The Milwaukee Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy leads the National League in doubles this season with 47. In addition he is chasing history because 40 of his two-baggers have come while playing catcher.
Here are the all-time single-season doubles leaders hit as a catcher:
Ivan Rodriguez, 45, 1996
Yadier Molina, 44, 2013
Mickey Cochrane, 42*, 1930
Jonathan Lucroy, 2014, Terry Kennedy, 1982. Jorge Posada, 2007. Brian McCann, 2008 tied at 40
*season total (pre play-by-play data)
Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham hit over 20 doubles in each of his first five seasons. While not great power this is solid line drive hitting for a young middle-infielder.
Beckham is the first second baseman, shortstop or third baseman to accomplish this since Dan Uggla. Before him only Robinson Cano had gone over 20 doubles in their first five years with careers entirely in the past decade.
Here is the full list of players in MLB history with 21+ doubles in each of their first five seasons (among infielders, non-first baseman):