Friday Night Lights

Here are this season's Friday-night splits for every Division-I college hitter that entered the year on Baseball America's Top 100 list.

While not always the case, in general, college teams throw their aces on Friday nights. On average, hitters will face better velocity on Friday nights than any other night of the week. At the very least, Friday night starters will be around the strike zone. But, while the data might provide a little insight into how a hitter has done against better competition, it should be taken with a pretty sizable grain of salt, for a few reasons:

1. Sample size. Simply put, 30-40 plate appearances is just far too small of a sample size from which to draw any real conclusions. Look no further than the MLB leaderboards to understand why. Does anyone really think Scott Podsednik and Ivan Rodriguez are going to win batting crowns this year?

2. Level of competition. Not all Friday starters are created equal. Cody Stanley at UNC Wilmington just isn't facing the same caliber of arms that  Zack Cox and Andy Wilkins face at Arkansas.

3. Scheduling differences. Looking at how players hit on Fridays is a quick-and-dirty way to see how hitters are doing against some of the best pitchers they'll face in a given season (although it's a lot dirtier than it is quick). However, there are many reasons why it sometimes doesn't work out that way. Some teams play series on Thursday-Friday-Saturday; pitchers get hurt; some teams' best pitchers are Saturday starters, etc.

With those caveats out of the way, let's look at the numbers, with category leaders in bold:

PLAYER H AB 2B 3B HR SO BB HBP TB PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Kolbrin Vitek, 2b, Ball State 19 37 5 1 3 5 5 2 35 44 .514 .591 .946 1.537
Andy Wilkins, 1b, Arkansas 13 33 1 0 6 4 7 1 32 41 .394 .512 .970 1.482
Todd Cunningham, of, Jacksonville State 8 16 2 0 1 3 6 2 13 24 .500 .667 .813 1.479
Zack Cox, 3b, Arkansas 19 37 3 1 2 3 6 1 30 44 .514 .591 .811 1.402
Michael Kvasnicka, c/of, Minnesota 17 39 6 0 4 4 3 0 35 42 .436 .476 .897 1.374
Rob Segedin, c/3b, Tulane 14 32 5 1 2 4 3 1 27 36 .438 .500 .844 1.344
Austin Wates, of, Virginia Tech 19 33 2 1 0 3 6 0 23 39 .576 .641 .697 1.338
Christian Colon, ss, Cal State Fullerton 15 39 0 0 6 3 5 1 33 45 .385 .467 .846 1.313
Devin Harris, of, East Carolina 11 25 3 0 2 8 3 0 20 28 .440 .500 .800 1.300
Yasmani Grandal, c, Miami 17 34 4 0 1 5 6 1 24 41 .500 .585 .706 1.291
Cody Stanley, c, UNC Wilmington 13 32 3 0 3 4 6 0 25 38 .406 .500 .781 1.281
Tyler Holt, of, Florida State 11 32 2 1 4 6 5 0 27 37 .344 .432 .844 1.276
Mark Canha, of, California 13 28 4 0 1 6 4 0 20 32 .464 .531 .714 1.246
Hunter Morris, 1b, Auburn 17 44 3 1 3 8 1 1 31 46 .386 .413 .705 1.118
Gary Brown, of, Cal State Fullerton 16 40 2 2 1 4 2 1 25 43 .400 .442 .625 1.067
Micah Gibbs, c, Louisiana State 12 29 2 1 0 6 2 4 16 35 .414 .514 .552 1.066
Kevin Keyes, of, Texas 9 27 2 0 2 5 4 0 17 31 .333 .419 .630 1.049
Tony Thompson, 3b, Kansas 6 16 1 0 1 2 1 0 10 17 .375 .412 .625 1.037
Ryan LaMarre, of, Michigan 7 14 0 0 0 2 1 0 7 15 .500 .533 .500 1.033
Cody Hawn, 1b, Tennessee 10 28 4 0 1 11 3 0 17 31 .357 .419 .607 1.026
Matt den Dekker, of, Florida 8 26 0 0 3 4 2 0 17 28 .308 .357 .654 1.011
PLAYER H AB 2B 3B HR SO BB HBP TB PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Gauntlett Eldemire, of, Ohio 10 30 1 0 2 8 3 2 17 35 .333 .429 .567 .995
Kyle Parker, of, Clemson 9 30 1 0 2 11 7 0 16 37 .300 .432 .533 .966
Jedd Gyorko, ss, West Virginia 10 31 3 0 1 2 6 0 16 37 .323 .432 .516 .949
Josh Rutledge, ss, Alabama 11 35 3 1 1 8 2 1 19 38 .314 .368 .543 .911
Michael Choice, of, Texas-Arlington 7 29 0 0 2 10 10 1 13 40 .241 .450 .448 .898
Jarrett Parker, of, Virginia 11 33 4 0 0 9 3 3 15 39 .333 .436 .455 .890
Bryce Brentz, of, Middle Tennessee State 6 21 1 0 1 8 4 0 10 25 .286 .400 .476 .876
Blake Forsythe, c, Tennessee 6 26 1 0 2 4 6 0 13 32 .231 .375 .500 .875
Leon Landry, of, Louisiana State 8 27 1 0 1 4 5 1 12 33 .296 .424 .444 .869
Rick Hague, ss, Rice 10 34 4 0 1 5 4 0 17 38 .294 .368 .500 .868
Joey Terdoslavich, 1b, Long Beach State 10 38 4 0 2 14 3 1 20 42 .263 .333 .526 .860
Michael Olt, 3b, Connecticut 8 26 0 1 0 8 4 0 10 30 .308 .400 .385 .785
Victor Sanchez, 3b, San Diego 7 27 1 0 1 3 4 1 11 32 .259 .375 .407 .782
Miles Hamblin, c, Mississippi 6 26 1 1 1 11 2 0 12 28 .231 .286 .462 .747
Derek Dietrich, ss, Georgia Tech 7 34 3 0 1 5 5 2 13 41 .206 .341 .382 .724
Rob Brantly, c, UC Riverside 8 34 2 0 1 8 4 0 13 38 .235 .316 .382 .698
Mickey Wiswall, 1b, Boston College 4 24 1 1 1 5 1 2 10 27 .167 .259 .417 .676
Ross Wilson, 2b, Alabama 9 35 1 0 1 7 2 0 13 37 .257 .297 .371 .669
Cory Vaughn, of, San Diego State 7 29 0 0 1 12 2 0 10 31 .241 .290 .345 .635
Cameron Rupp, c, Texas 7 35 1 0 1 11 3 1 11 39 .200 .282 .314 .596
Chris Bisson, 2b, Kentucky 6 30 0 0 1 6 2 2 9 34 .200 .294 .300 .594

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