Since breaking in, Matt Carpenter has been the Cardinals’ most-patient hitter. He has led the club in pitches per plate appearance every year since becoming a regular. This year, he’s seeing pitches at a career-high rate; indeed, if he continues at this pace, he’ll finish the season with the team’s highest pitches-per-plate-appearance since the stat began being tracked in 1988. The rest of the top 10:
But it’s not merely seeing pitches for its own sake. Batters who take a lot of pitches also tend to walk a lot. Carpenter this season currently sports a 12.1% walk rate (MLB average is 7.8%). Moreover, the Cardinals in the list above averaged a walk rate of 14.0% in those high-pitch seasons.