Most Pitches in an at Bat : Longest MLB at-bats on Record

Most Pitches in an at Bat : Longest MLB at-bats on Record

First baseman Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants made history on April 22 by working a 21-pitch at-bat in Anaheim’s 4-2 victory over the Angels. Belt pounded Jaime Barria with 16 foul balls in the first inning before winning on a fly to right field.

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Belt’s 21-pitch at-bat was the longest in the majors since at least 1988, according to the available data, but the Mets’ Luis Guillorme outlasted him in a Spring Training game. Against Cardinals right-hander Jordan Hicks, on March 14, 2021, the utility player worked a 22-pitch walk, his first in a game in over a year.

Top Most Pitches in an at Bat

1. Brandon Belt, 1B, SF vs. Jaime Barria, RHP, LAA
April 22, 2018: 21 pitches, flyout

2. Ricky Gutierrez, SS, HOU vs. Bartolo Colon, RHP, CLE
June 26, 1998: 20 pitches, strikeout swinging

3. 3-T. Matt Wieters, C, STL vs. Caleb Thielbar, LHP, MIN
Sept. 8, 2020: 19 pitches, flyout

4. 3-T. Kevin Bass, RF, HOU vs. Steve Bedrosian, RHP, PHI
July 23, 1988: 19 pitches, flyout

5. 5-T. Brian Downing, DH, CAL vs. Ken Patterson, LHP, CWS
Sept. 1, 1990: 18 pitches, lineout

6. 5-T. Bip Roberts, LF, KC vs. Felipe Lira, RHP, DET
May 18, 1997: 18 pitches, groundout

7. 5-T. Alex Cora, 2B, LAD vs. Matt Clement, RHP, CHC
May 12, 2004: 18 pitches, home run

8. 5-T. Marcus Semien, SS, OAK vs. Doug Fister, RHP, HOU
June 3, 2016: 18 pitches, groundout

Pitch counts: A relatively modern baseball “invention” designed specifically to protect the pitcher. Completely unofficial and no record books have ever been kept. The following pitchers had no problem with their pitch count, at least for one inning, as they started the inning, threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs.

 Big Train (Thomas, Henry W. Bison Books. Page 41.)

