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September 27, 2013

Raising Aces

A Taxonomy of Pitcher Triples

by Doug Thorburn


Last week, we ventured into the world of pitcher offense by taking a look at the top 10 home runs that were hit by hurlers this season. At the time that the article was published, there had been 20 homers hit by pitchers on the year, but Jhoulys Chacin did some afternoon yardwork for pitcher bomb no. 21 last Friday. It was the first homer of the year for a Rockies pitcher, and prior to the blast the Rox were one of just two National League clubs whose pitchers had not hit either a home run or a triple on the season (the Pirates are now alone in that distinction).

As one would expect, pitcher triples are even more rare than pitcher homers, and there have been just 10 three-baggers hit by moundsmen this season. There are multiple factors that can make a pitcher triple possible, including ballpark configurations and outfield miscues in addition to hard-hit baseballs and good hustle. I reviewed each of the 10 pitcher triples hit this season, and found that they can be separated into a few unique categories.

Let's take a look.

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