I was just perusing some stats and saw that Daniel Murphy is seeing 4.72 pitches per at-bat.
That is insanely good.
The MLB average last year was 3.82.
For example, Barry Bonds, who had a phenomenal eye, saw an average of 3.87 pitches per at-bat over his career, and 4.12 in his best season.
John Olerud, who had an incredible eye and OBP, averaged 3.84 pitches per at-bat over his career and 4.13 in his best season.
So while it remains to be seen what Murphy's ceiling is, each of his at-bats is a lesson in patience and professionalism.
|NL Leaders: Pitches Seen per PA (Thru Apr. 11, 2009)|
|1||Milton Bradley||ChC||5.00 ( 110/22 )|
|2||John Baker||Fla||4.94 ( 84/17 )|
|3||Adam Dunn||Was||4.87 ( 112/23 )|
|4||Fred Lewis||SF||4.76 ( 100/21 )|
|5||Jayson Werth||Phi||4.73 ( 104/22 )|
|6||Daniel Murphy||NYM||4.72 ( 118/25 )|
|7||Adrian Gonzalez||SD||4.63 ( 111/24 )|
|8||Jeremy Hermida||Fla||4.58 ( 87/19 )|
|9||David Eckstein||SD||4.52 ( 113/25 )|
|10||Andre Ethier||LAD||4.52 ( 122/27 )|
|11t||Ryan Church||NYM||4.50 ( 99/22 )|
|11t||Lastings Milledge||Was||4.50 ( 90/20 )|
|11t||Todd Helton||Col||4.50 ( 81/18 )|
|14||Matt Kemp||LAD||4.48 ( 112/25 )|
|15||Prince Fielder||Mil||4.45 ( 98/22 )|
|16||Austin Kearns||Was||4.44 ( 80/18 )|
|17t||Mike Cameron||Mil||4.43 ( 93/21 )|
|17t||Chris Young||Ari||4.43 ( 93/21 )|
|19||Jay Bruce||Cin||4.41 ( 75/17 )|
|20||Corey Hart||Mil||4.39 ( 101/23 )|