3 Pitch Innings

American League 3 Pitch Innings

American League Pitchers Who Threw A 3-Pitch Inning

1. Addie Joss (1) 08-22-1903 Cleveland 2nd
2. Hippo Vaughn (1) 04-14-1910 New York 10th
3. Walter Johnson (1) 06-27-1911 Washington 6th
4. Walter Johnson (2) 05-26-1913 Washington 6th
5. Red Faber (1) 05-12-1915 Chicago 3rd
6. Red Faber (2) 05-12-1915 Chicago 5th
7. Fritz Coumbe (1) 08-19-1915 Cleveland 6th
8. Walter Johnson (3) 08-29-1915 Washington 4th
9. Walter Johnson (4) 06-01-1917 Washington 2nd
10. Ed Klepfer (1) 06-27-1917 Cleveland 1st
11. Molly Craft (1) 09-21-1917 Washington 6th
12. Hooks Dauss (1) 06-03-1919 Detroit 6th
13. Sam Jones (1) 08-11-1923 New York 6th
14. Rube Walberg (1) 10-14-1929 Philadelphia 7th
15. Johnny Allen (1) 06-04-1937 Cleveland 2nd
16. Tiny Bonham (1) 10-06-1941 New York 7th
17. Sonny Siebert (1) 05-11-1969 Boston 2nd
18. Marty Pattin (1) 06-09-1979 Kansas City 13th
19. Jerry Terrell (1) 08-20-1979 Kansas City 9th
20. Jimmy Key (1) 07-21-1987 Toronto 2nd
21. Floyd Bannister (1) 05-15-1989 Kansas City 2nd
22. Tony Fossas (1) 04-09-1990 Milwaukee 6th
23. Scott Sanderson (1) 08-12-1992 New York 5th
24. Jack McDowell (1) 09-11-1995 New York 9th
25. Bob Wolcott (1) 04-20-1997 Seattle 5th
26. Roger Pavlik (1) 04-29-1997 Texas 7th
27. Aaron Small (1) 06-12-1997 Oakland 8th
28. Charles Nagy (1) 07-05-1997 Cleveland 6th
29. Nelson Cruz (1) 08-27-1997 Chicago 5th
30. Rick Helling (1) 05-08-1998 Texas 4th
31. Jim Mecir (1) 05-17-1998 Tampa Bay 8th
32. Tim Crabtree (1) 06-03-1998 Texas 7th
33. Bret Saberhagen (1) 06-04-1998 Boston 4th
34. Brad Radke (1) 06-09-1998 Minnesota 3rd
35. Bret Saberhagen (2) 07-01-1998 Boston 4th
36. David Wells (1) 08-01-1998 New York 9th
37. Rolando Arrojo (1) 08-09-1998 Tampa Bay 7th
38. Mike Sirotka (1) 09-20-1998 Chicago 7th
39. Tim Wakefield (1) 04-26-1999 Boston 1st
40. Butch Henry (1) 04-29-1999 Seattle 4th
41. Jaime Navarro (1) 05-28-1999 Chicago 5th
42. Mike Fetters (1) 09-05-1999 Baltimore 7th
43. Allen Watson (1) 09-26-1999 New York 9th
44. Jay Witasick (1) 06-28-2000 Kansas City 2nd
45. Gil Heredia (1) 06-29-2000 Oakland 9th
46. Travis Harper (1) 09-19-2000 Tampa Bay 4th
47. Kip Wells (1) 09-22-2000 Chicago 3rd
48. Mike Mussina (1) [1 Pitch] 09-30-2000 Baltimore 7th
B.J. Ryan (1) [2 Pitches]
49. Ramiro Mendoza (1) 07-16-2001 New York 9th
50. Mariano Rivera (1 / ALCS) 10-21-2001 New York 9th
51. Mike Maroth (1) 09-22-2002 Detroit 7th
52. Tim Hudson (1) 09-25-2002 Oakland 1st
53. Mariano Rivera (2) 06-15-2003 New York 9th
54. Travis Harper (2) 09-21-2003 Tampa Bay 7th
55. John Parrish (1) 09-27-2003 Baltimore 6th
56. Jarrod Washburn (1) 04-29-2004 Anaheim 2nd
57. Jimmy Gobble (1) 05-08-2004 Kansas City 4th
58. Esteban Yan (1) 05-14-2004 Detroit 9th
59. Juan Dominguez (1) 06-11-2004 Texas 2nd
60. Mike Maroth (2) 09-10-2004 Detroit 2nd
61. Roy Halladay (1) 10-02-2004 Toronto 4th
62. Tim Wakefield (2) 05-15-2005 Boston 7th
63. Carlos Silva (1) 05-20-2005 Minnesota 6th
64. Bob Wickman (1) 06-28-2005 Cleveland 9th
65. Kirk Saarloos (1) 08-24-2005 Oakland 6th
66. C.C. Sabathia (1) 09-29-2005 Cleveland 5th
67. Bob Wickman (2) 10-02-2005 Cleveland 9th
68. Carlos Silva (2) 06-10-2006 Minnesota 4th
69. Julian Tavarez (1) 09-04-2006 Boston 6th
70. Esteban Loaiza (2) 08-27-2007 Oakland 6th
71. Nick Blackburn (1) 05-27-2008 Minnesota 2nd
72. Tommy Hunter (1) 07-03-2010 Texas 6th
73. Brian Tallet (1) 09-03-2010 Toronto 5th
74. Bobby Cramer (1) 09-24-2010 Oakland 6th
75. Martin Perez (1) [1 Pitch] 09-09-2012 Texas 8th
Yoshinori Tateyama (1) [2 Pitches]
76. Jorge De Leon (1) 09-18-2013 Houston 12th
77. Tommy Hunter (2) 06-29-2014 Baltimore 9th
78. Alex Wilson (1) 07-04-2016 Detroit 6th
79. Joe Smith (1) 07-24-2016 Los Angeles 7th
80. Miguel Gonzalez (1) 04-18-2017 Chicago 7th
81. Mike Minor (1) 09-26-2019 Texas 8th
83. Lou Trivino (1) 09-07-2020 Oakland 9th
84. Ryne Stanek (1) 04-03-2021 Houston 7th

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