2014 Most Shifted Players

I have been asked a few times to list the hitters who where shifted the most in 2014 along with their results. Well, here they are along with a few thoughts.

Hitters who hit into a shift 100 or more times during the 2014 season.

Name Bats Hits vs Shift Batted Balls into Shift Shift BABIP No Shift BABIP BABIP Diff XBH% w/ Shift XBH% w/o Shift XBH% Diff
David Ortiz L 93 369 0.252 0.150 0.251 0.102 6.8% 5.0% 6.6% 0.018
Ryan Howard L 87 318 0.274 0.467 0.293 -0.193 5.4% 6.7% 5.8% -0.013
Brian McCann L 67 311 0.215 0.268 0.226 -0.053 3.9% 7.1% 4.2% -0.033
Albert Pujols R 79 271 0.292 0.254 0.271 0.037 6.6% 4.9% 7.6% 0.017
Brandon Moss L 70 255 0.275 0.268 0.278 0.006 7.1% 7.3% 7.3% -0.003
Lucas Duda L 62 245 0.253 0.321 0.292 -0.068 8.2% 7.1% 7.9% 0.010
Mark Teixeira B 52 238 0.219 0.222 0.228 -0.004 3.8% 5.6% 4.1% -0.018
Adam LaRoche L 65 232 0.280 0.317 0.284 -0.037 7.8% 3.3% 6.0% 0.044
Mike Moustakas L 52 230 0.226 0.214 0.220 0.012 5.7% 7.1% 5.9% -0.015
Chris Davis L 53 230 0.230 0.353 0.236 -0.123 6.1% 17.7% 6.6% -0.116
Matt Adams L 83 222 0.374 0.333 0.342 0.041 9.9% 10.6% 9.8% -0.007
Adam Dunn L 68 221 0.308 0.300 0.296 0.008 8.1% 10.0% 8.0% -0.019
Anthony Rizzo L 70 219 0.320 0.300 0.308 0.020 7.8% 6.7% 8.2% 0.011
Carlos Santana B 59 217 0.272 0.250 0.246 0.022 5.5% 6.8% 6.0% -0.013
Kyle Seager L 65 204 0.319 0.244 0.282 0.075 9.3% 6.3% 7.0% 0.030
Victor Martinez B 67 202 0.332 0.318 0.329 0.014 6.4% 8.4% 7.4% -0.020
Jose Bautista R 50 199 0.251 0.323 0.281 -0.072 5.5% 5.1% 6.3% 0.005
Jay Bruce L 54 189 0.286 0.216 0.263 0.070 7.4% 0.0% 6.7% 0.074
Garrett Jones L 50 184 0.272 0.292 0.280 -0.020 8.2% 11.2% 9.5% -0.031
Edwin Encarnacion R 48 184 0.261 0.209 0.244 0.052 7.6% 5.8% 7.2% 0.018
Curtis Granderson L 52 183 0.284 0.315 0.269 -0.031 8.7% 8.7% 7.1% 0.000
Pedro Alvarez L 50 156 0.321 0.222 0.278 0.098 3.9% 7.9% 5.5% -0.041
Chris Carter R 45 155 0.290 0.279 0.271 0.012 8.4% 10.1% 8.0% -0.017
Freddie Freeman L 44 154 0.286 0.352 0.337 -0.066 7.1% 13.3% 9.8% -0.061
Adrian Gonzalez L 45 151 0.298 0.277 0.294 0.021 9.3% 10.2% 9.2% -0.009
Raul Ibanez L 27 144 0.188 0.250 0.208 -0.063 6.9% 10.0% 7.1% -0.031
Evan Longoria R 36 143 0.252 0.290 0.291 -0.038 4.9% 4.9% 5.9% 0.000
Seth Smith L 38 142 0.268 0.279 0.307 -0.011 6.3% 6.3% 10.3% 0.000
Alex Avila L 47 136 0.346 0.333 0.319 0.012 10.3% 11.9% 9.4% -0.016
Matt Joyce L 36 135 0.267 0.338 0.318 -0.071 5.9% 14.3% 8.4% -0.084
Alex Gordon L 41 132 0.311 0.296 0.303 0.015 4.6% 8.6% 8.2% -0.040
Colby Rasmus L 40 129 0.310 0.267 0.304 0.043 10.9% 13.3% 10.6% -0.025
Josh Hamilton L 48 129 0.372 0.367 0.348 0.005 13.2% 6.7% 9.8% 0.065
Carlos Beltran B 28 127 0.221 0.261 0.250 -0.040 8.7% 6.5% 7.6% 0.021
Yoenis Cespedes R 42 126 0.333 0.304 0.295 0.030 11.9% 10.7% 9.5% 0.012
Oswaldo Arcia L 41 124 0.331 0.255 0.297 0.075 8.9% 6.4% 9.5% 0.025
Juan Francisco L 34 120 0.283 0.353 0.301 -0.070 10.8% 11.8% 11.0% -0.009
Kendrys Morales B 31 118 0.263 0.250 0.247 0.013 5.9% 8.3% 7.3% -0.024
Prince Fielder L 30 108 0.278 0.250 0.284 0.028 9.3% 6.3% 8.2% 0.030
Justin Smoak B 24 106 0.226 0.270 0.249 -0.044 7.6% 10.8% 7.7% -0.033
Adam Lind L 32 106 0.302 0.475 0.380 -0.173 9.4% 13.6% 10.6% -0.041
Josh Reddick L 30 104 0.289 0.389 0.305 -0.100 9.6% 7.8% 8.9% 0.018
Ike Davis L 32 104 0.308 0.232 0.262 0.076 4.8% 5.8% 6.8% -0.010
Nick Swisher B 25 100 0.250 0.275 0.271 -0.025 6.0% 8.8% 7.8% -0.028

Thoughts

• The number of players hitting into a shift over a 100 times has doubled since 2012. The total has gone from from 20 in 2012, to 16 in 2013 to 44 in 2014.

• Some hitters are beginning to make adjustments when facing the shift as Eno notes in an article at Fox Sports.

• Of this 45 hitters, the average difference in BABIP between when they hit into an infield shift and not hitting into one was 9 points worse.





Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won four FSWA Awards including on for his Mining the News series. He's won Tout Wars three times, LABR once, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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7 years ago

I love this.