Nine to Know: Lowest single season batting averages since 2004

by Bill Chuck on December 18, 2012

The American League Houston Astros have signed Carlos Pena to be their DH and part-time first baseman as they prepare for their first season in the American League. Last season, the 34-year-old hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI for Tampa.

“We believe he is exactly the kind of player we need in this organization at this time,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “We think that he’s going to be a big contributor for us on the field as well as in the clubhouse next year.”

To describe Pena as “exactly the kind of player we need in this organization at this time” has to be depressing to Houston fans.

Here are the nine lowest single season batting averages since 2004

Rk Player BA Year Tm HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG OPS
1 Carlos Pena .196 2010 TBR 28 84 87 158 .325 .407 .732
2 Carlos Pena .197 2012 TBR 19 61 87 182 .330 .354 .684
3 Mark Reynolds .198 2010 ARI 32 85 83 211 .320 .433 .753
4 Adam Dunn .204 2012 CHW 41 96 105 222 .333 .468 .800
5 Aaron Hill .205 2010 TOR 26 68 41 85 .271 .394 .665
6 Nick Punto .210 2007 MIN 1 25 55 90 .291 .271 .562
7 Drew Stubbs .213 2012 CIN 14 40 42 166 .277 .333 .610
8 Jose Valentin .216 2004 CHW 30 70 43 139 .287 .473 .760
9 Justin Smoak .217 2012 SEA 19 51 49 111 .290 .364 .654
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/18/2012.

Terms of the one-year deal were not released.

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