True Lefty Hitters vs. Right-Handed Converts

Most left-handed hitters in the majors aren’t truly left-handed. They are naturally right-handed and learned to bat left-handed. From 2002 to 2013 only 43% of all left-handed plate appearances were from left handed throwers.

I thought the there may be a somewhat different batted ball profiles for the two groups such as right-handed throwers are more fly-ball prone. After totaling the values from 2002 to 2013, the results are almost identical:

Throwing Hand PA AVG OBP SLG OPS NIBB% K% GB% LD% FB% OFFB% IFFB%
Left 874648 0.271 0.343 0.429 0.772 8.6% 18.0% 43.2% 20.0% 34.7% 31.5% 3.2%
Right 1149769 0.266 0.340 0.421 0.761 8.8% 18.5% 42.9% 20.1% 35.5% 32.1% 3.4%

And here is the percentage mix for hits:

Throwing Hand 1B 2B 3B HR
Left 66.4% 19.8% 2.8% 10.9%
Right 66.3% 20.0% 2.5% 11.1%

The only possible differences would be in FB% and K% being higher for right-handed throwers.

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2 thoughts on “True Lefty Hitters vs. Right-Handed Converts

  1. not sure about this. there was nytimes piece a few years ago about the proliferation of Canadian hockey players that hold the stick “left-handed” compared to Americans. the argument for why is that when a kid is very little when they start it is more natural to hold the stick with their dominant hand on top. maybe the same is true for baseball players that first pick up a bat at a young age. it could be more comfortable to hold it “left handed” and that is what they get used to.
    they never get comfortable holding it the other way

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