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Adam Wainwright makes his case for the Home Run Derby - A Hunt and Peck

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Waino adds his name to the growing list of pitchers interested in the contest this year.

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Pitchers are rarely known for their hitting prowess. While some pitchers are better hitters than most, more often than not the last position player on the bench will be a superior hitter than a pitcher.

That does not mean pitchers do not take a great deal of pride in their hitting ability. In fact, a small wave of pitchers have come forward requesting admission (somewhat jokingly, of course) into the Home Run Derby. Adam Wainwright is the most recent pitcher to make his case:

And his case is not too bad:

Player ISO AVG SLG wRC+
A 0.271 0.285 0.556 156
B 0.391 0.261 0.652 138

Player A is Matt Carpenter. Player B is Adam Wainwright.

And compared to his fellow pitchers in 2016, he fares ever better:

Player ISO AVG SLG wRC+
Adam Wainwright 0.391 0.261 0.652 138
Madison Bumgarner 0.206 0.147 0.353 45
Jake Arrieta 0.138 0.276 0.414 107

I think Waino would agree that he probably does not actually belong in the Home Run Derby, but as far a pitchers go this season, he might be the closest to qualifying.

Adam Wainwright joins all the #PitchersWhoRake who want in on the T-Mobile Home Run Derby | MLB.com

Madison Bumgarner is only pitcher worthy of the Home Run Derby. | Sports on Earth

Wainwright, Bumgarner, Arrieta want in on Home Run Derby | SweetSpot | ESPN

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