls that led to double plays.
Stolen Bases – The team leader threatened to become the fifth member of Major League Baseball’s 40/40 club. He came up just a little shy in steals but still led the team. This one is not even close. Ronald Acuna Jr. had more stolen bases (37) than the second, third, and fourth place combined. Here’s a visual.
- Ronald Acuna – 37 stolen bases
- Ozzie Albies/ Dansby Swanson/ Ender Inciarte – 32 stolen bases
Caught Stealing – Acuna finished with an 80% success rate on stolen bases. He had 46 attempts and was caught nine times.
Batting Average – Of players with at least 50 plate appearances, late-season acquisition, and defensive specialist, Adeiny Hechavarria, finished first on the team in average with a .328. Hechavarria only played in 24 games for the Braves so if we raise the minimum plate appearances then we have a three-way tie.
Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, and Matt Joyce all finished with a .295 batting average for the 2019 NL East Champions.