AJ Burnett hit Alcides Escobar with a pitch yesterday, which puts Escobar in a not very exclusive club of 92 players who have been plunked by AJ Burnett. That plunk was Burnett’s 100th, and he joins Tim Hudson among this season’s new members of the 100 plunk club for pitchers. Burnett is the 85th pitcher in major league history to hit 100 batters, and he’s the 12th pitcher who once plunked Craig Biggio to reach that milestone. Burnett leads all players born in Arkansas in hitting batters, and he’s third among pitchers born in 1977 or later. Burnett has hit 4 batters on June 10th.
Aroldis Chapman broke this seasons record for fastest moving HBP, hitting Matt Young with a pitch recorded at 100.0 mph. Matt Young got his money’s worth for that plunk though, because he drove in a run with it, and also scored another run after reaching on the 100mph plunk. Young had never been hit by a pitch before, and Chapman had never hit a batter in a bases loaded situation. Young is the 11th player since 1969 to have his first career plunk be an RBI plunk, and also score a run after reaching base on it. John Jaso was the most recent to do that, on April 24, 2010.
Ryan Braun picked up his 43rd plunk and the 37th of the season for the Brewers. Through 60 games, the Brewers are on pace to get hit by 100 pitches today. (Today’s post brought to you by the number 100.)
David DeJesus picked up his 88th career plunk yesterday, and it was the 3rd time he’s been plunked on June 10th.