There were only 32 qualified hitters this past season who made contact at a higher rate than Whit Merrifield. That in and of itself is respectable. But it gets better. Whit was more likely to get a hit when he put the ball in play than any of those players ahead of him. In fact, his batting average on balls put in play of .350 was ninth best in all of baseball. This is where I would typically say that a BABIP that high is unsustainable, fluky, a sign that regression is eminent. Except he ran a BABIP of .