Danny Espinosa continued his amazing rookie season last night by getting hit by a pitch from Justin De Fratis. That gives Espinosa 19 for the season, and his career. Espinosa is just the third National Leaguer to get hit that many times as a rookie, joining Frank Robinson (20 in 1956) and Charlie Babb (22 in 1903). Babb, like Espinosa, was a switch hitter, and including Babb and Espinosa there have only been 6 switch hitters ever who got hit 19 times in a season. Babb and Dave Hollins did it once each, FP Santangelo did it twice in 1997 and 1998, Dan McGann did it 6 times between 1898 and 1908, and Tommy Tucker, the first player to get hit by 200 pitches, did it 7 times between 1887 and 1895. So that’s some pretty rare company for Danny Espinosa. He’s also leading the NL by one plunk over Justin Upton. He’d be the 28th player to lead his league in plunks as a rookie, but that just goes to show you the league has always enjoyed throwing at rookies.
Randy Wolf got hit by a pitch, making him just the 11th pitcher to take a plunk this year. Last year 20 pitchers got hit by a pitch, and in 2009 there were also 20 plunks by pitchers. Wolf joins Dave Bush as the only Brewers pitchers who have been hit by a pitch in a season when they also hit at least 13 batters.