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Baseball's Best Leadoff Hitters

Having a reliable leadoff hitter is important once a game. But these guys also get the most opportunities at the plate so you better make sure that guy can hit in any situation as well as being a spark plug in the 1st inning. Every team has a different approach with their leadoff hitter, some managers just slot their fastest player at the top of their lineup while other managers make sure whoever is leading off, has a high on base percentage. 

Jason Kipnis has been scorching hot since moving to the leadoff spot in the Indians lineup.  He hit just .253 batting 2nd and 3rd in the order, but .378 at the top.  In April he hit just .218, but May has been very kind to Kipnis, hitting .429 with 15 doubles, 3 triples and 4 home runs.  He also walked 16 times and owned a .515 OBP in May.  Kipnis scored 30 runs this past month.

Dee Gordon has been everything the Marlins hoped he would be when they traded Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Enrique Hernandez this past December.  Gordon got off to a hot start, hitting .409 in April and continued to pick up hits in May with a .351 BA.  He has been successful on 20 of his 27 stolen base attempts and has 10 doubles and 2 triples, but all of that has led to just 29 runs scored.

Billy Hamilton leads the MLB in stolen bases, but only 17 have come when batting leadoff.  The Reds have since let Zack Cozart / Brandon Phillips take over batting Hamilton 8th/9th.

Billy Burns has hit .337 as the Athletics leadoff batter, and in 95 ABs has scored 16 runs thanks to 4 doubles a triple and 2 home runs.  Burns hit 2 home runs in the Minors dating back to 2011!

Jason KipnisIndians35143543016353221191930.378209
Dee GordonMarlins482077866102029141031200.377208
Dexter FowlerCubs44175432773633142344110.246190
Brian DozierTwins31127371412383021122930.291180
Charlie BlackmonRockies44174453062724191541100.259173
Nori AokiGiants46189584871220152113110.307171
Jose AltuveAstros39162493780419241217120.302171
Curtis GrandersonMets4817541287062616254330.234166
Wil MyersPadres3013039231015281982530.3161
Jacoby EllsburyYankees3714848434012961923140.324156
Mookie BettsRed Sox3816439249151922142250.238156
Ender InciarteDiamondbacks361684837812261442160.286150
Denard SpanNationals33137432711052216101330.314148
Anthony GoseTigers3514448341031211174080.333144
Alcides EscobarRoyals391634534812211761630.276142
Adam EatonWhite Sox451854330832276133310.232139
Ben ReverePhillies4017045376201913101980.265137
Billy HamiltonReds3313729212332261027170.212123
Joc PedersonDodgers28108261330101615173710.241119
Carlos GomezBrewers281142917903171652640.254116
Josh HarrisonPirates331343423902171242230.254110
Kole CalhounAngels281113424613141382700.306107
Manny MachadoOrioles2710729177141610102320.271106
Matt CarpenterCardinals18752814110315117900.373101

Stats via FanGraphs 

Singles - 1pt
Doubles - 2pts
Triples - 3pts
Home runs - 2pts
RBI - 2pts
Runs Scored - 2pts
Walks - 1pt
Stolen Bases - 1pt

Cleveland Indians Batting Order Jason Kipnis