fielding percentage


Definition of fielding percentage 

: the average (as of a baseball fielder) determined by dividing the number of putouts and assists by the number of chances

called also fielding average

— compare batting average

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The Bruins are fourth in the Pac-12 with a .292 batting average, second in ERA at 2.98 and lead in fielding percentage at .981. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Luke Heimlich, Bryce Fehmel 'and TBA': Oregon State baseball still searching for reliable 3rd starter," 23 May 2018 The 23-year-old Puerto Rican is batting .292 with 10 home runs in 73 games with the Reading Fightin Phils and has a .971 fielding percentage in the outfield — well up from his dreadful .835 and .916 marks during his last two campaigns at third base. Ben Pope,, "Phillies prospect Jan Hernandez hopes all-star selection puts him 'on the map'," 11 July 2018 In addition, the University of South Florida commit was spectacular in the field, finishing with a .993 fielding percentage. Wells Dusenbury,, "Palm Beach 6A-1A softball player of the year: Josie Foreman, Oxbridge Academy sophomore," 20 June 2018 But closing games was a constant problem – highlighted by a 4-16 record in games decided by two runs or less – and ASU's fielding percentage plunged to No. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU 'staying the course' with baseball coach Tracy Smith for 'very important' 2019 season," 29 May 2018 Defense After finishing last in the NL in fielding percentage in 2017, the Brewers are an improved lot defensively this year. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: 5 reasons the Milwaukee Brewers will make the playoffs this season," 26 June 2018 Freddy Galvis, who led major league shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage and has made a number of fantastic plays this spring, booted a routine grounder in the first inning. Kevin Acee,, "Renfroe homers, fringe relievers shine in Padres tie with D'backs," 17 Mar. 2018 Rolen is the fifth-best defender ever at third base according to one analytics site, Fangraphs, and in the top 20 of all time by traditional stats such as fielding percentage. Ben Rowen, The Atlantic, "Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry," 15 June 2018 In 152 chances, Lux had just three errors for a .980 fielding percentage. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Baranek: Former Tinley Park standout Lexxie Lux leads the way as sophomore at St. Xavier," 13 June 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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