Kershaw Wins 'Flat Bat Award 2010'

John Dewan's Stat of the week presents his annual "Flat Bat Award 2010" to Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw for recording 18 sacrifice bunts in 18 attempts during the 2010 season.

First, let's look at the best bunters in sacrifice situations. Here are the best sacrifice bunters in baseball for 2010, listed in order of most sacrifices:

2010 Sacrifice Hit Leaders

                     Succ  Att  Pct
Clayton Kershaw, LA   18   18   100%
Elvis Andrus, TX      17   17   100%
Chone Figgins, Sea    17   18    89%
Ryan Dempster, Chi    16   17    94%
Nyjer Morgan, Wash    15   15   100%
Juan Pierre, CWS      15   21    71%
Now we list the best at bunting for hits, in order of most bunt hits in 2010. As you can see, the most successful bunters have a very high average when bunting for a hit. Of the 23 players who attempted at least 10 bunt base hits in 2010, their combined average on bunts was .490.

2010 Bunt Hit Leaders
                    Hits  Att  Ave
Erik Aybar, LAA      18   35   .514
Julio Borbon, Tex    17   30   .567
Elvis Andrus, TX     12   18   .667
Angel Pagan, NYM     12   17   .706
Last year's Flat Bat award winner Erick Aybar again led the league with 18 bunt hits (in 35 attempts). Rangers rookie Julio Borbon gave Aybar a run for his money with 17 bunts hits. However, Aybar was also 11 for 13 in sac bunt attempts, giving him an edge over Borbon (8 for 11).

Congratulations to Erick Aybar for successfully defending his Flat Bat title!

"Used with permission from John Dewan's Stat of the Week®, www.statoftheweek.com."

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